Free Kindle Books, Tomato Cages, Easter Candy Coupons, Golf Deals, Beach Towels, Martha Stewart Living

mt st helens trail

mt st helens trail

Happy monday everyone! The Girl and I got back home late last night from our mini spring break vacation. I’ll tell you all about it in a little bit, but for now, here are a few deals for you.

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Up To 70% off Haggar Suit Separates & Dress Pants

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

Chicken-Casserole-with-Mashed-Potato-Topping

I think I’m going to make a Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping for dinner tonight. If you want to make one too you can get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

tomato cage

Amazon has the 3 – Pack of Gardener’s Blue Ribbon Ultomato Tomato Plant Cages on sale for $27.57. These offer great support and are extremely popular.

butterfinger fun size candy coupon

Have you bought your Easter candy yet? Hurry and print a coupon good for  $1.00 off TWO (2) NESTLE or WONKA Fun Size Bags before they run out.

the best golf productsI noticed the HH cleaning his clubs the other day so here are a few golf deals:

diy shampoo and conditionerTired of wasting your money on Shampoo? Check out my DIY Make Your Own Shampoo Tutorial.

Magna-Cart-Ideal-Hand-Truck

Amazon has the Magna Cart Ideal Hand Truck available for $24.88. The cart is perfect for lugging boxes and other essentials around. This hand truck has great reviews and folds flat for easy storage.
beach towels

Zulily has Beach Towels on sale for up to 55% Off.Tommy Bahama, Nautica and more.

martha stewart living magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Martha Stewart Living Magazine for only $15.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/14/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

vneck tee shirt

Jane has their Favorite V-Neck Long Tee on sale for just $4.99 and it’s available in Heather Grey, White, Black, Fuchsia, Aqua. Now’s he time to stock up!

angel soft

Get 48 Double Rolls of Angel Soft Toilet Paper for just $19.89 shipped when you clip the $1.00 off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

colgate coupons

Got teeth? Here are a few dental coupons:

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 14 of 52

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas main dish

Weekly Meal Plan , Menu Plan IdeasEven 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. I know this week is going to be a bit crazy for me, so I’m focusing on freezer meals and casseroles as main dishes and then pretty simple sides.

Here are a few recipes for you to choose from:

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas breakfastBreakfast Ideas 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas main dishMain Dish and Freezer Meal Ideas 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas saladsSides and Salads 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas snacksCookies and Snacks 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas dessertsDesserts 

Canning Recipe of the Week
Fresh Tomato Sauce – Once you start canning your own tomato sauce, it’s pretty much impossible to go back to the jarred variety. {Pin for later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Looking for more recipes? Check out my recipes boards on Pinterest
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How to Save Money on Amazon: 10 Secrets to Saving Big

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How to Save Money on Amazon 10 Secrets to Saving BigIf you’ve spent more than 5 minutes on my site, you’ve probably noticed I have a small love affair with Amazon. And really, what’s not to love? Their prices are competitive, their customer service is exceptional, their selection is freaking awesome and I don’t have to shower or brush my teeth to go shopping {cashiers everywhere are thankful for that!}.

So what do you do when your Amazon shopping habit becomes a borderline addiction? Short of starting an Amazon Anonymous support group {which I’m totally looking into}, you simply learn to shop smarter. Here are the easiest, and my favorite, ways to save on Amazon:

amazon-prime-membershipAmazon Prime: If you are going to be a serious Amazon shopper, YOU. NEED. THIS. Amazon Prime is the bomb dot com. You get all sorts of VIP perks which will make you feel like Amazon royalty. My favorites of course is FREE 2 -Day Shipping! {Sometimes my stuff even arrives the next day} I can even order an item and have it shipped to my mom {or anyone, anywhere else} for FREE! I also get a junkton of FREE movies and FREE eBooks! Holy cats it’s awesome!

Subscribe and Save: Here’s the low-down on how Amazon Subscribe & Save works and why you should be using it:
1. You can save up to 15% on your entire order when you commit to purchasing an item on a regular basis {diapers, anyone?!}!
2. You get free 2-day shipping on every Subscribe & Save shipment.
3. You’ll be charged for each order only when the item is shipped. The amount charged each time will reflect the price of the item on the day the order is processed minus the Subscribe & Save discount.
4. You select the frequency that you want to receive new orders, and they’ll automatically send your subscriptions by your monthly Subscribe & Save delivery day. You can change your subscription schedule, quantity and/or frequency online at any time. Easy peasy.

