Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 10, Issue 7 – February 25, 2018
Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! Boy, is it nice to see some sunshine in our neighborhood this morning! After several new inches of snow this week and some pretty gloomy days, the sun is a welcomed sight! And March begins this week!!! My Dad has always been fond of saying that Spring starts on March 1, and yes, I am ready to think Spring! I am also still on the hunt for the first Robin Sighting of 2018.
Possibly that garden urge has hit you pretty hard, and you just can’t wait to dig into the soil and create new beginnings. I’m right there with you. Some of my friends have already started growing their own seedlings. Other friends are growing indoor sprouts and microgreens. Maybe you have a desire for a terrarium? My Grandma had a beautiful terrarium, and when we would visit my grandparents in North Dakota, it was one of my favorite things. I was always amazed at how plants could grow in a closed space. I also had no idea that there are so many options of terrarium planting, and repurposing of old containers for your new indoor greenery. This site has some fun and creative ideas: https://inhabitat.com/diy-how-to-make-your-own-green-terrarium-to-keep-or-give-away-for-the-holidays/
Is today laundry day for you? I have a sneaky suspicion that I undoubtedly need to make today a laundry day – my warm sock collection is getting dangerously low, and somehow a giant mountain of laundry has accumulated. How does that happen?! Even though I yearn for flip flops and sundresses, frostbite is not something that I want to deal with today. Do you happen to have a stash of lonely socks? Here’s a site that resourcefully upcycles those mate-less socks: http://www.instructables.com/id/Unusual-Uses-for-Socks/
Recently, I have been a following a friend’s discovery of the amount of plastics in her home, and how she is creatively trying to reduce her family’s need of wasteful plastics. You go, girl, I’m super proud of you, Jess! While many of us are looking at ways of reducing our plastic footprint, this article provides 5 simple suggestions, and some common-sense approaches. One of my favorite suggestions is to think about your purchase. Instead of reaching for a new plastic tote at your favorite big box store, consider what you might already own that would do the trick just as effectively. Old wooden crates and metal baskets would be super cute in your home, and by adding a fresh coat of paint, or artistic effect, you also get to your crafty on! And of course, hello mason jars! Oh, how I love to reuse jars throughout the home! https://earth911.com/home-garden/plastic-free-home-5-simple-changes/?utm_source=New+Earth911+List+-+2015&utm_campaign=92fdf0a75d-Thursday+Emails+2.23.17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e8b4dc609-92fdf0a75d-167846237
Since we are waiting for March to appear, one could still get away with making hearty stews and soups using winter crops. Last year, we tried our hand at adding parsnips to a soup recipe, and I really dig this root crop. Here’s 25 more ways to enjoy parsnips, before old man winter makes his final departure: http://www.delish.com/cooking/g1384/parsnip/
Buffalo cauliflower wings, anyone? Cauliflower is one of those super versatile veggies that gets overlooked. You can mash it, eat it raw, grill it, crisp it in the oven – so many ideas! Why not try out some of your favorite wing ideas on it? https://www.care2.com/greenliving/buffalo-cauliflower-wings-and-dip.html
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you enjoy the last days of February. I’ll be curious if March comes in like a lion or a lamb in my neighborhood, but either way, we know spring is arriving! Enjoy daydreaming about your warm weather passions and preparing to enjoy all those glorious warm weather plans. Be kind to each other and yourself. Enjoy some new recipes. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!