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 Soup, Chowder, and Chili

October 3, 2011
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From the Blog
Soup, Chowder, and Chili--Oh My!
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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Tabletop Chalkboard


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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 . . .
October 2010 Digest:
October 2010 Digest 


No domestic subject is too dirty for Molly to tackle!

Put more than crisp clean clothes into your time and money-saving basket!
It's not just laundry lessons included in this helpful issue. It's all about home and family-repurposed projects, raising responsible children, creative cooking, investing wisely, enjoying and appreciating God's gifts, and encouraging one another.

·Kids can learn laundry basics too!

·Spend as little as 3 cents per soap load!

·Repurpose planned leftovers into brand new meals!

·Feather your nest with a fabulous feathered friends' wall hanging!

·Make plans for International Frugal Fun Day-October 2nd!

·Fashion a sweet dress for sister, sewn from two salvaged shirts!
October's special feature is:


October 2009 Digest:

What Can We Learn From the Great Depression? Decorating


October 2009    


You're not afraid of the big bad wolf are you?


During the time of the Great Depression many people closely identified with the story of the Three Little Pigs. Today, many are comparing that time period with the economic downturn of the present day. Regardless of how accurate the comparison is . . .


"This really is a season of opportunity to re-think our resources and re-evaluate our needs, repair what we can, and rejoice in all that we've been given."


This month's Digest explores the resourcefulness and ingenuity that are still alive and well in 2009.


The special feature for October is:







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


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. 









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. 



Warm Soup 


Happy October! I just love the cool, crisp air that fall brings, don't you? When you've had a long day and it's cold outside, what do you crave for dinner? Is it soup? Then you are in the right place! 


In this week's newsletter, I help you warm up on a cool evening with yummy soup, chowder, chili, and stew recipes.





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From the Blog

If you didn't make it to the blog last 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 Andrea Woroch tells us how smartphones can save us money but replacing several other "gadgets". 
  • Stop by and see how the kids and I practiced budget travel tips on our  trip to Williamsburg.
  • Do you love blackberry jam? Lisa Barthuly shows you how to make it.
  • Area rugs can be expensive. Save money and add style to your room by painting one instead!
  • Don't forget to check out this week's Freebie Friday!
  • Saturday was International Frugal Fun Day. I shared a free download, but you can still grab it now. It's full of ideas for fun things to do when you're stuck indoors. 


We'd love it if you would 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!

Soup, Chowder, and Chili--Oh My!





Warm up on a cold day with some hot soup!


Molly Members
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 Hi, Molly Members,

We've got all kinds of fun and inspiring family room links this month, so be sure to check out the October resource page after you download the October Digest. Best of all, this month Molly Members receive the E-Book Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter. This book is full of creative ideas and gorgeous photos sure to inspire your as you prepare for the holidays.  This is a $12.45 value. Enjoy!

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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!  



Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soup
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This Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is an old family recipe that I think you will enjoy!


Homemade Noodles



2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk


  1. Mix the eggs, milk, and salt together.
  2. Add the flour slowly until the dough becomes heavy.
  3. Roll out the dough until it's flat and let it sit for 1 to 2 hours to dry out.
  4. Roll up the dough into a tube-like shape. Starting at one end, make 1/8-inch-thick slices to create the noodles.
  5. Add to chicken soup (see below) or water and boil for 20 to 30 minutes.


Chicken Soup




 1/6 cup chopped onion
 1/6 cup chopped green onion
 1/3 cup chopped celery
 2 cans chicken broth
 1 can vegetable broth
 8 ounces cooked chicken breast, chopped
 2/3 cup sliced carrots
 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
 Homemade noodles
 Salt and pepper to taste





  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the noodles are done all the way through.

Tabletop Chalkboard



Crafting with chalkboard paint is becoming very popular. Last week I featured some wood chalkboard clips, and this week I have one more idea for you! Check out this gorgeous tabletop chalkboard at A Diamond in the Stuff. This would be a great way to jazz up your to-do list to make it seem less daunting. How could you not enjoy looking at your list when it's showcased in something this beautiful?

Molly Saves! In the Dining Room   

2011 OctDigest   

Make your dining room a more appetizing space without spending a lot of dough!


Transforming your dining room doesn't have to gobble up your budget. In Molly's Money-Saving Digest for October, learn how you can make your dining space more functional as well as more beautiful--for less! A simple but lovely room can make any dinner seem more special. But the Digest doesn't stop at the dining table. You'll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.


Find out what you should do this month to keep your home well-maintained.

  • Learn how to make the perfect gravy-it's not as hard as you think.
  • Try a versatile chicken dish that's quick to prepare.
  • Explore the pros and cons of pet insurance.
  • Give your children a crash course in grocery budgeting.
  • Learn how to create a carafe and glass for your guest bedroom or bathroom.
  • Read about natural ways to combat under-eye circles.
  • Discover which book Molly recommends for a new perspective on weight loss.

October's special feature is:  Molly Saves! In the Dining Room

Our dining rooms are about much more than just eating. In these rooms, we not only nurture our bodies, but also our relationships. As we share a meal, we share our daily experiences, our thoughts, and our feelings. Fussy furniture and deluxe details are not required. A simple, casual space that can serve many functions-eating, playing board games, gathering for worship and devotions, hobbies--will make your dining room a place for family as well as food. This month's Digest gives you the ingredients to create such a space in your home.


Read more and see a sample HERE.