FREE Molly Green Magazine: March, April

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Leap into Spring with a jump start on all things Homesteading. Right now – you can get the new issue of Molly Green Magazine . . . FREE!

A sneak peek at what’s inside:

  • In Notes from the Heart, Patricia Hunter talks about using what you’ve got
  • The FlyLady (Marla Cilley) talks to Molly readers about getting started with a system to help life become more organized
  • Sharon White provides a fun, votive candle holder project in Something Old, Something New
  • Gardening from the North and Gardening from the South are sure to give you great gardening tips, spring is the perfect time to begin planning!
  • In Hearth & HomeLisa Barthuly brings you some examples on natural spring cleaning
  • Eric Osborn is back and writes from the male perspective in Ancient Ways in the 21st Century
  • Kids in the Kitchen is just one of the featured articles from our friends over at Build A Menu
  • In Here’s to Your HealthSusan Lyttek shares how to survive ear infections at home
  • Beekeeping 101 is yet another featured article that will walk you through the basics of beekeeping

The Spring issue will help you get organized using what you have, and with efficient tips from our resident expert Marla Cilley – aka. The FlyLady. Home projects, gardening, and natural cleaning articles will inspire and equip you to be the best homemaker you can be. Get recipe ideas the whole family will enjoy. Increase wisdom and know-how by learning about natural cures to keep the family healthy, and investigate the idea of a new family hobby with Beekeeping 101.

This is just a taste of what you will find in this Spring issue -but  best of all – for a short time you can get it all for free!

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Molly Green Magazine: Homesteading 101

Molly celebrates Homesteading!

In this issue, Molly brings you on a tour around the homestead, just in time for spring!

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Look for these topics and more:

  • In Notes from the Heart, Patricia Hunter talks about using what you’ve got
  • The FlyLady (Marla Cilley) talks to Molly readers about getting started with a system to help life become more organized
  • Sharon White provides a fun, votive candle holder project in Something Old, Something New
  • Gardening from the North and Gardening from the South are sure to give you great gardening tips, spring is the perfect time to begin planning!
  • In Hearth & HomeLisa Barthuly brings you some examples on natural spring cleaning
  • Eric Osborn is back and writes from the male perspective in Ancient Ways in the 21st Century
  • Kids in the Kitchen is just one of the featured articles from our friends over at Build a Menu
  • In Here’s to Your HealthSusan Lyttek shares how to survive ear infections at home
  • Beekeeping 101 is yet another featured article that will walk you through the basics of beekeeping

See why readers love Molly Green Magazine—see what’s inside!


Click here for a preview!

Director of Publication: Becky Bleck
Director of Advertising: Lisa Barthuly
Project Editor: Dara Ekanger
Cover Design, Layout, and Art Direction: Ronda Bodenstab

Contributing Writers: Rhonda Barfield, Lisa Barthuly, Karee Blunt, Leah Courtney, Betty Daley, James Duke, Meredith Duke, Sharon Duncan, Lisa Holcomb, Patricia Hunter, McKenzi Knapp, Susan Lyttek, Eric Osborn, April Schroader, Sharon Shirey, Morgan Treece, Anna Vaagen, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White


Publication: 2014
Pages: 71
File Size: 10.9


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Christmas cleaning: ‘Tis the season to come clean

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There are few things I dislike more than setting up Christmas in a dirty house. With the hustle and bustle of the season, Thanksgiving travels,  jumping right into Christmas and a household full of busy little people . . . well, that dirty house can sneak right up on you! This is true for me anyways, so I imagine there must be at least a few friends out there who are also plagued by it.

I grew up in a household where my mother never let the dust settle, in more ways than one. While I may never manage to measure up to her white glove standards, I can sure give it the old college try. I’ve learned an awful lot from her stellar example.

One of the best tips I’ve retained from her tutelage is to have a routine. She gets up in the morning, showers and dresses. She does her hair and then applies makeup, all before starting her household cleaning routine.  When I picture the 50′s version of the “perfect housewife”, there is no need to imagine June Cleaver, I have my mother.

Although I would love to tell you that I am always perfectly put together for the morning routine, the truth is, I miss that mark regularly and I can’t remember the last time I applied lipstick before doing the dishes. It may sound silly, but the truth is, when I look better, it helps me feel better and then I might even enjoy those dishes a little more. Note to self: apply lipstick, implement routine.

As Christmas is quickly approaching, I’ve found myself off routine. It’s easy to get side tracked during the holidays, but can be all that much more important to dig in and stick to the plan. Here’s the key, it doesn’t need to be a complicated plan.

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When I get behind (and I do get behind) I need to remember not to become overwhelmed. Instead, it’s better to break things down into bite size pieces, strap on the rubber gloves, get out the trusty soap bucket, and go to town.

Using a 15 minute plan helps to accomplish more without feeling behind.

Set the timer. Start in the kitchen and get those dishes and counters clean. Make a master list, and then divide it into sections and attack in 15 minute increments. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in that amount of time. It will inspire you to do more.

