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December 12, 2011
In This Issue
From the Blog
DIY Winter and Christmas Decorations
Molly Members
Molasses Crinkles
Snowman Family Diorama


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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 . . .
December 2010 Digest:
December 2010 


Do you desire to make your home a haven of relaxing family fun?
Are you looking for a low-pressure project to stir your creativity into the new year?
Need help finding frugal, fast, and fabulous ways to use up holiday leftovers?

Get ready to enjoy your family like never before. Learn how to bring cozy warmth to your home through family togetherness, low-pressure creative outlets, delicious foods, and peace-filled finances.
This month's special feature is:


December 2009 Digest:

Comfort and Joy for Christmas


December 2009    


With so much to do and less than a month to get it all done, the December 2009 issue of Molly's Money-Saving Digest shows you exactly how to get those loose ends all wrapped up--in December, or any time of the year!


December's special feature is:





































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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. 



Christmas is right around the corner!  Do you have all your decorating done?


We have a long-standing joke in our home that once the Christmas decorations hit the stores, I need a chaperone to leave the house. I love this time of year and can easily get distracted by all the pretty decorations on the shelves. You don't have to spend a fortune to make your home festive and inviting during the Christmas season, though. In this week's newsletter, I provide links to DIY winter and Christmas decorations that will allow you to beautify your home on a budget.


I hope you and your family have a blessed and merry Christmas!

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DIY Winter and Christmas Decorations  


I've been searching the web for great Christmas decorations you can make for your home. I had no trouble finding some great projects! It was a lot harder to narrow them down to just a few. The featured projects range from simple enough for small children to advanced.




Molly Members

Hi Molly Members,

We know many of you have had trouble accessing your memberships recently. We have been having some technical issues and are really sorry for the inconvenience. The November and December Digests have been emailed to you, for those of you who are still unable to open them. We plan to temporarily close the membership program down to work out the bugs. 


January will be our last issue published for a while, and you will not be billed for your membership past the end of this month. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is working hard to "reinvent" Molly. Get ready for some exciting changes! We hope to bring Molly back with a fully digital and interactive magazine and plan to create an app to make her readable on iPad. You won't want to miss this!


Merry Christmas to you and your family,


Molly Green and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine



Molasses Crinkles


This recipe was submitted by Kristen, who blogs at A Day in the Life.







¾ cup soft butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg 
¼ cup molasses 
2¼ cups flour 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
¼ teaspoon salt 
½ teaspoon cloves 
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 teaspoon ginger

  1. Beat the butter, sugar, egg, and molasses. 
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together, then stir them into the butter mixture. 
  3. Chill.
  4. Roll the dough into balls. 
  5. Dip the tops in sugar. 
  6. Place sugared side up on a greased cookie sheet. 
  7. Sprinkle each cookie with 2 or 3 drops of water.
  8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 375º F.

Note: Using butter in the recipe makes the cookies chewy instead of crunchy.


If you have an original family recipe you would like to submit for the newsletter, please email me at If your recipe is chosen, we'll feature it here with a link back to your blog! 

Snowman Family Diorama 


I found this adorable craft at The cute snowman family is made from the fingers of a glove! I love that it can be made to use as a decoration in your own home, or as a gift for others. The tutorial is excellent, making this a great craft for children or adults.


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Molly Saves! In the Powder Room   

Molly Saves! In the Powder Room   

 Perk up your powder room!




Get a prettier room and a prettier you, for less!


Wake up to a better bathroom with Molly's Money-Saving Digest for December. Whether your room needs just a tweak or an overhaul, you'll find help. Satisfied with your décor? We still have suggestions for you: tips for everything from organization to how to save on bathroom essentials. 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.

  • Learn how to make your own flavorful broth.
  • Find out why brining is the ideal way to prepare a turkey for roasting.
  • Read up on making sure your holiday decorations are safe for your pets.
  • Teach your kids that, sometimes, making is better than buying.
  • Get some tips on how to combat the effects of dry air in your home this winter.
  • Protect your hair--frugally--from the ravages of cold weather.
  • Find out which book gave Molly a new approach to housecleaning.
  • Use a little time and creativity to save on children's toys.
  • Learn how to winterize your home easily and inexpensively.

December's special feature is:

Molly Saves! In the Powder Room

Statistics say the average American spends two weeks a year in the bathroom. Sometimes, for moms, that's the most quiet, peaceful time we get in the midst of a busy day. You'll enjoy your bathroom "getaway" even more with Molly's ideas for appealing décor and clever storage. And you'll be surprised by the flood of savings when you make your own bathroom products, from cleaners to lotions to hair and facial treatments. So, grab this Digest and head to the powder room--or the recliner--and let the savings begin!


Read more and see a sample HERE.