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!

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