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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if you are anything like me, you are looking for ways to show the ones you love just how special they are.

This newsletter has all kinds of links, free unit studies, and more about this wonderful day! While you are at it, if you have any special frugal Valentine's stories, email them to me so that I can share them on the blog!

If you are looking for some inspiration to make your family a love fest at dinnertime, be sure to check out the February Digest. The menu plan for that week is all about sharing a love fest with your family.

Happy Valentine's Day,


Special Announcements

 Did you know that you can find me on Facebook? I love to chat with other frugal-minded people, and Facebook is a great place to do that!

I am also on Twitter and share tons of great links and frugal helps for my tweet friends as well.

You can look me up at both by going here to find me on Facebook, and here to find me on Twitter.

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Little Birdie Secrets

Little Birdie Secrets

I love Little Birdie Secrets. There are some really great craft ideas and tutorials that you can do. The really neat thing is that most of the items are things you already have around your house! Be sure and stop by and check out all the cool craft ideas you can find there.

Freebie of the Week
Proverbs 22:6 Academy Copywork Book

Copywork Book

Proverbs 22:6 Academy has a free download this week of Copybook of Love. If your children need some extra handwriting practice, this would be a great tool to use.

Recipe of the Week
Raspberry Hearts

Raspberry hearts
 Photo courtesy of All Recipes

I found this recipe on the All Recipes website, and it has been reprinted with permission. I hope you enjoy these!

2 eggs
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1 (8 ounce) jar seedless raspberry jam
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water

Place eggs (and water to cover) in a medium saucepan. Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and let cool. Peel eggs and remove yolks. Press yolks through a sieve and set aside.

Cut the butter into small pieces. Add in the flour, sugar, egg yolks, hard-boiled egg yolks, lemon zest, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix with your hands until the dough holds together and all the ingredients are well blended. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Roll out the dough 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Using a 2 1/2 - 3 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many hearts as possible. Gather the dough scraps, re-roll, and cut out more hearts. Using a smaller heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the centers of half the cookies.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Spread each whole heart with a thin coating of raspberry jam. Top with the hearts with cut-out centers. Repeat until all the dough has been used. Place the hearts 1 inch apart on the lined baking sheets. Beat the 2 eggs with water in a small bowl and brush lightly over the cookie frames.
Bake the cookies just until light golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks and store in the freezer or in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Weekly Tutorial 
Heart Strings

Heart Strings
 Photo courtesy of Little Birdie Secrets

When I saw this tutorial for making these cute little heart strings, I knew I was in love with them! My family and I are making tons of these to hang all over the house to decorate with.

Hop on over to Little Birdie Secrets and check out how she made these!

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Molly's Money-Saving Digest
Living the Good Life--Frugally
Feb 2010 Molly
Has winter left you waning?
Does your budget need a boost?
What's for dinner, anyway?
What keeps your abode bright, beautiful, and bouncing along?

Do you agree that much of your time is spent serving others in one way or another? While it's a high calling and privilege to be sure, doing so in love day after day can sometimes be a challenge. That's our featured topic in this Digest--simple ways to share the love without running ourselves ragged or straining the budget.
Check out some highlights of this issue:

Learn almost everything you wanted to know about the simple but versatile potato--with 6 spud-tacular recipes!

Utilize four new printable forms to keep you organized.

Set up a "gift closet" and take the stress out of blessing those you love, while saving a bundle!

Fix your family a "love fest" of meals--another great weekly menu with recipes, tips, and a shopping list!

Take a quick glimpse at the features you'll find in the February 2010 Digest:

  • "45 Ways to Say I Love You: What's a "love language"? Need suggestions for simple, inexpensive, or free opportunities to show your loved ones just how precious they are? You got it!
  • Gift Closet Strategies: Have you spent far more on a gift than you wanted to or could afford? This could be your answer! Stock a year-round gift closet from which you can shop as needed, and you'll possibly save hundreds of dollars, hours of time, and loads of stress in a single year!
  • Eight Ways to Survive Cabin Fever With Kids: Is your home a cozy, happy place--even when you're "stranded" in uncooperative winter weather? Liven up the day when you share these fabulously fun ideas with your youngsters!

We Want to Hear From You!

While we're on the subject of crafting-I'm looking for submissions for my April Digest which will feature a section on homemade games and toys.

Email me if you've made a game or toy and would like to share a photo and instructions with our readers. If I use your submission you'll get the Digest FREE.  Thanks!

Until next week!

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