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Greetings from Lancaster County, Pa.

The Girl and I got lost {umm which is totally typical} and didn’t get to our destination until around 7:30 last night…. but we made it! :)

After breakfast today we are headed out to Central Market {the oldest farmer’s market in American} and then heading south for a few days. I plan on putting a proper post together tomorrow and sharing some pictures with you.

I LOVE the east coast!!!

Have a great day everyone.

Mavis

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Red, White and Blue Rice Krispies

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Red, White and Blue Rice Krispies

I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t love Rice Krispie treats. Who am I kidding, I love them just as much as they do. So these kid-friendly and super festive treats are the perfect addition to your 4th of July BBQ or fireworks celebration. They are crazy easy too, so you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen for hours!

Basketball Rice Krispie Treats recipe

Ingredients

6 tablespoons butter
8 heaping cups of mini marshmallows
12 cups Rice Krispies cereal, divided
blue and red food coloring

Red, White and Blue Rice Krispies

Directions

In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Keeping heat on low, add marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted. Divide marshmallow mixture evenly into 3 pans. Add blue food coloring to one pan, red to another and stir until completely blended. Add 4 cups of cereal to each pan and stir until blended.

Firmly press the different color layers of into a 9×13 baking dish coated with cooking spray, one on top of the other. I pressed blue down first, then the non-food coloring layer and then red. Red, white and blue for days!

~Mavis

Red, White and Blue Rice Krispies

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DIY Garden Markers Made From Beach Shells

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This is a guest post written by my buddy Heather from Massachusetts. It’s a good thing we don’t live next door to each other because we would never get a moments rest. We’d be too busy making arts and crafts and gardening 24/7. ;)

DIY Garden Markers Made From Beach Shells

The great thing about garden markers is the sheer creative variety! Mavis made these sweet Chalkboard Garden Markers these clever plant markers made from Broken Pots, and these stamped popsicle stick plant markers  well and the creative juices started flowing. ;)

Last summer when my daughter and I made a trip to a local beach north of Boston, which was filled with the very common Atlantic Surf Clam shell. So of course we brought a few home.

shells on beach

Supplies 

  • Shell or other item you’d like to use as a marker
  • Pencil
  • Paint (I used Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint)
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge Spray (11-oz. Super High Shine Spray 1450, this stuff is saweeet)
  • Gorilla Glue 
  • Metal (clothes) Hangers

decoraitng beach shells

Directions

Use a pencil to draw your design on a shell. Then paint on the final design, let it dry, use the Mod Podge spray.

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Handy-Dandy-Tip: make sure you spell check yourself! “rasberries” is actually spelled “raspberries”. ;)

DIY Garden Markers Made From Beach Shells

Finally Gorilla glue the metal hangars to the shell, and let it dry for a day. Then, very carefully, bend the wire around your garden box posts.

DIY Garden Markers Made From Beach ShellsHow cute is that?

~Heather

 

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How to Save Money Using the Library

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How to Save Money Using the Library

Now that the kids are out of school, you might be looking for some inexpensive forms of entertainment to keep everyone occupied.  When my kids were little, we used to hit the library once a week.  It seriously saved of TONS of money over the years and it kept them reading throughout the summer, so come the new school year, their brains weren’t mush.

summer reading books

Lot’s of people think that the library just has books, but it has totally evolved into a free multi-media entertainment shop–only instead of shopping, everything is FREE.  Here are a couple of tips to help you get the most out of your library:

  1. Use the “hold” service if your library has one.  This is probably my favorite thing about the library.  You can get an online account, search for whatever, put it on hold, then they notify you when it has come in.  You go pick it up, where it is ready and waiting just for you.  It helps you get exactly what you want without having to take the gamble that it might already be checked out.
  2. Instead of having magazine subscriptions, check them out from the library.  While you can’t check out the current month’s issues, you can check out all of the back issues.
  3. Borrow movies.  The library has pretty much every movie you can possibly want {unless you live in a super small town}–and it’s free.
  4. Borrow video games.  Did you know that most libraries now have video games.  You can even put them on hold {suggestion #1}, so your kiddos can totally try out the latest game before you buy it.  Or even better, maybe you’ll never have to buy it at all.
  5. Books.  I know this is a no-brainer, but seriously, read them at the library first.  If you know you will reference them or reread them over and over, then buy.
  6. Digital books.  Most libraries have digital books that don’t even require you ever getting in the car.  So, if you have a laptop, kindle, iPad or some other device, chances are you can get some free reads by just logging onto your library’s website.
  7. Take advantage of educational computer games and the internet.   The children’s part of the library usually has computers loaded with fun educational games.  For older kids, Wi-Fi offers a little bit of surfing with some pretty strict restrictions that will keep them fairly safe.
  8. Music.  Want to check out a CD?  The library has those too.  I can’t tell you how much this has saved me over the years–sometimes I end up finding out that owning the whole album just isn’t worth it.
  9. Newspapers.  Take advantage of your local newspaper or even the Wall Street Journal while your kiddos peruse for books.
  10. Take advantage of programs.  Most libraries have tons of free programs and classes.  Younger kids can go to story time, older kids can do book clubs.  My library even has a Lego club {where kids get to build massive creations} and a knitting club {for all skill levels}.

