Will Work for Food – Garden Clean Up

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black shoes in a garden

Girly Girl promised me a 25 pound sack of sugar if I would clean up her garden boxes and get her spring vegetables planted for her. Last year we bartered my garden skills for a 25 pound sack of sugar and a giant case of Costco toilet paper.

So last night I went over to see exactly what needed to be done. And why on earth the toilet paper was taken off the table this year. I was hoping she had kept up with her garden all winter and it would only take me an hour or so to earn that sack of sugar.

raised garden beds

Can you say OH MY FREAKIN’ WORD?

What a mess! She wants me to clean all this up for a 25 pound sack for sugar that runs about $15 at Costco? Is she on soccer mom crack? This is going to take some time.

raised garden bed

She has four raised garden beds that all look about like this. Plus, I’m suppose to pull the weeds in the surrounding mulch.

What do you think is a fair trade for all this work? I’m estimating it should take me about 3 hours to pull all the weeds and get her boxes planted for spring.

A 25 pound bag of sugar is just not going to cut it. I’m thinking I might need one of those giant bags of jasmine rice too.

What do you think I should ask Girly Girl for {food wise}? Keep in mind she pretty much only shops at Costco these days.

~Mavis

 

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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The New Self-Sufficient Gardener

Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

daffodil flowers

Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

pink Camilla flower

Mornings with Mavis 

whole wheat banana pancakes recipe

Recipes

how to dye easter eggs naturally

Tips and Tricks

mavis butterfield bartering

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – The Body Shop, American Flags, Maidenform, Barbie, Gluten-Free + More

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Happy Saturday! Baby it’s cold outside. I think I’m going to make about a gallon of hot cocoa before I head outside and get some work done. I hope everyone has a great day!

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

~Mavis

Here are a few deals I spotted I think you might like:

living social deals

Living Social has some great deals, here are my favorites:

The Body Shop – $20 voucher for $10 {Last day to get this!}
ProFlowers - $30 to spend for only $15
American Meadows – Star your own Garden for $25

us flag

Grab a U.S. Nylon US Flag 3X5 ft – American Made with Embroidered Stars for only $10.00 shipped from Amazon.

Royal Robbins Horizon Crew Shirt

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Royal Robbins Horizon Crew Shirt for $29.93.

6pm sale

Need a new bra? Check out the Intimates, Shapewear and Sleepwear sale going on at 6pm. They’ve got some great deals! Plus they offer FREE SHIPPING too!

Barbie_in_The_Pink_Shoes

Amazon has Barbie in the Pink Shoes on sale for only $6.96. Perfect for your little princess.

If you are you gluten free or know someone who is you may want to check out Taste Guru. Taste Guru delivers only the best-tasting gluten-free food on the market. It’s guaranteed! It’s delivered right to your door–always with free shipping.

natural health magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Natural Health Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code 1600 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/23/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

michaels-craft-storeEnter the Merry Maids Clean and Crafty Sweepstakes for your chance to win a $3,500 Michael’s Gift Card.

$1.50 off one Children's Advil Product $10.00 off one (1) FIFA Soccer 13 video game $4.00 off Valvoline's MaxLife High Mileage Oil $0.50 off any 1 Palmolive Soft Touch dish liquid $0.50 off any Welch's Refrigerated Juice Cocktail $0.50 off (2) cartons of Swanson Broth or Stock
Check out these new printable coupons that popped up overnight!

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Friday Night at the Movies – A Place at the Table

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Tonight, The Girl and I will be watching A Place at the Table.  It is by the same people who made Food, Inc. {an AWESOME film!} so I am super excited.  The film explores the connection between the availability of healthy food and income.  Basically, it shows how lower income children are not getting the nutrition they need to be successful because whole foods are just too expensive.

Right now, the film is in theaters {check your local listings}, available for rent on iTunes, or On Demand {for those of you that have satellite}, and on Amazon Instant Video.  It looks like it is $6.99 to rent on amazon, which for me is totally worth it, because for the first 100,000 tickets, downloads, or books purchased, Plum Organics will donate one essential nutrition pouch to a baby or toddler.  It’s win-win, I get to watch the movie and a little of my money goes toward something I believe in.

a place at the table

A huge thanks to Jo on Facebook for this awesome recommendation!  If you have a movie recommendation for me, let me know in the comments below.

