Meal Planning System and Homemade Split Pea Soup – HBHW Newsletter

September 23rd, 2010


Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. Thank you for your patience while I worked to pull this newsletter together.  I know it will be worth the wait once you take a look at the special offer our sponsor has for you.

I am also featuring an article in which I interview our sponsor, Christine Steendahl of Menu Planning Center.  I hope you’ll scroll down and click on the link to this article as I know you’ll find so many useful tips and ideas for your own family’s meals.

The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week are about meals, or more specifically, sharing meals.  Since meals and meal planning are on my mind, I thought I’d find a story and quote that reflects my feelings about food. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day 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

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.


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Featured Article

As I mentioned earlier, this week’s featured article is an interview that I did with Christine Steendahl, The Menu Mom.  She shares some great tips and ideas, as well as her own favorite recipe!  Be sure to click on the article link below and read how Christine figured out the ins-and-outs of saving money by planning her family’s meals.

Family Meal Planning – An Interview With Christine Steendahl

Recipe Sharing

Since we’re talking today about food and sharing meals, I thought I’d share one of the recipes posted here at HBHW.  I hope you’ll find time to try this delicious dish soon:

Homemade Split Pea Soup

  • meaty ham bone
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pkg split peas
  • 1 cup carrots (grated)
  • 1 cup onions (diced)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Place all ingredients into a large pot and cook on low heat for about 3 hours. Most of the meat will fall off the bone while cooking. You should remove the remaining meat from the bone to put back into the soup and dispose of the bone.

For a finer, smooth consistency place soup into a blender after cooking and “pulse” until you get your desired consistency.

You can also cook this soup in the crockpot. About 3 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low will do the trick.

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Inspirational Story

A Very Special Meal
~Mirabai Chrin~

Once there was a very poor and devoted woman who always prayed to the Glory of God, asking very little, if anything for herself. But one thought, one desire continued to recur and finally she asked: petitioning the Lord, that if it were possible she would love to prepare a special meal and have God share at her table. And God, in His Love for this goodly woman, said He would indeed come the next day and share a meal.

Filled with ecstasy, the woman went out the following morning with her meager purse and purchased such delicacies that she felt would please the Lord.

Returning home, she prepared a banquet and waited patiently for her most honored guest. Soon there was a knock on the door, and when she opened it, there stood an old beggar asking for something to eat. Being a woman of God, she could not turn the beggar away, so she invited him in to partake of her table. The beggar felt as if he was in a dream – such a feast set before him. He finished all the food, thanked his hostess and left.

The woman was only slightly disheartened, she gathered up her purse, her coat, and hurried back to town to get more food for her special guest. Her funds were less now and so the food was not quite so elaborate. Nonetheless, she lovingly prepared another meal and sat to await the arrival of the Almighty.

A few hours went by and there was a loud knock on the door. This time it was an old gypsy woman with no teeth, who was deaf, who spoke quite loudly and was, rather rudely, insisting that any true believer in the Lord would not deny her something to eat.

Though the woman had no more money with which to buy more supplies, she invited the woman in and offered her a seat at the table. The gypsy ate everything, did not even thank the woman and left without closing the door.

By now it was beginning to get dark both inside and out. The woman’s faith was strong, so that, though somewhat distraught, she did not give up, but rather, looked around her humble house to see if there was anything she could sell in order to buy more food to set before the Lord.

She hurried to town with a little silver cup that had been in her family for several generations, but she was willing to part with it for the great honor that God was going to bestow on her – the sharing of a meal.

Late in the night she rushed home to prepare yet a third meal. She waited and waited until, once more, there was a knock on the door. Holding her breath, she slowly opened the door to find yet another poor man in the guise of a wandering monk, in search of a meal.

Again, she offered hospitality, with as much grace as she could muster in her disappointment. This man also ate all that was set on the table and left after blessing the woman for her kindness. So discouraged and dismayed was she that all she could do was nod slightly, in acknowledgment of the thanks.

Now it was too late, with no way to buy any more food and no more money with which to buy it. She got down on her knees, weeping such heart-broken tears. She asked God what she had done wrong. Why had God not come to share at the table as He had promised?

And God, in all His Divine Compassion and Mercy, lifted the woman off her knees, and holding her close to His Heart, said, “My child, I enjoyed your hospitality so much that I came three times!”

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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