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Happy Monday from Lucy the Fuzzy Puggle Dog. :)

I gave her a bath this morning and she was just so cute munching on her chewy stick that I just had to take a picture. I LOVE that dog!! Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 60% Off Select SanDisk Products

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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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A few Amazon Health and Beauty Deals:

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Prescriptions drugs are tricky, because unlike a new pair of shoes, you’ve gotta buy them. Sometimes you’re at the liberty of the drugstores as far as how much you pay. But never fear. Here are some tips on How to Save on Prescription Drugs. Find more cool tips and money savings ideas on my Money Saving Tips Pinterest Boards.

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6pm is having a great boot sale with styles for everyone. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Keep those Cell phones safe with an Everydaysource Cell Phone / PDA Waterproof Bag for just $2.06 shipped. These would make a great gift/stocking stuffer for kids that do sports!

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Not only can you earn money by taking surveys when you sign up for Toluna, but you can also test products before they become available on the market.

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Fun stuff for Kids:

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Amazon has Football Nail Stickers for just $3.99 shipped!! What a fun way to support your High School or Professional team! Go HERE to choose your team.

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Shutterfly is offering a FREE  20-page 8×8 hardcover photo book  through {9/10} when you use code BOOK4FREE at checkout. You will have to pay a $7.99 shipping fee}. These make great gifts!!

Butternut-Squash-Pasta

This Butternut Squash Pasta is like spaghetti on crack. Plus, it is nutrient packed goodness.  Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 35 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:

whole grain raspberry bars

Breakfast Ideas 

Whole Grain Raspberry Bars – Plan on enjoying the last of the raspberries with this tasty recipe.  {Pin for Later}
Blueberry and Banana Oat Bread – If you have never combined banana bread and blueberries, you are in for a super pleasant surprise.  {Pin for Later}
Granola with Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds and Mango – Making your own granola is soooo easy, and it will save you a fortune.  Plus, you can cut out all of the weird preservatives that store bought granola typically has.  {Pin for Later}
Easy Spinach Frittata - Frittatas are awesome, because they are easy to make and they taste great fresh out of the oven or cold.  It makes for an easy week-long breakfast. {Pin for Later}

Easy-Crock-Pot-Meals-Southwest-Chicken-ChiliSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Southwest Chicken Chili - If you plan on hosting any football get-togethers, this chili is the perfect menu item.  {Pin for Later}
Honey Chicken and Rice – Chicken and rice is almost as common as milk and cookies at our house.  This recipe will not disappoint.  {Pin for Later}
Sweet and Sour Meatballs – This easy freezer meal only requires you to reheat and make rice.  It doesn’t get much easier.  {Pin for Later}
Crock Pot Corn Chowder - This is a great hardy fall meal.  {Pin for Later}

easy-summer-recipes-grilled-corn-roasted-pepper-and-black-bean-saladSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Chicken Pot Pies – These are perfect for those busy evenings when everyone in the family needs a hot meal at different times.  You can make them and they can bake them.{Pin for Later}
Ritz Cracker Chicken – These little nuggets make little fingers happy. {Pin for Later}
Grilled Corn, Roasted Pepper, and Black Bean Salad – Throw some flour tortillas out and voila, dinner is served.  OR, do what I did, and just eat it straight out of the bowl.  {Pin for Later}
Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar – I usually make these around Thanksgiving time, but the HH loves this dish, so I thought I would throw it out there for anytime of year.  {Pin for Later}

peanut butter protein ballsCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Roasted Red Beet & White Bean Hummus – This is a great way to incorporate beets into your diet.  This hummus is awesome.  {Pin for Later}
Peanut Butter Protein Balls - If you haven’t tried these yet, stop everything and make them.  They are one of my favorite snacks to have on hand when I need to run out the door, and a grab and go snack that will stick with me is in order.  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Peach Fruit Leathers – These are perfect to throw in school lunches.  {Pin for Later}
Ginger Peach Freezer Pops – These are straight delicious.  I think the ginger gives them an adult flare, which means I feel justified in eating 2 at a time.  {Pin for Later}

how to dry basilCanning/Preserving Recipe of the Week

How to Dry Basil - Drying your own basil is ridiculously easy.  And it is the best way to preserve your gardens flavor all year long.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Canning Ring Pumpkin

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Canning Ring Pumpkin

With most of the canning done, and extra canning rings lying around, I thought I would make a canning ring pumpkin for the table. It’s cute, festive, and takes about 2 minutes—my kind of craft.

