Roasting Pumpkins, Tuna Potato Patties and the Stock vs. Broth Debate- HBHW Newsletter

October 14th 2009


It’s been another busy week here are the Myers house. Our daughter finally started feeling better after being sick the week before, but as of last night it seems like we’re going through the next round of cold/ flu like symptoms. It just seems to be one of those years where we’re coming down with a lot more stuff than usual.

I’m also still busy writing on all sorts of frugal living and cooking blogs. This week I’m sharing some tips on freezer cooking on  the Living on a Dime Blog. When you get a chance, stop by and leave some comments. Next week I’ll be on

I’m still busy working on the next few HBHW ebooks (including one on Crockpot cooking and one on Pressure Cooking). As you know I’m donating 20% of my profits this month to Breast Cancer Research and am working hard to make sure I can write them a nice check. Speaking of which… my latest ebook “Meal Planning Made Simple” is still on sale for the rest of the week for $7.00. Now is the perfect time to get a great deal on this ebook full of meal planning tips  and 6 sample menus and also support a charitable cause.

The newsletter as always was a lot of fun to put together. I hope you enjoy the inspirational story and take a moment to help out a fellow HBHW reader in the “I’m Looking For” section.

That’s it for this week. I hope you’ll follow me along on my blog tour this month and leave plenty of comments. My stop this week is at Living On A Dime. I’m enjoying writing for such a great blog and site.

That’s it for this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

P.S. Remember to do regular monthly breast exams and contact your physician right away if you feel a lump. Early detection and treatment are your best bet for surviving breast cancer.

Inspirational Quote

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. “-Melody Beattie


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Reader Question

I’ve been trying some new recipes and am a bit confused on stock vs. broth. Are they the same or is there a difference?


Another great questions – HBHW readers are on a roll here lately 🙂

The basic difference is what you boil with it. When you are making stock you include the meat and bones along with some vegetables and seasonings. When making broth you leave out the bones. A stock usually tastes richer because of the addition of the bones during the cooking process.


News From The HBHW Club

This is a new section of the newsletter. Each week I’m going to share some tidbits of what’s going on at the HBHW Club with you. I hope you enjoy these extra tips, recipes and ideas and of course would love to have you join the club.

As a HBHW newsletter subscriber, you can join for only $10 per month here:

And to make it even easier, I’ll let you try it out for just a dollar for the first 7 days.

Here’s one of the recipes that were submitted this past week.

Tuna Potato Patties

* 6 cups mashed potatoes
* 1 egg
* 1 Tblsp grated fresh sweet onion
* 1 large can good tuna, drained
* 1/2 tsp salt (optional)

Stir egg into mashed potatoes, add onion, then tuna, mixing well, but not over mixing.  Shape into 6 patties.  Heat oil in skillet and fry patties over medium high heat until golden brown.

You can serve these with a slice of cheese on top and in a toasted bun for a nice, big sandwich.   Or serve the pattie as is alongside a big salad.

And here are some of the other recipes that have been added in the past few days.

  • Homemade Teriyaki Chicken Bake
  • Sweet Potato & Apples Skillet
  • Party Time Potatoes
  • Crunchy Cheddar Potato Bake
  • Pumpkin Lemon Cream Pie

All in all, we have over 200 new recipes in the member area already.

What else has been going on at the HBHW Club? We’ve been talking about the cooler weather, homemade kitchen crafts and some inspirational quotes. In fact, the quote in today’s newsletter was shared by a HBHW club member on the membership forum. I’m sure you have a lot to contribute to the conversation. Ready to join us? Try The HBHW Club for only $1. We’d love to have you!

Featured Article

Instead of sharing one of the articles I’ve written on the Living On A Dime Blog this week, I thought I’d share an article by Tawra from that wonderful site with you instead. It’s all about roasting pumpkins and what to do with both the seeds and the pumpkin flesh. Here it is:

How To Roast A Pumpkin

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 going to be 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.

I’m Looking For Requests
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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


Author Unknown

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”

“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.

At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel. “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.

“Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.

“I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.”

And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.

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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