Amazon Student: You’re probably too busy searching the couch cushion for change to buy some Ramen to be reading this, but if you happen to catch it, you’ll be glad you did. Amazon Student is a feature offered to college students with a valid .edu email address. You’ll get Amazon Prime FREE for 6 months and then have the option of continuing that membership for 50% off {so only $39/year for students!}. Plus, you can receive a $5 credit for referring friends via email and social networks with no limit on the number of referrals made.

amazon momAmazon Mom: Amazon clearly understands that being a mom is freakin hard sometimes! So they’re making your life just a little bit easier and rewarding you for being a cool mom {or dad, or grandparent or caregiver}. Amazon Mom is a membership program geared towards moms {etc} of newborns through toddlers. You save up to 20% on all sorts of baby related stuff {think diapers and wipes} and then they ship it right to your front door for free! New members even get 3-months FREE!

Warehouse Deals: I think this is one of Amazon’s best kept secrets! You can score deep discounts on open-box, like-new, and pre-owned products backed with Amazon’s A-to-Z guarantee. That means all products are thoroughly tested and shipped right from Amazon. Plus you’ll get Prime or FREE shipping where available.

Amazon Outlet: The Amazon Outlet store is another hidden gem! You can find crazy low prices on markdowns, clearance items, overstocks, and more. And unlike the Warehouse Deals, all outlet items are brand new. Some of the best deals I’ve ever scored are from the Outlet Store!

free kindle booksFreebies: There’s no such thing as a free lunch? Amazon doesn’t think so. Okay, so they won’t be serving up free subs and chips anytime soon, but they do offer so many freebies. And FREE is really hard to beat!  They offer free e-books, free music and MP3 downloads, free aps, free instant videos and more. I’ll often just sort by price when I’m browsing a category to see what Amazon is offering free that day, because their freebies change daily!

Super Saver Shipping: If you don’t shop on Amazon enough to justify an Amazon Prime membership, but you don’t want to pay shipping {what crazy person does?}, the Super Saver option is for you. Throw $35 worth of qualifying items in your Amazon cart and your entire order ships for FREE! It’s like constantly having a free shipping coupon without having to mess with typing in a code.

Amazon Coupons: Amazon has coupons? Who knew! You can save a ton by simply using an Amazon coupon. To redeem a coupon, simply click on it and then add the item to your cart. The discount will be automatically applied when you check out. There are coupons for everything from electronics to baby wipes to household cleaners.

ebates-logoEarn While You Shop: You’re shopping anyway, why not get paid to do it?! You can earn 3% cash back when you shop through Ebates, or Amazon gift cards when you use SwagBucks. It’s really the easiest way to stretch your dollar and make your money work harder for you!

And there you have it. 10 ways to save while you spend. I’m basically helping you feel less guilty for being an Amazon addict! You’re welcome.

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 4/13/14

pallet garden

pallet garden

Happy Sunday everyone, how is the weather where you are? This past week has been spectacular up here in the Pacific Northwest and as a result our backyard garden is really starting to take off.

The potatoes we planted a few weeks ago are starting to pop through the soil {second garden box from the front on the left} and before too long it will be time to set tomato plants outside {my favorite thing to grow}.

pallet gardening

The pallet garden is coming along nicely. Later this week I hope to transplant a few more lettuce starts to our pallet garden. {I’ll be sure and take some close up photos when I do}.

espalier pear tree

Check out our espalier pear tree we having growing alongside the house.

pear flowers

Aren’t the blooms gorgeous? I wonder if we’ll get pears this year? This particular tree has 6 different varieties grafted to it, how cool is that? raised garden beds

The garlic is really beginning to fill out the boxes.
lasagna garden beds

I think I’ll turn the lasagna garden into a sunflower and pumpkin patch. Now all I need to do is wait another 6 weeks to plant the seeds.
rhubarb and poppies

Poppies and rhubarb. flowering rhubarb plant

Two of my rhubarb plants have giant flowers coming out of the center. I think this happened last year as well so I’m not too worried. Once the rhubarb stalks get a little bigger I’m going to pick a few and make a batch of Vanilla Rhubarb Jam.magnum glass greenhouse

The greenhouse is still pumping out gourmet lettuce leaves by the bowlful. daffodils and raspberries

Daffodils and raspberries. You probably can’t see it {unless you squint real hard} but the first round of tulips are beginning to pop up. The daffodils are dying a slow death and should be done blooming by next week, but the tiny grape hyacinth are still hanging in there.

periwinkle in bloom

And last but not least, the backyard is bursting with tiny vinca {periwinkle} flowers. These bloom twice a year, in the spring and fall, and are great plant for growing on a hillside.

