Holiday Recipe Contest Winners and Diet Friendly Cup Of Soup Recipes – HBHW Newsletter

December 29th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year filled with wonderful moments with your family and friends, and all the best in 2011.

Our Holiday Recipe Contest has come to a close and our first three prize winners have been notified.  Congratulations to our winners and Thank You to all who participated.  Please scroll down for a list of our winners and their recipes.  Most of our winners have not sent their email address to us.  Be sure to send your email address as soon as possible so we can get your gifts out to all of you.

Our featured article this week is about a topic that comes up quite often just around New Year’s Eve – resolving to get a handle on finances once and for all.  I hope you’ll scroll down and click on the link to read our featured article.

This week’s quote and story are about turning the page on a new year and making the most of what’s ahead.  I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~ T. S. Eliot ~

Holiday Recipe Contest

The recipients of the first 3 prizes in our Holiday Recipe Contest have been selected by you, our readers. Please join me in congratulating:

Nancy Kendrick – 1st Prize for “Brown Bag Apple Pie”
Julie Williamson – 2nd Prize for “Creamy Old Fashioned Egg Nog”
Candice Duckworth – 3rd Prize for “Easy Spinach Pie”

Nancy will receive a lifetime membership from MealPlanningCentral.com;  Julie will receive a lifetime membership from DiningWithoutWhine.com; and Candice will receive a twelve month membership from SavingDinner.com.  Congratulations!  I’m sure you’ll enjoy the great things you’ll find in these memberships to help you accomplish more with your hard-earned money and your precious time.

The remaining prize winners have yet to be notified as we are missing the emails for these winners. Here they are:

Brenda Ohmstead for “2 Ingredient Fudge
Hannah for “Soft Molasses Ginger Cookies
Gretchen La Pour for “Cranberry Pudding Cake with Butter Sauce
Orilla Crider for “Easy Cooked Egg Nog
Jen for “Eclair Cake
Marie Grennell for “Girls Scout Chili
Rosemarie L. for “Creamy Fudge
Ronda Bowman for “Triple Chocolate Mess
Laura Hamm for “Grandma’s Toffee

If you see your name and recipe here, please contact me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com and let me know your email address so we can get your prize to you as well as your other gifts.  Thank you and Congratulations!

You should already have received your very own copy of the ebook we put together with your recipes.  I hope you are enjoying it.  Very shortly you will also be receiving another gift to you from my friend Patti Winker of RemarkableWrinklies.com.  Patti has put together a collection of sweet treats that she has gathered over the years.  This little ebook is fun and old fashioned so I know you’ll love it.  Watch for an email from Patti with your gift attached.

As a reminder, here are the valuable prizes we are giving away:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

Thank you again for entering our Holiday Recipe Contest.

Featured Article

Since New Year’s Eve typically gets people thinking about doing things a new way in the next year, I’ve decided to feature an article about one of the things most people include in their New Year’s Resolutions -  getting control of their money.  Creating a good budget on paper is the first step to controlling spending.  But, many people try budgeting and still the money trickles away.  One way to stop the money from disappearing is to see where it’s going. Just click the link below to get started plugging the leak in your bucket:

Where’s the Leak in Your Family’s Money Bucket?

Recipe Sharing

And, since getting fit and healthy seems to be another New Year’s Resolution most people make, I thought I’d share some very easy and delicious soups to help you stay on track with your diet and healthy eating resolution this year:

Cup of Soup Recipes

Coconut Chicken Curry: 1 cup hot chicken broth with a pinch of curry powder, 1 dash cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon dry, unsweetened coconut. 23 Calories; 1g Fat (47.5% calories from fat); trace Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 6mg Sodium.

Country Compassion: 1 cup hot beef broth, 1 teaspoon bacon bits; 1 teaspoon mashed potato flakes and 1/2 teaspoon dry onion. 20 Calories; 1g Fat (24.5% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 39mg Sodium.

French Onion: 1 cup beef bouillon, 1 teaspoon dry onion and a small pinch of garlic powder. 10 calories. 11 Calories; trace Fat (1.3% calories from fat); trace Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 3mg Sodium.

French Onion Supreme: Prepare French Onion above. Crumble 1 saltine cracker into the soup, and add 1/2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese. 27 Calories; 1g Fat (21.1% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 1mg Cholesterol; 37mg Sodium.

Chicken Rice or Noodle Soup: 1 cup boiling chicken broth, 2 teaspoons instant rice or 1 tablespoon broken up ramen noodles, 1 pinch poultry seasoning, 1 pinch onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley, 1 dash black pepper. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes before drinking. 27 Calories; trace Fat (1.3% calories from fat); trace Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 6mg Sodium.

Frugal Tips

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Recipes

Here are some of the most recent recipes that have been added to the HBHW site. Enjoy!

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I’m Looking For:

This section is all about you. If you are looking for a particular recipe or a tip on how to do something, submit it here and I will post it in an upcoming newsletter. I’ll give you my input and other readers of the newsletter will have the opportunity to share their recipes and tips as well. So take a moment to post your questions and of course if you have a tip or idea for any question posted in this section feel free to leave a comment under the appropriate post.

I’m Looking For Requests
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Inspirational Story

A Fresh New Year
~ William Arthur Ward ~

Another fresh new year is here,
another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
to love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
to live each day with zest.
To daily grow and try to be
my highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
once more to right some wrongs.
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
and sing more joyful songs!

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

True Gifts For Christmas and Crockpot Cajun Pecan Snack – HBHW Newsletter

December 22nd, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

The voting on our Holiday Recipe contest has come to a close.  Thanks for all who joined in the fun.  To take a look at how the votes are stacking up, click on the link below:

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/favorite-holiday-recipes-poll.htm

If you submitted a holiday recipe, be sure you send your email to us at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com so we can notify you if you've won a prize, and to send your gifts to you. Be sure also to scroll down and see what we have in store for our participants and prize winners.

Our featured article this week is a special treat I hope you'll enjoy. If you are gathering around the piano during your Christmas festivities or just humming tunes as you cook, you may appreciate having the words that accompany the tunes. I hope you'll scroll down and click on the link to read our featured article.

This week's quote and story are both about Christmas -  true gifts and Christmas in the air. I hope you'll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today's quote and story.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
~ W. T. Ellis ~

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That magical time of the year is in just a few days.  Have you gotten all your shopping done?  Isn't that the question for the day?  What would happen if we didn't put so much emphasis on shopping for gifts and put more on enjoying the season?  Wouldn't that be a relief?

The joy of the season can sometimes get buried in the commercialization of Christmas – it's all about the gifts.

Well, how about a gift of memories!

The holidays don't have to be about spending more and more money on more and more toys and gadgets. You don't need to max out your credit card to prove that you love your family.

What used to make the holidays so special was time spent with the people you love.  How do we get back to that MAGIC?

What you need to return to those good old days is ideas – good old fashioned ideas for enjoying the season with your family, playing, laughing, cooking, singing, and all those things that we used to do years ago.

My friend Tracy Roberts of MomsInABlog.com has set out to recreate memories with her family this year instead of piling up gifts… and debt.  She has decided to stop shopping and start celebrating and has created a resource so you can do it, too – Creating Cherished Christmas Memories.

This ebook is filled with great tips and ideas to get your holiday out of the rut of frustration and debt.  Take a look at just some of the things you'll find to help you restore the magic to your Christmas:

  • Grow closer as a family while instilling strong values about things like giving, empathy, and thoughtfulness.
  • Yummy recipes for holiday treats that the family can make together.
  • Rein in the season while having fun the whole time.
  • Handle sticky situations you’d rather ignore, but can’t.
  • Make the holidays last much longer than just one day.
  • Give gifts that don’t cost an arm and leg, and are much more appreciated.
  • Make visits with the neighbors, relatives, and extended family enjoyable again.
  • Reduce your stress with these tips.
  • Explore traditions old and new, and make memories that last.

Tracy also includes two bonuses that I know you'll enjoy.  Buy Creating Cherished Christmas Memories today and you'll receive The Big Book of Classic Christmas Tales as well as Tracy's Wacky Party Ideas absolutely FREE. Both resources are perfect for this time of year… and for years to come!

Stuck for a last minute gift? Buy Creating Cherished Christmas Memories today… it may be the best Christmas gift you'll ever give to someone who's tired of Christmas stress.  Click on the link below and download instantly for a thoughtful last-minute gift:
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Holiday Recipe Contest

Our voting has come to a close and soon we will be announcing our winners.  This contest has been a lot of fun and has provided many delicious recipes to try.  Along with the prizes we will be awarding to the winners, we'll also be giving everyone who submitted a recipe their very own copy of the ebook we prepared with YOUR recipes in it.  We still need email addresses from some of you, so be sure to send your email address to me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com Thank you!

