Advent Calendar Day 20 – Homemade Bread Warm From The Oven

We had one of my favorite simple dinners last night. I roasted a chicken and made a loaf of homemade bread. I got the last of the lettuce from the garden and dinner was done. And it was delicious. There’s just something about adding warm bread fresh from the oven to make any meal special.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 20Give it a try. Whip up some homemade biscuits tonight, make a cornbread to go with that chili or bake your first loaf of homemade bread. I’m sure you’ll be hooked.

35 Homemade Bread Recipes

“Fresh Out Of The Oven, Buttered and Gone”

There’s nothing more scrumptious than a warm piece of homemade bread fresh out of the oven. And with these 35 recipes, you’ll have more than just the basic bread to delight your taste buds. From chocolate chip pumpkin to banana to potato, there’s a wide variety of flavorful recipes to choose from.

Use them as a tasty breakfast treat or turn a simple soup or stew into a tasty and filling dinner with the addition of baked goods still warm from the oven.

Homemade bread is a staple in my frugal household and I’m sure it will become one in your as well.

Here are the some of the recipes you’ll find inside:

  • No Knead Dill Bread
  • White Bread
  • Easy No Knead Bread
  • One Hour Homemade Bread
  • Amish Bread
  • Homemade Cinnamon Bread
  • Banana Apple Bread
  • Five Ingredient Homemade Bread
  • Homemade Beer Bread
  • Wheat Bread
  • Easy Homemade Banana Bread

Download the Homemade Breads Kindle Cookbook free on Amazon today. 

Advent Calendar Day 19 – We All Scream For Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

When my daughter started kindergarten, she learned this from a friend and we ended up hearing constantly for months. Whenever we asked her what she wanted to for snack, dinner, breakfast , you name it … we got the above… screamed out loud of course. It made such an impression, I think about it any time we have ice cream now.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 19We’re getting down to the wire for Christmas and are all making our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus. One thing we haven’t really covered over the past few weeks has been desserts. I shared my pie recipe cookbook with you earlier this month, but that’s been about it.

How about some homemade ice cream? If you have an ice cream maker, this is a no-brainer, but the good news is you don’t even need one to make homemade ice cream and other fun frozen desserts. I’ll show you how in my Homeamde Ice Cream Cookbook.

Use coupon code “ADVENT” to get it at half-price. 

For lots of delicious homemade ice cream recipes, grab a copy of my ebook  Homemade Ice Cream and Other Frozen Treats right here.

You’ll find instructions for making ice cream – with and without an ice cream maker – as well as 100 delicious recipes for a wide variety of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, sherbet and even homemade popsicles.

Click on and Get your copy today! – Don’t forget to use your “ADVENT” coupon code.

Advent Calendar Day 18 – Homemade Jelly or Jam

It’s getting down to the wire. In yesterday’s newsletter I mentioned next Wednesday was the day before Christmas Eve… and was promptly corrected that next Wednesday IS Christmas Eve – Yikes… I somehow thought I had an extra day to get things done.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 18All the shopping is done (except for some last minute grocery stuff) and I’m starting to get ahead on wrapping. I do have a few more presents to make and am getting caught up on my knitting, fudge making and hoping to get a few more jars of jellies and jams made this weekend.

I thought you may want to do the same, so today’s Advent Calendar treat is a free copy of my very first Kindle Cookbook – Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes

Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes

This  is a collection of 35 tried and true family recipes for jellies, jams, fruit butters, and marmalades from the Hillbilly Housewife.

Made from fresh fruit and ingredients that YOU control, these recipes not only taste better than store bought, they also allow you the chance to create some hand-me-down recipes of your own.

Don’t worry if you’ve never made homemade jellies and jam before.  You’ll find a section in the book that covers the basics of jelly and jam making, along with helpful tips and a FAQ section that will cover just about every question you have.  This little ebook is designed to make the whole process simple and easy.

Want to get started right away but don’t have all the equipment you need to can jelly and jam? No problem! The freezer jam recipes are easy to make and you don’t need any special equipment.

