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Cookies for Christmas

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Christmas Cookies
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My favorite time of year to bake cookies has always been Christmas. My family and I spend the majority of December baking all different kinds of yummy sweets, and then we give them away as gifts to family and friends.

This week's newsletter is all about Christmas cookies. I have spent much time searching the Internet looking for deals, recipes, crafts, and more to help you and your family be able to experience the wonders of baking those holiday cookies.

Two of my favorite people to bless with cookies is our mailman and our newspaper lady. Neither one get much recognition all year long, so I love to bake them an assortment, put them in a tin, and write a special thank you note letting them know just how much they are appreciated.

Do you have any special Christmas cookie recipes? If so, email them to me and I will highlight them on the blog. If you have pictures of you and your children baking them, send that as well and your family could be showcased on Econobusters!

On another note, The Hillbilly Housewife is sharing a special mini e-course with all of you on freezer cooking. The holidays is always a great time to do this simply because it frees up some kitchen time so that you can do other things. If you want to get this e-course, you will need to sign up for it. It is free. Click HERE for details.

Merry CHRISTmas,

Molly
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This month, when you order the December Digest, we are including 2 special holiday freebies!

Not only will you get the December Digest, but you will also receive Sheri Graham's newest E-Book, Homemade Holiday Gift Mixes(it's jam packed with over 200 pages), and The Urban Homemaker's E-Book Holiday Open House: Open Your Heart and Your Home.

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This week's featured website is The Urban Homemaker.

At Marilyn's website, you can find many different homemaking helps, including bread-making. You can get her free Steps to the Best Breads E-Book just for signing up for her newsletter.

In fact, right now, Marilyn is offering a complimentary issue of their catalog #40 along with recipes, in memory of her late husband, Duane Edward Moll, founder of The Urban Homemaker.

She is also allowing us to giveaway for free with a December Digest purchase, her E-Book, Holiday Open House: Open Your Heart and Home!

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I received an email earlier this week announcing this wonderful freebie! I felt it needed its very own special attention since it goes so well with our newsletter.

Recipe Lion is offering a free E-Book on Christmas cookies! You can get your copy by clicking HERE.

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe of the Week
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


This recipe comes from All Recipes. They are having a Christmas Cookie Countdown. Everyday until Christmas they are focusing on a fabulous cookie recipe!

I love peanut butter cups, so this cookie is right up my alley!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well.
Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.


This recipe was reprinted with permission from All Recipes. For more Christmas cookie recipes, you can click HERE.
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Decorate those drab paper plates!

I found this adorable tutorial the other day when I was reading some blog posts by my friends.

When delivering those delicious homemade goodies, dress up a paper plate with some ribbon, and it changes it from an old paper plate, to a festive and decorative cookie tray.

You can read about this tutorial and find out how to make your own decorative paper plates by visiting Make and Takes.


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December Digest Molly's Money Saving Digest
December-- Comfort and Joy for CHRISTmas

Our Christmas gift to you. . .

during December ONLY, receive the latest E-Book from Sheri Graham, E-Book: Homemade Gift Mixes (200+ pages!!) AND The Urban Homemaker's E-Book: Holiday Open House--Open Your Heart and Your Home with your purchase of Molly's December Digest! Just in time for Christmas! A link to the bonus E-Books will be available after checkout.

With so much to do and less than a month to get it all done, the December Molly's Money-Saving Digest E-Book shows you exactly how to get those loose ends all wrapped up--in December, or any time of the year!

Get excited about giving to others! Make some spectacular gifts yourself quickly and easily. Enjoy phenomenal tips to keep the holiday season stress-free right into January as you put Molly's ideas to good use! Return to the Digest to use them all year long.

Tucked neatly within the pages of Molly's Digest, you'll find truly unique, money-saving gifts to warm aching muscles or provide emergency light, bringing your thoughtfulness to mind long after Christmas. Gifts to reach the heart through taste buds--from dessert to bread and snacks, or cleaning recipes you and your gift recipients will appreciate!

Monthly Feature-- "Comfort and Joy for Christmas" will be exactly what your family feels when you simplify and minimize. Be courageous this Christmas and eliminate obligation and guilt, consider family gift-giving, agreeing to end gift exchanges or to make homemade gifts-Molly tells you how! Enjoy comfort and joy all year long as you put these ideas to continued good use in your gift giving.

  • Eight Frugal Family Gifts will ignite creativity in your entire family.
  • Twelve Generic but Sensible Gift Ideas are incredibly fun to personalize!
  • Ten Fabulous and Frugal Foodie Gifts provide the thoughtfulness of both time and taste to friends and family!
  • Let's Get Together! Make hosting a holiday brunch much simpler than you ever imagined!
  • All the Trimmings includes tips for decorating, wrapping, and all the holiday trimmings with a thrifty perspective.

"Above all, relax, refocus, and realize that Christmas is about Christ's birth . . . not about staging a magazine-perfect production and trying to meet unrealistic expectations-financially or otherwise. Take the holiday back-for faith, family, and friends. Resolve to keep it simple and sweet."

Order your copy of Molly's Money-Saving Digest today!

We Want to Hear From You!

I'm working on the February Digest and have two questions for our readers . . . but I need to hear from you THIS WEEK!
 
Do you have any ideas for re-purposing a 2-liter pop bottle?
 
Can you suggest low-cost or no-cost ways to show your family and friends that you love them?

 
Until next week!
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