Mornings with Mavis – Drill Kit, Toilet Paper, Kindle Books, Smart Gear Bikes, Columbia Jackets, Zaycon Chicken

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Happy Tuesday. Rain is in the forecast here today so I’m not sure how much I’ll get done outside, so maybe I’ll start a few more seeds indoors today instead.

What are you plans for today?

~Mavis

Here are a few deals I spotted this morning I thought you might like:

black ann decker cordless drill set

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Black & Decker 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill Kit with 100 Accessories for $62.99 shipped. This retails for $99!

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are Cool…

One Acre Homestead FREE at time of posting.
The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever: With More Than 500 Recipes $3.99 at time of posting.
Circle of Friends Cookbook 25 Chili Recipes FREE at time of posting.
Chicago Cooks: 25 Years of Chicago Culinary History Free at time of posting.
Doomsday Preppers: A Practical Guide for the Beginner $2.99 at posting.
The Joy of Smoking and Salt Curing (The Joy of Series) $1.99 at time of posting.

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

Amazon currently has Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, Double Rolls for low as $21.74/$.23 per single roll/$.47 per double roll SHIPPED when you use the subscribe and save option and clip the $1.00 off coupon below.

quilted northern toilet paper coupon

Go HERE to get this Quilted Northern Toilet Paper Deal.

amazon local deals

Amazon Local is offering

90-Minute Beading 101 Class for One or Two Shipwreck Beads$12,$24 {Tacoma}
Personalized Stamper with Custom Faceplate $29 {National}
Round of Golf for Two with Cart, Balls, and $10 to Spend on Food $47 {Tacoma}
Overnight Getaway in Wenatchee WA Apple Country $89

Be sure and Sign up HERE so you’ll know what the daily deal is each day.

smart gear bikes

Totsy has Smart Gear Balance Bikes starting at $51.75.

children's wall art

Zulily has some adorable children’s art work available in their Parada Creations section.

sams club coupon

Living Social

HOT! Sam’s Club One-Year Membership + $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card and More

MyPublisher 20-Page Hardcover Photo Book – 3 Sizes and Styles $5

Columbia Switchback Jacket6pm has the Columbia Switchback II Jacket on sale for $39.99 shipped and there are a ton of colors available.

LUCKY MAGAZINE

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Lucky Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code 6060 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/5/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

crock pot sweepstakes

Want to win a month supply of groceries? I know I do. Head on over and enter the Crock Pot Sweepstakes for your chance to win.

zaycon-foods-chicken-across-america

Just a reminder…

Zaycon Foods is offering boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.79/lb and it’s great way to stock up on chicken when this deal comes around. The chicken is sold in 40 pound cases for $71.60. I know 40 pounds sounds like a lot of chicken {and it is!} but this is a great way to fill your freezer and you can always split a case with a neighbor {I’ve done that before with my neighbor Girly Girl}.

Zaycon chicken is 100% natural with no hormones, no antibiotics, and no additives or fillers whatsoever.

Buying motor oil this month? Get a $10 rebate with this Valvoline Motor Oil Rebate form. The big jug of oil runs about $15 at Walmart.
$0.50 off on any ONE (1) 1.76 oz. Altoids tin$1.50 off any two Life Savers peg or laydown bags $2.00 off any TWO Pantene Expert Collection$3.00 off 2 bags of Seattle's Best Coffee
There is a new coupon available for Altoids, Lifesaves, Pantene and Seattle’s Best Coffee.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Barktopia 2013

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orange bark

This picture is for all you wonderful people out there who left me encouraging comments about my bark snafu telling me not to worry, that the orange bark wasn’t really that bright and don’t worry Mavis, it will be okay, the bark will fade in a few months.

Really? After seeing this updated picture do you still believe everything is under control here in Mavisland?

I can’t stop laughing it’s so bad.

~Mavis

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipe – Guinness Beef Stew

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Guiness Beef Stew

Did I ever tell you the Handsome Husband is Irish? Well one of his favorite soups is Guinness Beef Stew. This classic stew is great to serve anytime of year, but especially on St. Patrick’s day with a chuck of Irish Soda Bread for dinner.

