Integrity and Surprising Muffins – HBHW Newsletter

September 1st, 2010


Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

It’s hard to believe it’s September already.  The leaves will start changing in our area before we know it .  We’ve settled into the school year routine already.  How about you?

The article I’m sharing with you this week is about frugal living.  Many people have all the right tricks for living on less money, but there’s one stumbling block that keeps getting in the way – the family.  Be sure to scroll down and click on the link for this informative article.

The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week are about integrity.  I’m reminded of the importance of this lesson as we send kids off to school.  Integrity is something we all must learn – and the earlier the better.  I hope you’ll take a minute to read and reflect on this week’s quote and story.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the wheel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it.
~James A. Garfield, 20th US President~


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News From The HBHW Club

If 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 look forward to chatting with you in the member area. Click the following link and try the HBHW Club for only $1.

Our friends at the Club have been discussing everything from paying off credit card debt to getting outside to exercise.  Along with the discussions, we’ve been sharing recipes. Here is a recipe I posted at the Club that I’d like to share with you:

Munich Muffins

  • 4 cups Bisquick (or biscuit mix)
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 (12 oz) can or bottle beer

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a muffin tin.

In large bowl, put the ingredients and mix with fork, being sure NOT to over-mix.  There will still be some powder floating in batter.

Drop into muffin tin cups using a spoon.  Cups should be about 2/3 full.  Bake in preheated oven on middle rack for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Simple, fun, and delicious!

Listed here is a sampling of recent recipes added, making a total of more than 400 recipes currently available to our Club members.

  • Beefy Mushroom Rice Soup
  • Mixed Bean & Ham Bone Soup
  • Sausage Link Morning Casserole
  • Nutty Crescent Cookies

We welcome recipe submissions from our friends at the Club and are always happy to see what’s cooking in your kitchen. Our aim is to have six recipes posted each week. That’s a lot of recipes!

Featured Article

If you are like many frugal-minded homemakers, you already have a repertoire of money-saving ideas and tips.  You put your plans into motion, things to do to save money at home, and for some reason the plan never seems to stick.  Most likely the problem is that you haven’t gotten everyone on board yet.  How do you get your family excited about your new frugal lifestyle?  Please click on the link below and give this week’s featured article a read:

Frugal Living Is A Family Affair

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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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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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Inspirational Story

Maintain Your Integrity
~author unknown~

A while back, there was a story about Reuben Gonzolas, who was in the final match of his first professional racquetball tournament. He was playing the perennial champion for his first shot at a victory on the pro circuit.

At match point in the fifth and final game, Gonzolas made a super “kill shot” into the front corner to win the tournament. The referee called it good, and one of the linemen confirmed the shot was a winner.

But after a moment’s hesitation, Gonzolas turned and declared that his shot had skipped into the wall, hitting the floor first. As a result, the serve went to his opponent, who went on to win the match.

Reuben Gonzolas walked off the court; everyone was stunned.

The next issue of a leading racquetball magazine featured Gonzolas on its cover. The lead editorial searched and questioned for an explanation for the first ever occurrence on the professional racquetball circuit. Who could ever imagine it in any sport or endeavor? Here was a player with everything officially in his favor, with victory in his grasp, who disqualifies himself at match point and loses.

When asked why he did it, Gonzolas replied, “It was the only thing I could do to maintain my integrity.”

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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