Monthly Archives: March 2017

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 9, Issue 18 – March 26, 2017

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 9, Issue 18 – March 26, 2017

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! It’s incredibly hard to believe that the last week of March is upon us.  I hope that we all have lamb like weather to bring in April, and that the lions are behind us.

It’s Schmeckfest time in our neck of the woods and both my hubby and I have once again been blessed with the opportunity to not only play in the pit orchestra of this year’s musical, “Brigadoon”, but to also be welcomed into the Freeman community with open arms.  It’s been late nights and long drives, but it is always so worth the opportunity to create such lovely music with everyone involved. This also marks an opportunity for my hubby and I to get creative with our travel time together. One of the best ways is to create a picnic meal that we can enjoy.  This past week has been mostly sandwiches, but even a sandwich can be fun if you use fresh baked breads, surprise ingredients like sprouts or greens, fancy mustards and yummy cheeses. It’s always about making every day special!

One new-to-me dish concept that I have recently rediscovered, and can’t wait to try my hand at once we are home in the evenings, is something called sheet pan dinners. It’s certainly not a new concept, as I remember my mom cooking dishes like this in the oven, when we were kids. You know, before the first crock pot arrived in our home! I love the notion of one meal in one pot. Visit this link to 25 sheet pan meals covering a wide variety of meats and vegetarian options: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/sheet-pan-dinner/

This next idea comes from Britt (thanks, B!).  I love these creative ways to use various pieces of what would normally be considered “junk” to be turned into garden art. Maybe you have a few items in your garage that you just can’t quite bear to toss out, but they really are not serving a purpose anymore.  Consider strategically placing them through your garden space and watch the gardens grow around them! Enjoy this inspiring link: http://www.hometalk.com/19768493/organized-clutter-s-2016-junk-garden-tour?se=fol_new-20170210-1&date=20170210&slg=633efc3bf70913ad69339b3f6eef475c-10825690

Possibly a little spring cleaning might be in order, to find those hidden little soon-to-be garden gems. Check out the links below for ideas on homemade cleaners for all kinds of surfaces and tips on keeping those surfaces clean: http://masonjars.com/blogging/diy-spring-cleaning-tips/

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-diy-green-cleaning-recipes.html

And allow me to leave you with this last thought for the week. Studies show that helping others makes you a healthier and happier individual. Random acts of kindness, volunteering, and just helping each other out leads to a happier and healthier you.  Try it out and see how you feel!  I’m including a couple of links, just in case you need more evidence that helping others is a good thing. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201602/3-specific-ways-helping-others-benefits-your-brain

http://mentalfloss.com/article/71964/7-scientific-benefits-helping-others

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have an amazing last week of March, and don’t get fooled on April Fool’s Day! Enjoying making each day count, and thrive on the little things that life offers. Enjoy thinking about some newly repurposed garden art or possibly some lip-smacking new oven delights that might find its way to your table. And be nice to each other.  Help each other out.  It’s the right thing to do, and it has great health benefits for you, too! Who knew?! And with that, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 9, Issue 17 – March 5, 2017

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 9, Issue 17 – March 5, 2017

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters, and Happy March! Did March come in like a lion or a lamb in your area? Spring is on it’s way, and I could not be happier to watch the upcoming change of seasons occur. It’s still a little early to get to toodle around in the garden, but yesterday I went out to pick up a few items that had been knocked over, and some fallen limbs. It felt so nice to be in my yard again, and to see little plants starting to wake up.

I sadly must report that there has been no time to spout anything, or start forcing tulip bulbs (no matter which method one chooses to start them!).  But I do need to run to the hardware store today and pick up some basic items (like furnace filters), and I am fully intending on swinging through the seed department and looking at what type of bulbs they have on hand. I feel like today is my day for some awesome early gardening.

Do you know what I miss the most, right now? Fresh basil.  Wouldn’t a little pot of basil be splendid to start?! Ha – I’ll put that on my early spring garden wish list. But seriously, doesn’t that just sound amazing?!  Has anyone tried overwintering basil from previous years?  Hmm … my head is already whirling around with grand garden thoughts!

While I continue to day dream about upcoming garden grandeurs, I’m going to post this list of 12 items that one can make, rather than buy. There is a treasure trove of ideas on how to make seed starting pots, your own brown sugar, cold brewed coffee, disinfecting wipes, granola, cleaning spray, and more! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-things-you-should-never-buy-because-theyre-so-easy-to-make.html

Are you still struggling with wrapping your head around spring cleaning? Try a few of these 15 tricks to help you maintain your already clean spaces, and save time with some of our other daily little mishaps: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/game-changing-cleaning-shortcuts

Need help getting rid of some of the extras that accumulate in the fridge? I love versatile recipes, and this link gives you 20 recipes that can work with what you may already have hanging out in the fridge and cupboards, and help spark some ideas on how to utilize the food you already have, rather than allow it to rot and need to be tossed out. Or maybe some of these recipes will be the spark for creating this week’s meal menu! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-fridge-clearing-recipes.html

Last week I had posted a link to some soup recipes from Masonjars.com and one of the recipes was a pizza soup. I went back to the site, and discovered that the ingredient list would not pass the picky test for our son, but I checked out some other pizza soup recipes and ran across this delicious, and versatile recipe. Instead of the ½ lb hamburger and ½ cup pepperoni, I substituted a pound of turkey sausage, and I used a whole 10 oz bag of tortellini instead of ravioli. We had some delicious and hearty lunches last week! Check out the link, and read some of the suggestions that others had used in their substitutions on the bottom. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/237187/bens-pizza-soup/

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a wonderful week. Enjoy every day. Consider trying to make at least one new item and clean one spot in your home, and have fun getting thrifty in your fridge! Waste not, want not, and be thankful for the full belly you could provide for yourself. Until next week, when we change our clocks forward, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!