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Kindness and Forgiveness, Easy Fix To Reduce Fat In Ground Beef, The Dynamic Duo of Cleaning, Sneak Peek Into Money Making At Home Resource – HBHW Newsletter

May 5th, 2010


Have you ever heard the expression that goes something like this:  “Holding onto anger is like taking poison every day in hopes that the other person will die.”

Kind of a twisted way of looking at grudges, anger, but oh so true.  The inspirational story today illustrates how holding onto anger can backfire in some very real ways.  Sometimes the best thing we can do for our own sake is to resolve the problem the best way possible and move on, allowing forgiveness to win over anger and grudges.

If you will, look at the times you have argued and held grudges and examine how a little kindness may have softened those difficult moments.

On a more positive note, I’ve enjoyed working my way through Ellen’s Time Management guide. So far I’ve only been able to implement two of her strategies but am already noticing a difference in my day. I am actually able to carve out a little “me time” to knit, read or just sit outside and listen to the birds.

Today’s article is an all-time favorite that’s been on the site for years. It’s about reducing the fat content of ground beef. Since I’m trying to lose a few pounds before summer break starts, I thought I’d mention it again in today’s edition. I also can’t stress enough how helpful it is to have some accountability partners when it comes to weightloss and exercise. The walking challenge in the HBHW Club is quite popular and has definitely helped keep me moving and accountable.

Those are my thoughts 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

Soften Anger

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.


Creating Hours – Time Management For Busy Parents

Today I thought I’d share a wonderful time management resource with you that my friend Ellen C. Brown has put together.

Could you use an extra hour a day? How about more than one? Ellen has written an excellent 75 page ebook on helping you become more efficient and effective. Just imagine what you could do with an extra hour a day!

I can highly recommend this guide for any busy parent. You can order it right here for $19.95

To learn more about the Creating Hours ebook and find out how to order visit:

News From The HBHW Club

What? You haven’t heard about the Hillbilly Housewife Club? It’s a members only forum packed full of great information, resources, and friendly chit chat about the things we are all interested in – fun, frugal living. Come Join Us And See What All The Chatter Is About!


We have many valuable free resources available to our Club members that you won’t want to miss.

What is your favorite use for vinegar and baking soda?  Our Club members have been discussing uses ranging from freshening up garbage disposals to killing weeds.

In my Bonus Resource – Cleaning With Vinegar and Baking Soda, we tackle even more uses for this cleaning dynamic duo.  It’s amazing what you can find out when a lot of busy people put their heads together.  I hope you’ll take the opportunity to join us and find out new ways to use these two very old products to clean and shine so many things.

I’m very excited about our upcoming resource all about Making Money At Home With A Crafting Blog.  This is a resource that has been much needed by many of our friends at the Club as it seems we all want, or need, to make extra money, and what better way to make money at home than doing something you already love to do.

This FREE resource will be available very soon to our Club members.  Even if you don’t know the first thing about how to start a blog, this resource will give you the information and tools you need to get your Crafting Blog up and running –  and making money!

Since so many Club members have an interest in making money at home, and so many Club members are great crafters, this resource just made sense.

Along with this valuable resource, just having a sounding board at the Club, cheering each other on and bouncing ideas off each other, is a great benefit, especially when you decide to start your own Crafting Blog to make money at home.

This Crafting Blog Resource is valued at much more than the cost of a month’s membership in the Club.  Why?  The fact is, this resource alone could be turned into real  income working right from your home.  This is what you might call a ‘return on investment’ in action.

There is saving money, and then there is making money.  Most people I speak with are getting pretty savvy about saving money; they just haven’t gotten the knack of making more money.  This is the resource my readers have asked for.  I hope you’ll join us and take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to finally, and truly, make money at home.

Our Frugal Gardening resource with my friend and gardening expert Tawra Kellam of LivingOnADime.com is still getting a lot of attention.  Many of my friends have printed off this resource and stuck it in their gardening notebook for this year.  Because of its neighborly “over the fence” chat format, it’s easy to follow and fun to hear.  I hope you’ll join us and print yourself a copy for your gardening diary this year.

You don’t want to miss any of these  informative resources. Join the HBHW Club and grab your FREE resource today!


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Still not sure about joining the HBHW Club? How about if I make it real easy. I’ll let you try it out for just a dollar for the first 7 days.

How will you benefit from joining the HBHW Club with this offer? As an example, for just that one dollar you’ll have 7 days of access to over 370 great frugal recipes that are tried and true, with a new recipe every day. You’ll also have 7 days to ask your most puzzling frugal homemaking questions – and even get answers!

