|In the Kitchen With Molly
Need a hand in the kitchen? Molly can help.
From planning meals to putting them on the table, feeding a family is a big job. In the Kitchen With Molly is the next best thing to having a personal chef.
This new E-Book contains 12 weeks of menu plans, one for each month of the year, plus shopping lists and printable recipe cards. With the planning done for you, you'll have more time to spend enjoying your family or tackling other projects that need your attention.
And with Molly, the focus is always on frugality. These recipes not only save you time, but they also save you money. Trimming dollars from the grocery bill can add up to a significant difference in the family budget, and having meals planned means you'll eat out less often. That's good for your wallet and your waistline.
A Look Back at the
March 2010 Digest:
Spring is in the Air ~ Frugal Choices Everywhere!
March brings us a
most wonderful time
of the year! You do have a welcoming, colorful, and happy backyard, don't you? If it needs a little work, keep reading!
Spring is the season of anticipation. Start a few seeds, try a new recipe, make a fresh start, and enjoy every minute. This is a prime season for you as a "keeper at home" to refocus and define your priorities as you realize just how much you can do with what God has given you.
Molly's Money-Saving Digest March 2010
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Molly Makes $7 Slow Cooker Suppers ~ Quick and Easy 140 deliciously simple recipes --140 wonderful ways to feed your family! 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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Molly Goes Camping.
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It's National Peanut Month! Peanuts are a tiny food with a big impact, contributing more than $4 billion to the U.S. economy each year. Almost half of the U.S. peanut crop is made into peanut butter. The average peanut farm is 100 acres, and there are enough peanuts in just one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches. That's a good thing, since the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he graduates high school!
Peanuts are not only good for our economy, but they are good for us too. They are a great source of protein and antioxidants and are naturally cholesterol free. Don't let the name fool you, though. They are actually legumes, not nuts! You can find out more fun facts about peanuts from the National Peanut Board and Skippy.
In this week's newsletter, I'm going to share everything you need to know about peanuts, including alternatives for those of you with peanut allergies.
From the Blog
If you didn't make it to the blog this week, head on over to see what you've been missing. Don't forget to leave a comment. I love hearing from you!
Don't forget-- You can get the incredible Savin' O' The Green e-book set for 73% off this week! The Savin' O' The Green includes 15 money saving e-books that will help you dramatically cut your grocery budget without using coupons! This special deal works out to 15 e-books for only $17, but it's only good until midnight March 23, so go get it now!
All About Peanuts
In this section, I have some tasty peanut and peanut butter recipes, crafts, and some alternatives for those with peanut allergies.
- On Facebook I asked you about your favorite way to eat peanut butter. Some of your responses included: in vanilla ice cream, mixed into oatmeal, with Oreos, on pancakes, mixed in your chicken noodle soup, on bagels, and, of course, in sandwiches.
- For an appetizer, you could make Green Beans With Peanut-Ginger Dressing, Sweet Corn and Peanut Soup, or Peanut Butter Vegetable Chicken Soup.
- Here are recipes for Creamy Peanut Butter Sauce and a Peanut Butter Salad Dressing.
- For a main dish, you can make Peanut Crusted Chicken Strips, Spicy Peanut Chicken, or Peanut Noodles.
- My favorite way to eat peanuts and peanut butter is in dessert! Here are some recipes for Peanut Butter Cookies, Choco-Peanut Butter Cups, Peanut Butter Zebra Cookies, Peanut Blossoms, Peanut Butter Buttons, Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Cookies, Peanut Butter Fudge, Peanut Buster Parfait, and Peanut Brittle.
- If you are allergic to peanuts, here are nine alternatives to peanut butter. Note: The author classifies peanuts as a nut rather than a legume, but there are still some great suggestions!
- Need some craft ideas? Here is how to make Peanut Butter Play Dough and Peanut Pals.
- Don't throw your peanut butter jar away after you enjoy your last bite! You can use it to make a fanny pack, bug catcher, sand art, gift jar, and more!
Hi Molly Members,
I hope you're all enjoying this month's freebies and extra resources. With the weather improving I thought you'd enjoy this Creative Nature Study E-Book ($12.45 value). While geared toward homeschoolers, it's filled with ideas and activities any parent can enjoy with their children.
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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
These peanut butter cups are yummy and easy to make!
|Photo credit: Toni Riggs|
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons shortening
16 ounces semisweet chocolate
25-30 mini muffin wrappers
- Mix the sugar, peanut butter, and shortening togehter with an electric mixer using a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until well mixed. Put the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a half-inch plain tip, or just leave the tip off and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. Using a small spoon, drop about half a spoonful of chocolate into a mini muffin wrapper and then use the back of the spoon to smooth the chocolate over the sides and bottom of the wrapper until it is covered. Repeat with each mini muffin wrapper and then set them in a mini muffin pan or a rimmed baking sheet. Put the pan in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or until set.
- Remove the cold chocolate cups from the freezer. Add peanut butter filling into each cup until it is about three-quarters full. Cover the peanut butter with the remaining melted chocolate. Return to the freezer for about 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Peanut butter cups may be served right away or kept in a sealed container in the freezer.
Tooth Fairy Pillow
If you have children who are starting to lose their baby teeth, check out this Tooth Fairy Pillow tutorial. You just slip the tooth into a little pocket in its mouth and hang it on a dresser or doorknob. No more searching under your child's pillow in the dark while he sleeps!
|Photo Credit: Larissa Holland |
She aslo has a pattern on her blog for a Tooth Officer that you could make for your sons!
Molly Saves in the Outdoors!
Break new ground this spring!
Great ideas are blooming in
Molly's Money-Saving Digest for March, from gardening tips to outdoor décor.
But this Digest deals with more than just the greenery in your yard; it's chock-full of advice to help you have more green stuff in your wallet, too. You'll find repurposed projects, nutritious and frugal food, financial teaching for kids, and much more!
- Turn your trash into treasure.
- Try something new for your table.
- Learn the joys and pitfalls of pet adoption.
- Prepare your kids for keeping their own checkbooks.
- Do something useful with dryer lint.
- Read our prescription for avoiding a cold.
- Get hooked on homemade bath scrubs.
- Find out about freezer cooking.
- Be inspired by two entrepreneurs.
Read a full description here.