A Minute With Molly and Midge!
Celebrating May Day
April 24, 2012
In This Issue
From the Blog
Blooming Bouquets
Taste of Sonoma Chicken Salad
Molly Wants You!
The Coupon Craze
Mayday, mayday!
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Molly's Back!
The Coupon Craze:
Chaos or Common Cents?
 
 




















Hello Friends,

 

 May Day is just around the corner. Are you familiar with this holiday, and do you celebrate it? Throughout the centuries, May Day has been a traditional day of festivities celebrating spring. Did you know that May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers in America? In some parts of the U.S., it is customary to make May baskets. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left on someone's doorstep. May Day reminds me of our sweet neighbor. The first May Day in our new home, she placed a small handful of blossoms in a hanging flower cone. She placed the flowers on our front door, rang the bell, and quickly ran away. When we found her gift, there was a simple note tucked inside that said, "Happy May Day, we're so happy you're here."

 

May Day is just around the corner. Are you familiar with this holiday, and do you celebrate it? Throughout the centuries, May Day has been a traditional day of festivities celebrating spring. Did you know that May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers in America? In some parts of the U.S., it is customary to make May baskets. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left on someone's doorstep. May Day reminds me of our sweet neighbor. The first May Day in our new home, she placed a small handful of blossoms in a hanging flower cone. She placed the flowers on our front door, rang the bell, and quickly ran away. When we found her gift, there was a simple note tucked inside that said, "Happy May Day, we're so happy you're here."

 

 Take a peek at this tutorial  to make a hanging flower cone. It is a simple project with few required supplies; even children can be involved in the process. Do you have a neighbor who would be blessed by this gesture? Maybe my story will inspire you to do a little something this May Day in celebration. Will you write to me at Molly@econobusters.com and tell me about your May Day celebration or surprise gifts? We may include your submission in our next newsletter or on the blog. Your 15 minutes of fame are waiting . . .

 
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From the Blog

 Over at Econobusters, we've been taking about many interesting things, such as:
  • After-sports snack ideas.
  • Midge is all about strawberries this week. Learn how to make her yummy strawberry dip as you enjoy her always amusing anecdotes.
  • In Fabulous Friday I shared my plans for the weekend (and a neat tutorial). What did you do with yours? 
  • Are you intimidated by hosting a garage sale? See what I have to say about the topic of garage sales. 
  •  Need help with meal planning? Here are some of my top tips.
Blooming Bouquets

 

If you've never started flowers from seed before, Gardener's Supply Co. is bursting at the seams with information. You will learn which annual flowers are easiest to start from seed, plus other planting tips.

 

When planning a perennial flowerbed, there's a bit more to consider. Doug Green's Garden will tell you everything you need to know and more.

 

Curious about what to use for a natural and frugal weed killer? About.com gives you all the details.

 

Once you grow your flowers, we know you'd like to enjoy them! The Old Farmer's Almanac gives four tips on how to keep cut flowers looking fresh longer.

Taste of Sonoma Chicken Salad  

With warmer weather comes picnics, outdoor parties, and family gatherings. Whip up this yummy chicken salad for your next get-together, and you'll have your guests in awe!

 

Ingredients:

 

4 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into1-inch cubes

1 large bunch (about 2 cups) red seedless grapes, halved

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or toasted almonds

˝ cup mayonnaise (or a little more)

1˝ to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons poppy (or celery) seeds

Salt and pepper, to taste.

 

Directions:

  1.  In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, poppy or celery seeds, salt, and pepper to make a dressing; set aside.
  2. In another bowl, combine the chicken, grapes, celery, and nuts.
  3. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and toss. If it seems dry, add a little more mayonnaise and a dash of vinegar.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for two hours (or overnight) to chill and allow the flavors to heighten.Serve with whole-grain bread or crackers, or on dark green, leafy lettuce.

This recipe is from my cookbook Molly Green: Fresh! This cookbook comes to you free of cost, so pick one up today and whip up some summer-fresh recipes for your family.

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Dear Molly Members,  

 

 Have you had a chance to finish your April issue? May is right around the corner, and so is the May issue! I think you'll be pleased with all it has to offer. If you're not a member, we'd love to have you  join us. For only $3.85 a month, you receive each new magazine as it hits the shelf (retail price $4.95), as well as all of my back issues. Note: Once you've been a Molly Member for 60 days, you'll find my E-Book Molly Goes Camping in your Member Pages-just in time for the camping season!

 

Molly Green Magazine is interested in what you have to share. Have an article idea? Send it to us here, and we'll take a look. We're always looking for guest writers! We're changing with the times and wi
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ll be adding video to some of our articles. If you have something you'd like to write about and are willing to include an accompanying video, please 

mention that in your article submission notes. We want to see our Molly Members in action!


 

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The Coupon Craze

 

The wait is finally over!  Molly Green Magazine is here.This inaugural issue is filled with loads of couponing strategies and money-saving tips. You'll be able to find this issue in our new store (or your member pages, if you're a member).

  • Repurpose a cork board in to "Coupon Central." 
  • Feed a family of four to six for less than $20.   
  • Teach your children to coupon.  
  • Create your own in-home spa.  
  • Discover home pet care for less.  
  • Learn how to shop the big-box stores.  

Grab this issue up or save money and subscribe.

From Midge MidgeHeadShot

 

Mayday, mayday . . . this is Midge, and I am sinking under a pile of my family's laundry. Is there anyone out there? Could someone possibly help by bringing an extra washing machine and some snack-size chimichangas? Mayday, mayday . . .

Now, you can tell what my week has been like. I did not even know that we had acquired this many clothes, towels, and sheets in our home. I have one large basket containing baby laundry alone. At this point, I would give up and throw in the towel . . . if I could just find a clean one.


 When Molly first asked me to write a newsletter article on Mayday, this was the first thing that came to mind. Then, after an embarrassing yet clarifying email exchange, I realized the topic was about that warm, fuzzy, and not often celebrated holiday May Day. After a little research on May Day history, I was pleased to discover more!

 

A necklace of flowers would be so nice on May 1 if you lived in Hawaii and celebrated Lei Day on May Day. My friend in Montana was surprised last year to find a small basket of flowers and other sweet things on her doorstep after assuming some kooky kids were playing ding-dong ditch. As for me, I think we should make May Day a "surprise a friend with something special day," especially those friends who may be having their own sort of crisis (laundry or otherwise).

 

If you are popping by my house, feel free to leave me a basket with jars of pico de gallo or jalapeno cream cheese to go with my chimichangas. It is going to be a long week.

 

Molly, how do you keep ahead of your laundry chores? Mine just seems to pile sky-high, and then we spend the whole weekend washing, drying, folding, and putting them away, just to repeat the cycle again. Help!

 

Love ya,

Midge the Laundry Knight


 Head on over to Econobusters to read Molly's reply. To hear more from Midge, check back, especially on Thursdays!