Winter Warmers


Keeping warm at this time of year is important but can also be expensive. With ever rising fuel bills people are being encouraged to look at different ways to keep warm.

Ensuring your home is as efficient as possible can not only help you to retain heat but can also help to reduce your bills quite dramatically. Everything from loft and cavity wall insulation to double glazed windows can make a difference and it can often be well worth your while researching your options as there are quite often government schemes and grants that can cut down on installation costs.

Wrapping up against the cold if you have to venture out is also something we should think more carefully about. Sometimes we are more concerned with style than with dressing appropriately but it is possible to dress warm and still look good. Parka style jackets are very much on trend at the moment and are great big coats and winter fashion is something that more and more people are getting into. Big chunky jumpers and layering underneath can help you to retain body heat. Hats, scarves and gloves can also be seen as a great way to accessorise a great winter outfit.

You don’t always have to break the bank when getting kitted out for winter either. Shabby chic and vintage are much sought after looks which can be picked up for next to nothing. Car boot sales as well as charity and thrift stores see a great number of wonderful options changing hands for considerably lower prices than you would expect to see on the high street.

It is always nice to snuggle up in your home too and here are a few winter warmers to keep you cosy.

Homemade soup can be magnificent value and keep you warm through the cold nights. Most families have a soup recipe passed down from generation to generation or failing that there are a great many simple recipes to find on line. One of the best things about it is that you don’t have to be a Michelin star chef to make it with recipes ranging from the simple and straightforward to the more complicated.

Another suggestion could be a little out of left field for those that only think of cocktails as being a summery treat. A Whisky based cocktail can be great at this time of year one great idea is relatively simple to create. You will only need to get a hold of a nice Highland Scotch whisky, lime juice a wedge of lemon and orange and 2 tablespoons of sugar. You only need to warm the whisky (3 parts) in a stainless steel pan before adding the orange, lemon and lime juice as well as the sugar and cinnamon sticks, be careful not to bring to the boil and wait until the sugar has dissolved.

Whatever you plan to do this winter to keep a little fire in your belly just remember that it won’t be long until summer returns again.

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