Along with your own recipe ebook with all the submitted recipes, you'll also be receiving a collection of over 80 recipes for all sorts of sweet treats collected by my friend Patti Winker at RemarkableWrinklies.com The recipes have been collected for many years, so some of them may seen a bit old fashioned, but we love that!  Patti and I are giving you this ebook as a Thank You gift for sharing your recipes with us at HBHW.

So, be sure to send us your email address so we can:

1) find you if you win a prize,
2) send your free eCookbook from Patti, and
3) send your own copy of all the holiday recipes submitted.

If you submitted a recipe for the Holiday Recipe Contest, email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com and let me know what email address we can us to send your goodies. Thank you very much!

As a reminder, here are the valuable prizes we are giving away:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

Thank you again for entering our Holiday Recipe Contest.

Featured Article

Christmas carols are a big part of the holiday season in our house.  We like both the cute little songs and the pretty stirring hymns, but we stumble over the words sometimes; especially in the second or third verse!  In this week's article you'll find a song book with 39 songs for the season for you and your family to enjoy.  It's my gift to you. I hope you'll print it off , gather your family, and sing to your heart's content. Just click the link below:

Christmas Carol Song Book

Recipe Sharing

Need just one more idea for snacks for your holiday gathering?  I think you'll like these:

Crockpot Cajun Style Pecan Snacks

  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all your spices together well in a small bowl.  Pour the melted butter into your crockpot, then add pecans, stirring to coat evenly with butter.  Then sprinkle your spice mixture evenly over the pecans, stirring as you sprinkle.

Cover the crockpot and turn on to the HIGH heat.  Let the pecans cook on HIGH for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once.

Remove the cover from the crockpot and turn the heat down to LOW.  Cook uncovered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure the pecans stay coated and evenly cook.

Cool the pecans on a rack covered with paper towels or a paper grocery bag.  They’re ready to serve as soon as they cool completely.

Frugal Tips

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Recipes

Here are some of the most recent recipes that have been added to the HBHW site. Enjoy!

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I’m Looking For:

This section is all about you. If you are looking for a particular recipe or a tip on how to do something, submit it here and I will post it in an upcoming newsletter. I’ll give you my input and other readers of the newsletter will have the opportunity to share their recipes and tips as well. So take a moment to post your questions and of course if you have a tip or idea for any question posted in this section feel free to leave a comment under the appropriate post.

I'm Looking For Requests
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Inspirational Story

Christmas Gifts
~ Oren Arnold ~

To your enemy,
forgiveness.

To an opponent,
tolerance.

To a friend,
your heart.

To a customer,
service.

To all,
charity.

To every child,
a good example.

To yourself,
respect.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Favorite Holiday Recipes Poll

Over the past few weeks, HBHW readers have been sharing some of their favorite Holiday Recipes. Now it’s time to vote on your favorites.

Please take a moment to let us know by voting in the poll below. You can vote from now through December 21, 2010 @ 11:59 pm. The submitters of the top 5 recipes will win some of the prizes that have been donated.

All winners will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

Happy Voting!

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Be Blessed Not Stressed This Holiday Season and Crockpot Wassail Recipe – HBHW Newsletter

December 15th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

The poll to vote on your favorite Holiday Recipe contest submission is up and it’s your time to vote. Please take a moment right now and go to

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/favorite-holiday-recipes-poll.htm

Also, if you submitted a holiday recipe, be sure you send your email to us at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com so we can notify you if you’ve won a prize, and to send your gifts to you. Be sure also to scroll down and check out the prizes and gifts we have in store for you.

Our featured article this week is about trying to avoid the stress that seems to surround the holidays, especially in the last few weeks before Christmas.  I hope you’ll scroll down and click on the link to read our featured article.

This week’s quote and story are both about leaving your troubles behind. As much joy and wonder this holiday season can bring us, this time of year can also be difficult for many people, for a variety of reasons. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles, by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
~Mark Twain~

Sponsor

I Highly Recommend Creating Cherished Christmas Memories

That magical time of the year is almost here – Christmas. However, many families are wondering where the magic has gone.

The joy of the season can sometimes get stiffled by the stress and frustration you feel trying to make everything just right for your family.

When every commercial screams at you “Have you done your holiday shopping yet!?” it feels like that’s all that Christmas has come down to… buying more, buying bigger, and buying more expensive gifts.

Are the holidays only about spending money?  Is it your duty to run up impossibly high charges on your credit cards? Are you supposed to spend your precious time shopping for yet another gift?

In short, have you lost that sense of family togetherness that used to make the holidays so special?

You CAN bring back the magic of Christmas for your family.

What does it take? It takes good old fashioned creativity!

That’s just what Tracy Roberts of MomsInABlog.com has set out to do. Tracy has made a commitment to stop shopping and start celebrating.  And now she has put together her favorite memory-making ideas into one book – Creating Cherished Christmas Memories.

This ebook is filled with great tips and ideas to get your holiday back on track and out of the rut of frustration and debt.  Take a look at just some of the things you’ll find to help you restore the magic to your Christmas:

  • Grow closer as a family while instilling strong values about things like giving, empathy, and thoughtfulness.
  • Yummy recipes for holiday treats that the family can make together.
  • Rein in the season while having fun the whole time.
  • Handle sticky situations you’d rather ignore, but can’t.
  • Make the holidays last much longer than just one day.
  • Give gifts that don’t cost an arm and leg, and are much more appreciated.
  • Make visits with the neighbors, relatives, and extended family enjoyable again.
  • Reduce your stress with these tips.
  • Explore traditions old and new, and make memories that last.

Doesn’t that sound more like a holiday season you long for?

Tracy also includes two bonuses that I know you’ll enjoy.  Buy Creating Cherished Christmas Memories today and you’ll receive The Big Book of Classic Christmas Tales as well as Tracy’s Wacky Party Ideas absolutely FREE. Both resources are perfect for this time of year… and for years to come!

It’s never too late to get off the commercialized merry-go-round and get back to creating memories for your family. Buy Creating Cherished Christmas Memories today… it may be the best Christmas gift you’ll ever get your family.
http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/christmas-memories

Holiday Recipe Contest

We are almost ready to start voting for our favorite recipes.  And, the fun news is you’ll be doing the voting!   Watch for an email from me soon about how you can participate in choosing the best of the best holiday recipes submitted by you, our readers. Along with the prizes awarded to some lucky people, everyone who submitted a recipe will receive their very own copy of the ebook we prepared with YOUR recipes in it. We still need email addresses from some of you, so be sure to send your email address to me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com Thank you!

My friend Patti Winker at RemarkableWrinklies.com has also offered to give each person who submitted a recipe a copy of her new ebook called,  Memory Lane Meals.  Patti has put together a nice collection of over 80 recipes for all sorts of sweet treats. These are recipes that have been collected for many years, so some of them may seen a bit old fashioned, but we love that! Patti and I are giving you this ebook as a Thank You gift for sharing your recipes with us at HBHW.

Then, of course, we have the prizes.  If you are voted a winner for one of these prizes, we’ll need to send your prize to you by email.  So, please send me your email address as soon as possible.

When we get your email address, we’ll be able to do three things:

1) find you if you win a prize,
2) send your free eCookbook from Patti, and
3) send your own copy of all the holiday recipes submitted.

If you submitted a recipe for the Holiday Recipe Contest, won’t you please take a moment right now to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com and let me know what email address I can use to send your goodies to?  Thank you very much!

As a reminder, here are the valuable prizes we are giving away:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

Thank you again for entering our Holiday Recipe Contest.

Featured Article

When it gets down to the last few weeks and days before Christmas, I can sense the stress all around me. Many people are speeding up to wrap up the last few gifts and meals. This creates just the opposite feelings that we want to have over the holidays. If you’re starting to feel stressed instead of blessed, won’t you click the link below and read our featured article:

Coping With Holiday Stress – Tips To Enjoy This Special Season

Recipe Sharing

This is an aromatic and soothing hot beverage perfect for any holiday celebration. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Crockpot Wassail

  • 2 quarts apple juice or cider
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 18 oz pineapple juice

Heat on HIGH in crockpot until hot. Remove cloves and cinnamon stick. Simmer in pot to keep warm. 25-30 servings.

