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One Little Step Can Make A Big Difference, Crafting Blog For Fun & Profit, Use Up Your Rhubarb – HBHW Newsletter

May 19th, 2010


Another week has come and gone and there has been a lot going on in my busy family, and I’m sure in yours.

I’ve been talking to quite a few gardeners who are desperately trying to use up all their rhubarb before it goes to seed.  If you find yourself in the same situation, please be sure to check out our feature article.  You’ll also want to take a look at the recipe we’re sharing this week from the HBHW Club.

Our inspirational quote and story follow a similar theme about small steps.  You can look at this in several ways.  Perhaps you’re thinking about a long journey beginning with a single step if you are in the midst of trying to tackle a large project.

Or, maybe you’ve been contemplating volunteering for a good cause but feel your contributions won’t account for much because the problem is so big.  Give the quote and story a bit of thought and see if either one, or both, relate to your life.

Last week I mentioned that I’ve been invited to speak at an online parenting retreat later this month. I finally have all the details and the best part – you can listen free (or get all the recordings, bonuses etc. if you buy a VIP pass). To get all the details, see what I’m speaking about and what this unique online parenting retreat is all about go to:

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

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.~


Creating Hours – Time Management For Busy Parents

Today I thought I’d share a wonderful time management resource with you that my friend Ellen C. Brown has put together.

Could you use an extra hour a day? How about more than one?

Ellen has written an excellent 75 page ebook on helping you become more efficient and effective. Just imagine what you could do with an extra hour a day!

I can highly recommend this guide for any busy parent. You can order it right here for $19.95

To learn more about the Creating Hours ebook and to find out how to order, please visit:

News From The HBHW Club

What? You haven’t heard about the Hillbilly Housewife Club? It’s a members only forum packed full of great information, resources, and friendly chit chat about the things we are all interested in – fun, frugal living. Come Join Us And See What All The Chatter Is About!



Well, it happened.  One of our Club members has successfully started her own crafting blog!  In less than one week’s time, she has a beautiful little blog set up and has been writing feverishly every since.  She’ll say it’s only a start – but what a start!

Our friend Victoria has been crafting adorable soft-sculpted baby dolls for many years.  She has been selling her dolls on Etsy, but wanted to take her crafting to a new level – making real money.  With the help of our new resource, Victoria is well on the way creating a new and expanded market for herself which will translate into more money.  Congratulations, Victoria!

If you want to take a look at Victoria’s new blog, click on the link to her site here:  OoooohBabyDolls

Victoria’s got a good start creating a very real income at home.  How about you?  Can you see yourself working from home, blogging about something you like to do – like crafting?

If so, you’ll want to join us at the HBHW Club and check out this valuable resource,  STARTING A CRAFT BLOG FOR FUN AND PROFIT.

Written by successful stay-at-home entrepreneur and author, Nicole Dean, this informative resource sells as an ebook for around $15, but as a Club member, you get it FREE with your membership. That’s right! Your membership in the Club has already paid for itself when you open this FREE resource and put it to work for you! Talk about a return-on-investment!

Even if you don’t know the first thing about a blog, this resource will give you the information and tools you need to get your Crafting Blog up and running – and making money!

At the Club, you’ll not only get this FREE resource valued at $15, you’ll also have a sounding board to help you brainstorm ideas about your new Crafting Blog.

Along with this valuable resource, STARTING A CRAFT BLOG FOR FUN AND PROFIT, Club members also receive two audios plus a bonus resource from Nicole about time management, which will be very valuable when you start your Craft Blog!

This resource is available to all my readers as an ebook by clicking on the link here. For around $15 you can get the information and tools you need to start your own Craft Blog For Fun And Profit.

Or… Join the HBHW Club now and the resource is FREE with your membership! This valuable resource will be yours, PLUS the benefits of having a forum for sharing ideas about everything from making money at home to getting out of debt to frugal tips, and much, much more.

This is a tremendous opportunity to finally start making money at home doing something you like… crafting, and talking about crafting! Join the Club, get the resource for FREE, and start making money at home. Sound good? It is good!

Not sure about joining the Club right now? I hope you’ll still take advantage of Nicole’s expertise in the field of money making at home. If you have a love for crafting, and talking about crafting, you’ll want to explore the real possibilities of creating your own Craft Blog For Fun And Profit .

You don’t want to miss this or any of our informative and valuable resources. Join the HBHW Club and grab your FREE resource today!


As a special to you, the HBHW newsletter subscriber, you can join for only $10 per month. Click on this link for all the details: http://www.hillbillyhousewifeclub.com/special.html

Still not sure about joining the HBHW Club? How about if I make it real easy. I’ll let you try it out for just a dollar for the first 7 days.

How will you benefit from joining the HBHW Club with this offer? As an example, for just that one dollar you’ll have 7 days of access to over 390 great frugal recipes that are tried and true, with a new recipe every day. You’ll also have 7 days to ask your most puzzling frugal homemaking questions – and even get answers!

Join us now and enjoy 7 days of frugal fun. Click on the link here and come aboard! http://www.hillbillyhousewifeclub.com/special.html

Now, let’s just take a peek at what’s been going on at the HBHW Club Forum.

