Frugal Gift Ideas & Golden Curried Split Pea Soup – HBHW Newsletter

November 4th 2009


I hope everyone had a good weekend and beginning of the week. It poured down rain Halloween night – much to my daughter’s dismay because it cut her “trick-or-treating” short.  Since then it has been beautiful and sunny and we were able to enjoy spending some time outside.

Stores are already busy displaying all their holiday fare and has gotten me thinking about the two big holidays (here in the US) that are coming up – Thanksgiving and Christmas. With that in mind, let’s share some of our favorite holiday recipes. I set up a new category or section on the site for holiday recipes and have set up a page that will allow you to submit them. Here it is:

Submit Holiday Recipes

Which reminds me… I wanted to address the frugal tip, recipe and “I’m looking for” submissions. Most readers are using them exactly as intended, but a few still seem to be confused. Here are a few tips to use them as well as a refresher on what to do and what not to do.

  • Be sure to include a title and make it as specific as possible.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word in the title (but do not use all CAPS – that’s considered shouting online).
  • When answering a “I’m Looking for Request” leave a comment on that request. Do not create a new request.
  • Try to be as specific and detailed as possible in your requests. If you are looking for a particular recipe, try to describe what you think was in it, what the texture was etc. This will make it more likely you will get exactly the recipe you were looking for.

The “I’m Looking For Requests” and most recipes and frugal tips will be published right before the next issue of the newsletter comes out.

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

Inspirational Quote

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Shared by Ellie Mae, one of our members in the Hillbilly Housewife Club


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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:

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.

Golden Curried Split Pea Soup

* 2 cups dry yellow split peas
* 3 cups fresh cold water
* 6 cups chicken stock
* 2 small yellow onions, diced
* 1/2 tsp curry powder
* 1/8 to 1/4  tsp grated nutmeg
* 1 tsp salt
* pinch black pepper

Put split peas and water in big soup pot, bring up to almost a boil, and immediately turn heat down to a slow simmer.  Cover and simmer about 1 hour, or until the peas are soft but not mushy.  Stir often.

Scoop out 1 cup of peas when they are cooked and blend in blender or food processor until smooth like a puree, then return to the soup pot and stir until combined.

Add the remaining ingredients to the soup pot, stir gently, and bring up to almost a boil, and again turn the heat down to a slow simmer.  Cover and simmer together slowly for about 30 minutes.  Be sure to stir once or twice.

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

  • Tangy Macaroni & Franks
  • Cool ‘n’ Icy Pumpkin Pie
  • 6 Ingredient Apple Crisp
  • Newlywed Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • Pumpkin Custard Squares
  • Nutty Pumpkin Bread

All in all, we have over 230 new recipes in the member area already.

What else has been going on at the HBHW Club? We’ve been talking about meal planning, using craigslist to sell stuff instead of holding a yard sale and our favorite Thanksgiving dishes.  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!

Featured Article

Now that the leaves are turning and it’s getting cold even down here in the south, I’m getting a little more serious about my Christmas planning. If you’re like me, you have quite a few frugal minded women that you want to get a little something special for. That’s what today’s featured article is all about. Enjoy!

Frugal Gift Ideas For Frugal Housewifes

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


By Francis William Bourdillon

The night has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of a bright world dies
When day is done.

The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.

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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