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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 12, Issue 1 – June 16, 2019

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters, and Happy Father’s Day out there to all the Daddy’s!

As I look back on the last post from March, I have been trying to figure out where the past 2 months may have vanished to. I am sure there was a lot of learning and thrifty-ing going on. I am positive there were some amazing adventures that were had. I also know that it was busy. Busy seemed to be an enormous theme for many of the people that I encountered over the past few months. Way too much stuff to get done and not enough hours in a day to do it all.

Karen had talked about how nice to-do lists were – write it down and take it out of the mental clutter. My to-do lists required a file system this past spring. At one point there were 12 tabbed lists, and I felt like I was losing my mind trying to accomplish anything. But, slow and steady wins the race, and I am down to just 5 tabbed to-do lists, and I am maintaining (ish). Just getting to the end of the school year has helped my mental clutter a lot, and cleared out a few to-do sheets, at least, until next fall!

So why are we, as a whole society, feeling so unproductive and mentally exhausted? If you google “reasons why we are unproductive” you will find a bigillion articles dedicated to this phenomenon. Each of us are busy in our way. We have jobs, families, hobbies, passions. Each other these parts of our lives are important and require time and effort. I’m not here to tell you how to prioritize your life, because I’m obviously trying to figure mine out, too. But after reading this particular article (https://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-1-reason-youre-not-productive.html), I think a key factor for me is to try to focus on one thing at a time. I need to work on allotting a certain amount of time to a single project, before I mentally jump to something else. And there lies the key – staying mentally engaged in one project, and diminishing the distractions, whatever those “distractions” might be in an individual’s life.

Seems simple, right? It’s always the simple answers that seem to win in the long run. Good luck as we battle this crazy “busy” phenomenon. Remember, we are all in it together, so let’s help each other out. Be kind and patient with each other. One person’s busy is not any different or less important than someone else’s. And honesty, we are suffering our own personal messes. It’s not a contest. Show more compassion and less judgement.

Well, that got a little deeper than I anticipated! Let’s lighten things up a little bit and talk future food preservation (because, Hello Gardening Time!) and I’ll leave you with a seasonal recipe. As we continue to grow our gardens it’s always good to know or learn new ways to prepare and preserve our bounties. Even if you don’t garden, but want to save some of those delicious farmer’s market delights for later, here are some interesting ways to keep those pleasures around a bit longer: http://www.homepreservingbible.com/608-5-ways-to-preserve-fruits-or-vegetables-other-than-canning-freezing-or-drying/

And talk about a seasonal recipe – the only way this could get better is if you could pick these ingredients up locally! (Thanks to https://www.wellplated.com/spinach-strawberry-salad/ for the recipe!)

Spinach Strawberry Salad and Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing

For the Strawberry Spinach Salad:

  • 3/4 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 small red onion — very thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach — I also love a 50/50 arugula and spinach blend
  • 1 quart strawberries — hulled and quartered (about 1 pound)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese — buy the block-style feta, not pre-crumbled; the texture is much better

For the Poppy seed Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Toast the pecans: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the pecans smell fragrant and the center of a pecan is tan when the pecan is broken in half. (Do not walk away from the oven in the last few minutes of cooking. This is when nuts love to burn.) Transfer to a cutting board and roughly chop.
  2. Place the sliced onions in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the salad (this keeps their flavor but removes the harsh onion bite).
  3. Prepare the dressing: In small mixing bowl or large liquid measuring cup, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients—vinegar, oil, poppy seeds, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper—until well combined. (Alternatively, you can shake the ingredients together in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid).
  4. Assemble the salad: Place the spinach in a great big serving bowl. Add the strawberries. Drain the red onion and add it as well. Drizzle about half of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat the leaves. Assess the amount of dressing. You want the spinach leaves to be nicely moistened but not swimming in dressing. Add a little more if needed to suit your preferences. Add the feta and pecans. Toss lightly to combine. Serve immediately, with extra dressing on the side as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Dress the salad as shortly before serving as you can. If you don’t plan to eat it all right away, dress only what you plan to eat right away, then store the leftover, undressed salad in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Refrigerate leftover dressing in an airtight container (a jar is perfect) for up to 5 days, then shake before serving.

 

And with that my fellow Thrifty Sisters, have a wonderful Father’s Day. Enjoy the start to summer and good luck trying to tame the “busy” in your life. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun, and be good to each other.