Canning Ring Pumpkin

You’ll need:

  • Canning rings {all the same size}
  • String {to tie the rings together}
  • 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Some scrap fabric or paper cut into the shape of leaves {enough for 2 leaves}

cinnamon sticks

Directions:

String the canning rings together in a straight line.  Once all the rings are on, tie them together tightly, pulling them into a round pumpkin shape.  Then, stick the cinnamon sticks down into the pumpkin and add the leaves.

How easy is that?  And so cute and homesteady {that’s a word, right?}.

~Mavis

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10 Ways to Combat Empty Nest Syndrome

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10 Ways to Combat Empty Nest Syndrome

Are any of you out there facing an empty nest in the near future?  It’s so weird.  You’ve spent countless years as Mom and Dad, and now, it’s just the two of you–like the beginning, only you’re older, wiser…and maybe a wee bit more crotchety :) ?  I kind of knew this was coming last year, so I set a plan in motion to help ease the transition.  It involves me having projects…lots and lots of projects {read:  distractions}.

Aline from facebook shared an article from the New York Times recently about life after raising children.  The author talks about facing her new identity.  For 30 years, her primary association with herself was as a mother…now, as she faces her last child transitioning into adulthood, she wonders what it means for her.  In the end, she puts a positive light on the whole subject, offering empty nest-ism as a chance to redefine yourself in a completely new light, unrestricted by dependents.  I could totally identify with her sentiments, though.  I’ve been a “mom” for so long, I am having to find new ways to occupy my time.

In case you’re finding  yourself in the same boat, here are a couple of tips to combat the downsides of empty nest syndrome:

  1. Renew or make new friendships.  Plain and simple, this is a time to find deep, noncompetitive friendships that will sustain you through your quiet days.  Plan a weekly meet-up for coffee–like your own personal playdate.
  2. Dive into new hobbies or spend more time on old ones.  Travel has ALWAYS been important to me, and I plan on continuing to make it my focus.
  3. Date your spouse.  Raising kids is nutso sometimes, and that person you agreed to go through life with sometimes doesn’t get the attention they deserve.   Now you’re really in together, though, in a quiet house with the rearing complete.  Get to know each other again.  Go to the movies, go out to dinner, go for walks in the evening…whatever.
  4. Let guilt go.  When the days are quiet and the stresses are gone, it’s easy to obsess about all of the things you could have done differently…or more of, but what’s done is done.  Worrying about it simply won’t change it.  Let it go, my friends, let it go.
  5. Go back to school.  Maybe you never finished your degree, or you would like to make a career change and couldn’t because of the kids.  Now you can.  On the upside, you are already really good at buying school supplies and checking homework :) .
  6. Establish new traditions with your adult children.  They maybe gone and living life, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t still a piece of them.  Host monthly Sunday dinners if they are close, visit them often, or plan a weekly phone call/email session.
  7. Embrace the silence.  I bet you a million bucks that no less than once a week when the kids were home you wished for silence.  Now you have it.  Don’t feel bad.  You’ve earned it.  You’ve done your time.  Incorporate R&R into the day.
  8. Exercise.  Exercise is a pretty solid suggestion to whatever you’re facing as long as you are able.  It releases those feel-good hormones.
  9. Make new goals.  This is not the end.  It’s the beginning–and with us all living waaay longer, we hopefully still all have several decades of quality living.  Sit down with your spouse and decide what your goals together will be…retire in the Florida Keys, travel, buy a cabin?
  10. Still a couple of years away from an empty nest?  Plan now.  Make the most of the final years your kids are at home.  Spend quality time.  Send them off knowing them fully.  Make plans for when they do leave–you’re not wishing them gone, you are preparing.

Any empty-nesters out there?  I know you have tips…make sure to leave them in the comments.

Good luck, fellow empty-nesters.

~Mavis

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Pear Butter Recipe – Canning 101

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Last summer we had  bumper crop of pears and turned them into pear butter and let me tell you Bob, it was freakin’ delicious! If you’ve never made pear butter you should give it a try. My favorite way to enjoy it is on toast or pancakes.