Soon enough, everything will indeed be merry & bright!

Need more guidance? Enter the solution – The Fly Lady

If you aren’t familiar with her, you are in for a treat. She is full of helpful information to help you come clean.

Guess what else? The Fly Lady has a column in the new Molly Green Magazine! She’ll be gracing us with her presence and sharing her valuable insight all year long.

If you don’t have your Molly Membership yet, you can check it out here and enter to win a full year.

I’m off to take care of some dishes, and then move to the family room. Now, if I can just find that lip stick . . . . .

linking with: Works for me Wednesday


Cooking with Kids during the Holidays: a simple muffin recipe

Works for Me Wednesday:

Do you cook with the kids during the holidays

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A simple way to get kids involved in preparing for company or helping to feed the family during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons . . . let them make cake – well, muffins anyway! This easy, frugal recipe will be sure to surprise you. It makes a delicious, moist muffin the whole family will love.



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Follow directions on box and after spooning into muffin cups, sprinkle generous spoonful of brown sugar on top of each muffin before baking.

Find ways to allow your children to help out in the kitchen. Baking cookies for a sweet neighbor, making muffins for the elderly couple down the street, or even stirring up a special mix of snacks for visiting cousins can go a long way towards making them feel like a big part of things. Encouraging your children as they learn in the kitchen helps grow their self esteem and lets them know they have an important role in the family.

Cooking and baking together can be a terrific way to start family traditions that your children will treasure for a lifetime!

It’s also a wonderful way to teach them to think of others and to show them how to reach out to people in the community.

Try this simple recipe for starters. The muffins are delicious and the children will be so proud!

Linking with Works for Me Wednesday

How about you? Do you have special traditions that involve cooking with the kiddos during the holidays

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Crackin’ Eggs

Guest Blog by: Midge

How many eggs did I crack to extract one yolk perfectly?  I admit it took me five tries the first time I tried to separate an egg yolk from an egg white.  Once I actually dropped the egg on the floor before I even attempted to crack it.  Just call me butter fingers!  But most of the other times, I ended up puncturing the egg with the sharp side of the shell or losing the egg yolk into the bowl while shifting the yolk from shell to shell.

I watched some chefs on TV (and the internet – check out my links below) cracking eggs with ease.  I never had a need to learn this technique until the dessert I was making for my husband called for five egg yolks (read my first Crème Brule posts here: Midge Blog #1   and Midge Blog#2).  At first, I made an alternative recipe that used the whole egg but then I got brave.  What could be so hard about separating eggs?

When my husband and I got married, we received a variety of odds and ends kitchen gadgets.  We have a small pile of these utensils in which we have never figured out their use in the kitchen.  I was sure that one of the tools looked like it just might be the answer to my egg separating woes.

After attempting to separate eggs using this tool, I discovered I was wrong.  It definitely was not the right utensil unless I was cracking ostrich eggs!  The yolk fell right down the middle and broke into the bowl.

I had to go back to doing it by hand.  But, on the bright side of things, I taught my niece how to separate eggs during my lengthy, egg wasting learning process.  We also ended up with omelets for dinner several nights in a row.  So, all is well that ends well, right?

But, I am still curious about the purpose of this odd kitchen gadget?  It is stainless steel and looks like a giant lollipop…  Any ideas?

I will try to post a picture… this is only my third time blogging so bear with me as I learn the ins and outs of posting!

Four Easy Steps to Separate an Egg

Separating an Egg Video Instructions

Apples, Apples and more Apples!

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“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” — Jane Austen

This excerpt was taken from the SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE OF MOLLY MAGAZINE which helps you to organize your pantry, save money and more!  ALSO, be sure not to miss out on all of the fun links to recipes and learning activities I have shared at the end of the blog! 

Lately, I have been eating, sleeping, and dreaming about . . . APPLES!

apples graphicFall is my favorite time of year. The weather cools down and chilly breezes can be felt as I walk to the mailbox each morning. In the afternoon, our local park is abuzz with soccer coaches’ whistles and the quiet hum of laughter filled children playing and running. An occasional fall rain shower brings the smell of the wet street and dying grass to your senses. It is also the season of Thanksgiving and apples!

My mother and father-in-law came for a visit recently. They brought three buckets full of small apples from their apple trees at the ranch. I have never had that many apples in my home before and had no idea what to do with them!

One look at those apples and I knew that I was not going to let any of them go to waste. I opened a cookbook and picked out a recipe that called for the largest amount of apples with the least amount of other ingredients and got set to go to work. I used an apple peeler/corer we received as one of our wedding gifts (and yes, this was the first time I used it!). I peeled, cut, sliced, and then repeated the process until I was tired of turning the crank on my new kitchen gadget. Finally, I piled all of them in the slow cooker with a few other sparse ingredients; and then let it cook for about 8-10 hours.