Take a peek at just a few of the recipes you’ll find inside:

    •     Strawberry Freezer Jam
    •     Grape Jelly
    •     Apple Jelly Made From Peels and Cores
    •     Red Currant Jelly
    •     Hot Pepper Jelly
    •     Peach Butter
    •     Apple Butter
    •     Orange Lemon Marmalade
    •     Fig Jam
    •     Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
    •     Apricot Jam

Click on and enjoy this fun and frugal Kindle ebook today!

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As mentioned earlier, there are some who are puzzled about getting a book on Kindle. This is the question I’ve received repeatedly:

“I would love to read this, but I don’t have a Kindle.  What do I do?”

Here’s the good news. You don’t need an Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a variety of devices that have Kindle Apps. For example, there may be an app for your phone, iPod or iPad. You can get a full list of free Kindle apps here.

If you don’t have one of those devices, you can still easily download my Kindle ebook right on your own computer or laptop.  You’ll see right below the ‘Buy’ button the words “Available on your PC.”  Click on and it walks you right through.  It’s easy to read Kindle ebooks right on your computer via the “Cloud Reader“. I’ve been using that one myself and it works like a charm.

Advent Calendar Day 17 – Casseroles Made Simple

I used to love the last last day before Christmas break. We wouldn’t do much work and have a little classroom party instead. Looking at my daughter’s schedule, they’ve expanded it to take up most of the last week of school. So far her days have been filled with Christmas play performances, class room parties and today she and her class are on an all-day field trip. From the sound of it, the last two school days will be filled with games, movies and a classroom party. I’m hoping they’ll get at least a little school work in as well.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 17My days on the other hand are packed full of last minute errands, meal preparations, decorating, cleaning, wrapping presents, getting a few last minute cards out and the likes. I’m sure you’re days aren’t much different. It’ll all be well worth the effort though.

For today’s Advent Calendar treat, I thought I’d share a coupon code for the Casseroles Made Simple Cookbook with you. As usual coupon code “ADVENT” gives you 50% off.

Inside you’ll find some yummy side dish ideas that would make a nice addition to your holiday table, along with all sorts of main dish casseroles you can make throughout the year. I love using Christmas leftovers and turning them into tasty dinners throughout January. I’m sure you’ll come back to this book month after month.

Casseroles Made Simple – Tasty Meals In One Dish.

You will go from the oven to the table with a mouth watering meal for you family in no time!   Hearty homemade meals, easy clean up, saving time, saving money… what’s not to love about casseroles!

Just click on Casseroles Made Simple to order your copy today!

Use coupon code “ADVENT” to get the eBook at half price.

Advent Calendar Day 16 – Homemade Mixes

One of my favorite gifts to give to friends, teachers and the likes is homemade mixes in a jar. They are easy to customize for each person and always well received. A few years ago when I was working an office job, I made instant potato soup mix in jars and gave them to my coworkers. They kept the soup mix in their desk and had a quick lunch or snack they could fix in the break room. They were well received and I got refill requests throughout the year.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 16For today’s advent treat, I’d like to share my Homemade Mixes Kindle Cookbook with you. It’s a free download on Amazon. Browse through it and see if you get some ideas for quick and inexpensive gifts in a jar. And remember to use it throughout the year.  Not only will you save by not buying convenience foods, these mixes are also better for you since there are no added preservative and you know exactly what’s going in them.

Homemade Mixes – Make It Yourself and Save

homemade-mixes-kindleMaking your own mix from scratch rather than buying it in the store not only saves you money but also saves you from all the additives and preservatives that are put in the foods we buy. The recipes include:

  • Apple Pie Spice Mix
  • Basic Muffin Mix
  • Brownie Mix
  • Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • Corn Bread Mix
  • Cream of Soup Mix
  • Fajita Seasoning
  • Fish Fry Coating Mix
  • Fruited Oatmeal Mix
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
  • Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix – Free Kindle Download 

Today’s Question

We all have some go-to little inexpensive gift ideas…things we make or buy and keep on hand for last minute gift giving to that neighbor that stops by or the wonderful mail person who’s been delivering all those boxes and Christmas cards for the past weeks with a smile on their face. What do you give these people? Let’s share some quick and inexpensive last minute gift ideas.


