Learn to Compost, Forage or Pickle in a Seattle Tilth Class

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Seattle tilth fall classes

If you are an expert gardener, a novice gardener or even a non-gardener, the Seattle Tilth has some perfect classes for you. I’m a super fan of the Seattle Tilth because they truly help gardeners and homesteaders at any and every level. Right now they are ready to show you how to take advantage of the fall season in your garden. Plus, when you attend their upcoming lineup of classes, they’ll teach you how to make pickles or forage for edible weeds. Love it! They’ve added a whole slew of cool new classes this fall, and here are just a few that caught my eye:
Veggie Gardening
  Give your garden time to rebuild and rejuvenate this fall.
Build Unique Raised Beds Sat. Oct. 11; 2-5 p.m. (Wallingford)
Put Your Garden to Bed Sat. Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-noon (Wallingford)
Put Your Garden to Bed Sat. Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m. (Mt. Baker)
Composting 101 Sat. Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-noon (Mt. Baker)
Composting 101 Sat. Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-noon (Wallingford)

Kitchen
Get the basics of canning, pickling and foraging.
Pickles & Fermentation Sat., Oct. 11 10 a.m.-noon (Wallingford)
Urban Weeds & Wild Foods — Pt 1: Identify and Harvest
Sat. Oct. 18; noon-2 p.m. (Wallingford)
Urban Weeds & Wild Foods — Part 2: Preparing for Your Table
Sat. Oct. 18; 2-4 p.m. (Wallingford)

Garden Educator Training
Teachers and parents: bring garden education to schools, classrooms, youth programs, child care programs and community centers. 
The Garden Glassroom Sat., Oct. 25; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Wallingford)
Schoolyards & Sustainability Sat., Nov. 22 10 a.m.-noon (Wallingford)

Opportunities for Kids
Children and youth learn about worms, insects and pollinators, taste fresh vegetables straight from the garden, tend crops,  and explore our natural environment in hands-on science based learning.

Garden Tours 
Good Shepherd Center Children’s Garden and
Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

Farm Field Studies
Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

Mobile Classrooms
At a location of your choice

I not only love Seattle Tilth’s classes, but their whole organization. I’ve been to their Urban Farm and Chicken Coop tour and I never miss their plant sale every year. They’re awesome! So if you’ve never taken a class like this, trust me when I say they’re totally worth it.

Peace out,

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 10/4/2014

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Bento Box Ideas – Cucumber Sandwich, Strawberries, Nutella and Cashews

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I like to call this Bento box creation the Molly Ringwald. ;) Remember the breakfast club?  It’s like a flashback bento.

cucumber and cream cheese sandwich

Ingredients

  • Cucumbers
  • Bread
  • Mayo
  • Nutella
  • Cashews
  • Strawberries

fun bento box ideas

Directions

Slice the cucumber.  Then, start making the cucumber sandwich.  Slather as much or as little mayo as you prefer onto the bread, and then arrange the cucumbers in layers on the bread.  Cut the sandwich in half, and place it into the container.  Place a handful of cashews into a silicone baking cup.  Then, place a dollop of Nutella into another silicone baking cup.  Slide the silicone baking cups in along side the sandwich.  In the remaining compartment, add washed strawberries.  Lunch is served.

bento box ideas

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Friday Night at the Movies – Pretty in Pink

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Ok, so now that I’ve watched Sixteen Candles, I’m on a Molly Ringwald AND John Hughes obsession…which is lucky for me, because she is in a lot of his movies.  Tonight I’m watching Pretty in Pink.  I watched it last year for the first time in ages, and now I can’t get enough.  It’s my favorite way to relive those awkward 80′s memories:  in my pj’s and a million years actually being in the decade again :) .

pretty in pink

Sidenote:  There can’t be a single person out there who can’t immediately sing OMD’s “If You Leave,” all because of this movie.   Try not to sing it right now, I dare you.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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The Best Fall Road Trips

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The Best Fall Road Trips

I love the idea of road trips.  Packing everything into the car and taking off allows you to experience so much more of the country than a quick airplane flight.  Even when the road is littered with, well, ugliness, it kind of give you a new appreciation for the beauty in things when it is there.

This list of road trips is more of a bucket list than from experience.  It’s all the trips I would like to take…eventually.

