Monthly Archives: December 2015

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 8, Issue 4 – December 6, 2015

Greetings Thrifty Sisters! Happy December! Wow, I can’t even believe it is December already. I feel as our long-awaited camping trip to the Folk Festival was just a few weeks ago, but in actuality it was 4 months ago. I obviously have lost the concept of time this year, oh my!

Last week our newsletter focused on all sorts of things like ways to simplify your life by the simple act of using t-shirt rags versus going out to purchase the microfiber cloths. The original recipient of the Thrift Sister, and my baby sister, Karen, added a comment about how thrift stores really do recycle all that fabric:

“Hi Lora, I took a tour of the Goodwill back part of the store a few months ago.  It is amazing how much they recycle linens and other clothes that don’t make the retail side of their production.  They want you to bring your stuff you think is no longer wearable, so they can recycle.”

Once I found out that our stores were recycling fabric, I began to bag up my fabric items that I would have considered not acceptable for thrift stores due to their condition and labeled those bags “please recycle”. I realize that they still have to sort through the bag, but I feel that taking that little step probably makes their job a little easier. And with all items that one drops off at the thrift stores, please make sure that your recycled fabric is clean.

For many of us, and according to my daunting drive past the mall yesterday, it is holiday shopping time. Maybe you have all your gifts done and wrapped and are just sitting by your tree, sipping hot cocoa and eagerly waiting for Christmas to arrive. Maybe you are on my time frame and have the frozen pumpkins still sitting on your front step, and no idea when you are going to pull your tree down from the rafters, let alone decorate it. Wherever you happen to fall in that mix of preparedness for the holidays, I am sure that our crafty crews have dreams of making and repurposing items for gift giving. Perhaps you have some crafts that you were hoping to finish for yourself!

One of my favorite things about the repurposing movement has been the immense creativity and colors used in taking something old to something fab. Take time to scroll this collection of Thrift Store Reuses, and allow the creativity to flow:

Maybe you foresee a collection of various bottles appearing in your home throughout the next month or so. Keep your bottle collection, and think about ways to reuse all that potential:

Maybe you are more into the holiday baking. Allow me to share this grand sounding aplle cake recipe. (full article and recipe can be found here:

Holiday Apple Cake

Time: 1 1/2 hours, Serves about 8

1 ½ cups apples, sliced
¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 ½ cups plus 3 teaspoons hot water
2 ½ cups flour
2 eggs
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cups butter
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 cup raisins
½ cups pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place apples in pot or large stock pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil for one minute then summer until apples are soft. Drain apples. Sprinkle baking soda over apples.  Sprinkle 3 tsp boiling water over baking soda and apples and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Set aside.

In another large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in eggs.  Add apple mixture to sugar mixture and combine.  Gradually blend in flour mixture until combined.  Stir in raisins and pecans. Pour batter into greased, 9″ bundt pan.  Bake for 1 hour. Let cool in pan and turn out when completely cooled.

And there you have it, my Thrifty Sisters. May you each be blessed with kindness and patience this coming week. Please keep recycling, upcycling and being creative! Take time to enjoy warm cake. Until next week, keep on keepin’ it Thrifty!

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