The Cost Of Clutter and Baked Reubens – HBHW Newsletter

August 25th, 2010


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

Now that summer vacation is officially over, it’s time to look around the house and see what sort of projects I need to do.  I know it’s time to get back into a normal routine.  Reorganizing and decluttering may be first on my agenda.  What does your fall schedule look like?

The article I’ve chosen to feature this week was written by my friend Jill Cooper of  It’s all about the real cost of clutter,  in dollars and cents.  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read this informative article.

The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week are about optimism.  Do you look at the events in your life with optimism or pessimism?  Be sure to read this week’s story for a fresh and funny look at how people see things in very different ways.

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

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
~Winston Churchill~


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News From The HBHW Club

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Our friends at the Club have been discussing paying off debt, getting healthy, and cooking meals from scratch.  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:

Baked Reuben Brunch Sandwiches

  • 12 slices light rye bread (or whole wheat if you choose) toasted
  • 2 cups finely shredded corned beef
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 eggs
  • 2  cups milk
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Toast bread and set aside.

In large bowl, toss together the corned beef, cheese, mustard, and mayonnaise.

Lay out 6 slices of toasted bread and divide the corned beef mixture evenly over each one, then top with the remaining 6 slices of bread.  Cut each sandwich on the diagonal and place in large baking pan.

Whisk eggs and milk together until frothy, then pour evenly over the sandwiches in pan. Sprinkle the 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese on top.

Bake at 325 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until eggs are thoroughly set and cheese is melted.  Remove from oven and let sit 5 to 10 minutes before serving.  Use a spatula and remove sandwich along diagonal for each serving.

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

  • Creamy Almond Consomme Soup
  • Round Steak Herb Stuffed Roulades
  • Fruit Cocktail Cake
  • 1950 Style Tuna Gelatin Salad

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’ve been organizing your kitchen, closets, and office lately, you probably have experienced a few surprises.  Perhaps you’ve already connected the dots between decluttering and saving money.

That’s what this week’s feature is all about – The Cost of Clutter.  My friend Jill Cooper joined me on one of my blog posts to share her expertise in the area of decluttering and saving money. I hope you’ll take a minute to click on the link below to read Jill’s very interesting and enlightening look at how clutter costs you money.

The Cost of Clutter
by Jill Cooper of

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Inspirational Story

The Optimist
~author unknown~

There is a story of identical twins. One was a hope-filled optimist. “Everything is coming up roses!” he would say. The other twin was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy, as in Murphy’s Law, was an optimist. The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.

He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins” personalities. “On their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford, and give the optimist a box of manure.” The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results.

When they peeked in on the pessimist, they heard him audibly complaining, “I don’t like the color of this computer . . I’ll bet this calculator will break . . . I don’t like the game . . . I know someone who’s got a bigger toy car than this . . .”

Tiptoeing across the corridor, the parents peeked in and saw their little optimist gleefully throwing the manure up in the air. He was giggling. “You can’t fool me! Where there’s this much manure, there’s gotta be a pony!”

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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