  1. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  Apparently in about the 3rd week of October the trees are a color that will leave you speechless.  Plus, with the water right there, the reflection adds to the whole experience.  Taking the drive from Washington D.C. to Harpers Ferry is supposed to give you the most bang for your buck.   Plus, once you are there, you might as check out Bolivar Heights, an old civil war battlefield.
  2. Twain’s Great River Road.  Mark Twain  made this adventure iconic and with good reason, the trip down the Mississippi to Hannibal, MO will provide a wall of color in the fall.  It’s a chance to see what inspired one of America’s greatest story tellers.  {Better re-read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer one more time before you go.}  In Hannibal, you can visit Twain’s childhood home.
  3. Coastal Maine.  Start in Portland and make your way up Route 1.  You’ll get to see the trees changing, the lighthouses, and maybe stop off at Cape Elizabeth for a FRESH lobster dinner.
  4. Vermont.  Who doesn’t want to be able to say, “Oh, you should see Vermont in the fall.”  It is legendary for a reason.  It boasts some of the most scenic fall foliage in the country.  The Green Mountain and Mad River Byways are supposed to be pretty spectacular.  Along the way, you can stop off at Cold Hollow Cider Mill and do some cider tasting.  It doesn’t get more fall than that.
  5. Lake Placid, NY.  Getting to experience the color in the Adirondacks {the largest wilderness region in the East U.S.} in the fall would not be the worst thing in the world.  The park is 6 million acres, so there is no shortage of scenic opportunities.  If you time it right, you can hit the Flaming Leaves Festival in Whiteface Mountain.
  6. The Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN.  So, I have to admit, on our St. Jude or Bust trip two summers ago, I had a change to see the foliage in the Smokey Mountains when is was green.  Even with just shades of green, it was spectacular.  I can only imagine what it would look like in the fall.  If you need a little break from the car, Cades Cove is a national park that offers hiking, tours of 19th century homesteads and horseback riding–all while your enveloped in the fall colors.
  7. Gunnison to Crested Butte, Colorado.  The East coast can’t get all of the fall road trip love.  This trip boasts the largest aspen groves in the country.  Your trip will end at Black Canyon National Park in Gunnison.  The canyons alone would be worth the trip.
  8. Ricketts Glen State Park, Northeast Pennsylvania.  If you are willing to travel about 3 miles on foot, the park boasts 22 waterfalls.  Most of the trees are over 200 years old, so the trees will be something to write home about {if people actually still wrote home, that is.}
  9. Eastern Sierras, CA.  If you start at Coleville and head to Lundy Lake, then continue on to June Lane Loop and Mono Lake.  Finally head through Mammoth Lakes and end in Rock Creek Canyon.  The whole trip will offer foliage from aspens, willows and cottonwoods.  If the lakes aren’t enough, in the fall, you’ll even get to see snow capped mountain peeks.  It will be a “bouquet of color.”  If you don’t mind a bit of a detour, you can stop at Bodie.  It’s the largest preserved ghost town in the West.
  10. The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Taos, New Mexico.  Not only will the drive loop you from Taos through Eagle Next and Angel Fire, then back to Taos again, it will also offer tons of fall foliage and wildlife {elk, black bears, eagles}.  If you want to get out and stretch your legs, plan on a stop in Elizabethtown.  It’s an old gold mining Ghost Town.

Have any of YOU taken this trips?  Is it worth putting them on my bucket list?

~Mavis

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Laundry Room Remodel – Part 1

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chino the handyman

Chino the Handyman stopped by last night to drop off some wood for the new laundry room remodel.

DIY laundry room makeover pictures

It was pretty much agreed by everyone the current laundry room was possibly the worst placed laundry room on the planet. It was essentially a square box placed in between a home office space and a family room. With french doors.

the worst laundry room

So we are tearing it down and putting up 2 new walls so you actually have an office space with four walls and a laundry room that looks like it belongs there. Pretty clever eh?

diy laundry room floor plan

New laundry room floor plan.

laundry room remodel

Ever since our budget meeting, Chino has turned into a total tightwad.

So when Chino was telling me we could save a penny by drawing the floor plan for the laundry room on the wall instead of using a piece of paper, Cameron {the cutest carpenter on the planet} just looked the other way. Which is probably a good thing seeing as Cameron would have only made the situation worse if he just stared at his boss {Chino} in disbelief.

laundry room remodelThe french doors are being reused {as office doors} and the cabinets and sink were recycled.
ugly laundry room remodel

See all those studs? Those will be removed and 5 feet of floor space will be gained in the family room. The family room as it is right now is pretty tiny. But once we fix the laundry area and demo the giant and outdated corner fireplace {I’ll post pictures of that area soon} it should all come together and have a bigger, better flow to it.

lucy the puggle dog

Fingers crossed everything goes well today.