The reason you don’t see the recipe included in this letter is because it did not quite turn out the way I intended! It was supposed to make apple butter but instead it was more like apple sauce. The good news was our little one year old Sarah ate it like a champ (unlike the CARROT BABY FOOD DISASTER)! And my husband, a big fan of apple butter, had four helpings at one setting. Compared to my one small spoonful, I started to feel like I was wimping out on enjoying those apples!

After all was said and done I still had 2 ½ buckets full of apples left over and had met at least three little worms in the buckets in addition to the worm which managed to get stuck in my dishwasher (don’t even ask). I remember drawing book worms as a kid on my reading reports. I guess I never thought that this idea had to originate from somewhere!!! It came from my apple buckets!



Help! I want to make or create something special with all of these apples. Fall is the time for apples and apple pies but if I have to eat them all in the next month or two, I fear I will never want to look at another apple again!  How do you store your apples? What are a few of your favorite apple recipes? My husband keeps saying that he has a hankering for an apple crisp dessert. Do you have a great recipe to make this?

Love ya,

Midge, the real live book worm

You can find Molly’s response here: SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE OF MOLLY MAGAZINE



Caramel Apple Salad from Life with Moore Babies

Tree to Table Applesauce with no added sugar! From Training Happy Hearts

3 apple recipes plus tips for kids in the kitchen from Kids with Food Allergies

Crafts and Fun:

Torn Paper Apple Tree from 3 Dinosaurs

Apple Pie Scented Play Dough from To the Moon and Back

Melted Crayon Leaves and Apples by Life with Moore Babies


Nature Study ~ Apple Trees from Mom’s Heart

FREE apple calendar cards from 3 Dinosaurs

A Week with Apples from Mercy is New



Kids in the Kitchen ~ FREE FOR YOU!

Guest blog by: Inger Koppenhaver

My children would love to have their home kitchen run just like our small town café . . . complete with menus, tablecloths, and all the particulars! Then, they could order their favorite meal whenever they get hungry. Today we are going to give our children a fun taste of what it might be like to actually transform your kitchen into “Your Family’s Café”. So, DITCH THE DESK, focus on your reading/writing skills in weeks one and two while we create our own menus! In weeks three and four, we will focus a bit more on math and menu planning with a bit of kitchen cuisine thrown in!

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Ditch the Desk ~ My Family’s Café

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Inger grew up in a city by the beach in California, but loves living in her small Norman Rockwell kind of town on the prairie in Montana. She is a published author and a homeschool mom of four adorable children who also just happens to own a 50′s style café with her mother-in-law. You can find her blogging at and her café can be found here:


Frugal Friday~ Linky Party

There are so many different ways to live a frugal  lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. This linky party will now be open for the entire month of July (expiring August 1st). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about my favorite kinds of books to read (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my response.  Molly


Dear Midge,

I have to admit I haven’t been reading too many books lately but when I do, I find myself drawn to ”how-to”  books. I always enjoy learning something new so on my bookshelf are SO many of these kinds of books. I also enjoy reading  cookbooks/recipes. I love to peruse new recipes and different ways to prepare food(s). Experimenting in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do (when I have time!). I can usually tell if the new recipe will be a hit before it even hits the table. . . children begin to randomly appear in the kitchen inquiring about the yummy aroma! :)

My all time favorite kitchen scent has to be cinnamon rolls! Who doesn’t love that smell? What a great idea. . . I think I’ll get my recipe right now, gather the ingredients and make these for tomorrow morning!

Love ya, Molly


Frugal Friday Linky Party

To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first. . .


1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything  related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also  include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like  Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!


2. Please, no link-ups to giveaways or blog topics in which you are just selling a product.


3. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.


4. Grab our linky graphic (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post.


5. If a linked up post does not meet the above guidelines, it will  be removed.


6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!


Living frugally means living, learning, and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share (to see other blogs who have linked up, click the link below)!  Ready, set, link!


72-HOUR Patriotic Sale on Molly Green Annual Memberships — only $29.99!

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…from Molly, Midge & Econobusters

We all know that freedom isn’t free. So, I want to start this message out by thanking all those — past and present — who have sacrificed so much for our future freedoms! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! 

On a slightly different note, learning to be more frugal and cooking better for our families comes at a price too. We always try to keep the costs of our resources affordable, because we care! We’re right there with you in the trenches learning and stretching ourselves every day. We know so many of you are one-income families, or struggling through job-loss, or maybe you’re just trying to keep your head above water since the economy took a dive in the last few years. Molly Green Magazine and was BORN for such a time as this.

Our founders wanted to pass on what they were learning and how it was making a huge difference in their families on many different levels. We have continued that vision to this day and our honest desire is that continues to be a safe community where you will glean information from our team and each other while also sharing your own successes and failures with others who have the same goal — to provide a loving and nurturing home for our kids while also teaching them to “leave the nest” and fly, well-equipped to do the same for their own future family.

As usual, Midge and I have lots of exciting things in the works for Molly Green Magazine and and we’re really looking forward to sharing those with you all in the very near future.
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