Mashing Surnames to Create Your Own

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I ran across an article the other day about a couple in Tennessee.  The couple didn’t want to have to give up their own surnames, and also didn’t think it was fair for their subsequent children to have one parent’s surname and not the others.  As a result, they created their own surname for the family, by mashing their two names together.  They simply wrote the new surname on their children’s birth certificate and off they went.  They even monogrammed their doormat with the new name {Sabr:  a combination of Sarubbi and Abramson}.

That worked great for the first two kids, then baby number three came along after a move to Tennessee.  Apparently, in Tennessee, they did not like this idea one bit.  They received a letter in the mail saying that they couldn’t mash the names–baby number three could not be arbitrarily named Sabr {unless they wanted to pay the $150 for the paperwork to legally change their name, thereby creating a historical paper trail}.

Okay, so call me crazy, but I think this whole concept is just weird.  The whole point of surnames is so that we can track our family history.  It’s a way to record our history without too much effort.  Maybe it’s not fair that women are the ones that lose their name, but let’s face it, your maiden name came from a man too {your father}, so really, it’s not that much of a stand.  I can totally get behind hyphenated names because it allows future generations to easily decipher where everyone came from.  BUT, mashing it up is just historical mutiny, people.

What do you think?  Does a last-name mash up defeat the purpose of surnames, or am I just an admitted traditionalist stuck in my ways?

~Mavis

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Happy Wednesday everyone,  I hop you have an AWESOME day!

Mavis

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DIY Homemade Enchilada Sauce

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DIY Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Here’s the problem. Once I try the homemade version of something, there’s no going back. The up side to this is the homemade version is always freakin awesome and way better than the crappity crap store bought stuff. The downside is it’s just one more step in a recipe.

The solution to that is to double or triple the recipe and make this stuff in huge batches {you’ll totally want to anyway cause it’s that good!} and freeze it. That way you’ll have the most delicious homemade enchilada sauce and you won’t have to slave away in the kitchen every time you want it!

DIY Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

DIY Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Directions

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Whisk the flour and chili powder into the oil. Heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Slowly stir in remaining ingredients in order. Reduce heat and cook for about 10 minutes, or until mixture begins to thicken. Use mixture immediately in recipes or let cool completely if using in a freezer meal recipe like the one below.

DIY Homemade Enchilada Sauce

If freezing, let cool completely and then simply follow these steps: How to Freeze Soups, Sauces and Purees.

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Beef Enchilada Freezer Meal – The perfect recipe to try your new homemade enchilada sauce in! {Pin it for later}

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10 Tips for Maintaining Your Front Load Washing Machine

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10 Tips for Maintaining Your Front Load Washing Machine

Front loaders are becoming pretty standard these days.  In fact, if you are in the market for a new washer, chances are, you will end up with a front loader.  Top loaders are harder and harder to come by, the choices are few, and the general trend is to steer everyone toward front loaders for their lowered water usage and efficiency ratings.  If you are new to the front-loader game, maintaining them is a bit different than a top-loader {which required almost no maintenance}.  Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Leave the door open when not in use.  Smelly machines is the biggest complaint when it comes to front load washers.  The key is to allow the drum and the door to dry out completely between washes.  Giving the rubber door seal a quick wipe down aids the process significantly.  Don’t give mold the slightest chance to grow.
  2. Use High Efficiency detergent.  Seriously, these are not just guidelines–regular detergent will have too many suds and confuse the heck out of your machine.  Remember that your front loader is basically a computer–if it senses something is amiss, it goes haywire.  The HE soap is more expensive, no doubt, but it goes a long way. {If you want to save to moolah, consider making your own detergent.}
  3. Rinse the detergent/fabric softener dispenser regularly, and then leave it out to dry.  Mold can build up in your dispenser and then end up swirling around with your clothes.  Rinsing out residue and trapped liquids pretty much stops it from growing altogether.
  4. Inspect the rubber seal on the door regularly.  Socks like to hide in them.  Wet socks left long enough can cause, drumroll please…mold!
  5. If you use bleach, remember to cut waaaaay down on the amount.  Front load washers use so much less water that you can potentially ruin your clothes with too much bleach.
  6. Clean your front loader at least once a month.
  7. Use a hot water wash every so often.  Most detergents can now do the job with cold water–which is awesome, it save money and energy, but residue builds up in your front loader and it can benefit from a regular hot water rinse.
  8. Plan for extra time.  There is no such thing as a “quick load of laundry” when it comes to your front load washer.  They flat out take significantly longer–one of the downsides of them using less water.  For some, this fact requires a shift in how they manage their laundry.  On the plus side, though, drying time will be significantly less.
  9. Make sure the machine is perfectly level.  Again, your machine has a computer on board, so it functions best when it is level.  Take the time during set-up to make sure it is level, and check it regularly to make sure it stays level.  If it gets off, it can throw off the cycle, because the washer will try to recalibrate.
  10. Clean out the drain pump filter regularly.  Your machine {in a different location in every machine, check your manual} can get clogged by bits of lint, hair, etc.  Make sure to clear it so that your machine can drain properly.

