Frugal Living, Contest Winners and Veggie Corn Fritters- HBHW Newsletter

August 25th 2009


Last week I told you that I was making some small changes to the HBHW newsletter to make the “I’m looking For” section easier to deal with and more importantly to make sure you get your responses to the requests in a more timely fashion. It’s working out beautifully and it has definitely inspired you to submit even more requests than usual. Take a minute to look through the requests below and leave a comment if you feel you can help out a reader with a recipe or tip. I can’t wait to read what you are coming up with and will head over there myself as soon as I get this newsletter sent out to you.

We also had a chance to vote on the frugal recipes that were submitted the week before. You can take a look at the results here:

The winner is Rose with her Honey Garlic Chicken. Second place is Malisa Weber with her Liquid Laundry soap recipe and Debora Powers takes third place with her Poor Man’s Rolls. If each of you could send me an email, I will get your prizes out to you right away.

A big thank you goes out again to everyone that submitted a frugal recipe and also to everyone that took the time to vote. I had a lot of fun with this and will definitely come up with some more contests like it in the very near future.

That’s it for this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife


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I ordered mine last night and can’t wait for the first issue to arrive. I’m always tempted to buy one of these when I’m at the grocery store, but just can’t justify the cost per single issue.  $5 a year I can do though 🙂

Inspirational Quote

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Ever time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.” -Dale Carnegie

Reader Question

I just make mozzarella cheese with whole milk, critic acid and rennet.  The rest is the whey, almost a gallon.  What do I do with whey?  Can I make yogurt with whey?  What else can I do with whey?  I just hate to waste it and want to re-use it.
Justine S

Hi Justine,
I wouldn’t throw it out either. It’s a vary nutritious liquid. You can use it in soups and stews. I haven’t tried this myself, but you supposedly can also use it as the liquid in baking your bread, which would instantly add some protein to it. I have used it to make pancakes, biscuits and even corn bread (instead of milk) and it worked out great.

Hope this helps.


News From The HBHW Club

This is a new section of the newsletter. 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:

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

Oven Baked Creamy ‘n’ Crunchy Potatoes

* 4 cups mashed potatoes
* 1/2 quart cottage cheese
* 1/2 pint sour cream
* 1/2 cup chopped chives or green onion
* 4 pats butter, more or less as desired
* 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

Stir first 4 ingredients together and put into lightly greased 8 x 8 inch oven casserole.  Arrange butter on top, then sprinkle on almonds.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until nicely browned and heated through.

And here are some of the other recipes that have been added in the past few days.

  • Herbed Chicken Loaf
  • Hash Brown Potato Casserole
  • Cauliflower Italiano Salad
  • Sauerbraten The Old Fashioned Way

All in all, we have over 170 new recipes in the member area already. This week we’ve been talking about natural heart burn relief, roasting brussel sprouts and have been sharing a new frugal tip of the day.

Ready to join us? We’d love to have you!

Featured Article

This week’s featured article was inspired by some emails I receive quite frequently. The question boils down to how one can convince the rest of the family to live more frugally. Read my answer in this article about adapting a more frugal lifestyle.

Frugal Living Is A Family Affair

Frugal Tips

You can get about twice as much zest and juice from lemons and oranges by following these easy steps.
(I buy lemons in a 3-5# net bag as they are much less expensive that way.)
1. wash them with a fruit and vegetable wash to remove chemicals and bacteria. 2. dry and put back in the net bag to freeze.
3.Grate the zest as needed while lemons/oranges are still frozen. If you do not need the juice put the lemons/oranges back in the freezer until you need the juice.
4. for juice, thaw the lemons/oranges before squeezing. (You need to think ahead to do this. I usually put the lemons in the refrigerator the night before, or you can thaw them in the microwave, pierce the skin or cut in half and put in a bowl first.)


When buying Organic Coffee-(because less chemical toxins) grind in the store (or with your own) on the “Finest” setting-“Turkish” and you will use approx. half the coffee you normally would.

Christine from WI


I have quite a few new reader submitted recipes to share with you this week. Here they are:

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken
submitted by Lisa Avelar

Pineapple Angel Cake
submitted by Virginia D.

Cheesey Pasta
submitted by Kat

Veggie Corn Fritters
submitted by Amanda

If you would like to share a favorite recipe and have me publish it in an upcoming edition of the HBHW newsletter, go here to submit it:

I’m Looking For:

This section is going to be 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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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


Author Unknown

A very ill little boy was telling his Grandma how “everything” was
going wrong…school was too hard, family problems other than his
illness, his severe pain, just all the hardships he was going through.
Meanwhile, Grandma was baking a cake. She asked the child if he would
like a snack, which of course he does. “Here. Have some cooking oil.”
“Yuck,” said the boy. “How about a couple of raw eggs?” “Gross, Grandma.”
“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?” “Grandma, those
are all yucky!” To which the Grandma replied: “Yes, Sweetheart, those
things seem bad all by themselves. But, when they are put together in
the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! God works the
same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such
bad and difficult times, but, God knows that, when He puts these things
all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him,
and, eventually the yucky stuff will make of our lives something wonderful!”

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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