Mavis Mail – Jenna From Missouri Sends in Pictures of Her Animals

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~Mavis

animal pics1We live out in the country on 20 acres. We have two ponds, and I thought it would be great to get some ducks. It would be so nice to see them swim around and play in the pond. Well, they don’t go to the pond much. They just hang around in the yard! We don’t really have a garden, just a few tomato and pepper plants in containers. I don’t have much of a green thumb. animal pics3We have twelve hens total (the Easter eggers aren’t laying yet) and the one rooster. Here is my Plymouth Rock hen eating watermelonanimal pics2We eat most of our eggs ourselves and give away some to friends and family.

animal picsWe also have Suzi, an 11 year old Chocolate Lab and Charilie, a four year old cat.

animal pics 4I have also attached my favorite picture, a picture of my cat I took last Easter. These were all taken in Lebanon, MO.animal pics 5Also, there is a picture of our chicken run my husband and I built (we bought the hen house).

Thank you for allowing me to share!

~Jenna

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts – Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

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Water Consumption and Lawns

lawn mowing tipsCalifornia has started a rebate program for people willing to replace their water guzzling lawns for “drought-resistant gardens.”  Because “lawns account for 50% or more of Southern California residents’ water usage,” according to an article on CNN, California has instated an initiative that pays people to rip out their lawn {as much as $3.75 a square foot of grass removed}, in favor of more water friendly options, like rock and native plants.  The district plans to pay out $450 million dollars this year, but it is projected to save 70 million gallons of water over the next 10 years.

I am a HUGE fan of green space.  Here in Washington, though, it is kind of a given.  I rely mostly on the rain to get the job done.  I DO supplement in the summer months by watering my lawn, though.  I am also a pretty HUGE fan of not wasting resources…water being one of those.  Do you have to water your lawn in the summer months?  Does the water consumption bother you?Kew Royal Botanic Gardens  Succulents

I think I would be totally willing to make the trade-off and get paid to give up my lawn for a more native landscape.  I guess I would to learn to find a more desert landscape beautiful.  I know the HH and Monkey Boy would be more than happy to find something other to do than mowing the lawn.

Would you be willing to give up your green grass in an effort to conserve water?  Have you already?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice, X-Box Live, Steel Toe Boots and More

EMERY INDOOROUTDOOR RECYCLED GLASS CHANDELIER

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Hello Thursday! 

Yesterday was a little crazy around here and I didn’t get as much blogging done as I had wanted too. Sorry about that. 😉  I did stop by to visit Mrs. HB’s to check out her new light in the kitchen nook and I am in LOVE. We didn’t have too much time to chat, she had to take her son to BB practice, but I plan to stop by again soon so I can share some photos of her chickens and garden.

I stopped stopped by Chino the Handyman’s and Girly Girls house. Going back to the old neighborhood is a little bittersweet but man oh man, I am so glad I don’t have a huge yard to take care of anymore. Ha!

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Bose Solo TV Sound System $229 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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Looking for a new trimmer? Amazon has the Green Works Trimmer on sale for only $29.99 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime.

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Groupon has a 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Card available for $44.49 shipped . {Reg $59.99}

Strawberry Tarts with Ginger-Pecan CrustNot only are the star shapes perfect for any 4th of July event, these Strawberry Tarts with Ginger-Pecan Crust taste freakin amazing! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more great 4th of July recipes on my Red, White and Blue Pinterest Board.

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Amazon has the Ello Pure 20-oz Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve on sale for $9.99 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. There are 10 colors to choose from

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6pm has a great assortment of Steel Toe Boots on sale with savings up to 65%. Go HERE to see all the styles available.

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Cabela’s has the Men’s Cabela’s River Falls Sueded Long-Sleeve Crew marked down to just $9.88 {was $29.99 – $34.99} and it is available in sizes M- 3XL.

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Today only The Home Depot has the Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum Cleaner on sale online for $98 shipped. This is selling on Amazon right now for $119.98!

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The Disney Store is having a Summer Camp Special with backpack personalization for just $1 when you use code DOLLARPZ at checkout.  Plus their Twice Upon a Year Sale is going on with sale prices up to 60% off.

