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"Are we almost there?" "How much further?" I'm quite sure these questions have been asked in every language under the sun, and by every child who has ever ridden in a car, van, train, plane, canoe, dogsled, covered wagon, or chariot. The family road trip is no small, or new, phenomenon! There can be a bit of poetic Dickens to the whole experience too, as in, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . "

In this week's newsletter we'll share some ideas to make your family's road trip the best of times. Our June Digest, by the way, shares real tips from three real families who took big road trips on small budgets.
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On The Blog Last Week
Here is a recap of last week's blog posts. Some of my readers left some really great comments, so be sure and check those out as well.

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  • I had many comments about the ABC scrapbook in our Fourth of July edition newsletter. This post has all the directions on how to make your own.
  • Do you love the Weekend Wonders post? This past week, we took a little twist and made the great deal into a recipe!
  • If you are looking for some inexpensive ideas to update your windows, some of my readers wrote in with how they decorate their windows on a budget.
  • It's just about time to start buying those school supplies. Before you do, read how I have learned to save some money on those needed items for school.
  • Who doesn't love french fries? I shared my recipe and a surefire way to make those homemade spuds crispy and delicious!
  • Are you tired of your trash having a foul odor by the time trash day rolls around? Read how I eliminated the smell from my garbage can.
  • I found the coolest contest that I am so excited about entering! French's mustard is having it's very first cook-off. If you like to cook, check it out!
  • I finally finished my Thirty Days of Nothing. Read about all the lessons I learned from this challenge and how it has helped me and my family have a new perspective about things.
  • As always, don't forget about the freebies that I posted over the past week.
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Creative Homemaking I have added a new element to my newsletter. Each week, I will spotlight one website that I have found while browsing the Internet that has intrigued my fancy!

This week, I would like to introduce you to Creative Homemaking. This website is FULL of homemaking tips! They offer a recipe database, cleaning tips, home decorating, organizing, gardening, and holidays tips on frugal living.You can sign up for their weekly newsletter at the link above and she will send you free recipe booklets and more!
Recipe of the Week
With so many fun times ahead of us this summer, why not make it healthy as well? Below is a recipe I found that I am making for my own road trip this summer. I love it when I can make something this healthy and tasty for my family when on the road. It is so much less expensive than eating at the local fast-food restaurant! Easy to put together, the only pointers I have for this recipe are that you use fresh-squeezed lemons and fresh garlic, as they do better for the long haul. 
I found this recipe from a website geared toward making your road trip fun, frugal, and fabulous! Be sure to check out Tara's website, Planning Fun Road Trips. You will find TONS of great information there. Here is the recipe from her site that she has graciously allowed me to share with you. Enjoy!
No Cooler Needed Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Serves 4

1 lb. spiral pasta (dry)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. salt, plus tablespoon salt for pasta water
Freshly ground pepper
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Two large garlic cloves, minced or put through garlic press and separated
½ tsp. hot pepper flakes
3 cups of halved grape or cherry tomatoes
3 peppers -- use one red, one green, and one orange/yellow
14 fresh basil leaves, sliced thinly
  1. Thinly slice your peppers and put them in a medium bowl. Add ½ cup of the olive oil, one of the minced garlic cloves, salt, and grind fresh pepper to taste.
  2. Toss peppers in mixture until thoroughly coated. Put prepared peppers in a 12-inch non-stick frying pan, turn the heat to medium high, and stir frequently until peppers are softened and lightly browned-- about 10 minutes. Lower heat if peppers start to burn. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Whisk together rest of olive oil, lemon juice, remaining minced garlic clove, and hot pepper flakes in a large bowl, adding oil last in a steady stream. Whisk well and set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water (4-5 quarts) to a boil and add a tablespoon of salt to the water. Add pasta and boil just long enough to be al dente (read package instructions for exact timing as pastas vary). Drain pasta and re-whisk dressing. Add pasta immediately (while still hot) to the large bowl, holding the dressing and toss to coat.
  5. Add tomatoes, sautéed peppers, and sliced basil and toss thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste.
Weekly Tutorial

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Travel Notebook

When you travel do you get tired of hearing the question, "Are we there yet?" I found this great tutorial a few weeks ago when Jamin and her family went on a long trip.She wanted something fun and educational for the kids to do while taking their road trip, so she made this really neat travel notebook!
Everything she offers to make this notebook with is free with the exception of the items you have to buy at the Dollar Tree. Be sure and thank her for sharing this tutorial with us this week.
Idea Center
Here are some great resources that I found that can make your road trip the best it can be!
  • Here is a Car Trip Checklist from Family Fun. Now you don't have to worry about leaving behind that item that always gets forgotten.
  • The Tip Junkie has listed some great resources for traveling with kids.
  • National Geographic offers lesson plans on planning a road trip. This would be a great resource to use when teaching geography or map skills.
  • If you or your children like to read, why not listen to books on audio? Librivox is a great resource for free audio books. There are many to choose from and they can be downloaded as a podcast onto an ipod or mp3 player.
  • Want to make sure that the roads you are traveling are construction free? The Federal Highway Adminstration has a website where you can check to see which roads are being worked on, and which ones are free and clear to travel.
  • If you need driving directions, you can use any of these sites: MapQuest, Google Maps, and Yahoo. All of these sites offer free maps and driving directions.
  • It's always smart to make sure you have some type of road assistance coverage just in case of an accident.
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
July--Frugal Fashion Edition

You're on a tight budget and the kids are growing out of their clothes. What options do you have? Are you a bit challenged in the sewing department, or do you wonder if sewing is really worthwhile?

This issue is loaded with ideas, tips, recipes, checklists, and more to help you look fashionable without busting your budget at the seams!

The Frugal Fashionista also stopped by to offer her expertise on frugal fashion. If you need help in this department, then Molly's Money-Saving Digest--Frugal Fashion Edition is exactly what you need!

We Want To Hear From You!
 We have some great topics in the works for Molly's Money-Saving Digests, and would love to include your stories and ideas. August's Digest has just gone to layout.  You're in for a treat with this special issue on frugal organization. September's featured topic is decorating, and October will be our Great Depression issue. Show us your stuff! We'd love to showcase your decorating talent and organizing ingenuity, and give you a free Digest, but we need to hear from you soon! We're always looking for "goal-getter" stories, examples of up-cycled or re-purposed objects, and frugal decorating ideas. Send me your story--Remember, if we include your contribution in a Digest, you'll receive that issue FREE.

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