{Giveaway} Oh Mavis, Your Shouldn’t Have

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Hey, have you heard the news?  Right now you can get a $30 voucher to Shari’s Berries for only $15 from Living Social.  This is a GREAT alternative to sending flowers for the holidays.  We have enjoyed these yummy berries before as well as sent them to my parents and in-laws.

How would you like to win one dozen chocolate dipped strawberries?  I can send them to YOU or someone on your Christmas list.

Just think, if you send them to someone on your list they’ll be like “Oh Lola {or whatever your name is} the chocolate dipped strawberries you sent were delicious, thank you so much.” And then they’ll tell all their friends how awesome you are for sending them berries instead of a wax candle in the shape of Elvis.

Here is how to enter to win the 1 Dozen Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let us know : If you were a rock star and could request 2 special items be placed in your dressing room, what would they be?

I think I’d ask for a disco light* and 542 green M&M’s.

Rules

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

This giveaway ends 12/16/12 @ 5 am PST and the winners will be announced in the 12/16/12 edition of Mornings with Mavis.  You will have 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours of the winner being announced I will send the berries to my Mother In Law.

Good Luck, I hope you win!
Mavis

*Direct link to an Amazon.com product

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Easy Appetizer Ideas – Homemade Chex Party Mix

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Do you remember eating Chex party mix at your grandparents house when you were a kid?  I remember my grandmother always making this in her huge enamelware pan each Christmas for everyone to snack on.

If you have never made real, homemade Chex mix before you need totally need to.  The homemade stuff a way better than the junk they sell in the bags at the grocery store.  No comparison, whatsoever.

When it came time to make this I didn’t have any pretzels or nuts, so I called up Mrs. Hillbilly to see if I could barter.  I ended up giving her 1 package of deer chops for 1 cup of cashews, 1 cup of almonds and 1 cup of pretzels.  I’m starting to run out of things to barter, and can’t wait until 2013 so I can go shopping again. Okay, here is the recipe, it’s super delicious, I promise.

Ingredients

3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup mixed nuts {I used cashews and almonds}
1 cup pretzel pieces
6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

In large bowl, mix together the cereal, nuts, pretzels and set aside.

Place  6 tablespoons in a large roasting pan and melt butter in the oven. Stir in seasonings, then gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring about every 15 minutes. Spread on Chex Mix on paper towels to cool, then store in airtight container.

Looking for more classic recipes? Head on over HERE.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

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How To Make A Candy Cane Vase

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Are you planning on attending a party this winter and would like to bring something other than chocolate or homemade cookies as a hostess gift?  Make a candy cane vase instead. Not only is it quick and easy to do, but the WOW factor might just score you an extra helping of appetizers.


Start by lining the bottom of a recycled glass container with rocks. I was lucky enough to find these polished rocks up over the summer at a neighbors garage sale for a steal.  In the end, the rocks will be covered anyway, so rocks collected from your backyard will do just fine.

Cover rocks with moistened potting soil and insert a paperwhite or Amaryllis bulb in the center.  I was able to purchase 8 paper white bulbs at Home Depot very inexpensively.


Using Zots* or some other sort of glue dots, carefully adhere candy canes to the side of the vase or selected container.

Once you have covered your vase in wrapped candy canes, use a piece of recycled ribbon to secure candy canes.

Place in a sunny window and wait.  Water periodically.  When paperwhites are a few days from blooming, present recipient with gift.

So what do you think?

~Mavis

*Direct link to an Amazon.com product

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Mavis Goes to The Goodwill and Finds 50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours

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Yesterday Monkey Boy and I went to drop off our Angel Tree gifts at Bartell’s Drug Store.  The thrift store is right across the street so we walked over and take a quick peek.

I found a pair of red vintage LL Bean garden boots {$6.99}, a linen skirt $4.99 {I can wear a black shirt with it} and the most hilarious book ever 50, Boyfriends Worse Than Yours.  Let’s just say this, if you know someone is is dating… THEY NEED THIS BOOK.  It’s awesome!

The books gives you the low down on 50 different types of boyfriends.  Listing things such as their favorite ring tones, pros and cons of dating each one of them, what their home looks like, their favorite quote… and so on.

Here are a few favorite boyfriends… Hopefully worse than yours!

The Stalker -

Profile - You don’t ever have to worry about the guy not returning your phone calls or standing you up. He always remembers to call.  Like every 10 minutes. From the payphone across from your apartment. Where he can see you.

His Place - Freshly wallpapered with a mural-sized photo of you, covering up 5×7′s of last years lucky girl.

The Tortured Artist -

His Place – His studio/home/storage facility is cluttered with manequins, dolls, paint, love letters, mason jars filled with his own tears and unpaid bills.

Drawback - Gifts consist of Popsicle sticks glued together.

Mr. OCD -

Profile - He’s gentle, clean and attentive. He never leaves the toilet seat up. But will lift it and close it 10 times as part of his ritual.

Favorite Quote - Uh-Oh. Our spoons are facing different directions.

