Treasures Gained Through Obstacles, Household Control Journal- HBHW Newsletter

July 14th, 2010


Hi there and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. We’ve been busy adding a bunch of new recipes to the HBHW website. You’ll find plenty of new summer veggie dishes in the recipe section. I’ve also continued to add more smoothie recipes to Healthy Hillbilly Housewife. I’m sure you and your family will enjoy these cool tasty treats as much as we do. There are perfect when you are in a rush as well.

In our family’s rush to get outside and play, I make shortcuts in our day-to-day household tasks.  And, because I do, there are times when I let the ball drop on something – paperwork being my least favorite thing to do, that’s what usually gets ignored.  Read this weeks article if, like me, you need to get control once again in the midst of your summer fun.

The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week is about obstacles; not overcoming them so much as benefiting from them.  Take a look if you will and see if there have been obstacles in your life that, once tackled, presented you with some sort of unforeseen treasure.

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

Joy is of the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.
~William Butler Yeats~

News From The HBHW Club

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I’d like to share one of the recipes that was posted on the HBHW Club this past week by a Club member:

Bleu Cheese Stuffed Burgers

  • 2 lbs. ground chuck
  • 2 TBSP fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 TBSP crumbled Bleu Cheese

In a large bowl, put everything except the Bleu Cheese.  Combine gently with your hands.  Divide meat into 8 even portions and form 8 thin patties.  Put 1 TBSP of Bleu Cheese in the middle of 4 patties, then put the other 4 patties on top and squeeze edges closed.

Grill on medium hot grill for about 5 minutes, flip and grill for about 5 minutes more or until the ground beef is cooked as you like it.  Serve on buns with condiments of your liking.

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

  • Basil & Tomato Stuffed Grilled Chicken Breasts
  • Spicy Yogurt Marinaded Chicken Kabobs
  • Grilled Stuffed Green Peppers
  • Thyme Citrus Pork Kabobs

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’re like me, summer is a very busy time. We want to cram in just as much fun as we possibly can before it’s back to school.  When I’m rushing out the door, I often make shortcuts. These quick choices between organizing something and ignoring it can cause some real paperwork pile-ups.

When appointments are forgotten and bills are left unpaid, I know the time has come to organize these simple household tasks in a way I can gain control once again.  Household journals are simple and effective ways to control the whirlwind of day-to-day responsibilities.  Be sure to check out this week’s featured article to help you get your household back in order.  Just click the link below to read:

Household Control Journal

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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Inspirational Story

The Obstacle In Our Path
~author unknown~

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand.

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

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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