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The History Of The Christmas Tree

Have you ever wondered how the tradition of bringing in a tree and decorating it started? Here's a brief history of the Christmas tree.

Did you put your tree up yet? We spend some time setting up ours over the weekend. My daughter has been very interested in traditions and where they come from this year. We did a little research on the history of Christmas trees and discovered some interesting facts. I thought I’d share what we found […]

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How To Roast A Turkey

I remember my first Thanksgiving as a solo cook. My husband and I were newly wed and had just moved away from family. I was determined to cook him a perfect Thanksgiving meal. I was on the phone with my mother-in-law daily to figure out how to do this. In the end. We had a […]

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Frugal Handmade Christmas Gifts

Pretty colorful dish cloths.

It’s November and time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. One of my favorite type of gift to give is something handmade. There’s just something special and meaningful about a gift you make yourself. I’m a knitter and just recently started doing a little bit of sewing as well. I love to craft, cook and bake, so handmade […]

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Easy Coffee Cozies Knitting Pattern

An Easy and Free Pattern for knitting these adorable little coffee cozies

I started knitting up these little coffee cup cozies as a way to use up yarn leftover from sock knitting projects. They make cute little gifts and stocking stuffers. I love using them year around for both hot and cold drinks and they are much nicer to hold and look at than the cardboard sleeves […]

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10 Tips For Beating Rising Food Costs

Grocery prices have been going up and up over the past few years and there is no end in sight. I don’t know about you, but we’re spending a much bigger chunk of our budget on food these days. That means I’m making every penny count and doing my best to make smart purchases. Today […]

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15 Pumpkin Recipes You’ve Gotta Try This Fall

A collection of my favorite pumpkin recipes from pie and soup to pancakes and lattes.

It’s almost Halloween and Fall is making an appearance all the way down here in the south. The leaves are turning, the air is getting crisp and I’m digging out my handknit socks and sweater to wear. And of course there are pumpkins to be found everywhere. As much fun as it is to carve […]

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Yarn Barf or a Story in Patience and Appreciation

Usually what you find here on the HBHW website is very hands-on, practical advice. This post is going to be a little different. It’s a little more philosophical and personal, but I think you’re going to enjoy it. I promised to share a little more about my passion for yarn, knitting and spinning with you […]

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Frugal Back To School Shopping

It’s that time of year again… summer is almost over and the kids are heading back to school. That of course means back to school shopping. Or does it? I’m here with a couple of frugal strategies that will save you big. Looking at the news, magazines and what everyone is doing, you get the […]

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Planning Meals Day By Day

European market

I just got back from a short trip to Germany. I love how traveling to a different country gives me a fresh perspective on how I’m doing things here in the States. Today I want to talk to you about meal planning and grocery shopping. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you […]

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My Best Tips For Using Garden Fresh Tomatoes

I thought I’d share a few simple tips with you for storing, cutting, peeling and deseeding tomatoes. These will come in handy when you are blessed with an abundance of garden fresh tomatoes (like we are right now). These tips will come in handy if you grow your own, or get a big basket of tomatoes from […]

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Cooking for a Crowd on a Tight Budget

Great tips for cooking for a crowd on a budget.

A couple of days ago, I received a private Facebook message from a Hillbilly Housewife reader. She asked me for some suggestions on what she could cook for her church youth group on a tight budget. I gave her a few ideas, but knew that the HBHW community would come up with some things I […]

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