I’ve tweaked this recipe over the years, and this one is my favorite. I hope you like it.

Ingredients

2 lbs beef tips, cut into 1″ chunks
1 pound potatoes, chopped
3 large carrots, sliced 1″ thick
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
6 cups beef broth
1 cup Guinness Stout
5+ tablespoons Olive Oil {I use Zoe}

potatoes carrots onions

Directions

Saute beef, carrots, potatoes and onions in olive oil over medium heat until nicely browned. Add Guinness, beef broth and simmer soup for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve.

irish pub recipe cookbook

Looking for more recipes for St. Patrick’s Day? Check out The Irish Pub Cookbook. It’s packed with all sorts of deliciousness.

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Giveaway – Enter to Win a Case of Girl Scout Cookies

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girl scout cookie giveaway

I don’t know about you, but I cannot pass a Girl Scout standing outside on cold and gloomy March day with their sash full of merit badges and not buy a box of Girl Scout cookies from them. I just can’t say no.

I was a Girl Scout, I sold cookies, and I went to camp. And you know what? That one week I spent at Girl Scout Camp when I was a tween was the best summer of my life. I learned to sail, got my head checked for lice, made tiki torches out of Kotex pads, made arts and crafts, used an outhouse, slept in a cabin with no doors, and sang some really cool camp songs that I still remember to this day. It was the best summer ever!

girl scout cookies

So this week I am giving away 5 cases of Girl Scout Cookies.

Wahooooo!

5 readers will each win 1 case of cookies and they will have their choice of  Thin Mint, Samoas or Tagalongs. Girl Scout cookie descriptions.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let us know: What variety would you like to win: Thin Mint, Samoas, or Tagalongs?

Also, if you win, what will you do with your 12 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies? Eat them all? Give them away? Shellac them for all eternity? We want to know!

mavis butterfield one hundred dollars a month thin mint cookies

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

I will ship these cookies ANYWHERE on the planet earth, so go ahead and enter.

This giveaway ends Sunday, March 10th, 2013 @9 pm PST and the winners will be announced in the Monday, March 11th, 2013 edition of Mornings with Mavis.  You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours, the cookies will be donated to Operation Gratitude.

Good Luck!  I hope you win.

Peace Out Girl Scouts!

~Mavis

 

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Hold On a Minute…

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london red telephone booth

Ring Ring Hello…

Did you know you will spend an average of 43 days on hold over your lifetime?  Hold the phone {pun intended}, forty three days?!  Makes me wonder, how many days I’ve wasted screaming, “speak to a customer service representative”, because the voice-prompted recording “couldn’t understand my selection”?

What a waste of time!

It got me thinking, though, what do people do while they are on hold?  {Surely, they’re not all taking the time to enjoy the Kenny G. hold music?}

So what do YOU do when you’re on hold?

Are you wasting your 43 days or making the most of the time?

~Mavis

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Last week was pretty easy peasy grocery wise but I still ended up going over budget. This week I am going to try and only buy milk in an effort to get a grip on our grocery budget.

Although I do think we will be spending less over the summer and fall months, the budget is still pretty out of whack right now so I feel like I need to start making some drastic changes if we are going to meet our goal of only spending $100 a month on groceries for 2013.

Perhaps a few bartering sessions with the neighbors is in order. We’ll see.

Here are the groceries I purchased this week:

vitacost groceries

Vitacost $ 4.59 after credits and rebates.

I used my Vitacost credit and was able to purchase all the snacks above for $7.75. Then Ebates gave me a rebate of $3.16 for going through their website to make my purchase. So in the end I only had to pay $4.59 for everything above.

If you’ve never made a purchase from Vitacost before you can get a $10 credit just for signing up, and right now Ebates is offering a 12% rebate on any Vitacost purchase. Pretty cool if you ask me. Plus, if you are new to Ebates, you can also score a $10 gift card for signing up to their website as well.