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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Children and Their Most Prized Possession – Toys

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sweestie

If you asked your child what their most prized possession was, what do you think they would say?

My friend Mama JJ is currently in Guatemala with her family serving a mission through her church. JJ, her husband {Mr. Handsome} and her 4 children will be gone for 9 months.

And while doing good deeds and learning about other cultures is really cool, when you are nine years old, and away from home, and the only possessions you have are clothes and books, you kind of  miss your toys. A lot.

plastic toy

At the heart of it, every child needs a toy. Any kind of toy will do.

And so when Judy from Australia sent me a link to a photo essay about children from around the world with their most prized possessions, it made me think of my friend JJ’s daughter.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE these kinds of stories!

Here are a few more interesting photo essays I spotted on photographer Gabriele Galimberti‘s site.

Local Celebrities
Delicatessen with love

~Mavis

You can read more about JJ and follow her journey on her blog Mamas Minutia.

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Raising Backyard Chickens – Mean Girls Club

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puggle puppy baby chicks{Lucy the Puggle Dog checking in on her chicks}

I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t been posting too much about our latest round of baby chicks.

That’s because we thought one of them was going to die.

2 weeks ago we brought home 3 blue cochin baby chicks. Blueberry, Blue Bell, and Omelet.  A few days after we brought the chicks home, our dear sweet Matilda died as a result of being egg bound for four days.

blue cochin chick chicken 2 weeks

As the baby chicks grew and started to feather out a bit, we noticed one of them {Blueberry} was about half the size of the other two chicks.

She was a runt.

And they picked on her.

On more than one occasion either the Handsome Husband, The Girl or I found poor little Blueberry on her side, struggling to stand up. Then on Tuesday, as I was leaving to go run errands, I noticed not only was she on her side, she was near lifeless and her beak was open as if she was gasping for her last breath. There was nothing I could do for her.

So I picked her up, and placed her in a small box and propped her up about 18 inches from the heating lamp. I thought, well, at least this way she can die warm, and in peace without the other chicks finishing her off by pecking her to death.

I thought she was a goner for sure, and was trying to decide if I should bury her before The Girl got home to spare her after what had happened to Matilda.

And then I left to go run errands.

runt small baby chick

Long story short, I came back about an hour later and Blueberry was up and walking around her box cheeping like a mad woman and trying to figure out how to get out.

I’m not sure if she was playing possum or what, but she is one tough little bird.

Since I’ve never really had to deal with baby chicks picking on one another to this extreme before, I was hoping some of YOU might have some advise. I know chickens are very social creatures, and I would hate to separate them and cause anxiety among them.

What do you think I should do?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Starbucks, Tide, Asics, Dansko, Fruit Leather, Coupons + More

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 Well hello Friday.

What are your plans for the weekend? Swimming with sea turtles? Clubbing? Sleeping in?

I think I’ll play with Lucy and try to get some laundry done. Oh, and maybe look for a tiara to go with the best dress in the world. Whatever your plans are, have fun!

~Mavis

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition

Amazon currently has the The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition on sale for $14.99. I love this book! There is so much practical information in there about everything from gardening to chickens to home remedies.

Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender

Whip it! Whip it good! Grab the Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender for only $28.99 shipped on Amazon right now. This will go quick!

groupon starbucks deal

Hurry on over to Groupon and snag a $10 gift card to Starbucks for only $5.

amazon deals

Wow! Check out these great Amazon deals:

Nature’s Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce $6.21 shipped with subscribe and save.

Tide HE Original Scent Liquid Laundry Detergent 2 X 50 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) only $4.94 a bottle shipped when you clip the $1.50 coupon and select the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Quilted Northern, Ultra Plush, Double Rolls, [6 Rolls*8 Pack] = 48 Total Count is only $21.74 shipped when you use clip the $1 off coupons and select the subscribe and save option at checkout.

asics

Zulily is having a rockin’ Asics sale. Hurry on over before all the good stuff is snatched up!

