Plant Tulip Bulbs in Fall for a Colorful Spring Garden

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mass-planting-tulip-bedsI know it’s starting to get a little gray and gloomy out there, so it seems odd to be thinking color right now. But even though planting might be the last thing on your mind, tulip bulbs shouldn’t be. I’m talking all about fall bulb planting in my latest eHow article: Plant Tulip Bulbs Now for Fall Color.

When my daughter was 3 years old, we made a our first trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in La Conner, Wash. That trip really opened a whole new world to me. I had no clue there were so many tulip varieties available, and ever since that trip, I’ve tried to plant a few new varieties each spring.

My all time favorite tulip variety is the Parrot Tulip. Their frayed edges make me swoon and every fall when I pass by the big tulip displays at the store, I just have to grab a few bulbs to add to my collection. 

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – The Big Year

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I recently watched The Big Year on a flight, and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.  I was expecting goofy and ridiculous, but it was actually amusing and clever.  If you are looking for a light-hearted feel-good movie, you should totally check it out.  It’s about three men, each in different phases of their life, who go on a year long adventure {turned competition} to do all of the things they always dreamed about doing.

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Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Mavis’ Remodel Blog Day 24 – What is the Best Counter Top for White Cabinets?

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Cameron has been busy installing our new kitchen cabinets this week. He’s a newbie. This is his first time installing kitchen cabinets so it’s taking him a little longer than it normally would. But that’s okay, we’ve all got to learn. I have no problem with being Chino the Handyman’s guinea pig as long as it’s going to save me a little bit of money in the end. ;)
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Last night, after Cameron was all done installing the white cabinets and had gone home, the HH and I figured out that the cabinet guy ordered the wrong sized cabinets for above the refrigerator. They’re about 3 inches too long. Oops! Oh well, what’s another week or two… right? It’s an easy fix and it won’t interfere with the floors, counter tops or backslash tile being installed so I am not freaking out.

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The view out the kitchen window is going to be AWESOME, don’t you think?

measuring kitchen counter tops

Javier the counter top guy also stopped by to take measurements. Chino warned me ahead of time the original counter top I had picked out was out of stock and I needed to pick a new one. Which actually was a blessing in disguise because I played it safe the first time {like I always do} and chose something very neutral that I was not 10 million times in love with {My white kitchen cabinets are an exception though}.

To quote Dorkis Lane from Larkrise to Candlford “it’s my one weakness.” And I do it every time when it comes to choosing paint, counter tops or cabinet colors. In the back of my mind I’m always thinking… what will the people who buy this house from us like? What can I put in here that won’t turn someone off  when it comes time to sell the house?  I hate that I won’t just GO FOR IT and pick something I am truly in love with.

the best counter top for white cabinets

I am truly in love with one of the counter top samples above though. Like, as in, I knew the second I saw it that’s what I wanted to install in the new kitchen but was too afraid to take the plunge.

To get a general consensus though, I called up my friend {and new neighbor} The Church Lady and asked her to pop over for a second and give her opinion. I asked Javier which counter top he would choose to go with the white cabinets and the HH as well. And to my surprise, each of them picked the same thing {without me telling them which counter top sample I liked best first}.

brown and black granite counter top#1 Santa Cecilia Granite

serra quartz white cabinets

#2 Serra Pental Quartz
safari polished quartz

#3 Safari Polished Quartz giallo ornamental granite white cabinets

#4 Giallo Ornamental Granite

Which one would YOU choose? Which one do you think would go best with white cabinets and a dark hardwood floor?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Santa Express Train Tickets, Slippers, Boys Clothing, Online Sales, Recipes and More

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I am totally jumping for joy today because I just found out there won’t be any workers at our house this weekend! Wahooooo! You can bet I plan on hanging out in my pj’s all weekend painting walls and puttering around the garden {if it ever stops raining}. I hope you get to relax this weekend too. :)

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

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You can never go wrong with Rice Krispie Treats, especially when they look this adorable and Halloweenish! Check out how to make these colorful Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats HERE. Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

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When I get my kitchen back {man, I sure miss it!}, one of the first things I’m baking is this Apple Coffee Cake. It’s a really perfect way to use up that fall apple crop {apples are so cheap this time of year!}. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Mavis Butterfield’s Budget-Savvy Halloween Crafts on King 5 News

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I stopped by the King 5 Studios today to make some fun and inexpensive crafts on New Day Northwest and things got a little out of control with co-host Jim Dever {of course it did!}. Here’s the video in case you missed it.

Have a great night everyone,

~ Mavis

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Bento Box Ideas For Teens – Salami, Olives, Cheese, Grape Tomatoes (Antipasto)

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Mama Mia!  This is a great bento box for teens {or anyone else with a little bit higher culinary tastes}.  Heck, make two, one for your teen, and one for you to enjoy.  It’s like a box of sophisticated indulgence. :)

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Ingredients

  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Cheese
  • Salami
  • Crackers

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Directions

Cut cheese into cubes and then place the cubes into a  silicone baking cup.  In another silicone baking cup, place washed and dried grape tomatoes.  Fill a third silicone baking cup up with olives.  Place crackers along one edge of the container.   Next to the crackers, place salami.

