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January 10, 2011
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From the Blog
Food Help From Around the Web
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Free Menu Planning E-Book
Menu Board Tutorial
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A Look Back at the January 2010 Digest: Evaluate, Organize, Prioritize

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Evaluate, Prioritize, Organize

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Cannelini Chicken in the upcoming Feb. Digest
The new year is always a time for renewed focus on health and fitness, but it's pretty difficult to address either of those issues without paying attention to our diet. I keep reading that, regardless of the amount of exercise you get, diet makes up 80 percent of the diet/exercise fitness equation.

I'm willing to bet that the main reason most of us fail at eating healthily is a lack of planning rather than any desire we might have for junk food. With junk food so readily available and relatively inexpensive, it takes a bit of planning and preparation to avoid its evil pull!

In this week's newsletter, I hope to arm you with some tools to battle the fast food (or processed food) monster. Enjoy!

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From the Blog

Did you fail to make it to the blog this week? If so, I'd love to have you stop on by and leave a comment. I have to admit, I was getting a bit of a complex this week as there were very few comments to any of the posts. I sure look forward to those! 

Food Help From Around the Web

There are several ways to get a jump on healthy dinners. Some of my favorite tactics are freezer cooking, menu planning and using my slow cooker. Incorporate all three and you'll definitely be a step ahead of the game. Below are some great resources to help you create your own game plan.

  • Crystal & Company has an amazing list of links for menu planning and recipes. Definitely check out her Meal Planning 101 post as a starter. Be sure to scroll down to find the links to all the printable grocery and menu- planning lists.
  • I own Make It Fast, Cook It Slow just because I love having a print cookbook to pore over, but the recipes in the cookbook come from the blog  A Year of Slow Cooking,  where you'll see the results of Stephanie O'Dea's 2008 resolution to use her slow cooker every day for a year and share about it. Click the "Index" tab at the top of the blog for tons of recipes. You'll be amazed at all the things you can make in your slow cooker. Pumpkin cheesecake, anyone?
  • I'm always amazed at the hundreds of people who post their weekly menus at, which hosts Menu Plan Mondays. If you're lacking inspiration, just click through the submissions to find someone with a menu you like and copy it! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Many of the posters even include recipes. I especially liked these Healthy $10 a Day Menus.
  • I know I've posted this before, but Organized Home has a great Freezer Cooking Guide. It's not immediately evident just how much information she has available, so scroll down a bit until you see the brown/tan links that say "Freezer FAQ," "Get Started," "Get Cooking," etc. Better yet, click on the tan link that says "Printable version" and you'll see all the pages at once.
  • Crystal at Money Saving Mom has a detailed freezer cooking tutorial that  includes printable planning worksheets.
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Tutorial of the Week: Make a Menu Board

Charity at
All Things Beautiful has a lovely Menu Board Tutorial. She even gives a cost breakdown and made hers for a total of $10.16. Very cute, indeed!

Molly Saves in the Office!

Tame the paper tiger!

Crack the whip in your office space and organize the clutter!

Save on everything from office décor to groceries with Molly's Money-Saving Digest for January 2011. This issue is jam-packed with advice for home and family: repurposed projects, teaching kids responsibility, creative cooking, spending wisely, taking care of yourself, and encouraging one another.

January's special feature is:
Molly Saves in the Office

Do you find yourself spending a lot of time looking for important paperwork or those coupons that are about to expire? Whether your office is an entire room or just an expandable file, this Digest can help. Getting organized doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, and once you do it, you'll wonder how you ever managed before!
  • Find out the basic items you'll need to be better organized.
  • Be creative and frugal as you outfit your office: Repurpose, reuse and shop wisely!
  • Get filing tips that will help you keep track of your bills and other paperwork.
  • Take advantage of the Internet's free forms and other printables for your office.
  • Save money by organizing your grocery coupons.
  • Help your children with a lesson that will serve them well for the rest of their lives: how to manage their own schedules.
  • Recycle household items to make your own bulletin board that's so attractive it doubles as wall art! Purchase Molly Saves in the Office HERE.