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Through 7/5 Gymboree is having a Shop To It Sale with deals $12.99 and under with prices starting as low as $1.99. Shop Gymboree.

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Walmart Value of the Day – Motorola MBP25 2.4 GHz Wireless Video Baby Monitor with 2.4″ Diagonal Color Screen with One Camera $69 shipped {was $119}

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6pm has the Rosetti Triple Play Noelle Crossbody Bag on sale for $15.09 shipped and is available in black or tan.

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Amazon has the Kinglinen White Down Alternative Comforter Duvet Insert Full/Queen on sale for $39 shipped! * Other sizes available as well. This would make a great wedding/birthday/college gift. 

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Zaycon Fresh is now taking orders for their upcoming events. Below are their offerings and prices in my area.Go HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.89/lb $79.60/case
  • Fresh Ground Beef, Lean {93/7} – 40 lbs $4.49/lb | $179.60/case
  •  Carvemaster Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham $3.79/lb | $83.38/case
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  •  USDA Choice or Higher Patio Steaks $6.49/lb | $214.17/case
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Check out the post on how we process so much Zaycon meat at one time.

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What I Learned Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food

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What I Learned Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of FoodI made it!!!

I seriously thought I was going to wake up this morning and down a slice of the Godiva chocolate cheesecake that’s been hiding in my freezer since Father’s day. But you want to know what I ate for my first meal after eating packaged food for 30 days straight?

toastLooks like my tastes have grown a bit simpler over the last 30 days. But I’m not going to lie. I loved Every. Single. Bite. Who knew a banana could taste as good as chocolate cake? I can’t believe I just typed that sentence without flinching. Clearly these past 30 days have changed me. In more ways than one.

My goal was simple: to see what it would be like to live off a basic food storage kit for 30 days. I had no ulterior motives; I just wanted to see if I could eat what was in the box for 30 days. Sometimes I like to experience things or challenge myself in ways some people might think is odd. To me, I just see it as a fun experiment. Might be a bored housewife thing. Might be a quirk in my personality. Either way, I was actually oddly excited to try this. I was curious about so much.

Living off a 30 Day Supply of Dehydrated Food

  • How bad, or GOOD would the food be?
  • Would eating food out of a pouch for 30 days wear me down?
  • Would I go crazy and start seeing flying cows?
  • Would I break and run to Starbucks for a venti earl grey tea with 2 sugars and an inch of milk?
  • Could I bake treat after treat for my family and REALLY not touch even a crumb?

Willpower people…. it was all about WILLPOWER.

Let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised that I LOVED the food. Had I not, this experiment might have taken a more drastic turn and I’m not sure I would have survived. But the food was actually really good. Eating out of a pouch didn’t bother me and there was enough variety in the basic food storage kit {that was meant to be supplemented with beans, rice and other pantry items} I did not get bored of eating the food.

I didn’t see flying cows, I didn’t make a run for Starbucks, and I was able to bake and participate in family functions without it being awkward. {This may be because my family knows I’m a little off my rocker though and I am always up to something a little crazy}. 😉

They were pretty supportive, as were all of you. That really did help. You guys took an interest in my crazy plan. I got encouraging comments everyday and emails from readers like this one:

Do you think this will change the “regular” food you eat next week? What about tea? If you feel better and look better, is this kind of a kick start to look at what you eat and drink and whether you want it anymore? I am wondering if you will find the regular food and tea aren’t as important anymore.

I thought you were going to give in last week, but I was hoping you wouldn’t because you’d come so far. You’re on the homestretch – way to go!

~Janet

Tea – before this challenge, there were days when I would drink up to 20 cups of tea a day. It was comforting, had sugar in it and I guess when you’ve done something for so long, drinking ridiculous amounts of tea each day just becomes a habit. Now that the challenge is over I plan to drink tea only occasionally, as a special treat.

As far as my overall eating habits, I learned I don’t need to snack as often as I thought {and I don’t need caffeine!}. That was a habit that was accidentally broken during this process. Want to know something else accidental that happened? I lost some weight.

day 1 scaleThe first morning of my Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply challenge I decided to weigh myself. I wasn’t going to, but my curiosity got the best of me {and so many of you asked me too}. I decided to go ahead and track my progress as the month went on. This challenge of mine was NOT about losing weight. It was about what it would be like to eat pre-packaged survival food for 30 days.

