Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips

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Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate  Peanut Butter ChipsYou know those days when you can’t decide if you want a salty or sweet snack? How about both combined in the most mind blowing recipe? Holy cats these were awesome. Seriously awesome. I decided to take The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies and make them even more awesome by adding pretzels and peanut butter chips. Is your mind blown yet? Because it will be.

I was a little worried it would be too much. Like if you tried to shove everything but the kitchen sink in a cookie, it would be too much of a good thing. Not to worry. It is just the right amount of awesome. They are chewy and salty and sweet and perfect. You should make them and eat them. Lots of them.

broken pretzel bitsIngredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/3 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking chips {Ghirardelli are my favorite}
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup pretzel pieces, smashed into pieces
Pretzel salt or sea salt

Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Chips

Directions

In large mixing bowl, mix the butter with the sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until nice and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually add in the flour, baking soda and salt {combine before adding} into the wet mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips, pretzels and peanut butter chips. Let chill in the fridge for at least half an hour {I had the dough in there for a few hours}.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop 1.5 tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on lined baking sheets {I use silpats}. Sprinkle with salt.

Bake 8- 9 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool and then transfer to a wire rack. Makes 6 dozen cookies.

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Does Rodan + Fields Really Work?

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You know those fancy beauty creams and regiments that cost a pretty penny but seem to work magic? Well I’m on a mission to find out if they really work!

I don’t use those fancy schmancy face washes or lotion potions. Actually, I don’t even wash my face at night {what?!}. So this is gonna be an interesting process, but…

A friend of mine is selling Rodan + Fields so I decided to give it a go. I know her well enough to know she isn’t going to sell something she doesn’t use personally or believe in herself. Rodan + Fields was created by the dermatologists who created ProActiv, but they geared this line towards adults, not teens. I’m going to be honest, the before and after pics are amazing, and her skin is flawless!

I am going to give this 30 days… which is about all I can handle. Hopefully the outcome will be good and my face will be one of those famous before and after pics. Ha! {I’m sure it will be amazing and she assures me it will be worth it!!!}

Rodan + Fields

My beauty regimen as it stands right now it pretty freakin basic: Wake up, shower, put on random lotion, eyebrow liner and mascara. In the winter throw on some bronzer. Maybe. Live life then go to bed. I don’t even wash my face. Ever.

I think I’m the perfect guinea pig because if it can work for someone as lazy about their skincare as me, it can work for anyone.

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I thought, what the heck. Why not give it a try. I mean I’m not 16 anymore and I’m not getting any younger. I suppose it’s time to take care of my skin.

I have a few problem areas I’d like to see some changes in, namely crows feet and acne bumps on the side of my eyes to my hairline. They’ve always been there and I have never been able to get rid of them. Also, another awesome feature of aging is the Pug-like wrinkles on my forehead. I won’t hate if those looked a little less pronounced.

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So here we go. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and let you know if I think it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

I want to hear from you. What products do you use and swear by? Do you care way more than I do about your skin {it might be hard to care less than me!}? Have you ever tried Rodan + Fields?

~Mavis

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Clever Way to Keep Bugs Out of Your Drinks

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Clever Way to Keep Bugs Out of Your Drinks

Summer time BBQ’s are awesome.  Bugs floating in your lemonade or vitamin water are not.  Luckily, with some mason jars, cupcake liners, and straws, you can totally keep the bugs out–all while amazing friends and neighbors–like a party throwing magician.

Clever Way to Keep Bugs Out of Your Drinks

You’ll Need:

Cupcake liners
Paper Straws {or regular, but I like the paper ones}
Mason jar {I used pint sized}
Bands for the jar

Keep Bugs Out of Your Drinks

Directions:

Brace yourself, these are complicated ;) .  Starting with a mason jar, flip a cupcake liner upside down and place it over the mouth of the jar, screw the band carefully over the jar, holding the liner in place as you do.  Using a pen, or some other pointy object, poke a hole for the straw and then slide the straw into place.  I know, it’s rocket science.   You may have to read the directions more than once.

Now, go get your outdoor party on.