Front load washers are definitely a little more work than top-loaders, but the maintenance {once you wrap your mind around the fact that they have to be maintained} is really pretty quick and painless.

~Mavis

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Should You Tip the Hotel Maid?

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Should You Tip the Hotel Maid

I ran across an article the other day about Marriott and Maria Shriver launching a campaign to educate people on the customary etiquette of tipping hotel maids.  Marriott will now be placing an envelope in each room, with the attendees name so that patrons can leave a tip.

There are obviously two sides to this tipping coin {pun intended}.  First, the tipping pro’s:  Housekeeping is a pretty gritty job, and totally goes unnoticed, since the whole allure of staying in a hotel is that when you leave, people quickly come in and make your bed, change the towels, clean the bathroom, etc.  When you return, like magic, your room is refreshed and clean.  The article made a pretty good point in that most people usually tip the bell-hop and the shuttle driver, but don’t tip the maid because, well, they are not standing right there in front of us.  Cleaning hotel rooms would be a horrible job {in my opinion}, so I am sure receiving a tip for time and service is totally welcomed by staff.

On the flipside, it is really irritating that while the hotel workers pay minimum wage {and more in larger markets}, they pass the obligation of making the staff’s wage a living wage through supplemental tips onto the consumer.  The room is already quite expensive, and to add additional dollars here and there can really add up to a potentially already tight budget.  There is the idea/mentality that the hotel should pay the workers a decent livable wage in the first place so that tipping is not necessary.

Rather than even give my own opinion on the matter, I want to know how all of you feel.  Do you feel obligated to tip the hotel maid?  Did you even know it was customary to tip?

~Mavis

***Interesting sidenote:  If you do plan on tipping, the article offered a standard guideline of $1-$5 per night of stay, depending on the cost of the hotel room.

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Free Kindle Books, Organic Pumpkin, Olay Products, Brooks Running Shorts, Jelly the Pug and More

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Happy Fall Y’all.  ;)

Pretty soon, this is what I’ll be wearing 24/7. Yep. I just need the temps to drop about 20 -25 degrees more and I should be ready to live the life of a shut in until next spring. Ahh Fall… I LOVE YOU.

Mavis

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken

Brown sugar + chicken + lime juice + slow cooker = my new very favorite crock pot meal. Holy cats was this simple recipe good. And gone. It’s rare we eat an entire slow cooker meal but we totally all went back for seconds and scraped the bottom of the dish. Try and I’m pretty sure you’ll be loading your plate too!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper. Place chicken breast in the bottom of a slow cooker and pour sauce over chicken. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Carefully remove chicken and set aside. Pour leftover sauce into saucepan and begin heating over high heat. In a separate bowl, whisk cornstarch and water together and add to the saucepan. Let sauce come to a boil and boil until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze {it will also thicken as it cools}.

Serve chicken over rice and top with glaze. Enjoy!

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How to Freeze Green Beans for Winter Storage

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bowl of fresh green beans

I was out puttering around the garden this morning and ended up picking a giant tub of beans and immediate thought, beans… it’s what’s for dinner.” I even posted a picture on my Instagram account declaring green beans were on the dinner menu. cutting green beans

But them I changed my mind. ;) I think I’ll make a pie instead. Because I can do that. After all what’s the point of being head cook if you can’t change the menu at the last minute? cut green beans

So with pie on my mind I decided to go ahead and freeze those beans. I would have canned my green beans but it’s in the upper 80′s today and believe me, the last thing I want to do is anything canning related. So I froze them instead.
green beans going into the pot

If you’ve never frozen fresh green beans before it’s a total snap! Simply bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, wash, trim and cut you green beans then blanch them for 3 minutes {or until they turn bright green}. The toss the beans in a bowl ice water to cool them down.

Drain beans, pat dry with a clean dishtowel and bag them up into quart or gallon sized bags. Toss them in the freezer until ready to use. It’s that simple.

How to Freeze Green Beans for Winter Storage

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I’ve gotta go. MAKE A PIE. :) :) :) :)

~ Mavis

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The Secrets to a Successful Bake Sale

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The Secrets to a SuccessfulAre you back in the swing of school again? It normally takes me a few solid weeks to fully adjust until we find our scheduling rhythm again. We’re over the hump now and so that means I’m ready to tackle another aspect of  school being back in session: fundraising.