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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 12 – March 31, 2019

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! The last time that I wrote, we were well into our February blizzard season, and I was encouraging everyone to hang in there. Spring has finally arrived in my neighborhood and with that, so did flooding season. What mess – all that melting snow and several inches of rain at the same time. Although my neighborhood has dried out, my heart does go out to those who are still being affected by the massive flood waters.

If you are fortunate to be somewhere that is drying out and spring is arriving, make sure to keep an eye out for spring flowers, such as daffodils. My Dad has always loved daffodils, which is a big part of why they are in my garden. So many of the flowers that I grow from year to year remind me of my youth, and the gardening gurus in my family. And, daffodils are fun and easy bulbs to grow, although, I had no idea they were so rich in history. Daffodils can be called by their Latin name Narcissus. They got this name from a Greek myth about a handsome young man named Narcissus. He was given his great beauty by the gods, with the condition that he never looked at a reflection of himself. Eventually he couldn’t resist and gazed at himself in a shimmering lake. The gods turned him into a daffodil for his vanity. For more interesting facts and folklore about daffodils, check out the following link (and the pictures are gorgeous!): https://www.countryliving.com/gardening/a35524/daffodil-facts/

I can’t wait to clean up the front garden space and find my hidden daffodil beauties! Are you itching to get started on gardening, too? Here’s a list of 10 spring projects that will get you garden ready, while we are still waiting for the temps to warm up: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-diy-spring-garden-projects.html

In the previous Thrifty Sister, I wrote about “Life Lesson Learned on a Blizzard Day”. And our Original Thrifty Sister chimed in. Here’s what Karen had to share:

“That’s gotta be your funniest thrifty sister yet.  I too have such a long list of winter projects, but first have to tackle the emotional reason of why they are left undone, because I like to psychologically analyze everything, until the soul is sucked out of the situation.

I think some of the winter projects procrastination comes from Jeff, who finally has to come to the unmanly conclusion he can’t fix a broken-down whatever, because he doesn’t have the skill set.  So, now it is put on a list of outsourcing projects that will be going to Bozeman.  Hey, one of them is an iPad that doesn’t charge, if you know of any techy people who want me to mail it to them so they can take look at it, let me know!

Sometimes it is not skill set, but understanding when waste just is truly waste, and you are too heartbroken to throw essentially expensive garbage away.  And sometimes is just bucking down to make a financial purchase that is needed in order to complete the project, such as a part.  Lastly, I tend to think some of the most important projects always get put last on the list, because an “emergency” overrides it.  But, every time we cross that problem, we remember how much it annoys us, and toy with how much life would be better if that item was fixed.

That’s why I’m a big fan of lists, because then it’s off of my head, and I can take that time to think more creatively instead of shaming myself over things I have not done.  Some of my current projects include going through Jeff’s clothes with him over what he can donate.  Hoarding comes natural to him (for the aforementioned reasons), so we do a category at a time over the course of several months when he is in just the right mood.  In the next week, I will tackle sweatshirts and cargo shorts with him.

Before I end this note, I would like to mention right now is a great time to stock up on gloves/hats/mittens.  And just because I realize I have lost most of my winter accessories this year, it doesn’t mean I need to guilt myself into believing I don’t deserve another pair of mittens that I can strap through my coat to keep onto me.  Hey, that’s not a bad idea for a cell phone. … So, buy those clearance winter hats, since the isles are filled up anyways with swimsuits that no one every wore in February, and remember, keep it thrifty!”

So many words of wisdom, Karen! Thank you! I love that Karen mentioned shaming ourselves because we have neglected or procrastinated on a project. WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES?!?! We have to stop “shoulding” ourselves and be happy that we are finally addressing a particular project, or be thankful to have the resources to get it done, and have it done correctly.

And with that my fellow Thrifty Sisters, have a wonderful end of March and beginning of April. Don’t forget that Karen had a great idea – this is a great time to stock up on clearance hats and mittens for next year! Enjoy the new season, and all of the possibilities that is holds. And remember, it’s never too late to start that pesky project that you may have been ignoring. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

 

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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 11 – February 17, 2019

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I don’t know about you, but it seems like in my neighborhood, the snow is not stopping, the wind keeps blowing, and there are always paths to shovel. Everyday. *sigh* This too shall pass, right?

In the mean time we need to keep encouraging each other that spring is just around the corner and finding creative coping mechanisms is critical. This year I have decided to start pulling out favorite summer tank tops and add them to the daily layers. My summer tank tops make me happy. They smell like sunblock and remind me that we are one day closer to putting away the snow shovels. And when it IS summer, I am going to thoroughly enjoy the fact that I don’t need to add my wool socks and sweaters to the daily layers.

