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Congratulations! You are a graduate! May 17th, 2010
In This Issue
Molly Members
Featured Website
In the Kitchen
Ideas From Around the Web
Molly's Newest E-Book
Molly Makes

Are you tired of the "what's for dinner" dilemma and the high costs of feeding your family?

Do you spend countless hours in the kitchen?
 (Is there something else you'd rather be doing?)
Don't fritter away your time, energy, and money . . .
Your life could be simpler--just use your slow cooker!
Molly Makes $7 Slow Cooker Suppers Quick and Easy
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Sponsor of the Week

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As many of you know, we're big fans of the Couponizer around here. Therefore, I thought I'd let you know that they're having a Mother's Day sale that saves you 10% off all Couponizer products (excluding combos).  Just use the code SAVENOW when you check out. The offer is good through May 30.

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On Sale at Econobusters
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We are now on CD! I am so excited to announce that you can now purchase the 2009 Digest collection on CD by clicking HERE.

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You can also get my cookbook collection on CD as well. Just click this link for details.
What I Am Currently Reading
I get asked all the time, "Molly, what are you currently reading?"

Right now, here is what is on my nightstand:


 Positive Mom

Yard Sales

If you are interested in learning about any of these books, just click on the cover to be taken to the description page.
A Look Back at May 2009

Can your child earn a bachelor's degree in high school? Is college overrated? Does your preschooler need a support group? What is homeschooling for Cs?

Each monthly E-Book Digest contains a Special Feature --an in-depth look at a specific topic.

Whether you homeschool or not, you'll especially want this real-life learning issue . . . from preschool through high school, college--and beyond!
Molly's Money-Saving Digest's special feature for May is: Learning for Life-Your Child's Education. 
This month Molly includes articles about education which show you what learning looks like in real life and just how enjoyable and natural it can be! You'll also learn about money-saving ideas for college and make small changes for BIG savings, but there's a whole lot more!
This fifth edition of Molly's Money-Saving Digest is full of new, creative ways to provide for your family's needs while remaining within your budget. Molly's learning how to make the most of what she has, encouraging keepers at home in the midst of our challenging economy.

Order this past Digest today by clicking HERE.


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Photograph taken by sjlocke

May is a bittersweet month for many parents. Whether you homeschool or your children attend public or private school, the day that they graduate will be a memory you will never forget.

As you watch them embark on this new adventure in their lives, I am sure your mind wanders back to the day they were born, the years of children playing on the playground, the day they got their driver's license, and more.

Yes, they are no longer little babies, but growing young adults. This newsletter will be full of great tips and ideas on how to make this the most special and memorable day for them. If you are looking for some great ideas, be sure and check out my May Digest as it contains tons of great information on "cents"ible celebrations.

You can also check out this past newsletter about graduates as well.

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 Featured Website

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This week's featured website is Tiaras and Tantrums. You will absolutely love this website.

I had the joy of checking out a bunch of her giveaways. I also love her truthful nature when she is sharing her heart. This post on mothers was especially good.

Drop by her blog and leave a note letting her know that I sent you over! She would love to hear from you.

From the Blog
I'd Like To Hear From You
I'm wrapping up July's Digest which is all about "Summer Fun From A to Z." I'd love to include a little section featuring our readers' favorite summer memories. Do you have anything to share? It can be from your childhood days, or something more recent. Maybe it's a trip to your county fair, lying outside to watch the stars, a special family reunion, or the smell of burgers on your backyard grill.

If there's a special memory of a taste, smell, sight, sound or feeling of summer that you'd be willing to share, I'd love to hear about it. Email me in the next couple of days if you want to be included! Thanks so much.

Hey, I Can Make That!

Photo courtesy of Scrapbooking,com

One of my favorite memories of graduation was my memory book. My mother purchased mine through the local school product catalog, but what if you could make your own for that graduating child of yours?

I found a great tutorial on Scrapbooking.com that offers step-by-step instructions and tips on creating the perfect memory book.

Click HERE for the tutorial.

In the Kitchen
Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken
Shalomyose... | Dreamstime.com

I got this in my email from Country Living Association.  (Receive a FREE subscription to their publication, Living the Country Life--click here to register. I didn't have to pay the membership fees when I registered, but that may have changed.) This would make a great recipe to take to a party. Cook it during the day while you work and be ready that night to the party once you get home! Chicken thighs and drumsticks are some of the cheapest cuts of chicken at my local grocery store, sometimes as low as $.59/lb. The onion soup mix I have at home appears to be gluten-free, too!

Slow-Cooker Cranberry Chicken

2-1/2  to 3 pounds chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, skinned
1  (16-ounce) can whole cranberry sauce
2  tablespoons dry onion soup mix
2  tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
3  cups hot cooked rice
1. Place chicken pieces in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, stir together cranberry sauce, dry soup mix, and tapioca. Pour over chicken pieces.
2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Serve chicken and sauce over hot cooked rice. Makes 6 servings. 

(this was a post from the Econobusters blog back in early 2009)
Ideas From Around the Web
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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Want to enjoy celebrating in style--
but not blow your budget?

Do you like to create one-of-a-kind frugal gifts?
Plan NOW for a sensational "cents"ible celebration . . . 
Join Molly for this month's special feature:
"Cents"ible Celebrations
Overflowing with cheerful inspiration and ideas for simple giving and thrifty living!

Don't settle for a cookie-cutter graduation party, wedding, or other event! "Cents"ible celebrations are all about creativity, individuality, and ingenuity--the very qualities that make frugal families thrive! And your festivity won't have to be expensive!

What about the receiver of your gifts? Tune in to his or her personality and likes to create a custom gift, given from the heart. Molly and friends share some crafty ideas you're going to love!

There's a celebration of topics included in the May Digest . . .

  • Gift baskets--tie a ribbon of fun around the low-cost, custom-made container gifts you'll love to make and give-stuffed with goodies.
  • Unique planning forms--to help you pull together and wrap up those special celebrations you'll be dreaming of when you read through this Digest!
  • How to feed a crowd--need-to-know lists and notes for feeding 25, 50, or 100 guests!
  • A wedding story--learn from one family's lovely memory and photo account; can you guess what it cost?
  • Decorative re-purposed projects and ideas--embellished items and charming accessories to use for your own "cents"ible celebrations! 
  • Bake a lovely dessert cake--in tin cans!
Each month take the wonderful opportunity to learn along with Molly, and make the most of your time and money in 2010.

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