We All Need A Push Sometimes, Working From Home & Onion Mushroom Soup- HBHW Newsletter

May 12th, 2010


I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday and I hope you got a chance to read the items I emailed to you on Saturday.  If there was anything in the article, Christine’s guide, or the old newsletter that inspired you to do something different this year to celebrate Mother’s Day, I’m glad.  And if you found a last minute frugal gift idea, all the better!

I found the following video to be especially meaningful in the days following Mother’s Day.  After the cards, flowers, and gifts, it’s nice to sit quietly and reflect on the most difficult part of the job of being a Mother – pushing your children when you know it can be painful or frightening.  Won’t you take a look at this video with me?

Our inspirational quote and story are also about taking that leap of faith – being unfettered from the things that are holding you back from achieving your goals, success, or happiness.  It may be quite comfortable in that nest of yours, but someday you’re going to have to get pushed out!

The featured article this week was written by my good friend Nicole Dean.  Nicole has been making money at home for many years now.  So I thought, since we all want to make extra money, this would be an appropriate article to feature this week.  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read Nicole’s article.  You may even find it to be the little “push” you needed to start making money at home!

Also, please take a moment to check out my friend Ellen’s Time Management guide. Even though I’ve only been able to implement a few of her strategies, I’ve already noticed a difference in my day.  I’ve recently carved out a little more “me time” and have been able to take walks, knit, catch up on my reading, and sit outside and listen to the birds.

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

Spread Your Wings

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
~Hodding Carter, Jr.~


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 to find out how to order, please 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!



I’m very excited about our new resource.  Why?  Because this is the resource our friends at the Club have been asking for!

And talk about valuable!   STARTING A CRAFT BLOG FOR FUN AND PROFIT is, in fact, an ebook written by successful stay-at-home entrepreneur and author, Nicole Dean.

Nicole’s ebook sells for around $15, but as a Club member, you get it FREE with your membership.  That’s right!  Your membership in the Club has already paid for itself when you open this FREE resource and put it to work for you!  Talk about a return-on-investment!

Now you’re saying, that’s great, but I don’t know the first thing about a blog.  That’s alright.  This resource will give you the information and tools you need to get your Crafting Blog up and running –  and making money!

At the Club, you’ll not only get this FREE resource valued at $15, you’ll also have a sounding board to help you brainstorm ideas about your new Crafting Blog.

Along with this valuable resource, STARTING A CRAFT BLOG FOR FUN AND PROFIT, Club members also receive two audios plus a bonus resource from Nicole about time management, which will be very valuable when you start your Craft Blog!

This resource is available to all my readers as an ebook by clicking on the link here.  For around $15 you can get the information and tools you need to start your own Craft Blog For Fun And Profit.

Or… Join the HBHW Club now and the resource is FREE with your membership!  This valuable resource will be yours, PLUS the benefits of having a forum for sharing ideas about everything from making money at home to getting out of debt to frugal tips, and much, much more.

This is a tremendous opportunity to finally start making money at home doing something you like… crafting, and talking about crafting!  Join the Club, get the resource for FREE, and start making money at home.  Sound good?  It is good!

Not sure about joining the Club right now?  I hope you’ll still take advantage of Nicole’s expertise in the field of money making at home.  If you have a love for crafting, and talking about crafting, you’ll want to explore the real possibilities of creating your own Craft Blog For Fun And Profit .

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


As a special to you, the HBHW newsletter subscriber, you can join for only $10 per month. Click on this link for all the details: http://www.hillbillyhousewifeclub.com/special.html

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 390 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

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

The “Three Icemen” legend is well known in the northern climates when planning to plant your garden.  One of our friends at the Club was anxious, like all gardeners, to get her hands on the warm soil of her garden, only to find her new onions and radishes buried under three inches of snow on Saturday!  An early spring can make any gardener put aside her fears about frost and snow and just get those vegetables planted.  Just a few more weeks and our northern friend will be ready to plant again.  Good luck!

My Walking Challenge has been a great motivator to a lot of our friends at the Club.  An even better motivator seems to be a dog.  When you have a dog, you have a walking commitment.  We’ve had a lot of fun reading about one of our friend’s adventures walking, or being walked by,  several of her dogs.  For our friends without dogs, we sure need each other to motivate us.  I firmly believe that, like most goals, accountability is the key.  It would be great if you joined us with your fitness plan.

We’ve discussed topics this week from how to remove impossibly stuck labels from metal water bottles to how to make cheap mop cloths to replace the prepackaged kinds.  If there’s a topic about homemaking,  living a more frugal life, or living a happier life, we’ll be discussing it.

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 topics most important to your life.  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:

  • Frugal Gardening
  • 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!

Join The Hillbilly Housewife Club for Just a Dollar

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

Sweet Onion Mushroom Soup

  • 4 large sweet Vidalia onions, sliced into thin rings, then cut in half
  • 3 Tblsp. butter or margarine
  • 1  1/2 Tblsp. good cooking oil
  • 8 oz.  fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 3 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

for serving:

  • shredded Parmesan cheese
  • crusty bread

In a large soup pot, saute the onion in the oil and butter over medium heat, stirring often, until the onions get transparent.  Add the mushrooms and continue stirring until the mushrooms have softened.  Add the garlic, stirring to combine, and cook for 1 minute, stirring a few more times.

Add the stock and water.  Stir and taste, adding salt and pepper.  Cover loosely and let this soup simmer over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes or until flavors are blended well and liquid has reduced a little.

Serve this soup with shredded Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top of each bowl and crusty bread alongside.

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

  • Red Wine Braised Sweet Onions
  • Cream Style Cole Slaw
  • Creamy Onion Soup
  • Classic French Onion Soup

All in all, we have over 393 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

We’ve been discussing making money at home by creating a crafting blog.  But what if you’re not a crafter?  You may have other talents.  Perhaps you like to discuss your latest “finds” with your friends, or you spend hours on the computer looking for the greatest sales, books, or fashions.

If you have a talent for searching out great buys and spreading the word about them, you could make money at home!

Click the link below to find out how your gift for finding great buys could make some very real money right at home:

Stay-At-Home Moms (And Dads) Can Make Real Money At Home

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

You’ll Only Soar When You Set Yourself Free

Set yourself free from anything that might hinder you in becoming the person you want to be. Free yourself from the uncertainties about your abilities or the worth of your dreams, from the fears that you may not be able to achieve them or that they won’t be what you wanted.

Set yourself free from the past. The good things from yesterday are still yours in memory; the things you want to forget you will, for tomorrow is only a sunrise away. Free yourself from regret or guilt, and promise to live this day as fully as you can.

Set yourself free from the expectations of others, and never feel guilty or embarrassed if you do not live up to their standards. You are most important to yourself; live by what you feel is best and right for you. Others will come to respect your integrity and honesty.

Set yourself free to simply be yourself, and you will soar higher than you’ve ever dreamed.

~Edmund O’Neill~

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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