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.

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