How to Make Lasagna Cupcakes

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lasagna cupcakes

Break out the muffin tins, because these lasagna cupcakes are mighty tasty! I usually make these when I have extra pasta sauce from the night before. I like to use meat sauce for my lasagna cupcakes but you can use whatever you have on hand.

Be careful though, these go pretty quick at our house so if you are planning on leftovers I’d make a double batch.

How to Make Lasagna Cupcakes recipe

Ingredients

  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 meat sauce

Lasagna Cupcakes recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Brush a little olive oil in each muffin tin.

Place 1 wonton wrapper per muffin cavity.  Then add 1 teaspoon of mozzarella cheese, pasta sauce, ricotta cheese in that order and sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese in the center.

Gently press down and cover with a second wonton wrapper and repeat.

When both layers are complete, sprinkle a little extra mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown. Let cool about 5 minutes and carefully remove from the pan. Serve with a side salad.

Looking for a few Italian good recipes?  Check out Italian Home Cooking: 125 Recipes to Comfort Your Soul By Julia Della Croce.


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Seattle Tilth Plant Sale May 4th and 5th 2013

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Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale

If you are a local, this Saturday and Sunday, May 4th & 5th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m the Seattle Tilth will be hosting their annual May plant sale. The Girl Who Thinks she’s a Bird and I went last year and found lot’s of goodies. Not only will there be plants to purchase but there will also be cool booths, authors, yummy food and more.

Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale

I plan on being there bright and early at 9 am when the gates open! Yee- Haw, I love a good plant sale. Maybe I’ll see you there! Visit the Seattle Tilth’s website for more information.

Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale

May Edible Plant Sale 2013 Schedule

9 a.m. Music by Same Day, Different Accompaniment
10:30 a.m. “Grow Spinach!” – presentation by Seattle Tilth’s Lisa Taylor, author of “Your Farm in the City”
11 a.m. “Sylvia’s Spinach” – book signing and talk by author Katherine Pryor
Noon “Free Range Chicken Gardens” – book signing and talk by author Jessi Bloom
1 p.m. “Grow Basil” – presentation by Seattle Tilth’s Falaah Jones
2 p.m. Nyamuziwa Marimba, joyous dance music from the ancient mbira tradition of Zimbabwe

SUNDAY, MAY 5
9 a.m. Music by Tinker’s Dram
10:30 a.m. “Cool Season Gardener” and “Edible Heirlooms” – book signing and talk by author Bill Thorness
11:30 a.m. “City Goats” – book signing and talk by author Jennie Grant
Noon “Grow Tomatoes” – presentation by Seattle Tilth’s Carey Thornton
12:45 p.m. Music by the Mighty Tiny Band

seattle tilth

Seattle Tilth Plant Sale
Meridian Park
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103

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DIY Recycled Wood Pallet Potting Bench and Tool Holder

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wood pallet potting bench

Holy cow do we have some super crafty readers here at One Hundred Dollars a Month or what? This Recycled Wood Pallet Potting Bench is awesome!

Chef Selena from Tacoma, Washington had this to say about her creation:

Hey Mavis!

I built my wood pallet potting bench out of reclaimed pallets from a local hardware store as well as old fence panels from a neighbor. I bartered some of my killer banana bread for his wood. His fence blew down last winter and he has had a stack of fence wood just sitting there so I put the two together and created this kick arse potting bench, along with 2 – 2x4s, 12 metal support brackets and some hardware screws. Sanded, burned to expose the wood grain and sealed.

DIY Recycled Wood Pallet Garden Tool Holder

I also created a wood pallet yard tool holder. All did was remove the two top panels from the pallet, and then I screwed one of the boards into the bottom, sanded and burned to expose the wood grain, and sealed. I don’t have actual “plans” for either project I just kind of put it together as I went.

Ciao, Selena

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.


For more cool garden inspiration check out Junk Beautiful Outdoor EditionBy Sue Whitney.

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How to Grow Dill {Start to Finish}

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how to grow dill canning fresh

I planted my dill seeds this morning! If you love canning your own pickles or dilly beans then having fresh dill on hand for the growing season is a must!

how to plant dill seeds

Brief description:  Dill is an extremely aromatic herb.  It is a perennial or annual based on where it is grown.  It’s a popular seasoning to add to fish, pickled veggies, and soups.

Where to Plant Dill:  Plant dill in raised beds, garden beds or containers {dwarf varieties}.

dilly beans canning recipe dillDilly Beans Recipe

Planting Seeds:  Plant seeds 1-2 weeks before average last frost.  Sow seeds at the surface of the dirt, as they need light to germinate.  When seedlings are 3″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″.