So what do you think? Are any of these guys worse than boyfriends you’ve had? Anyone want to share a “My boyfriend was/is worse than your boyfriend” story?

~Mavis

Find more books by Justin Racz on Amazon.com

50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours
50 Relatives Worse Than Yours
50 Bosses Worse Than Yours
50 Dates Worse Than Yours

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Albertsons – Buy $100 in Amazon Gift Cards, Get $10 FREE GROCERIES

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Sweet Diggety Dog!  I’m sure you know by now how much I LOVE Amazon.com. They sell practically everything, plus when my package arrives I get to see my hottie of a UPS man Gustav.  It’s a total win-win situation.

Well I nearly fell off my chair last night when I found out that now through December 18th, when you buy $100 in Amazon Gift Cards at Albertsons you get a $10 Albertsons store coupon.  $10 worth of free groceries?  Oh Heck ya I picked up a few.

*Another thing to remember, if your store participates in the Albertsons Preferred Program, you receive points when you purchase gifts cards.  Because my store participates, I also scored a $5 off my next order Albertsons store coupon. Yay!

You are only able to use 1 $10 off coupon per day, per transaction, and the coupons expire within 7 days of issue, so keep that in mind if you are going to do this deal. Also, you cannot use these coupons for LIQUID DAIRY products.

Here is what I picked up with my 1st $10 Albertsons store coupon-

1 Cherry Jello $1.00 {upcoming recipe}
1 Cherry Pie Filling $3.99 {upcoming recipe}
1 Pound Tillamook Butter $2.69
5 Pounds Satsumas $3.00
1 Cherry 7- Up $1.50
Used $10.00 Albertsons Store Coupon
Used FREE Soda Coupon *
Used $1.50 Fresh Produce Coupon *
Final Price: $0.56  

* Albertsons is spitting out free product and $ off coupons at the Catalina machines like crazy, so be on the look out for them.

Do you have an Albertsons in your area? Will you be taking advantage of this offer?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Toilet Paper, Container Gardening, Baking Racks, New Coupons, Fire Starter + More

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Mornings with Mavis

Today is National Hot Cocoa Day, so grab a cup of hot cocoa where ever you are and celebrate.

Here are a few deals I spotted online this morning.  I’ll add more as I find them.

Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD $149.99 Shipped!

The reviews on this camera are great, and this price is valid TODAY ONLY!


Container Gardening – Secrets For The NO Thumbs Gardener 
The How to Book on Building a Raised Garden Bed
Healthy Fruit Smoothies : 35 Low Calorie, Healthy Smoothies Made With Your Favorite Fruits

MOLLY’S MAGIC Problem Solving Children’s Picture Book

Amazon currently has Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, Double Rolls for low as $21.74/$.22 per single roll/$.45 per double roll SHIPPED when you use the subscribe and save option at check out along with the $1 off ecoupon you see below.

Go HERE to get this Quilted Northern Toilet Paper Deal.

Amazon has 2 Baker’s Secret 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Racks on sale for $6.38. Shut the front door, that’s a great deal!

Amazon currently has the Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity on sale for $12.99!

Stocking Stuffer Idea -

Amazon has the Emergency Fire Starter on sale for $4.25 with any $25 Amazon purchase.

Today is the last day of the One Kings Lane Melissa & Doug Sale.

New One Kings Lane members can get a $15 credit off any $30+ purchase just for signing up. With savings up to 70% on some items, One Kings Lane is totally worth checking out!

Go HERE to get a $15 credit of any $30+ purchase.

Already have an Account? Go HERE to start shopping.

 

Shopping for new shoes?  Print this coupon for Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off* + Extra 20% Off Your Entire Purchase from Famous Footwear.

DiscountMags has a 1 year subscription to Jack and Jill Magazine for only $7.99 when you use code 9921 at checkout.

Jack & Jill is a magazine for children ages 7-10. Each issue teaches young readers about health, self-confidence, and better living through humor and adventurous stories. This magazine subscription features regular publication of reader’s stories, poems, photos, and artwork. Jack & Jill is a fun filled magazine that will engage young readers and encourage them to read and learn

The offer is good through midnight tonight 12/13/12 EST.

There are some new coupons available for Floss, cereal, milk, and juice.

$1.00 off any REACH Floss Product$1.00 off REACH Floss or REACH ACCESS Flosser $1.00 off Juice and any 2 Kellogg's Krave Cereals $1.00 off Fruit and any TWO Kellogg's Cereals $1.00 off Yogurt & any TWO Kellogg's Cereals
Alright, I’m off to go put some cookies in the oven.

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

Mavis

Find More Printable Coupons

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Amazon – Sony Cyber Shot $149.99 Shipped, Camera Case $6.99, Tripod $11.69, 16 GB Memory Cards $11.69

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Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD $149.99 Shipped!

The reviews on this camera are great, and this price is valid TODAY ONLY!

