New Year Resolutions, Chip Dip and Recipe For A Happy New Year – HBHW Newsletter

December 30th 2009


Can you believe it, there are only two more days left in 2009. I have thoroughly enjoyed this past year and am amazed at what we have all accomplished with the Hillbilly Housewife website. I want to thank each and every one of you for helping make it into a more interactive community of frugal minded women (and men). I promise to continue to improve on it and look forward to growing it together with you in 2010.

I also have quite a surprise for you. It’s not quite ready yet, but if you love the ebooks from Living On A Dime, keep an eye out for an email from me in the next few days.

I’m going to spend the next few days thinking and praying about what I want to accomplish in 2010 both on a personal level and with the HBHW site. I’m sure you have quite a few resolutions of your own. Take a look at this week’s featured article. It includes some great tips on sticking with your resolution throughout the year. I know I’ll be coming back to those tips on a regular basis.

For now I would like to wish you and your family all the best this New Year and I’ll see you in 2010.

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

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce


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News From The HBHW Club

This section is all about the HBHW Club. 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.

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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.

Crowd’s Comin’ Chip Dip

* 2 cups sour cream
* 2 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
* 1/2  tsp garlic powder
* 2 pkgs. of  Italian Salad Dressing Mix

Mix all the ingredients together in a glass bowl until well blended.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Serve this dip with potato chips or good crackers.  It’s also good as a dip for vegetables.  Very flavorful and inexpensive to make so if you have a house full of people to entertain, this is a nice addition to your buffet.

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

  • Sparkling Champagne Punch
  • Savory Olives
  • Party Time Crab Dip
  • Cajun Shrimp All-Bundled-Up
  • Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms
  • 5 Ingredient Spiced Tea Mix
  • Holiday Cheer Egg Nog
  • Classic Pecan Bars

All in all, we have over 290 new recipes in the member area already.

What else has been going on at the HBHW Club? We’ve been talking about this past Christmas and New Year’s Wishes.  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

Are you starting to think about New Year resolutions? Here are some of the more common ones along with 10 great tips to help you keep them throughout 2010.

Common New Year Resolutions and Tips For Keeping Them

Frugal Tips

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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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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.

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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


Author Unknown

Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.

You’re bound to have a happy new year.

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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