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Family On Board With Finances, Wilma Rudolf, Share Your Recipes In New Cookbook – HBHW Newsletter

February 17th,  2010


Well, we’ve had our fair share of cold and snow around here and we are ready for spring!  It sounds like many folks feel the same way right about now.  But, I know that there’s plenty of cold weather left and we still need to bundle up.  A few old fashioned methods for staying cozy until the weather finally breaks may be in order in your house – I know they are in mine!

Fortunately, this wintry weather hasn’t forced me to postpone my fitness program due to the excellent support and workout program designed by my good friend Scott from the Fatloss Quickie workout program .

Scott has been encouraging me to share my fitness journey on the Healthy.HillbillyHousewife.com website.  I hope you’ll stop in and check out how I’m doing.  Maybe you’ll start a fitness program, too, and we can share our struggles and successes.

This week’s inspirational story celebrates two events.  February is Black History Month and the Olympics are going on in Vancouver right now.

Those two events bring to mind one incredible person – Wilma Rudolf.  Her story is an inspiration to all who have felt oppressed by situations beyond their control, and all who have taken control of the things that they could.  Please be sure to read about Wilma Rudolf and her incredible life in this week’s inspirational story.

The inspirational quote this week is one that makes me chuckle.  I’m choosing a Wilma Rudolf quote as a way to honor the spirit that is evident in her life story.  But, I’ve chosen this particular quote because it just shows you that when you hear someone say “no you can’t”, just look to a higher authority.  I think you’ll have a chuckle, too.

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

My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother. – Wilma Rudolf – Olympic Athlete

Have You Taken Part In Our Newest Cookbook?  This One Features YOU!

Many of you have asked for a collection of easy “throw together” meals, so I thought “why not feature your recipes?”  So, that is exactly what we’ve planning here at The Hillbilly Housewife.

We’re hoping you will share some of your favorite recipes – the kind that you can make when your cupboard is a little bare.  Any recipe that has about 5  ingredients or even less.  Don’t get too concerned about an extra ingredient or two because we won’t be counting things like salt and oil for frying.

You can include a little story about how you discovered this simple recipe.  Just be sure to include complete cooking directions along with the ingredients so no one will have to guess when they make your recipe.

We’re still putting together the details 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 so I can 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.

News From The HBHW Club

I’m am getting ready to record the first ever audio resource for the HBHW Club. Since Christine’s Freezer and Pantry Challenge last month was such a big hit, I asked her if she would be willing to let me ask her all about it, meal planning and all things frugal. We are recording the interview tomorrow and it will be available as a resource in the club shortly there after. A transcript of the interview will also be available along with any other checklists and worksheets I can come up with that will complement the audio. I’m sure it will be a wonderful resource and I look forward to chatting with Christine.

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’s been going on at the HBHW Club?  We’re still posting our weightloss and exercise goals, but it seems we all need a little nudge to get going.  Maybe now that the weather is starting to get warm we’ll have some walkers and bikers check in.

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

Our members have been working on their financial and fitness goals with the help of the resource found in the HBHW Club area.   I am sharing actual methods that have helped me keep my goals over the years. The strategies apply to many common goals, such as losing weight, getting out of debt, stopping smoking, getting more sleep, exercising more, and finding more time for yourself.

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

Stewed Pork Tenderloin

  • 1  1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin, sliced
  • 3 Tblsp. flour
  • 2 Tblsp. cooking oil
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper

Turn oven on to 300 degrees.

Coat tenderloin slices in flour and brown in medium-hot oil in skillet.

Arrange tenderloin pieces in shallow baking pan.  Cover tenderloin with remaining ingredients.  Cover and bake in 300 degree oven for about 1 hour or until tenderloin pieces are thoroughly cooked.  Serve over or alongside buttered brown rice.

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

  • Meatball Veggie Soup
  • Creamed Chicken & Pasta Casserole
  • Slow Roasted BBQ Short Ribs
  • Snowed-In Potato Soup

All in all, we have over 321 new recipes in the member area already.

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 look forward to chatting with you in the member area.


Featured Article

We’ve been pushing hard around our house to save money when ever and where ever we can.  And, as you know, it’s not always easy to be the C.O.S. (Chief Of Strategy), having to bring everyone along with your way of thinking.

Getting the whole family together, agreeing on the same strategy, isn’t always easy, but it is crucial to the success of your financial plan.  An article that I thought was worth reviewing is featured here in hopes that our resolve, and yours, won’t be sabotaged by misunderstandings within the family.

Frugal Living Is A Family Affair

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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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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Inspirational Story

Wilma Rudolf was born prematurely, weighing only 4 1/2 pounds.  She was born into a large family – a very large family – she was the 20th child of 22 children.  Millions of people were poor in the 1940’s, but Wilma’s family was not only poor, they were African American living in a segregated society.

Being born premature was just the beginning of Wilma’s medical troubles.  Because of the racial segregation at the time, the family was not permitted to have the same medical treatment as white families.  So, when Wilma suffered with one terrible illness after another, it was her family who tended to her.  This was no small task for a poor family.

The moment came when the family received the dreaded diagnosis – polio.  According to the doctor, Wilma Rudolf would never walk.  However, the family never gave up hope.  Instead, Wilma’s parents and siblings learned how to do the physical therapy needed to help her get strong.  This family sacrificed everything they had to help Wilma walk again.

And so it was, by the age of 12, with hard work and dedication, Wilma Rudolf walked again – without braces or crutches.  Then and there, she decided that if she could learn to walk, she could learn to run. Four years later Wilma won a Bronze medal in the 1956 Olympic games.

Wilma Rudolf became an Olympic legend.  In 1960, she became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals, and paved the way for women to compete in areas previously barred to them.

Why is this an inspirational story, aside from the obvious Olympic story?  The real inspiration is the fact that Wilma and her family never gave up hope and fought with fierce determination against all odds.  Even when the world and all the rules were stacked against them, the fierce love of family along with the desire to “win” overcame every obstacle.

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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