~Mavis

Clever Way to Keep Bugs Out of Your Drinks

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Mavis Mail – Kim From Michigan Sends in Pics of her Certified Monarch Butterfly Garden

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Garden pictures July 2014 030A 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

Check out the pictures reader Kim send in. She took action when she realized the Monarch Butterflies were in danger. See what she did to make a difference:

Garden pictures July 2014 021Hi Mavis,

I started gardening many years ago when we lived in a mobile home. We were extremely financially strapped and lived off of mostly canned food from a food donation center. I craved fresh food like no tomorrow.

I found a book by Mel Bartholomew, Square Foot Garden, and realized I could grow at least something fresh to eat. I took literally a few pennies from our very meager budget and bought 3 packets of seeds that first year: tomatoes, bush beans and cucumbers. It was life changing the day I picked my very first home grown vegetable: a green bean!

Garden pictures July 2014 022Fast forward 32 years and I continue to grow as much of my own food as possible. I have a very small yard and 1/3 is all raised beds. This area floods every single time it rains and the raised beds is the only way I can grow food here.

Garden pictures July 2014 023This year I built a new bed just for the butterflies after hearing that Monarchs are becoming endangered.

Garden pictures July 2014 024Once established, I applied for certification through Monarch Watch and now have a nationally certified and numbered garden.

Garden pictures July 2014 032 I have not had a Monarch visit yet but have a large population of black swallowtail butterflies that visit on a regular basis.

I am hoping that you will let your followers know about the plight of the Monarch and encourage them to plant a small area in their yard to help them find their necessary food sources. I have just a small 3ft x 8ft area and have already seen the impact it can make.

Kim

  • Garden pictures July 2014 026Your 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.
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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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Well hello there Tuesday… What are your plans for today? Anyone got anything exciting on their to do list today? I think I might get a little weeding done in my side yard… We’ll see.

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

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How Much Is Your Time Worth?

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Even though I have five years of blogging under my belt, there is one type of comment I get from time to time that I still have no idea how to answer:

I really enjoy your site– you have a lot of great tips to share. One thing I’ve thought about though: how much is your time worth? Of course we all have finite life spans so everything we do is a tradeoff– a portion of our precious life in exchange for something. But on the less philosophical side, how many hours do you spend in gardening, canning, freezing, coupon clipping, etc. , as well as how much money spent on gas/electricity to run a larger freezer, heat canning stuff, etc?

If you subtract the extra money you spend on energy from what you save per month, then divide the result by how many hours you spend in money-saving activities how much per hour you are earning/saving?

Which is more beneficial in terms of dollars per hour– working extra hours at a job or working those hours at home and in your garden to save money? (Not that everything comes down to money— sometimes the satisfaction that comes with accomplishing or creating something is more of a reward than money).

~Beth

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When I get a comment like that, it is really one of the most difficult for me to answer. Because the answer is complex and personal and unique to just me. Let’s face it, I march to the beat of my own drum. Who else do you know crazy enough to grow 2,000lbs of food in their backyard and try to live on $100 a month and actually find a TON of joy in that. I know that sentiment is not shared by many.

It’s possible I have a few screws loose! So for that reason, I want to scream from the rooftop every time someone asks me a similar question {and it’s more often than you’d imagine}: it’s TOTALLY worth it to me.

My gut instinct is to say I’d spend twice as much time doing just what I do because I love it. I love this lifestyle and I love gardening and I love feeling the dirt between my fingers and knowing I’m doing right by my family.

I SERIOUSLY ENJOY IT. And you really can’t put a price tag on that.

Don’t get me wrong, I do get where people are coming from. I had a friend once who bought a fixer-upper house with her husband a few years back. They decided to do all the work themselves to save money on the renovations. They put so much sweat, tears and hours into that house that when they were done, both would tell you that is wasn’t worth it at all and if they had to do it again, they’d hire almost all of it out. The reason? They didn’t love what they were doing. At all. I do!

A great example of the opposite of that would be my friend Jennifer’s cousin Zoë. She cooks from scratch, cans her extra garden produce, makes oodles of handmade quilts for her home and her shop on Etsy, She’s amazing. And I bet if we were to add up the hours she spends doing those “chores,” it might seem like a waste of time on paper.