Submitted by HBHW reader Susan S. and here is her orange spiced cider recipe. Don’t forget to take a look at these other easy crockpot recipes as well.

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

Frugal Tips

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Recipes

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I’m Looking For:

This section is all about you. If you are looking for a particular recipe or a tip on how to do something, submit it here and I will post it in an upcoming newsletter. I’ll give you my input and other readers of the newsletter will have the opportunity to share their recipes and tips as well. So take a moment to post your questions and of course if you have a tip or idea for any question posted in this section feel free to leave a comment under the appropriate post.

I’m Looking For Requests
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Inspirational Story

The Trouble Tree
~author unknown~

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farm house had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire had caused him to miss an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pick-up truck refused to start.

As I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. When we arrived he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked to the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles; he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed by the tree and my curiosity got the better of me.

I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure, they don’t belong in the house with my wife and children. So, I just hang them on the tree when I come home in the evening and then I just pick them up again in the morning.”

“Funny thing, though,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ‘em up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remembered hanging there the night before.”

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Creating Cherished Christmas Memories and Overnight Breakfast Strata – HBHW Newsletter

December 8th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

Our Holiday Recipe Contest has come to a close;  thank you to all who entered their favorite holiday recipe.  It’s very important at this time to make sure we have all the emails for participants in the contest. We have more than 130 participants and only a little over 30 responses to our email request.  Be sure you send your email to us at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com so we can notify you if you’ve won a prize, and to send your gifts to you. Be sure also to scroll down and check out the prizes and gifts we have in store for you.

I’m also in the process of setting up a way for you to vote on your favorite recipe. Look for an email from me about this later this week.

Our featured article this week is about fun, and frugal, ideas to entertain the family this Christmas. The article is a good look at creating memories without spending a lot of money. Written by a fun-loving woman who lives with her family outside of London, the article gives a fresh perspective for those of us who live elsewhere. It’s well worth a read, so I hope you’ll scroll down and click on the link to enjoy our featured article.

This week’s quote is about the blessing of memories. The story this week is a particularly moving one, especially for this time of year, about our wishes and God’s plan for us.  I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
~J.M. Barrie~

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  • Yummy recipes for holiday treats that the family can make together.
  • Rein in the season while having fun the whole time.
  • Handle sticky situations you’d rather ignore, but can’t.
  • Make the holidays last much longer than just one day.
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Holiday Recipe Contest

We are happy to report that your recipes have been gathered into a pretty little cookbook ready to email out to each and every participant in our contest.  However, there’s a little glitch.  Out of the 130+ recipes, we have only received 30 or so responses to our request for email addresses.  We are looking forward to getting your cookbook out to you so be sure to send your email address to me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com Thank you!

Along with your own recipes, we are also giving another great collection of recipes.  My friend Patti Winker at www.RemarkableWrinklies.com has created a fun eCookbook called,  Memory Lane Meals.  Patti has put together a nice collection of over 80 recipes for cakes, pies, cobblers, bars, candies, snacks, and more.  Because these recipes have been collected for many years, you’ll find some of them a tad old fashioned, but don’t we love that! Patti and I are giving you this eCookbook as a thank you gift for sharing your recipes with us at HBHW.

Then, of course, we have the prizes.  We are busy looking at all the recipes and hope to narrow down our prize winners very soon.  But, without your email address, we won’t be able to find you.

So, we need your email address in order to do three things:

1) find you if you win a prize,
2) send your free eCookbook from Patti, and
3) send your own copy of all the holiday recipes submitted.

Please, if you submitted a recipe for the Holiday Recipe Contest, won’t you please take a moment right now to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com and let me know what email address I can use to send your goodies to?  Thank you very much!

As a reminder, here are the valuable prizes we are giving away:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

Thank you again for entering our Holiday Recipe Contest.

Featured Article

In these last few weeks before Christmas, I’m concentrating on creating memories for our family.  Shopping and gift-giving often causes stress, and is just as often unnecessary to have a good holiday season.  That’s why I’m sharing an article written by Pippa Wright, a great gal with great ideas for enjoying the Christmas season by creating lasting memories.  I hope you’ll spend a few minutes to see how her family finds the joy in the holiday without spending a lot of money.  Just click the link below:

Frugal Christmas Entertainment Ideas

Recipe Sharing

Perhaps coming up with meals during the Christmas holiday season is one of the things that stresses you out.  That’s why an all-in-one-pan meal for anytime of the day is a great idea.  This is an easy, and tasty, Christmas morning casserole I think you’ll enjoy.

Overnight Breakfast Strata

  • 4 slices hearty white bread, crusts cut off, and coarsely torn into pieces
  • 4 eggs, beaten with a fork slightly
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

Lightly grease an 8 inch square baking pan.
Arrange pieces of bread in pan.
In separate bowl, put eggs, milk, mustard, and onion and mix together well, then pour over bread.
Top with cooked bacon, cover the pan with foil, and put in refrigerator overnight.

In the morning, remove the casserole from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake casserole, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes.
Uncover and arrange shredded cheese on top.
Put back in oven, uncovered, and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and starts to brown.
Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.
This casserole serves 4 people, and can be doubled using a 9×13 pan instead.

Add whatever other ingredients you might want in this, included chopped green pepper, diced tomatoes, sausage, or chilis for more flavor.

Frugal Tips

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Recipes

Here are some of the most recent recipes that have been added to the HBHW site. Enjoy!

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I’m Looking For:

This section is all about you. If you are looking for a particular recipe or a tip on how to do something, submit it here and I will post it in an upcoming newsletter. I’ll give you my input and other readers of the newsletter will have the opportunity to share their recipes and tips as well. So take a moment to post your questions and of course if you have a tip or idea for any question posted in this section feel free to leave a comment under the appropriate post.

I’m Looking For Requests
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Inspirational Story

Trees That Wood
~author unknown~

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, “Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”

Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter” … and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, “This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.” The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree so I’ll take this one”, and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time. Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said “Peace” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined. We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

BOGO Gift Certificates and Frugal Gourmet Food Gifts – HBHW Newsletter

December 1st, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.  We had a busy Thanksgiving in our house and, as usual, cooked way too much food.  We will be enjoying leftovers for weeks and probably months to come.  If you celebrated Thanksgiving last week, I hope yours was just as successful.

Thank you to everyone who submitted recipes for our Holiday Recipe Contest.  We are busy now reviewing the recipes so we will be able to select the prize recipients.  Scroll down and check out the prizes and gifts we have in store for you.  Also, be sure to send your email address to me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com so we can notify you if you’ve won a prize and to send your gifts to you. Thanks again to everyone who took time to share their holiday recipes with us.

Since it’s December now, I’ve started thinking about gift giving.  However, my thoughts never stray too far from food.  Why not combine the two?  That’s what our featured article is about this week – frugal gourmet food gifts.  Please be sure to scroll down and click on the link to see how you can turn food into great gifts.

This week’s quote and story are about giving gifts from the heart; and receiving those gifts with just as much grace. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote
We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
~Mother Theresa~

BOGO HBHW Gift Certificates

As promised, I have joined the Black Friday and Cyber Monday gang and whipped up a deal for you, my dear readers.  From now until Christmas Eve, you can order one of the new HBHW Gift Certificates and get a second one to use for yourself FREE. The gift certificates are valid for an entire year and can be used on any of the HBHW ebooks. The gift certificates come in four different denominations so you’ll be able to find a price range to fit your budget.  Please be sure to click on the link below and see how easy it is to do your gift shopping right here on HBHW.
http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/hbhw-black-friday.htm

Holiday Recipe Contest

We have wrapped up our contest and have started the process of gathering all your delicious recipes together.  We’ll be going over the recipes to figure out which ones to award prizes to.  This is going to be very difficult since they all were so fun!  Thank you again for taking time to submit your recipes to us so we all can share.

Of course, everyone deserves a prize in my eyes.  That’s why my friend Patti Winker at www.RemarkableWrinklies.com and I are giving each person who submitted a recipe a copy of her new eCookbook,  Memory Lane Meals.  Patti has put together a nice collection of over 80 recipes for cakes, pies, cobblers, bars, candies, snacks, and more.  Because these recipes have been collected for many years, you’ll find some of them a tad old fashioned, but don’t we love that!

Along with Patti’s eCookbook, you’ll also receive a pretty little document you can download that will include all the recipes submitted to the contest.  We want you to be able to share it with your friends and family and point to your own recipe and say, “My recipe is published on HBHW.”

Now we need your email address so we can do three things:

1) find you if you win a prize, and
2) send your free eCookbook from Patti, and
3) send your own copy of all the holiday recipes.