Advent Calendar Day 15 – Crockpot To The Rescue

Thanks so much for your well wishes, good thoughts and prayers. Things are starting to look up and I’m read to rule out the flu. I think our daughter just has a bad cold and my shoulder is starting to feel better thanks to some rest yesterday.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 15 Today we start the week busier than ever. My day is full of errands to run and appointments to keep. We wrap it all up with a school concert tonight that our daughter is supposed to sing in. Fingers crossed that she’ll feel well enough to sing.

Thankfully I have my trusty crockpot to take care of dinner for me. I’m getting ready to start some beef stew in there and by dinner time it will be ready and waiting for us. I’ll just add some biscuits and dinner is done.

I’m sure your days are getting just as busy, so for today’s Advent Calendar Treat, I would like to give you a 50% of coupon for Crockpot Cooking Made Simple. Just use coupon “ADVENT” during checkout. 

With instructions, tips and 500 recipes to chose from, I’m sure you’ll find some new family favorites in there. There are also some great ideas on how to turn traditional family favorites into crockpot meals. And don’t forget about Holiday Cooking. Making a dish or two in your crockpot frees up oven space.

Crockpot Cooking Made Simple

Ready to learn more about crockpot cooking? Get my Crockpot Cooking Made Simple ebook today and find out how you can work your crockpot into your meal plan, how to choose a good crockpot, and even how to convert your favorite recipes to work in a slow cooker.

Click on and order your copy of Crockpot Cooking Made Simple today!


Today’s Question:

Let’s talk about crockpot cooking today. How often do you use your crockpot? Leave me a comment below and if you’d like let us know what your favorite crockpot recipe is.

Day 14 – Delicious Dump Cakes

I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful 3rd Advent Sunday. We’re all a bit under the weather. My daughter is feeling sick and we’re trying to figure out if she’s coming down with a cold or the flue. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers and let’s hope it’s just a winter cold. Sadly the flu shots we got don’t seem to be working this year and the flu is spreading like wildfire at her school.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 14I send my husband to the drug store down the road and he came back with cold medicine for her and some German Spice Cookies for all of us to share. I’m so happy those traditional Christmas cookies form home are easier to find here the last few years. They are also known as Spekulatius cookies. They are hard to make at home because you need a particular waffle iron like appliance to make them. If you see them in your area, give them a try. They are some of my favorite cookies.

In the meantime, why not make up a batch of Spiced Apple Dump cake from my Dump Cake Kindle cookbook. The book is today’s Advent treat and you can download it free on Amazon (in the US).

For now, Amazon only let’s me share it free from the US Amazon site. I’m contacting them about making it available in other countries as well. Please check the Amazon page before you click the “buy” button to make sure it’s still free.

Delicious Dump Cake Recipes – Free Kindle Book  

Inside you’ll find plenty of recipes your family will love including:

  • Apple Dump Cake
  • Rich Pumpkin Dump Cake
  • Peach Dump Cake
  • Basic Dump Cake
  • Easy Dump Cake
  • Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
  • Cherry Chocolate Coconut Dump Cake
  • Cherry Coconut Dump Cake
  • Chocolate Duncan Hines Dump Cake
  • German Chocolate Dump Cake
  • Chocolate Caramel Dump Cake
  • Apple Caramel Dump Cake
  • Apple Pecan Dump Cake
  • Spiced Apple Dump Cake
  • Blueberry Dump Cake

What a perfect way to make a simple dessert every one will love.  Get “Dump Cake Recipes – Desserts So Easy Even Kids Can Make Them” today.