With our recent weather, we have had a few days were school has been called off, and even some area businesses closed their doors for the safety of their employees and patrons. One of these recent days is was what I called a blizzard day. So, with the new-found day off, I decided to catch up on some random house projects that had been hanging out on my to-do list.

The following account is called, “Life Lesson Learned on a Blizzard Day”.

One of the items on my to-do list for my Blizzard Day was to fill in some places on the ceiling. We had recently had the track lighting in the kitchen replaced, so there were two large holes that were going to require a couple of layers of spackle. I decided that since I had my step ladder and spackle out, that I would also do a quick tough up in the bathroom around the ceiling fan. Both items seemed like small projects and something that I could probably get done in about 10 minutes. But upon looking at the bathroom ceiling fan, it was pretty clogged up with whatever linty stuff floats around in bathrooms. So, a quick fan cleaning was going to need to take place. I decided that I should do all the fan jiggling around before adding new spackle touch ups. (At this point, I was feeling pretty good about myself, and my ability to foresee potential problems if I did this in the wrong order.) Again, a quick 10-minute project, no biggie. It’s blizzarding outside, and I am excited to be productive.

I discovered that cleaning the bathroom vent can be a simple task with a dry toothbrush. Just scrub away, get in the nooks and crannies, and then vacuum up the linty stuff that falls to the floor. If you are feeling extra spiffy, get your hose attachment out and run that across the fan casing and take care of the last of the loose linty stuff. Seriously, what is all that linty stuff that collects in bathroom fans, anyways?! So, that’s the game plan anyway.

I scrubbed the ceiling fan with no problems, but now my mind wanders. Random thoughts like, wow, I should have put on safety googles, this is a lot of lint, where does it all come from, oh my I’m getting covered in these linty chunks that are coming from the ceiling – well, no problem, it’s a blizzard day, I don’t have anywhere to be right now. Finally, it’s time to gather my vacuum. The last time I ran the vacuum, I remembered that it was not working quite right. But I was confident that the cleaning of the filters that I did last time was going to fix that little hiccup.

Here I am, vacuum in hand, attachment hose ready to go, I flip the switch and this massive poof of fine vacuum dust explodes into the air… in my bathroom. Mind you, the bathroom already has a layer of fluffy linty things all over every flat surface. I look in the mirror and see this cloud of fine powder is still floating in the air, and I am now covered from head to toe in a layer of grey ashen vacuum dust. I swipe my hands across my face and discover just how dirty I am. Oh, no. What a mess!

Time to problem solve. Filters are clean. Belt has been recently replaced. Must be the hose. I pull the hose off the vacuum body, and before I even look into the hose, there are fluffy strands of whatever vacuums pull out of the carpet, hanging out of both ends. So, like any good band kid, to remove plugs up things from a tube-like object, you just blow into it like a brass instrument, minus the buzzing lips, of course! Out from the top of the tube, comes this puff of finer vacuum dust, but the air flow is certainly not going through. So, I start digging on both ends pulling out what appears to be a mass about the size of a bunny rabbit of dust, hair and stuff that never made it to the holding tank and I discover an electrical wire that was lodged in the hose. Well, there is the culprit. After getting that out of the hose, I now head to the patio door and go outside. It’s still blizzarding, and the snow and wind is wild! With the cleaned-out hose, I do the band kid trick again, and blow out the hose. Remember that wild wind and snow? Add vacuum dust to that. I may as well have tarred and feathered myself at this point.

With my newly cleared hose, I now come back to the bathroom and survey the situation. Do you remember seeing pictures of what surfaces look like after volcanoes explode? The grey, ashen covered surfaces… yeap. Mount Bissell left its mark. Cleaning the bathroom was not really on the list of home repairs for that day, but I certainly could not leave that dusty and linty mess – remember the lint from project #1? I vacuumed what I could, I wiped surfaces. All I can smell is vacuum cleaner dust. At this point, almost 2 hours have passed, and I can finally return to the original plan of spackling the spots by the ceiling fan. A few minutes later, that project is complete and can be crossed off the list.

So what did I learn on my blizzard day?

