Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 13, Issue 12 – August 22, 2021
Greetings, my Thrifty Sisters, and happy August! I realize it has been a hot minute since I last posted. But I am here today, and I am incredibly grateful to have a quiet moment and that I can leisurely enjoy my morning coffee with you all. I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and for some of you, a good start to your school year!
I am assuming “busy” is the correct adjective for everyone over the past few months. While my summer didn’t go as planned, I still forcefully squeezed some lovely garden time into my weeks. My garden remains to be a place of comfort, reflection and learning for me. We have one little mystery plant this year. With the heat and drought stunting most of my veggies, I am happy to report that most things survived my 3 weeks of marching band camp neglect and are starting to take off. Late season cuc’s and tomatoes seem to be on schedule, and we eagerly watch that little mystery plant. Still not sure if it will be a melon or a squash, but it has flowers and little green fruits, so it won’t be long before we know. The heat and neglect did not stunt the prairie flowers! They have been in spectacular form this year.
I did learn a couple of little hacks to share with everyone this year. I am still on track for cutting down paper towel waste. Those lovely little un-paper towels (remember the flannel cloths that I was obsessed over in the spring) work miracles in the fridge crisper drawers. Lay one of two down to cover the bottom of the drawers. Change out when they get a bit grimy. Boom, no paper towel used!
Did you know that they make un-paper towels from a fabric called Birdseye Cotton? Well, those are great, too! I was bought both the flannel and cotton cloths from Gina’s Soft Cloth Shop on Etsy, in case you were curious. ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/GinasSoftClothShop?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=471373245 ) The cotton seems to be even more absorbent, particularly if you are trying to keep moisture off of your stored veggies, although I have had no complaints with the flannel cloths.
The other little trick I learned was how to make more crisper storage in my fridge. I took a big casserole sized plastic storage container, and placed the extra fresh foods in there, placed an unpaper towel or 2 on top to cover the veggies and put everything in a plastic store bag, which I loosely tied. Yes, that’s a lot of plastic stuff, ugh, plastic, I know. But since we seem to have an abundance of plastic bags (when will stores start letting us use our own reusable bags again?!) I figured I might as well try to reuse them. I also learned that one can simply switch the bag from right side out to inside out repeatedly as one replaces veggies. Just wipe off the excess condensation from what was the inside on the bag (which is now your outside) to keep things dry.
Do you remember back in January that I had shared two articles about mindfulness and how to incorporate those ideas into our every day lives? This idea can be very powerful, especially during our harvest season. This excerpt come from https://blog.alomoves.com/mindfulness/10-mindfulness-rituals-to-transform-your-daily-life :
“Explore slow food and mindful eating: You’ve heard about fast food, but have you ever tried “slow food?” This style of eating frequently happens on vacation and while dining at nice restaurants, but you can bring that same enjoyment into your everyday life. Savor each sip with a morning tea meditation. Slow down during each meal. Consider the source of your food, and strive to purchase from companies that align with your values. Feel gratitude for the people and processes that allowed your food to arrive at your table. Focus on the flavor of each bite and take your time eating. Acknowledge the ways that each meal nourishes your body.”
During one of my pre-marching band meals, I was enjoying a lovely, but quick meal. I always get a kick out of thinking about which farmers grew which part of my meal. On this day, I was overcome with so much gratitude about the team of people that it takes to get one marching band director on the field, and how much influence these people have on the success of our marching band program. So, from our CSA growers, to our dairy and meat farmers, to my cousins Larry and Kathy who provide so much fresh food to so many, to the band parents that make sure our band never wants for our anything, to my husband who made sure that there were always healthy and quick options for me to eat on the go. The gratitude was overwhelming and very real. So, thank you to the huge community of people that make my marching program a success. No one wants a cranky and hangry band director. Not only do each of these people feed my tummy but knowing that dozens of people have my back to make each day a success for my students was an overwhelming thought. I truly have much to be thankful for.
Before I sign off for the day, did you know that today is National Eat a Peach Day? To learn more about the day, and find some “peachy” recipes (ha!) check out this link: https://www.checkiday.com/ec134eddcac8045cafa6460fcc594d21/national-eat-a-peach-day
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you and your August continue to be amazing. Find the marvelous little parts of your day and relish in them. May you have all the opportunities to find gratitude in your life. Be kind to yourself and others and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!