Molly, where have you been all my life? This week, I've been reading through Molly's moneysaving digest, January 2010.This is one resource that I will definitely be utilizing every month. There is so much great info to share, so I'll start at the beginning.
One of the first sections is called begin with the basics, and Molly must have had me in mind with that title. This month features homemade piecrusts, which, until now, have really intimidated me. The instructor, Mrs. Martha Greene shares eight pages of piecrust techniques as well as a few yummy recipes. Being the novice that I am, I tried out the beginner bakers buttery pressed crust. It really was easy for me, though I will say that when Mrs. Greene suggests a large pie pan, she means a large pie pan! If your pie dish is too small, you'll end up with a very thick crust. We made a pudding pie and it was pretty good.I'm inspired to try the other recipes very soon.
It's hard to pick a favorite section out of this digest, 'cause there is really so much great stuff in here, but one I like best is the tips and tools for organization. 2010 is going to be my year to finally get organized, I just know it! Along with a monthly calendar, there are printable forms for your bills, monthly budget, even a family clothing inventory list.All you need to do is fill it out. Love it.
Molly has also included a section called Feather Your Nest- Frugally. Who doesn't want to freshen up the house affordably, right? So, using your computer, you can print scripture verses and display them in inexpensive frames around the house. I like that it's easy to change them out monthly or seasonally.
If you're anything like me, it can be a challenge to keep out of the dinner rut, and within the digest are a week's worth of meals, plus a shopping list. Tonight, my family will be enjoying the zesty pork tenderloin that I've got marinating in the fridge. I also have my eye on the strawberry pretzel salad and peanut butter cookies. Time to eat yet?
The little ones have not been forgotten. The kids corner features a section for teaching good money habits, including a homemade piggy bank and practice forms for learning to write checks and keep a ledger.
I've got to tell you, I love this resource, and I can't wait to see what's coming in the future issues.Towards the end are several pages devoted to reader e-mails, links and other encouraging words. I've been thinking that this would be a great gift to print out and put in a binder for friends, moms, anyone really. Definitely a must have for your home.