Growing Tips:  Dill prefers nice warm weather, and is super easy to grow.  It is extremely drought tolerant, as it has a pretty long tap root.  If you are not growing dill in groupings, you may need to provide a bit of support so it doesn’t topple over.

fresh dill canning

How to Harvest:  You can snip off leaves as needed.  To harvest dill seed, wait until the plant flowers, then collect the seeds once the blooms have dried out completely and gone to seed.  Don’t wait too long though, because if seeds have a chance to disperse, you will have dill ALL OVER your yard.

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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

Fun Fact:  Humans have been consuming dill for a LONG time.  Remnants of dill were found in Swiss Neolithic settlements dating back to 400 BC.

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Wood Pallet Gardens – Lettuce, Celery, Strawberries, Bok Choy, Spinach and More

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DIY Recycled Wood Pallet Garden

I thought I would share a few photos and update you how our wood pallet garden is coming along. As you can see the romaine lettuce we started from seed under grow lights is doing great. Lettuce is a great cool weather crop and is perfect to plant in the spring.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden Lettuce

The mystery deep red lettuce and bok choy are also growing well. I did notice a few little bite marks in the boy choy though. I’m not sure if it was Lucy the Puggle Dog or a squirrel.

DIT Wood Pallet Gardening Celery

We grew celery in pallets last year and it did great. It looks like this year is off to a good start as well.

DIY Recycled Wood Pallet Garden spinach

If I had to guess this spinach should be ready to start picking in another 2 weeks.

DIY Wood Pallet Gardening lettuce

The Endive lettuce is looking great as well. This is my first time growing endive so I’ll have to find out how big the heads get and when I’m suppose to harvest it. Does anyone know?

DIY Wood Pallet garden Strawberries

Our wood pallet strawberries are also doing great. Last year I planted strawberries in a vertical wood pallet. This year I am growing them flat on the ground. I wonder if there will be a difference in the yield because of this. What do you think? I think I’ll get more with the pallet laying on the ground because they’ll be more evenly watered. We’ll see.

DIY Wood pallet garden

This is my second year using wood pallets and although it’s a little different than your traditional garden, it’s still a lot of fun.

Have you ever planted a wood pallet garden before? How did it go?

Mavis wants to know.

heat treated wood pallet

Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and they will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

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Mornings with Mavis – $15 Maidenform Bra Sale, Free Kindle Voucher, Amy Butler Bags, The North Face + More

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snow in backyard garden

Ashley from Wisconsin just sent this in:

I just wanted to share of picture I took of my little garden this morning.  I heard this crazy rumor that it’s May, but I’m not buying it.  Please think of us poor Wisconsinites when you’re working in your beautiful, green garden today!

Oh No!!!!!

Does anyone else out there still have snow? Oh Ashely, I’m so sorry. I guess you’ll have to hold off on planting your tomatoes a few more days. Yikes!

 ~Mavis

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Orchid Whisperer $2.99 - I’ll have tell Andy!!
30 Ways to Use Rosemary (X-Ways to) FREE
Simple Sourdough $0.01
The Fresh & Green Table $2.99 {This is Awesome!}
Flour $3.99

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

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Amazon Local is offering a Free Voucher Worth 30% Off Select Kindle Accessories

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Maidenforn is having a $15 bra sale! Wahooooo! Time to stock up.

Amy butler bags and purses

Zulily has Amy Butler bags and purses on sale starting at $10.99. I love her fabric!

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

living social deals

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

Pavillon  Ledoyen $19 for $40 on Macaroons, Truffles and More
Mason Row - Make your Own Custom Stamp $22
Sacred Jewels - Freshwater Pendant Pear Necklace $23

Gardena 9123 Classic Gentle Watering Garden Spray Wand

Looking for a watering wand? Amazon has the highly rated Gardena Classic Gentle Watering Garden Wand on sale for $20.

If you love The North Face brand you’ll want to check out the Rei Outlet for their closeout deals. Lot’s of treasures over there!

coupons for sperry top-sider boat shoes

6pm has Sperry Top-Sider shoes {or boat shoes as I like to call them} on sale for 50% off plus free shipping. If you grew up in the 80′s and you were a preppy, these are a must!


Brother Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Sewing Machine for $85 shipped!

The XL-2600i sewing machine from Brother endears itself to novice and seasoned sewers alike with a host of user-friendly features, including a simple needle threader, built-in thread cutter, drop-in bobbin loading, and automatic bobbin winding.

For a limited time, you can Buy OneSubscription to All You and get a second one for FREE! That’s 2 subscriptions for $19.92. Send one to your mom, grandmother, sister, or friend.

$1.00 off any TWO (2) DOLE All Natural Fruit Jars $0.50 off any 2 DOVE Chocolate Bars $0.55 off ONE (1) A.1. Steak Sauce, 10 oz or more $1.00 off one (1) Revlon Grow Luscious™ Mascara$0.40 off ONE Tide Boost $0.40 off ONE Tide Detergent

Find More Printable Coupons

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Giveaway – Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card to LL Bean

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LL Bean Flagship Store Giant Boot Freeport Maine

We recently took a trip to the East Coast and one of the places we stopped was Freeport, Maine the home of LL Bean. I LOVE LL Bean so we stopped in and picked up a $50 gift card to giveaway to one lucky One Hundred Dollars a Month reader. Yay!

