How to Choose the Right Furnace

How to Choose the Right Furnace

On a chilly day like today, you may cringe thinking about how much you’ve been running that furnace to keep your home at the perfect, cozy temperature. Living in the Midwest, it’s never a surprise when the cold weather rolls in by mid to late October and finally heads out in April. Many rural areas may not have access to natural gas and may depend on oil or propane, leading to quite the hefty fuel bill by the end of the winter season. You don’t have to get burned by your electricity or fuel bill just to stay warm. Consider a new solution – a Big R Wood/Coal Burning Furnace. A couple of logs in the furnace can effectively heat your home for long periods of time. Here’s how to save money and stay warm effectively and efficiently the remainder of this winter:

Burn a Hole in Wood, Not in your Wallet

Wood-burning furnaces are reliable and safe. They are good for you and good for the environment as they result in no net carbon dioxide increase and help to reduce the carbon footprint. A wood-burning furnace is easy-to-use and doesn’t depend on natural gas lines. The Fire Chief Indoor Wood/Coal Burning Forced Air Furnace will cut your heating expenses up to 75%. It includes unique 360° cast iron roller grate system allows for separation of fine ash. Do you already have a furnace up and running? Combine it with the United States Stove Medium Wood Furnace to keep your heating efficient.

Money Does Grow on Trees

For many wood-burning furnace owners, it is possible to completely eliminate your heating bills.  Grab some wood from an old stockpile or chop up a few blocks to toss into the furnace and turn up the heat. Electric heat is more expensive than wood/coal heat and more difficult to maintain. Heaters are connected to natural gas lines and electricity, so your home is dependent on a variety of external forces for heat. Wood-burning furnaces give homeowners the power to control their own heat and use natural resources to sustain it.

Heat Fast with Warmth That Will Last

The moment your home gets too cold for comfort, you’ll want it to be heated as quickly and easily as possible. Having the ability to heat your home quickly is a luxury that you and your family deserve. Electric heaters take more time to heat your home and only heat up one room at a time. Heaters are also dependent on electricity so if the power goes out you will be stuck with those freezing temperatures and no way to change it. Wood/coal-burning furnaces are more efficient in heating your home and will maintain a warm temperature despite forces out of your control.

No Need to Furnish with a Furnace

On top of being less expensive and more efficient, an indoor wood-burning furnace can be affixed inside a garage for ease-of-use and less mess inside! No need to trek outdoors into the bitter cold to feed the wood or leave a path of wood chips through the house. They produce almost no smoke, minimal ash, and require less firewood. Unlike a typical gas or electricity-powered furnace, you won’t hear the wood-burning furnace click on as it provides a constant, cozy warmth based on what you decide.  

Out with the Cold, in with the New

Have you had your furnace since the prehistoric era? It may be time to consider replacement with a new, more efficient furnace.

Electric heaters can be expensive, time-consuming, and unreliable. Wood/coal burning furnaces may be exactly what your home needs. More efficient heating devices such as the wood/coal burning furnaces are an investment that will make it all worth while in the long run with the gas and electric savings. Wood-burning furnaces heat quickly and efficiently, maintaining warmth throughout the day and night, whereas electric heaters can run up your bill and require more time to heat up. The United States Stove Medium Wood Furnace is built to the highest standards of manufacturing quality. Come in to Big R or go online to bigr.com to find the furnace to fit your needs!

Family Enjoying Winter Safely

Winter Safety Tips for Kids and Families

Family Enjoying Winter Safely

Winter means having to go through a series of chilly days. But the cold weather doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the outdoors. While everyone heads out for fun, it’s important to know how to keep your family warm and safe.

 

Tip #1: Learn to Love Layers

        Dressing in layers is the best way to stay warm in cold, cold weather. Layers help keep you bundled up when it’s cold and is easy to remove when it starts warming up. Depending on how long you’ll be outside and how cold it is, some kids may need more layers than others. When in doubt, start with more!

        For your top half, start by putting on a long-sleeved shirt undershirt. Then put on a turtleneck or sweater, and finally a winter coat. If you can, look for clothes made out of fabrics other than cotton, as cotton won’t keep you very warm. Fabrics that are waterproof are a bonus!

        For the bottom half, start with a pair of long underwear, then a pair of heavy pants. Try to avoid jeans because like cotton, they won’t keep you very warm. Next, throw on a pair of waterproof pants. These are best because if you fall down and get wet your legs won’t get cold!