~Mavis

P.S. YES, this means not only do I not have use of a kitchen, but I also won’t have a laundry room for the next 6-8 weeks either. :) Good times!

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Free Kindle Books, Recipes, Coupons and More

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Well hello there,

Do you know what today is? FRIDAY!!!! Wahooo!

Today we are finishing up the kitchen demo and let me tell you Bob, I can’t wait to get that over with. ;) Next on the agenda, the new laundry room. I’ll share some more pictures in a little bit but for now, here are a few deals.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Mavis

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Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe

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Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe

Since I seem to find a lot of chili recipes I love and the whole family gobbles up, I’m always on the lookout for great cornbread recipes to serve on the side. This one was a huge hit. I think it’s the buttermilk that just gives it the edge. Normally my family is having seconds of the chili, but tonight at dinner the chili took a backseat to the cornbread. We might have even had thirds!

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk {How to Make Buttermilk}
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Buttermilk Cornbread RecipeDirections

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper {cooking spray} and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine melted butter and sugar. Stir in eggs and beat until blended. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk with baking soda and then combine both mixtures. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well combined {a few lumps will remain}. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Serve with your favorite chili, like one of the awesome recipes below:

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Small Towns in America – Sturbridge, Massachusetts

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts

I was going through some pictures of The Girl {yes, nostalgia has set in} and came across some from our trip to Sturbridge, Massachusetts last winter.  I shared some pictures of the Sturbridge Village Living History Museum last year, but as I scrolled through all of the pictures, I realized I never told you how cool the whole  town was.

horse drawn sleigh Old Sturbridge Village New England Living History Museum

Sturbridge is a tiny little town.  It was first settled in 1729, but still only has about 7,800 residents.  The size totally adds to it’s charm, though.  It’s a totally picturesque village, it kind of reminded me of the movie, Funny Farm with Chevy Chase.  It’s so perfect.

Sturbridge PotteryI took pictures and we bought mugs at Sturbridge Pottery.  All of the pieces were unique, hand thrown, one of a kinders {Shakespeare made up words all of the time, so I’m pretty sure I can make up “kinders”}.  How often does that happen anymore?

publick house sturbridge massachusetts

We had lunch at the Publick House Historic Inn.  The Publick House is one of those quiet little Inn’s that would make an awesome weekend getaway if you lived in the area.  It was opened in 1771, and hosted notable guests like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin all the way to present day actors like John Travolta and Bill Murray.  The dining room serves classic “yankee” dishes.  We had probably the best pot roast and fish and chips on the planet.

If you don’t have time to stop for a full meal, do yourself a favor and at least stop at the Bake Shoppe.  Coffee, tea, and pastries.  Life does not get better, I promise.

Sturbridge, Massachusetts

I’m so glad I got to share this perfect town with The Girl.  Ah, life is bitter-sweet.

~Mavis

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Mavis’ Affordable Kitchen Remodel Day 1

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orlando

This is Orlando. He is Chino the Handyman’s right hand man. And we’ve known him for about 15 years. He can do anything. Seriously, if there was some sort of award that was passed out to people for knowing how to do any imaginable task on the planet, Orlando would get the top prize. Hands down, no questions asked.

before and after kitchen photos

For the most part, I liked the u-shape of the kitchen in our new house. before and after kitchen demo photos

But that was about it. ;)

The kitchen cabinets, counter tops, 1990′s space sucking soffet above the cabinets and the pale yellowish wood floor, were all torn up yesterday {as well as a bunch of other stuff too}. mavis butterfield kitchen demo

As you would imagine, I have a strict budget for this project, so when Chino’s numbers for the kitchen, family room, half bath, office and new laundry room remodel were all tallied up… it was about 20% more than I could afford.

So we struck a deal. Basically my job is to help the laborers every day they are here. Which means pulling up old flooring, hauling cabinets, tearing down drywall, putting up plastic sheeting, taking care of all the daily clean up, and doing all the painting myself. Trim included.

Plus a whole bunch of other odds and ends as well.

kitchen demo before and after photos

What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Right?

kitchen pantry remodel

Goodbye old smelly pantry. I have no idea what was stored on those shelves… but whoa Nelly did they smell B.A.D.

quick kitchen demo and remodel

Not to shabby for the first day. {The soffets are coming down tomorrow}. petrified rat

Oh, and we also found  a petrified rat wedged behind the kitchen cabinets. By the looks of it, his death was sudden. I mean how else do you explain the open mouth and giant eye sockets? My guess is he found a little nugget of something and refused to let go.

Only 6-8 more weeks to go!

~Mavis

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