Bento Box Ideas – Ham Roll Up, Cheezits, Grape Tomatoes and Dried Pineapple

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This is a simple bento box that takes minutes to throw together.

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Ingredients

  • Deli ham
  • Cheezits
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Dried Pineapple

bento ideasDirections

Roll ham and place into one side of bento container.  Place washed and dried grape tomatoes, dried pineapple, and Cheezits into 3 separate silicone baking cups.  Place the filled silicone cups into the container next to the ham.  It’s an easy, delicious mouth-pleaser.

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Winter Gardening – Growing Paperwhites Indoors

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Growing Paperwhites Indoors

I picked up some paperwhites at The Home Depot sale yesterday.  I plan on growing them in my kitchen window so that they will be ready for my holiday table.  They are super easy to grow indoors, and by the time the gray days of winter set in, it’s kind of nice to bring the outdoors in.

They also work as a fantastic last minute birthday or hostess gift if you are in a pinch, because you can simply take them off of your counter and hand them to someone {not that I’ve every done that before or anything}. ;)

planting paperwhites

You’ll Need:

  • A container {only about 3-4″ deep} with no drainage holes
  • Gravel or polished rocks
  • Paperwhites
  • Moss {optional}

planting paperwhites for December blooms

Directions:

Put about 2″ of gravel or polished rocks in the bottom of your container and spread it out evenly.  Set the bulbs on top of the gravel, pointed end up. I like to pack ‘em in there, because they end up looking better in a big bunch.  Add another layer of gravel on top, but leave the pointed tops uncovered. I always like to add a little bit of moss on top of the gravel/rocks because I think it looks kind of cool {and HELLO, I have oodles of it}.

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Add water to the container–enough that the water reaches the bottom of the bulb.  Careful not to cover the bulb with water, though, or it will rot. Store the container in a cool dark place until they start to develop roots.  You may need to add water every so often.  When the roots form, move the container to a sunny window sill and let them bloom.  Once they have bloomed, move them away from direct light, and they will last longer–which is perfect, because that’s about when you’ll want to put them on the table.

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Happy planting,

~ Mavis

 

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Mavis Remodel Blog Day 37 – The White Kitchen Cabinets Are Looking Sharp!

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Yesterday was a GREAT day!

Just look at my new white cupboard!!! Isn’t is gorgeous. I nearly cried when I walked into the kitchen and spied Cameron {the now, 9 fingered carpenter} installing part of the crown mounding.

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And the doors! I have doors… no knobs yet… but with the doors installed it’s starting to look like a real kitchen now. And yes, that piece of stained trim above the kitchen sink window will be painted white. Soon. By me. I was suppose to have it painted before it was installed, but you know me, I’m a total slacker. ;)

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What do you think of the brushed satin nickle knobs and pulls I picked out?

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While the Cameron and John Voight were working on the cabinets, I pretty much stayed out of the way by painting the HH’s new office space, running errands and picking up trash.

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Oh! And the laundry room cupboards were delivered yesterday too. Yee-Haw! The replacement cupboard the goes above the refrigerator was delivered too, but it was the wrong size {again}. But let’s not talk about that. Nope. We’re staying positive today. ;)

~Mavis

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The Urban Cultivator

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get totally discouraged at the whole idea of technology taking over our daily lives–pulling us away from the whole cycle of life happening out of doors, so when I found out about the Urban Cultivator on Treehugger, I kind of felt like technology was redeeming itself a bit.  I mean, if we are going to have appliances, why not have ones that allow us to become a little more independent with our food sources?

The Urban Cultivator is basically an indoor growing system–designed to provide the right amount of light, water, etc. so that you can grown your own greens year round right in your kitchen.  I know, you can do this in little pots near the window, but this totally amps up the process.  I like the idea that it fits under the counter–like a little mini-fridge.  The whole idea is in support of a zero mile diet.  You grow it, you harvest it, you eat it.  The energy used to keep the appliance going is far less than the energy used to truck your herbs and greens to your grocery store.  The one drawback is that they cost a small fortune {about $2500–yikes!}.

Maybe they will be like flat screen t.v.’s used to seem–totally out of reach, and then one day, bam! you can pick it up on a Black Friday deal at Walmart for a steal, and the next thing you know, everyone has one?

What do you think, would you want one of these bad boys in your kitchen?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Coupons for Cats, Scratch Maps, Tea Forte, Gap Sale, Recipes and More

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Well hello there, can you believe it’s already Thursday? I feel like this week is just zipping on by, although that’s probably because I feel like I’m actually getting a bunch of stuff done. HA!

Yesterday I scored a bunch of bulbs from the Home Depot for half off… if you need bulbs, be sure and load up before all the good stuff is gone. On the agenda for today… Cameron and John Voight will be here working on the trim, I plan on getting some more painting done and maybe if I’m lucky get some of those bulbs planted. We’ll see.

I hope where ever you are you have a wonderful day. :)

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

~Mavis

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Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

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Pumpkin Gooey Butter CakeWe’ve made this pumpkin gooey butter cake for Thanksgiving dessert for as long as I can remember. Why mess with perfection, right? And you pretty much know with gooey in the title of the recipe, it’s going to be freakin fantastic. And oh it is.

