One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 8/2/2014

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How to Harvest and Store Onions

Garden Updates

Blackberry Whole Grain Crumble Bars

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

Dorm Room Checklist – What to Bring to College

Tips and Tricks

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Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Turn Your Garden Produce Into Cash

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setting-up-a-vegetable-stand-in-your-drivewayYou’ve put in a lot of time and effort and now your garden is producing produce like crazy. It’s possible all those extra veggies could mean a little extra cash in your pocket. I’m giving you some helpful tips to do just that in my latest eHow article: Tips for Selling Your Extra Produce.

It never fails: Every year I plant a garden, and every year I grow more food than my family can eat. So what’s a hip housewife in suburbia to do? Haul a table to the end of my driveway and set up a vegetable stand of course.

Tips for Selling Produce

  • Check-in with your Homeowners Association. If you live in a neighborhood with a HOA, check to make sure it’s OK to set up shop. My theory is if the HOA with allow you to have a garage sale, they probably won’t mind if you sell a few veggies once or twice a year at the end of your driveway.

Go HERE to read the full article.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Tiny: A Story About Living Small

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After watching Queen of Versailles, One Hundred Dollars a Month reader left a suggestion on Facebook that I counteract the madness by watching Tiny: A Story About Living Small.  Holy buckets, after watching that train wreck, I kind of need some balance, so thanks Dina for the suggestion!  {If you have Netflix, it is available to stream for free.}

tiny a story about living small

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

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How to Grow Brussels Sprouts {Start to Finish}

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brussels sprouts

 

Are you thinking about growing Brussels sprouts this year for a winter harvest? Well now is the time to plant those seeds!

Brief description: Brussels sprouts are a cabbage-like vegetable and are part of the mustard family.  They have a richer, less bitter taste than cabbage, though.

Where to Plant Brussels Sprouts:  Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.  They can be grown in raised beds or garden beds.

cabbage seeds

Planting Seeds:  Direct sow seeds 1/4″ deep.  When seedlings are 2″ tall, thin to one about every 2 feet.

Growing Tips:  Brussels sprouts like slightly acidic soil.  Don’t be tempted to cram them in tighter than 24″ apart–they are one of those plants that need plenty of space to grow.  They do best in cool weather, so as tempting as it may be to plant them in spring for a summer harvest, don’t, it makes them taste super bitter.

brussels sprout sprouts stalk

How to Harvest:  Brussels sprouts mature from the bottom up, so pick the them from the bottom up.  Pick off sprouts when they are firm and about 1-2″ in diameter.

regional planting guides

Are you ready to start your garden but you’re not sure when you should plant your seeds or set out your transplants? Head on over HERE and you’ll be taken to a handy dandy chart that is broken down into what vegetables should be planted {or transplanted} each month in your area.

Anyone can do this. Dirt + Seeds+ Water = Food!

~Mavis

Here’s my Favorite Brussels Sprouts recipe:

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic VinegarBrussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar

Getting kids to eat brussels sprouts:  Around Halloween time is the perfect time to introduce brussels sprouts to kids.  Cook a whole Halloween feast, and tell the kids the brussels sprouts are Martian Heads.  They will love it.

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The Volunteer Tourist

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The Volunteer Tourist

Apparently there is a new kind of travel in town.  Instead of packing up and sightseeing, some people are opting instead to use their vacation days for volunteering.  In the article I found outlining the new trend, it stated that “volunteer tourism” makes up about 1.6 million people, spending roughly $2 billion dollars per year on volunteering.

Wowza!  While it’s predominately young adults, taking to the open road/sky to give their time and services to orphanages and other similar causes {probably because they have less familial commitments, etc.}, I know plenty of adults who have decided to forego their Thanksgiving feasts, etc. in order to serve at food banks, whether locally or abroad.

I thought the whole concept of combining a new place with service was pretty darn cool.  In fact, I think everyone should do this at least once in their life.  What a neat experience for a college student, a family or something to do on your own.  I mean, for me, travel is about experiencing new things, broadening your perspective {ok, and eating pastries in a new city, but that’s not really the point}, and then growing as a person.  Volunteering for a cause truly in need would take those aspects to a whole new level.

