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Heritage Oat Squares, Permission To Relax, Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Dinner – HBHW Newsletter

February 10th,  2010


This week I’ve been inspired by several people on the same weightloss and fitness journey that I’m getting back on track with.   Scott from the Fatloss Quickie workout program has been encouraging me to share my weightloss journey on the Healthy Hillbilly Housewife website and so I’ve begun.

Sharing weightloss goals is not especially easy, but I’ve taken a leap of faith that this will motivate me even further.  Stop in and take a peek if you will at the Healthy.HillbillyHousewife.com.

Our crock pot cooking guide’s recipe collection is finally starting to look more appealing.  The recipes are coming together and we shouldn’t have much more to do before we get it finished and ready.  I’ll be sure to keep you informed just as soon as we wrap it up.

This week’s inspirational story is more of a “permission to relax” poem.  I know most of you are like me; too busy to relax and rarely permitting ourselves to say “good enough for now.”

Last week I told you that asking yourself  “What’s the worst that could happen?” can get you over your fears and doubts quickly.  Well, if you ask yourself that same question when you think you’ve left tasks undone or imperfect, you find out quickly that the worst that could happen is the task will be there tomorrow.  That thought should be enough to give yourself permission to say “good enough for now.”

Even the inspirational quote gives you permission to make a mistake, but we all know we’re smart enough not to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.  Give yourself a break and learn from your mistakes.  Sounds like a simple solution to a lot of problems.

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

Any man may commit a mistake, but none but a fool will continue in it. – Cicero

News From The HBHW Club

This section is all about the HBHW Club. Each week I’m going to share some tidbits of what’s going on at the HBHW Club with you. I hope you enjoy these extra tips, recipes and ideas and of course would love to have you join the club.

As a HBHW newsletter subscriber, you can join for only $10 per month here: http://www.hillbillyhousewifeclub.com/special.html And to make it even easier, I’ll let you try it out for just a dollar for the first 7 days.

What has been going on at the HBHW Club? With our new weightloss and exercise section, we’ve been adding a lot of information shared by our members regarding their own health goals.  We’ve just begun getting brave enough to actually post our goals.  A lot of us have similar goals so it’s only natural that we should support each other.  It’s a great forum and hopefully will help get us all started on the right foot.

Along with our financial goals, this weightloss and exercise section is becoming one of my favorite sections. I’m sure you have a lot to contribute to the conversation. Ready to join us? Try The HBHW Club for only $1. We’d love to have you! http://www.hillbillyhousewifeclub.com/special.html

If you haven’t seen the new monthly resource report, now is the time to check it out.  It’s ready and waiting for you in the HBHW Club area. It’s all about keeping those 2010 New Year’s Resolutions.  I am sharing actual methods that have helped me keep my goals over the years. The tips and strategies apply to many commonly held goals, such as losing weight, getting out of debt, stopping smoking, getting more sleep, exercising more, and finding some “Me” time.

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Here’s one of the recipes that were submitted this past week.

Heritage Oat Squares

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 8 Tblsp. cocoa powder
  • 4 Tblsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (or any nuts you want)
  • 3 1/2 cups uncooked old fashioned rolled oats (NOT instant)

Lightly butter a shallow baking pan and set aside.

In large saucepan, put sugar, salt, cream of tarter, milk, and cocoa.  Stir together and bring to a boil.  Keep stirring.  Check with candy thermometer and bring to almost the soft ball stage.

Remove from heat immediately and add butter, beating briskly.  Then add the nuts and oatmeal, mixing to combine, and spoon into a shallow pan.  Refrigerate until firm.  Cut into squares for serving.

And here are a few more recipes that have recently been added to the member area.

  • Classic Cream Cheese Cake
  • Tangy Hot Potato Salad
  • Good Morning Casserole
  • Sweet Walnut Morsels

All in all, we have over 319 new recipes in the member area already.

Become A Part Of Our Newest Cookbook

We are currently gathering recipes for a new cookbook based on dishes that take 5 or fewer ingredients.  I know many of you have asked for a collection of really easy “throw together” recipes, so that’s exactly what we’re looking for – the kinds of dishes that if your cupboard was bare, you could still get something on the table.

Would you like to possibly be included in this cookbook?  We’re looking for your recipes featuring fewer than 5 ingredients.  You can include a little story about how you discovered this easy recipe.  Just be sure to include complete instructions along with the ingredients so there won’t need to be any guessing.

We’re putting together the details right now to make this a fun project for everyone.  If you have some recipes to share, please email them to me at frugal.folks.hbhw@gmail.com and I’ll start gathering them together.  I’ll keep you posted on exactly how and when we’ll be releasing this and how we can make it a fun project for you as well as us here at HBHW.

One of my favorite part of the HBHW Club is the Member Forum. Here are just a few of the most recent posts.

The Latest Member Forum Posts

Why don’t you join us so you can get in on the conversation. I’d love to chat with you in the member area.


Featured Article

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  As anyone with celiac disease knows, it’s next to impossible to go out to dinner and find any real great meal that is gluten free.  We share here a complete meal that will put a wonderfully delicious meal on the table to share with your Valentine!

A Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Dinner

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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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 – Poem


Do not hurry,

Do not worry,

As this world you travel through,

No regretting,

Fuming, fretting,

Ever can advantage you.

Be content with what you’ve done;

What on earth you leave undone,

There are plenty left to do.

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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