Monthly Archives: October 2014

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 7, Issue 6 – October 5, 2014

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! Well, October has done it to me again… Here it is, and I am still wondering where September slipped away to! Wow, fall sure is sneaky, and rather spooky with all of the cobwebs that have shown up around my doors and windows – no wonder Halloween is during this month! (ha!)

Speaking of spiders and webs – have you seen the stories on social media about spiders not liking peppermint oil? Apparently there are a few oils that work well for keeping your spiders at bay. ( ) This is officially going on my list of to-do items this week.

SOOooooo…. October snuck up on you, and you feel clueless about fall decorating ideas…. Yeap, me, too. Although I just ran across this collection of homemade fall and halloween crafts. There are some very clever ideas, and worth checking out! I think I may have found the perfect fall center piece from this collection! Many of these ideas would be great to do with the kids!

Over this past weekend, we had our first light freeze of the season. As I was in the garden cleaning up the tomato and cucumber vines, I was thinking about some of the good recipes that I had made from the garden produce this year. One of the unexpected favorites was a recipe for cucumber relish. It was a great idea on how to use up those hummungo cucumbers!

Did your garden produce a plethora of onions? I have all sorts of onions – big ones, small ones, and they are all delish! I found a list of 14 surprising things one can do with onions. (Taken from this web site articles: )

Health & Body

  1. Repel Insects. Rubbing an onion on your skin is a simple way to repel bugs.
  2. Soothe Insect Bites & Stings. Forgot to follow tip #1? Rubbing onion onto bug bites will help to ease the pain.
  3. Soothe a Sore Throat. Making onion tea is a great remedy for soothing sore throats. On the stovetop, boil water with onion peels in it (about 1 cup of water for the peels of 1/2 an onion.) Bring to a boil, remove onion and serve.
  4. Use in Place of Smelling Salts. Overwork yourself? Feeling light-headed? Onions are a great natural remedy to use instead of smelling salts.
  5. Ease the Pain of Burns. Rubbing onions onto burns helps soothe the pain.
  6. Remove Splinters. Have a splinter that just won’t budge? Try taping (yes, with tape, or a adhesive bandage) a piece of raw onion to it. Hold tight for about an hour before removing the onion.


  1. Polish Metal. Slice onion and then crush it. Combine crushed onion with water. With a cloth, dab it on the metal surface. Rub until clean.
  2. Get Rid of that Paint Smell. The same mixture described for polishing metal works great for combating the unpleasant, and sometimes unhealthy, odors of paints and varnishes.
  3. Clean Sponges. Okay, so this particular use is actually for the mesh packaging that onions are often sold in, but hey — a way to re-use unnecessary packaging, right?! The mesh is a perfect tool to clean all that gunk that builds up on sponges. Cut it up into smaller pieces for best results.
  4. Clean Your Grill. Chop an onion in half, and turn on your grill. Using a fork, glide the onion on the grill to scrub it clean.
  5. Make a DIY Dye. Onion skins make great dyes! Place the skins in nylon panty hose, tie top shut, and boil in a pot for about 20 minutes.


12.Make Burned Rice Edible Again. Neglected your rice, and now some of it has burned? No need to toss it! Simply place half of an onion on top of the rice. It will absorb the burned taste.

13.Preserve Avocados. Prevent your avocados from browning by storing them in a plastic airtight container with red onions. Place half of an onion in the container first, skin side up, and then place the avocado. You can use red onion to store guacamole, too: Place some slices on top of the guac’ in a plastic container.

14.Cook Eggs Creatively. Want the ultimate oniony eggs? Check out this great recipe!

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a fantastic week doing fun fall crafts, enjoying the spider repelling sprays, and some fun with onions – and don’t forget to try the cucumber relish! I, will be contemplating tackling my garage (yes, I have been wanting to accomplish that project for weeks now!) Wherever you are in your fall to-do list, make it fun and thrifty!