|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 . . .
June 2010 Digest:
Home Sweet Home (Business)
Molly's usual focus is on ways to spend less
(you'll find that too), but in this Digest, Molly takes a look at ways to earn more money
-from home! Maybe this issue should be called Molly's Money-Making Digest
. . .
June 2009 Digest:
Frugal Family Vacations
What kind of vacation can you look forward to on a frugal budget?
You'd be surprised!
Rest, relaxation, and adventure don't have to cost a bundle!
Explore summer fun and vacation ideas plus innovative ways to save, in this all new edition of . . .
Molly's Money-Saving Digest June 2009
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
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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I grew up in a family of animal lovers. We had two cats, a dog, tropical fish, and an iguana when I was a child. Even now, if we were financially able, I would have a whole zoo of animals in our home, but as cute as they are, pets can be expensive.
In this week's newsletter, I'm going to arm you with ideas on how to make your own pet beds, toys, and treats so you can spoil your furry friends without depleting your budget.
P.S. If this isn't enough, check out Pet Care for Pennies in our 2011 Digests! Dr. Rule shares her expertise on frugal veterinary care, food, grooming, and more!
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!
- The June Digest was so big, we couldn't fit everything in. Here, I shared my cheap kitchen window makeover with you!
- Kimberly Eddy is giving our readers 60 percent off on her print book, Thriving on One Income. Not only that, but she's including four excellent E-Books as well. Get all five items for only $5.18. Hurry up and get it before she is sold out!
- Molly Saves! In the Kitchen is finally here! Kick your kitchen up a notch . . . the frugal way!
- Don't get stuck in a rut when you look for coupons. Take a peek at tips I shared for your coupon search.
- Need a change of pace or some staycation ideas? Check out my summer boredom busters.
- Do you have a dad in your life who is a superhero? Make him this snack pack!
- Don't forget to check out this week's Freebie Friday!
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Pamper Your Pets
Pet toys and beds can be expensive, but you don't need a lot of money to provide them for your furry friends. Here are some tips and ideas for pampering your pets for less.
- Here are free plans explaining how to make cat furniture, a scratching post, and a doghouse.
- Find out how to sew a pet bed or build a simple cat bed (you could even use a cardboard box to make that).
- Here are some pet beds you can make out of things you probably already have, like an apple box, a suitcase, a sweater, or a basket. In my house, we have knitted and fleece blankets in each room that our cats love to sleep on.
- Want something more stylish? Make a chaise lounge out of cardboard. Here's a tutorial for a round pet bed, but take a look at the cute end table they put it in!
- This website is full of projects that you can make for your dog, like these chew toys.
- All You has ideas for DIY cat and dog toys.
- Here's a simple way to sew a catnip mouse, and here's a more advanced version. Tented newspapers or paper bags and boxes with little windows cut out of the sides make great toys for cats too.
- You can make this braided fleece toy for a cat or a dog.
- Here are recipes for homemade cat treats and hypoallergenic dog treats.
- If your dog likes to play dress up, here are tips and patterns for making clothes for your dog.
- Favecrafts has some fun crafts you can make for your pets.
- It's a good idea to have an ID tag on your pet's collar in case he gets lost.
- Here's a recipe to make your own carpet cleaner.
- If you are a bird watcher, make this birdbath out of terra cotta pots, build a birdhouse, or make a bird feeder. If you have an indoor bird, you can make this bird swing.
- Humans, these are for you: How to make a couch cover to help keep dirt and fur off your furniture, a doggy bag, magnets with your pet's photo, and a no-sew pet portrait.
Hi, Molly Members,
I hope you're enjoying your June Digest. Have you started organizing your recipes yet?
I hope you're enjoying your free download of The Green Spring Clean, as well. This E-Book is a great resource to print out and keep in your home binder.
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Peanut Butter Dog Bones
Guest blogger, Lisa, shared this recipe on the blog. We thought we would highlight it here in case you missed it.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup goat's milk (or regular milk)
1 tablespoon baking powder
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine the flour and baking powder.
- Add the peanut butter and milk.
- Mix the ingredients together well, then knead into a firm ball with your hands.
- Roll the dough out to a ¼ inch thickness and cut into squares or use your favorite cookie cutter to cut into shapes.
- Place on a cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart (they won't rise much at all) and bake for 20 minutes. Lisa turns her oven off and lets them sit a few minutes longer to get very dried out and hard.
- Remove the treats from the cookie sheet and set on a plate to cool.
This might be the neatest pet bed I have ever seen. If you are looking for an ultra-stylish bed for your cat or small dog, you have to check out this four-poster bed. It is beautiful and sure to be a conversation piece in your home!
Molly Saves! In the Kitchen
Kick your kitchen up a notch!
Follow our recipe to keep the heart of your home beating efficiently!
Molly's Money-Saving Digest for June helps you get a handle on the busiest room in your home: your kitchen! From keeping track of recipes to cutting the time you spend cooking, this issue has practical advice for moms on a budget. But the Digest doesn't stop there. You'll find plenty of other useful advice to get the most out of your money and your time.
- Try a salad and dessert combo that you can make ahead and take along.
- Learn what size your pet should be (it will probably surprise you)!
- Is your teen considering a car? Molly tells what to look for.
- Discover which natural remedies you already have in your pantry.
- Find out which foods make for a good facial.
- Read about a frugal cookbook that Molly recommends.
- Explore ways of getting food that don't involve a grocery store.
- Find inspiration in one reader's story of a frugal idea that paid off.
June's special feature is:
Molly Saves! in the Kitchen
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then Mom is the heartbeat. Many moms direct a lot of time and attention to that one room of the house, cooking meals and serving up love to their families every day. That job becomes easier when your organizational skills are put to work-planning ahead, using your time efficiently, and knowing where to find what you need. This month's Digest gives you some basic ingredients of a well-run kitchen:
- Learn which pantry items can substitute for the one you forgot to buy.
- Check out some free Internet resources, including grocery lists and planners, advice on organization, and frugal décor ideas.
- Join Eleanor Joyce in her imperfect quest to save recipes for posterity.
- Read about even more ideas for organizing and saving your recipes.
- Discover how to remodel your kitchen on the cheap-with Craigslist.
- Find out two keys to getting food on the table fast.
- Follow our tutorial to make your own lazy Susan.
Read full details and see a sample here.