Today’s Question:

While I make most of the foods, cookies, and treats we enjoy around the Holidays, I do buy a couple of things each year. The Spekulatius cookies I told you about are the perfect example. What special treat do you buy around Christmas? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from  you.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 13 – Healthy Eating

Between the cookies and other Christmas treats, we haven’t exactly been eating healthy the last few days. Ok, who am I kidding… we haven’t eaten all that clean since Thanksgiving. I’m feeling the pounds creeping on and my shoulder is starting to ache again… all good signs that I need to clean up my act a bit and eat something that’s good for my body.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 13I’m determined to cook healthy meals for my family until Christmas. Yes, we’ll be having the occasional cookie or a piece of cake, and of course there will be plenty of not so healthy treats on Christmas. But I want to make an effort to keep our main 3 meals each day healthy with plenty of veggies and lean meat. Are you with me?

If so, I’d like to help you out and offer you “Healthy Eating on a Budget” for half price as today’s Advent Calendar treat. Just use coupon code “ADVENT” to save 50% during checkout.


Heatlhy-Eating-3d-300Healthy Eating On A Budget

Preparing healthy food for my family while still staying within a budget can be hard.  To make things simpler, I’ve done a little bit of research to figure out which budget friendly foods are ALSO healthy.  Once I had my list created, I started to gather some of my favorite recipes together so I we wouldn’t get bored eating the same old beans, rice & eggs and I’m happy to share it with you today…

Just click on Healthy Eating On a Budget to order your copy today!

Today’s Question:

There are all sorts of healthy Holiday treats. What’s your favorite healthy food around the holidays?

Leave a comment below and share your ideas and recipes.

Advent Calendar Day 12 – Time For Some Chili

It’s getting cold down here in Dixie. Today I had to scratch ice from the windshield for the first time before taking my daughter to school. The cold weather has me adding more and more soups and stews to our weekly meal plans.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 12Something that’s making a regular appearance these days is Chili. I mix it up by fixing it in the slowcooker one week and on the stove the next. I’m making chili with ground beef, stew meat, chicken, turkey and vegetarian versions. With so many different recipes to choose from, we never get tired of eating it.

As today’s Advent Calendar treat, I would like to share my Kindle Cookbook of Chili recipes with you. It’s a free download on Amazon.

Free Kindle Book – 35 Chili Recipes – World’s Best (My Family Thinks So ) Chili Recipes 

35 Chili Recipes - Kindle CookbookChili is an easy and versatile dish. You can make it with all different kinds of meat such as beef, turkey, chicken or venison. You can also make it with or without beans.

You can also make it as spicy as you like. In other words, it’s a simple recipe that you can tweak to your liking.

Here are some of the recipes you’ll find inside:

  • Kid Friendly Chili
  • One Pot Chili
  • Fast and Easy Chili
  • Crock Pot Chili
  • Quick and Easy White Chili
  • Corn and Black Bean Chili
  • No Tomato Crock Pot Chili
  • No Beans and Tomatoes Chili
  • No Bean Chili Recipe
  • No Bean Meat Lover’s Chili
  • Cheap and Easy Crockpot Chili


Download the Chili Cookbook to your Kindle, computer, tablet or smart phone.

Let’s Talk About Chili

My question for you today is what type of chili do you like best? Leave me a comment below.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 11 – Canning Made Simple

There’s a long tradition of canning in my family. My grandmother canned throughout the year. She canned beans, potatoes, tomatoes and soup throughout the summer, apple butter in the fall etc. My mom remembers her grandmothers and great aunts getting together throughout the year to can as well and many a meal were made from home canned goods.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar - Day 11Sadly, like so many things canning went out of fashion and while my mom would occasionally get together with her mother to can, I never got very involved until I became an adult and started to get into gardening and growing and preserving my own food.

These days, I get my caner out quite often. A couple of weeks ago we came into a big box of apples. I’ve since turned most of them into apple butter and apple pie filling which have been canned. Some of them we’ll use throughout the winter, and some will be given away as present.

If that’s you and you don’t have a relative to show you the ropes, take a look at the Canning Made Simple book.


