Spinach, Avocado, Blueberry and Apple Smoothie

Spinach, Avocado, Blueberry and Apple Smoothie

Spinach, Avocado, Blueberry and Apple SmoothieNow that The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird is home for the summer, you can bet your last cupcake we’ll be getting 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  That kids LOVES her veggies. And lucky for us, she LOVES to cook, and bake and even help me with my canning projects. But most of all, she loves coming up with new smoothie concoctions. And lucky us, we get to try them all. :) {Little known fact… her love affair with smoothies began way before the HH gave her a blender for her 16th birthday}

This morning she made a spinach, avocado, blueberry and apple smoothie and let me tell you Bob, it was delicious. Here’s her recipe:

Spinach, Avocado, Blueberry and Apple SmoothieIngredients
1 1/2 cups apple juice
2 cups spinach
1 apple cored, and sliced
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 ice cubes

Spinach, Avocado, Blueberry and Apple Smoothie recipe

Directions
Combine the apple juice, spinach, apple, avocado, blueberries, and in a blender and puree until smooth {about 30-45 seconds}. Drink up!

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Earn a FREE Book with Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

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If you have a Barnes and Noble nearby and children in the first through six grade, you’ll want to sign them up for the  Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program lickety split!

Children who sign up and read 8 books this summer, can bring in their reading journal to their local Barnes & Noble and pick out a FREE book from a list of selected books. Pretty awesome if you ask me!
Here Is How:

Step 1. Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal  (PDF).

Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store between May 19th and September 7th, 2015. Find a Store.

Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from their selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.
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Head on over HERE to find out more about this FREE summer reading program.

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DIY Knee Patch Tutorial

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jeans patchYears ago it would seem like by the time summer rolled around my kids jeans were on their last leg. It was hard for me to justify buying new jeans for them knowing they’d rarely wear them during the summer months and I would have to buy more when we went shopping for the new school year. My friend Zoe has a great solution: an awesome DIY Knee Patch Tutorial:

My eldest boy has a thing with wearing the knees out of his jeans. Maybe it’s because I buy used clothing. At any rate, this is how I take care of the problem.

1. Start by ripping out the inner leg seam. For a small pair of pants, you practically have to rip from the crotch down to the hem, but not quite. I ripped from pin to pin on this pair of jeans.

Pop on over to Zoe’s site and read the whole article HERE.
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Petunias, Hillbillies, Coon Hunting, Spotted Prawns and Picking up Sticks

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mavis butterfieldYesterday on my way home from my live segment on a New Day Northwest I only had one thing on my mind. GET OUTSIDE and plant something. :) And I did. In fact I was out there until about 8 o’clock last night. It was pure bliss.

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I’m happy to report my Costco flower basket has been hung by the front door and my front porch flowerpots have been planted {I still need to find some sweet potato vines to tuck in there though}.

seed starting trays

I also planted 5 flats of seeds! {Dwarf sunflowers and 3 kinds of lettuce}. Once the sunflowers are about 6″ tall I’ll move them to my front flower bed. chicken

Did I tell you The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird is home for the summer? YES SHE IS. 

chicken tractor

She wanted to stop by Mr. & Mrs. Hillbillies house to check out their chicks and the coop they set up. Unfortunately, there has already been 1 causality.  A raccoon stuck it’s paw through the wire and tried to pull out one the 8 week old chicks for a snack. The sweet little hen died.

Mr. Hillbilly has since set up an electric fence around the perimeter, armed himself with his .22 and put up his game camera.

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I get the feeling he will be passing out coon skinned caps this Christmas.weenies and shrimp

He’s keeping busy waiting for the raccoon to come back by making gumbo on the back porch.
clear cut forest

Shortly after we moved from our last neighborhood, loggers came in and cleared about 1,000 acres of forest behind the houses. Everyone loves the fact that they have more sunlight in their backyard, but I don’t think anyone is happy about their forest like setting being taken away. I know I would have missed it dearly.
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Kids need dirt and trees and trails to explore.

Wouldn’t you agree?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Peanuts, Garden Hoses, Kindle Deals, Freezing Cookie Dough and More

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Happy Tuesday!