New Uses For Old Things is always an interesting topic.  Before you toss that thing in the garbage or recycling, how many ideas can you come up with for other ways to use it?  One of our Club members brought back a previous topic for discussion which was nice because I’d forgotten about this neat frugal kitchen gadget made out of an object about ready for the recycling bin.  One warning – remember to label your reinvented gadgets with their new contents!

My Walking Challenge has been successful in many ways.  It’s gotten many of us to think seriously about our daily exercise.  This I attribute to accountability.  When you take a minute to log in and talk about your goals and what you’ve done to achieve them, it’s a powerful motivator.  Even if we have a few bad days due to weather or illness, we get back on track with the gentle nudge of our friends.

Frugal Car Washing Solutions have also been discussed.  There are those of us who wash our vehicles routinely when the weather warms up.  Purchasing expensive car washing mixtures is hard to justify when the family budget is squeezed tight.  Finding good homemade solutions that work well on a vehicle is another topic we’ve been discussing.

Our Club members have come up with more ideas for using vinegar; one for our cat lovers.  It seems if there’s a topic about homemaking, living a more frugal life, living a happier life, or even pet care, we’ll be discussing it.

How would you like to join the conversation? As a Club member, you’ll be able to share your opinions, frugal tips, and ideas on topics most important to your life.

Why don’t you join us so you can get in on the conversation. I look forward to chatting with you in the member area.

Click the following link and try The HBHW Club for only $1. We’d love to have you come join us! http://www.hillbillyhousewifeclub.com/special.html

When you join us at the HBHW Club, you’ll want to be sure to take a stroll through the resources available free to Club members only. Popular resources include:

  • Frugal Gardening
  • Simple Summer Cooking
  • Frugal Family Summer Fun
  • Pantry Cooking
  • Freezer/Pantry Challenge & Meal Planning
  • Cleaning With Vinegar And Baking Soda
  • Setting Up A Family Budget
  • Getting Out Of Debt For Good
  • Utility Bill Savings
  • Meal Planning Guide – Simple Step-by-Step Method

Let me know what you think of the resources and if there are any topics we should explore further. As a Club member, your opinion is highly valued because it’s YOUR Club!

Join The Hillbilly Housewife Club for Just a Dollar

I’d like to share one of the recipes that was submitted to the HBHW Club this past week.

Rhubarb Custard Pie

  • 2 eggs
  • 1  1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tblsps flour
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 3 cups rhubarb, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tblsp melted butter
  • 2 pie crusts, unbaked – one in 9 inch pie pan, and one cut into strips for lattice top

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Beat the eggs.  In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the eggs and beat with mixer until this is nice and smooth and frothy.  Mix the butter into the rhubarb, then add rhubarb to mixture and stir.

Spoon the mixture into the unbaked pie crust in pie pan.  Lace the strips of pie crust to form a lattice top, pinching around the edges to secure.

Put in preheated 450 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Turn the oven down to 325 degrees and continue baking for 25 to 30 minutes or until the rhubarb mixture gets thick and bubbles up through the lattice.

If the edges of the crust start to get too brown, take strips of tin foil and loosely lay on top all around the edges.

Listed here is a sampling of recent recipes added, making a total of more than 400 recipes currently available to our Club members.

  • Rhubarb Betty Bake
  • Easy Rhubarb Pudding
  • Fancy Rhubarb Pineapple Cake
  • Rhubarb Shortcake Squares

We welcome recipe submissions from our friends at the Club and are always happy to see what’s cooking in your kitchen.  Our aim is to have six recipes posted each week.  That’s a lot of recipes!

Featured Articles

If rhubarb is plentiful in your garden, you may want to take a look at this week’s featured article.  You’ll find complete instructions for canning a delicious strawberry-rhubarb jam plus a link to a very informative website filled with canning tips and techniques you’ll be able to use all season long.

Click the link below to get this recipe and all sorts of other information to put your home canner to good use:

Rhubarb Harvest – Wonderful Homemade Jam

Healthy Hillbilly Housewife

Here’s what’s new on the healthy hillbilly housewife section. You can also go straight to http://www.healthy.hillbillyhousewife.com

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Frugal Tips

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Do you have a tip to share? Fill out the submit a frugal tip form and I’ll be glad to add it to the site and share your tip in an upcoming edition of the newsletter.


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

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Do you have a recipe you would like to share? Click here to send it to me and I’ll be happy to add it to the website.

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.

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I’m Looking For Responses
Below you will find some of the recent responses to the “I’m Looking For” Requests. You may also want to go directly to this section and browse through all the recent submissions and replies. To do so, click on “I’m Looking for” here, and start looking through them.
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Inspirational Story

A small boy was walking along a beach at low tide, where countless starfish, having been washed up on the beach, were stranded and doomed to perish. A man watched as the boy picked up individual starfish and took them back into the water.

“I can see you’re being very kind,” said the watching man, “But there must be thousands of them; it can’t possibly make any difference.”

Returning from the water’s edge, the boy said, “It will for that one.”

~author unknown~

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

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