        Finish the look up with heavy socks and waterproof boots to ensure fun will be had all day long!

 

Tip #2: Grab Your Gloves and Hat

        You’re all bundled up but still feel cold? That’s because you’re missing your hat and gloves! Tons of body heat escapes from your head, which is why a hat and scarf are essentials for cold days. If you’re not a fan of hats, earmuffs and face masks are great alternatives that will help you stay warm and comfortable all day.

        Don’t forget mittens or gloves! Your fingers are very sensitive to the cold so it is very important to keep your hands warm and dry. And if more snow falls this winter, waterproof gloves are the only way to go.

 

Tip #3: Hydrate!

You may be thinking, “I won’t be sweating so why do I need to drink water?” Well, staying hydrated is important for hot and cold weather! When you’re outside playing in cold weather, you lose a lot of water through your breath. The best way to re-hydrate is to drink up! This doesn’t mean you have to drink ice water. Warm drinks and soups will keep you hydrated and warm throughout the day, but remember that coffee and tea won’t help.

Tip #4: Take a Break

        While you’re outside having fun it can be easy to forget about how your body is feeling. If your body temperature drops even 4 or 5 degrees while you’re outside, your body can really be affected.

        Be alert and recognize when your body is giving you signals. If you start to shiver, head inside for a little while to warm up. If you feel dizzy or out of breath, take a break, go inside, eat some lunch, and refuel your body so you can keep the fun going!

 

Tip #5: Fight Frostbite

        Believe it or not, if you’re outside on a very cold day and not wearing enough clothing, you are at risk of getting frostbite. Frostbite happens when the body’s tissues freeze. This usually happens to skin that is exposed or to small parts like your toes and fingers.

       If you’re ever outside and can’t feel your fingers, toes or ears, it may be a sign of frostbite. Frostbite can make parts of your body hurt or tender to the touch. It can also make the skin look glossy or pale.

If you ever think you have frostbite, NEVER stick the frostbitten part in hot water. Warm water is OK but be sure to have someone else test the water temperature first!

 

        Keeping safe in snow, ice or bitter cold is easy to do once you know how. We want you to enjoy yourself even on cold days so follow these tips for safety and enjoy! Layer up, put on your gloves and hat, take breaks, hydrate, and be aware of your body’s signals.

January’s Outdoor Column

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The new year brings new opportunities for outdoorsmen and women throughout the area as new Christmas gifts are ready to be used and thoughts of warm spring weather loom in the minds of most people that love the outdoors.

I use my winter time to organize and clean my fishing equipment so that the first day on the water is not a nightmare. It is always wise to have your trolling motor and start batteries on your boat tested before you take your first fishing trip. Boat and tackle shows throughout the area generally find anglers with spring fever out and about buying new items for the season ahead. Being it is still winter there are still some late hunting seasons that you can finish up with and there are always those put and take areas that you can still hunt. But then it is time to put your hunting gear away! Whether you are oiling a fishing reel or a gun, remember that a little oil goes a long way. A small drop here or there will oil many mechanisms of a gun or fishing reel. Never over-oil or over-grease because it can harden and create problems when it does. I apply grease with a small hard-bristle brush. Find one that the bristles will not break off and end up where you don’t want them. Hooks on your lures or hooks for bait fishing need to be looked over and either sharpened or replaced during the winter months. This can be done with a good hook hone or by using a file or sandpaper. Making sure the points are sharp may mean the difference between you landing or losing a good fish. If your tackle box looks like mine at the end of the winter, it’s a mess! I learned about cleaning vinyl and rubber skirts several years ago. I keep my spinner baits looking nice by putting them in a pot of boiling water, using a pair of needle-nose pliers and then shaking them several times before pulling them out. After doing this I place them on a paper towel to dry. I then take a blow dryer to them and they fluff out. It’s amazing how clean and nice they come out. If your spinner bait blades have melted skirt or worm material on them, use Goo Gone and it normally takes this stuff off. I then hit them with a metal polish if they need it.

Keeping your knife sharp is another great project for winter. Being a wood carver I know that a sharp knife is necessary to remove wood. I also know that being cut with a sharp knife is much better than being cut with a dull one. Sharp knives leave a clean cut that will heal much more quickly than the cut made by a dull knife. A hunter or an angler both need to carry a knife and it needs to be sharp. There are all sorts of methods for sharpening a knife and all kinds of gadgets to do it with. The key is the angle when bringing it across the sharpener. Keeping it at a 45 degree angle to the stone or ceramic is key to getting it sharp. Never go outdoors without a sharp knife! Your local Big R Store will have all of the items mentioned to get these above mentioned things done so get in and get ready. Ask them also when their spring fishing items will arrive.

