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 . . .
July 2010 Digest:
Do you know how to be respectfully lazy? To take some time to observe and appreciate the beauty and miracles in creation around you, reconnect with family and friends, and simply enjoy the company of those closest to you?
From a picnic day for someone special to summer sales, great park activities, oven-less recipes, and more, this edition of Molly's Money-Saving Digest is superb!
July 2009 Digest:
You're on a tight budget, and the kids are growing out of their clothes. What options do you have?
Are you a bit challenged in the sewing department, or do you wonder if sewing is really worthwhile?
Don't miss out on this special, fun issue . . . Frugal Fashion!
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.
Molly's Super Summer Fun Pack
Make your summer spectacular with
Molly's Super Summer Fun Pack. This collection of E-Books will help you save time and money on every aspect of summer, and you'll have a great time doing it!
All six for only $15!
Organize With Molly- Organization Bundle
Since our organization-focused Digests have been reader favorites, hands-down, we've decided to put together a special "organization bundle" just for you.
Who wants to use the oven during the dog days of summer? I know I don't, and chances are, neither do your friends and neighbors. Why not take turns hosting barbecues to beat the heat and have some fun together?
Block parties and barbecues are great ways to get to know your neighbors or have inexpensive fun with your friends. In this week's newsletter, I share recipes, decor ideas, and organization tips for your next outdoor party.
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!
- Guest writer Lisa Barthuly was kind enough to share her series on canning while I was away at Boy Scout camp last week. If you'd like to learn how to can, you won't want to miss this: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
- Check out the great deal I found at our 99 cent store last weekend!
- I thought this stone heart from Fresh Home was beautiful.
- Last week I posted a video of Clara who gave a tutorial on making a Depression-Era breakfast. I recently found out she has a couple of websites with more video tutorials!
- Don't forget to check out this week's Freebie Friday!
Molly's Super Summer Fun Pack! Over 50% Off!
Show your support of Econobusters by sharing posts you like with your friends. The number of "tweets" and "likes" will also give me a better idea of what you'd like to see more of. Thanks so much!
and Block Parties
Here are some recipes, decor ideas, and organizational tips for your next barbecue or neighborhood block party!
- This free barbecue planner will help you get organized.
- Check out Pillsbury's tips for grilling.
- Add rosemary to your coals to enhance the flavor of your food.
- Instructables gives directions on how to build your own barbecue and smoker!
- Here is an easy caddy you can make to keep all your condiments or grilling tools in one place.
- Taste of Home gives tips on how to throw a block party, and Country Living offers some different theme ideas.
- Here are a few ideas for your menu: Appetizer Pizzas, drink recipes, burger recipes, Granny Smith Apple Slaw, Green Beans and Peppers, watermelon creations, and Peach-Raspberry Slab Pie.
- For more seating, turn a camp cot into an elegant daybed.
- When you have a big get-together, it's easy to put down your drink and forget which one is yours. To help guests keep track of their cups, make color-coded pom-poms, drink parasols, butterfly straws, or floral straws. A friend of mine has several reusable plastic cups that she wrote famous people's names on in permanent marker. When you walk through her door, you are handed a cup and asked to remember which celebrity you are for the evening!
- If you are having an evening party, make your own solar lights!
- If it's a windy day, keep your napkins from blowing away with river rocks or this napkin holder. You can also keep your tablecloth where it belongs with this idea.
- Let nature inspire you for your table accessories.
- Here are some great ideas to help keep the bugs out of your food and drinks.
- Don't have a cooler? Use an old metal or plastic tub. Did you notice the bottle opener attached with ribbon?
- These fruity ice cubes would make a fun addition to your punch.
- For some unique serving ideas, use ramekins for condiment dishes and serve fruit in individual pouches.
- Flowerpots can double as serving trays.
- If you are having a nautical or beach-themed party, make these adorable place cards.
- Use scrapbooking paper to make napkin rings.
- For even more fun ideas, check out Confetti Style and Good Housekeeping.
Hi, Molly Members,
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this month's Digest. The ideas and examples are unbelievable. Even if you don't have a baby in your life, this issue is jam-packed with useful tips and tools. Not only that, your member pages are filled with additional freebies and resources as well. If you haven't done so yet, visit your Member Page to download the July Digest and freebies. (Get to your Member Page by visiting www.econobusters.com and logging in at the top of the blog.)
Once there, be sure to download your FREE copy of Beating the Summertime Blues, by Kim Kautzer!
Not a member yet? We'd love you to join us. Only $3.95/month! And remember, if you don't want to join with monthly payments, you can pay in advance with our six-month or 12-month prepaid membership options. For 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!
Refreshing White Corn Summer Salad
Friend and fellow frugalista DeBi is back with another allergen-friendly recipe. This salad is perfect for a hot day! It works great served as a side with fish or can also be used as a salsa.
For the salad:
2 cans of white corn, drained
2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 yellow bell peppers, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 mango, diced
For the dressing:
1 bunch of cilantro, stems discarded
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Juice from 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
1. Mix all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Place all the dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until well combined.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
Beautiful Outdoor Centerpiece
Want to learn how to make your own natural dye? You can!
Head on over to Design Sponge and learn how to make natural dye and create some beautiful flower cups. This would make a gorgeous centerpiece for your next outdoor party!
Molly Saves! In the Nursery!
Get sweet dreams for a song!
It's lullabies and good buys in
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
Outfit a nursery for less, welcome babies with handmade gifts, and celebrate impending motherhood with the ideas you'll find in this month's Digest. From diapers to décor, we have it covered. 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.
- Learn how to make a punch that's pretty and inexpensive, too.
- Make a frugal and fuss-free meal your kids will love.
- Get expert advice on pet medications and online pet pharmacies.
- Find help for teens who are looking for a car.
- Follow our tutorial to make your own lap desk from items around the house.
- Explore the physical and mental benefits of walking for exercise.
- Bring your blender out of the cupboard and put it to work again.
July's special feature is:
Molly Saves! In the Nursery
For such small sweeties, babies sure do need a lot of stuff! Clothing, food, diapering items, toys, creams, lotions, powders, shampoos--whew! The list goes on and on, and the cost goes up and up. Besides those daily essentials, you also have the expense of a nursery and its furniture. But beautiful rooms and baby's necessities can be had on a budget. Molly and friends offer up great ideas for frugally feeding, clothing, and decorating for the newest member of the family.
- Learn where to find online tutorials for making everything from baby furniture to baby shampoo.
- Check out Eleanor Joyce's ideas for special baby gifts that will be treasured for years to come.
- Read all about the diapering choices available to families today.
- Get some tips on throwing a fun and frugal baby shower.
- Learn how to treat a rash, both for babies and for bigger people.
- Find out which baby food resource Molly recommends.
- Be inspired by five moms' ideas on outfitting nurseries inexpensively.
Read full details and see a sample here.