So, what do you think?  Would you ever consider volunt-touring?  What would you hope to learn from it?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Pearl Hair Pins, Fossil Bags, Sparkle Paper Towels, The North Face, Betula and More

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Can you believe it’s August 1st already? Is it just me or does it seem like this year has flown by? Holy cats!  At what point does life slow down… does anyone know? 

Have a great weekend everyone, and stay out of trouble! Okay? ;)  

Mavis

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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!

pearl hair pins

My daughter just ordered this set of 6 White Pearl Hair Pins for $1.69 shipped. Aren’t they lovely? I think they’ll be great for special occasions. :)

Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit

Save money on haircuts this year with the Wahl Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit. On sale right now for just $17.99. I have been cutting the HH’s and Monkey Boys hair for about 20 years now and if I can do it, so can you.

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Get the Sparkle Paper Towels Large Rolls Print {12-Pack} $11.39 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. Learn About Amazon Subscribe and Save.

How-to-Sell-Your-Stuff-on-Craigslist

The HH is obsessed with Craigslist. I’m not the biggest fan, but I know so many people side with my husband on this one. Here are some tips for selling your stuff on Craigslist! Find more cool tips and money savings ideas on my Pinterest Boards.

The North Face Fennel Woven Shirt

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - The North Face Fennel Woven Shirt $31.73 {was $65}

betula

6pm has Betula {licensed by Birkenstock} on sale with savings up to 50% off. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

free audiobook

I’ve been loving audible lately as I’ve gone on evening walks. I can listen to all my favorite books and the workout flies by. It’s awesome. Now you can download a FREE audiobook with a free 30-day trial offer from Audible. You can cancel at anytime with no penalty at all. Get your FREE audiobook download HERE.

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Today is the last day to take advantage of the additional 20% off Williams-Sonoma Summer Sale. Simply enter code SUMMER at checkout and you will receive an additional 20% off your entire purchase. Yee- Ha!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Popular Mechanics Magazine for only $7.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/1/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

The-Best-Strawberry-Shortcake-Recipe-I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve served this Strawberry Shortcake recipe for dinner before. Made me the coolest mom ever. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

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Single Serving Microwave Chocolate Cake

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Single Serving Microwave Chocolate Cake

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird made this the other night. Whoever thought to do this is freakin awesome. Where was this idea when I was growing up or before I had kids? There were so many times when this cake would have really come in handy. Even now, it will keep me from inhaling an entire chocolate cake.

Seriously though, tell me this isn’t the perfect college kid recipe! You don’t need large quantities of ingredients and every college kid has a microwave, right? I suspect this won’t be the last time The Girl makes this.

Single Serving Microwave Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
Powdered sugar to dust on top

chocolate cake in a cup

Directions

In a coffee mug or custard dish, mix all dry ingredients together. Then add wet ingredients and stir until combined. Microwave on high for 1 min 45 seconds, sprinkle with powdered sugar and BAM. Dessert is served!

Single Serving Microwave Chocolate Cake

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HersheyPark and Desserts Etc. Cafe in Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Hersheypark, Pennsylvania

The day after graduation, The Girl and I packed our bags and headed out for one of our final mother/daughter trips before she leaves for school {sniff, sniff}.  We decided to hit the east coast.  One of our stops was Hersheypark in Pennsylvania.  I admit, I went for the chocolate.

She went for the roller coasters {I hate roller coasters, but was willing to ride them}.

hersheys chocolate world pa

Hersheypark is a massive amusement park.  It has 12 roller coasters, for any of you thrill seekers and about 65 other attractions.  It was originally founded by Milton Hershey as a leisure park for employees at Hershey Chocolate Company.  It is still solely owned by the Hershey Entertainment Company.  The park opened its first roller coaster in 1923 and has been adding to it ever since.