Winter boots from Big R covered in snow

Big R’s Guide to Buying Winter Boots

Winter boots from Big R covered in snow

 

As the streets begin to line with snow and the temperature drops to single digits, there’s one thing that needs to be done: dig through your hallway closet for the boots that make your feet feel twice as big and warm all over. But let’s be honest, these are the same ol’ winter boots you’ve been wearing since the dawn of time. So maybe this is the season to treat yourself by replacing those old winter boots with a pair of brand new ones! Read more

4 Fun Gifts That Won't Fit Under The Tree

4 Christmas Gifts That Won’t Fit Under The Tree

4 Fun Gifts That Won't Fit Under The Tree

Tis the season…the lights shine brightly on houses, the tree is up and Santa is ready for photos in the mall. It’s Christmas time once again. And that nagging voice in the back of your head is back, you know – the one telling you that you should really start shopping for gifts soon. Yes, that definitely means Christmas is just around the corner!

 

If you’re stumped on what to give to someone you love, how about thinking outside the box  or outside the tree? Here are 4 fun gifts to give someone who deserves a gift so big that it won’t fit under the tree.

 

A Canoe

Canoes are a fantastic gift not only for your loved one, but for everyone around them! Imagine all the fun you can have with a personal canoe to enjoy any time you want. That kind of fun is priceless! Luckily at Big R, we have all you need for the perfect canoeing gift: the majestic canoe, the necessary paddles/oars, and life vests. This is the ultimate canoe pack for a water sports fan. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is wrapping it up!

 

A Lawn Mower

Once winter passes, spring will be blooming…and that means it’s time for lawn care season. What better way to ring in that new season with a brand new lawn mower for the yard fanatic in your life? The perfect gift for them would be the Cub Cadet Self-Propelled Lawn Mower. This sleek mower is great with its front wheel drive system and signature cutting system. This top of the line lawn mower will make it easy to get rid of the old, rusty and used mower in the shed. The receiver of this gift won’t know how to thank you enough for one of the best mowers on the market.

 

Your Services

For some people, big gifts aren’t necessary… but what might be necessary is a service that they need and you can provide. Offering someone a helping a hand this season is sometimes more valuable than any gift you could give – even if it won’t fit under the tree. Extend a handy hand to the person who needs their plumbing fixed, a room repainted, the oil changed, and anything in between. Give them the priceless gift of home or auto improvement from someone they trust. If you’re missing a few parts, stop by our all parts store for what you need. Sometimes the best gift is just getting your hands dirty!

 

A Big R Gift Card

If extravagant gift giving isn’t your thing, then give the most foolproof gift known to mankind: a Big R gift card! By giving them a Big R gift card you are literally giving them everything they could want and need. The choice is theirs! From home decor to children’s toys to pet care they can get everything on their list all in one place – all thanks to your knock-out gift.

 

We hope this list inspired you to think of gifts bigger than the tree for the most memorable and thoughtful Christmas gifts to date. The best place to get all these gifts is, of course, Big R. We’ve got a gift for everyone on your list. So come in today and load up on all your Christmas gifts to help Santa spread the Christmas cheer.

Two Boys Sledding

The Best Winter Toys for Kids

Two Boys Sledding

 

It’s cold with ice on the ground and more snow on the way. Winter is in full swing! We know that these chilly months tend to take a toll on your body and mind – and the same goes for your kiddos. They’re bouncing off the walls indoors trying to entertain themselves, yelling “Mommy!” every 5 minutes and maybe you feel like you’ll never get anything done! Keep them busy, lively, and imaginative with Big R’s top list for toys this winter.

 

Sleds

Want to keep your child active and get them outside on a snow day? We have the perfect solution. Get your child outside to enjoy the great outdoors and that white, fluffy snow to burn off some energy.  Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean they have to be cooped up indoors all day long. Bundle them up and send them outside to have some old fashioned fun with a sled from Big R! Whether it be a disc, a 2 rider sled, or an inflatable snowman sled, your child will have a blast as they imagine they are conquering Mount Everest in your backyard. And don’t forget – just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. Pick up a family fun toboggan and get the whole family outside!

