Winter came quick this year, and I don’t know about you, but I am looking for all sorts of ways to combat the harsh cold and getting warm – from layering clothing, cozying up my home, and trying new and comforting winter recipes.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of ultimate DIY winter essentials to help you get through the chilly season…
Sipping on delicious, hot drinks is definitely one of the perks of winter, the latest trend being ‘hot chocolate on a stick’. Stir a cube of solid chocolate into hot milk until its completely melted off, for a yummy, comforting hot chocolate. We see these winter drinks being served in many coffee shops and restaurants now, but you can easily make your own. For the full recipe, click here.
This is a great way to re-purpose sweaters or jerseys you no longer wear into something useful, like a comfy, cozy pillow to snuggle on with your favourite blanket, reading a good book or watching a movie. As scatter cushions, they can also make for a great accessory to any room or bedroom. For further instructions, click here.
Let’s face it… Winter, and the cold weather that comes along with it, definitely takes its toll on our skin by drying it out. Avoid dry, chapped, sore lips this winter with delicious-smelling lip balm you can make yourself. To try this cinnamon, honey and almond oil recipe, which is absolutely perfect for the season, click here.
If you know how to crochet and are looking for crochet ideas, you’ll love this pattern for something that’s simple to make, yet has such a practical use for winter. Not only will your mug cozy keep your coffee or hot chocolate drink hotter for longer, but you can hold your cup and warm up your hands without burning them. Plus they look so pretty and will make a wonderful gift. In crocheting your mug cozy, you can go all out with the colours you love. For further instructions, click here.
We automatically think ‘soup’ and look for soup recipes when it’s winter time, right? Nothing warms you up quite like a warm bowl of delicious soup, served with freshly baked bread or croutons. That’s why I’ve included this hearty and easy-to-make, creamy pumpkin and coconut soup on this list of winter essentials. For the full soup recipe, click here.
Okay, yes, these are supposed to be for kids, but when I saw it, I immediately thought that I would love to have one for myself… Nothing stops you from knitting a cowl like this for your child, and adjusting the pattern slightly, maybe losing the ‘ears’ (or not…), and making one for yourself as well. These are perfect for keeping your head and neck protected from the cold, but still keeping your face unobstructed. For further instructions, click here.
How about a delicious pudding to warm up your belly this winter? One of my absolute favourites is traditional South African sago pudding. You’ll love this easy winter foods recipe from renowned SA food-blogger, Nina Timm, which incorporates cinnamon and apricot jam for extra deliciousness. Serve with warm, home-made custard and you’ll be very popular around the home… For the full recipe, click here.
Another DIY trend doing the rounds currently is arm knitting. You can arm-knit your own beautiful blanket for winter. Not only is arm-knitting a great hobby you can take on, these blankets are just beautiful, very practical and a great way to warm you and your family up. For instructions, click here. Once you’ve mastered the skill of arm-knitting, it doesn’t have to stop with a blanket, you can make all sorts of other home accessories and clothing items such as scarfs.
And finally, another mouth-watering, warm drink you should definitely give a go this winter: sweet potato marshmallow coffee. Yes, that’s right, sweet potato… Who knew that these ingredients combined would make such a deliciously comforting drink, perfect for this time of year? This recipe also includes the wonderful flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. For the full recipe, click here.
There you have it… Some absolute essentials to survive this winter. This list could, of course, go on and on. To find more great winter essentials, such as heaters for sale, coffee machines for sale and much more at bargains prices, visit www.JunkMail.co.za.