Once A Month Cooking Didn’t Work and Orange Date Bread- HBHW Newsletter

November 18th 2009


I bought my turkey yesterday and am slowly but surely getting ready for Thanksgiving. How about you? Are you cooking for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year? If so, take a look at the holiday planning guides my friend Christine from Menu Planning Central has put together. I love the tips she shares in her guides as well as the to-do lists. She even shares complete menus and shopping lists for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I’ve been using her to-do lists and a modified version of her shopping list for a couple of years now and it really helps keep me organized.

You can buy the holiday guide for $20 here:


or you can join Menu Planning Central and receive the guides as part of your membership.


And since we’re getting so close to Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share last year’s special Thanksgiving Edition of the Hillbillly Housewife Newsletter with you. You can read it here:


A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone that submitted a holiday recipe. The Holiday Recipe Section is still growing nicely and all the old recipes have been added to it.

Of course there’s still time to submit your own favorite recipes. Just click on the link below and fill out the form to share your family’s favorite Holiday recipes with all of us here at HillbillyHousewife.com.

Submit Holiday Recipes

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

Inspirational Quote

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew. – Saint Francis de Sales, 1567-1622


Meal Planning

Order the Menu Planning Central Holiday Planning Guide here for $20


Join Menu Planning Central and get them both for FREE

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: 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.

Orange Date Bread

* 2 Tblsp. butter
* 1 cup sugar

* 1 egg, beaten with fork

* 1 large orange, juiced
* boiling water, enough to make 1 cup with juice from orange
* 1 tsp. baking soda

* 1 cup dates – chopped
* 1 orange rind – chopped

* 2 cups flour
* 1 tsp. salt

* 1 tsp. vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup chopped nuts (your choice)

Cream butter and sugar with mixer, then add beaten egg and mix together well.

Put juice from orange into separate bowl, add boiling water until you have 1 cup total, stir in baking soda.

Put chopped dates and orange rind in food processor or blender and pulse until chopped fine but not mushy.

Pour the orange juice mixture over the dates and orange rind.

Add this mixture to the butter/sugar mixture, then stir in the flour and salt.  Stir in vanilla, then add nuts and mix together well.

Put in greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour in 300 degree oven.

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

  • Apple Sauce Walnut Bread
  • Turkey Wild Rice Casserole
  • Brewed Pork Chops
  • Use-It-Up Beef and Potato Hash
  • Easy-Does-It Spinach Lasagna
  • Homemade Creamy Bacon Salad Dressing

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 planning Thanksgiving meals and sharing some of our favorite recipes, holiday gift ideas and finding inexpensive yarn for us knitting addicts out there.   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

Today I’d like to share an article on Once a Month Cooking with you by Peg Baron. OMC just didn’t work for either one of us, but we’ve both come up with ways to make homemade freezer meals work for us. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about and more importantly trying some of the cooking tips she’s sharing in this article.

Once a Month Cooking Just Didn’t Work For Us

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


The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small,  uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. “God, how could you do this to me!” he cried. Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going badly. But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground–it just may be a smoke signal that summons The Grace of God.

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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