True Gifts For Christmas and Crockpot Cajun Pecan Snack – HBHW Newsletter

December 22nd, 2010


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

The voting on our Holiday Recipe contest has come to a close.  Thanks for all who joined in the fun.  To take a look at how the votes are stacking up, click on the link below:

If you submitted a holiday recipe, be sure you send your email to us at so we can notify you if you've won a prize, and to send your gifts to you. Be sure also to scroll down and see what we have in store for our participants and prize winners.

Our featured article this week is a special treat I hope you'll enjoy. If you are gathering around the piano during your Christmas festivities or just humming tunes as you cook, you may appreciate having the words that accompany the tunes. I hope you'll scroll down and click on the link to read our featured article.

This week's quote and story are both about Christmas –  true gifts and Christmas in the air. 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
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
~ W. T. Ellis ~


I Highly Recommend Creating Cherished Christmas Memories

That magical time of the year is in just a few days.  Have you gotten all your shopping done?  Isn't that the question for the day?  What would happen if we didn't put so much emphasis on shopping for gifts and put more on enjoying the season?  Wouldn't that be a relief?

The joy of the season can sometimes get buried in the commercialization of Christmas – it's all about the gifts.

Well, how about a gift of memories!

The holidays don't have to be about spending more and more money on more and more toys and gadgets. You don't need to max out your credit card to prove that you love your family.

What used to make the holidays so special was time spent with the people you love.  How do we get back to that MAGIC?

What you need to return to those good old days is ideas – good old fashioned ideas for enjoying the season with your family, playing, laughing, cooking, singing, and all those things that we used to do years ago.

My friend Tracy Roberts of has set out to recreate memories with her family this year instead of piling up gifts… and debt.  She has decided to stop shopping and start celebrating and has created a resource so you can do it, too – Creating Cherished Christmas Memories.

This ebook is filled with great tips and ideas to get your holiday out of the rut of frustration and debt.  Take a look at just some of the things you'll find to help you restore the magic to your Christmas:

  • Grow closer as a family while instilling strong values about things like giving, empathy, and thoughtfulness.
  • Yummy recipes for holiday treats that the family can make together.
  • Rein in the season while having fun the whole time.
  • Handle sticky situations you’d rather ignore, but can’t.
  • Make the holidays last much longer than just one day.
  • Give gifts that don’t cost an arm and leg, and are much more appreciated.
  • Make visits with the neighbors, relatives, and extended family enjoyable again.
  • Reduce your stress with these tips.
  • Explore traditions old and new, and make memories that last.

Tracy also includes two bonuses that I know you'll enjoy.  Buy Creating Cherished Christmas Memories today and you'll receive The Big Book of Classic Christmas Tales as well as Tracy's Wacky Party Ideas absolutely FREE. Both resources are perfect for this time of year… and for years to come!

Stuck for a last minute gift? Buy Creating Cherished Christmas Memories today… it may be the best Christmas gift you'll ever give to someone who's tired of Christmas stress.  Click on the link below and download instantly for a thoughtful last-minute gift:

Holiday Recipe Contest

Our voting has come to a close and soon we will be announcing our winners.  This contest has been a lot of fun and has provided many delicious recipes to try.  Along with the prizes we will be awarding to the winners, we'll also be giving everyone who submitted a recipe their very own copy of the ebook we prepared with YOUR recipes in it.  We still need email addresses from some of you, so be sure to send your email address to me at Thank you!

Along with your own recipe ebook with all the submitted recipes, you'll also be receiving a collection of over 80 recipes for all sorts of sweet treats collected by my friend Patti Winker at The recipes have been collected for many years, so some of them may seen a bit old fashioned, but we love that!  Patti and I are giving you this ebook as a Thank You gift for sharing your recipes with us at HBHW.

So, be sure to send us your email address so we can:

1) find you if you win a prize,
2) send your free eCookbook from Patti, and
3) send your own copy of all the holiday recipes submitted.

If you submitted a recipe for the Holiday Recipe Contest, email me at and let me know what email address we can us to send your goodies. Thank you very much!

As a reminder, here are the valuable prizes we are giving away:


  • 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)

Thank you again for entering our Holiday Recipe Contest.

Featured Article

Christmas carols are a big part of the holiday season in our house.  We like both the cute little songs and the pretty stirring hymns, but we stumble over the words sometimes; especially in the second or third verse!  In this week's article you'll find a song book with 39 songs for the season for you and your family to enjoy.  It's my gift to you. I hope you'll print it off , gather your family, and sing to your heart's content. Just click the link below:

Christmas Carol Song Book

Recipe Sharing

Need just one more idea for snacks for your holiday gathering?  I think you'll like these:

Crockpot Cajun Style Pecan Snacks

  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all your spices together well in a small bowl.  Pour the melted butter into your crockpot, then add pecans, stirring to coat evenly with butter.  Then sprinkle your spice mixture evenly over the pecans, stirring as you sprinkle.

Cover the crockpot and turn on to the HIGH heat.  Let the pecans cook on HIGH for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once.

Remove the cover from the crockpot and turn the heat down to LOW.  Cook uncovered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure the pecans stay coated and evenly cook.

Cool the pecans on a rack covered with paper towels or a paper grocery bag.  They’re ready to serve as soon as they cool completely.

Frugal Tips

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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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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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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

Christmas Gifts
~ Oren Arnold ~

To your enemy,

To an opponent,

To a friend,
your heart.

To a customer,

To all,

To every child,
a good example.

To yourself,

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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