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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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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7 Tips for Selling Your Home For Sale by Owner

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7 Tips for Selling Your Home For Sale by Owner

Are you thinking about selling  your house this year, but totally put off my the amount you would have to sacrifice in realtor fees?  It’s totally doable to sell it yourself.  FSBO {as all the cool kids are calling it} means a little more effort and time on your part, but it can also equate to thousands of dollars in your pocket.

I know it’s super hard to be objective when you’re the one selling the house, which is why it’s so important to take a step back and come at it from a professional standpoint.  I looked at a home that was FSBO a few weeks ago and one of the “selling points’ that struck me as a little odd was how the seller was telling me about their hot tub:

Mavis: Is the hot tub included?
Seller: Yes! Do you like hot tubs?
Mavis: Not especially, I think I’d rather use the space for flower pots. :)
Seller: Oh, well, the hot tub has been really great for my marriage, you should try it sometime.”
Mavis: Umm, yeah, thanks for telling me you and your husband enjoy making whoppie in your hot tub… I can’t wait to use it now. {Okay, so maybe I didn’t say that, but HELLO… that was exactly what I was thinking!!!}

Let’s go ahead and put including personal information about HOW you used the house on the do not do list.  :)

7 Tips for Selling Your Home For Sale by Owner

So, thanks to this lady, I’ve decided to make my own guide to selling your your FSBO:

  1. Decide whether you are willing to pay the realtor’s commission for potential buyers.  Most realtors will not show potential buyers your home unless you are willing to pay them their commission.  It’s a show me the money mentality, but it will mean more traffic through your door.  If you decide to pay, make sure to advertise that.
  2. Standard house selling tips apply.  De-clutter, CLEAN, complete repairs, etc. before you show the house.
  3. Advertise.  Use facebook, for sale by owner websites {foresalebyowner.com}, and work message boards.  The more people that know your house is for sale, the better.
  4. Know your home inside and out.  How old is the furnace?  What type of wood flooring, etc.?  Potential buyers will want to know everything.  You have to be upfront and honest.  That’s the part realtors usually buffer your from, but be prepared to hear the good, bad, and ugly about your house.
  5. Hire an appraiser.  The right price is essential.  A hard copy appraisal lets buyers know that you didn’t arbitrarily come up with a sale price.  An appraiser will cost you a couple of hundred bucks, you’ll still be in the black compared to realty fees.
  6. Do your research.  Know what you legally have to disclose.  Furthermore, get to know the closing process inside and out.  You normally would have someone to walk you through this process.  You’ll be on your own with FSOB.
  7. Hold your own open houses.  Just like a realtor would, make sure to hold open houses {and advertise them} regularly.  You want foot traffic.  Make sure the place is clean and smells homey {apple cider or fresh baked cookies anyone?}

Have any of YOU sold your house on your FSBO?  What worked for you?  Better yet, what didn’t work?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Deals on Men’s Pants, Vanilla Beans, Garden Deals, Recipes, Coupons and More

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new kitchen

Good morning!

Check out my new kitchen… isn’t it totally RAD? ;)

I’ll post some before and after pictures of the demo that went on yesterday but first, here are a few deals puggles and I spotted for you this morning. Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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These are great deals!

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I use my Dutch oven to cook my family’s favorite No Knead Dutch Oven Crusty Bread. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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I’ve been loving audible lately as I’ve been packing and packing and packing. I can listen to all my favorite books and the work flies by. It’s awesome. Now you can download a FREE audiobook with a free 30-day trial offer from Audible. You can cancel at anytime with no penalty at all. Get your FREE audiobook download HERE.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Organic Gardening Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 10/2/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Fall clean up is just around the corner… Here are a few garden deals:

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Halloween is almost here. Get ready for spooky fun with one of Craftsy’s NEW paper crafting kits!

Work with your frightfully fun kit and learn how to create stylish Halloween decor projects with exclusive video lessons. Paper crafts expert Ronda Palazzari will show you how to use Jillibean Soup’s paper pads, black glitter beanboard alphas and festive embellishments to create a witch’s hat, pumpkin centerpieces and even a spooky banner!

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Now through October 12th you can save $20 off your $50 purchase of Halloween invitations and cards from Tiny Prints when you use code HALLOWEEN20 at checkout.

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Crock Pot Corn Chowder  is one of my very favorite comfort meals in the fall.  Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Show your team spirit with a NFL Crock Pot. :) :) :) Go HERE to find your team.

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Curried Pumpkin Soup

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Curried Pumpkin SoupA big thanks to reader Sydney for sending in this delicious recipe. Here’s what she had to say about it:

This recipe came from a friend of my mom’s in the early 90′s, and it’s been a staple {in our house} since 1994. It has an incredibly velvety and smooth texture, and is not overtly sweet like many other curried pumpkin soup recipes out there. It is to die for and easy peasy {and gluten free too!}. I always get requests for it. It is also amazing the next day, IF there is any left. I hope you love it. We do!

