Your Value, Baking With Kids, Share Your Easy Meal Ideas – HBHW Newsletter

February 24th,  2010


Is spring right around the corner?  If seed catalogs in the mail are any indication, then it certainly is.

And, judging by the number of people outside walking for exercise, both for themselves and sometimes their dogs, I’d say spring is in the air.  How have your fitness plans been coming?  I’m thankful that I have been able to keep up a good pace, not entirely on my own, but with a great deal of help from my good friend Scott from the Fatloss Quickie workout program .

One trick to staying with a fitness program is to be accountable to someone.  Scott has encouraged me to share my journey on the website.  I must say I’ve been slow in starting, but I hope you won’t give up on me and you’ll stop in and check out how I’m doing.  Maybe we can share our struggles and successes.

This week’s inspirational story and quote have a general theme linking them.  Have you ever felt stomped on, crumbled, and worth less than you once were?  It’s time to remember your true value.  It’s time to come out from behind those dark clouds and shine once again!

Those are my thoughts this week.  As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

Live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out
from behind the clouds!


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

We are busy working on a collection of easy “throw together” meals and would love to include your favorite recipes, but we need your help.

Your recipes have started to trickle in, but I know you have more!  Judging by the response so far, many of you have created great meals with little to go on but the simple pantry and refrigerator food items you have left after the grocery budget is depleted. Some of these recipes have a history that goes back to your mother’s or grandmother’s days.

We’re hoping more of you will share your favorite simple recipes – the kind that you can make when your cupboard is bare.  Your recipes that have about 5  ingredients, or even fewer, will be featured in our new resource and cookbook.

Include a story about how you discovered this simple recipe if you’d like, and include your cooking directions along with the ingredients.  That’s all there is to it.  You don’t want to be left out when this resource gets posted!

Please email your recipes to me at so I can start gathering them as quickly as possible.  I’ll keep you informed on exactly how and when we’ll be releasing this fun new cookbook and resource.

News From The HBHW Club

Last week I mentioned that I was about to record an interview with Christine Steendahl about her Freezer and Pantry Challenge for the HBHW Club. It turned out really well and Christine shared quite a few tips that will help members save quite a bit on their groceries, not only during times when they eat mostly from the pantry and freezer, but throughout the year. We also talked quite a bit about meal planning and bargain / coupon shopping. The audio recording of the interview is now available to members in the Club area along with a transcript (for those that prefer to read). If you’d like to listen, click the link below to join the Club.

As a HBHW newsletter subscriber, you can join for only $10 per month here: 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’ve all been trying to get motivated to dig out from under the snow and get outside.  For some, the weather has been clearing and the focus has turned to exercise and weightloss.  For others, well, hibernation still seems to be the order of the day.  Either way, we all know that fitness goals are a big issue.

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!

The resource found in the HBHW Club area is filled with real-life methods that have helped me keep my goals over the years. The strategies in the resource apply to many common goals that we all have.  You’ll find that if your goal is to lose weight, get out of debt, stop smoking, or just to get more sleep, the process of achieving those goals all have the same, basic principles.  Please join us by setting a goal, following the process, and celebrating your achievement.

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I’d like to share one of the recipes that was submitted to the HBHW Club this past week.

Hamburger & Cabbage Soup – Crock Pot

  • 1  1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups beef broth

Brown the ground beef first.  Add all the ingredients to the crock pot and stir gently to combine.  Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours.  You can also speed this up by cooking on HIGH for 3 or 4 hours.

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

  • La Creme Pie
  • Cabbage Slaw With Bacon-Vinegar Dressing
  • Zucchini Parmesan Casserole
  • Doubly Cheesy Beef and Broccoli Pie

All in all, we have over 328 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.

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

A great way to warm up your house, and your family, is by baking something yummy!  It’s also the perfect opportunity to teach your kids a little bit about cooking.

Most kids are more interested in baking than, say, making soup.  Why?  Because you’re usually talking about cookies or cake when you’re talking about baking.

Not only are the rewards for working hard in the kitchen a sweet treat, but it goes pretty fast.  Usually within a short amount of time, the treats are out of the oven and on a plate accompanied by a cold glass of milk.

Baking with your kids is a great activity that has double, if not triple rewards: 1) kids learn how to bake, 2) you have fun with your kids, and 3) you get cookies to enjoy!  Pick some time this week to bake with your kids.

Baking With Kids

Healthy Hillbilly Housewife

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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

Author – Unknown

During a conference, an eagerly awaited headline speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. He asked the large group of people gathered to hear him speak, “Who would like this $20 bill?”

Hands shot up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you, but first let me do this.”

He crumpled the $20 bill up. He then asked. “Who still wants it?” Still the hands shot up in the air.

Well,” the speaker said, “what if I do this?”

He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who wants it?”

Still the crowd of people raised their hands into the air.

“My friends,” the speaker said, “you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to this $20 bill, you still wanted it. This $20 bill did not decrease in value. It is still worth $20.”

The speaker continued, “Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.”

Dirty or clean, crumpled or creased, your value remains the same: priceless.

The worth of our lives comes not in our perfection, but in our living and loving.

You are valuable just the way you are.

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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