 

Ultimate Snow Fun Kit

Unleash your kids’ imaginations and love for all things snow with the ultimate snow day kit. Playing in the snow is made easy for your kids – and for you. This kit comes equipped with a snowman making kit, a snow ball maker, and snow markers. The snowman kit provides you with everything you’ll need to make the most amazing snowman. With a top hat, carrot or button nose option, the hardest part about building your snowman will be choosing a name. The second must-have toy for any ultimate snow day kit is the snow ball maker. This easy-to-use maker is made of durable plastic that allows your children to make ammo fast enough for any snowball war they may find themselves in. The final addition to your children’s kit needs to be sno-markers. Sno-markers allow your children to decorate the white canvas that is snow with all their favorite colors. Combining these three items into a snow day kit is sure to build lasting winter memories!

 

Game Room Additions

Even though playing in the snow every day sounds great to your kids, we know it’s not always possible. For the days and evenings where you’re stuck inside, having a fully stocked game room with new games, boards, and puzzles can be just as fun as a day outside! So heed our advice and stock up on fun game room additions before the winter storm hits. The perfect addition is a Pool Table Tabletop Billiards. This mini game of billiards fits onto any table and provides hours of entertainment for all ages. You can also select any popular board game on the market right now as well as an entertaining puzzle that’ll keep the whole family busy. All these items will make for a great addition to your game collection.

 

Winter Arts and Crafts

Another great way to entertain your children in the winter time is a good ‘ole arts and crafts kit. These can be personalized to each of your children’s personalities and preferences. Does your child love to draw? The the Super Art Studio with over 250 pieces of oil pastels, markers, and drawing pencils is the way to go! How about baking? Edible Sweet Art Sweetpops is the ideal gift to give your little chef! What about molding and working with their hands? The Glow Sand Play Set would be perfect for his/her creative mind to thrive!

 

Elf on a Shelf

Looking to start a new family tradition with your young children? Elf on the Shelf provides entertainment for both the parents and the children. Unleash your creative and sneaky side with this one. It’s an interactive holiday hide and seek you can play with your children that includes Santa’s “scout elf” and an illustrated storybook. Tell your children the “scout elf” reports back to Santa who is being naughty and who is being nice. They’ll be on their best behavior while the “scout elf” is on the job.

 

Whether you’re starting a new tradition or adding a game to your collection, your little ones will be excited to stay busy this winter (and you’ll be able to keep your sanity, too). Turn those winter blues into winter fun!

December's Outdoor Column

December’s Outdoor Column

December's Outdoor Column

December marks the beginning of winter for most of us even though we have a few weeks to go before winter officially begins. This also begins the cold period of the year and it won’t be long and here comes Christmas.

If you have an outdoors person in your family and you are considering getting him or her something for Christmas you might want to consider a gift card as a way of gift giving. Being an outdoorsman all my life I am very particular about what gun or fishing rod I buy, what boots I wear along with a few other things. Many outdoors people are the same way; they are particular about what they like and surprising them with a gift may end up in a Christmas return.

The one thing every outdoors person wants in winter is to keep warm. Whether you person is a waterfowl hunter, a deer hunter, an ice angler or a hiker, keeping warm and keeping dry are of utmost importance. Remember that when you go out to buy!

Hint around or ask an outdoor companion what your person might want or need and don’t be surprised if you find out they like to pick out their own things for Christmas.

My wife learned a long time ago not to shop for me. Instead she gives me a Big R Gift Card every Christmas because I have taken so many “I bought this for you” gifts back.

I do have some personal suggestions. I was a trapper for most of my life spending my trapping hours in a swamp-like setting and working primarily at night. I also hunt, ice fish, bass fish, and cut firewood as well as work in the outdoors.

I like to layer myself with T-shirt, thermal shirt, sweatshirt, and then cover this all up with a hooded sweatshirt during the real cold times. Your Big R Stores have great selections of all these items. A pair of warm gloves and warm socks will always be welcome at Christmas.

I personally love the disposable hand warmers and foot warmers and usually go through two or three bags each year. These make great stocking stuffers.

