We’re excited to share our upcycling ideas for clothing with you! How often do you clean out your closet? And what do you do with the clothes you no longer wear? While we’re advocates of donating gently used clothing to help others, we all have that favorite shirt, skirt, or pair of pants that we just can’t bear to part with – even if it doesn’t fit anymore. If that sounds familiar, try upcycling clothing in creative ways to make something fun and new with that favorite item. Check out a few of our favorite ideas! [Read more…]
The coronavirus has millions of people rushing to the stores and hoarding items like toilet paper. It’s a scary time and our big concern isn’t TP. These sisters are both wise shoppers and go to places like Sams Club to do our shopping. When there is a sale, we stock up so paper products were the least of our concern. Our concern was fresh produce and keeping vegetables in our daily diet. Here are a few ways we’ve learned to stretch supplies during the coronavirus.
- Know what you have. Take inventory of your pantry, spices, canned goods, and freezer. Guaranteed you have a few items you forgot you had. I found beef broth I bought for something a couple of months ago in the back of my pantry. BONUS!
- Inspect your food. Every day we take a look at our refrigerators to evaluate the condition of our fresh items. My potatoes are starting to grow eyes and a few of my carrots are starting to get soft… now what? Remember my bonus beef broth from #1? Well, I also remembered a small pack of stew beef in my freezer, had half a cabbage, and half a turnip leftover from the St. Patrick’s day meal we made at the start of the Coronavirus outbreak. I’ll give you 3 guesses what I did. You guessed it! Beef stew in the crockpot! The beef was a little sparing BUT I saved a lot of vegetables that would have been wasted AND created 10 meals for us.
- Ration and portion. I don’t know about you but when I make something we usually eat it until we are sick of it. And sometimes we throw the last part out. Not now. I’ll take the stew from #2 and freeze half of those meals for another time.
- Use the fresh and expiring items first. Yes, I LOVE french fries and I have them in my freezer. Yes, I love American cheese slices and have some in my refrigerator (I keep telling my husband to leave them alone!). But what makes the most sense? Use the fresh items first. Save the frozen, canned, processed foods and focus on the items that will go bad.
- Grow your own. Check out our new post about growing vegetables in the winter. Spring is here but you can still grow some items right now – celery, lettuce…
What do you do when you finally do have to go out again? I’m not talking about being safe. We all know about social distancing and wearing gloves or using hand sanitizer. I’m talking about what do you buy? A LOT of people are still going to be thinking about toilet paper and if you find some, great! But be on the lookout for the important items. Be on the lookout for the foods that are going to give you energy, keep your immune system up and keep you full longer. The goal is to stay home as long as possible without going out again so you want to make your trip matter. Here are some items that are on my list already:
- Northern Beans (and molasses to make Baked Beans)
- Olive Oil
- Milk – did you know you can freeze it?
- Egg Whites – these last forever and are a good fall back
- Cream of Mushroom Soup (can)
- Cream of Celery Soup (can)
- Cheddar Cheese (can)
- Thin Spaghetti or Angel Hair Pasta
Some ideas of what to do with all the fresh food
When I shop I buy in bulk anyway. As I said, I’m a Sam’s girl. I buy 5 or 10 pounds of burger, 6 peppers, 3 pounds of fish, 10 pounds of chicken and cases of canned goods already. Just before the outbreak got really bad, we were planning on going to Florida (obviously we didn’t!) but weren’t sure what to expect when we got back home so I prepared a bunch of meals for the freezer to ensure we had meals that had vegetables in them. Vegetables are important! Here’s a list of what I made from the supplies I bought with a description and the recipes:
- 30 Turkey Burgers – these have yummy zucchini and garlic mixed in and are a family favorite!
- 6 Zesty Beef Meatloaf – these have red peppers and spinach mixed in!
- 10 servings of Chili – Peppers and garlic make this simple chili quick to make, yummy and a nice treat as nachos when you run out of salsa. 🙂
- 2 Taco Casseroles – These are made with beef, salsa, and cauliflower. Yup, cauliflower but you wouldn’t know it.
- Tuna Casserole – my all time favorite recipe passed down from mom. Not only can you freeze it but ALL the items that go in this are either canned, boxed or frozen so pick up the supplies and just store them til your ready. Make in bulk or just as needed. It’s a no fail meal plan!
- Turkey Vegetable Soup – This one came after. I had celery, a pepper and some rotisserie chicken that were going to go bad so I combined it with some other ingredients for a delicious healthy soup.
