Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

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Yesterday The Girl and I walked through Hyde Park and Kensington gardens. It’s our favorite park in the entire world. Even though it was just above freezing and tiny snowflakes were falling, we spent about 2 hours strolling {and later biking} through the park.

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In about another month, the spring bulbs will be blooming like crazy.

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In case you didn’t know, Hyde Park was originally a private hunting ground for Henry VIII. The park remained private until James I opened it to the public, and handed its care over to a park ranger {though, the manicured lawns and landscaping that it is known for today didn’t happen until much, much later}.

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Hyde Park, as we know it today, is split in two by the Serpentine {a 40 acre recreational lake}.    Hyde Park itself is 350 acres {think how many vegetables I could grow there!}.  Kensington Gardens is next to Hyde Park and is an additional 270 acres.

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Most people think they are all one in the same, but they were separated into two parks by Queen Caroline in 1728.  With all of that space, it is soooo easy to find a perfect spot for a picnic lunch and some people watching.

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The park is open from 5:00 a.m. to midnight everyday, and is typically filled with people running or just taking a stroll.  It has awesome bike paths and you can even rent paddle boats.  {Sadly, we couldn’t rent a paddle boat because the boat house is only open from Easter to October 31st.  Sniffle, sniffle.}  If you are more adventurous, you can swim in the Serpentine after June or even ride horses on one of the designated paths.

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Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are gorgeous. Even when it’s freezing outside and the blooms are far and few between.

Do YOU have a favorite park? If so, where is it, and why do you love it so?

~ Mavis

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Savory Crepes with Ham, Spinach and Egg

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Savory Crepes with Ham, Spinach and Egg

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The Girl and I stumbled upon a creperie and there was a huge line, so we stopped and bought lunch. If there is one thing I’ve learned from traveling, it’s to stop when you see a line forming and find out what the heck people are buying, because you never know when you’ll hot the jackpot.

If the locals are all eating it, most likely you’ll want to as well.

To make these delicious ham, spinach and egg crepes at home with this recipe:

Ingredients

1/4 cup crepe batter
2 slices ham
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon garlic butter
10 spinach leaves
1/3 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon white sauce

extra butter to brush on the pan

Directions

Heat crepe pan according to manufactures directions. Pour batter onto a buttered crepe pan and spread until thin. Add egg, slowing beating the egg with a crepe tool and working the egg mixture to the edge of the pan. Once cooked spread crepe with garlic butter.

Fold crepe in half and add cheese to center of crepe. Add sliced ham, then spinach leaves. Drizzle with white cream sauce and fold the edges to the center. Serve warm.

Enjoy!

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Coupons, Born Shoes, Amazon Instant Video + More

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Happy Sunday, I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted. Can anyone arrange back to back weekends? Oh wouldn’t that be nice. Here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning, there are a lot of great FREE Kindle books available right now so be sure and check them out.

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save on Over One Hundred Oscar Winners & Nominees at Amazon Instant Video

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Free Kindle Books

How to Grow Beans and Peas
So, You Want to Live in a Yurt?
Seed Starting-The First Step to Gardening
Homemade Change
Urban Gardening: How To Grow Food In Any City Apartment Or Yard 
Housekeeping for the Soul
Easy Kale Recipes

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

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Right before we left on our trip we stopped bu REI to checkout their Mega Sale. I found these Jambu Bar Harbor Shoes and HOLY COW are they comfortable. If you like Keen shoes, you should totally snatch up a pair. I have been wearing these almost out entire trip and they fit like a dream. The lining feels like a Minky blanket.

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6pm has Born Shoes on sale for up to 60% off. Born shoes are super comfortable and 6pm offers FREE SHIPPING as well.

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Snapfish is offering new customers 150 FREE 4″x6″ prints! You still have to pay for shipping, but it works out to be about $8.34. That’s only 5¢ per print. Sweet!

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Amazon currently has the Green Hill Music – Celtic Sampler 2013 for FREE

$1.00 off any two (2) REACH Floss Products$1.00 off 2 LUNCHABLES Combinations with Smoothie$1.00 off 1 MAXWELL HOUSE Single Serve Cups$1.00 off on any ONE (1) GEVALIA Coffee$1.00 off any 1 LISTERINE Mouthwash 1L or larger$1.00 off any ONE bag of Meow Mix dry cat food

Lot’s of new coupons this morning. Everything from Meow Mix to Reach Dental Floss.

Alright, I’m off to go enjoy the day.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great Sunday.

♥ Mavis

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Food Miles – How Far Does Your Food Travel to Get to Your Plate?

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Pears from Portugal

sainsburys market plums

 Plums from South Africa

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Carrots from Scotland

4 pack tomatoes

Tomatoes from Kent, England

fresh vegetablesMushrooms from Ireland – Corn from Senegal, Africa

No matter what country we travel to, one of our first stops is the grocery store. Not only is it fun to see what the locals eat, but it’s also pretty cool to see how much an item costs.