So if you submitted a recipe for the Holiday Recipe Contest, won’t you please take a moment right now to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com and let me know what email address I can use to contact you?  Thank you very much!

As a reminder, here are the valuable prizes we are giving away:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

Thank you again for entering our Holiday Recipe Contest.

Featured Article

When I turn my calender to December, I often start to panic.  No matter how prepared I am in the gift-giving area, there are always a few people on my list that I struggle with right up until the last minute.  That’s when I normally turn to food.  Yes, food is still a very acceptable, and appreciated, gift.  But, if you want to make your food gift a bit fancier, take a look at some easy and frugal ways to give gourmet gifts:

Frugal Gourmet Food Gifts

Recipe Sharing

I’m going to share one of my favorite food gift ideas here. This is a very soothing drink mix enjoyed by young and old alike.  Put it in a jar and add as much fabric and ribbon as you like to make it extra pretty.  You may even want to visit your local thrift or resale shop and see if you can find an antique-looking teaspoon to include.

Ginger Tea Mix

  • 1-1/2 cup plain instant tea
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup instant powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered coffee creamer

In a resealable container combine all of the ingredients and stir with a fork or a whisk to distribute everything evenly. Store on the pantry shelf.

To Prepare: Combine 2 tablespoons Ginger Tea Mix with 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir the ingredients in a tea cup to dissolve. Serve with lemon cookies at tea time.

The English prefer milk or cream in their tea, while most Americans prefer lemon. I have an English grandmother who taught me to appreciate both methods of service. This recipe is very English in origin so it contains milk instead of the lemon most of us are more accustomed to. It is an odd little recipe, and the first time I made it I thought it would be fine for my personal consumption, but probably not worthy of sharing. Then friends and family members got a taste of it, and begged for the recipe. It tastes a little strange at first, certainly exotic, and then it grows on you, eventually becoming an addiction of almost shameful proportions. I recommend you make half the recipe the first time to give it a try, and then see if it casts it’s spell upon you, demanding you prepare it in every growing quantities. Makes an excellent gift for the holidays.

If this isn’t quite to your taste, try this English Breakfast Tea recipe instead, or browse through my frugal beverage recipe section for more ideas.

Frugal Tips

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Recipes

Here are some of the most recent recipes that have been added to the HBHW site. Enjoy!

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I’m Looking For:

This section is all about you. If you are looking for a particular recipe or a tip on how to do something, submit it here and I will post it in an upcoming newsletter. I’ll give you my input and other readers of the newsletter will have the opportunity to share their recipes and tips as well. So take a moment to post your questions and of course if you have a tip or idea for any question posted in this section feel free to leave a comment under the appropriate post.

I’m Looking For Requests
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Inspirational Story

A Box of Kisses
~author unknown~

The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.” He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty.

He yelled at her, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside it?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said,”Oh, Daddy, it is not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy.”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.

It is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for years and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Black Friday Fun, Holiday Recipe Contest Closing Soon, and Being Thankful – HBHW Newsletter

November 24th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.  Before we get to the meat of the newsletter, I just want to take one moment to say how thankful I am to all of you;  my readers, my friends.  Hillbilly Housewife has become a wonderfully busy community of frugal minded people.  Without you, we wouldn’t be able to produce this website or newsletter.  So, thank you everyone for spending some of your precious time here with me.

Our Holiday Recipe Contest is coming to a close soon.  We’ve very much enjoyed reading your submissions.  Be sure to scroll down and read about this fun contest and for an important message for everyone who has already submitted your recipes.

Our featured article is about something a lot of us will be faced with this week – using up leftovers.  Our Thanksgiving always produces a heaping helping of leftover turkey.  Be sure to scroll down and click on the link to see a few great ways to use turkey in tasty new dishes.

This week’s quote and story shouldn’t surprise you as we are celebrating Thanksgiving this week in the United States.  It’s easy to be thankful for all the great things in our lives, but sometimes it’s from the hardships that we receive our greatest blessings.  I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Thanksgiving is here and my friend Christine Steendahl – “The Menu Mom” – has just about reached her goal, thanks to all of you who joined in the fun on Facebook.  If you haven’t yet, won’t you help Christine out?  Here’s the fun:  Christine started Oct. 23rd with 1200 Facebook Fans and is hoping to hit 10K by Thanksgiving! All you need to do is visit www.facebook.com/themenumom and click the “like” button on her page.  For every 500 new friends she has a little drawing and if she reaches 10K by Thanksgiving, she plans to give away $10,000 in Lifetime Memberships to her Menu Planning Central Meal Plans.  Anyone who is a fan at the time of the drawing will be entered.  Lots of fun!  Go check it out at www.facebook.com/themenumom and help her achieve her goal!

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~ Albert Schweitzer ~

Black Friday Fun

I was starting to feel a little left out with all the advertising about sales going on this Black Friday.  The day after Thanksgiving is loosely considered to be the day that retailers are back “in the black” financially speaking; thus the term Black Friday.  So, I thought why not share in the fun and have a little sale myself!  I’m busy right now putting together a few specials I think you’ll enjoy.  Be sure to watch your email for our HBHW Black Friday sales.

Holiday Recipe Contest

All good things must come to an end.  As of Sunday, November 28th, we’ll be closing our recipe contest here at HBHW.  We’ve very much enjoyed all the family recipes submitted so far and now I have quite a list I’m going to try on my own family.

Besides the great prizes we are offering, we also have a special treat in store for everyone who has entered a recipe in the Holiday Recipe Contest.  My good friend, Patti Winker at www.RemarkableWrinklies.com, has been compiling recipes for many, many years; she says “more years than I care to count!”  Not only has Patti been collecting recipes, but she has been busy gathering some of her favorite recipes together in a neat little cookbook.

What Patti has done is put together a nice collection of dessert recipes and all sorts of other sweet treats into an eCookbook and is giving it away to each participant in the Holiday Recipe Contest.  It’s Patti’s, and my, gift to you for taking the time to enter a family favorite recipe for the Holiday Recipe Contest. I know you’ll love this ebook.  It’s filled with over 80 recipes for cakes, pies, cobblers, bars, candies, snacks, and more. Now remember, Patti has been collecting these recipes for some time, so you’ll find some of them a tad old fashioned, but don’t we love that!

Now, what we need from you is your email address. Many recipe submissions were missing the email address which causes two problems;
1) we won’t be able to find you if you win a prize, and
2) we won’t know where to send your free eCookbook from Patti.

So if you submitted a recipe for the Holiday Recipe Contest, won’t you please take a moment right now to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com and let me know what email address I can use to send Patti’s eCookbook as well as notify you if you win any of our prizes.

If you haven’t already submitted a recipe, you have until Sunday evening to do so, and have a chance to win one of many valuable prizes, like these:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

So, get your very favorite holiday recipe out and submit it to us here at HBHW.  Just click on the link here and look for the submission form.  It’s easy and fun… and you might just win a valuable prize!

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Featured Article

We’ve featured crockpot cooking quite a bit here at HBHW lately for a lot of reasons.  Of course, saving time and money is important, and what better way to be frugal than to use up your leftover turkey in the most efficient manner possible?  In my book, using my crockpot to create another meal from my turkey is one of the most frugal things a cook can do.  Please click on the link below to find several of my favorite recipes for leftover turkey in the crockpot:

Using Up Leftover Turkey – Favorite Crockpot Recipes

Recipe Sharing

Before even thinking about using up the leftover turkey, I have to tackle the stock.  Here’s where I start:

Turkey Stock

One of the things I traditionally do the morning after Thanksgiving is to make a big pot of turkey stock. Depending on how early we eat our big Thanksgiving meal, I have even done it that evening. Here’s how I make it.

  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, cut up
  • 2 medium carrots, cut up
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons dried leaf thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • dash pepper

Add your turkey carcass to a large stock pot. If needed, break it up into pieces. Add everything else to the pot and cover it with plenty of cold water. I usually fill mine up to 2 to 3 inches below the lip of the pot. Turn your stove to medium heat and allow the stock to come to a simmer, turn the heat down to low to simmer everything for 3 hours. During the first 30 minutes skim any foamy buildup from the top with a large spoon. The more you skim, the better your final stock will be.

Allow the stock mixture to cook, then strain it into another pot. Put the stock into the fridge overnight. This will allow all the fat in the broth to come to the top and solidify. In the morning, you’ll have a solid piece of fat on top of the pot. Gentry remove it and toss it. Use your turkey stock in your favorite soup and stew dishes. I like to use it in this crockpot turkey soup recipe.

