Penny Pinching Mama and HBHW Holiday Recipe Contest – HBHW Newsletter

October 27th, 2010


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

I know many of us are feeling the pinch of a slow economy.  Our income is getting stretched thinner and thinner as we try to make ends meet.  One of my friends, Jill Cooper, knows about getting the most mileage out of a dollar.  And, this week Jill is offering her ebook on the subject for HALF PRICE!  Be sure to check out this week’s sponsor to see just what a Penny Pinchin’ Mama can do with a limited income.

Since last week, we have been very busy putting together a little fun here at HBHW.  With our thoughts turning to cooking up a storm for the upcoming holidays, we naturally have started thinking about our favorite holiday recipes.  How would you like to join in the fun? Please be sure to scroll down and see what we have in store for you during our Holiday Recipe Contest.

Our featured article may be just what you need to get a head-start on holiday baking.  If you’re making your favorite cookies ahead of time to freeze, you’ll find the featured article useful for tips about freezing your cookies or cookie dough.  Please scroll down and check out the article for great tips as well as tasty recipes to get you started on your holiday baking.

Please also remember, this is the last week to check out this fun contest. Front Porch Ideas and More is hosting an Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest during the month of October. If you like decorating your porch this time of the year, you will enjoy all the ideas that Mary and Dave have for your porch. You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate from Plow & Hearth. Learn more about their fun contest here: Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest.

This week’s quote and story are about being grateful and how sometimes we lose site of the wonderful gifts that gratefulness can bring. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’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

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero~


I Highly Recommend Penny Pinching Mama

Are you overwhelmed with debt and don’t know what to do?  There is hope!

My friend Jill Cooper knows a thing or two about living on a tight budget. She raised two teenagers on $500 per month. Since then, she has used her expertise to write some of the most highly regarded money-saving guides on the internet. Her e-book Penny Pinchin’ Mama is no exception.

In this informative guide, Jill shares 500 ways she raised a family on $500 a month.  These are practical, everyday ideas to help anyone stretch a small income.

And, because Jill understands what it’s like to be struggling and  pinchin’ pennies, she is offering this fabulous ebook at HALF PRICE! Yes, you can get Penny Pinchin’ Mama for ONLY $6.48!  This is a limited time offer, so order your copy today.

In this ebook you will learn:

  • How to get out of debt – even with a low income!
  • How to handle emergencies without using credit cards
  • How to find great deals month after month
  • How living with teenagers doesn’t have to break the budget

Are you ready to order your copy of Penny Pinchin’ Mama yet?  There is no reason to wait because your order is totally risk free!  And best of all, at only $6.48 this is an affordable ebook that will return your investment many times over.

This HALF PRICE offer is only good this week so don’t wait –  click here to order this incredible e-book at absolutely no risk and start saving money and getting out of debt TODAY no matter how limited your income is!

Holiday Recipe Contest

We are quickly approaching some of our most festive holidays.  And, these holidays usually mean lots of family recipes being pulled out of boxes, binders, and books.  I’m sure you have many family favorites that you have made year after year for your own holiday meals.

How would you like to share those recipes and get them posted here at HBHW?  What’s more, how would you like to win a great prize for your family’s recipe and get your recipe included in a nice little ebook for each participant?

That’s what we’ve been up to here at HBHW.  Because one of my favorite parts of this site is the exchange of recipes, I felt that a Holiday Recipe Contest would be a lot of fun.

If you have a favorite holiday recipe you’d like to share, be sure to check out the contest details by clicking on this link.  Here’s a peek at the prizes we’re offering so far for various categories:


  • A copy of the Crockpot Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Freezer Cooking Guide
  • A copy of the Meal Planning Guide


  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership


  • Lifetime Membership
  • Six Month Membership
  • Three Month Membership

I’ll keep you updated as we find more prizes.  So, get your very favorite holiday recipe out and submit it to us here at HBHW.  Just click on the link here and look for the submission form.  It’s easy and fun… and you might just win a very valuable prize!

Featured Article

Last week we talked about freezer cooking and how stocking your freezer can save a lot of time and stress during busy dinner times in your home. The same can be said for holiday times. With a freezer stocked with cookies and cookie dough, holiday baking becomes more relaxed and fun.  Click on the link below and get tips, tricks, and recipes for freezing cookies and cookie dough:

Freezer Cookie Recipes and Tips For Freezing Cookies and Cookie Dough

Recipe Sharing

This is a recipe I like this time of year because it’s pumpkin, but different. I hope you’ll give it a try:

Pumpkin Mousse

Light and fluffy, this Pumpkin Mousse makes for a great dessert.

  • 1 package (4-serving size) butterscotch instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk (reconstituted powdered milk is fine)
  • 1 can (15 oz) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 container (8 oz) whipped topping (or make your own whipped topping)

In a large bowl whisk the milk and pudding mix until thickened. Next add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pumpkin and continue to whisk until blended.

Save 1/4 cup of the whipped topping for garnish and fold the rest into the pudding mixture.

Refrigerate for an hour or until the mousse is set. Top with remaining whipped topping for garnish.

Healthy Hillbilly Housewife

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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

Paid in Full
~author unknown~

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box.

Curious, and somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold. Angry, he rose his voice to his father and said “with all your money, you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

When he arrived at his father’s house, a sudden feeling of sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still gift-wrapped Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt.7:11, “And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?”

As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL.

How many times do we miss God’s blessings because we can’t see past our own desires?

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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