I want to start by saying I don’t believe in diets. I think they are stupid and I don’t think they work in the long-term. We all know what you decide to put into your mouth everyday dictates how you feel and look, but the bottom line is everyone’s bodies are different.

I didn’t even want to post the scale pictures in the first place because sharing how much I weigh is {extremely} awkward and at the end of the day… it really doesn’t matter. It’s just a number.

But here goes…

I typically weigh more during the winter and early spring months because I am working outside less and because I generally pig out {like everyone else does} around the holidays.

My entire adult life I had basically been the same weight since I graduated high school {128 pounds}. However, over the last 3 years I have put on few extra pounds. Mainly because I spend a great deal of my time sitting in front of the computer talking to you people all day. 😉 Some people refer to it as “blogger’s butt.”

Before I had a blog, I was always busy running here and there and never really stopped moving. But whatever. People get older, they gain a few pounds… that’s normal. I really didn’t care and it wasn’t an issue for me. I was healthy and happy with my size. And anyway, who doesn’t want to be the plump grandma who goes to bingo twice a week and makes delicious cookies and cakes for their grandkids when they are 82? I know I do.

Again, this was not about losing weight. It was simply about seeing if I could survive on a basic food kit supplemented with rice and beans. That was it.

Losing weight was never my goal, but it happened.

If I could go back in time I would have taken the Premium Kit Valley Food Storage offered me after they got wind of my crazy experiment. {The premium kit has EVERYTHING 1 person needs for 30 Days – 205 servings of food}. I used the 30 Value Kit which was intended to be supplemented with things you already had in your food storage and rice and beans.

Because I jumped into this feet first without doing my research beforehand and then stuck to my guns about it because I am an idiot, I did lose weight. I added rice and beans but nothing else. Valley Food Storage is not a substitute for Weight Watchers, nor do they try to be. They are trying to ensure you are all set in the unlikely event of a Zombie Apocalypse {or some other more realistic natural disaster that is way less fun to say than zombie apocalypse}. But there is something to be said about a rigid calorie schedule and consistent food intake: you lose weight.

day 7 scaleI think the hardest part of the first week was getting over being hungry. I wanted to eat cake or cookies or bake a pie and eat the entire thing for breakfast.

I am a BIG TIME snacker and could put any grazing cow to shame. I eat most of my food on the go {with the exception of dinner} and I missed being able to grab a treat whenever I felt like it.

valley food storage pastaDon’t get me wrong. The food from Valley Food Storage was delicious and I totally recommend their products. In fact, I plan to order their Premium Kit and stick it in our pantry in case of an emergency {I mean c’mon, the stuff is tasty and it has a 25 year shelf life}. But committing to eating that and only that when I wanted to grab a granola bar on the go was pretty tough at first.

The 30 Day Zombie Apocolyspe DietBut by the time day 14 had rolled around, I had ran a 5K, resumed normal daily activities and gardening duties {with the exception of my daily hour long walk with Lucy}. Even though I was still a little hungry at times, I was chugging right along and my energy levels were great. I did sneak in a few afternoon naps and drank lots of water to stay hydrated. bathroom scale

Something to note which I did not realize until later: I was not wearing the same pajamas in the day 21 photo as I wore in the day 7 and 14 photos. I was wearing running shorts and a tank top which are much lighter than the flannel pajama bottoms and a long sleeve shirt. 

The dramatic weight loss got me thinking though. If I was losing almost a half a pound a day on 1,000-1,200 calories a day, how many calories a day was I eating before I started this challenge?

calories per dayCLEARLY it was more than the recommended daily allowance for my height and weight {you can check yours here if you want}. Apparently 118 to 159 lbs is a healthy weight range for my height.

scale

My calorie needs have got to be more than the suggested 1650 – 1850 calories per day, wouldn’t you think? I’ve never really counted calories before so I don’t even know how many I would normally consume. But really, how much does an average dog walking, full-time gardener need?

valley food storageSpeaking of dogs…

I took Lucy to the vet to get her nails done yesterday {she gets them clipped about once a month} and they weighed her. I kid you not, LUCY GAINED 4 POUNDS in the last 30 days.