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Inspirational Story

Be Thankful
~author unknown~

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire;
if you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something;
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times;
during those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations;
they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge;
they will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes;
they will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you are tired and weary;
it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things;
but a life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks
.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Special Holiday Planning Guides and Healthy Crockpot Chicken Lemon Recipe – HBHW Newsletter

November 17th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

Our Holiday Recipe Contest is still going strong.  I’ve been enjoying the variety of dishes that everyone has been submitting.  Just a reminder to  include your email address in the submission form so I can find you if you are selected to receive one of our great prizes. Scroll down and learn more about the excitement we have in store for you during this contest.

Our featured article takes a little different look at crockpot cooking.  This time I have invited an expert in fitness and health to discuss how crockpot cooking can be healthy as well as time-saving and money-saving.  Please be sure to scroll down and click on the link to read more.

This week’s quote and story are about sharing; not just what we have but sharing ourselves, as well. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Just a reminder that my friend Christine Steendahl – “The Menu Mom” – is having a bit of fun on Facebook.  She started Oct. 23rd with 1200 Facebook Fans and is hoping to hit 10K by Thanksgiving!  Would you mind helping her out?  All you need to do is visit www.facebook.com/themenumom and click the “like” button on her page.  For every 500 new friends she has a little drawing and if she reaches 10K by Thanksgiving, she plans to give away $10,000 in Lifetime Memberships to her Menu Planning Central Meal Plans.  Anyone who is a fan at the time of the drawing will be entered.  Lots of fun!  Go check it out at www.facebook.com/themenumom and help her achieve her goal!

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
~Buddha~

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Holiday Recipe Contest

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their favorite recipe for the holiday season.  If you haven’t yet checked out our contest for the holiday seasons, be sure to click on here and see the details, as well as the recipe submission form.

Our Holiday Recipe Contest is a great way to share your favorite recipe and to gather a few new ones for your family holiday meals. I’ve already seen quite a few recipes that I’d like to try out next week for Thanksgiving.

When you submit your favorite recipe it will be posted here on HBHW and you’ll be entered to win one of the great prizes we have.  In addition to that, we’ll be including your recipe in a pretty little document for each participant.  Be sure to click on the following link and fill in the submission form with your very favorite holiday recipe and a chance to win.

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Here’s a peek at the prizes we’re offering so far for various categories:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

I’ll keep you updated as we find more prizes.  So, get your very favorite holiday recipe out and submit it to us here at HBHW.  Just click on the link here and look for the submission form.  It’s easy and fun… and you might just win a valuable prize!

Featured Article

We’ve been featuring crockpot cooking quite a bit here at HBHW for many reasons.  The two most popular reasons to cook with a crockpot is to save time and save money.  But, one area that concerns people is if the meals made in a crockpot can be healthy.  For the answer to that question I decided to ask an expert.  Not only is she a busy mom and entrepreneur, but she’s an expert in the field of physical fitness.  Please click on the link below to learn why crockpot cooking appeals to a fit and healthy family:

Healthy Crockpot Cooking

Recipe Sharing

This is one of the recipes I make in the crockpot that is a healthier choice. I hope you’ll give it a try:

Crockpot Lemon Chicken

  • 4 chicken breast boneless skinless (about 25 oz)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tblsp light oil
  • 1/2 tblsp light butter (may replace with another 1/2 tblsp light oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp no soduim chicken bouillon granules

Start by cutting the chicken into bite sized pieces. Mine are roughly 1 inch square. The chicken will shrink as it cooks, so keep the chunks a little larger than you would like them to be in the end. As always when you are working with raw chicken, be sure to wipe down all surfaces, cutting boards and knifes well.

Get out a medium sized bowl and pour the flour and spices in it. Add the chicken pieces and cover them to coat all sides with the flour.

Get out a large pan and add the oil and butter. I’m using the butter for flavor and the oil for the higher cooking temperature. If you are watching your budget, you may omit the butter and use a little more oil instead. Put the pan on medium high until all the butter has melted.

Take the chicken out of the flour mixture, shaking off any extra flour as you go and drop them into the hot grease. I usually cook this in two batches. Cook the chicken for a few minutes until it had a chance to brown nicely on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and put it in your crockpot.

Pour the water and lemon juice in the pan you cooked the chicken in and add the garlic and bullion. Stir them to combine and use your spatula to scrape the bits of chicken and flour mixture off the bottom of the pan. They will help thicken the sauce as it cooks. Pour this mixture over the chicken in the crockpot.

Close the lid and cook everything on low for about 3 hours. Remove the lid and cook on high for 30 to 40 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.

I serve this with brown rice and a green vegetable like broccoli or green beans. In the summer I serve it with a mixed salad.

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Inspirational Story

When We Share
~author unknown~

When we share laughter, there’s twice the fun;
When we share success, we surpass what we’ve done.

When we share problems, there’s half the pain;
When we share tears, a rainbow follows rain.

When we share dreams, they become more real;
When we share secrets, it’s our hearts we reveal.

If we share a smile, then our love shows;
If we share a hug, then our love grows.

If we share with someone on whom we depend,
That person becomes family or friend.

And what draws us closer and makes us all care,
Is not what we have, but the things that we share.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Newsletter Subscriber Appreciation Offer and Crockpot Tangy Apple Sausages – HBHW Newsletter

November 10th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

Our Holiday Recipe Contest is starting to really gain momentum!  We’ve been receiving piles of recipes from our readers and I am impressed by the variety of dishes, and how good they look.  One thing you want to be sure to do is include your email address in the submission form so I can find you if you are selected to receive one of our great prizes. Scroll down and learn more about the excitement we have in store for you during this contest.

Our featured article is about something I especially enjoy during the holidays – snacks!  During the rest of the year, I rarely make fancy appetizers or snacks, but when the holidays roll around, it’s no holds barred.  Out comes the crockpot, or maybe two or three.  Over the years, I have found that the best loved classic recipes with a few special twists are the most successful.  Please be sure to check this week’s article out so you can see how tweaking a classic appetizer can really make it special.

This week’s quote and story are about compassion and charity. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

My friend Christine Steendahl – “The Menu Mom” has set a goal for herself.  She started Oct. 23rd with 1200 Facebook Fans and is hoping to hit 10K by Thanksgiving!  Would you mind helping her out?  All you need to do is visit www.facebook.com/themenumom and click the “like” button on her page.  For every 500 new friends she has a little drawing and if she reaches 10K by Thanksgiving, she plans to give away $10,000 in Lifetime Memberships to her Menu Planning Central Meal Plans.  Anyone who is a fan at the time of the drawing will be entered.  Lots of fun!  Go check it out at www.facebook.com/themenumom and help her achieve her goal!

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
~Bob Hope~

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From now through November 16th, I am offering you my Crockpot Cooking Collection for HALF PRICE! Also, included with this incredible crockpot cooking guide and recipe collection for 50% off, I’ll throw in 4 bonuses absolutely free.

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Holiday Recipe Contest

Many of you have already submitted your favorite recipes and I thank you. This has been a lot of fun already.  If you haven’t yet checked out our contest for the holiday seasons, be sure to click on here and see the details, as well as the recipe submission form.

If your family is like mine, you probably have meals that have become holiday classics. But a few surprises would be nice, right?  Our Holiday Recipe Contest is a great way to share your favorite recipe and to gather a few new ones for your family holiday meals.

Once you share your favorite recipe, not only will it be posted here on HBHW, but you’ll also be entered to win one of the great prizes we have.  In addition to that, we’ll be including your recipe in a pretty little document for each participant.  Be sure to click on the following link and fill in the submission form with your very favorite holiday recipe and a chance to win.

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/favorite-holiday-recipes-contest.htm

Here’s a peek at the prizes we’re offering so far for various categories:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

I’ll keep you updated as we find more prizes.  So, get your very favorite holiday recipe out and submit it to us here at HBHW.  Just click on the link here and look for the submission form.  It’s easy and fun… and you might just win a valuable prize!