Arrange the cheese, grape tomatoes, and olive cups in the remaining space in the container.  If you want to really turn it up a notch, make a little antipasto kabob, using an appetizer toothpick and place it on top.  You know, gently guide your teen to culinary sophistication. :)

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Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween Safety Tips

I love Halloween.  And not just because it gives me a reason to grow tons of Jack-o-lantern pumpkins.  I just love the whole dressing up and excitement of it all.  The kids are giddy, there’s candy.  Seriously, what’s not to love?

If you plan on heading out with your little ones this Halloween–or if  they are finally old enough to head out on their own, here are a couple of tips to keep them safe during their sugar-buzzed frenzy:

  1. Glow sticks are awesome.  They are cheap, the kids can wear them around their neck, and best of all, cars can see them.
  2. Masks are cool, but it your little one can’t see, they become kind of a risky blindfold.  If the mask makes the costume, consider cutting out larger eye holes.
  3. If your kiddos head out on their own, plan a route that you both agree on ahead of time.  That way, you know where they are, and they know exactly where they are supposed to be.
  4. Feed the kids a HUGE healthy meal prior to them leaving.  They will be way too full to over-indulge in candy {or at least, they will in theory!}
  5. Try battery operated candles instead of real ones in your pumpkin.  You completely eliminate the fire hazard, because face it, no one wants to remember the Halloween that the house went up in flames.
  6. If your child’s costume is darkly colored, consider adding reflective tape.  It can be super hard to see little ones darting across the street otherwise.
  7. Only go to well-lit homes.  This eliminates the hazard of kiddos tripping, and it just plain respectful to people who don’t really want to participate in the holiday.
  8. Kids going without an adult should always travel in a group.  Safety in numbers.
  9. Check your kids’ candy at the end of the night.  Feel free to confiscate all of the KitKat bars for yourself–for safety reasons, of course.
  10. If you are handing out candy, make sure to clear your own porch of any tripping hazards, etc.  {Roll up the hoses and secure the trap doors–ha!}  Nobody needs a broken leg and a lawsuit.

Hope you have a safe and HAPPY Halloween.

~Mavis

 

 

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Labeling GMOs

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Both Colorado and Oregon voters will have to decide whether they want to require GMO labels on their food this fall. according to an article I found recently.  Both bills would require labels on GMO grown foods {though, it will not require meat or milk from cows that have been fed GMO crops, gum, alcohol, or pet food to be labeled}.

At this point, I’m pretty sure basically everyone has heard of GMOs, and has an opinion on it one way or another–and that’s what I found super interesting about this debate.  Each side has their own argument for and against the bill.  Obviously, proponents of the bill feel consumers have a right to know what is in their food and how it is grown.  One proponent said the debate isn’t about “whether GMOs are safe or they’re good for you or bad for you.  But it is about a right to know what’s in our fod supply.”  Opponents say that one, there is not enough evidence that GMOs are harmful, and two, because there is not enough evidence that they are harmful, it is inviting too much government regulation.  One farmer who grows GMO sugar beets feels that labeling his sugar GMO would be misleading, as the end result sugar contains “‘no GE material in the sugar’ because there’s no DNA or protein left in the final sugar product.”

I’ll admit, I’m super curious to see how this one goes.  I would love it if they labeled GMO grown food.  Personally, when I am shopping, and see food labeled NON GMO, I am more likely to grab that product over another.  So, that leads me to another question, if they can’t get GMO labels, would you like to see more NON GMO verified labels on your food?  Would it make a difference in what you bought?

~Mavis

 

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Free Kindle Books, Salmon Pouches, Organic Gardening Magazine $5.99, Nutella Recipe, Coupons and More

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clear toaster

Did you know a clear toaster has been invented? Holy canolies people, what have I been missing out on all these years. NO MORE BURNT Toast!!! :)

If you are a local, be sure to tune in to King 5 New Day Northwest around 11 am this morning… I’ll be talking to Margaret Larson about everything pumpkins and trying not to mess up.

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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One of my favorite Halloween crafts I’ve ever done. They seem so simple {because they are}, but yet they are so adorable. Check out how cute these DIY Halloween Mason Jar Mummies turned out! Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

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Nutella Banana Nut Bread is a dangerous thing really. If you have no will power, walk away now. Don’t ever take one bite. Because we’re talking mixing two of the greatest things on the planet, which results in a taste bud explosion. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Easy Moving Tips: Use Linens & Table Runners to Pack Dishes

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unnamedAs you are probably well aware, we just got done with a pretty big move. Through that moving process I picked up on a bunch of moving and packing tips that helped us out a ton!  Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite.

Sometimes the easiest tips are the best. Here’s one that won’t cost you a penny and will actually save you some money you might have spent on packing material. I used all my table runners and linens to pack my dishes. Fold them up, line them with or stuff them in. Whatever way you choose to use them, they help keep glass from touching glass, resulting in chips and breaks.

Now I mostly used just the linens and table runners because I had plenty. But you can also use dish towels, bathrooms towels and I’ve even heard of people wrapping their glasses in socks, although that totally weirds me out!

So there you have it. One super simple moving/packing tip. What are some of your best packing tips?

 

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