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:
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!
·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?
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. Now, 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 rethink 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.
The special feature for October is:
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.
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.
Did you know that October is National Cookie Month? One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is baking. There's really no better way to celebrate National Cookie Month than to have a cookie exchange party! Now is a great time to have one, before you start to get busy with other holiday parties. Then you can freeze your cookies and have them ready in a jiffy when you need them.
In this week's newsletter, I provide everything you need to plan a fun and successful cookie exchange party. So fire up those ovens and get baking!
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Host a Cookie
Here is everything you need to plan your next cookie exchange party!
- Find some rules of a cookie exchange, ideas for invitations, baking tips, recipes, and more at cookie-exchange.com.
- C&H Sugar offers tips and printable invitations, mailing labels, a guest list, recipe labels, and name tags.
- Real Simple provides a checklist to make sure you have everything covered.
- Just Deanna shares what she served and how she decorated for her cookie exchange party.
- This is such a neat idea! The holidays can be a fun or difficult time, depending on your life circumstances. Put a smile on someone's face with a Good Will Cookie Exchange Party.
- Here are recipes for Easy Sugar Cookies, Soft Oatmeal Cookies, and The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies.
- Get a free downloadable holiday cookies cookbook from Allrecipes.com.
- Here are the top holiday cookies from the Food Network.
- Hershey's and Betty Crocker have recipes that will make your mouth water.
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 you as you prepare for the holidays. This is a $12.45 value. Enjoy!
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!
My friend Anita sent me one of her old family recipes to share with you. Enjoy!
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 ounces chocolate chips
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff, then add the sugar and vanilla.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
- Spray one or more cookie sheets with nonstick spray and drop the dough by teaspoonfuls.
- Place in the oven and turn the oven off.
- Let cookies stay in the oven overnight or about 8 hours. These cookies don't spread.
Note: You can add food coloring to the dough to make colored cookies for the holiday theme. Anita likes to divide the batter in half and make two different colors: green and yellow for fall, red and green for Christmas, or blue and pink for a baby shower!
These cookies are easy to make in the oven after dinner for a party the next day!
If you have a recipe you would like to submit for the newsletter, please email me at email@example.com.
DIY Cupcake Stands
Stop by Tidy Mom to see a collection of cupcake stands you can easily make with little time and money! This would be a beautiful way to display your cookies at your next exchange party!
Molly Saves! In the Dining Room
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.