Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 12, Issue 2 – July 21, 2019
Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that summer is treating each of you well and that you are finding time to follow your passions and enjoy all of the adventures that find their way to you.
During the month of June, I was able to spend time in my garden and get some projects done! One project, that has been on hold for 3 summers, was to work on a couple of garden paths that I had created in 2012. Some of the stones needed to be replaced, the paths had gotten overgrown, and last fall some of the heavy downpours had created streaming lines that needed to be filled in and new hardscaping needed to be added to help detour future soil erosion.
I spent weeks on this project, with the goal of having it done before marching percussion camp started. It was a long process when you only have an extra hour or 2 here and there. I battled large ant hills and our hearty summer heat and humidity (which I actually don’t mind – yay, summer!), and had to be creative about how to work around summer storms and plan out the days that I could actually be in the garden vs. what my planner said needed to be done.
All in all, it was a beautiful process. I referred to this project as “Finding my Path”. So much gardening and personal reflection happened while I was “Finding my Path”. Not only was it good for my garden, but it was good for my soul. Sunshine and dirt are good for me. I love getting to do mundane things like pull weeds – it’s simple and easy work, but one must be diligent. In life, giant ant hills pop up and one needs to figure out how to work around those, and not get bit. In life, one finds broken stones in their path, and it is important to fix those broken things. If you ignore those broken pieces, one never can have a safe and rewarding path. I discovered so many comparisons of my overgrown and unkept path to life lessons. Even though I still have a lot of garden projects left to do before summer goes away, I am incredibly thankful and grateful for this opportunity to “Find my Path”.
Now that marching season is in full swing, it is time to pack my lunches. I have been trying to be very conscientious about eliminating plastic and single use items from my packing. It’s not a perfect world, and since I do enjoy the sweet treat of fruit snacks. Wouldn’t it be amazing to buy a pound of fruit snacks in one giant bag and then dole out what you wanted into your own containers?!?! If someone knows where I can find this gem, let me know!
One of my favorite things to pack is a salad or cut up veggies in a glass canning jar. But glass jars are so useful for so many more items! This link provides a lot of breakfast ideas, but some of these sound like they would make lovely side lunch dishes, as well. Visit this link for more glass jar recipes: http://elitedaily.com/envision/healthy-breakfasts-mason-jar-photos/1335297/?utm_source=reCAP+Customers&utm_campaign=371c61ef26-RE_JAN16_I1_4_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc8db817d0-371c61ef26-107870733
Have you noticed that potatoes are now in season? I love a good potato dish. Here are 34 creative ways to cook with potatoes – and some of these sound amazing! https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/hey-spud
And for those what are wondering what to do about ample amounts of local fruits, have you considered fruit curds? While the name fruit curd sounds very unappetizing, they are a very decadent topping – for desserts or toast, or added to oatmeal, or even just eating straight out of the jar. According to Wikipedia, “Fruit curd is a dessert spread and topping usually made with citrus fruit, such as lemon, lime, orange, or tangerine. Other flavor variations include passion fruit, mango, and berries such as raspberries, cranberries or blackberries.”
Here is a very straightforward and adaptable curd recipe: https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/fruit-curd-is-the-word
I’m envisioning curd topped yummy things from the above jar recipe list (above).
And with that my fellow Thrifty Sisters, have a wonderful July. Enjoy the opportunities to find your own path, whether that is in your garden, or creating a path through whatever has gotten overgrown in your life. Find the opportunities to be grateful and thankful. Enjoy the new recipe ideas. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun, and continue to be good to each other.