Monthly Archives: September 2019

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 12, Issue 4 – September 22, 2019

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! Tomorrow marks the first day of Autumn, and I sure hope that everyone was able to pack in all the best living for their summer season! While Autumn certainly does not mark the end of “good living”, it does close one chapter of the year and opens a new one. Harvests are underway (unfortunately, 2019 has proven to be a challenge for many large and small growers in my region), summer flowers are fading to the Fall colors, and in my life, Marching Band has reached its final push towards competitive successes and learning opportunities.

While I often lament over the fact that summer is fading, even I must admit that fall is a lovely time of year. While I do not appreciate the opportunity to dig out the big sweatshirts and fall fashions, I can appreciate having the opportunity to reflect upon my favorite season and know that I participated in many activities that provided enrichment for my outdoor passions.

Canning and food preserving are also in full swing in my home. While there are favorites that I MUST make each year, it is fun to try some new recipes and find new ways to enjoy our local seasonal foods.

How about pickling or grilling fruits? Since we still have a lot of grilling time left, consider some grilled fruits this fall. The yummy caramelized natural sugars and warm fruits are delicious on their own, or as toppings to some of your favorite desserts. Visit this link for a great list of what fruits make good grillers, and which ones to avoid, as well as recipe ideas: http://dish.allrecipes.com/how-to-grill-fruit/

Are you curious about pickled fruits? Me too! Check this site out: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/07/8-fruits-to-pickle-this-summer.html

Earlier in the year, during our Pantry Purge, my hubby and I discovered that rice bowls were a great way to create comforting and easy meals, while using up all the odds and ends rice and grains that were hanging out in the pantry. We have continued to use rice bowls as a great way to use up left over meats and veggies while still providing new and interesting meal options. Little did I realize, but some of these meals are very trendy, and fit into a realm of cooking called Buddha Bowls. For more information and recipes on using cooked and raw veggies (and left overs meats!) check out this site: https://cookieandkate.com/buddha-bowl-recipe/

And to wrap up my “welcome to fall” theme, why not start looking forward to indoor activities. One could spend time during the upcoming cool and rainy Fall days by brewing your own homemade beers. This link provides information on how to brew at home using large canning jars. Could this get any better – canning jars and home brewed yumminess?! (insert Julie Andrews singing, “These are a few of My Favorite Things”)  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3iQHf36YSyyUnh3dWN2UXFubms/view?mc_cid=565401c09b&mc_eid=09a0c5f50e

And with that my fellow Thrifty Sisters, have a wonderful start to Autumn. Remember to enjoy the opportunities to enjoy all your favorite things as well as the chances to discover new favorite things. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun, and continue to be good to each other and yourself.

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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 12, Issue 3 – September 1, 2019

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! Happy September! My goodness how did the last 6 weeks of life slip away so fast?! The last time I touched base with everyone I was able to write about “Finding My Path” in both my garden, and life. I am sure that since then, life has certainly found many paths for all of us to take!

One path that I have been enjoying, has been my path in and out of the veggie garden! Since I got a late start, I am still patiently waiting for things like my tomatoes to fully ripen. With the late start, though, I have been able to avoid some of the garden problems that have been facing many of our local growers. Who knew that my tardiness would work in my favor?! Fingers crossed that Mother Nature could just hold off on that frost! I am happy to report that my garden has not disappointed in producing some early garden delights, despite my delay.

While growing my own beets still seems to be challenge in my garden (no thanks to my naughty bunnies!), my cousins have really helped fill in that void. Oh, how I love fall beets! Both beets from the garden, and beats from the marching band field! One could say that my days are full of consuming and making beats and beets!

All puns aside, I do love beets. Pickled, roasted, boiled, pan fried. With so many ways to preserve beets, one can eat beets year-round – and they are ridiculously healthy for you!

If one visits https://www.elizabethrider.com/10-reasons-to-love-beets/, she lists her top 10 reasons why one would love beets:

  1. Beets are gorgeous in color. Afterall, we do eat with our eyes first.
  2. Beets are a natural aphrodisiac. Ooh la la!
  3. Beet juice purifies the blood.
  4. Beet juice can be used as a natural red food coloring and dye.
  5. Beets contain trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of calmness.
  6. Beets are delicious and can be prepared a variety of ways. Try them raw (shred them into salads), roasted, pickled, steamed, sautéed, boiled, juiced, or pureed.
  7. Beets are full of essentials vitamins and minerals to keep your cells functioning beautifully.
  8. Beets are high in fiber and have long been known for keeping the bowel healthy.
  9. Beets are widely available and relatively inexpensive; this is because they’re in-season most of the year (summer-fall-winter).
  10. Beet juice has been proven to enhance athletic performance and stamina.

Are you ready to drop the beat, and try your hand at some amazing beet recipes? The Food Network has them all laid out for you right here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/beets

And with that my fellow Thrifty Sisters, have a wonderful start to September. Remember to enjoy the chances to follow and create your own paths. Find the humor that each day offers. Enjoy the beats and beets in your life. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun, and continue to be good to each other.

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