Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 14, Issue 3 – March 13, 2022
Greetings, my Thrifty Sisters, and happy March! March is such a beautiful month. It starts with what I like to fondly call “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year” – March 1 being the day that my Dad always declared spring was here. It’s also a lovely day to start indoor seeds, buy seeds or just enjoy the fact that spring and the change of seasons is really coming. Speaking of Spring, it officially begins in 1 week! And there is that funny little detail about changing your clocks, which happens to be today, March 13, 2022. If you live in an area that your clocks change, this is your friendly reminder to spring forward any clocks that don’t automatically switch. While I lament losing that hour of sleep, I am looking forward to having longer day light hours, especially in the evening – hello sun light grilling season! Oh, and do not forget about St. Patty’s Day! Wear all your green this month. Why just save it for Thursday?
Ah, yes, so many fun things to celebrate and reflect on during March. It is my most sincere desire that you get to enjoy this amazing time of year.
So last time, I talked about neglect and how life just gets in the way of “things”. While I am still discovering some of the neglected elements in my life and trying to sort through it all, I am continuing to find silver linings and humor has been a key factor in retaining my sanity. Recently a friend of mine was sorting through her pantry and fridge. We were comparing notes on best buy dates, who had the oldest, strangest items, etc. We had a good laugh while texting each other the ridiculous finds. While we are pretty good at not allowing food items to be wasted, I did make some eye-opening finds. Like that container of breadcrumbs that must have moved with us from our previous apartment to our house. Best buy date of 2005. Apparently, it had become a prominent decor of pantry, and just “belonged” there? And raise your hand if your found horse radish with the date of 2015 in your fridge – we did. And how does sticky dust even collect in one’s fridge?!
While it seems a bit disheartening to make these discoveries, I was able to be mindful during the cleaning process. I was able to enjoy the fact that I was making progress. I tried to keep my mind on the task of just cleaning and clearing, rather than allowing my thoughts to randomly roam, which often leads me to stray away from a current project. Being present in the moment, relishing in the simple task and accomplishments, and getting the instant gratification of a clean shelf was satisfying. And the best part is that one can just take a shelf at a time. While the progress is slow, there is still progress, and I will take any win that I can!
Speaking of kitchen stuff, I recently wanted to make a Dutch Baby, and could not remember if cast iron was ok to go from stove top to oven. (Duh, yes, it can do that!) So I looked it up, and ran across this article from Bonappetit. It’s a great reminder of what to do, and not to do with your cast iron.
So, what is a Dutch Baby? Oh, you really need to try this recipe. I had some apples that needed to get used up, and this was a perfect dish to do that with. Think apple pie in a fluffy crepe. Sounds amazing, right? There are all sorts of Dutch Babies out there, so if apple isn’t your thing, there are options. But here is the recipe from the Food Network:
1 large Granny Smith apple
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup whole milk
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Pure maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Peel, core, and slice the apple 1/8 inch thick. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a 9-inch ovenproof crêpe pan or skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the apple, 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar, and the cinnamon and toss well. Sauté the apple for 5 to 7 minutes until tender, tossing occasionally. Spread the apple out in the pan and keep hot over low heat.
- Meanwhile, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the microwave. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the flour, the remaining tablespoon of granulated sugar, and the salt. Whisk the flour mixture into the milk mixture, whisking until there are no lumps. Pour the batter over the cooked apple in the hot pan and immediately place in the oven.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the pancake is puffed and the edges start to get crispy and browned. Dust lightly with sifted confectioners’ sugar, cut in wedges, and serve hot with maple syrup.
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you find your wins where you can. Even if the progress is shelf by shelf. Continue to find the humor in all the silly parts of your day, and may you be granted to the ability to at least chuckle at the not so funny parts. Possibly enjoy rekindling the love for your cast iron pieces and enjoy the new recipe. Continue to be kind to yourself and others and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!
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