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Invite friends and family over to enjoy a fresh and frugal hot dessert.
October 11, 2010
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From the Blog
Molly Members
Hey, I Can Make That!
Ideas From Around the Web
In the Kitchen
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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A Look Back at the October 2009 Digest

You're not afraid of the big bad wolf, are you?

During the Great Depression, many people closely identified with the story of the Three Little Pigs. Today, many are comparing that time period with the economic downturn of the present day. Regardless of how accurate the comparison is . . .

"This really is a season of opportunity to rethink our resources and re-evaluate our needs, repair what we can, and rejoice in all that we've been given."

This month's Molly's Digest explores the resourcefulness and ingenuity that are still alive and well in 2009. The special feature for October is:
What Can We Learn From the Great Depression?

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So far this month, we have talked chili, cornbread, and soup. Now that my appetite has been satisfied by those delicious, frugal dinners, I want to share with you some of my all-time favorite desserts.

These are not just any desserts, but hot desserts, to be served warm and gooey. They pair perfectly with coffee, tea, and good fellowship!

If you are looking for a little dessert inspiration, be sure to pick up a copy of my E-Book Molly Makes $5 Dinners and $3 Desserts. You will find all the inspiration you need, as well as a frugal price tag! And, if you're strapped for time, check out my $7 Slow Cooker Suppers E-Book. It has a special dessert section as well. Crock pot desserts--what a great way to save time and money. Just imagine walking in the door after a busy day of running errands or watching ballgames, to be greeted by the smell of a yummy dessert baking in the crock pot. YUM!

From the Blog

If you missed visiting the blog this week, you'll want to check out the  posts below.
  • I've been spending some time reading through the recipes on the Spark People blog. I made this healthy and tasty dish just the other day.
  • Just for fun, check out my Homemaker's Challenge entry: Molly Green's Two-Cent Cupcake. I have a great idea for next week's challenge so be sure and check in on Friday.
  • Here is a great idea for keeping your pantry stocked for spur-of-the-moment guests.
  • Thank you to all of those who listened to my Expo talk. You all mean the world to me! If you have questions or hospitality-related topics you'd like to see me address, be sure to leave them in the comments. We're planning to post on hospitality issues in November to go with our November Digest, Preparing Our Hearts and Homes for the Holidays.
  • I shared an example of what types of things I keep in my gift closet. I plan to share more examples over the next months. I'd love to hear some of your favorite finds as well.
  • Check out this yummy Mozarella and Tomato salad.
  • Guest blogger Lisa shares her method of dehydrating apples.
  • Readers wrote in and shared some great tips on making different stocks for soup recipes. Do you have some tips to add?
  • And, of course, don't forget to check out Freebie Friday!
  • How do you make dinner when everyone has a different food allerdy? Check out how I made pizza for my family.
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For those of you who have yet to join our wonderful program, here's a sneak peek at one of the freebies for this month. And don't forget, if you don't want to sign up for the monthly subscription you can also purchase a prepaid 12 month membership.

Along with our free downloads, the Member Pages include a main resource page that is filled with links, sites, and resources to help you save in every area of your life. Looking for a coupon, need to book a flight, heard about a book you'd love to own? Our Member Pages show you how to do it as inexpensively as possible. Don't forget to check here before making any purchases!

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Hey, I Can Make That!

Homemade Pie Carrier

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

Learn how to turn a bamboo steamer into a sturdy pie carrier.

This is a great way to transport those yummy, homemade pies, without making a mess. Apples are abundant right now, so make a few pies ahead and stick them in the freezer to thaw and bake for potlucks or winter dinners!

Visit Martha Stewart Living to find out how you can make this neat little carrier.
Ideas From Around the Web
Here are a few recipes and websites I found that are brimming with frugal dessert and entertaining ideas.
In the Kitchen

Fried Apple Pies

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These hot little desserts are so easy to prepare and make a great afternoon snack to share with friends. The kids will love them!


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup shortening

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold water

2 apples

1/3 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup vegetable oil


Peel and dice apples. Add sugar and cinnamon. Cook in a saucepan on low heat. Cook until soft, then mash with a fork to form a thick applesauce.

Sift flour and salt together. Cut in the shortening. Add water and mix with a fork.

Roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness on a floured board. Cut with a large cookie cutter (4 inches in diameter).

In each round, place 1 heaping tablespoon of fruit. Moisten the edges with cold water, then fold and press the edges with a fork.

Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Fry pies, a few at a time, 2 to 3 minutes on each side; cook until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

Molly's Money-Saving Digest

No domestic subject is too dirty for Molly to tackle!

Put more than crisp clean clothes into your time and money-saving basket!

It's not just laundry lessons included in this helpful issue. It's all about home and family-repurposed projects, raising responsible children, creative cooking, investing wisely, enjoying and appreciating God's gifts, and encouraging one another. 

  • Kids can learn laundry basics too!
  • Spend as little as 3 cents per soap load!
  • Repurpose planned leftovers into brand new meals!
  • Feather your nest with a fabulous feathered friends' wall hanging!
  • Make plans for International Frugal Fun Day-October 2nd!
  • Fashion a sweet dress for sister, sewn from two salvaged shirts!

 October's special feature is: Socks, Suds, and Savings

Do your kids play leap frog over the soiled mounds at your house? Get them involved in a practical way. Approach it with the right attitude and maybe something good will emerge. And if you think you can't learn something new, think again!

  • Learn to love the laundry; is it possible?
  • Investigate three things that helped Molly simplify and reduce the time and money spent on laundry.
  • Learn to manage the endless flow; find what works for you.
  • Alter your laundry room's personality and make room for a change!
  • Discover essential knowledge about laundry appliances! Enjoy links including a laundry cost calculator and how to make your own off-grid washing machine!
  • Research homemade laundry soap; get links to lots of basic economical formulas!
  • Find favorite recipes for homemade stain removers and fabric softeners from around the internet.
  • Want more than one way to dry clothes? Try out a few of these frugal indoor drying ideas!
  • Need an ironing alternative? Try this unique time-saving trick!
  • Thought of green cleaning gift giving? Implement nifty laundry-related projects and thoughtful gift ideas!

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