Just know that you might have to cut back on Thanksgiving seconds {or thirds} to save room for this, otherwise you might eat so much you’ll hurt. Not that I would know from experience or anything. But man-oh-man it is awesome. It kicks pumpkin pie’s butt. Yep, I said it.

fresh eggsIngredients For the cake:
1 yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted

Pumpkin Gooey Butter CakeIngredients For the filling:
1 {8 oz} package cream cheese, softened
1 {15 oz} can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick butter, melted
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well. Pour mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13×9 baking dish. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin together until smooth. Slowly add in the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together until combined. Carefully add in the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 45 minutes. Center will still be a little bit gooey, hence the name.

Serve with lots of whipped cream.

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Spring Bulbs 50% off at The Home Depot

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I wandered into The Home Depot this morning to buy a painting stick and noticed their giant display of spring flowering bulbs on sale for half off. Wahooooo! I don’t know about you but I’ve been waiting for those suckers to go on sale ever since I spotted them at The Home Depot this past August.

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Tulips, daffodils, irises, alliums, anemones, crocus bulbs, you name it… it’s on sale for half off.

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So if you are looking to add to your bulb collection, or start a new one, head on over {or call} your local Home Depot because now is the time to stock up baby!

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Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend? ;)

~Mavis

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The Evolution of Fruit and Vegetables

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The Evolution of Fruit and Vegetables

Recently, One Hundred Dollar a Month reader, Tiffany, sent me a link on Facebook to an article about the ways fruits and vegetables have changed over thousands of years.  Turns out, the uber sweet fruits that we take for granted today haven’t always been the dessert-like whole food that we have come to expect.  Maybe that’s why our ancestors were so fit?  Not only did their fruit have less naturally occurring sugars, but it took them a heck of a lot more effort to get them to an edible state.  {Can you say beating the outside of the original watermelon with a stone until its thick skin broke open, revealing a tiny, bitter bit of fruit?  Uh, sounds exhausting.}

The article broke down a couple of the most common fruits.  Let me just blow your mind with these little tidbits:  The original peach {sounds gangsta :) } was about 1/4 the size of what we know peaches to be now.  It had waxy skin, was 36% stone, and only about 64% of the flesh was edible.  Corn was NOTHING like the big ear of potentially buttery goodness we eat today.  It was about 9 mm long, and it tasted like a dry potato.  Oh, and just to get into it, it had to be hammered repeatedly.

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After reading the article, I’ve decided, we’re spoiled.  We have only the sweetest, juiciest varieties of fruits and veggies.  In fact, we ship them in from all over the world just to make sure.  I think it has gotten even worse since I was a wee kid.  When I was younger, the fruit was primarily what grew best in your region.  We just didn’t have access to everything under the sun {literally}.  How about you, do you remember eating a certain fruit or veggie as a kid that tastes different now?

~Mavis

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12 Goals for the New Year Week 44 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

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1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room.  But that was at the old house. 

Cameron and John Voight are back at the house today working on the kitchen and trim. Fingers crossed they’ll get a bunch of work done today and go home without shooting themselves with a nail gun. The gas guy is suppose to stop by as well and hook up the cook-top {fingers crossed!}.

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2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our {now old} house. Mission Accomplished!

I’m not sure if it was because of the It Works Ultimate Body Applicator {I wrapped twice} or working as Chino the Handyman’s sidekick for the past month, but the muffin top is gone. Let’s hope she doesn’t come back!

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3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Victoria B.CLast week I discovered I hate sitting in the middle seat on an airplane. :(

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4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done!

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5. Get 3 new teeth. – Not yet.

6. Pay off my car. Done! I’m pretty sure the Volvo wagon was the best car that was ever invented.

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7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done {I’m working on a second one and I hope to have it finished by Thanksgiving}.

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. I got home late but we did manage to get a few more house projects done but for the most part it was a pretty lazy day.

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Sell our house. It felt like it took us forever, but we were finally able to downsize both our home and yard and let me tell you Bob, it feels good. Really, really good.

10. Secret Plan #2 Buy a smaller house.  Done!

11. Secret Plan #3 – Working on it. ;)

old tin pie plate

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a vacation house on the east coast and we LOVE it. A giant galvanized bowl, an old tin pie plate and 2 stoneware mugs were my latest finds at the local thrift store. Buying second hand is fun!

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13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  On the agenda this week: grow some sprouts and baby my basil plants so that when the kitchen is all finished in a few weeks I can have a mini indoor garden. :)

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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Free Kindle Books, Dr. Who, Stocking Stuffers, Jell-O, Recipes, Coupons, Rebates and More

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Well just say I’m feeling much better after yesterdays whine-fest. ;) I painted a boatload of walls, ate well and  got 8 hours of sleep last night. Who could ask for more, right? ;)

Well, I have a quick question for you… which tile do you like better for a laundry room floor? The lighter tile on the left, or the darker tile on the right? Keep in mind my washer and dryer and laundry cupboards are white. Decisions, decisions.

Only 23 days to go until this remodel is over. WahooO!

Mavis

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