Ingredients

1/4 cup {1/2 stick} butter
1 large onion, sliced
1/4 cup sliced green onions or scallions, white part only
1 {16oz} can of pumpkin {I used Libby’s}
4 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
A few sprigs of fresh parsley
2 cups milk {I used 2%}

green onionsDirections

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until soft and golden brown. Stir in pumpkin, bay leaf, sugar, nutmeg and parsley. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and continue simmering, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf and set aside.

Transfer soup in batches to a blender, be sure to cover the top with a towel so it does not pop off and burn you, and blend until completely smooth. Return to the saucepan and add milk, salt and pepper. Add bay leaf back in. Simmer on medium another 5-10 minutes, but do not allow to boil. Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Enjoy!

Thanks again Sydney. It was a delicious soup!

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Canning Jar Radio

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I don’t think I’ve ever met a mason jar project I don’t like, so when I stumbled onto the genius creation of a simple mason jar radio, I thought cool beans!  Two engineers have designed a simple mason jar radio that is pre-tuned to your one and only favorite radio station.  They call it The Public Radio.  It’s super simple:  One station.  One antenna.  One volume knob.  One little mason jar.  Be still my beating heart.

The Public Radio is still very much in the beginning phase, but you can order a kit {or for a higher fee, have it pre-assembled and shipped}.  You tell them what station you’d like it programmed to {instant NPR, anyone?}, and before they ship your kit, they set the dial.  The literally “preserve” your favorite station–hee hee, get it?

I think one of these would look pretty darn cool on my office desk, because sometimes, simple is where it’s at.

~Mavis

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Tips for Reseeding Your Lawn in the Fall

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Tips for Reseeding Your Lawn in the Fall

Last spring, the HH and I reseeded our grass.  We chose to do it in the spring, because as you know, we were trying to sell our house and wanted to put our best foot forward.  The best time to reseed your lawn, though, is actually in the fall.  The soil is still warm–so you can choose varieties of grass that will germinate only in warmer temperatures.

raking fall leaves

The trees are losing their leaves, so the grass will receive more sunlight.  Best of all, weeds and diseases that rear their ugly little heads in the spring become much less prevalent.  The steps for reseeding in the fall are pretty much identical to spring reseeding, so if you want to know how, click HERE and get a quick tutorial.

grass seed

After you have the basic how-to down, here are a couple of tips to help you get the best results:

  1. Try mixing your seed with equal parts seed to damp sand {put the whole lot in the spreader}.  It will jump start the germination process.  This can be particularly beneficial if you know that you have a window of good weather left.
  2. To ensure that the seeds make contact with the soil, and don’t become bird food, try rolling the seed in after spreading it.  Just get a roller and fill it half full of water.
  3. If you are so inclined, a starter fertilizer can help make up for less than ideal soil conditions.
  4. Make sure to keep off the new grass for several weeks–tramping through it can damage its delicate root system.
  5. For fall reseeding, it is best to let the grass get up to 4″ tall before mowing for the first time.  When you do mow mow it to about 2 1/2″ tall.  Allow the grass to stay longer throughout the winter to protect it from cold temperatures.

With a little TLC, you should have thick green grass before the first snowfall–and a blanket of green waiting for you next spring.

~Mavis

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Hulda… The Greatest Neighbor Ever

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packing boxes

Yesterday my old neighbor Hulda came over and helped me unpack for 4 hours. Not only did she help me carry heavy boxes and haul in furniture, but she also brought me a plate of homemade {from scratch} pumpkin muffins.

I always knew she was AWESOME… but yesterday she turned what was going to be my most crankiest day ever into something much more enjoyable.

She didn’t even gag when she found the box of milk and condiments the HH had packed up in a hurry and forget to stick in the mini fridge last Saturday while we were shacking up at the Best Western.

Do you know what milk SMELLS LIKE after 3 days in a warm garage. Let me tell you, it ain’t Mmm Mmm Good. ;)

how to pack glass

Oh, and when she found the HH’s expertly packed SUITCASE FULL OF GLASS… she didn’t even bat an eye. Instead she was like “Oh, well that’s different.”

Bahhh haha.

Hulda, you are one cool bean.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Man Tools, Kut from the Kloth Jeans, Freebies, Coupons, Recipes and More

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Hello Wednesday!

Well, I’m feeling much better this morning after a full nights rest and some food in my belly. I don’t now about you, but moving makes me cranky. I snapped a picture on my new back patio yesterday and as you can see there are ton of weeds to pull. Which, for once, I am actually looking forward too. I told the HH that I will NOT be unpacking or doing anything else INSIDE this weekend. Instead I plan on relaxing in the my garden. :) :) :) Ahh Saturday… on only 3 more days to go!

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table $117.50 shipped

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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The only jeans I wear… Kut from the Kloth are on sale today and the savings are HUGE. I’ve been wearing these jeans now for about 8 jeans and LOVE them to bits. I just ordered a pair of Baby Boot in Project Wash jeans.

Use-Vegetable-Cooking-Water-to-Fertilize-PlantsDid you know that something as simple as boiled vegetable water can do your garden good?! Find out how to Use Vegetable Cooking Water to Fertilize Plants HERE. Or check out more tips on my Gardening Tips and Tricks Pinterest Board.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Golf Digest Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 10/1/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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