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All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let us know: Have you ever been to New England? If so, what was your favorite town to visit?

ll bean flagship store freeport maine boots

Rules

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

One person will win one $50 gift card to LL bean.

This giveaway ends Sunday, May 5th, 2013 @9 pm PST and the winner will be announced in the May 7th, 2013 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours it will be forfeited.

Good Luck, I hope you win.

 Mavis

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Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta Salad

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Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta Salad  recipe

I whipped up a quick and easy creamy broccoli and spinach pasta salad with some of our homegrown spinach today. I am a BIG fan of pasta salads because they usually last a few  days and they’re are great for a quick and easy lunch.

Here is the recipe. I hope you like it, we sure do.

Ingredients
16 ounces spiral pasta
8 ounces fresh broccoli florets, chopped
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup sliced sweet peppers
1/2 cup sliced olives, pitted and quartered
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Recipe Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta Salad

Directions

Prepare the pasta according to package directions, drain and cool. Place the broccoli, spinach leaves, olives, sweet peppers, and pasta together in a large bowl and stir together. Set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, sugar and salt until smooth. Pour over pasta mixture and stir until the pasta is evenly coated. Garnish with chives and refrigerate for 2 hours or until ready to serve.

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Sale Cycles – What’s on Sale in May?

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Sales Cycles what to buy in May

One thing I’ve learned over the past few years as I’ve whittled my family’s grocery budget down from $800 a month {2008} to $100 a month {since 2010} is that there are specific times of year when groceries, household items and other goods go on sale.

Just because a certain fruit or vegetable isn’t in season in your neck of the woods, doesn’t mean grocers are not willing to have it trucked in from somewhere else to offer you a great price.

May brings Cinco de Mayo, the official kick-off for grilling season, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and most Farmer’s Markets will be up and running.  It is a busy month, with lots of sales.

While you are out this month, look for:

Roasted Chicken Salad with Cranberries{Recipe : Roasted Chicken with Cranberries Salad}

Food

Marinades
Steak Sauces
BBQ Sauce
Condiments
Salad Dressings
Hamburger Buns/Hotdog Buns
All things Mexican food
Pickles
Grilling Meats {ribs, steaks, hamburgers, chicken breasts, etc.}
Chips
Ice Cream
Bottled Water

rhubarb cinnamon jam{Recipe: Rhubarb Cinnamon Jam}

Seasonal Produce

Zucchini
Artichokes
Asparagus
Spring Peas
Broccoli
Lettuce
Cherries
Strawberries
Pineapples
Radishes
Rhubarb
Swiss Chard

Non-Food Items

Paper plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths, etc.
Flowers, Chocolates, Greeting Cards {on clearance after Mother’s Day}
Cinco de Mayo Decorations {on clearance after Cinco de Mayo}
Vacuums
Cookware
Grill Supplies {charcoal, lighter fluid, etc.}

Is there a particular item you always notice for sale in May? Let us know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list.

Saving money is cool!

~Mavis

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Container Gardening with Andy the Plant Whisperer – The Steamy Greenhouse

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greenhouse gardening andy the plant whisperer

Yesterday my German neighbor Hudla stopped over for a little garden tutorial.  In the middle of my Gardening 101 Lecture, Andy popped out to introduce himself, and “provide good Juju for the plants,” whatever the heck that means.  He looked a little, crumpled.  I asked him if the basement was meeting all of his needs.  He assured me it was, but he just had a little jet-lag.  I’m not sure how that happened since he drove up in an old VW Van, but okay.

I turned my back for one minute and Andy started teaching Hudla how to gently massage the stem of the plants—hmmm, a bit unorthodox, but who can argue his methods, when his passion for the plants is clearly steaming up the greenhouse windows.  Plus, he came so highly recommended, I am going to let it go.

greenhouse gardening grow lettuce in gutters

After Hudla left, Andy told me to go about my business while he introduced himself to my greenhouse plants.  First, he introduced himself to the lettuce, “Hello my beeeautiful baby salad.   How do you feel today?”

kissing strawberry plants andy

Then, I caught him talking to the strawberry plants, “Sweet succulent little strawberries, I will kiss you with my mind.  Mwah, mwah.”  Well, I put an end to that right away—let’s keep it G-rated, alrighty Andy?

greenhouse gardening puggle andy

After awhile, Lucy found her way into the greenhouse.  Andy swept her up and Lucy began licking his face. Luckily he likes to communicate with each living thing by “speaking their language”.

Let’s just hope a bear doesn’t wonder into the yard.  Still, I must admit, Lucy really took to Andy.  Do you think he could he be related to the pet whisperer Cesar Millan?

~Mavis

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