Today’s advent treat is 50% off the eBook with coupon code “ADVENT” 

Inside you’ll find over 40 canning recipes to get you started, along with simple to understand explanations about what to can, how to can, and even why to consider canning at all!

Let’s Talk About Homemade Gifts

I also have a question for you. This came out of a discussion I had with a friend the other day. I personally love getting and giving homemade gifts. To me they are a lot more meaningful than something store-bought.
My friend on the other hand thinks they are cheap and tacky. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Advent Calendar Day 10 – Cookies, Cookies Everywhere

The cookie plates I took to the neighbors that I told you about a few days ago were a huge hit. Sadly between making a few extra of those and all our incredible cookie eating skills, my large Christmas cookie tin is empty again as of last night.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 10We took a vote after dinner last night on what cookies we each want the most. Looks like we’re baking:

I’m off to work on today’s newsletter and then get to cookie making so they are ready and waiting for an after school snack.

First though I want to share today’s Advent goodie with you. In my mind I’m picturing you just as excited to see what’s in your Calendar as my daughter is each morning.

Today I have another free Kindle Cookbook for you. This time it’s the Christmas Cookies Cookbook which seems fitting (even though I planned this all out in late November).

 The Christmas Cookies Cookbook Christmas Cookies Cookbook on Kindle

Christmas time is upon us and there’s just something magical about this time of year that takes us back to when we were little.

One of my favorite things has always been to have everyone gathered together to make Christmas Cookies.

We made many different types of cookies to share with friends and family to celebrate the holidays. It’s one of my favorite memories and one I try to recreate every year.

This year, I wanted to share some beloved cookie recipes with you so you could build your own memories by spending quality time together as a family

 The Christmas Cookies Cookbook is a Free Download on Amazon. 

10 Yummy Slowcooker Soup Recipes

Winter is here and that means we’re eating a lot of soup. There’s just nothing better than coming home to a nice warm pot of soup. Just whip up some biscuits to go with it, make some toast, or dust of the bread maker and start some bread when you’re starting the soup in your crockpot.

Below you’ll find 10 of my favorite Slowcooker soup recipes. These make a regular appearance on my weekly meal plan. Not only are soups absolutely delicious, they are also quite frugal and by using your crockpot you don’t have to worry about stirring pots all day.

10 Yummy Crockpot Soup Recipes


#1 Crockpot Bean Soup

Bowl of Bean Soup From The Slowcooker

  • 1 lb bag or 2 cups mixed beans, soaked overnight
  • 7 C water
  • 1-2 lbs ham, cubed
  • 1-2 pressed cloves garlic
  • salt, celery salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning and/or Herbs de Provence

Put all ingredients into your crockpot and cook on LOW for 8 hours.


#2 Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup Cooked in the Crockpot

  • 3-1/2 cups peeled, diced potatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • ¾ cup diced ham
  • 3-1/4 cups water
  • 6 chicken bullion cubes
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 5 T. flour
  • 5 T. butter
  • 2 cups milk

Stir all but milk, flour and butter into crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, check tenderness of potatoes. 20 minutes before serving, melt butter in a saucepan, add flour and gradually add milk, stirring constantly over med heat until thick. Stir mixture into crockpot. Let cook 15-20 minutes more.


#3 Crockpot Minestrone Soup

Slowcooker Minestrone Soup

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1” thick
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 t dried basil leaves
  • ½ t. dried oregano leaves
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 2 cups cooked small pasta
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients except macaroni and Parmesan cheese in the stoneware. Cover cook on Low 8 to 9 hours or on High 4 to 5 hours. Stir in macaroni. Serve sprinkled with cheese. I substitute 1-1/2 t. Italian seasoning for the basil and oregano.



#4 Crockpot Sweet Potato Soup 

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

  • 1 small onion
  • 2 white potatoes
  • 3 Sweet potatoes
  • 2 apples, cut into 1 inch pieces with the skin left on
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground clove (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Start by preparing your veggies and fruit. Scrub the potatoes really well and cut them into one inch chunks.

Peel the onion and give it a rough chop.

