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.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the colors, the smells, and the crisp, cool air. I actually enjoy decorating for fall almost as much as I enjoy decorating for Christmas. There are so many easy and frugal ways to dress up your home this time of year!
In this week's newsletter, I provide links for fall decor ideas using things that you may already have close at hand, such as pumpkins, pine cones, flowers, candles, books, or scrapbook paper. So go grab a cup of hot cider, and then we'll get started!
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From the Blog
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Easy and Frugal Fall Decor
Here are some fun ways you can decorate for fall and not break your budget!
- To bring a little festive cheer to your front door, check out this crocheted turkey wreath, harvest door decor, colorful fall wreath, vintage paper leaf wreath, leaf wreath made from scrapbook paper, or these fun wreaths.
- For a cool centerpiece, try a glittery pumpkin or pumpkin candle.
- Here are some fun crafts for your kids--have them make leaf people or stained glass fall leaves while eating a fall leaf snack.
- For more decoration ideas, try a paper pumpkin from an old book or scrapbook paper, or this fall leaf arrangement.
- Better Homes and Gardens has some great ideas for fall centerpieces. I love the wheat in a doorknob idea!
- Here's a beautiful and easy way to add a little pizazz to your dining room chairs.
- Make a garland of fall leaves for under $3!
- You could make this pretty pine cone garland with pine cones from outside or splurge and use the cinnamon ones found in craft stores.
- Here are some easy ways to decorate with leaves, pine cones, and pumpkins.
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 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!
Grandma's Sweet Tater Casserole
Thank you, Julie, for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! Be sure to check out Julie's blog, A Teaching Heart, and say hi!
6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pecan halves (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Boil the sweet potatoes. Once they are very soft, drain and mash them.
- Mix the evaporated milk, sugar, and a half-cup of butter into the potatoes, then carefully add the eggs and mix together thoroughly.
- Spread the mixture into a buttered casserole dish.
- In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, the remaining butter, and the flour, cutting the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle the mixture over the potatoes, then top with pecans.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Note: Julie uses only half the topping and freezes the rest for the next time.
If you have a recipe you would like to submit for the newsletter, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Tree Button Art
Head on over to Happy Clippings to check out this cute Fall Tree Button Art! This looks really easy and inexpensive to make for your favorite wordsmith or to add personality to your fall decor. I often see packages of buttons at my local craft store for $1, and if you don't have Scrabble tiles, you could stamp or print out the letters. Happy crafting!
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.