The puggle princess and I woke up to rain this morning which is exactly what I was hoping for as we will be planting 8 trees today along in side yard area. The 1,000 vinca minor plants should be arriving tomorrow so I may go out and dig the holes today since the ground will be easy to work with.

Gardening season…. it’s finally here! Wahooooooo.

Have a great day everyone.

Mavis

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Amazon has the Kindles on sale as low as $59 shipped!

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If you are looking for a good garden hose, checkout these deals. {I just ordered the 100 foot hose for my backyard}.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Bon Appetite Magazine for $4.99 or Organic Life Magazine for $5.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire 5/5/15 at midnight EST.

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Amazon has the widely popular Kitchen Active Spiralizer Spiral Slicer Zucchini, Spaghetti, Pasta Maker on sale for $7.97 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. 

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These Chewy Chocolatey Nutella Brownies will be gone before you blink. They are like magic disappearing brownies! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Desserts Pinterest Board.

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Amazon has the Perky-Pet Copper Panorama Bird Feeder on sale for $16.78. I’m thinking about getting one of these for the backyard. 

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day – adidas Hiking Wandertag Jacket $38.73 {was $99}

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Enter by May 15th for a chance to win an REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer trip, plus exclusive Toad&Co Modern Travel clothing.

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If you are looking for a inexpensive case for your sunglasses or eyeglasses, Amazon has the Large Sunglasses Eyeglasses Case with Zipper on sale for $2.12 shipped. 

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Attention Philosophy Bubble Bath Lovers…. Today only you can buy one 16oz Shower Gel and Get one FREE when you enter the promo code marg at checkout. This is my favorite Brand of bubble bath!!! Shop Philosophy .

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 6pm has the PATRIZIA Café Sandal by Spring Step on sale for just $22.99 shipped!

Here is a link to yesterday’s New Day Northwest segment if you are interested. My portion starts at 1:16.

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If you are remodeling a bathroom, The Home Depot is offering 60% OFF SELECT BATH VANITIES & MIRRORS today online as their Deal of the Day.

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 18 of 52

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Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 18 of 52
Holy canolies! I just checked the weather forecast for this week and we are supposed to get some sunshine everyday this week but one. I guess that means BBQ season has officially begun! Yee-Haw.

Here are a few recipes for this week:
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Poppy Seed Muffins – Some weeks I don’t want to have to think about breakfast. I just want everyone to grab something and get out of the door, that’s where these muffins come in.   You make them once and they feed you most  of the week.  {Pin it for Later}

Bacon Pancakes – Adding bacon to pancakes is such a simple thing, but you’d think my family won the lottery by how excited they get when they see that these are for breakfast.  {Pin it for Later}

Sausage and Apple Cheddar Biscuit Bake – This is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast.  It’s great if you need to feed a large, hungry crowd too.  {Pin it for Later}

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4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Wrap – These are sooooo tasty.  And if you really wanted to make it easier, you could grab a rotisserie chicken on your way home to shred and use.  {Pin it for Later}

Chickpeas with Broccoli Raab and Bacon – This salad is the reason I started to grow Broccoli Raab in my garden.  It makes eating your greens easy.  {Pin it for Later}

Green Beans with Sweet Onions and Bacon – I think I must have bacon on the brain, because every one of my recipes involving bacon seems to be drawing me in.  These green beans make a great side with simple grilled chicken.  {Pin it for Later}

Peach Ginger Glazed Grilled Chicken – The name of this chicken makes it seem way more complicated than it actually is.  The ingredients are really simple {read:  you probably have most of them on hand} and the result is super delicious.  {Pin it for Later}

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3 Sweet Treats 

Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips – Holy salty sweet heaven.  These are divine.  {Pin it for Later}

Peanut Butter Protein Balls – These make a great quick on-the-go snack.  They are also perfect for the kids after school or on their way to practice.{Pin it for Later}

Cranberry Pistachio Cornmeal Biscotti – If you like biscotti, then you will LOVE this recipe.  Don’t let the cornmeal throw you off–it actually works really well with all of the flavors.  {Hint:  It tastes even better dipped in hot tea.}  {Pin it for Later}

freezer pancakesFeatured Freezer Meal Recipe

Freezer Pancakes – Freezer meals don’t have to be limited to dinner.  I don’t feel like cooking pretty much around the clock.  These help me not feel so bad about it. :) {Pin it for Later}

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Featured Food Preservation Recipe 

Dehydrated Canned Pineapple – There are so many things I love about this recipe:  One, you can make it any time of year.  Two, they come already sliced, so no prep work.  Three, they are delicious.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Find more recipes on One Hundred Dollars a Month as well as on my Pinterest Recipe Boards.