  • 16.2 megapixels “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance
  • 4X optical zoom
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • Certified waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof
  • Full HD 1080/60i with dual record of stills and movies
Go HERE to read more about the Sony Cyber Shot Digital Camera

 

Joby Gorillapod Flexible Tripod $11.59 {We have one and use it all the time!}

The Gorillapod lets you mount your camera just about anywhere you want so that you can include everyone in your automatic shots. All you need to do is use the universal 1/4-20 screw to attach your camera to the standard tripod mount, then wrap the three flexible segmented legs securely to a nearby tree branch, fence, park bench, or anything else that’s convenient.

Go HERE for the Gorillapod

Looking for a larger tripod?  Check out the Vista Explorer 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Tripod Bag for only $19.99.  The reviews are great, and is nice and lightweight for travel or lugging around to your kids sporting events.

*We own the Manfrotto 3 Section Aluminum Pro Tripod {kinda spendy, but I LOVE it}.

Looking for a new memory card for your camera? SanDisk is a great brand!

SanDisk Flash 16 GB SDHC Flash Memory Card$11.69 {I use this one}
SanDisk Flash 32 GB SDHC Flash Memory Card $22.40

Also, if you are in the market for a camera case, these two by Case Logic are great.

Case Logic Compact Camera Case  $6.99
Case Logic Camera Backpack  $27.43

Go HERE for more Camera Deals

 

Have you signed up for UPS My Choice yet?  Not only is it free, but you’ll know when your packages are scheduled to arrive.*

Amazon prices can change at anytime. See more Amazon Deals HERE.

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Easy Kids Christmas Craft Ideas – How to Make Your Own Snow Globe

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This is my favorite tutorial post out of all the snow globes I am featuring today.  With simple directions and lot’s of pictures.  Plus, I like how they used ordinary jars and spent very little on supplies. Yay, for being thrifty!  The pictures below are simple for visual ideas. Remember, a snow globe doesn’t have to be just for Christmas, you can fill it with all sorts of goodness.

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Do you have a favorite?  I think mine is the gnome.

~Mavis

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25 Days of Christmas Cookies – Gingerbread Biscotti

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I spotted this recipe in the recent addition of Family Fun Magazine* and thought I would give it a try.  If you are planning on having guests over soon, I would bake this about an hour before they arrive because your house will smell amazing.  If you have never made biscotti before, it’s pretty simple so don’t be shy.

I really liked how this turned out and can’t wait to share the gingerbread biscotti with everyone tonight.

Here is the recipe -

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons light molasses {I used Blackstap Molasses}
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt.

In an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat together the butter and sugar, egg, molasses, and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated.

Reduce the mixer’s speed to low and blend in the flour, baking powder, spices and salt.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper {I use a silpat}* and shape the dough and shape each piece into a 3 by 14-inch rectangle. Transfer the loave to the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown and the top is just starting to crack {about 25 minutes}.

Let the loaf cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes, then use a sharp knife to cut the loaf into 3/4 inch thick slices. Place the slices cut side down on the baking sheet/mat and bake until slightly toasted, about 7-9 minutes.

The gingerbread biscotti should be crunchy on the outside but not rock hard. Let cook completely then store in an airtight container.

Go HERE for More Cookie Recipes

 

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Mavis Garden Blog – My Favorite Vegetables {and Seeds} of 2012

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Last week Curtis Jones, President of Botanical Interests Seed Company sent me a lovely care package filled with a variety of new Botanical Interests seeds. Now maybe I’m reading into this a little, but I do believe my hottie of a horticulturist boyfriend Ryan has some competition on his hands.  I mean, the El Presidente sending ME, Mavis Butterfield seeds?

Hmmm. What are you going to do to top that Ryan?  Drum me a tune on your bongos or perhaps make me a necklace out poppy pods?

I can tell already, there is going to be a fierce competition to win my seed filled heart.

Ahhh, it’s the little things in life, isn’t it.

Okay, enough about silly boys.

Lately, I’ve been getting quite a few emails from people wondering what seeds I’ll be planting next year, and what were some of the favorite things I grew in 2012.   So I sat down and went back through my entire blog and typed up a list of my favorite vegetables from each of the major categories.  This is where taking lot’s of pictures of your garden like a crazy person totally comes in handy.

Because my “favorites” list is so massive, I’ve decided to break up the posts a bit.  Next week I’ll tackle fruits, and then flowers after that.  How does that sound?

Okay, here are my favorite vegetable seeds:

Beans

Carrots

Cucumbers

  • Spacemaster {Great for small gardens}
  • Lemon {I grew this a long, long time ago and loved it}
  • Burpless {Do cucumbers really make people burp?}

Greens

Onion

Peas

Pumpkins

Summer Squash 

Tomatoes

Winter Squash

Wowza!  Was that a lot of vegetables or what?  Next week I’ll write about my favorite fruits.

Have a great day,

Mavis

Photo Credit 

Thanks to my awesome readers, here is an updated list of seed catalogs. If you have a favorite one you don’t see on the list, let me know in the comment section below and I’ll add it.

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