Monthly Archives: July 2014

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 3 – July 13, 2014

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 3 – July 13, 2014

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I am so excited about this week’s newsletter! As many of you know, initially the Thrifty Sister started out as an email between my sister, Karen, and I – we were trying to share how to save a buck here and there. Gradually, as I told friends about our emails, they wanted in on the thrifty ideas, too. As you can imagine, it has grown. Over the years, Karen has contributed some hysterical and very thought provoking articles. This week’s contribution is wonderful!

So, without further ado, allow me to share Karen’s email to me, with the rest of you.

Why My Pizza Cutter Tells Me I’m Old

So, I was cutting pizza today at lunch when my pizza slicer kind of just disintegrated while cutting. The little wheel came undone, like a bicycle wheel and kept going.  After hoping I picked out all the pizza slicer parts out of the pizza, I became curious about how Jeff and I incurred the pizza slicer to begin with.  It made me realize how few things I am left with today that came from my youth.  I get proud of the items that have withstood the test of time.  Likewise, I get nostalgic having to give up items, maybe because those were some darn good memories with the spirits of those I shared it with…

Jeff and I sat on our bed the other day while sinking it in, knowing we will need to say goodbye to our mattress.  But, 10 years ago when we bought the mattress, Jeff and I had slept on the bed sheets on the floor for a summer prior to buying it.  His best friend Cole (now deceased) told me to come over to the bed store, because the bed retail guy was getting a misconstrued perception of Cole & Jeff buying a bed together.

After buying our new mattress set, Pepper (our deceased cat) used it as a scratching pole (bad cat) and used to bite my feet at night if my feet went past the edge of the bed (what a horrible game).  And Cheeto (another deceased cat) used the bottom of the spring mattress as his personal crib when he was just 3 weeks old.  He used to run around in that part of the box springs, like a NASCAR racecar under my bed at night, annoying me.

And when our beagle, Charlie, got very sick and was going to die within the first year of having him, he retreated underneath the bed to pass away, just looking at us, as if to say that he was sorry that he would not be able to make the rest of life’s journey with us any longer.  However, we drug him from under the bed and said, “It’s not your time” and rushed him to an emergency veterinary ophthalmologist (they have those? Well, yes, for $3500).

Jeff had to burst open the pillow top, as the stuffing went all to one side when we moved to Bremerton for Jeff’s first promotion and our first house.  And Charlie continued going underneath the bed as a means of not owning up to his consequence (which would be a punishment of 15 minutes in a kennel) sometimes staying underneath the bed all day. It was as if Charlie was saying, “You can’t punish me if you can’t get to me!”  Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye to a bed, but you need to.  I can only hope the next 10 years can be as good as the last.

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you enjoy looking back on some of your journeys. May they provide you with fond memories of the spirits you have shared experiences with.

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 2 – July 6, 2014

Many, many Happy 4th of the July wishes to all of you Thrifty Sisters! I hope that you all enjoyed some fantastic times with friends and family over this past holiday weekend.

With all of the food and fun that may have happened over the weekend, it is very possible that some of you will find yourself with some extra leftovers. Personally, I love having leftovers. They are perfect for single lunches or the clean-the-fridge-out type of meals (think buffet table for the family) or the ever-popular fend-for-yourself meals.

Just this past week we had a lovely family gathering and my Mother-In- Law, Dottie, was talking about tortilla wraps. Oh, yummy, how I love a nice fresh wrap! However, those little feller’s can get stale in a hurry. Have no fear – you can freshen them up in a jiffy in your microwave. My microwave can warm up and soften up a few shells in 10 seconds. Add a damp paper towel to the top of a stack, and you will never know that your shells have been sitting lonely on a shelf.

Now that one has a lovely stack of shells, what to do… what to do? Do you have a left over green salad? Maybe some left over grilled veggies? Possibly some left over grilled meats (I know, what is THAT, right?! Someone might have left over grilled meats, but not in our home!) Top any of the previous left over suggestions with a bit of salsa or ranch dressing and some shredded cheese and whalla! Lunch. On a freshly softened shell.

Do you happen to have just a small amount of berries left over from the 4th, but not sure what to do with them? Yeah, I don’t have that problem, either, but in case someone does – check out this great idea of how to make a tiny batch of jam out of berries. This actually sounds like it would be a great way for me to try making jam.

A Thimbleful of Jam:

Rinse the raspberries and pick them over for any moldy bits. Tumble them into a measuring cup and smash them. Once you have pulp, eyeball the measurement and add half as much sugar (I got about 2/3 cup of mashed berries and so added 1/3 cup sugar). Stir to combine. Scrape the sweetened fruit into a small saucepan and cook until it thickens (my batch took all of five minutes). (Find the full article here: http://foodinjars.com/2012/07/a-thimbleful-of-jam/ )

Maybe you have a collection of veggies that you are not quite sure what to do with? Try grilling them… and then adding them to your freshly softened tortilla shells! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/delicious-vegetarian-grilling-ideas.html

Do you happen to have left over cranberries in your freezer from last Christmas? I do. This dish sounds just too incredible not to try it! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-minute-strawberry-sorbet.html

Oh boy – Frozen Treats! How about a neat-o link for making homemade popsicles?! Do you remember making these as a kid? I do! We used to freeze all sorts of things in ice cube trays, using toothpicks as the handle, and saran wrap to hold the toothpick in place until they froze. This link takes popsicle making to the next level! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/popsicle-recipes.html?page=1

Wowzers! Snacks and meals and all sorts of goodies today! Do you have some favorite way to whip up leftovers or summer delights that are too good not to share? Send them my way!

Speaking of ideas too good not to share, my friend Chris pinned this earlier today, and these are great ideas! Some of these ideas have been shared throughout the past 6 years, but some of these are new to me, and are just downright brilliant.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/life-hacks-every-girl-should-know-about

And there you have it, my Thrifty Sisters! Time to renew the idea of left-overs and have some fun with it! Keep on keepin’ it thrifty!!