Monthly Archives: September 2013

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 10 – September 29, 2013

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters!  My goodness, look what happens when I don’t post for a couple of weeks – Autumn just sneaks right in there! I hope that you are all enjoying your seasonal transition and enjoying putting up your late summer early fall harvest.  I started doing a small amount of fall clean up outside this past week, and I am rather sad to see the summer season slowly leaving us. There is a crispness in the evening air and the leaves are just starting to turn to their fall colors.  Do you know that the SDSU Hobo Day Parade is a week away? Now that certainly sounds like a fall event, doesn’t it? Marching bands and football games, complete with tailgating and fall orchards and pumpkin picking with family and friends… I guess those items do make the seasonal transition more fun!

Earlier this summer we received some homegrown potatoes, and I know that it might be time to check in on my own potatoes.  What does a Thrifty Sister do with an extra load of potatoes thus not letting them rot and stink up the cabinet? Why, frozen hash browns, of course – or consider frozen cubed potatoes for soups and casseroles. Check out this blog: http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/make-your-own-frozen-hashbrowns I can’t wait to try out my newly frozen hash browns!

Another fantastic recipe find that my hubby discovered was a Mexican Chicken Casserole dish. Sean made it one evening, but the next day we were going camping.  Since I didn’t want to let our casserole go to waste, I froze half of the leftovers, and packed up the other half to use at the campfire. We made a lovely breakfast fire, scrambled up some eggs and tossed in this casserole, and WOW!  This got us talking about how this basic recipe could be used for so many things – thaw and use it for burritos, soups, or quick lunches, breakfasts, etc!  I think that this recipe is going to become a mainstay in our home for fast and easy meals! Here is the link to this recipe: http://southernfood.about.com/od/chickencasseroles/r/r91007a.htm

Of course, with the change of seasons in the air, don’t forget to take care of your skin!  With the cooling of the air, and the humidity levels begin to drop, one is going to notice a change in their skin. Have no fear, spa pampered skin is only as far away as your pantry! Have you considered sugar scrubs?  A lovely companion to the salt scrubs, one can also make their own sugar scrubs.  My friend Amy gave me a charming collection of bath goodies for my birthday, and I have been sugar scrubbing myself silly… and then it ran out. (sad!) So I made some more. The following web site offers a basic recipe, as well as a few fancy ones. Enjoy pampering yourself from your pantry! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-homemade-sugar-scrubs.html

Still afraid that this week’s Thrifty Sister has not inspired you for thrifty and indulging opportunities? Let’s add a crafty idea to the mix!  I have finally caught up my family photo album and am ready to start our Ireland trip photos – Boy, am I eagerly waiting for an opportunity to start scrapbooking those photos and memories. One of the things that I want to incorporate in the scrapbook are maps – creative ways to help us remember where in the world Cobh, Ireland is located, for example. While looking at creative map scrap booking, I found this uber cool collection of crafty ideas for old maps and book pages. http://earth911.com/news/2012/09/19/reuse-diy-ideas-old-books-maps/?utm_source=Earth911.com+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=25a361e1ad-Instant_Expert_9_25_2012&utm_medium=email

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a wonderful Autumn week full of your favorite things!  Happy crafting, cooking and gardening this week.

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 9 – September 8, 2013

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 9 – September 8, 2013

Greetings Thrifty Sisters!  I hope that each of you have had a wonderful past couple of weeks!  Our family has had a lovely time enjoying the warm summer weather with friends and family – including a trip to my folks’ place and a camping trip over the past couple of weekends. With September beginning, there are going to be lots of festivals and events for everyone to enjoy!

With our recent traveling, I have once again been forced to consider the waste that I make versus the way that I dispose of it.  If you ever wonder about your overall waste and if you could make an impact on what really heads to the landfill, consider reading the full article from http://earth911.com/news/2009/11/09/back-to-basics-your-trash-can/ about doing a trash audit.

Sounds rather trashy, doesn’t it?  (oh… bad pun, but I just could not help myself!) The above-mentioned article helps one to develop a trash audit and how to reconsider basic ideas of disposal, cleaning of the trash bins and reminding ourselves about the items that we are bringing into our home.

One of the ideas during this trash audit is to actually review your bag of trash… yeap, I am going to be completely honest with you – that is just not going to happen! Oh yuck. BUT do take time to think about how this trash audit can be done right at the moment that you are tossing something out!  Can this item be recycled?  Maybe it can, and you just didn’t realize it! Did you know that the metal lids to beer/soda bottles are recyclable?  Again, such a tiny item, but each object adds up.

Is the item that you are tossing out a compostable item?  This is one area that I have gotten rather lazy about this summer.  I have a composter, I use it, but as of late, I just have not taken those scraps to the bin. Why?  Like the extra trip to my composter takes so much energy or time??? This is one area that I could really make a difference in my trashy toss out, but I tell myself that the food items are going to biodegrade in the landfill, so this waste is not a crime.  Oh, oh!!!  Yikes, there I am making excuses for myself!  See!!  It is so easy to make excuses even when one has all of the right tools in place to make a positive impact.

No one is trash perfect.  However, if we could each make small choices – little promises to compost more or to think about our recycling options, or even to consider the packaging of an item before it even comes into our home, I know that we could make huge improvements in our wasteful habits. I know I can make improvements!

Now that I have the trashy talk out of the way, I have a couple of tid-bits to share with you.  One is a collection of ideas on how to expand your use of ice cube trays (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-surprising-uses-for-ice-cube-trays.html#) including ideas on how they can organize office supplies, earrings and be used as junk drawer organizers to making perfect little cubes of pesto and sauces as well as clever freezing options and crafting ideas.

The other tid-bit is a collection of 12 Easy Salad Dressings to make: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-healthy-easy-recipes-for-salad-dressing.html

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, enjoy your trash audit (or at least being conscious of what goes in the bin!), have fun with the ice cube ideas and enjoy some fresh greens this week with some new dressing ideas.  Thank you for all that you do to make your life fun and thrifty!