Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that each of you had a delightful week! I’m not really sure where my week has disappeared to, but it was certainly eventful and we had the opportunity to make some great memories! Who can ask for anything more?!
Are you looking for summer activities for either you, or your family? Consider visiting a farm! I had the chance to watch part of our local news last night, and they had this neat article about how Ag United was creating opportunities for families to visit South Dakota farms. I feel that there is no better way to teach our youth how products arrive at our grocery stores, and to show the amount of effort it takes to make that gallon milk appear in your refrigerator than to go right to the source. Visit http://agunited.org/ to view activities and tour options.
How many of you have a collection of Mason Jars collecting dust? I don’t, either, but I hear that some people have this problem. Did you know that canning jars make excellent storage options? Have some leftovers from supper? Consider putting individual sized portions in jars – they freeze and refrigerate like a dream. Possibly you have random crafting supplies that need storage options – there are many sized canning jars just waiting for your creative use!
I love keeping various the little jars that some of our groceries show up in. I just wash the glass jar, and if the lid smells like artichoke hearts in oil, let the lid sit on your counter for an afternoon filled with vinegar. Wash with soap and let air dry. The smell eventually dissipates and hello cute storage jar! You can even spray paint the outside of the jar lids!
I love glass jars. And they can be used for much more than just storage! Check out the following links for recipes, salads on the go, and dressings – perfect parings for all of the garden yumminess that is coming inside at this time of year!
And last, but not least, allow me to share this uber thrifty tip that my hubby came up with last night. About a week ago, we purchased several dips to have on hand while some friends came over for the evening, and of course, we had lots left over. While prepping supper last night, Sean spotted the jalapenos on our counter, and decided that these dips would make great fillers for stuffed jalapenos. He stuffed those little jalapenos with the dips, rolled them up in a tin foil packet and placed them on the grill, and they were scrumptious! What a fantastically creative and yummy way to use up the left over dip!
Do you have creative ways to use up odds and ends in your fridge? I’d love to hear about your tricks!
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, have a grand week. Enjoy having the opportunity to explore summer options in your home state. Sometimes one doesn’t have to go very far to find a fun family excursion. Enjoy the opportunity to reunite with your glass jar collection and being creative on how to use (or re-use) those jars, and may you be inspired to create new recipe ideas! And remember, let’s all be kind to each other, and especially ourselves. I’m heading outside, now. My garden is calling, and that bumper crop of thistles I was talking about last week… yeap… I’m still pulling! Maybe I’ll have more garden play time this week! Ha – a girl can dream, right?!