Featured Article

Cooking during the holidays means cooking special dishes.  In our house we go overboard a bit on the appetizers when we get into the holiday seasons.  Because the rest of the year we try to eat sensibly, serving a fancy appetizer feels very festive.  Although we love our classic appetizers, I have perked them up a bit from time to time.  Click on the link below and find out just how easy it is to take simple, classic appetizers and make them special for the holidays:

Crockpot Appetizer Recipes – Give Your Old Favorites A New Twist

Recipe Sharing

This is one of the recipes I’ve recreated to perk up an old favorite.  I hope you’ll give it a try:

Crockpot Tangy Apple Sausage Appetizers

  • 2 lbs apple smoked/flavored sausage links (or your favorite smoked sausage links), cut into bite size.
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, or similar crisp, tart apple, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into bite size chunks
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons spicy mustard, like Dijon or Cajun style
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Put sausage, onion, and apple in your crock pot and toss together a little bit.  In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients until combined well, then pour over the mixture in the crock pot.  Cover and cook on LOW for about 2 to 3 hours, or until the apples and onions are tender, but not mushy.

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Inspirational Story

Are You God’s Wife?
~author unknown~

New York City: It’s a cold day in December. A little boy about 10-year-old was standing before a shoe store on Broadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and said, “My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?”

“I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand and went into the store, and asked the clerk to get a half dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with a towel.

By this time the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she then purchased him a pair of shoes, and tying up the remaining pairs of socks, gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt, my little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?”

As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, answered the question with these words: “Are you God’s wife?”

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Holiday Recipe Contest and Crockpot Apple Betty – HBHW Newsletter

November 3, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

Our Holiday Recipe Contest is off to a good start.  We’ve received many tasty-looking recipes from our readers and I look forward to trying them out on my family.  Be sure to include your email address in the submission form so I can find you if you are selected to receive one of our great prizes. Scroll down and learn more about the excitement we have in store for you during this contest.

Our featured article is on a very fun topic, especially this time of year. If your kitchen is anything like mine during big holiday meals, it feels like a poorly run NASCAR pit stop!  Everyone is rushing around, trying to juggle casseroles in and out of the oven to make room for other dishes.  This year I’m removing the desserts from the confusion by reinventing my recipes and making them in the crockpot.  Be sure to check this article out so you, too, can ease the chaos in the kitchen this holiday season.

This week’s quote and story are about taking action and moving outside of your comfort zone. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Have you heard about the huge goal my friend Christine Steendahl – “The Menu Mom” has set?  She started Oct. 23rd with 1200 Facebook Fans and is hoping to hit 10K by Thanksgiving!  Would you mind helping her out?  All you need to do is visit www.facebook.com/themenumom and click the “like” button on her page.  For every 500 new friends she has a little drawing and if she reaches 10K by Thanksgiving, she plans to give away $10,000 in Lifetime Memberships to her Menu Planning Central Meal Plans.  Anyone who is a fan at the time of the drawing will be entered.  Lots of fun!  Go check it out at www.facebook.com/themenumom and help her achieve her goal!

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
~Benjamin Disraeli~

Holiday Recipe Contest

Have you checked out our contest for the holiday seasons?  If not, be sure to click on here and check it out.

I’ve been paging through my holiday recipe binder and have noticed that my collection of recipes needs some refreshing.  I’ll always make the classics that my family loves, but a few surprises would be nice.  I trust you run into the same problem after many years of serving the same meal over and over again.  What we’re doing for our Holiday Recipe Contest is asking you to share your favorite holiday recipe with us.

Once you share your favorite recipe, not only will it be posted here on HBHW, but you’ll also be entered to win one of the great prizes we have.  In addition to that, we’ll be including your recipe in a pretty little document for each participant.  Be sure to click on the following link and fill in the submission form with your very favorite holiday recipe:

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/favorite-holiday-recipes-contest.htm

Here’s a peek at the prizes we’re offering so far for various categories:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From SavingDinner.com

3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

I’ll keep you updated as we find more prizes.  So, get your very favorite holiday recipe out and submit it to us here at HBHW.  Just click on the link here and look for the submission form.  It’s easy and fun… and you might just win a very valuable prize!

Featured Article

Holiday cooking can get crazy.  If you have a houseful of hungry folks and a large number of dishes to cook and serve, you are bound to run into a chaotic moment or two.  Mine usually comes about the time I need to get the desserts in the oven. There I am holding my Apple Crisp, staring at an oven full of meat, potatoes, and vegetables.

This year I’m putting my crockpot to work to save me from this dilemma.  Click on the link below and find out how you can recreate your own favorite dessert recipes and make them in your crockpot to save you from some of the chaos:

Crockpot Dessert Recipes – Free Up Valuable Oven Space For Main Dishes

Recipe Sharing

This is one of the recipes I’ve recreated to make in my crockpot.  I hope you’ll give it a try:

Crockpot Spicy Apple Betty

  • 3 pounds of crisp cooking apples
  • 10 slices of hearty bread, crusts cut off and then bread cubed1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Wash the apples really well.  You don’t need to peel them – I don’t.  Cut each apple into eight wedges, and cut the core out.  Of course, if you have one of those nice combination apple corer and cutter, that’s even better.

Put the apple slices into your crockpot.  Then, in a separate bowl, combine the bread with all the other ingredients, tossing together so the spices and butter combine really well.

Spoon the mixture over the apples in the crockpot.  Put the cover on.  Turn crockpot to the LOW setting and let cook for 2 to 3 hours.  The apples should be cooked but not turn into mush.  This crockpot dessert is sort of like a combination Apple Brown Betty and Bread Pudding.

This dessert will serve about 6 people, more if you’re a little careful.  Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make this dessert go a little further, and for the extra sweetness!  Very tasty!

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Recipes

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Inspirational Story

The Comfort Zone
~unknown author~

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail.
The same four walls and busy work were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile;
Success is there for you!

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Penny Pinching Mama and HBHW Holiday Recipe Contest – HBHW Newsletter

October 27th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

I know many of us are feeling the pinch of a slow economy.  Our income is getting stretched thinner and thinner as we try to make ends meet.  One of my friends, Jill Cooper, knows about getting the most mileage out of a dollar.  And, this week Jill is offering her ebook on the subject for HALF PRICE!  Be sure to check out this week’s sponsor to see just what a Penny Pinchin’ Mama can do with a limited income.

Since last week, we have been very busy putting together a little fun here at HBHW.  With our thoughts turning to cooking up a storm for the upcoming holidays, we naturally have started thinking about our favorite holiday recipes.  How would you like to join in the fun? Please be sure to scroll down and see what we have in store for you during our Holiday Recipe Contest.

Our featured article may be just what you need to get a head-start on holiday baking.  If you’re making your favorite cookies ahead of time to freeze, you’ll find the featured article useful for tips about freezing your cookies or cookie dough.  Please scroll down and check out the article for great tips as well as tasty recipes to get you started on your holiday baking.

Please also remember, this is the last week to check out this fun contest. Front Porch Ideas and More is hosting an Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest during the month of October. If you like decorating your porch this time of the year, you will enjoy all the ideas that Mary and Dave have for your porch. You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate from Plow & Hearth. Learn more about their fun contest here: Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest.

This week’s quote and story are about being grateful and how sometimes we lose site of the wonderful gifts that gratefulness can bring. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero~

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In this informative guide, Jill shares 500 ways she raised a family on $500 a month.  These are practical, everyday ideas to help anyone stretch a small income.

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Holiday Recipe Contest

We are quickly approaching some of our most festive holidays.  And, these holidays usually mean lots of family recipes being pulled out of boxes, binders, and books.  I’m sure you have many family favorites that you have made year after year for your own holiday meals.

How would you like to share those recipes and get them posted here at HBHW?  What’s more, how would you like to win a great prize for your family’s recipe and get your recipe included in a nice little ebook for each participant?

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/favorite-holiday-recipes-contest.htm

That’s what we’ve been up to here at HBHW.  Because one of my favorite parts of this site is the exchange of recipes, I felt that a Holiday Recipe Contest would be a lot of fun.

If you have a favorite holiday recipe you’d like to share, be sure to check out the contest details by clicking on this link.  Here’s a peek at the prizes we’re offering so far for various categories:

From HillbillyHousewife.com

  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide

From MealPlanningCentral.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

From DineWithoutWhine.com

  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

I’ll keep you updated as we find more prizes.  So, get your very favorite holiday recipe out and submit it to us here at HBHW.  Just click on the link here and look for the submission form.  It’s easy and fun… and you might just win a very valuable prize!

Featured Article

Last week we talked about freezer cooking and how stocking your freezer can save a lot of time and stress during busy dinner times in your home. The same can be said for holiday times. With a freezer stocked with cookies and cookie dough, holiday baking becomes more relaxed and fun.  Click on the link below and get tips, tricks, and recipes for freezing cookies and cookie dough:

Freezer Cookie Recipes and Tips For Freezing Cookies and Cookie Dough

Recipe Sharing

This is a recipe I like this time of year because it’s pumpkin, but different. I hope you’ll give it a try:

Pumpkin Mousse

Light and fluffy, this Pumpkin Mousse makes for a great dessert.