Whatever you decide to give as a gift to your outdoors person you need to check out the great selection at your local Big R Store.

young girl caring for horse

How to Care for Your Horse This Winter

young girl caring for horseWinter can be a great time as loved ones gather together and bask in the warmth of each other’s presence despite the cold weather. But winter might be a different experience for other members of your family – members like your beloved horses. So while you’re enjoying time by the fireplace and warm cider, don’t forget to check on old Nelly. Here’s a few ways to care for your horse during the winter:

  1. DO increase water intake

An average 1,000 pound horse needs around 10-12 gallons of water per day – and eating snow doesn’t count! The special winter feed your horse eats contains less moisture than the pasture and feed they consume in the summer. For this reason, you must increase your horse’s water intake. If you’re increasing their salt intake, you should also give them more water to prevent dehydration. With this simple task, you will be able to keep your horse happy and healthy despite the chill.

  1. DO feed them fiber

Fiber in the form of hay is essential for the wellbeing of your horse during the winter. It helps keep their digestive system in check while warming up their body in the cold winter months. The digestion of hay produces heat to maintain a healthy body temperature that grain alone cannot do. Feeding them hay also helps prevent the number one problem horses have during the winter – weight loss. The perfect amount to give them is 1.5% of their body weight. In addition to fiber, your horse may need some extra nutrients to increase energy and support their immune system. Extra nutrients can be found through horse feed; Nutrena’s SafeChoice Horse Feed is a great and organic choice. Good quality hay and nutrients will keep your horse happy all through winter.

  1. DO keep exercising

Just because you might be in hibernation mode doesn’t mean your horse should be! So keep on riding and exercising them as you would normally. Unfortunately, winter is known to bring slippery and icy areas. You’ll want to avoid these areas as much as possible, and by trying to avoid these areas, regular riding may be out of the question. So if this is the case, try turning your horse out daily in a pasture or paddock to keep him/her moving. Another precaution to take is to change your horse’s shoes to help with their traction in the snow and rain. Keeping up their exercise is a must because it can prevent joint and muscle damage while increasing the overall health of your horse. Don’t let winter become an excuse for laziness!

  1. DO keep your horse dry

Could you imagine your hair being constantly damp and cold from rain water throughout a whole season? No? Well, don’t let your horse suffer through that either! Make sure to cool and dry off your horse from the rain, snow, and sweat that collects on their coat to prevent illness and ensure maximum comfort. If their long winter coat retains a lot of water and it’s difficult to get them dry because of it – it’s okay to trim their winter coat. If you do end up trimming their winter coat, blanketing them is a good way to go. Blanketing isn’t always necessary during the winter but it’s very helpful for when your horse doesn’t have a shelter to keep out of the rain or snow. It can also keep horses comfortable especially if they aren’t used to the intense weather or are very old or young. However, remember that if you do blanket your horse you must continue to do so throughout the winter – the blanket will stop them from growing a winter coat, so be sure to stay consistent. Whether you decide to blanket or not, keeping them dry is a must.

  1. DO regular grooming and hoof care

Just like you must maintain exercising in the winter, grooming consistently is a must! Groom daily or weekly to keep them in good health and to check for early signs of illness or disease. Hoof care is also very important to do for their health. In the winter, your horse is more prone to getting snow/ice in their hooves, so try cleaning these out daily when you check in on them. The easiest way to clean these out is by using a hoof pick. Choose a stainless steel pick that will not break under pressure for situations like these. Be sure to look for potential bacteria build-up or illnesses in the form of punctures, abscesses, cracks or odors when cleaning the hooves. Spray Wound & Hoof Care on the hooves to prevent bacteria and fungus or help with the recovery from wounds. Keep up with your farrier appointments during the winter – the wet ground can cause issues that may not be as noticeable to you as your farrier!

Your horses have a unique spot in your heart just like a close friend or member of your family. You want them to be comfortable, healthy and happy throughout the winter. We at Big R want that exact same thing! Stop by Big R for friendly advice on horse care and to grab essential horse care items for every season.

November’s Outdoor Column

stand-alone-tree-in-fogIt is November and it is time to think about the big deer hunt coming up on us very quickly.

I get a weekly update of the archery deer harvest in Illinois and, with this warm weather I have to wonder how it will affect this year’s rut. I’ve been following these weekly results for quite a few years now and the increased rut activity is reflected in the ratio of does to bucks shown as the season progresses.

As the rut nears, the number of does taken by archery hunters tends to fall off and the number of bucks taken increases. This happens as hunters now begin to see more bucks and quickly shift their sights to taking a racked deer verses a doe.

So far this season the percentages have not changed much through the last part of October leading me to wonder if the rut will correspond with the Illinois firearm season this year. Illinois’s season is projected for the third weekend in November, a time when the rut should be nearing its peak. Harvest figures thus far have not supported that the rut is near at hand.