Here is the recipes – it’s easy, I promise.
Pear Butter RecipeIngredients

8 pounds pear {I used Anjou pears from our backyard}
1 cup water or apple juice {I used water}
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
pear butter canning recipeDirections

Wash, dry and quarter your pears.  Toss pears, water {or juice}, sugar, and spices in an 8 quart pot and bring to a boil.  Once you reach a boil, stir the pears, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the pears are tender {about 20 minutes}, stirring often.

Once the pears are soft, carefully spoon them in to a food mill to separate the peels, stems and seeds. Next place the pear mixture in a crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally and prepare for your house to smell awesome!

Once the pear butter has thickened and turned a dark brown color it’s time to can your bounty.

Bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

Ladle the pear butter immediately into prepared jars {I used Weck jars} , filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw on bands. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. {Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.} Cover; bring water to gentle boil and process 10 min.

Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary}. Yields 4 pints.

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Want to start canning, but don’t know where to start?  Here’s a guide to help you get started.

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Zaycon Bacon: Fun Rhymes and Even Better Deals

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zaycon-foods-chicken-across-americaBACON BACON BACON!! Bacon is the best. For breakfast, on sandwiches, in any side dish recipe on the planet. Bacon makes everything better. That’s why I’m so excited that Zaycon Bacon is BACK! 

Zaycon Foods is offering Hickory Smoked Bacon at $3.29 a pound.  I was able to split a case of this yummy bacon with my neighbor Girly Girl last time they offered this event and we both loved it.

baconThat famous Zaycon Bacon is still just $3.79 per pound. Plus, they have their Pork Link Sausages for just $2.89 per pound and their brand new, totally awesome Maple Chicken Patties for $3.79/pound.

These sales events are scheduled for November but you can reserve your products now so you have plenty of time to order. Head on over HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/6/2014

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mavis butterfield instagramMavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I try and share a picture a day in 2014.

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Garden Updates

Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

How to Prevent Back to School Cooties

Tips and Tricks

Dealing With Life in the Dorms - Loud Noises and Night Owls

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Friday Night at the Movies – Uncle Buck

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Pruning and Transplanting Strawberry Runners

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transplanting-strawberry-runnersIf you’ve ever grown strawberries, you’ll know that they spread like wildfire! If you let them spread free, they’d take over your garden AND your lawn. They will practically multiply before your eyes. In my latest eHow article, Born to Run – Now’s the Time to Prune and Transplant Those Strawberry Runners, I’m covering how to tame those wild strawberry plants:


I highly doubt Bruce Springsteen had strawberry plants in mind when he wrote his famous tune “Born to Run,” but if you’ve ever grown strawberries, you know how impossible it is to confine them to a single garden bed. If ever a plant had a free spirit, this would be the one.

Stolons, or “runners,” as gardeners like to call them, are produced by most ever-bearing and nearly all June-bearing strawberry plants during the late summer months and can be a useful (and free) means to expand your strawberry patch.

Check out the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Uncle Buck

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I’m on a John Hughes kick lately.  He seriously puts out what I would call the “classics” of the 80′s and 90′s.  This weekend, I am going to watch Uncle Buck.  In case you haven’t seen it, it’s about a couple who need someone to watch their kids while they head out of town on a family emergency.  The only option is the husband’s less-than-desirable brother:  Uncle Buck.  John Candy is awesome as Uncle Buck–seriously, you will quote this movie for the rest of your life.

I love revisiting my favorite comedies.  What’s your favorite John Hughes movie?  Maybe I’ll add it to my fall line-up.

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Looking for more movies? Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE! Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend, ~Mavis

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What Am I Suppose to do With All This Zucchini?

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You know that feeling you get towards the end of summer when you’ve tried every recipe you have and even though there are more vegetables to harvest in your garden, you simply have no clue what to do with them?lucy the puggle dog

It’s like your brain just shuts off and calls it quits. Well that’s where I’m at right now.

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So please, if you have a favorite zucchini or bean recipe you think is the bomb diggety and you think we should try it… please leave it {or a link} in the comments below.

I’d sure appreciate it.

~Mavis

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