Ahh Spring, I love you.

~Mavis

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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How to Freeze Eggs

eggs

Now that the chickens are producing like mad again I decided to try and freeze some of their eggs. Did you know that you can freeze eggs?  Well, as long as you freeze them properly, you can freeze them for up to 4 months! How cool is that?

How to Collect, Clean and Store Chicken Eggs

Here’s some freezing basics, if you want to give it a whirl:

Whole Eggs

To freeze whole eggs, crack them into a big bowl, blend them up, and then transfer the blended eggs into an airtight container and freeze.

eggsEgg Yolks Only

Egg yolks can get too gelatinous to work with if you don’t store them right, so to freeze them, you need to take an extra step.  Beat 1/8 of tsp. of salt or 1 1/2 tsp. sugar or corn syrup per 1/4 cup of yolks into the mixture before transferring to an airtight container and freezing.

Egg Whites

Break and separate the eggs.  Pour the whites into an airtight container and freeze.  If you need to be able to measure whites out more easily, try freezing them individually in ice cube trays, then moving them into an airtight container.

Hard Boiled Egg Yolks

While they aren’t tasty just on their own, hard boiled egg yolks can be frozen and then used in soups and/or as salad toppings.  Just hard boil the eggs, remove the yolks from the whites and place them into an airtight container.

how to freeze eggsWhen it is time to use the eggs, here’s a quick guideline on quantities:

2 Tbsp. thawed egg whites = 1 large fresh egg white
1 Tbsp. thawed egg yolk = 1 large fresh yolk
3 Tbsp. thawed whole egg mixture = 1 large fresh egg

Do you freeze your eggs?  Would you be willing to try it?

~Mavis

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Dye Eggs With Natural Ingredients

how to dye easter eggs naturally

Easter is right around the corner so I thought I would re-post this easy How to dye eggs naturally post.

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Did you know you can dye eggs with natural ingredients?

Since my chickens lay brown & green eggs, last year I decided to splurge and buy 2 dozen white eggs at the store and give it a try.  I was worried if I used the brown eggs the dye would not be as vibrant, and in the end, I’m glad I went the white eggs {even if they were not as fresh as homegrown laid eggs}.

vinegar

The process is surprisingly easy. Here are the simple directions:

Blue Eggs: Combine 2-3 cups chopped red cabbage, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark blue eggs}.

Yellow Eggs: Combine 2 teaspoons turmeric, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 2 hours {less time if you don’t want dark yellow eggs}.

Red Eggs: Combine 1 cup shredded beets {2-3 beets} , 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark pink eggs}.

blue eggs

*Keep in mind that the longer you keep your eggs in the colored water, the deeper your eggs shells will turn out.

naturally dyed easter eggs

Dry your eggs on a cooling rack.  Once the eggs have completely dried, use a paint brush to brush away any extra bits. See, I told you it was easy.

how to dye easter eggs naturally

Have you done this before?  What did you think?  Pretty easy huh?

Looking for the ceramic egg rack featured in this photo? Amazon has it HERE.

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Upcoming Seattle Tilth Educational Classes

Seattle tilth fall classes

If you are an expert gardener, a novice gardener or even a non-gardener, the Seattle Tilth has some perfect classes for you. Whether you want to raise goats, learn about companion planting, or learn about food preservation, you’ll find a class that matches your interests on their extensive class list. They’ve added a whole slew of cool new classes, and here are just a few:
seatle-tilth-fall-container-garden-classKitchen Classes
Food Preservation Certification Course
Saturdays, May 31-June 28; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Veggie Gardening
Learn to design a four-season organic veggie garden.
Get Your Garden Growing Thu., May 1; 6-8 p.m.
Comprehensive Organic Gardener
Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 9-30
Container Gardening 101 Thu., Apr. 10; 6-8 p.m.
Container Gardening 101 Sat., May 10; 2-4 p.m
Organic Gardening 101 Two Thursdays, Apr. 17 & 24; 6-8 p.m.
Organic Gardening 101 Sat., May 10; 1-5 p.m.
Some Like it Hot: Grow Great Tomatoes Sat., May 10; 10 a.m.-noon
Organic Pest Management Sat., May 17; 2-4 p.m.

