Happy Dog Box of Dog Treats/Toys as Low as $12.50 Shipped

happy dog box

dog treat bag

Normally I only post hot deals in the morning, but this offer was just too good not to share.

We ordered Lucy a Happy Dog Box full of treats last summer when they were running a special and she FLIPPED OUT over the goodies inside so I wanted to share this deal with you as soon as it popped up. I mean Lucy has us totally wrapped around her little paw, so when I saw this offer {at half the normal price} I had to tell you about it.

puggle puppy

Here’s how it works: complete a 3-question survey about your dog HERE, and then enter your contact info and get a Happy Dog Box of Dog Treats and Toys for as low as $12.50 shipped to your front door {the discount will appear upon checkout}.

dog treat box box

Each month Happy Dog Box sends 5-6 of the most amazing hand-selected, all natural dog treats, toys and other super cool dog products picked by their experts with love and care. These are products they have scoured the country to find and are things you can’t find at the typical big-box pet store.

happy dog box

We loved it and I hope you do too!

Get your Happy Dog Box soon if you want it!

~Mavis

happy dog box

**Shipping is free and you can cancel anytime by emailing contact@happydogbox.com or signing in to your account and clicking the cancel link. You will still receive any boxes that you have already paid for, but your subscription will not be renewed when it expires. 

  • Like on FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

What’s In My Food – How Is Ice Cream Made?

red seaweed

How Is Ice Cream Made

Ice cream is one of those things that for me it’s super hard to justify buying.  I can whip some up in my ice cream attachment on my kitchenaid mixer pretty quick,  and with about 5 real live food ingredients.  That is not to say that I haven’t grabbed a pint of Ben and Jerry’s to satisfy a sugar craving–I am a reasonable human being with taste buds.

Commercial ice creams need a couple of additional ingredients, compared to their homemade counterparts, though.  If they are going to sit on a shelf for any duration, then manufacturers have to worry about ice crystals, and to prevent it from tasting like ice milk after a while, they have to add thickeners to keep it creamy.  When you flip over a commercial carton of ice cream, you may see a whole host of disturbing ingredients, but even in the simple ones, you usually see carrageenan.  Carrageenan is a seaweed extract.  It helps to prevent the problems I just mentioned.

red seaweed

I wondered if carrageenan is safe?  Turns out it really depends who you ask.  The FDA has approved it for use as a food additive–so by their standards, it’s safe.  Many whole foodies argue otherwise, though.  Seaweed extract has been used for centuries to help “gel” food, but the carrageenan we use in processed food  is essentially a chemically separated derivative.  It has been shown to cause intestinal damage in animal studies {in high quantities, of course}, but the jury is still out on how that translates to humans.

I don’t really know if it concerns me enough to stop eating ice cream, but it’s kind of interesting.  So, where do you stand on the whole carrageenan thing?

~Mavis

  • Like on FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Miniature Gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Miniature Garden

Miniature Garden

Yesterday I couldn’t help but notice all the miniature gardens when my buddy El Presidente were at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Talk about total eye candy for a gardener on a cold winters day.

succulent Miniature Garden

The attention to detail was amazing. Tiny pots, tiny statues, tiny rocks. 12th man miniature garden

Check out this 12th man miniature garden. It’s like a picture from an I Spy book.gnome Miniature Garden

The plants used in the miniature gardens varied from succulents, to bonsai trees, to all different kinds of moss.

australian astroturf Miniature Garden

This Australian astroturf was VERY popular.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest you can pretty much find something similar in your backyard or while out on a nature walk. Otherwise the Home Depot and local nurseries sell it the stuff  for around $3 – $4 for a 3×3 pot.Miniature Garden

I love how the creator of this miniature garden used a tea light for their fire pit and the exposed tree roots are pretty awesome too. trinkets Miniature Garden

Bambi!Miniature Garden

I am in love.

After seeing all the miniature gardens on display, I think I totally need to make one. In fact later today I’m going to collect some moss from the backyard and make one. Stay tuned!