  • Don’t forget to check the hose of your vacuum when it does not seem to be operating correctly. While one is also at it, check filters and the belt. Your vacuum will run like a charm when all those things are in working order.
  • Vacuum dust tastes terrible and gets EVERYWHERE!
  • The spackle that goes on pink, and dries white, does indeed do both of those things. I felt a bit sick to my stomach when I lobbed Pepto Pink stuff on my ceiling. After the afternoon I had, I just could not mentally handle anymore “extra” projects.
  • Do clean out your bathroom fans on a regular basis. A dry toothbrush works great for this.
  • Sometimes things don’t go as planned. And it’s ok. Things usually work out in the end, even when you feel like life has covered you in a thick layer of vacuum dust. We are resilient and smart people. Take a shower, put on clean clothes, and hope that the pink stuff you smeared on the ceiling dries white.

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, enjoy your projects, especially the ones that feel like they blow up! There are things that we can learn from each blunder. There are also take-aways from each Mount Bissell experience we experience. We must clean up the mess, take a shower, put on clean clothes, and hold on to hope. That’s a good Life Lesson Learned on a Blizzard Day. Continue to be kind to yourself and to others. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 10 – February 3, 2019

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters and Happy February! If you are in the same boat I am, you might be a bit surprised to realize that the first month of 2019 has flown by. How does time just slip away? Since February is a short month, let’s enjoy every ounce out if it, because March is looming, and my Dad says that March 1 is spring. All of the sudden I am just giddy with the idea of garden seeds and little seedling trays in my very near future!

Speaking of garden delights, how is everyone coming along with eating up all the garden goodies that they put up last fall? Last week, my hubby and I made a discovery that our pantry, fridge and freezer were chuck full of random food items. Items that may have been purchased for a side dish that never got prepared, or other oddities that are just taking up space. So, we began the Pantry Purge Challenge, in hopes of cleaning out the pantry and not wasting food.

When my hubby hit the grocery store last weekend, he only purchased a few items that we would need to help tie together these random items, and a couple of frozen foods, just in case we ran into one of those evenings that creativity was outweighed by the fact that it was well past 8pm, and we still had not eaten dinner. Last week’s grocery bill was low, and we certainly did not starve this past week. And with the left overs, there were plenty of lunch options.

In fact, it was so fun and successful, and since we still have stuff to use up, we are extending the Pantry Purge Challenge to this coming week. Need help getting those creative juices flowing on how to prep those random items in your shelves? Just Google “recipes with ingredients”, or something along those lines, and numerous web sites will pop up with options to plug in an ingredient, and their search engines do the work for you. Here are just a few links to help get that search started for you:

Possibly your pantry is in pristine shape, and you are well ahead of the Pantry Purge. I always love great ideas on how to turn meals that I have already made into something new. Here is a site that has 6 super ideas on how to revamp winter comfort foods that you may have already made: https://livegreen.recyclebank.com/the-list-6-cold-weather-meals-that-make-great-leftovers?utm_source=recyclebank&utm_medium=email&utm_term=20180222_EarnDigest&utm_content=recyclebank&utm_campaign=earnsdigest

And before I sign off for the day, I thought I would leave you with one more thought for the day. For those of you who know me, I have always claimed to be a pretty cheap gal. But, maybe cheap is not the word that I should have been using to describe myself over all of these years. Frugal might be a better and more accurate word. Apparently, there’s a difference between frugal and cheap. Frugal means you’re smart with your money. One might prioritize saving over instant gratification. One might do things like shop at second hand stores, buy off-brand food products and possibly prefer to entertain at home, rather than always going out. Living within your means is a good thing, but if you never leave a tip when you eat out and calculate your part of a group bill down to the cent, you may be taking penny pinching too far.

The following link has some great advice for those of us who want to be frugal with their dollars, but still want to live a full life. Some of these are things that I feel each of us already do. But it is nice to have some fresh ideas, or validation that what we are doing is making a positive difference in our lives and pocketbook. It’s also nice to know that you are not a cult of one.  https://www.thewalletmoth.com/35-easy-frugal-living-tips-to-try-in-2019/

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, Happy February! Enjoy the creative possibilities that purging your pantry may offer and relish the creative leftover creation opportunities. Continue to be kind to yourself and to others. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 9 – January 20, 2019

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters, and Happy 2019! We are well past the midpoint of January, and I hope 2019 is trucking along well for everyone.

Recently, I bought some nice winter duck style boots on an end of the year clearance. They are cute, fuzzy and this brand/model had good reviews. While they do an amazing job at keep my feet dry, I was disappointed with their warmth factor. Apparently, the people who write these reviews do not wear them in South Dakota. Or possibly, I missed a key secret that no one chooses to share – you know, those deep, dark, quiet secrets that no one wants to talk about. I am talking about shoe insoles.