If we lived in a perfect world, schools would have an unlimited amount of money and resources at their fingertips. But sadly, that is not always the case. So awesome parents get together to raise much needed funds for schools. How? Well there are a lot of different options, but the most popular by far is the bake sale.

how to transport cupcakesAnd I just happen to be the bake sale master; the Queen of Cupcakes if you will.

Now I’m sure you’ve either planned, baked for or eaten treats from a bake sale at some point in your life. While they do take a little work, I’ve got the bake sale down to a science. I’ve probably baked so many cupcakes for bake sales through the years that I could legitimately give tips to a baker. I’ve also eaten so many of those cupcakes that I could legitimately support a baker single-handedly if I was buying them in his shop. Good thing I’m not!

Seriously though, I’ve learned a few helpful morsels of wisdom along the way that can help you execute your next bake sale perfectly. Use this bake sale bible and you’ll probably just be cleaning up crumbs.

Nutella Hazelnut CookiesPlanning:

1. Have a purpose. What are you raising funds for? “The children” just won’t cut it. Field trips? Awesome. New books for the library? Perfect. Instruments for the music teacher? I’ll buy your cookies for that! If you are specific about what you are supporting, you’ll see wallets open a lot faster. 

2. You need help. Don’t try to do this alone or you will never want to look at another sweet again. On second thought, that’s a great diet idea. Seriously though, recruit help. You need to be specific in what type of volunteers you need. You’ll need bakers obviously, but you’ll also need help organizing, bagging, tagging and manning the sale. Send out sign ups early {I use Sign Up Genius and it has seriously changed my life!} and often. Don’t feel like you’re over-asking if you ask for help repeatedly. Busy parents won’t mind the reminders!

cupcake decorating ideas3. Consider a theme. If you’re hosting a sale around a holiday, having all items decorated in line with the holiday theme might be a great option. If you’re looking for a fresh idea, you could also do strictly a “Cookie Sale” or a “Cupcake Sale” and then go crazy in that dessert genre. We’ve had great success with just a “Pie Sale.”

4. Locations, location, location. Setting the date is important {day after payday anyone?}, but the location is the key to your success. If you can set a table up at the entry to a busy grocery store or a crowded sporting event, you’re already a step ahead. Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to move the sale off campus if necessary.

cheesecake-brownies5. What’s cooking? Determine some baking parameters and form a list of accepted items. Having these guidelines might seem harsh, but you don’t want a bunch of fruit cakes showing up at drop-off.  Brownies, cookies, rice krispie treats and cupcakes are historically the best sellers. Parents are welcome to get creative and make crazy cupcakes or cookie sandwiches.  You’ll still see a lot of variety, but they’ll be items you’re sure to sell. Also, think of assigning a few gluten free or vegan items to someone. Food allergies are everywhere these days!

bake sale signExecuting:

1. Advertising or bust. It might have worked for Kevin Costner, but trust me when I say you can’t rely on the motto, “If you bake it, they will come.” Because they won’t unless you tell them to. Send out fliers to all students, post it in your local paper or on your local news station’s free calender. Make huge obnoxious signs and post them all over town, at the school and directionally in front of your sale {make sure you remove everything you put up!}. The more you talk about it, the better your turnout will be!

2. What, when and where. Parents need specifics on how to package their items, what items are acceptable and exactly where and when they should drop them off. Make sure you leave plenty of time between the drop-off and the sale, because bagging and pricing those little brownies takes more time than you think!

3. Price to move. Sure that pie is awesome, but no one is going to pay you $20 for it! Set reasonable prices because the end goal is you want people to buy them without taking out a second mortgage. We never price anything over $2, and the $1 price point sells like crazy. $1 for a large cookie or a cupcake is perfect. Package small cookies together so they think they’re getting more for their money, and price those a bit higher.

4. Make ‘em drool. We like to package all the products at the same time and not have the parents do that beforehand. That way things will look consistent and their won’t be uneven portions. This will also allow you to package them correctly. Humans are visual. Make sure what you’re selling can be seen through the packaging and you’re more likely to see those goodies fly off your table.

how to transport cupcakesThe Finishing Touches

1. The table. Presentation is everything here. A nice tablecloth goes a long way! Make the items visible and arrange them so they’re easy to get to. Also make sure your table has napkins and utensils if necessary. Plus, an easy to read price list is essential.

2. Mo’ money, mo’ problems. Be prepared for someone to hand you a $100 bill. It’s happened and you need to have the change ready. Most people will pay with small bills, but a large supply of change will keep you from turning any customers away.

And that my friends should have you on your way to a successful bake sale! Now here are some easy bake sale recipes to get you started:

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