 

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Penny Pinching Tip: Save Your Orange Peels

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 save orange peels

Instead of tossing your orange peels into the compost or garbage, save them in a bag in your fridge, and when you have enough, dry them.  You can use them for orange peel tea or potpourri later.  You’ll totally be glad you saved them when the holidays roll around and you suddenly need to get your Martha Stewart on and whip out some homemade gifts.

To dry your orange peels, scrape as much of the pith as you can off of the backside of the peel.  Then just lay them on a cookie cooling rack and let them sit for a couple of days, basically until they are all dried out.  Once they are COMPLETELY dried, store them in a ziploc bag or mason jar until you are ready to use them.  {If you plan on making orange peel tea, I recommend chopping the peels into strips or much smaller bits.}

If  you want to expedite the process, you could certainly use your dehydrator or the oven on the lowest possible temperature for several hours.

Now feel awesome about yourself, because you totally just up-cycled your garbage.

~Mavis

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How to Get Through the TSA Line Fast

How to Get Through the TSA Line Fast

How to Get Through the TSA Line Fast

Is it just me, or does it always feel like you get stuck behind the person who hasn’t flown in the last 20 years?  I get that not everybody is a jet setter, but I’ll admit, I avoid getting in line {when at all possible} behind people who give me any indication that they don’t know what they are doing like the plague.  I am a total profiler.  I’ll admit it without shame.

Over my years of travel, I have honed my travel skills, right down to making the TSA line as painless as possible.  Here’s what I’ve learned:

  1. Don’t flip out at the TSA workers if they ask you to do something, they are just doing their job.  Getting testy with them will result in YOUR misery, not theirs.  Be courteous, smile, and be thankful you don’t have their job–dealing with all walks of life all day.
  2. Profile.  Yep.  You are trying to avoid entire groups of people.  I wish it weren’t so, but it’s the cold hard truth.  I always look for business men/women.  They are on the clock and travel frequently.  I swear, they have this whole airport thing down to a science, and the lines move quicker as a result.  I avoid families with small children like they are contagious.  It’s not that I don’t feel for them–it’s tough business getting kids, the 20 pound bag of snacks and airplane activities, and strollers through security without breaking into a cold sweat–but I also know they slow the lines down significantly, so I avoid them.
  3. Pack appropriately.  Plan ahead so that you won’t slow down the lines.  Put your toiletries into a ziploc bag, make sure your electronics are easily accessible so that you can pull them out and put them in the bucket.  Here’s the rules on liquids, straight from the TSA website:  “Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.”  Have the ziploc readily available to throw into a bin {like in the top of your carry-on}.
  4. Dress appropriately–wear shoes that are easy to slip off.  This is not the time for lace-up combat boots.  Avoid belts {unless this means instant plumber crack, in which case, PLEASE wear a belt.}  If you like big bulky jewelry, you may want to put it in the front pocket of your carry-on, and accessorize yourself AFTER you get through security.  That way, you won’t have to strip it off in line.
  5. For. The. Love. Of. All. That. Is. Good. And. Holy.  Have your ID and boarding pass in your hands and ready BEFORE you step in line.  I am not kidding, I’ve watched people stand at the podium digging through a folder with every boarding pass they’ve ever had, since like 1978.  This one is big.  It keeps things moving.  And, if you are lucky, it just might make the TSA employees crack an almost smile.
  6. Travel light.  This one is huge.  It means less stuff you are lugging through the airport, it means less stuff you have to potentially dismantle into separate bins, and it means you can quickly gather yourself and get the heck out of the security line path on the other side.
  7. If you are traveling with small children, make sure to have the kiddos hop out of the strollers.  Fold the strollers down, and have them ready to throw up on the belt.

Those are pretty much the cardinal rules I like to follow.  Do you have any tried and true tips to get through the line faster?

~Mavis

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