Cholesterol Confusion and Focus – HBHW Newsletter

September 15th, 2010


Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

Are you settling into your fall routine?  We have a full calendar, as usual, and the days seem pretty tightly scheduled.  But, we’ll get back into the swing of things, like we always do.  We’re looking forward to some crisp fall days and nights and hopefully a lazy day or two thrown in to enjoy.

The article I’m sharing with you this week is about a subject I’ve been confused about for quite some time; good and bad cholesterol.  Most people have heard those terms, but many people, myself included, don’t really understand the difference or what it means to our health.  This article clears up the confusion quite nicely.  Be sure to scroll down and click on the link for this informative article.

The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week are about the rewards and success we have when we finally focus on one thing and one thing only.  I hope you’ll take one of your moments today to read and reflect on this week’s quote and story.

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

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
~Anthony Robbins~


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Our friends at the Club have been discussing everything from eating well on a tight budget to knitting.  Along with these discussions, we’ve been sharing recipes, too. Here is a recipe I posted at the Club that I’d like to share with you:

Overnight Strata For A Crowd

  • 16 slices good white bread like potato bread or oat bread, crusts cut off and both sides buttered lightly
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, sliced into thin circles
  • 1  medium onion, sliced into thin circles
  • 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
  • 12 oz shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 7 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups or milk
  • 1 1/2  tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder

Butter a large rectangular casserole dish.  Lay 8 slices of bread in dish, top evenly with tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers.  Take about 2/3 of the Cheddar cheese and sprinkle on top.  Cover with remaining 8 slices of bread.

In separate bowl, beat together with a fork the eggs, milk, and seasonings.  Pour this mixture over the top of the bread in casserole.  Be sure this liquid reaches the top of the bread.  If it doesn’t, add more milk/egg mixture; make a batch using a 1 egg to 1/2 cup milk ratio (no need to add more seasonings).

Now distribute the remaining Cheddar cheese over the top and cover the dish with tin foil.  Put in refrigerator overnight.

To cook:  Take out of the refrigerator 1 hour before putting in oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake casserole for 1- 1/4 hour to 1- 1/2 hour or until eggs are completely set and knife inserted into the middle of dish comes out clean.  Let stand at room temperature (uncovered) for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.

Listed here is a sampling of recent recipes added, making a total of more than 400 recipes currently available to our Club members.

  • Doubly Cheesy Chilies Casserole
  • 4 Ingredient Flour Tortillas
  • 4 Ingredient Popovers
  • Southern Stewed Tomatoes & Okra

We welcome recipe submissions from our friends at the Club and are always happy to see what’s cooking in your kitchen. Our aim is to have six recipes posted each week. That’s a lot of recipes!

Featured Article

If cholesterol is as confusing to you as it is to me, you’ll appreciate this article written by an expert in the field, Deborah Land.  You’ll quickly learn how to identify good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.  More importantly, you’ll find out how to identify the foods that keep you healthy. Please click on the link below and give this week’s featured article a read:

How I Learned to Lower Cholesterol Through Diet

Healthy Hillbilly Housewife

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Inspirational Story

Focus Your Thinking
~Brian Cavanaugh~

On a clear, bright sunny day take powerful magnifying glass and a stack of newspapers and go outside for an experiment. Hold the magnifying glass over a pile of crumpled pages. Even though you are magnifying the power of the sun’s rays through the glass lens, you will never start a fire – if you keep moving the glass.

But if you hold the magnifying glass still, allowing it to focus the rays in a concentrated beam of sun energy, you harness the power of the sun and multiply it through the lens – starting a fire.

Focusing also works with your power of thought! Try it and ignite your wandering ideas.

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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