Monthly Archives: March 2020

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 12, Issue 11 – March 29, 2020

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that this finds you and yours healthy and safe. Even from 2 weeks ago, I can not believe how much our worlds have changed! If someone would have told me that I would be operating my music studio from 4 video chat platforms and a borrowed iPad, I would have said nope, but here I am. Also, I am fully aware of how fortunate I am.

Kindness, generosity and flexibility from those around me have provided me with what I need. Last fall, I kept telling my marching percussion students that resilience was going to the reoccurring word of the day throughout our marching band season. For those who have been marching band parents, I am sure that you appreciate how each day changes and the weather and other factors play a huge roll in how the best laid out plans may or may not fall together. At our school, we also had an active construction zone just outside of the band room, so daily routes to the practice fields became almost a nature walk of sorts as we got the band kids through the construction zone maze, while avoiding the marimba-sinking sized mud pits (boy, was it wet last fall!). Little did I realize that resilience was going to be a theme that needed to be carried into 2020 and expand outside of the marching band world.

Speaking of resilience, how are your grocery stores looking? One thing that I am really surprised at is the lack of yeast. Seems like yeast is just flying off the shelves around here! If you had hopes of making bread at home, but can’t find that yeast, consider recipes that don’t require yeast, such as beer bread recipes. We’ve made this bread with many types of craft beers, and it has been a very fun experience:

I was going to share this link as a spring-cleaning piece of advice, but with our heightened awareness of washing our hands and a nation-wide shortage of hand sanitizer and wipes, this might come in handy for more than just toys.

Speaking of hand sanitizers, please note that the CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water. For more information, please visit the CDC website, “CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because hand washing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The guidance for effective hand washing and use of hand sanitizer in community settings was developed based on data from a number of studies.”

And there you have it, my Thrifty Sisters! Have a beautiful beginning of April. March came in like a lamb around here and left like, well, a lion? Somehow that just doesn’t really fit this year does it?! I am still eagerly anticipating getting to play with my seeds and daydream about my garden. Little baby plants are coming in, and my daffodils are about 2 inches up. I can’t wait to get into that dirt! Enjoy the beer bread recipe and wash your hands! Until next time, be kind to yourself and others and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun.

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 12, Issue 10 – March 15, 2020

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that this finds each of you healthy, during this time of uncertainty as we all branch into new ways of living during “The Days of Rona”, as one of my students said this past week. As I reflect on what has happened since the last Thrifty Sister, I can’t believe how much all our worlds have changed.

I certainly hope that each of you were able to celebrate The Most Wonderful Day of the Year on March 1. Being grateful for what my Dad has taught me and making sure that I do not miss a moment to celebrate all the small wonders of life have been a blessing, and a beautiful opportunity to continuously view the world around me. Mindfulness and perspective are truly amazing game changers in our lives.

Mindfulness and perspective are also a great way to move forward as we all try to figure out this new health crisis that COVID-19 is presenting. I am not a doctor, nor pretend to have vast medical knowledge, but I do happen to have some common sense (I bet my family is laughing at this statement!). Hoarding basic household goods is not the way to live your life. Stocking up on sensible rations is smart and having food and basic necessities are important. It’s much like thinking forward when an upcoming blizzard is heading towards the Prairie. This health situation might take longer than a 3-day snowstorm, but I feel like there is no reason to panic. Be mindful and think through your individual situation and needs. Be informed from legit sources.

As many of us prepare for a new normal for the next week or so, take some opportunities to just slow down. Since you might be stuck in the home together, why not make date nights or family nights? Do you have the whole day together – maybe the date night is now a date morning? has several fun ideas to help pass the time, and many of these ideas can be adapted for family time activities. Go ahead and Google “date night at home” or “family time at home” for more ideas. There are hundreds of articles out there.

Before I sign off, I do want to share this soup recipe. We have had loads of success sharing this meal with friends over the past few months. It’s easy, delicious and super versatile! One weekend we made it with friends, then a few days later I decided to remake this soup using what was in the freezer, which happened to be frozen kale and turkey meat balls.

And with that my, Thrifty Sisters, have a great week! I’m going to start going through my seed packets and begin my garden planning with some of my newly acquired free time today. Allow mindfulness and perspective to help guide you through your days. Enjoy the new soup recipe – and you’re welcome (it’s that good!). Keep washing your hands, and don’t lick people (it’s pretty solid advice all around, really). Until next time, be kind to yourself and others and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun.

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