Core the apples and cut them into one inch pieces as well. I leave the peel on since it will blend into the soup and adds extra nutrition.

Chop or crush your garlic.

Add the veggies and fruit along with the salt and spices to your crockpot. Pour the chicken broth over everything.

Cook the soup on high for 5 hours.

Puree the hot soup either in batches in your blender or use a hand immersion blender right into your crockpot.

Stir in the butter and serve.



#5 Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup 

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

  • 6 large baking potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Extra Shredded Cheese for topping

Peel and cut your potatoes into small chunks. Chop the onion and garlic.

Put your chopped veggies, chicken broth, butter, salt and pepper into the crockpot. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours .

Mash mixture with a potato masher until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soupy is slightly thickened. Stir in cream, cheese and chives.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top each with sour cream, bacon and a little extra cheese.



#6 Crockpot French Onion SoupSlowcooker French Onion Soup

  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 t. Worcestershire
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 4-5 slices French bread, toasted
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

In slow cooker, combine onions and butter, broth, Worcestershire and salt. Cover and cook on HIGH 4-6 hours. Pour hot soup into bowls and top w/ bread and sprinkle w/ cheese.



#7 Slowcooker Beef and Vegetable Soup 

Beef and Vegetable Soup from the slow cooker

  • 6 beef bullion cubes
  • large pkg. 2 lbs. frozen mixed vegetables (I save left over veggies and use those)
  • 2 pounds beef roast, cut into pieces or can use left over beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (12 oz can tomato paste
  • 6 cups water

Pour ingredients into 6 qt. slow cooker and stir well. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. Serve w/ cheese toast or grilled cheese sandwiches.



#8 Crockpot Taco SoupYummy Crockpot Taco Soup

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans Rotel
  • 3 cups cooked beans of your choice, (2 cans)
  • 1 can corn (optional)
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning (2-3 T. bulk)
  • 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix (optional)
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cups water

Brown beef in skillet w/ onion. Drain fat and add to crockpot. Add all other ingredients (do not drain cans), and stir to mix. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or HIGH 4. I usually add more water and a little more bulk taco seasoning powder to make it more soupy.


#9 Crockpot Turkey Noodle Soup Yummy turkey and noodle soup made in the slowcooker.

  • 2 cups of cooked turkey
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups turkey broth
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 ounces noodles

Cut your turkey (from leftover roasted turkey) into bite-size chunks. Chop the onion, carrot and celery. Place everything except noodles in your crockpot and cook on low for 4 hours. Remove the bay leaf and add the noodles. Cook another hour on low or 1/2 hour on high until the noodles are soft. Serve the soup hot.


#10 Crockpot Butternut Squash SoupHomemade Butternut Squash Soup with Bread

  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 butternut squash (2 pounds), peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed

Melt margarine in 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook onion in margarine, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.

Mix onion and remaining ingredients, except cream cheese, in 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker, Cover and cook on low heat setting 6 to 8 hours or until squash is tender.

Place one-third to one-half of the mixture at a time in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth. Return mixture to slow cooker; stir in cream cheese. Cover and cook on low heat setting about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring until smooth.

Ready to learn more about crockpot cooking? Get my Crockpot Cooking Made Simple ebook today and find out how you can work your crockpot into your meal plan, how to choose a good crockpot, and even how to convert your favorite recipes to work in a slow cooker.

Click on and order your copy of Crockpot Cooking Made Simple today!

Advent Calendar Day 9 – Homemade Convenience Foods

Let’s talk about convenience today. Compared to even a few short years ago, my life around the Holidays has gotten so much more convenient. I’m able to order gifts and have them shipped to my door. We can watch a huge library of Holiday movies whenever we choose without having to drive to the video store (remember those?).

Yesterday I became aware of one more huge convenience – No more waiting in line at the post office.