It’s a pretty win-win deal if you ask me.

fresh fruit and vegetables

Harbor Greens Market $8.62

Harbor Greens Market has Fuji apples on sale this week for $0.69 a pound, avocados 3 for $1, red peppers 2 for $1, bananas $0.59 a pound and asparagus for $1.99 a pound. Not to shabby if you ask me.

microgreens

Homegrown Microgreens

We harvested a batch of homegrown microgreens a few days ago. If you’ve never grown microgreens before, they are super easy and are great for winter salads as well.

oroweat whole wheat bread

Oroweat Bread Outlet $5

I stopped by the Oroweat Bread Outlet when I was in Puyallup the other day picking up seed potatoes at Watson’s and scored an awesome deal on whole wheat bread.

oroweat bread coupon

$0.50 a loaf for whole wheat bread? Heck ya I’ll buy a few loaves. Okay, maybe I bought 10. But for 5 bucks? What a freakin’ deal.

local milk

QFC $ $5.96

I scored a deal on fresh, local milk that had just been marked down.

spinach

 Albertsons $3.99

I picked up a bag of spinach so I could make a batch of Quinoa Salad with Cranberries, Spinach and Feta and we were out of sugar as well.

How did YOU do last week? Are you under or over so far this year?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $28.16
Total Spent This Year $464.28
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $744.79 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 15 yards of soil} and 90 pounds of seed potatoes.

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Coupons, Sam’s Club, Zebra Bags, Skippy Peanut Butter + More

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Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Did you pick up a few boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this weekend? Anyone care to guess what my next giveaway will be? Hmmmm. Check back a later today to find out.

But for right now, here are a few deals I spotted for you. Have a great day, and make it count!

~Mavis

Dyson DC40 Multi Floor Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Dyson Multi Floor Upright Vacuum Cleaner w/ Accessories Bundle for $399 shipped!

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are Cool…

Planting Tomatoes (Tips Before You Begin) FREE at time of posting.
Southern Biscuits $1.99 at time of posting.
It’s Only Natural: 200 natural cleaning product recipes FREE at time of posting.
Food Storage: Preserving Meat, Dairy, and Eggs $2.99 at time of posting.

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

skippy peanut butter

Amazon has the big 40 oz jar of Skippy Peanut Butter on sale for only $5.87 shipped when you use the subscribe & save option at checkout. Go HERE to get this deal.

lotus bumz

Headed to a baby shower anytime soon? Zulily has Lotus Bumz pocket diapers and wet bags on sale for up to 75% off today. Are these cute or what?
new balance 411

Joe’s New Balance Outlet has the Woman’s New Balance 411 running shoe on sale today for only $24.99!  Cool shoe, cool deal!

zebra bags

Totsy has some cool Zebra Purses and Tote Bags available in their Sophisticated Style Handbags section today.

sams club coupon

Get a One Year Membership and a $20 gift card to Sam’s Club for $45 or a Digital Subscription to the New York Times for $1.00 with Living Social. 

converse shoe deals

6pm has Converse Shoes on sale for up to 60% off, plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

the family handyman

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Family Handyman Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 8645 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/4/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

glade-spring-collection coupons There are bunch of new Glade Coupons available this morning to print.

green hunter boots

A big thank you to everyone who entered the Hunter Boots Giveaway. If you didn’t win this time, no worries, we have lot’s of fun giveaways planned for this year so be sure and check back often.

The winner is… Kelly who said “I’d wear them everywhere since they’re so pretty!”

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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Easy Slow Cooker Soups – Vegetable Soup with Beef

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Easy Crock Pot Soups - Vegetable Soup with Beef

This morning I planned ahead and tossed a bunch of goodness into the crock pot before heading out to the garden to shovel bark. After a long day of working in the garden it’s pretty awesome to walk in to the kitchen to find a crockpot full of hot soup waiting for you.

Plain and simple, this soup rocks!

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef, buffalo or venison browned
1 onion, chopped
1 can {15 oz} black beans, drained {kidney or white beans work too}
2 large carrots, chopped
1/2 cup rice, uncooked {I used jasmine rice}
2 cans {15 oz each} stewed tomatoes
4 cups beef or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes {optional}
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf

Directions

Toss everything in your crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Discard bay leaf prior to serving. Serve with a bread and butter if you have it.

Find More Recipes in our Recipe Index

slow cooker crock pot cookbook

My favorite Crock Pot – Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker

My Favorite Slow Cooker Cookbook – Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 10 of 52

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raised garden bedsWeek 10 of 52 – Mavis’ Backyard Garden Plot

Grab a pair of sunglasses, because you are are going to need them.