I’m telling you, the library has really diversified, and it’s totally worth your time this summer.  Do  you use the library?  What’s your favorite part about it?

~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 23 and 24 of 52

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I’ve changed my shopping habits a bit this week. With all of the end of the year/graduation activities around here, our eating schedules have been totally off. So this week I played catch-up a bit in the shopping department. Plus, The Girl and I are gone all this week and I had to make sure the HH and Monkey Boy don’t starve!

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Albertsons $27.92

Monkey Boy put in a few requests this week and I obliged. I also was running low on popcorn for movie night with The Girl and they had some on sale, so I snatched them up!

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Fred Meyer $5.62

I’m trying to make sure the crew we leave behind has at least a few healthy alternatives while we are away. Anyone wanna guess how much of the good for you food is left when we get back?

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Vitacost $5.05

I had some Vitacost credit so I ordered a boatload of treats for the boys to enjoy while The Girl and I are away this week. Now anyone care to wager how much of the snack food will be left at the end of the week? {Ha! My guess is going to be NONE.}

QFC shopping trip

QFC $13.63

I stocked up on easy to prepare foods so the boys can make some quick meals. Anyone can prepare hot dogs, right?

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Fred Meyer $12.67

And a few more healthy staples to round out our week.

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How’d you do this week? Do you find yourself shopping differently as the seasons change? I sure do!

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $87.67
Total Spent This Year $874.42
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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Happy Monday! It’s good to be back. I wish I could say I lounged around in my pj’s all week but HELLO… there was just too much work to be done. ;) It’s official, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird graduated yesterday and now today The Girl and I are headed off to the East Coast for a little R&R.

We’ll be posting pictures of our trip on Instagram so if you you’d like to come along {virtually} now would be a good time to follow us on Instagram.

I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Mavis

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm – How I Wake Up Early Everyday

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How I Wake Up Early Everyday

I must admit, I am a total early riser.  I get up at 4 a.m. everyday.  Weird, right?  I wasn’t always that way, but once I had kids and they needed my immediate attention when they woke up, I realized that the only way I was going to get some things done {and a little bit of quiet and solitude} would be to get up before anyone else.

I’ve heard some people say that you are either a morning person or night owl, but I totally think you can train yourself to be either.  I swear, I get more done from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. than the rest of the day.  So, if you need to add a little personal quality time into your day {or just need to add more hours to an already busy day}, I think you can get into the practice of becoming an early riser.  It will be painful, at first, I’m not going to lie, but eventually, you will just wake up naturally…heavy emphasis on the eventually.

Here are a couple of tips to get you started:

  1. First, you have to get into the habit of going to bed earlier.  I always used to think I would do the things I needed to get done in the evenings, after the kids went to bed, but really, by then I was exhausted.  I ended up piddling around the house and then plopped down to watch t.v.  I would’ve been better just going to bed.  The point is that if you are exhausted when the alarm goes off, you won’t be super unmotivated to get up.
  2. Put the alarm on the other side of the room so that you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
  3. Before bed, make a list of all the things you would like to accomplish in the early hours.  It sounds cheesey, but it gives you a bit of motivation to get up.
  4. Eat breakfast right away, it will give you a boost of energy and wake you up.
  5. Exercise.  For a lot of moms, this might be your only chance.  In the summer months, go for a walk outside.  In the winter months, do some stretching, etc. indoors.  It will wake you up, and then “exercise” won’t hang over you like a looming to-do all day.
  6. Build personal time into the morning.  Yes, I like to get stuff done when I get up, but I also have some tea and I usually get to see the sunrise.  It’s one of the simple things in life that most people totally miss.  In those quiet moments, I usually am able to sort out all of the thoughts buzzing around in my head too.
  7. For the first little bit, make things easy for yourself.  Set out your clothes the night before.  Make the kids lunches right after dinner, etc.  It will make the morning more zen-like–which will push you to want to experience it daily.
  8. Stick with it.  It will take at least a month for it to become habit {kind of like when the kids go back to school–the first month is brutal, and then, you get into a routine}. I guess what I am saying is power through the pain of getting up.

Are you an early riser?  Any tips for night owls hoping to change their ways?

~Mavis

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 23 of 52

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Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

DIY Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie Bags

Breakfast Ideas 

Blueberry Scones – I don’t know about you, but in the summer, I like to have breakfast options the kids can grab whenever they’re ready.  These are a yummy option.  {Pin for Later}
Bacon Pancakes – Everything is just better with bacon.  {Pin for Later}
Best Ever Oatmeal Waffles - A healthier version of a classic.  Your kids won’t even know they’re healthier.  {Pin for Later}
DIY Smoothie Bags – Whip some of these up for those summer mornings when you don’t feel like cooking one more thing.  {Pin for Later}

Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Freezer Meal - Cilantro Lime Chicken – With plenty of cilantro in the garden now, this is the time to whip up some freezer meals and put it to good use.  {Pin for Later}
Ground Beef in the Crock Pot - This is perfect for summer.  Cook it up now, in bulk, so that you won’t be standing over a hot stove everytime your family wants tacos {which for us is about once a week}  {Pin for Later}
Sausage Lentil Soup – This is a hearty protein packed soup that is a great alternative to canned soup.  {Pin for Later}
Ham and Cheese Casserole – We have this for breakfast a lot, but honestly, it would make a yummy dinner too.  {Pin for Later}

Black Bean Quinoa Salad recipe

Soups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Pot Pie – Who says comfort food is just for cold weather?  Believe me, this will taste awesome any time of year.  {Pin for Later}
Roasted chicken Salad w/ Cranberries – For a little lighter fair, try this salad.  It makes an awesome lunch too.  {Pin for Later}
Ritz Cracker Chicken – These taste sooooo much better than frozen chicken nuggets from the store.  {Pin for Later}
Black Bean Quinoa Salad – This is the perfect side dish to impress pretty much anyone.  Bring to it BBQ’s, luncheons, or just keep it all to yourself and take a fork full everytime you pass the fridge.  {Pin for Later}

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies recipe

Cookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Baked Pineapple – I usually serve this with our Easter ham, but it would be a shame to only have it once a year.  It makes a super tasty after dinner treat too.  {Pin for Later}
Meyer Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies – These are awesome.  Enough said.  {Pin for Later}
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies – These won’t heat your kitchen up in the summer heat, but they are still so tasty.  {Pin for Later}
Baked Mozzarella Sticks – These are  a great way to put a new twist on cheese sticks.  They make a great afternoon snack for the kiddos too.  {Pin for Later}

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Canning Recipe of the Week

Low Sugar Strawberry Jam – Don’t let the low sugar part fool you, this is just as good as the sugar laden stuff, only better for you. {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Tipping for Service – How Much Should I Tip?

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Tipping for Service

While online today I came across this old article about tipping.  The article gave 5 reasons for not tipping for food service–and I have to admit, some of them were just blatantly rude.  The author tried to make the point that tipping is adding unnecessary burden on the consumer, when it really should fall on the employer to pay a higher wage.  He also argued that, in large, the server/waiter/waitress did not do enough to merit extra money–he felt that he worked hard for his money, and while he was willing to pay for the food and factor in the cost of the establishment, he did not feel that taking the order and delivering the food deserved even more money.

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However blatant the article,it made me think about tipping.  I am all for great service, in fact, bad service can ruin a perfectly good meal, BUT, I am kind of getting sick of seeing tip jars pop up everywhere.  I mean, should I really have to tip someone at the coffee shop for pouring water over a tea bag?  I have even started to see them in the casual dining establishments, where you place your order at the counter, pick up your own food on the tray, and fill your own beverages.  Still, I always feel awkward when I sign the receipt and leave the tip spot blank–awkward and a little resentful that I am even being put in a boat to feel awkward.  Then, there is the whole bad service thing–if you get bad service do you skip the tip, only leave 10%?  It’s a pickle, I tell ya.

Another article I found made the point that tipping actually improves service, by providing incentive.  It questioned the appearance of the tip portion on coffee receipts, though, even noting that for now, it is a largely American thing to add your tip to your credit card charge–and it is being met with some resistance in the U.K. and Canada.

What do you think?  Do you tip?  Do you feel obligated to tip?  Do you think picking up a plate of food from the counter and bringing it to a table warrants 20% of the cost of the food?  Do you skip the tip altogether if you get BAD service?

~Mavis

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The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls recipe

If you have company coming for the holidays and you are looking for something special to make for breakfast, this recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls is out of this world.

I’ve been using this same recipe for a couple of years now and I always get rave reviews when I serve them. If you’ve never made homemade cinnamon rolls before, don’t freak out. You can do this. Homemade cinnamon rolls are easier to make than you’d think.

dough ball

Ingredients for the Dough

1/4-ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients for the Filling

1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan if not using a baking liner
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 chopped nuts or raisins {totally optional}

cream cheese icing for cinnamon rolls

Ingredients for the Icing

4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls recipe

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Dissolve the yeast in warm water in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add in 2 cups of flour and mix {I use my hands} until nice and smooth. Add yeast mixture and then mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to work with. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for around 5 minutes. Place in a large bowl that’s been greased bowl with a we bit of vegetable oil then cover and let rise until doubled in size {usually about 1 hour}.

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down it down and roll it out on to a floured surface. Ideally you want to shape the dough in to a  15 by 9-inch rectangle. Using a pastry brush, spread the melted butter all over dough.

Then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the buttered dough and then sprinkle a few nuts, or raisins if you like {we used pecans and raisins}. Next roll the cinnamon roll dough up into a tight log and seal the ends with a little melted butter. The cut into {12} 2 inch slices {I use unflavored floss to cut my dough}.

Place cinnamon rolls about 2 inches apart on a lined cookie sheet or a buttered pan. Let rise a second time until the dough has doubled {about 30-45 minutes} and then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until nice and brown.

While the cinnamon rolls are baking, mix the butter, cream cheese powdered sugar, salt and vanilla. Add warm water as needed. Spread over warm rolls.

Dig in!

Recipe Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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