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 . . .
August 2010 Digest:
Store and stock up . . . adding significantly to your savings!
Get the best pick on apples . . . learning a bushel of useful information!
Grow responsible kids . . . employing time management support (with three great forms) to inspire productivity!
Learn along with Molly how to survive and thrive in today's economy! Open a wealth of homemaker's delights inside the August 2010 edition of Molly's Money-Saving Digest
August 2009 Digest:
Organization for Busy Families
August means organization for many households . . .
Is your home looking dignified and grand?
How impressive are your organization skills?
Start now, and strategize to organize with this motivating issue of . . .
Molly's Money-Saving Digest-August 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.
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.
Is there anything more relaxing than closing your eyes, feeling the sun on your shoulders, and listening to the sounds of the ocean?
I'm not sure there is. In this week's newsletter, I provide ideas and tips for everything you need for a trip to the beach. Learn how to make your own beach bags and sun hats, waterproof your book, and create beach-friendly snacks. Can't get to the beach but still want to feel like you're there? I also provide tips on how to bring it into your home.
So, grab a glass of water, slip on some shades, and get ready to
relax . . . at the beach!
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Also, you won't want to miss out on my Organizational Back-to-School special offer. Five of my favorite E-Books and Digests for only $15!
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!
- It's almost that time of year again! Here are 11 Back to School Savings Tips.
- Check out the steal of a deal I found last weekend!
- Guest author Jill Cooper teaches us how to save money on paper towels. Cutting your own cloths sounds like a no-brainer, but believe it or not, there are a few tips you should know.
- Get a FREE copy of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's Summer digital issue. It's filled with great ideas and inspiration, whether you homeschool or not.
- Send a Postagram to your friends and family, right from your phone for only 99 cents! Wouldn't it be fun to send Grandma a picture of little Johnny as he runs in from his home run?
- Maria Davis teaches us how to save money on appliances. If you're looking at a major appliance purchase, make sure you take advantage of all available savings.
- Visit me on YouTube! I have two videos up now and will be adding more regularly.
- Don't forget to check out this week's Freebie Friday!
- One of my readers shares her homemade memo board with us.
- Help your kids learn how to budget when shopping for schools supplies.
- Give someone a smile with these free compliments.
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Fun in the Sun and Sand
Take a look around for ideas for your next trip to the beach or to transform your home into a relaxing beach-themed oasis. These would also make great gifts for someone you know who is taking a vacation or honeymoon soon!
- As much as I love the sun, it has damaging rays. Learn how to protect yourself and make your own sunscreen in my May 2011 Digest.The sun and pool can also damage your hair. Learn how to protect your hair in my August 2011 Digest.
- Hats are a great way to protect your face from the sun. Here's a tutorial explaining how to make a hat out of an old pillowcase and another that gives a pattern for a baby's sun hat. Turn a regular old straw hat into something beautiful.
- Sew two scarves together to make a fun beach cover-up. eHow teaches you how to sew a sarong.
- This beach towel with pockets or roll-up beach towel will keep your beach essentials organized and in one place.
- Make a small beach bag out of a hand towel or a larger one out of a shower curtain.
- Make a matching chair and beach bag set.
- Tip: To make it easier to carry our beach chairs, we loosely attached two zip ties on one of the legs of each chair. Then we took a luggage strap from a suitcase we don't use anymore and attached the clip on one side of the strap to one zip tie from each chair, and then attached the clip from the other side of the strap to the two remaining zip ties. This allows us to easily carry two chairs at one time.
- Turn a pair of used flip-flops into sandals.
- Keep your books dry with this book cover tutorial.
- If you find some beach glass, turn it into a necklace.
- Entertain the kids (or you!) by making a portable a checkers game, tic-tac-toe game, wooden beach comb, or kite. Instead of buying sand buckets, bring different-sized plastic containers from your kitchen to make sand castles.
- Be sure to bring along some snacks. Here are some great beach snack ideas and healthy summer snacks. These cute shark and sand cupcakes would make a great treat for a beach-themed party.
- To give your home a beachy feel, check out these tips for bringing the beach back to your home, decorating with shells, using sand and shells to dress-up a picture frame, or turning a shell into a candle.
Now go have some fun in the sun!
Hi Molly Members,
My August Digest, Molly Saves! In the Closet is available in your Member Pages so hop on over and download it now. This is a great issue with all kinds of organizational and money-saving clothes and closet-related tips.
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!
Calico Beans and Turkey
DeBi provides another allergy-friendly dish. This makes a wonderful side at a picnic or potluck.
1/2 pound ground turkey (for a meatier dish use 1 pound)
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 15-ounce can pork and beans
1 15-ounce can butter beans, undrained
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, undrained
½ pound bacon, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a 3-quart Dutch oven, brown the bacon over medium-low heat until crisp.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate.
- Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat.
- Add the onion and the meat and cook over medium-high heat until the meat is brown.
- Add all the remaining ingredients, along with the drained bacon, and stir until well-combined.
- Transfer the dish to the oven with the lid on and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Gel Beach Candles
Head on over to DIY Wedding to see how to make beautiful gel beach candles. They would make a great favor for a wedding or a beach-themed birthday party, or a beautiful addition to your home beach decor.
Molly Saves! In the Closet
Be a frugal fashionista!
Reduce, reuse, and buy used to save money on clothing without sacrificing style.
In Molly's Money-Saving Digest for August, learn how to outfit your family inexpensively, make your own closet organizer, and even turn a spare closet into an office. But the Digest doesn't stop there. You'll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.
- Make a cool summertime treat with a few minutes of your time and a few ingredients you probably already have at hand.
- Add a versatile Mexican meal to your recipe box.
- Explore your options for making sure your pets are well-cared-for when you're away.
- Teach your kids an important financial concept for businesses.
- Discover the many benefits of drinking water.
- Learn how to protect your hair from the ravages of summertime.
- Find out which book stays on Molly's shelf year after year.
August's special feature is:
Molly Saves! In the Closet
It's easy to get carried away with clothing. From the temptation to overspend to the burden of having more clothes than storage space, wardrobes can be worrisome. In this society so focused on having it all, frugal families must hold to the belief that less is more. With a foundation of neutral basics that really fit, a smaller wardrobe can cover all the bases. This month's Digest offers up tips on practicing contentment and getting the most out of your clothing budget and your closet space.
- Find free patterns online to make your own clothes.
- Learn how to repair damaged clothing or turn lost causes into something useful.
- Thin your clothing collection to make room for a frugal and fabulous "cloffice," an office in your closet.
- Read Molly's tips on the best places to buy clothing, how to make good purchases, and how to stock your wardrobe with essential pieces.
- Learn how to turn an inexpensive cardboard shoe organizer into an organizer/storage unit with drawers.
- Explore the ins and outs of buying used.
Read more and see a sample HERE.