FOUR POUNDS!!!

How did it happen? Well, before I started my 30 day challenge I was taking her for an hour long walk each day. Sure, she came home exhausted, but that was the point, right? During the challenge though I didn’t want to burn all my calories walking Lucy for an hour everyday, so I had her play in the backyard most of the time instead {the kids did take her for short walks each day}. Well holy crackers people… apparently Lucy needs her one hour of exercise every day.

That was just one of the many things I learned over the course of the last 30 days. Here are a few others:

What I Learned Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food

What I Learned Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food

1. I don’t want to eat rice and beans again for a very long time.

2. We are all stronger than we think we are, and willpower is an amazing tool.

3. I feel better than I have in a very long time.

4. A treat is really not a treat if you eat one every.single.day.

5. I function better WITHOUT caffeine.

6.  My skin has never been better thanks to the 10 bottles of water I drank every day.

7. Valley Food Storage Products rock! I highly recommend them.

8. No matter how big your emergency food storage kit is, you need to supplement it with a few sweets.

9. Lucy needs exercise.

10. Challenging yourself and jumping outside your comfort zone is pretty awesome.

Valley Food Storage sent me their Value One Month Food Supply Kit to try out and review. When they did this, I had no idea this challenge would be born {they didn’t either, and like I mentioned earlier, they freaked out a bit worrying I was going to become skin and bones because I wasn’t using the kit as it was intended- with other foods supplementing it}. Because let’s be honest, who gets a big fat box of food storage pouches and thinks, “Hmmm. Looks like dinner {and breakfast and lunch} for the next 30 days,” when they have a stocked fridge and a pantry full of yummy food.

No one. That’s who says that.

But I did. And it actually turned out to be a pretty fun experiment. Lost a little weight. Learned a thing or two about myself and my eating habits. Broke my caffeine addiction. So all in all, I’d say it was a pretty successful 30 days.

~Mavis

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July Home Maintenance and Garden Chores

July Home Maintenance and Garden Chores

July Home Maintenance and Garden ChoresI can’t believe it is July already!!!  Seriously, we are in the middle of summer?  When did that happen?  Nonetheless, here we are in the middle of summer and I’m already thinking about fall–mostly because it’s a chance for me to have a second garden.

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Seeds to Start Indoors in July

I’ll be starting cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and broccoli raab inside this month so they will be ready to transplant into my fall garden.

turnipsWhat I Plan to Plant Outside This Month

There’s still plenty of time to direct sow several things.  I plan on planting more carrots, beets, potatoes and turnips. That way, they will be ready just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

purple coneflowers with butterfly

I am still looking for Rose of Sharon, Purple Coneflowers, and a few other perennials to hit the discount rack at The Home Depot.  I’ve had good luck there this year picking up marked down hydrangeas, candytuft, carnations, tickseed, and salvia plants.

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Vegetables to Harvest This Month

This month I’ll actually start to see some of the fruits of my labors.  I should have cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, squash, blueberries, herbs and onions ready.  If you have an established raspberry patch, you are probably getting tons by now.

Make sure to cut some of those flowers you have been growing for vases indoors too.

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Houseplants and Bulbs

You should be watering your houseplants more regularly now.  Stick your finger in the soil, if it is dry up to your cuticle, probably better water.

grass seedBasic Yard Maintenance

We plan on reseeding the lawn later this month.  We will also be ordering another 5 yards of Tagro.  I’ll be using some of it to build up my garden beds and the rest to fertilize the lawn.

edging grass border in garden

I will also continue working on creating a new flower bed. But first, I need to finish pulling up the sod along the back of the garden boxes and on the hillside.

staining fence

I’d also like to finish staining the fence this month.

Indoor Home Maintenance

I say make hay while the sun shines–which basically means forget about house projects until the weather turns. :)

What is on YOUR chore list for this month?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Sharpies, Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolts, Survival Seeds and More

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redolentWord of the Day: Redolent Definition: Suggestive of pertaining to, full of Used in a sentence: He loved to tell stories redolent of Indian life.

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Helloooo Wednesday!

After 30 days of eating survival food for breakfast, lunch and dinner I wasn’t sure what I was suppose to do with myself this morning. Should I pig out? Drink tea? Go off the deep end and bake a pie?