  • 1 package (4-serving size) butterscotch instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk (reconstituted powdered milk is fine)
  • 1 can (15 oz) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 container (8 oz) whipped topping (or make your own whipped topping)

In a large bowl whisk the milk and pudding mix until thickened. Next add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pumpkin and continue to whisk until blended.

Save 1/4 cup of the whipped topping for garnish and fold the rest into the pudding mixture.

Refrigerate for an hour or until the mousse is set. Top with remaining whipped topping for garnish.

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I’m Looking For:

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Inspirational Story

Paid in Full
~author unknown~

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box.

Curious, and somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold. Angry, he rose his voice to his father and said “with all your money, you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

When he arrived at his father’s house, a sudden feeling of sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still gift-wrapped Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt.7:11, “And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?”

As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL.

How many times do we miss God’s blessings because we can’t see past our own desires?

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Freezer Cooking and Chicken Mini Muffins – HBHW Newsletter

October 20th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

If you’re like me, your calendar is quickly filling up for the fall and winter months.  It’s amazing how our kids’ schedule gets first billing while we have to work in what we can – even dinnertime.

That’s why I have long relied on a full freezer for those days when there is no way I will have time to spend in the kitchen preparing a meal.  Along with stocking frozen meats and vegetables, I try to keep a supply of casseroles, soups, and breads neatly tucked away in the freezer ready and waiting.  This week I’m featuring my Freezer Cooking Made Simple ebook to give you a chance to explore the possibilities of freezer cooking in your home.  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to see what freezer cooking has to offer you.

I’ve also featured an article about freezer cooking this week.  To be fair, cooking a month’s worth of meals at one time isn’t for everybody.  That’s why we need options.  In both my ebook and the featured article, you will find lots of ways to tweak your freezer cooking schedule to suit your own individual preferences.  I have friends who enjoy cooking for the freezer once a month and I have friends who only freeze prepared ingredients to throw together in a recipe when needed.  Both systems work well.  Please read the featured article and see how easy it is to design your own system.

This week’s quote and story were somewhat inspired by freezer cooking.  Stocking the freezer feels like a very old fashioned notion; similar to stocking the root cellar and canning the fall harvest.  Sometimes, old ideas are good ideas, and simple things are good things.  I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read this week’s quote and story.

Please also remember to check out this fun little contest. Front Porch Ideas and More is hosting an Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest during the month of October. If you like decorating your porch this time of the year, you will enjoy all the ideas that Mary and Dave have for your porch. You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate from Plow & Hearth. Learn more about their fun contest here: Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest.

We are holding a little contest right here at HBHW as well.  We are just now putting the finishing touches on a fun Holiday Recipe Contest. We’re busy collecting prizes and will let you know soon where to submit your own special holiday recipes.  Be sure to watch for more details in the following weeks.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

To select well among old things, is almost equal to inventing new ones.
~Nicholas Charles Trublet~

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For many reasons, cooking frugal meals has become a number 1 concern for many of us.  Whether due to the economy or just out of a general sense of providing stability and nutritious meals for our families, homemakers are anxious to learn how to stock their freezers. Just the feeling you get knowing the freezer is full can give you a nice secure feeling; not to mention all that extra time you’ll have not running around trying to figure out what’s for dinner each night.

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  • What foods will freeze well and what foods you should stay away from in your freezer cooking.
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  • Strategies for getting these meals prepared quickly and safely.
  • How to keep your freezer stocked and make the most of these simple and delicious freezer meals.

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Featured Article

Not everyone (me included) is cut out for once a month freezer cooking. Some people prefer to fill their freezers with a once a week cooking day, or even by freezing prepared ingredients rather than full meals. Please take a moment to read this week’s featured article written by Peg Baron to find out more about how you can design a freezer cooking schedule that fits your style:

Once A Month Freezer Cooking Alternatives

Recipe Sharing

Having a freezer full of meals is a great way to save time and to take advantage of sales when you find them.  Your freezer is like a vault – the food in there only increases in value as grocery prices rise.  I’d like to share a recipe that my family always enjoys.  I hope you’ll give it a try:

Chicken Mini Muffin

  • 3/4 C shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 3/4 C baking mix
  • 1 C skim milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C chicken breast meat, cooked and chopped fine

In a large mixing bowl mix together the two cheeses, the milk and the baking mix.
Be sure the baking mix is completely moistened.
Add the salt and chicken and mix well.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Spray the mini muffin tin cups with a non stick cooking spray.
Pour the batter into each muffin cup filling them 2/3 full.
Bake 10 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center come out clean.

These make a great appetizer for that special party. Kids even like them for lunch or as an evening snack.

Click on this link for even more recipes for mini freezer muffins. You’ll find recipes that are sure to become your family’s favorites, like these corn dog muffins.  Learn How to Freeze Muffins and stock your freezer with great treats for the whole family, all ready and waiting.

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Inspirational Story

God’s Coffee
~Author Unknown~

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

“If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.

God brews the coffee, not the cups………. Enjoy your coffee!”

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Crockpot Cooking and 4 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Chili – HBHW Newsletter

October 13th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

Most families share two things each fall:  back to school and dinnertime chaos.  One solution I have found for those busy days is to have dinner ready and waiting at home when we get there.  For that reason, my crockpot gets a workout each fall.  Want to learn more about how crockpot cooking saves you from dinnertime chaos?  Be sure to scroll down and read this week’s featured article.

Once you’re convinced that crockpot cooking will save you time and money, you’ll want all the details about how to get started cooking in your crockpot.  But, perhaps even more importantly, you’ll want the recipes!  Please take a look at our crockpot cookbook featured this week.

My efforts to get a meal in the crockpot several mornings each week got me thinking about goals, especially meaningful goals.  The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week reflect my thoughts about goal setting.  I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read this week’s quote and story.

As a little reminder, I want to tell you about a fun little contest. Front Porch Ideas and More is hosting an Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest during the month of October. If you like decorating your porch this time of the year, you will enjoy all the ideas that Mary and Dave have for your porch. You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate from Plow & Hearth. Learn more about their fun contest here: Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business… or almost anywhere else for that matter.
~Lee Iacocca~

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The crockpot has become indispensable in many busy households.  Why?

Picture coming home to a delicious and filling meal on one of those chaotic evenings after school and work.

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Picture the money you’ll save by not ordering out pizza or driving through the fast food place on your way home after picking up the kids from soccer, piano lessons, theater, or whatever your busy days require.

Now we’ve got you thinking,  “this crockpot cooking thing could be good.”  Yes, crockpot cooking can be very very good, indeed.  Now that you are thinking about dragging your crockpot down from the pantry shelf, or even buying a new crockpot, you need some information.

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  • what to look for in a new crockpot
  • how to care for your crockpot
  • what cooking techniques can turn you into a crockpot pro
  • how to easily convert favorite recipes into crockpot recipes

Once you have all these basics down, you’ll be ready for the fun.  Of course we mean the Recipes!  In this resource, you’ll find almost 500 recipes plus tips to make your crockpot meals come out perfect every time.

Here are just a few of the recipes you’ll find in this incredible cookbook:

  • Take It from the Pantry Soup
  • Stew Meat Vegetable Soup
  • Cheddar, Ham and Broccoli Soup
  • Sautéed Curry Chicken Soup
  • Kid Favorite Alphabet Soup
  • Shepherds Crock Pot Casserole
  • Shoestring Potato and Tuna Casserole
  • Creamy Mushroom Beef Dinner

Are you ready to order your copy of Crockpot Cooking Made Simple yet?  There is no reason to wait because your order is totally risk free!  Click here to order this incredible e-book at absolutely no risk and start saving time and money TODAY with your copy of  Crockpot Cooking Made Simple.

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If you haven’t been convinced yet that crockpot cooking is the way to go, this article is worth a read.  You’ll find well researched and thought out reasons exactly how and why crockpot cooking works to save you time and money.  Please take a moment to read this week’s featured article to find out more:

How Crockpot Cooking Saves Both Time And Money

Recipe Sharing

When you’re ready to fire up the crockpot, you’re going to want a couple family-pleasing recipes.  Here is one recipe that my family particularly enjoys, and I like too because it’s super easy with only 4 ingredients:

4 Ingredient Chicken Chili In The Crockpot

  • 2 lbs of chicken thighs, bones and skin removed, cut into cubes
  • 1 small package Taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cans Navy beans, drained
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes, chilies and garlic flavor – do not drain
  • 3 cans  water (use diced tomato cans)

In your crockpot (about 5 quart size) put the ingredients in and stir gently just to combine. Put cover on crockpot and set heat to low. Cook covered for 6 to 8 hours. Stir again gently to combine before serving.

