Four Ways To Beat the Winter Blues

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Inspiration by Patricia Feager, 2/20/18




My mother taught me a long time ago, the best way to chase away the winter blues was to roll up your sleeves and be prepared to start in the Kitchen.



Start your day healthy using fresh fruits and vegetables. Mixing up an assortment of different types of oranges and grapefruit is really tasty and good for you too! Peeling the oranges and grapefruit is very relaxing and doesn't take much time at all. Making your own fresh Granola seems to look and taste better when adding dried coconut, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, raisins, walnuts, pecans, or an assortment of nuts.   



With your kitchen stove, you can bake, grill, fry, or boil food. When was the last time you made homemade bread? It takes time for the yeast to rise to make the bread, so make sure you start real early! Punching the dough and feeling it between your fingers does two things. It takes away any aggression and makes your hands feel smooth. Once you place the bread in the oven to bake, the whole house smells delicious. If you can't eat bread bake apples! Or make the bread anyway and give it away as a gift, placing it in a basket and tying it with a pretty ribbon with your business card.  


For lunch, I like to make homemade Chicken Tortellini soup. While my chicken breast seasoned to my liking is baking in the oven, I fry onions, yellow, green, and red peppers with garlic and olive oil. Make sure everything is fresh and not frozen. Just heat them on low. In a 4 qt. stockpot, I use bone chicken broth and a large jar of homemade canned tomatoes. Depending on quantity, you may have to double ingredients and broth. Then I add about 2 tablespoons of ancho chile, and about half cumin, one or two bay leaves, and one chopped up a fresh tomato. I don't measure my dry ingredients, but I do use twice as much ancho dry chile power to about half cumin and definitely fresh garlic cloves. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the chicken in the oven is done, add the chicken to the pot of soup. While it's simmering, I boil or make my own tortellini noodles. They boil quickly. I don't taste, my nose just knows when I got it right. Before serving, add Tortellini noodles, fresh cilantro, lime wedges, fresh avocado, mild cheddar, and sometimes I add Tortilla strips; other times I prefer Snyder's Wholly Cheddar Cheese crispy baked crackers.      



The air temperature changes when you bake or make homemade food. Spices are really nice to experiment with and sniffing the air smells great! You just don't get the same smell in your kitchen when you make frozen dinners. Even on cool days, I like to crack open a window to keep the air fresh and clean



Taking a nice hot bath or shower before or after breakfast and in the evenings is very relaxing. Playing your favorite music softly can be very enjoyable. 


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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia you are singing to the Choir, yes the Kitchen is a great place to start, Endre

Feb 19, 2019 11:44 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

These are great suggestions for beating blues! I totally agree about cooking bread and making fresh meals. The smells can be amazing, and always make people smile/calm. Full tummies definitely can make us all feel better.

Feb 20, 2019 03:26 AM #2
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, these are wonderful suggestions. I love getting into the kitchen and in the winter fresh produce makes me feel as though I'm in a different season. There's something very therapeutic about cooking.

Feb 20, 2019 04:50 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Patricia... I had to laugh a bit, as neither my mother nor my grandmother were any good in a kitchen... so this is advice I'd never have gotten from them! But your points are well taken.

Feb 20, 2019 05:09 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You certainly have the four elements in play with this post, Patricia.  Your Chicken Tortellini soup sounds amazing.  I'm going to give it a try!

Feb 20, 2019 05:33 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 20, 2019 05:35 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Patricia. When I head for the kitchen, my wife just shutters! Enjoy your day!

Feb 20, 2019 05:45 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Patricia. You are far more focused than I am. Good advice if it works for you.

Feb 20, 2019 06:40 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are great ways to beat the winter blues, but I would need to learn how to cook, haha.

Feb 20, 2019 10:09 AM #9
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I baked homemade bread yesterday - and it tastes SOOOO much better than the store-bought stuff. A time-saving tip: Let the bread machine do the initial mixing and first rise. Then take out the dough and go from there. I have a wonderful recipe given to me by my favorite one of my son's ex-girlfriends.

Feb 20, 2019 09:10 PM #10
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Inspiring!  I make soup just about every week during the winter--a favorite food, easy dinner.  Also like you--when the weather warms up just a little, I crack open the windows for a bit of fresh air.  Hubby doesn't like that but I feel it's refreshing!

Feb 21, 2019 12:35 PM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I don't cook so #2 and #3 are out, but #1 and #4 sound good to me.

Feb 21, 2019 04:05 PM #12
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - it's back to basics with emphasizing what is important.  The elements of life. So simple. Right there at our fingertips.

Feb 22, 2019 07:21 AM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sounds good to me. I also light candles, and keep a fire going in the woodstove - it's warm and beautiful to watch the flames. D 

Feb 23, 2019 09:24 AM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OH my gosh, you're singing my tune, Patricia! I love being in the kitchen - it really does brighten my day and is the therapy I need sometimes after a stressful day. LOVE baking bread and you're so right - it makes the whole house smell so good.

I haven't made homemade granola in years - you gave me a great idea! THANK YOU!

Have a great week ahead...

Feb 24, 2019 08:00 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

These are wonderful suggestions, Patricia. And I love to cook...and eat! Good thing is the winter blues are far less significant than they were in New England!!

I normally make granola every year for the holidays but didn't this and personal life took over. Time to do so granola-making!


Feb 27, 2019 08:10 PM #16
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - It is so wonderful to hear from you again. Thank you for commenting! New England is one of my favorite places to live in the summer months. I always arrived on the first weekend in June and left just before Labor Day. Therefore, I missed the harsh winters and gorgeous fall changing of the colors. 

I think we all get the winter blues but people out in the North East and of course, Chicagoland, experience the winter blues for a longer period of time. It's all about how we adjust. I hope by now, you're already in the process of making some granola or will be doing so soon! I'm glad to know you took a break from business and personal life - which also took over for me, as well! 

Wishing you excessive happiness and good eating!

Feb 28, 2019 07:10 AM #17
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Hi Patricia, I'm about done with the snow and the ice in Connecticut!   I've been cooking a lot this winter, but no baking as I've gone Paleo.  Staying away from carbohydrates.  Also ramped up my exercise routine with pickleball, dancing, and tennis.  I used to ski which made winter something to look forward to, but those days are long gone!  I'm happy just to stay upright and not fall all winter.  

Mar 09, 2019 06:34 PM #18
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