Urban Livestock
Produce your own eggs, honey and fertilizer! Find out what it takes to raise chickens, goats, rabbits, ducks and bees.
Raise City Goats Sat., Apr. 19; 10 a.m.-noon
Poultry Health Basics Wed., Apr. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
City Chickens 101 Sat., May 17; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
City Chickens 101 Sat. July 19; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Raise City Ducks Wed., July 16; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Raise City Rabbits Wed., July 23; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Beekeeping 301: Harvest Honey & Winterize Your Hive
Sat., July 26; 10 a.m.-noon

Permaculture & Sustainable Landscapes
Go beyond basic veggie gardening.
Urban Weeds & Wild Foods – Part 1: Identify and Harvest
Sat., Apr. 26; noon-2 p.m.
Urban Weeds & Wild Foods – Part 2: Preparing for Your Table
Sat., Apr. 26; 2-4 p.m.
Secrets of Companion Planting, Sat. May 17; 10 a.m.-noon

I not only love Seattle Tilth’s classes, but their whole organization. I’ve been to their Urban Farm and Chicken Coop tour and I never miss their plant sale every year. They’re awesome! So if you’ve never taken a class like this, trust me when I say they’re totally worth it.

Peace out,

~Mavis

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How to Sell Your Stuff at a Garage Sale

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How to Sell Your Stuff at a Garage Sale

Every few years, I get enough accumulated stuff that it becomes totally worth it for me to have a garage sale.  Garage sales are my way of de-junkifying–but, not in the sense that it is “junk.”  I want the stuff out, because it just is no longer working for me, but it is still really good, usable stuff.  Plus, the money goes straight into our vacation fund, so I can usually convince The Girl and Monkey Boy to help out.

I’ve learned quite a bit over the years about having garage sales–or even better stated:  having successful garage sales.

garage sale sign

First things first, advertise.  Use signs and craigslist to get the word out.  For higher ticket items, take some pictures and include them on craigslist.  People love that crap.  Also, get change.  You can keep it in a lock box, a money belt or wear an apron with pockets.  The good thing about the apron is that if you are alone, you don’t have to worry about stepping away from the money.  Also, have plastic grocery bags handy to bag people’s purchases.

garage sale price stickers tags

Price all of your items the night before.  This is essential.  You WILL have early bird shoppers who will cramp your style if you are still out there pricing.  The busiest time of the garage sale will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  After that, things will slow down significantly, so it’s just best to be prepared to deal with your customers straight out of the gate.  Be realistic with your pricing.  People expect screamin’ deals at garage sales.  That’s the downside.  The upside is that you would have probably just donated it otherwise and made nothing.

Easy Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Next, get up extra early and make a crock pot meal {Go HERE for some recipe ideas}.  Otherwise, by the end of the day, you will be too pooped to pop and will end up loading the family into the wagon to go out.  This one little move cuts into your garage sale profits significantly.  I have learned it the hard way, trust me.

blueberry-muffins-with-crumb-topping-recipe

Have the kids set up a muffin and coffee/tea stand.  Lots of people do the slow drive by and then move on.  Early morning coffee and muffins always entice them to stop and browse.

Make sure everything is displayed as orderly as possible.  If you have clothes, hang them up–they WILL sell much better that way.

Haggling is a sport for some people–like they legitimately get thrills at the idea of it.  Don’t be offended when people haggle for your stuff–meet them with counter-offers, {The garage sale game is very Donald Trump like.  Embrace it.}  Know your bottom line and have a little fun getting there.

Around noon to 1 p.m., it’s time to start slashing prices.  Your traffic will slow down considerably, and unless you are interested in a marathon type garage sale, it’s time to make sure the stuff goes for at least some money.

Thrift store donation

Arrange for a local charity to swing by and pick up the leftovers or haul them that afternoon to the thrift store yourself.  That way, you don’t have to haul them back into the garage, where they could potentially take up residence again.

How about YOU, what are your tips for having a successful garage sale?

~Mavis

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