It’s time to end the silence. I openly admit, eventually all my favorite shoes, given enough miles and wear and tear get new insoles. If I have not destroyed the shoes in the first 6 months, you can almost bet that they have insoles in them. I have insoles in my Chucks, my favorite Doc boots, and this fall my dressy Dansko’s got new Dr. Scholls running insoles, which took care of the fact that the leather has stretched out. The new insoles returned them to feeling amazing again and may have added another few years of life with me. I recalled the first time I put insoles into my Chucks, it increased the warmth factor immensely. So, after our most recent snow storm, I added some insoles to bottom of the new winter boots, and WHALA! It increased the warmth factor enormously – even when my socks slid down to the end of my toes inside of my boots, my feet stayed warm.  And the fuzzy part felt nice on my warm, bare feet.

So, there you have it, I am letting you in on the secret. Insoles really do add warmth to your winter boots and Chuck Taylors. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money on insoles! The biggest challenge is finding the right height of insole to to fit into your shoe, while keeping your feet comfortable.

How are your new year’s challenges coming along? I can finally report that I completed my July minimalism challenge in early January. I am still minimalizing as I continue to go through bathroom drawers and closet spaces. It’s amazing what one can find stashed in their bathrooms. Bathrooms are the treasure trove of adding to your minimalism challenges!

How about consciously decreasing your waste? While one needs to be careful about hoarding reusable jars, do keep in mind that jars of various sizes and shapes are nice to have around. I reuse all sorts of jars. But, have you ever noticed some of them are really hard to clean? Possibly the sticker is tough to get off, or the odor lingers, or that oil just won’t wash out. Check out this link for some fabulous ideas on how to tackle the toughest odors and labels. https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-remove-jar-labels-and-o-107742 The idea that I am most excited to try is soaking things in baking soda to remove lingering odors.

Possibly you have decided that you want to make or create more items from your kitchen this year. How about making your own bread? There is nothing more heavenly than fresh baked bread. But sometimes it just takes a lot of work, and practice! While some bread types are very labor intensive, here is a list of 17 easy breads that may make you rethink the possibility of having home made bread all the time. I am really interested in their first recipe, the gluten free cheese bread. The picture sure is enticing! https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/bread-recipes-you-can-make-in-under-an-hour

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, have a great week. Enjoy what 2019 has in store for you. Be mindful of the challenges and opportunities to grow, as well as the happy moments and the hidden delights. I’m savoring the idea of having warm winter boots. Good luck with each of your new year challenges and new habits that you are working on. Continue to be kind to yourself and others. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 8 – December 30, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! How in the world did 2018 go so fast?! Mentally, I’m still in July of 2018, but the calendar and the weather, in my neighborhood, are certainly telling me that I have lost track of time. I guess I need to mentally reset and figure out how to embrace 2019, because it’s coming! I hope that the dust is settling after the Holiday Blitz. And blitz by, it did. As I reflect on the recent holidays, it just seemed like it was a massive whirlwind. But, so was 2018, so I guess this was par for the course!

As we begin to look towards the new year, I hope that each of you have activities and events that you are looking forward to. I also hope that each of you find time to relish each day. Mindfully appreciating each 24-hour period and find opportunities to be grateful. It’s hard to be grateful when your to-do list is killing you but take time to think of what you have. Possibly you are in a mad dash to do house cleaning. Be mindful and grateful that you have a home to clean. Piles of laundry seem daunting? Feel blessed to have clothes to get to wear. This is a good mindset to practice but practice it does take.

If you are into new year resolutions, consider making some large strides in creating a new habit this year. New habits require effort, but they can make a lasting impact on you and your community. Take something simple like water bottles. According to Beverage Daily, Americans consumed 42 gallons of bottled water each in 2018. Assuming you choose 16-ounce bottles, that’s 336 plastic bottles a year or 9.5 pounds of plastic. (https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/06/01/Bottled-water-takes-top-spot-in-US-in-2017)

Wow. That’s a lot of waste. Why not invest in a reusable water bottle? Sure, sometimes a store-bought water is unavoidable. But think about the impact one person could make with a simple switch such as refilling a water glass throughout the day or having a refillable water container. Or what about reusing that store-bought water container until it’s worn out? Simple changes can make huge benefits for one’s community and reduce the landfill stresses.