The day is young people. The day is young. :)

I’ll be sharing about my experience living off a 30 day supply of emergency food a little later today, but first, here are a few deals I spotted for you.

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

*This deal post will be updated throughout the day so be sure and check back for deals. 

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Mpow iSnap X One-piece U-Shape Self-portrait Monopod Extendable Selfie Stick $13.99

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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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Amazon Prime special offer: Get a 3-month free trial to Audible

Right now Amazon Prime members can get a 3-month FREE trial for Audible!!! {I like to listen to audiobooks while I garden.} With over 150,000 titles to choose from you’d be CRAZY to pass up this freebie. Listen with the FREE Audible app on your smartphone or tablet. Yee-Haw!

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Amazon has the Survival Seed Vault – Heirloom Emergency Survival Seeds – Plant a Full Acre Crisis Victory Garden – 20 Easy-to-grow Varieties on sale for $19.99 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. 

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Today Only Walmart.com has the Braun Smart Control Corded Shaver on sale for $14.97 {Amazon is selling the same shaver for $19.30}.

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Fourth of July Trivia This little 4th of July Trivia Game is pretty fun to test your Independence Day knowledge. How’d you do? Find more fun 4th of July games and crafts on my Kid’s Stuff Pinterest Board.

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Cents of Style has their summer skirts on sale 50% OFF & FREE SHIPPING w/code SUMMERSKIRT  at checkout.

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fourth of july trifle cakeThis Strawberry and Blueberry Trifle is the perfect ending to any 4th of July BBQ. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more great 4th of July recipes on my Red, White and Blue Pinterest Board.

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Amazon has the Presto 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker on sale for $79.97 shipped. This pressure cooker comes highly rated by Amazon shoppers and has great reviews.

How to Use a Pressure Canner

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Simple Granola Recipe

simple granola recipe with oil

simple granola recipe with oilIt has simple in the title but there is nothing simple about the taste of this granola. It’s so nutty and oatty and crunchy with just the perfect amount of sweetness. It’s like granola perfection. This is of course based solely on the opinion of my family, since all I can do is sniff it. But it gets a perfect score based off of the sniff test. Also, apparently, the taste test for those not living on dehydrated packets for nourishment.

You should make a batch {or 3}. It’ll go quickly. Especially if your family gobbles it up like mine does. According to the HH, this is PERFECT over yogurt. I’ll just have to trust him on that!

oats oatmealIngredients

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup Crasins
1/2 cup chopped almonds

simple granola recipe
Directions

Preheat oven to 300 F.

In a large mixing bowl, place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, mix the honey, oil, and vanilla. Pour honey mix over the oat mix and stir until coated.

crasins

Press into a thin layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir and then bake until the granola is very light golden brown, checking every 5 minutes {not more than 15 additional minutes}. Be careful as the granola can burn quickly.

Cool to room temperature before mixing in fruit and nuts. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

simple granola recipe with oil

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Do You Check the FREE Box at Garage Sales? Or Am I Just Weird To Want Someone Else’s Junk?

Always Check the FREE Box at Garage Sales

wire basketUsually I’m pretty good at finding furniture, gardening supplies or household items at garage sales, but last weekend I totally struck out at every single garage sale I stopped at. Some weekends are just like that I suppose. You have a totally good streak going, and then BAM… you can’t find anything good to bring home.

Always Check the FREE Box at Garage Sales

The good news is, two of the garage sales I stopped at had boxes loaded with FREE stuff in them. And you know what they say… One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

foil pans

In addition to a large enamelware pan {perfect for bbq’s!!} I also snagged an Easter basket, a cutlery tray, 2 food storage containers, an old fashioned tin pie plate {I collect them}, a wire basket and some foil pans {perfect for freezer meals}.silver vaseBut my favorite item from the FREE boxes was this mosaic vase/candleholder. If you look real hard you can see a small crack on the bottom. HOWEVER, it’s just a hairline crack. Once I throw some flowers in the vase I don’t think anyone will even notice.

I.LOVE.FREE.STUFF.

Do you check the free bins when you hit the garage sales?

Have you ever found anything good?

~Mavis

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