Holy crack is this bark orange or what?

fence potting bench

I wonder how long it will take the bark to fade? On a positive note, the techno colored bark does make everything else POP.

pallet garden

Now that the pallets are in place, all I need is for the weather to warm up a bit and I’ll be able to set my lettuce starts out.  I’m thinking about installing 2 or 3 potato towers to the right of the pallets. Last year they kind of bombed, but I think it may have been because I didn’t water them as much as I should have. If I place them in the main garden, I think they’ll have a better chance.

bean teepees

 There will be no missing the bean teepees, that’s for sure. We didn’t get the bark until late yesterday afternoon, and this is where Monkey Boy and I ran out of steam.

raised garden beds

Hopefully by this coming Friday all the bark in the driveway will be moved and I can order one more load for next weekend. If all goes as planned, we will only need a total of 30 yards to cover the entire area as opposed to the 75 yards Bark Guy said we needed.

pallet garden

You can’t really see it in this photo, but the poppies are starting to some up. Also, we planted around 20 artichoke starts in this area as well. I thought they might look cool mixed in with the poppies. What do you think?

glass greenhouse

In the next week or two this area will look a little different. More transplants will make their way out to the greenhouse and it should start to really fill up by the end of the month.

wood pallet compost bin

A whole lot of nothing going on here.

wooded backyard garden

I would like to add 2 more raised garden beds somewhere on top of the landscape fabric. But where?

Do you see all the bulbs popping up under the cedar tree? Pretty cool if you ask me. I’ll take some pictures this week. The Girl is counting down the days until she can create some spring bouquets for her teachers.

omlet chicken coop

A couple of you have suggested I plant some hosta plants alongside the log and I think it’s a great idea! As soon as I can find some I’ll grab a few and get them planted.

omlet orange chicken coop

See the new little island of soil? I’m not sure what what I’ll plant there, but probably a cool weather crop because the area is pretty shaded. As for the chicken’s garden, I’m now thinking about planting some fava beans about a foot from the fence and kale and Swiss chard in front of the fava beans.

backyard garden

The pumpkin patch won’t be planted until mid June.

grey hose

I’m such a slob. Can’t even get the hose picked up for pictures.

HERB GARDEN

And last but no least, the herb garden that’s not quite a herb garden yet.

How is it going at YOUR place? Has the snow melted yet? We didn’t get any this year {booooo} and now it’s too late {I hope} so it’s time to get this garden started.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, get some sunshine, and enjoy the day.

~Mavis

mavis and her boyfriend ryan botanical interests seeds

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company.  You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my {online} boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

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How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

I love the sound of the birds chirping as I tool around in my garden–it’s such a tweet, ahem, treat.

If you want to turn your backyard into a bird-lovers paradise, here are a few sure-fire tips to ensure that you are a good bird hostess:

  1. Provide plenty of fresh water for drinking and bathing.  This is especially true in the winter, when birdie resources are a little more scarce.  Birds will stay close to a consistent, clean water source.  
  2. Provide a variety of feed.  Since variety is the spice of life, providing a couple of different feeders with different types of bird seed will increase your odds of lots of types of birds.
  3. Plant pine trees.  In the winter, quite a few types of birds seek the protective qualities of pine trees.  They can hide easily from predators and pines provide a little more shelter from the elements.
  4. No pine trees?  No problem.  Put a pile of branches and twig in the corner of the yard.  A lot of birds prefer to make their homes on the ground in the safety of thick brush trimmings.
  5. If possible, provide running water.  The sound of running water will attract birds from miles away.  Obviously, this is easier to do in the summer, when fountains, etc. are on.
  6. A lot of birds dine consistently on bugs, but will supplement with fruits.  Cut up apples or shrubs with fruits {think holly, elderberry, honeysuckle, etc.} provide another supplemental food source that will draw in the birds.
  7. Clean out bird houses {if you have them} yearly.  Birdhouses can foster bugs and parasites, so for the safety of any new inhabitants, it’s best to give them a good cleaning once a year.

How do you bring birds to your garden?

~Mavis

 

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