Recipe of the Month
Easy Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn undrained
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes undrained
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 8-oz package light cream cheese 2 chicken breasts

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the black beans.
  • Place chicken at the bottom of the crock pot, then pour out the whole can of corn (undrained), Rotel tomatoes, and black beans on top of chicken.
  • Top with seasonings and ranch dressing mix. Stir together.
  • Place cream cheese block on top. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Preparing for winter
in your manufactured home

Preparing your manufactured home for winter is not much different than that of a home built on site. However, there are some preparation and maintenance tips listed below that may be unique to a manufactured home. The following items are merely suggestions for maintaining your home and you should always consult your manufactured home owner’s manual for specific instructions.

  • Water lines should be protected by wrapping them first with an approved heat cable. Install the heat cable per the manufacturer’s instructions, which may vary according to the type of water riser in place. At the beginning of cold weather, check to be sure heat tapes are plugged in and in good working condition. If you are planning on being away for an extended period of time, it is best to shut off water supply completely.
  • Check for ice or snow buildup around your furnace or water heater roof caps. It is important to keep this area open to provide for proper operation.
  • During periods of severe cold, leave cupboard and closet doors open at night and when you are away so that heat may circulate in these otherwise cold areas.
  • Avoid pouring small amounts of liquid into sinks and toilets, as a small amount of liquid by itself may freeze in your drain in severe cold weather. Do not leave a small stream of water running from the faucet as this may cause sewer lines to freeze.
  • Check the underside of your home for any holes in the belly board. Be sure all heat registers are in working order and sealed. Replace any inoperative or damaged registers.
  • Fix all plumbing leaks to keep the sewer line from freezing. Sometimes toilet tank leaks can be small and unobservable. To check the tank for a leak, tie the float up in the evening; and if the tank is lower in the morning, you will know that you have a leak.
  • Unhook garden hoses in order to allow freeze-proof faucets to drain.

Your manufactured home manual will give you other tips that can be helpful in not only preventing costly repairs associated with freezing but also to enhance the energy efficiency of your home.

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