Join us now and enjoy 7 days of frugal fun. Click on the link here and come aboard! http://www.hillbillyhousewifeclub.com/special.html

Let’s just take a peek at what’s been going on at the HBHW Club Forum.

My Walking Challenge has attracted many people who are committed to get fit and stay fit.  Accountability is the key, and many friends at the Club have decided that they will take me up on my challenge and join me.  Logging into the Club daily or weekly is a great way to get support for our personal fitness program.  If we stick to our goal, we cheer each other on; if we slip a day or two, we still support each other and urge each other to get out there and try again. The Club has been a great motivator to me, and many other members, to keep up a fitness program.

Our friends at the Club have discussed topics as varied as herb gardening to dog behavior.  Anything that affects the welfare of a household – emotionally, financially, materially – it all gets thrown into the “discussion pot” and boiled until we come up with a solution, or at least some shared smiles.

How would you like to join the conversation?  As a Club member, you’ll be able to share your opinions, frugal tips, and ideas on everything from making vegetable stock to making money at home.  Are you ready to join us at the HBHW Club?

Click the following  link and try The HBHW Club for only $1. We’d love to have you come join us! http://www.hillbillyhousewifeclub.com/special.html

Now that you’ve joined us at the HBHW Club, you’ll want to be sure to take a stroll through the resources available free to Club members only. Popular resources include:

  • Pantry Cooking
  • Freezer/Pantry Challenge & Meal Planning
  • Setting Up A Family Budget
  • Simple Summer Cooking
  • Getting Out Of Debt For Good
  • Utility Bill Savings
  • Meal Planning Guide – Simple Step-by-Step Method
  • Frugal Family Summer Fun

Let me know what you think of the resources and if there are any topics we should explore further. As a Club member, your opinion is highly valued because it’s YOUR Club!

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

Batter Fried Vidalia Onion Rings

  • 3 medium Vidalia onions cut into rings
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk (or heavy cream)
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 egg

Mix the batter ingredients together in a large bowl.  Use a whisk or fork to blend well.  Separate the onions into individual rings.

Pour about 1 inch of good frying oil (peanut oil is good) in large cast iron skillet.  Bring heat up to hot so it sizzles when a drop of hot water is splashed in it.

Dip (one at a time) onion rings into batter, let extra batter drip off for a second, then lay in hot oil.  Continue with each ring, one at a time, laying in hot oil.  Don’t overcrowd the skillet or stack the rings, otherwise the oil will get cold and stop frying.

Continue this method, turning rings over as they brown, then removing from skillet to drain on paper towels placed over a cooling rack (like for cookies).  Salt immediately as you remove them to the paper towel, while they’re still hot.

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

  • Sweet Pepper Onion Relish
  • Real Scalloped Potato Onion Bake
  • Vidalia Onion Cheese Strata
  • Vidalia Onion Bake

All in all, we have over 387 new recipes in the member area already.

One of my favorite parts of the HBHW Club is the Member Forum. Here are just a few of the more 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 Articles

Lowering The Fat Content In Ground Beef

The difference in cost between good old regular hamburger and lean ground beef (or ground chuck) can be astounding.  So, when you’re mixing up a casserole, chili, or spaghetti sauce you want to use the least expensive ground beef available.  Choosing the least expensive ground beef makes sense financially, but oh that fat content!

How can you save money while at the same time not ingesting all that fat?  There is a way to reduce the fat when cooking with less expensive ground beef.  Follow the simple methods found in our feature article and you’ll save both your money and your diet!

Click the link below and learn just how easy it is to save both fat content and money on your next ground beef dish:

Lowering The Fat Of Regular Ground Beef

Healthy Hillbilly Housewife

Here’s what’s new on the healthy hillbilly housewife section. You can also go straight to http://www.healthy.hillbillyhousewife.com

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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 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

The Bedtime Story
A man and his wife had been arguing all night, and as bedtime approached neither was speaking to the other. It was not unusual for the pair to continue this war of silence for two or three days.

However, on this occasion the man was concerned; he needed to be awake at 4:30am the next morning to catch an important flight, and being a very heavy sleeper he normally relied on his wife to wake him.

Cleverly, so he thought, while his wife was in the bathroom, he wrote on a piece of paper:  ‘Please wake me at 4:30am – I have an important flight to catch’.

He put the note on his wife’s pillow, then turned over and went to sleep.

The man awoke the next morning and looked at the clock. It was 8:00am. Enraged that he’d missed his flight, he was about to go in search of his errant wife to give her a piece of his mind, when he spotted a hand-written note on his bedside cabinet.

The note said:  ‘It’s 4:30am – get up.’

~author unknown~

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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