Other plastic consumer habits that one could consider changing is recycling plastic bags and wraps. Plastic wrap and film packaging are generally #2 and #4 plastic, both of which are recyclable. And many times, one can find plastic bag recycling at the large box stores or your local grocery stores, which also take clean plastic films and wraps, along with your plastic bags. Keeping the plastic bags and films out of your curbside recycling helps ensure that your local recyclers will not half to shut down their systems when a plastic bag gets caught in the machinery.

According to https://earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-plastic-wrap-film/, here are things to do and not do. Also, check out the above link for frequently asked questions about recycling plastics and wraps.

Please DO recycle:

  • Grocery & retail bags
  • Newspaper bags
  • The outer Wrapping from Napkins, Paper Towels, Bathroom Tissue & Diapers
  • Bread bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • The outer wrapping from bulk beverages
  • Produce bags
  • All clean, dry bags Labeled #2 or #4

Please DO NOT recycle:

  • Food or cling wrap
  • Prepackaged food bags (including frozen food bags and pre-washed salad bags)
  • Plastic Film That has Been Painted or has Excessive Glue Residue

Thanks for indulging my obsession for recycling all that plastic! I’ll spare you my soap box rant on packaging waste, but if you could just do one of these things, each one of us, we would make a large impact.

How about some new recipe ideas? I ran across this thing called warm salads. At first, I thought this sounded disgusting. Are you envisioning a heaping bowl of slimy, cooked lettuce? I was! It turns out that I have been enjoying warm salads for a long time without realizing they were called warm salads. Not everything in your bowl must be warm. Maybe you start with a base of crisp, mixed salad greens and top them with freshly cooked beans, steamy roasted vegetables, or a warm salad dressing. You can also start with warm greens, like cooked kale. Or skip the greens entirely and go with warm grains as the base. You get the idea: mix cooked ingredients with fresh veggies, toss with a good dressing and you’re in business. See the following link for 15 yummy warm salad ideas: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/healthy/slideshow/warm-salads

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, have a great week and mindfully cheer in the new year. It’s here and I need to get on board with 2019. Continue to make each day the best. Be kind to yourself and others. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 7 – November 25, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I truly hope that each one of you had the opportunity to celebrate being thankful and surrounded by those that you love over the past week.

For those of you who have been following this newsletter for the past year, you know that I have been participating in the minimalism challenge. (to refresh your acquaintance on what I’m talking about check out the game rules here: https://www.theminimalists.com/game/ ). My game has been a slow one. I completed the January challenge in June. I started the July challenge understanding that it would take me about 6 months. It’s late November and I’m about half way through the July 23rd day. No matter how slow my game has been, I am winning with each space that I regain and clean. I have also learned a lot about myself and my ridiculous pack-ratting skills. I have also found some treasures that I have been able to repurpose into “new” creations.

With the holiday season in full swing, consider making some really rad gifts for those on your gift giving list. Handmade and unique items are always appreciated, and it tells the recipient that you took a lot of love and time in creating a special-for-them gift. If it’s the thought that counts, then you win at gift giving with a handcrafted item, because creating something takes a LOT of thought!

So, let’s talk about altered books. That’s an actual label for creative reposed books projects. Feel free to Google that, or get lost down the Pinterest rabbit hole. So much creativity! Here are some of my favorites:

15 furniture ideas using books: http://mentalfloss.com/article/58407/15-pieces-furniture-made-out-books

Printed Vintage Dictionary Artwork: https://www.hometalk.com/6104958/easy-diy-vintage-printed-dictionary-artwork

The Classic Book Safe: https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-make-a-secret-book-safe/

A Collection of book crafts and ideas: http://gomakesomething.com/category/ht/ab/

Now that I have your creative juices flowing, why not think about inventive food choices? I was trying to find some neat-o holiday left over ideas, and randomly found these two recipes. Both captured my curiosity, although I was not at all familiar with zoodles. Zoodles are noodles made from zucchini, although if one invests in a spiralizer, one can make noodles out of most veggies.

My mind is blown just a little right now. Kitchen gadgets have never been my thing, but this spiralizer does seem interesting. Maybe you already own one, and just need a bit of inspiration? Here are 33 Zoodle recipes: https://twohealthykitchens.com/33-healthy-zoodles-zucchini-noodles-recipes/

No spiralizer, no problem. How about some Cauliflower Tacos? https://peasandcrayons.com/2015/10/fresh-mex-vegan-roasted-cauliflower-tacos.html

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, have a great week. December is quickly approaching, which means the Christmas Crazies are looming down on us. Take each day and make it the best. Be kind to yourself and others. Do what you can with the 24 hours available to you, but make sure that you take time to sleep and eat well. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!