But it’s not to her. And it certainly isn’t to me. I know that might seem crazy to some, but if you’re doing something that gives you joy, it becomes less about how much it’s saving you. The fact that I do save a ton of money doing what I do is a big fat bonus. The icing on the cake really.

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We all do all things because we like to do them, not because it’s necessarily cheaper, faster or easier. But because our time is worth something to us. The time, heart and energy I put into something is worth more than the money I can swap out of my bank account for something cheaper off the shelf at Walmart.

Pretty much these days about 75% of what I do is accomplishing or creating something that means more to me than money. Sometimes price tags just don’t matter!

Life is short.

Be happy.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

~Mavis

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Organization Tip – Storing Hair Elastics

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Organization Tip - Storing Hair Elastics

I don’t know about you, but if I let it get out of control, I can find hair elastics in every drawer, table, bag, etc. in my house.  Even when I try to throw them into a container in the drawer, I swear, they grow legs and walk all over the house.  Well, no more, my friends.  No more.  I am taking a stand.

To keep your hair elastics in one easy to reach place, try buying a carabiner and feeding the elastics onto it.

How easy and tidy is that?  I got one for me and The Girl {it’s perfect for The Girl in her dorm where organization will be key to keeping track of everything in such a small space}.  Organization rules.

~Mavis

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Should I Remove the Rings From My Canning Jars?

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Should I Remove the Rings From My Canning Jars

Now that canning is in full swing, I thought I would address whether or not you should remove the rings from canning jars after the jars have been processed.  I know that a lot of people don’t remove them–and they have been totally fine after years and years of canning.  BUT, the short answer to the question is still yes, you really should remove the rings.

The rings are really only designed to keep the lid on during the processing and cooling part of canning.  After that, they only provide a false sense of food safety, by giving the illusion of a good seal.  Once jars are cooled, take the rings off and store the jars {don’t stack them–that can also affect the seal}.   When a canned good does not have a good seal, eventually the lid will start to lift off of the jar.  When the band is on, it can prevent the lifting–making you think the food is still sealed.

canning{photo credit MamasMinutia}

In addition to giving the illusion of a good seal, the rings can rust.  Rust leads to a nightmare of a time getting the rings off when it is actually time to eat whatever is in the jar.  It also really shortens the life of the rings, and why spend money replacing something if you don’t have to?

I know the jars won’t look as pretty on the shelf without the traditional canning ring band, but seriously, in the end, it is a safety issue for you and your family.  And, the good news is that in the end, it will save you time and money.  No more trying to pry off stuck on rings–and no more purchasing excess rings, just new lids.

Happy canning,

~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 27 of 52

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Albertsons $12.45

When it’s 90 degrees outside it’s all about priorities, right? ;)

The HH was really craving Haagen Daz Ice Cream Bars but Albertsons was having a buy 5 get ice cream for $2.49 sale on the Ben and Jerry’s and Klondike Bars so that’s what we picked up instead.

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Yogurt for Monkey Boy and cheddar cheese for Homemade Macaroni and Cheese.

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Backyard Garden

I don’t know about you but I LOVE the summer months. Even though I don’t have a huge garden this year, it’s still pretty amazing what we can harvest around here on a daily basis. I harvested all these lovely fruits and vegetables last night right before dinner. Multiply that by 7 and it’s pretty easy to see how we can shave some serious money off our grocery list in the summer and fall months.

Gardening is rad. There’s no doubt about it.

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I didn’t add anything fancy to our order this week, just the basics. ;) Did you know that Smith Brother’s Farm was voted the 2014 Plant of the Year by Dairy Foods? How cool is that? I think “ll order some chocolate milk for Monkey Boy and some cottage cheese for the HH for net week. We’ll see.

How did you do this week? Do you find yourself hanging out in the ice cream section at your local grocery store this time of year too? What’s your favorite way to cool down in the summer months?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $18.24
Total Spent This Year $984.86
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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Happy Monday!

We had a major thunderstorm last night and it drenched the yard. Sweet diggity! You know what this means right? I get to take a few days off from watering the garden. Weeee! What will I ever do with all my free time? ;)

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

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