Holiday Recipe Contest and Crockpot Apple Betty – HBHW Newsletter

November 3, 2010


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

Our Holiday Recipe Contest is off to a good start.  We’ve received many tasty-looking recipes from our readers and I look forward to trying them out on my family.  Be sure to include your email address in the submission form so I can find you if you are selected to receive one of our great prizes. Scroll down and learn more about the excitement we have in store for you during this contest.

Our featured article is on a very fun topic, especially this time of year. If your kitchen is anything like mine during big holiday meals, it feels like a poorly run NASCAR pit stop!  Everyone is rushing around, trying to juggle casseroles in and out of the oven to make room for other dishes.  This year I’m removing the desserts from the confusion by reinventing my recipes and making them in the crockpot.  Be sure to check this article out so you, too, can ease the chaos in the kitchen this holiday season.

This week’s quote and story are about taking action and moving outside of your comfort zone. I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read and reflect on today’s quote and story.

Have you heard about the huge goal my friend Christine Steendahl – “The Menu Mom” has set?  She started Oct. 23rd with 1200 Facebook Fans and is hoping to hit 10K by Thanksgiving!  Would you mind helping her out?  All you need to do is visit and click the “like” button on her page.  For every 500 new friends she has a little drawing and if she reaches 10K by Thanksgiving, she plans to give away $10,000 in Lifetime Memberships to her Menu Planning Central Meal Plans.  Anyone who is a fan at the time of the drawing will be entered.  Lots of fun!  Go check it out at and help her achieve her goal!

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

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
~Benjamin Disraeli~

Holiday Recipe Contest

Have you checked out our contest for the holiday seasons?  If not, be sure to click on here and check it out.

I’ve been paging through my holiday recipe binder and have noticed that my collection of recipes needs some refreshing.  I’ll always make the classics that my family loves, but a few surprises would be nice.  I trust you run into the same problem after many years of serving the same meal over and over again.  What we’re doing for our Holiday Recipe Contest is asking you to share your favorite holiday recipe with us.

Once you share your favorite recipe, not only will it be posted here on HBHW, but you’ll also be entered to win one of the great prizes we have.  In addition to that, we’ll be including your recipe in a pretty little document for each participant.  Be sure to click on the following link and fill in the submission form with your very favorite holiday recipe:

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


3 month subscription (Value $15)

12 month subscription (Value $47)

Christmas for the Freezer menu (Value $10)

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

Holiday cooking can get crazy.  If you have a houseful of hungry folks and a large number of dishes to cook and serve, you are bound to run into a chaotic moment or two.  Mine usually comes about the time I need to get the desserts in the oven. There I am holding my Apple Crisp, staring at an oven full of meat, potatoes, and vegetables.

This year I’m putting my crockpot to work to save me from this dilemma.  Click on the link below and find out how you can recreate your own favorite dessert recipes and make them in your crockpot to save you from some of the chaos:

Crockpot Dessert Recipes – Free Up Valuable Oven Space For Main Dishes

Recipe Sharing

This is one of the recipes I’ve recreated to make in my crockpot.  I hope you’ll give it a try:

Crockpot Spicy Apple Betty

  • 3 pounds of crisp cooking apples
  • 10 slices of hearty bread, crusts cut off and then bread cubed1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Wash the apples really well.  You don’t need to peel them – I don’t.  Cut each apple into eight wedges, and cut the core out.  Of course, if you have one of those nice combination apple corer and cutter, that’s even better.

Put the apple slices into your crockpot.  Then, in a separate bowl, combine the bread with all the other ingredients, tossing together so the spices and butter combine really well.

Spoon the mixture over the apples in the crockpot.  Put the cover on.  Turn crockpot to the LOW setting and let cook for 2 to 3 hours.  The apples should be cooked but not turn into mush.  This crockpot dessert is sort of like a combination Apple Brown Betty and Bread Pudding.

This dessert will serve about 6 people, more if you’re a little careful.  Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make this dessert go a little further, and for the extra sweetness!  Very tasty!

Healthy Hillbilly Housewife

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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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Inspirational Story

The Comfort Zone
~unknown author~

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail.
The same four walls and busy work were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile;
Success is there for you!

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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