Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! Here we are, the week of Halloween, and I trust that this newsletter finds you happy and healthy. While Halloween is just around the corner, Mother Nature has decided that it is time to give us a taste of winter on the prairie. Snow is gracefully falling, and our daytime temps are a far cry from the last time that I wrote. So, for everyone that enjoys the break from summer, it is now your turn to enjoy the seasons.
Recently, in a flurry to get as many lingering outdoor projects completed as possible, before the snow flew, I ran across a collection of paint brushes that seemed to have taken up permanent residence in my freezer. Most were hard as a rock, and using our deductive detective skills, my hubby and I figured one might be close to 10 years old. How does one just simply keep a paint brush in the freezer for that long? Apparently, it’s pretty effortless! And then I remembered reading something on Facebook about rejuvenating and cleaning old brushes.
Thanks to Amy, I promptly got out the Murphy Oil Soap (yeap, the same stuff we use to clean our floors!), jammed those frozen brushes into 2 jars and poured on the soap, just enough to cover all the bristles. Just good ol’ Murphy Oil Soap. And so, they sat for several days, until I gathered up enough courage to check on them. Now mind you, these brushes were a collection of oil-based paint, deck stain and latex. I just put them all in the jars, didn’t sort them out based on paint types, and it did not matter! The hard as a brick, 10-ish year old deck stain brush, took the longest to soak. But as the days went by, and I kept squishing the brushes around, I would eventually remove them from the goopy soap and dissipated paint jar, would wash it out under running water and use my brush comb to help remove any leftover caked on paint.
And like magic, all the brushes have cleaned up, and the bristles are just as soft as they were when they were new. Yay! No more smelly, flammable paint thinners and scary things to never dump down the drain or figure out how to clean in closed rooms during the winter! This might explain why some of these brushes took up residence in the freezer. Evidently, it was easier to freeze the problem than get paint brush cleaner out.
Before I close today’s newsletter, let me leave you with some warm salad ideas. I think I wrote about warm salads in a previous newsletter, but they are worth sharing again! While the idea of warm salads doesn’t make me want to rush to my crisper drawer and toss all of my greens in the oven, these are much tastier than that. You can make a bed of fresh greens, with warm toppings. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy your oven roasted veggies, or even left-over veggies and meats. The possibilities are truly endless. To peak your culinary imagination, check out these recipe ideas: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/healthy/slideshow/warm-salads
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, enjoy a new way to clean out the prehistoric brushes from your freezer, and some warm salad ideas. Happy Halloween to each of you, no matter how you might be celebrating it this year. I was looking forward to a Happy Hobo Halloween with the Alumni Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band, but that is not in the cards for 2020. If anyone in my neighborhood spots a lonely drummer marching down the streets, it’s me. I might just march my own Hobo Day parade! Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun and remember to be kind to yourself and others. It’s been a year for everyone …