Monthly Archives: May 2014

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 27 – May 18, 2014

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! Happy belated Mother’s Day to our Thrifty Mom’s out there, Happy Birthday to one of my sisters, and happy upcoming Memorial Day Weekend for the rest of us! So many Happy Wishes today!!!

Even though the weather in my neighborhood is not what one would call swimming weather (I had to publicly break up with our sad spring weather when we woke up to a 25 degree morning this week and several nights of tucking in various pants for the night), I can’t help but let my thoughts wander to one of my favorite summer pastimes, swimming. Sure, pools are fun, but finding a great swimming hole is even more fun! I have so many fond memories of spring swimming at Oakwood Lake during college, and all of the good times with great friends! It’s time to rejuvenate that feeling! This web site lists some local swimming holes, and is interactive. I notice that the SD map only has a few listed, but don’t forget to think about your local state parks – they may have some lovely swimming surprises! Why not plan a family trip to one of these featured swimming holes?

Maybe swimming is not on your mind as of yet. Are you still spring-cleaning? Check out this list of 51 fantastic uses for baking soda: Wow – so many great ideas on this list! They list some unexpected personal care ideas (like a new hand cleanser recipe made out of honey and cornmeal!), some cleaning ideas (including a neat-o way to clean up grime off floors – this is going on my “got to try” list!) and of course some fresh ideas on deodorizing! Since my mind continues to float towards warm summer thoughts, I am going to revisit the use of baking soda in my homemade laundry detergent!

Possibly one is looking for some fresh recipe ideas. Unfortunately, I don’t have a recipe with a crazy baking soda twist, but I do have some fun carrot recipes to share. (Yummy! Carrots from the garden. Oh, sorry, there I go daydreaming about being outside in the garden again!) In case anyone is curious, I have cute baby carrots sprouts in my two carrot pots!

For 5 easy ways to enjoy carrots, visit:

Do you even notice how maybe your project or recipe did not turn out like the super-cute photo from Pintrest or Martha Stewarts web site? Maybe the rest of you follow directions better than I do, but here is a clever snack idea that would be easy to make ahead of time and something to enjoy for several days. This might even prove to be something one could use for a light meal! However, I am positive that my crackers will not cut as pretty as the ones pictured. Mine will be very rustic looking. Maybe one calls that artisan? For some artisan crackers right from your home oven, visit:

And with that, my dear sisters, enjoy your week! Enjoy traveling to a local swimming hole, enjoy time with family and friends, good luck on your crafty projects and take time to think about making one small change in your routine with baking soda. I hope that the recipes shared with inspire you to visit your local farmer’s market and pick up something yummy and fresh! Keep on keeping it thrifty and fun, folks!

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 26 – May 4, 2014

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters, and Happy May! With May Day baskets behind us, it is time to look forward to celebrating our Moms next weekend. I sincerely hope that many of you had an opportunity to grill over the past week. I know that my hubby and I are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to do so! While we wait for grilling season, let us start bringing those day dreams of gardening to a reality!

I am sure that some of you have your seedlings sprouted and are ready to dig in! With Mother’s Day just around the corner, our gardens in the Northern Regions will start to come together! My Dad says to have your bulbs in the ground by May 1. I started putting bulbs out yesterday, dreaming of gorgeous Glads and Fairy Lilies. Next in will be the Cannas and Calla Lilies. Thinking of the cannas, made me think of the hummingbirds that I am going to want to attract to my yard this year. I can’t wait to go plant shopping this year!

No matter what your gardens plans will be this year, I am sure that we all have some special experiments that we are going to try out. Are you new to gardening, or have a small space – maybe even an apartment patio? Consider all of the small container garden ideas that seem to be popping up. If one thinks of gardening like jazz music, then simple is best. May I suggest a handy web site that offers oodles of ideas on how to “Keep It Simple” (a jazz improve technique referred to as the KISS method.)

The above web site offers many ideas and repurposing suggestions! This year I have a large “salad bowl” planter on the patio. It is a huge round planter that is only about 8 to 10” high, but about 24” wide – very similar to a gi-normus salad bowl. I planted 4 salad seed options and I am enjoying watching these little sprouts show themselves. Another planter experiment that I am trying is growing carrots in a pot. For the past two seasons, I have grown carrots, and have successfully broken them trying to remove them from the garden. After the success with the potato bags last year, and literally just dumping out my harvest and sifting through the dirt to find my potatoes, I am hoping that carrot harvesting will be just as easy.

Maybe you are looking forward to room redecorating or remodeling this year? May I suggest paper bags? Yes, you read that correctly – paper bags make a fantastic wall cover, flooring idea or about any covering! Check out this neat-o idea here:

And of course, with the return of better weather, so returns the idea that it will be easier to boost your over all health, and return to walking, or running, or whatever health regime may have slipped past you during these past few months. I have noticed that while walking up and down stairs I am more “creaky” sounding as of late. That just tells me that I need to get back at it and start doing more than just equipment moving! But did you know that joint health can be promoted by several factors?

This short article (found here: ) had some great ideas, and reminders for my creakiness. Please visit the link for more information.

“5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Joints Young” by Shubhra Krishan

Creaky knees and aching joints need not be an expected result of advancing age. You can stay flexible and pain-free until late in life, if you pay attention to these simple things that help your hard-working joints.

  • Cook with turmeric. This time-honored spice contains curcumin, which is known to reduce the inflammatory chemicals in osteoarthritis and ease painful joints.
  • Munch on almonds. They’re delicious and rich in Vitamin E, which protects the outer membrane of your joints. Sunflower seeds are another wonder food in your fight against stiff and achy joints.
  • Drink red wine. A recent research study shows that reservatrol, a plant chemical found in red wine, can bring relief to inflamed joints.
  • Walk off the weight. This is the most important thing you can do to enjoy supple joints until late in life. Losing just five percent of your body weight eases pressure on your joints dramatically. Walking, yoga, swimming, dancing or cycling—all of these are enjoyable and effective ways to keep the weight off.
  • Eat broccoli. There’s a compound called sulforaphane in broccoli, which blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction.

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, may you remain health, active and strong! We need to be, so we can keep up with all of the exciting warm weather related projects and plans that we have made! Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!