What Live Is About and Gluten Free Living- HBHW Newsletter

January 13th 2010


I hope you had a wonderful week. Mine has been busy but fun (as usual). If you’ve been over at the Healthy Hillbilly Housewife website, you may have noticed that I am working on updating it. I’m not quite there yet, but you can see where I’m going with it. Once I have the current content moved over to the new look, I have quite a few new recipes and weight loss tips to share. More on those updates in the next newsletter.

I’m also VERY excited to introduce you to my friend Mary Blackburn who just happens to be an expert on gluten free living. From the emails I’ve received over the past years, I can tell that this is something quite a few of you are interested in. Unfortunately I don’t know much about it which is why I am happy that Mary agreed to become our resident Gluten Free expert.

Her first article is today’s featured article and she will also share additional articles, tips and some of her favorite gluten free recipes over the coming weeks and months. Please give her a warm welcome.

That’s it for 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

P.S. Don’t miss this week’s inspirational story toward the end of the newsletter.

Inspirational Quote

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within”. – Elizabeth Kubler Ross


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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.

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

Quick Curried Rice & Artichoke Heart Salad

* 1 box Rice-a-roni, cooked according to package

* 2 jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained reserving liquid
* 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
* 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red bell pepper
* 2 green onions, chopped, including tops
* 1 small can chopped black olives

* 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
* reserved liquid from artichoke hearts

Cook the rice-a-roni according to directions, but be sure not to overcook.  You want the rice to be somewhat sturdy.  Spoon into a large glass bowl.

Add the next 5 ingredients to the bowl with the rice.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the next 3 ingredients.

Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the rice and vegetable blend and mix gently together.

Refrigerate for about 2 hours so that the flavors incorporate well.  Serve on a chilled plate spooned on top of a large leaf or two of romaine lettuce.

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

  • Sparkling Champagne Punch
  • Savory Olives
  • Party Time Crab Dip
  • Cajun Shrimp All-Bundled-Up
  • Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms
  • 5 Ingredient Spiced Tea Mix
  • Holiday Cheer Egg Nog
  • Classic Pecan Bars

All in all, we have over 290 new recipes in the member area already.

What else has been going on at the HBHW Club? We’ve been talking about this past Christmas and New Year’s Wishes.  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

Featured Article

I’m excited to introduce you to a new contributor for the Hillbilly Housewife website. Ever since I took over the website I have been getting questions about living gluten free and gluten free recipes. Unfortunately I don’t know much about it, but I have been keeping an eye out for someone that has. Last summer I met Mary Blackburn and I am excited that I’ve talked her into sharing some of her extensive knowledge on the topic with us here. Today’s featured article is her introduction to living a gluten free life.

Is There Life After Gluten-Free?

Mary also promised to share some yummy gluten-free recipes along with more articles and tips on the topic. Keep an eye out for those right here on the Hillbilly Housewife Website and visit Mary’s own site – EasyGlutenFreeLiving.com

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 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 Long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his horse and cover as much land area as he likes, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered. Sure enough, the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse and rode as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could. He kept on riding and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible. When he was hungry or tired, he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible. Came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying. Then he asked himself, “Why did I pushed myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself.”

The above story is similar with the journey of our Life. We push very hard everyday to make more money, to gain power and recognition. We neglect our health, time with our family and to appreciate the surrounding beauty and the hobbies we love to do. One day when we look back, we will realize that we don’t really need that much, but then we cannot turn back time for what we have missed.

Life is not about making money, acquiring power or recognition. Life is definitely not about work! Work is only necessary to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.

Life is a balance of Work and Play, Family and Personal time. You have to ecide how you want to balance your Life. Define your priorities, realize what you are able to compromise but always let some of your decisions be based on your instincts. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of Life, the whole aim of human existence. So, take it easy, do what you want to do and appreciate nature. Life is fragile, Life is short. Do not take Life for granted. Live a balance lifestyle and enjoy Life!

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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