Now Is The Time To Stock Your Kitchen For Cold Weather

by Caitlin Kelch

Our kitchen gets a lot of use during the wintertime. In other seasons, you can generally find my daughter and I outside, either prepping the garden or harvesting, but during the colder months, a few burners and the oven are on often. Being busy in the kitchen is a great way to stay near a heat source and the results are nourishing and tasty.

Today I’m sharing four ways to prep your kitchen for cold weather with some products and tools I use and a couple of delicious recipes to create using them! There are some great gift picks in here too for those who are “on it” when it comes to holiday shopping! –Caitlin

Image above: Merry Lake’s New Orleans kitchen. See the full home tour here.

Baking can be a worthwhile endeavor during the cold season. Waking up on Sunday morning and making muffins for breakfast and the rest of the week is a great way to start the day — and a motivating way to start a personal bake-off for the first half of the day. Not only will you have a snack for a cozy afternoon read, but the rest of your week will be filled with homemade edibles, too!

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Make These: Kristina’s Favorite Chocolate Cake

I recently did an entire post dedicated to mugs from indie shops since I’m a little too clumsy to enjoy a dainty teacup. After baking, it’s always nice to spend an hour or two with a cup of tea and a good book.

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Make This: Ashley’s Homemade Chai

A good juicer is quite an investment, but if you’re like me and can’t consume solid food before, say 10 am, it’s a godsend and well worth the health benefits. The instant jolt of vitamins in wintertime just feels good.

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Make These: 3 Great Juice Recipes from Blueprint Juice

One-pot meals that simmer on the stove for a good portion of the day are just about as perfect as it gets when it’s cold outside. The recipe below is made even heartier with the addition of some simple handmade dumplings.

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Make This: Eating Asia’s Kesme Asi (Turkish Noodle Soup) with hot red pepper and croutons

More cold weather kitchen inspiration! The illustrations in this book are lovely.

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  • Love all of these sweet reminders of the cooler weather! I didn’t used to be a big “juicing” fan, but now that I’m older, I definitely see the benefits. With all the activities in the winter, it’s easy to get sick and tired easily. That soup looks fantastic, too!

  • I wish you would stop perpetuating the idea of “spirit animal” as a cute and fun term to throw around. It trivializes Native American culture and feels really out of line with Design Sponge’s progressive messaging (which I love.)

    • Hi Megan

      Understood and apologies. Thanks for the reminder. I’m editing the graphic & post now.


  • PLEASE vary the resources for your shopping lists so they’re not all Amazon. Amazon is taking over virtually all of retail – and other businesses are suffering because of it. If everyone encourages this singular channel for shopping for home goods (and other goods), then we’re not giving credit (or sales) to the retailers that are in business to edit, select and develop beautiful product – presenting it all in unique and thoughtful ways. It may seem innocuous but the cumulative effect can/will be damaging to other retailers. Thanks for reading.

    • Hi Amy

      I hear you and please know that we regularly feature indie shop products, posts & shop tours. See these posts here, here and here. We cover a wide range of products, including big boxes stores, for their affordability.

      If there are online indie shops you like to share, we’d love to know about them!


      • Thanks for the reply, Caitlin!
        And in addition to indie shops, I’m also thinking about other retailers of home goods. Those companies employ a lot of creative professionals (I know some of those talented people) and this massive shift towards Amazon has an impact on all of those businesses, too.
        I just saw Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list on the Amazon site today.
        Would sure feel good to see the focus spread around to share the wealth. :)
        Thanks again for the response!

    • Thank you for pointing this out.

      I hate this domination of retail that we are experiencing with Amazon. As consumers we ahve a social responsibility to people not corporations and not the 1%ers to spend our hard earned money to support small businesses which in turn sustain communities. We have killed the family farm let us now close the grocery stores.

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