One of the really neat things they do in the UK is print the country of origin on the package of fruits and vegetables. I find this fascinating. If stores in the US A printed where the food was imported from in a prominent place on a package, I’d bet people would be more encourage people to buy in season, and who knows, maybe even take a trip to their local Farmer’s Market.

What do YOU think?

~Mavis

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The Tower of London

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Yesterday The Girl and I visited the Tower of London.

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The Tower of London began it’s history in the 1080′s when William the Conqueror began building a fortress on the sight to protect his throne.  The Tower of London was added to throughout the years and evolved to be used as the famous ‘prison’ we know it as today.  Funny we go to visit it, when throughout history, most of it’s visitors would’ve done anything to get out of it.

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There are 6 Ravens that guard the Tower of London {plus a 7th, now, for good measure}.  Legend says the Tower will fall if they ever leave.

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They are fed daily by a Ravenmaster.  And, apparently, they can get a little feisty {they must take their job very seriously – ha!} so you are not supposed to try to get too close.

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The Yeoman Warders give tours inside the Tour of London.  They are also known as the “beef-eaters”, apparently, because when they served the King, they were allowed to eat their fill of beef while at the King’s table.  Now, to become a Yeoman Warder, they had to have served in the armed forces.

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We stood in line to see the Crown Jewels for 45 minutes only to discover we could not take pictures of the jewels! Boooo. I wanted to show you Queen Mary’s crown {our favorite}.

In case you didn’t know, the Crown Jewels is where the monarchy now displays their most valuable jewels and former monarchy crowns.  {Holy buckets, can you imagine needing a whole building, instead of just a jewelry box?!}

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You can also see 500 years of armor in the Fit for a King exhibit, but because we only had 2 hours to look around we missed it.

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The Ceremony of the Keys happens everyday.  It is the official locking of the Tower of London.  It is both ceremonial and practical–because of the Crown Jewels, security is no joke here. The vault doors were awesome!

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If ever in London, The Tower of London is a must see.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

We are off to do some more exploring.

~Mavis

 

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis…

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I’m taking the day off from posting deals to sleep in and enjoy the scenery instead. The Girl and I are in London, England and we’ve got to save our strength for high tea, tours and Hyde Park.

If you think there is something in particular you think we should see or do, let us know.

Have a great weekend,

 Mavis

 

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Carrot Cake Jam Recipe

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If you’ve been itching to get your canner out, this recipe for carrot cake jam is da’ bomb.  I made several batches last fall and it was a major hit. Not only is it super easy to make, but this carrot cake jam would make a great hostess gift.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients 

1 can {20 ounces} unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
1-1/2 cups shredded carrots
1-1/2 cups chopped peeled ripe pears
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 package {1-3/4 ounces} powdered fruit pectin
6-1/2 cups sugar

Directions

Bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

In a 6 – 8 quart sauce pot, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the pears are tender. Stir occasionally so nothing sticks to the pan.  Remove from the sauce pan from the heat, and stir in pectin.

Bring mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Slowly stir in the sugar and return to a full rolling for 1 minute, making sure to stir constantly to avoid boiling over. Remove from heat and skim off any foam with metal spoon.

Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. {Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.} Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary}. Yields {7} 1/2 pints.


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Friday Night at the Movies – Hungry for Change

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I know a lot of us grew up eating whatever we wanted {or at least I did}, without a second thought. Luckily The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird is much more aware of what she eats than I ever was, but now matter how much you already know, appreciating  the value of good, healthy whole foods is something I think we all need to be reminded about.

So if your looking for an eye opening documentary on the subject of food Hungry For Change looks like a good one.

Plus, as an added bonus, Jamie Oliver appears in this documentary.  I remember watching his show the Naked Chef a long time ago and I LOVE what he has done for the kids’s lunch programs in the US and Britain.  And, it doesn’t hurt that he is pretty cute either.

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How about YOU? Do you ever worry that your kids don’t have the information they need in a heat-and-eat world?

You can watch Hungry for Change with Amazon Instant Video, or view it instantly on Netflix.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Clothesline Vs. Clothes Dryer

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Last week I saw the above photo on my friend Jane’s Blog. She was talking about simplicity.

Now I’m not allowed to have a clothesline in the neighborhood I live in, and there is no way on earth the HH would approve of a clothes line in our backyard either, but some part of me wishes I still could have one.  When I was younger, my grandmother line dried a lot of things–I loved the smell of the stiff towels after a bath.  A little nostalgic, I know, but there is something basic about towels and sheets blowing in the breeze out on the line.

Memories aside, which method do you think is better?  On one hand, line drying prevents the inevitable shrinking that repeated machine drying always brings, but on the other, the clothes end up a bit stiff.  Throwing clothes into the dryer takes seconds, while taking them out to the line requires mild weather and a time commitment.  Line drying costs next to nothing after initial set-up, while it is estimated that drying clothes in a dryer will cost approximately $1500 plus over the course of the life of the dryer {Holy Cow People!}.  Line drying is also definitely more environmentally responsible.  Still, many neighborhoods, like my own, do not allow clotheslines.

So with that “laundry list” of pros and cons out there, what do YOU prefer?

~Mavis

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