On a hot summer day, you can also enjoy the boardwalk {make sure to bring a swimsuit if you are going to the Boardwalk, they don’t allow you to go in without swimwear}.    We didn’t do the water rides, but if the squeals from all the little kids mean anything, I’d say it is totally worth your time.

giant hershey bar

The park doesn’t have any sort of transit system from one side to the other, so be prepared to do some walking {that’s not really a downside to me, I kind of liked it}.  When you get tired, you can always stop off at one of the restaurants {or grab some chocolate}. :) :) :)

The park offers shows as well, so when your feet get tired, you can stop off and watch dueling pianos–or if you are lucky, you’ll be there on a Saturday or Sunday when they offer their concert series.

If rides and shows aren’t your thing, you can swing through ZOOAMERICA or hit Hershey’s Chocolate World {restaurant and shops dedicated to Hershey’s treats}.  Yum.

hershey pa kisses

After your trip to Hershey Park don’t forget to drive through the downtown area to get a glimpse of the Hershey Kiss lampposts.

desserts etc hershey pennsylvania

And if you need a place for lunch, Desserts Etc. has the most amazing turkey and bacon sandwiches and the pastries aren’t too shabby either. Okay, so the pastries freakin’ rock. In fact, you may want to forget the sandwich and just load up on sweets instead. Not that I did that or anything. Nope. Not me. :)

Hershey, PA

It’s AWESOME!

~Mavis

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Upcycle Old Buttons Into Bookmarks

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Upcycle Old Buttons Into Bookmarks

I came across my grandmothers tin of old buttons the other day, and decided I really needed to put them to good use.  A lot of them are mismatched single buttons that I will never use for a sewing project or buttons I’ve collected over the years, but they are so unique, I don’t want them to go to waste so I decided to turn them into some bookmarks, and knew it would be a perfect way to use them.

old buttons in a tin box

Supplies You’ll Need:

Buttons
Paper clips {I like the colored ones best}
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Felt or snippets of wool

Upcycle Old Buttons Into Bookmarks

Directions:

Hot glue the button onto the top of a paper clip.  Cut a small piece of felt and hot glue it onto the back of the button/paper clip combo. The felt will hide the hot glue bump from gluing on the button and give you a cleaner finish.

I think these would make such a cute gift, along with your favorite book.

~Mavis

Upcycle Old Buttons Into Bookmarks

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Mavis Garden Blog – How to Harvest and Store Onions

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I’ve received a bunch of questions recently from people wanting to know when they should harvest their onions,  so I thought I would go ahead and repost this handy dandy tutorial on how to harvest and store onions for those of you who have never done it before, or just need a quick refresher.

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This year I grew 3 different types of onions.  Walla Walla Sweets Yellow Onions, and Red Onions.

The Walla Wallas are for eating fresh, the yellows for winter storage, and the red onions for homemade salsa, sandwiches and for roasting on the grill.

Because I planted so many onions, at different times, not all of the onions are ready to harvest right now.  But a few of them are.

Here are a few pictures of the drying process of my first batch of onions.

Onions are ready to be harvested when the necks are nice and dry.  At this point you’ll want to pull up the onions, and lay them flat on the soil for a day or two so they have a chance to  dry out in the sun a bit.

Then, you’ll want to move your onions to a warm, ventilated area {out of the sun} for a few weeks so they can finish curing.

You’ll know the onions are done drying when they look like the regular onions you see in the grocery store.  The outer skins will be paper like and brittle, the roots will be dry, and the tops will be completely dried out.

If you would like to show off your onions, then you’ll definitely want to try braiding them.  Hanging the onions in the kitchen is cool.  The Pilgrims did it, and so can you.

Braiding onions is pretty basic, almost like french braiding hair, but instead of pulling hair {onions} from beneath, you are adding them on top and working them into the onions from there.

The trick to braiding the onions is to make sure the onion stalks are not completely dried out.  If they are to dry, the papery stalks will crumble in your hands.  You need them to be moist enough so they will be flexible to braid with out falling apart.

When I braided the bunch of onions you see above, they had been drying for about 7 days on the back porch, which I felt was the perfect amount of time.  As the onions continue to dry, they will hold together just fine because I braided them pretty tight.

As far as long term storage goes, brush off any excess dirt, and place onions in mesh bags, or storage crates in a cool, dark place.  The ideal temp for storing onions is around 40 degrees.

Now, if I could just get the smell of onions off my hands…

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