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So, You Want to Learn How to Sew?

April 11, 2011
In This Issue
From the Blog
Learn How to Sew!
Molly Members
Banana Bread
Acorn Air Freshener
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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 . . .

April 2010 Digest:
Homemade Happiness ~ Frugal Fun and Games      

               Let it pour . . .

Gather the whole family indoors for some wholehearted, frugal fun!

Overflowing with thrifty, cheerful inspiration to use in the kitchen, on the workbench, for active learning, and for entertainment!


April 2009 Digest:

Making a Frugal Fresh Start


Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition, but Molly Green and her

Money-Saving Digest for April

will show you some simple steps to do it in a new way as you spruce things up on a shoestring and organize without spending!

Visit My BlogFrog Community!

Molly Makes $7 Slow Cooker Suppers ~ Quick & 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!

Molly Goes Camping


Only $5.95!

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Do you long to enjoy and explore the great outdoors with your family?


Want to make that special connection with your kids?


Don't let a few varmints, mosquitoes, or mishaps spoil your fun.  Go camping!


For the price of spending a night or two in a motel, you can outfit your family for adventure and make memories for a lifetime!


Get ready for an unforgettable experience as Molly and her fellow campers show you how, in  

Molly Goes Camping. 

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Have you always wanted to learn to sew but didn't know where to start? Or maybe you know where you can get lessons, but like me, are too frugal to pay for them? 


In this week's Sewing Suppliesnewsletter, I provide resources on how to learn to sew (for free, of course!), how to choose a sewing machine and maintain it, and include links to free tutorials so you can start sewing.


Have fun!


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P.S. Be sure to check out my Molly Goes Camping E-Book. It's on sale through April 15, just in time for spring break! (And if you have the April Digest, you'll find a $4 coupon code as well!) 

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! 

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Learn How to Sew!


These resources will help you learn how to sew! 

Molly Members
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 Hi Molly Members,

I hope you've all had a chance to log in and download the April Digest, Molly Saves on the Go!  It's here just in time for spring vacation and planning ahead for summer.

You'll also find lots of travel related freebies and downloads this month. In fact, the folks at Activity Bags gave us their Travel Activities in a Binder as a free resource this month. A $15 value!


FREE with Membership!


Not a member yet? We'd love you to join us. Only $3.95/month! And remember, if you don't want to join using monthly payments, you can pay in advance with our six-month or twelve-month prepaid membership optionsFor only $23.70 you can enjoy six months of Money-Saving Digests, plus receive additional free E-Books and resources. This is a small investment to keep yourself armed and encouraged on your money-saving journey. The tips in each Digest easily recoup the cost!  

Banana Bread




2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas




1. Preheat your oven to 350◦ degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and the brown sugar.

3. Mix the eggs and mashed bananas with the butter and brown sugar mix until well-blended.

4. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until moist. Pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan.

5. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack.





How to Hand-Sew a Car Air Freshener

Acorn Air Freshener
Photo Credit: Design*Sponge 



This Acorn Air Freshener is a great project for beginning seamstresses who want to try sewing by hand. This would make a great gift too! Head on over to Design*Sponge to find out how to make it.

Break new ground this spring!


Get your motor running!


Ease on down the road with tips for family travel in Molly's Money-Saving Digest for April and take a detour around the usual stress and expense.


Even if a road trip isn't on your horizon, you'll find plenty useful advice this month, including frugal projects, nutritious food, financial teaching for kids, and much more!

  • Treat your family to a hearty, easy meal.
  • Brush up on the basics of grooming your pet.
  • Teach your kids about budgeting.
  • Use salvaged materials to create a useful camp stool.
  • Find out which free websites can spur you on to better fitness.
  • Mix up some homemade help for hard-working hands.
  • Check out the many benefits of using your library.
  • Get inspired to use your crafting talents for others. 


April's special feature is:

Molly Saves on the Go


Are we there yet? Molly can help you arrive at your destination with more of your sanity and wallet intact. Loading up on junk food at every stop. Boredom wafting from the back seat. Squabbles resulting from said boredom. Does this sound all too familiar? Stop trouble in its tracks and make your car trip more enjoyable for everyone with the advice in this month's Digest.

Read a  full description here