Advent Calendar Day 9That one is HUGE for me. I have family in Europe and we have relatives and friends scattered around the US. In the past I’ve made several trips to the post office in December, spending countless hours waiting in line. Not so this year. Yesterday I walked into the post office to pick up a couple of priority mail boxes. Did you know that they have cute holiday themed ones this year? I saw the long line on my way out. Boy am I glad I don’t have to worry about standing in that line this year. Instead, I’m going to pack up my boxes, print my shipping labels, pay for them online and have my mail carrier come pick them up. How much easier is that?

Ready for more conveniences? How about some convenience foods for your kitchen. Stock your pantry with these mixes and foods and you can whip up a meal in no time at all.


Use the coupon code “ADVENT” to get the cookbook at half-price.


Homemade Convenience Cookbook:

Make even more convenience foods right at home! You’ll save money, control ingredients, and avoid expensive “fast foods” when you start making your own favorite convenience foods. Click on here to find out about our informative resource Homemade Convenience Foods – and dig into over 200 recipes for handy convenience foods you can make at home.

Eliminate those prepackaged foods from your pantry, eat healthier and cheaper while still cooking fast. Order your copy today!


 Don’t forget to use coupon code “ADVENT”


Advent Calendar Day 8 – The ABCs of Gift Giving

We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas Day. Yesterday I shared an idea with you on how to raise some extra money to buy presents for your loved ones. Today, I’d like to share a whole bunch of ideas for frugal gift ideas with you.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 8A few years ago we talked about Christmas gifts in the now defunct Hillbilly Housewife Club. We all contributed ideas and came up with the ABCs of Gift Giving. I compiled it all in a small little eBook and would like to share it wit you today. You can download it free below.

The ABCs Of Gift Giving (pdf)

Browse through the ideas and make a list of things you would like to make or get for loved ones this year.

I have plenty of time today for a little secret crafting. My husband is away for the day and my daughter is staying late in school for choir practice. With a little luck, I can finish a sweater I’ve been working on for her and start to knit a pair of fingerless gloves for my husband.

I’ve been playing Christmas music as I go about my daily chores. There’s just something fun about listening to old favorites and singing along. Do you have a favorite Christmas album, or a particular song you like? Leave me a comment and share your favorites.

Advent Calendar Day 7 – In Need Of Extra Christmas Cash?

One of my favorite things about Christmas is being able to give meaningful gifts to the people I love. Of course all that extra buying and making of things costs money, no matter how frugal I try to be. Since money is a little tight for us this year, and we happen to have too many things sitting around as it is, I started selling stuff on Craigslist for a little extra Christmas Cash.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 7My favorite so far has been a doll house my daughter has outgrown. I met a wonderful woman who came and bought it for her little one for Christmas. She’s a single mom who was grateful to get such a wonderful present to put under tree. I have an extra $20 to spend and more room in the attic.

Here’s my suggestion for you for today. Go through your book shelves, boxes of video games and DVDs, your kids toys, even clothes and accessories and come up with a box of stuff you don’t need anymore.

Next grab the Craigslist Yard Sale book below. Use coupon code “ADVENT” to save 50%. List everything on your local Craigslist site and see what sells. Whatever doesn’t, donate to Thrift Store next weekend.

You’ll make a little extra Christmas money, declutter your home and make someone else’s Christmas.

Craigslist Yard Sale  

This guide gives you everything you need to know so you can avoid all the headaches of a traditional yard sale. You’ll find the tools to help you plan your sale in the right way – whether you’re selling one item or one hundred.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn in this comprehensive guide:

  • How to sign up for a Craigslist account and create your first listing.
  • Where to find all sorts of treasures that you can sell on Craigslist.
  • Important safety tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe while selling online.
  • Learn about some great tips to improve your listings, picking the right price and placing it in the category that will get you the best results.
  • How to tweak your listings to sell items fast and for a good price.

Along with this you’ll get these two bonuses absolutely free:

  • Bonus #1 – Home Inventory Checklists
  • Bonus #2 – Ebay Shopping Guide

Click on and order now to learn how you can turn your clutter into cash the easy way – on Craigslist.

Don’t forget to use coupon code “ADVENT” to save 50%.