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8, 2010

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A Look Back at the November 2009 Digest


Photo Treasures--Don't you love to look back on those memories?

With today's digital camera capabilities, we have awesome opportunities to snap those perfect shots of our own families, and often we do--only to have them sit for years, unused or lost somewhere in computer limbo.

It's time to do something about it!

Smile BIG now . . .

November's special feature is:
Family Photography

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Our daily lives often seem to run on overdrive. Too frequently a healthy, home-cooked meal is one of the things sacrificed. If only you had  more time! Okay, maybe you really like to cook and it's worth all the effort it takes. But every day, day in and day out, perhaps two or even three meals a day. . .  14 to 20 meals a week, whew! A homemaker needs a reprieve!


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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I still vividly remember the first time I hosted our family's annual get-together. I was really excited, but also a little nervous.

For starters, I wanted to stay within my budget and still prepare a wonderful holiday meal for my family. I knew that this could be done, although it took a little brain power and ingenuity on my part.

Another thing that made me nervous is that, as the hostess of this family gathering, I wanted my family to know just how much I love and adore them. I didn't want to get so caught up in the preparation and serving of food that I was unable to spend time with them, relationally.

In this newsletter, I'm going to share ways to host a gathering frugally, and also how to serve our families both in love and in deed. Thanksgiving is a time of remembrance--of being thankful for people and blessings. I intend to focus on (and share) the things that make me thankful for each member of my family at our Thanksgiving gathering.

If you need some extra inspiration this holiday season, don't forget about the free 2009 digital holiday supplement shared by The Old Schoolhouse. I still use this frequently for encouragement, and the recipes and crafts are awesome!
From the Blog

Here are some of the blog highlights from last week.
  • If you are short on serving pieces for your get-together, check out what I did with some simple (cheap!) vases  and plates. I share five different ways  these pieces can be used.
  • Money Saving Mom has a free Thanksgiving E-Book available. Click here to find out how to get your copy.
  • Need an inexpensive appetizer idea? Read this post to see  one of my favorite appetizers (this would also look great served in the vases/plates that I shared about earlier).
  • What's the number-one trait of a multimillionaire? I learned this  during my Financial Peace University class and thought it was encouraging enough to share with you!
  • Do you need help in the hospitality department? I have the perfect freebie for you then. Read this post to find out what it is.
  • Lots of great freebies this week in Freebie Friday.
  • If you are in the military, read this post to see where you can eat for free on Veterans Day.
  • You don't have to have a fancy space to host a gathering. Read this post to find out how I handled my first get-together.
Molly Members
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Guess WHAT!!?? Not all your freebies are on your member pages for this month yet!

All Molly Members will be able to access my Schoolhouse Expo talk on hospitality, as well as watch a video of the Powerpoint presentation! I know many of you commented that you wished you had been able to see it. I'm just working out the kinks but will have it available and send you an email on how to access the file.

You might make sure your membership email address is correct,  as I get several returned each time I send an email. To do so, visit this link, log in, and update your email. Just because you get these emails doesn't mean your membership email information is accurate. They do not use the same program.

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Thanksgiving Garland
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Photo courtesy of Simply Modern Mom

This tutorial reminds me of the thankful tree that my children and I make each year. However, this year, we will be making this garland and draping it from one end of our dinner table to the other.

On each leaf, we are going to write one of our relative's names and something we are thankful for about them.

In fact, our church takes part in a rotation in which we lead a service at our local nursing home. This week we'll be singing with the residents and then helping each one make a leaf of their own to hang in their rooms.

Be creative and see how you might tweak this idea to fit your own purposes!

To learn how you can make the garland, visit Simply Modern Mom.

Ideas From Around the Web

Here are some tips and tricks to make your Thanksgiving gathering frugal, fun, and fabulous!
In the Kitchen
Raspberry Baked Brie

I simply adore baked brie. It is fabulous! Brie can be  on the pricey side, so watch your store fliers and wait for them to put their cheese on sale. When they do, snatch up a round of brie and store it in the freezer until you are ready to use it.



1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

1 (8-ounce) round Brie cheese

1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam

fresh raspberries for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  2. Lay the puff pastry on the prepared baking sheet. Center the Brie wheel on the pastry. Spread the jam evenly over the top of the Brie. Fold the puff pastry over the top of the Brie, sealing all openings.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until the pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Frugal tip: If you don't want to purchase store-bought puff pastry, you can make it from scratch. It is not hard, but it is time- consuming. Here is the recipe that I have used before.
Molly's Money-Saving Digest

Is overspending something you hope to under-do this year?

Are you always prepared with an impromptu meal for unexpected guests?

Need help with a successful holiday approach?

Steer clear of festive flops and dinner disasters and remember the reason for the season as Molly's Money-Saving Digest for November 2010 helps you stay focused and fulfilled during the often hectic holidays!

This month's special feature is

Preparing Our Hearts and Homes for the Holidays

This may be a time of year when energy is low and temptations are high to just pull out the credit card-but wait just a second. By keeping a few perspectives in mind and tackling some preparation projects now, you can enjoy the holidays and avoid throwing your frugal lifestyle out the window!   

This month's feature will help you prepare for the holidays-physically, spiritually, and mentally. A little preparation, forethought, and planning can make it a time of peace and joy as it was intended to be. Molly and her special guests will inspire you with many low- or no-cost ideas and remind you that holiday preparation really begins in your heart. 

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