Resources for Southern Winter Storms
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I scoured Pinterest for links to resources that we, as Southerners, might find useful during this and future winter storms. During my search, I found several resources you might want to keep handy.
It was difficult for me to convey to my northern cousins the dangers of a forecast with freezing rain. They see a quarter to a half-inch of freezing rain as no different than a quarter or half inch of rain. But we know that the rain freezes on contact and builds up, weighing down power lines and branches until they snap under the massive weight. Water is the strongest element on Earth; just ask the banks of a swollen river or the coast after a tsunami. When it freezes, even a giant oak is no match for its force. So we have to be prepared for power outages. Here are great tips from Mother’s Niche.
Just because we have no power for three to five days doesn’t mean we can’t cook. People cooked for thousands of years before electricity was invented. From Melissa Norris’ How-To Articles, here are 11 Ways to Cook Off-Grid Without Power.
Since we might not have a refrigerator and we can’t simply throw everything outside — cold, nasty weather might take the power out, but sunny days with highs in the 50s are typical before power is restored. That’s why we stock up on canned foods. And that’s why we need recipes like these:
8 Can Taco Soup via Tealgate Farms
7 Can Soup via The Pioneer Woman
With no power, the tablets, laptops, smartphones and game consoles will be rendered useless. Therefore, we need ways to keep the family entertained. Every home should have a basket or shelf filled with “manual” games and activities. Included are decks of cards and card games, coloring books, crayons and colored pencils, little cars, dolls and more. In addition to the manual games, here are activities families can play together:
14 Fun Indoor Family Games (No Board Necessary) via What Do We Do All Day
20 Family Game Night Ideas via Playtivities
Of course, while we do have power, we want to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the winter weather. Here are ways to do that, including how to make snow cream:
Stay safe, warm and well.