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Inspirational Story

Meaningless Goals
~author unknown~

A farmer had a dog who used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around.  As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it.

One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?”

The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one.”

Old joke with a meaningful moral:

Many people in life behave like that dog; they go about pursuing meaningless goals.

Set meaningful goals.  Then the work you do to achieve your goals will be just as meaningful.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Dining On A Dime and Homemade Mac & Cheese – HBHW Newsletter

October 6th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. We’ve got another exciting offer from our good friends at LivingOnADime.com.  This week Tawra and Jill are offering their popular Dining On A Dime ebook for more than half off. I hope you’ll take time to check this out if you haven’t already done so. I love it and am using quite a few of the recipes and frugal tips in there (there are over 1,000 of them in the book) and I think you and your family will enjoy them as well.

When you, as a homemaker, decide to cut expenses by limiting the number of snacks, meals out, and relying on non-meat meals more often, you may hear some moans and groans.  That’s natural for kids get frustrated with the changes you’re making in their routine.  Please be sure to scroll down to the featured article this month to see how you can get your entire family on board with your new food budget.

The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week are about making the most of, and even learning from, obstacles.  It’s all about attitude.  I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on this week’s quote and story.

Last but not least, I want to tell you about a fun little contest. Front Porch Ideas and More is hosting an Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest during the month of October. If you like decorating your porch this time of the year, you will enjoy all the ideas that Mary and Dave have for your porch. You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate from Plow & Hearth. Learn more about their fun contest here: Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
~Michael Jordan~

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This week we are fortunate again to share in a great money saving offer.  Our friends Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam of LivingOnADime.com have come up with a fabulous offer you do not want to miss.

When you see the words 50% off don’t you just need to take a peek?  I know the words “half off” bring out the shopper in me!

However, I don’t just want to save money, I want VALUE for my money – even if it is half price.  That’s what Jill and Tawra have come up with in this special offer.  Let’s take a look at what you get.

This ebook includes well over 1,000 frugal recipes and tips. Here’s a sneak peak of a few of them.

  • Did you know that dirty dishes cause debt? See page 385 and read how to save money just by doing the dishes.
  • Need fast snack ideas for hungry kids? Check out page 28.
  • Want to clean your bathroom in a flash? Check out page 398 for a 7-step plan.
  • Got leftovers in the fridge? Use them up!!! Dining on a Dime has a complete index of recipes using nothing but leftovers.
  • Drive right by the pricey gift basket boutique– Go home and make your own for pennies. Check out page 339 for ideas!
  • Need to cut down on meat? Tawra has pages of tips for eating better and spending less.
  • Need a specific money saving idea? Dining on a Dime has a special index just for tips.
  • Make three meals from one chicken? Yes, Dining on a Dime has this, too! (Page 176)

This huge ebook sells normally for $21.95 and I think that’s a great deal.  But if you order by the end of this week, you can get all these frugal tips and recipes for  HALF PRICE!  That’s only $9.95!  Remember, that’s for this week only so click here to order today!

Of course, there is never any risk to try the Dining On A Dime ebook because Jill and Tawra offer a 60-day 100% risk-free money back guarantee.  Yes, you can give these recipes and tips a good 60 day spin around the block and if you don’t find that it offers you value for your money, you can return it, no questions asked.

There is no reason to pass this offer up!  Click on the link here to order this incredible e-book at absolutely no risk.  Be sure to order today as this offer is good for this week only.

Click on here and start saving money TODAY!

Featured Article

It’s pretty hard to save money on your grocery budget if the whole family is not on board.  That’s why when you decide to crunch your budget numbers, you have to include the entire family in the process.  Knowledge is power and when everyone feels they have a piece of the budget decision, you get more cooperation.  Please take a moment to read this week’s featured article to find out more:

Frugal Living Is A Family Affair

Recipe Sharing

Saving on your food budget doesn’t have to mean giving up all your favorite “convenience foods.”  But, you don’t have to buy those prepackaged mixes.  Here’s one of the recipes we feature in our Convenience Foods section of our recipes. I hope you’ll find time to try this delicious dish soon:

Easy Macaroni And Cheese:

  • 1 lb box elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb extra sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1 qt milk
  • salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Boil macaroni until it is fork tender and drain.
Grease a 2 quart baking dish. Place a layer of macaroni. Cut butter into small pieces and place some on top of macaroni followed by a layer of cheese.
Continue until your dish is full. Pour milk on top and bake for 1 hour.

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Inspirational Story

Our Attitudes
~Charles Swindoll~

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.

It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Grocery Shopping On A Budget and Crockpot Red Beans And Rice – HBHW Newsletter

September 29th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. We’ve got another exciting offer, this time from our good friends at LivingOnADime.com.  I hope you’ll check it out.

This week we are talking about grocery shopping on a budget. With that in mind, many of us think about buying in bulk and really stocking our pantry, freezer, and refrigerator.  Some folks are not lucky enough to have large kitchens and freezers so stocking up may not be an option.  Check out this week’s featured article to see how to save money on groceries even with a small pantry.

The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week are about being frugal.  There are a lot of reasons to be frugal, and it’s not all about saving money. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on this week’s quote and story.

Last but not least, I want to tell you about a fun little contest. Front Porch Ideas and More is hosting an Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest during the month of October. If you like decorating your porch this time of the year, you will enjoy all the ideas that Mary and Dave have for your porch. You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate from Plow & Hearth. Learn more about their fun contest here: Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

Be a thrifty steward of thy goods.
~Sophocles~

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This week we are fortunate again to share in a great money saving offer.  Our friends Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam of LivingOnADime.com have come up with a fabulous offer you do not want to miss.

When you see the words 50% off don’t you just need to take a peek?  I know the words “half off” bring out the shopper in me!

However, I don’t just want to save money, I want VALUE for my money – even if it is half price.  That’s what Jill and Tawra have come up with in this special offer.  Let’s take a look at what you get. First, you’ll get three informative ebooks filled with tips, ideas, and real strategies to save money.

  • Grocery Shopping On A Budget
  • Money Saving Meats
  • Saving On Cleaning Supplies

Just the  “Grocery Shopping On A Budget” 3 e-book series would be worth the price, but Jill and Tawra are throwing in 4 bonus downloads.  Take a look at the bonuses:

  • Eating Healthy On A Budget
  • Is Eating Out Eating You Up?
  • 224 Meals In A Hurry
  • Grocery Savings

This entire package is valued at $57.75 and sells normally for only $19.95.  But if you order by the end of this week, you can get the entire series, including the 4 bonuses for HALF PRICE!  That’s only $9.98!  Remember, that’s for this week only so click here to order today!

Of course, there is never any risk to try this Grocery Shopping On A Budget e-Course series because Jill and Tawra offer a 60-day 100% risk-free money back guarantee.  Yes, you can give this series a good 60 day spin around the block and if you don’t find that it offers you value for your money, you can return it, no questions asked.

There is no reason to pass this offer up!  Click on the link here to order this incredible e-Course at absolutely no risk.  Be sure to order today as this offer is good for this week only.

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Featured Article

Saving money on groceries often includes buying in large quantities – but not always.  Be sure to check out this week’s featured article to access a very informative report on how to plan, shop for, and execute frugal meals even when space is tight.

Frugal Living Without A Big Pantry

Recipe Sharing

Since we’re talking today about food and especially food on a budget, I thought I’d share one of the frugal recipes posted here at HBHW.  I hope you’ll find time to try this delicious dish soon:

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

  • 1 cup dried red beans
  • 4 cups water, (or more if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco pepper sauce
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (or 1/4 cup onion flakes)
  • 1 finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic (or a good dash of garlic powder)
  • 1/2 pound spicy smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sort through your beans and add them to your crock pot along with the water. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or until the beans are tender. If you prefer, you can also cook the beans on low overnight. Just increase the water to 5 cups.

Add the seasonings, vegetables and meat. Cook on low for another 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. You may need to add a little more water if the mixture gets to thick.

Serve with cooked white rice.

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Inspirational Story

A Frugal Living Poem
~Lao Tzu~

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility,
which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be liberal;
avoid putting yourself before others and
you can become a leader among men.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife