redneck walkin cooler…

Just thought you might like to see another advantage to lots of snow…I do not need an extra fridge!!! Have a good night everyone…I am sure I am not the only won with a party going on…my post tomorrow might be a little late due to a wine induced coma…I am not “ahead” on Needful things anymore…where does the time go anyway!!!


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I live on a lake in beautiful Butte Des Morts, WI. I have three sons: Lance (forever 29), Luke 33, Jake 32, and two grand-babies, Little Man and O-Bug. I've been married to the love of my life Nick, since 1998 when we started our crazy adventure together! I am a quilter, rugger, and gardener. I also love to cook when I get the chance. Thanks for visiting and supporting Primitive Gathering Quilt Shop where I try to bring you the best Moda fabrics and wool projects anywhere!

45 thoughts on “redneck walkin cooler…

  1. I grew up in Michigan and the garage was our extra fridge in the winter. During the holidays when our fridge and freezer are overflowing I miss that down here in Georgia. Have fun at the party. We have a get together at the neighbors tonight. So nice when you don’t have to worry about driving. I will be drinking wine with you.

  2. Lisa, be very careful that the crows or squirrels or other wildlife don’t get into your food. Sometimes I put extra goodies under the barbecue lid (make sure it’s not turned on) to keep them safe until company arrives.
    Merry Christmas

  3. That is so darn funny! I live in Florida, so it’s a real kick to see that. Also the subject line, redneck walk-in cooler…lol!

  4. One time several years ago we were without electric power for over 3 weeks due to a horrible ice storm here in the mountains of NW Arkansas. There was nearly an inch of ice on trees and ground, and without power, we had no water (we have a well). I washed dishes with ice that I broke off of low hanging branches and heated on our wood stove. You just do what you gotta do!

  5. That brings back memories! I lived in Alaska for over 26 years and had used my porch for extra freezer space. But it was enclosed. If it had not been the moose and bears would have for sure enjoyed my Christmas treats! Not to mention what the mischievous ravens would have done! Have fun!

  6. Have a Jolly Good Time. I can use my screened in back porch for my Walkin Cooler, I live in Michigan. I think with your “Boy’s” you don’t need to worry about critters!

  7. Love this post Lisa! I lived in Utah many years and loved the fact that you could refrigerate outside naturally….one advantage to cold FREEZING weather ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I use my porch or the top of the barbecue. It works great especially during Christmas with the extra food.

  9. Oh, Lisa, I loved this post. I live in Cold country too and often use my deck as a walk-out cooler. The only problem I have is I have frozen a few things solid not realizing just how cold it actually was. Enjoy your party. Ours is Sunday night. So love to share our home and the bountiful goodness of this season.

  10. I really miss my RN Cooler. We moved to Texas in October. Temps have been near 80* most of the time. Had to go buy another fridge to store drinks and hide Christmas cookies. Merry Christmas (I used our car, lawn tractor and every flat surface in the garage last year)

  11. Enjoy the wine and the parties! Ohio outdoor coolers are hit and miss from year to year! Sometimes warm and sometimes cold!

  12. We always do this at my parents house. It doesn’t work so well in Southern California. Enjoy your party!

  13. Ha ha…..I just walked back into the house after putting food outside on ‘my’ back deck and then checked emails and had your post….too funny! Lucky us, living in Iowa means snow and cold……brrrrr…..

  14. So funny!! We use our screened back porch as an extra fridge, comes in handy when baking too. Where are the dogs? They want to join in the fun!

  15. My Grandma used her basement – there was a special room in the corner -it was very very cold in the winter. She called it her canning cellar… Enjoy youy party and Merry Christmas!
    PS My son is coming Jan 3 for 2 days we will have Christmas then … making your pasta again it was yummy!

  16. Have a great time at your party. You deserve it! Isn’t great living in Wisconsin. We have an extra ‘fridge’ and didn’t even have to buy it.

  17. I’m with you, I love my Dovos-I’ve had them for years, and they’re just as nice as the day I got them! Your backyard food looks delicious-

  18. We’ve used the “outdoor fridge” several years at Christmas time. Love your blog and the sissors sound wonderful. I will save my pennies.

  19. Hi! This is the best part of winter! I get to stock up on bread, meat etc. Great for Christmas cooking and baking and extra cooking thru the year. We used to have a 3 season room in a prev house, perfect for outside freezer! Now, I use rubbermaid containers on our upper deck, which we have secured from critters! I don’t know what I’d do without a Redneck Freezer!
    Take care, Leslie

  20. hahahaha – we call ours a “garage-arator”. Da critters would have a field day if we left food outside. Happy Holidays everyone!!

  21. We now have an extra frig too. It’s called a 3 seasons porch! I love it, it easily fits all the large platters of food and jello hardens real fast.

  22. Your “cooler” is something shared by 98% of us up north!! We have our porch to use since the threat of hungry squirrels/raccoons/skunks/and bears when awake prevents just putting outside. Hope your “coma” was good.Happy Christmas

  23. If you aren’t in a coma, I am……….I notice that after a few seconds I see white spots moving on the screen.
    I have heard that when folks get old they see something called floaters. Fearful that I had that malady I called my daughter and told her to check out your blog. She called back laughing and said “relax Mom” it is an effect that Lisa added to make it look wintery and snowy. Good grief and I thought I had an eye disfunction. LOL
    Thanks it gave us all a big laugh. Mom is seeing white spots she is differet than otherslllllllllLOL

  24. LOL I too have a walkin freeezer now, I was missing it last week when I was malking some candy! I llove, love the case and this set out of the budget right now….might now I have something to save up for….beside mu real goal of visiting your shop in 2013…Merry Christmas!

  25. I love your redneck cooler. I grew up in Michigan and now live in Wisconsin, we always use the garage for a refrigerator in the winter and especially at Christmas

  26. I can relate to your redneck cooler. We live in a cold winter climate as well and use our attached garage as another cooling source during the holidays. We set up extra tables and spread out! If the weather is milk in our area, we are frustrated because we loose our free and natural refrigerator/freezer.

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