Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 6 – November 11, 2018
Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! The last newsletter touted the delights of spending the last few weeks of September living up summer, and then I blinked. And here we are, ready to talk about the holidays. 2018 is just flying by, in my home. Marching band is over, school is in full swing with the holiday concerts looming, and with the unseasonably cool weather, I’ve been forced to put the sun dresses and flip flops away and rediscover my winter layers.
With November comes many reasons to rejoice. Today we get to celebrate our Veterans. We need to take time to recognize and remember all of those who have served, are serving, and for those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. For all the veterans who are reading this, I will never forget, and thank you for your service.
For those Veterans, don’t forget that many local and national businesses offer discounts or free items, in recognition of your services. If you are curious what is available, there are many websites that are posting the deals of the day. Here is one: https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/
And later this week, we have America Recycles Day on Nov 15. I had no idea that this was even a national day! In the following link (https://nationaldaycalendar.com/america-recycles-day-november-15/) it states, “America Recycles Day was started in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition and is declared each year by Presidential Proclamation, encouraging Americans to commit to recycling.” And I thought Recycling Day was every day! Feel free to reduce, reuse and recycle on Thursday, and enjoy the national movement to get involved.
And in just about a week and a half, it’s Thanksgiving! (OMG, did your tummy just twist like mine did when I looked at the calendar and figured this out?!) Yikes, and wow. If you are in the same boat as I am, please feel free to visit this site for 10 smart tips to help you prepare for Thanksgiving. They offer some stellar planning ahead for meal prep, and even provide links to to-do lists, as well as info about unthawing one’s bird. https://www.thekitchn.com/10-smart-tips-to-help-you-prepare-for-thanksgiving-225789
Maybe you would rather craft your way to a lovely Thanksgiving? Here are 9 great ways to celebrate America Recycles Day AND create a festive mood: https://earth911.com/living-well-being/events-entertainement/upcycled-thanksgiving-decorations/?utm_source=New+Earth911+List+-+2015&utm_campaign=5066cdbada-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e8b4dc609-5066cdbada-167846237
And before I signoff, allow me to leave you this recipe for Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash. Spaghetti squash is such an amazing squash! In the last posting, I declared that Delicata Squash was probably my favorite squash, but I was mistaken. Spaghetti Squash is my favorite. Anything that you would make with pasta, you can make with this squash! And the mild flavor does not make you think you are eating squash at all. Mother Nature, you have once again blown my mind!!!!
Since my kitchen looks like a small farmer’s market has set up shop, I need to get to work on baking up some of these yummy gourds. One of my preferred things is to bake one of a Sunday and eat it for lunches during the work week. Since I have not been home on Sundays, it’s been difficult to squeeze it into my work week, but I have a feeling today is the day. And this recipe sounds amazing! https://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-spaghetti-squash-and-cheese/
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, celebrate every day. Celebrate and thank our Veterans, celebrate recycling opportunities, celebrate all the small and beautiful things that life offers to you every day. Celebrate that we still have a week and a half to prepare for Thanksgiving. I’m going to celebrate garden goodness by putting a spaghetti squash in my oven and be thankful that I have the time and resources to be able to do that today. Remember to be kind to yourself and each other and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!