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

finger flashlights

Get a 48 ct. box of Bright LED finger lights for only $6.47 shipped. These would be perfect fillers for all those Easter eggs. Plus I think they’ll last a little longer than candy.

dansko shoe deals discount

6pm has Dansko shoes on sale for up to 60% off. These shoes are awesome! I especially love those rain boots! Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

furry jacket

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Patagonia Alder Creek Jacket on sale for half off today. This baby looks nice and cozy!

stretch island fruit leatherAmazon currently has the 30-pack of Apricot Fruit Leather on sale for only $10.73 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. We LOVE this stuff!

house complete series

Any House fans out there? Today only you can score House: The Complete Series for $83.99. That should keep you busy for awhile!

Get a coupon for 15% off your Famous Footwear purchase when you print coupon above.

Taste of Home Farm Fresh Favorites Cook It, Can It, Freeze It

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Taste of Home Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code 6174 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/22/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

$0.50 off 1 Dawn Dishwashing liquid asst varieties $0.50 off ONE Cascade ActionPac, 32 Ct or smaller $2.00 off ONE Gillette Venus Family System Razor $1.00 off ONE Cascade ActionPac, 43 Ct or larger $2.00 off ONE Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor
New coupons this mornings for dish soap, dishwasher detergent and razors. Yee-Haw!

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Thanks Frugal Living NW and Coupon Connections

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Mavis Goes to the Goodwill and Finds the Best Dress Ever!

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thrift store prom dresses goodwill

It was a dream come true I tell you.

This afternoon I walked in to our local Goodwill store and made a b-line for the shoe rack like I always do {looking for garden boots of course} and there it was.

thrift store prom dress

The most gorgeous dress in the world.

Holy crap that is awesome came out of my mouth so loud, the lady who was looking at a $19.99 coffee table {also an awesome deal} looked up with “your’e a total psycho” eyes before I could shut my mouth.

thrift store prom dress mavis

Oh, and I also scored another cool pair of garden boots too!

I love thrift stores!!!

~Mavis

P.S. What is the best thing you’ve found at a thrift store lately?

10 Tips for Shopping at a Thrift Store

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How to Grow Broccoli {Start to Finish}

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mavis butterfield broccoli

This year we planted 3 varieties of broccoli:

Broccoli is a cool season vegetable and it is super hardy. I like to plant broccoli in both the early spring and again in the fall.

Where to Plant Broccoli:  Plant in full sun {though it will germinate in temperatures as low as 40 degrees.  It can be planted in raised beds, containers or garden beds.

how to plant broccoli

Planting Seeds:  Plant seeds 1/8″ deep.  Thin to 1 every 18″ {or one per pot} when seedlings are about 2″ tall.

Growing Tips:  Plant in fertile soil and water regularly–avoid getting developing heads wet, though.  You can fertilize 3 weeks after transplanting for bigger yields.

broccoli

How to Harvest:  Harvest when main head gets to be about 3″ in diameter, that will encourage side shoots to grow.

Little Known Fact:  The average American eats 4 lbs of broccoli per year. No freakin’ way!

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 are a few of my Favorite Broccoli recipes

Baked Potato Casserole with Sausage and Broccoli
Baked Potato Casserole with Sausage 

quiche broccoli cheddar

Broccoli, Bacon, Cheddar Quiche

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Creamy Avocado Pasta Recipe

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Creamy Avocado Pasta recipe

I made myself a simple plate of creamy avocado pasta for lunch the other day and I had to share the recipe. With all the deals on avocados lately, this yummy avocado pasta recipe is just another excuse to eat more avocados!

Ingredients

7 oz pasta {I used spaghetti noodles}
1 ripe avocado, pitted
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
pinch of freshly ground pepper

recipe creamy avocado pasta

Directions

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and cook your pasta until al dente {about 6- 7 minutes}.

Place the avocado, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor or a blender and give it a few whirls until everything is nice and smooth.

Once the pasta is done cooking, drain it in to a colander and toss with the avocado sauce. Serve immediately.

Talk about an easy peasy lunch!

The Glorious Pasta of Italy

Looking for more pasta recipes? Check out the book The Glorious Pasta of Italy by Domenica Marchetti {I love her name!}. The book has rock star reviews and it’s available in hardback and the Kindle version.

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