I listened to a news broadcast which stated that the earth has not seen these kinds of overall temperatures for the last 10,000 years. How true this is I do not know but I do know it has been warm and a concern I have is how will this affect the wildlife and how will these temperatures affect the deer season?

If you take a deer on a warm day during this year’s season there are a couple of things some hunters just don’t think about.

Don’t lay your deer on the floor of the bed of your truck. The metal floor, even with a bed liner above it absorbs heat and radiates it back into the meat of your deer. Carry something that will raise the deer’s body above the truck bed such as a skid, boards, or plywood. This keeps the deer off the hot metal and does not allow the meat to get hot.

When hanging your deer to cure, hoist it up with a rope around its antlers and not its neck, especially if you intend to mount it. Placing a rope around the neck to hang the deer will tear the hair which is almost impossible to replace. Also, never use a rope to drag your deer out of the area where you took it. Dragging the deer will cause major damage to the hide and many times will allow dirt into the check cavity which is then hard to clean out.

Make a trip to your local Big R Store and check out the many hunting items that will help you through this hunting season. Check out their line of outdoor clothing, boots, archery and firearm equipment as well as their meat processing equipment. Have a Safe and Fun Hunting Season this fall and winter.

Delicious Crockpot Meal

6 Hearty Crock-Pot Meals After a Day on the Farm

Delicious Crockpot Meal

Every day on the farm is an adventure. There’s a lot of hard work and sweat involved. But there’s also a lot of good memories being made, especially when you’re on the farm with family. After the crops have been tended, the animals have been taken care of and the chores are done – it’s time to call it a day. What’s the best reward for making it through the busy day? A big meal that leaves everyone very satisfied and ready for what tomorrow brings. Make it easy on yourself by using a Crock-Pot. Here are 6 tasty Crock-Pot recipes that are perfect after a long day on the farm:

 

  1. Pulled Pork

Pulled pork sandwiches are a classic, and can be easily made in a Crock-Pot. After a long day, there’s nothing better than walking into a house to smell home-cooked BBQ still hot in the pot.

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/slow-cooker-pulled-pork-sandwiches-recipe.html

 

  1. Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Taquitos

Cut juicy pieces of chicken and mix it into a creamy concoction of smoky cheddar cheese, cream cheese, jalapeños, red peppers, onions, and other savory spices. With a side of flour or corn tortillas, you’ve got a hearty meal that everyone in your family can enjoy!

http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/05/slow-cooker-cream-cheese-chicken-taquitos.html

 

Make sure that your cutting board can handle sharp knives as they slice through fresh veggies and protein. Check out this tough board from LEM:

http://www.bigr.com/sporting-goods-game-cleaning-and-processing-knivescleaning-tools-and-sharpeners/lem-big-cutting-board-3449410044.htm

 

  1. Chili

This 5 star chili recipe is filled with protein-rich kidney beans, thick tomato paste, onions, and ground beef. Eat the chili on its own or with chips on the side for a satisfying crunch; your family won’t resist digging in!

http://www.food.com/recipe/debbies-crock-pot-chili-45069

 

  1. Hearty Salmon Chowder

Nothing makes you feel more like a wilderness expert than cooking fish you caught. If you caught salmon, why not use it for this delicious chowder recipe? This recipe pairs salmon with fresh herbs, onions, celery, potatoes and chicken broth. The heavy soup is a meal in itself that warms the heart in even the coldest winter nights.

http://www.food.com/recipe/hearty-salmon-chowder-103850

  1. Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Breast

Craving turkey? Make it exciting by adding fresh, mediterranean flavors with this recipe. Sun-dried tomatoes, Greek seasoning, and Kalamata Olives help to make this slow-cooked turkey mouth-watering and unique.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/215309/slow-cooker-mediterranean-roast-turkey-breast/

 

  1. Best Ever Beef Stew

This Crock-Pot beef stew is the ultimate comfort food with big flavors of garlic, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, vegetables, and tender, fresh-cut pieces of beef. This recipe, rich and warming, will quickly become a favorite in the family.

http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2013/10/best-Crock-Pot-beef-stew.html

 

If your family manages to not gobble down every last bite, the leftovers will make for another great meal. Grab some freezer bags to store the food. 

 

If you don’t already have a Crock-Pot, it’s time to get one! A Crock-Pot saves you time and effort as you make delicious, comforting food for your big group of hungry farmhands. Go to your local Big R to get your own or find yours online: Here