Fall tends to be the harbinger of change. Just as the leaves on the trees give up their green and begin to take on the vibrant reds and golds of autumn, the dog days of summer seem to slip away as school busses begin to roll down the streets.
Here in the northwest, the weather is changing, turning cold with more rain, and our meal planning is changing as well, turning to more comfort foods. We start thinking about stews and hearty soups, pasta dishes, and yummy casseroles. Recipes like meatloaf and scalloped potatoes get pulled out, chicken mini pies, macaroni and cheese, and beef stroganoff to name just a few.
Fall is also when we’re taking our last few camping and hunting trips and we’re switching from our lighter, summer weight sleeping bags to our colder, heavier sleeping bags or adding a wool or fleece blanket. On the really cold nights in October and November, we fill water bottles with hot water and toss them in the foot of our sleeping bags to keep our toes warm at night.
With the weather turning stormier, we also make sure we are prepared for winter emergencies. September is National Preparedness Month so we take some time now to make sure we’re prepared in the event of an emergency. We make sure all our propane tanks are full and we have a good supply of charcoal for cooking when the power goes out. We top off candle supplies and battery supplies for flashlights. We make sure our pantry and freezer is well stocked. If getting to grocery stores is difficult or the grocery stores are closed because they have no power, we can live out of our pantry and freezer for many days. We also check our stored water supplies so we have enough for drinking and cooking.
When the power goes out, it’s important to be able to cook warm meals and between my propane stove and my Dutch ovens I can do that. I do my cooking out in the garage or on my covered front porch. Remember! Never operate your propane stove or use charcoal inside your home or anyplace that isn’t well ventilated as it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Be prepared and be safe!
So, are you prepared for what Ol’ Man Winter throws at you?
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