Easy breakfast casseroles means you DON’T need to get up early. Plus you get more time for coffee! Getting breakfast to-go is okay sometimes, but it’s not an ideal daily solution. Instead, you can have nutritious breakfast at home. And it doesn’t cost much! You’ll get some extra sleep and a healthy breakfast. Gotta love that win-win! We make two different types of breakfast casseroles – sweet and savory. Check out some of our favorite ideas and then make your own. Your tummy, and your alarm clock, will thank you. [Read more…]
We all know when winter ends its officially time for spring cleaning! Out with the old; in with the new! Throw out old boxes. You know you’re never going to need them. And if you do, there’ll be others ready to take their place. Bring in fresh air. Lots of fresh air.
Just like people can be allergic to peanuts, shellfish, or any other food, our furry kids can have pet food allergies too. This can be frustrating for pet parents and distressing for your four-legged buddies. Thankfully, there are ways to treat and manage pet food allergies that don’t involve daily doses of expensive medications.
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing soak in the tub. A DIY Bath Bomb will make it even better! A bath is a great way to unwind after a stressful day or steal a few moments of alone time to read, meditate, or focus on your goals without interruption. DIY Bath Bombs add to the pleasure of an already relaxing moment with scents and colors you choose to enhance the experience and leave you relaxed or invigorated. Buying them can be expensive. So we found out how to make our own. DIY bath bombs also make a great stocking stuffer at Christmas or part of a larger “pamper yourself” gift basket any time year. [Read more…]
Fall means crisp air, changing leaves, and kids back in school. It also means Thanksgiving! Traditionally, most families gather over a turkey feast and catch up on what’s happened since they last got together. Whether you’re hosting the meal or simply bringing yourself and a smile, these Thanksgiving craft ideas will add some cheer to the table. [Read more…]
Pumpkin Coffee Creamer – a favorite of ours this time of year. Sure. You can buy it in the store. You can buy it in Starbucks. You can buy it anywhere! But we digress. This isn’t Dr. Seuss. This is serious autumn flavors at their best! Sisters Know Best has found a way to make your own that’s fast and easy and delicious! Imagine on a blustery fall day that you’re sitting under a warm quilt reading your favorite novel with a cup of coffee flavored with your homemade pumpkin coffee creamer? Yes. We can see it! [Read more…]
Summer means school’s out and many people are focused on finding activities and projects for their kids. That doesn’t mean adults should be left out of the fun! Summer should be fun for everyone, so we found the best summer crafts for adults to help you have fun all summer long. And you’ll fancy up your space at the same time. [Read more…]
Who else loves a good mystery? I have a friend who’s a huge fan of Agatha Christie! Growing up, she’d always had this secret desire to play a role playing mystery game with a group of friends. The problem was that at the time, all the popular role-playing (RPG) games were things like Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering or computer games. Recently, she met a friend who loves unique games the way she does and finally got to play a mystery game! [Read more…]
Two months until Christmas! Oh, my!! Each year, like most of you, I commit to be “ready” with homemade gifts, fun wrapping ideas, cute decorations…. And yet I find myself scrambling the second week of December. Sometimes I think that’s what the holiday is about — scrambling, doing more than we humanly should, losing sleep, stuffing ourselves on the day, and determining to do “better” next year. This year (famous last words) will be different. The only thing I want scrambling is my omelet!
So here’s my plan and hopefully you find something here for yourself: [Read more…]
It may still be autumn, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your goals and plans for next year. If you’re anything like me, you’re really good at setting those goals and not so great on figuring out how to achieve them or follow through on the steps you need to take. I’m so excited to get a jumpstart! And I think it would be cool to meet up with some of our fellow sisters!
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We’ve just left behind the month of July, I know; but Christmas is right around the corner – especially if you’re a crafter like me! I love the holidays, and I strive to make gifts every year. I envision a year of giving only created pieces of myself… Ah, to have all the time in the world to accomplish that!! [Read more…]
The Fitbit Charge HR – What a fun, motivating watch! Features I love are the step counter, flight counter, sleep quality feature, and the timer. [Read more…]
We don’t make a habit of telling you items to buy. This blog is about recipes, DIY projects and helpful tips but the E-Cloths are changing our lives and so we had to pass it on to our readers. We didn’t believe it. It was just too good to be true. If someone told you there was an easier way to clean windows, even in direct sun, with no streaking, AND the product was reusable up to 300 times making it environmentally friendly, would YOU believe it? Exactly. We didn’t either. Until we tried e-cloths! [Read more…]