Easter Scavenger Hunt

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Easter Scavenger Hunt

I know, I know, you probably are already hunting for eggs, but when my kids were little, we always had to wait for everyone to arrive BEFORE we could actually start hunting.  If you are in the same boat, here’s a quick scavenger hunt they can do while they are waiting for the big show:

  1. Basket
  2. Pastel colored ribbon {if you have little ones {or boys, ha!}, you may have to explain to them what pastel means}
  3. Jelly beans
  4. Carrot
  5. Chocolate Bunny
  6. Picture of Easter Bunny {they can draw it or take a picture of Easter decor}
  7. Marshmallow Peeps {everyone gets them, no one likes them}
  8. Plastic Easter Egg
  9. Something yellow
  10. Something green
  11. Something pink
  12. Something purple
  13. A sign of spring {tell them to think:  blades of green grass and hopefully not one of your tulips}
  14. A dyed egg
  15. Candy wrapped in foil

There are tons of things you can add to this list if it is nice enough to let the kids outside for a bit.  What would you add?

~Mavis

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Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

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Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

We decided to take the long way home from Portland and stopped the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Farmhouse Cafe.  Since we were there, we took the tour of the factory.  It’s a self-guided tour, complete with cheese samples.

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

Holy buckets, fresh cheese is sooo amazing, plus who doesn’t love a good squeaky cheese?

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

Tillamook is a farmer owned dairy co-op {about 100 farmers total}.  The cows all call Tillamook, Oregon home–and the company swears that the rainy valley means better grass for the cows.  Apparently, Tillamook is home to more cows than people.

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

In 1909, several small dairy farmers banded together and began making Tillamook cheese.  It’s grown over the years, but the co-op idea that is supposed to promote high quality has stayed the same.

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

The farmers try to ensure that everything is fresh–milk arrives at the factory within 1 hour of leaving the farm and it is turned into cheese within 24 hours of arriving at the factory.

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

After the tour, we stopped into the cafe for lunch.  It featured tons of Tillamook goodness {cheese sandwiches, anyone?}.   The site also has a creamery where you can sample Tillamook Ice Creams {some of the flavors I had never seen in the stores}.  Yum!

It was totally worth taking the long way home. ;)

Do you have a favorite Tillamook cheese? I think my new favorite is the extra sharp white cheddar.

~ Mavis

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe
4175 Highway 101 North
Tillamook, OR 97141

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 4/19/14

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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How to Make a Perennial Herb Basket

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Check out this moss lined perennial herb basket I made. Not only are perennial herb baskets a snap to make, but they can last for years. Wowza! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. ;)

Find out what how to make your own perennial herb basket in my latest eHow article.

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Friday Night at the Movies – To Make a Farm

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Tonight I plan on watching To Make a Farm.  It’s a documentary that follows five people who have decided to give small-scale farming a go.  Having a little farm would be awesome, but I suspect the documentary will show just how hard it is to make a living at it.

 to make a farm

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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Easter Trivia

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easter triviaI love to have little bits of trivia to share at each holiday.  It always a conversation filler, and it gives my kids a reason to roll their eyes at me.  Ha!

Here’s some cool little facts about Easter that are sure to impress {I tried to keep it non-secular, so as not to offend/exclude}:

  1. How did Easter get its name?  {from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eastre}
  2. What is the most popular color of jellybean?  {red}
  3. Why is an egg associated with Easter?  {It was the symbol associated with Eastre and is a symbol of “rebirth”}
  4. What group brought the Easter rabbit to the U.S.?  {The Germans, around the time of the Civil War}
  5. 76% of people prefer to eat what part of the chocolate bunny first?  {The ears}
  6. Is Easter on the same day every year?  {No, it occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox}
  7. How much do Americans spend on Easter candy every year?  {$200 millionHoly Cow!}
  8. How many chocolate Easter bunnies are sold each year? {1 million}
  9. In the song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” he’s got eggs for who?  {colored eggs for Sue}
  10. A female rabbit is called what?  {Doe}

Happy Easter!

~Mavis

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Foraging for Dinner in the Lettuce Jungle

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Last night during a ridiculously epic rain storm, I went foraging in the lettuce jungle for some salad fixin’s. Not having to go to the store is pretty high on my list pretty much everyday of the week. The crowds, the noises, the dirty shopping carts and baskets that never get washed {unless rain counts} are a big deterrent for me.

cutting lettuce leaves

But walking to the backyard in the rain to find something for dinner? No problem, they’ve got these things called umbrellas and let me tell you Bob, they are one of the coolest inventions ever.

giant bowl of homegrown lettuce

BYOS. Bring your own scissors and go home with a giant bowl of gourmet greens. :) planting tomatoes in a greenhouse

Ahh but what’s a trip to the garden if you can’t get a little sidetracked… right?planting tomatoes in a ginat tub

Last night before dinner I clean up the lettuce bed and transplanted my first 2 tomato plants {Sun Gold} to our greenhouse garden. It’s still a little too chilly to transplant the tomatoes directly into the garden beds, but they should be find in the greenhouse.

using tomato cages

Hot diggety dog, can you believe it? Tomato season is right around the corner.

Let’s get this party started!

~ Mavis

 

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Free Kindle Books, Perennial Flower Deals, Sewing Thread, Yummy Recipes, Polo Shirts, Garden Gear and More

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Happy Friday everyone, I am headed to the lovely town of Pasco, Washington this weekend. I have been there three times before and I have never been able to find anything cool to do so if you have any suggestions, PLEASE leave your ideas in the comment section below. I’m desperate. :)

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

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Seven Layer Bars Recipe

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seven layer bars

What’s better than one delicious thing? When you just keep layered them on top of each other until you’ve stacked SEVEN delicious things  to make the most delicious bars. Gooey and sweet and chewy and perfect. I always claim I’m making these for my kids, but really they’re for me!

graham cracker crust

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 {14 oz} can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut

seven 7 layer bars

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pour butter in bottom of 9×13 baking dish and swirl to coat bottom and sides. Evenly spread graham cracker crumbs over bottom of pan. Place a layer of chocolate chips, then butterscotch chips, and finally nuts over the graham crackers. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the nuts. Sprinkle coconut on top.

Bake for 25 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely before cutting.

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The Goonies House – Astoria, OR

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The Goonies House - Astoria, OR

On the way back home from our trip to Portland, we drove through Astoria, Oregon to check out the house from the movie Goonies. I used to quote Goonies all of the time as a kid {and I admit, quite a bit as an adult}, so when I found out it was released in 1985–almost 30 years ago, I felt old.  Really old.

the goonies house astoria oregon

You can’t go in the house, it’s a private residence, but you can walk up the driveway and see it.  Make sure to look left, because next door is Data’s house {Remember?  He used to zip-line over to Mikey’s}.  It looks pretty much exactly like it did in the movie…all those years ago.  Ah, nostalgia has a funny way of making you feel dated.

Astoria is a really neat town, so if you really want to make a day of it, check out all the different filming locations {including the Lighthouse Cafe}.

If you ever do stop to see it, like any true fan would, I dare you to shuffle truffle up the driveway. ;)

If you could visit the site of any movie location, what would it be?

Personally, I’d love to see the house from The Notebook,  Baby Boom, or Father of the Bride.

~Mavis

 

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