~Mavis

P.S. Have you ever made a miniature garden before? Do you have any tips or pointers?
gardening in miniature

 Gardening in Miniature by Janit Calvo

  • Like on FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Free Kindle Books, Costco Membership Deal, Tomato Seeds, 4 Boxes of Checks $12 Shipped and More

deals on office supplies

ceramic mushrooms owlYesterday I went to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show with my buddy El Presidente. It took us longer to get to Seattle than usual because of all the traffic from the Seattle Seahawks Superbowl Parade but we made it. I took oodles of pictures and I’ll share them in a little bit, but first here are a few deals I spotted this morning while drinking some tea.

Mavis

diesel jeans coupon dealsAmazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – 50% Off Diesel Denim, Shoes & More for Men and Women

botanical interets tomato seedsHave you ordered your tomato seeds yet? Botanical Interests has all their tomato seeds on sale for 30% off! Wahooo! Here is a list of the tomatoes I’ll be growing this year:

free kindle booksAvailable Kindle Books I think are cool…

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

deals on office suppliesDeals on home office supplies:

costco

Right now on Living Social you can get a sweet deal on a Costco Membership {they don’t offer deals often so now is the time to get one if you’ve been waiting!

With this Costco Wholesale offer you’ll get:

• $55 ($104.47 value) for a Gold Star Membership
• Includes $20 Costco Cash Card and coupons
• Valid for new members for their first year of membership only

All new members will receive a pack of bonus coupons {a $29.47 value), good for a free Kirkland Signature™ 48-pack of AA batteries, a free rotisserie chicken, a free Kirkland Signature™ case of water, $4 off Kirkland Signature™ coffee, and $4 off Kirkland Signature albacore tuna. Go HERE to get this Costco Membership Deal.

If you do not have a Living  Social Account GO HERE to sign up first and then HERE to get the deal.

cast iron skillet setAmazon has the Universal Housewares 3 Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set on sale for just $24.99. What a deal!

stanley black and decker toolsHere are a few deals on tools:

personalized checksTime to order checks? Here’s an awesome deal on boxed checks:

1-Box: $4.95
2-Boxes: 5.05
4-Boxes: $12.00
Plus: Free Shipping, Free Lettering, Free 4th Box.

Simply enter Promo Code DB4381 at checkout. Go HERE to get this deal.

hershey-baking-chips-milk-chocolate_lgPrint a coupon good for $1.00 off HERSHEY’S or REESE’S Baking Pieces

valentine's day couponsAmazon Local is offering a Customized Love Coupon Book for $16. {This looks super cute!}

car and driver magazineDiscount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Car and Driver Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 2/6/14 at midnight.

brain quest flash cardsGroupon has Brain Quest Kids’ Question-and-Answer Game with multiple age levels available for just $5.99 each. When my kids were younger I kept these in the backseat so they would quiz each other about random facts. Learning is cool!

apploe peeler corer slicer

Amazon has the Apple And Potato Peeler, Corer, and Slicer on sale for just $14.99. This ships free with Amazon Prime. {Get a 30-Day Free Trial}

how to make apple chips dehydrate apples

Have you made homemade apple chips before? They are are super easy. Get the directions HERE or Pin it for Later.

Triaminic couponsHere are a few Triaminic Coupons:

Find More Printable Coupons

  • Like on FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

Because we’re right in the middle of soup season {not that there’s ever a bad time for soup!}, I thought I’d whip up a bread recipe that will go perfectly with all your favorite soups!

Holy cats this bread was so good I should have made 2 {or 3, or 4}. Saving some for our dinnertime soup was really hard. It’s a good thing I was home alone when I made it or it never would have survived 5 minutes near all my family. Go make this cheesy goodness and report back on whether you’re as obsessed with it now as I am.

I’m also thinking of new ingredients to add. You can really go crazy and stuff your bread with all sorts of cheeses and spices. This is going to be fun!

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

Ingredients

1 unsliced loaf of sourdough bread
12 ounces Provolone cheese, thinly sliced
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup chives, finely chopped

butter and chives

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside {I use a Silpat. It’s the only way to go!}.

Make criss-cross cuts on the top of your loaf of bread without cutting through the bottom crust. To do this, look down at your loaf of bread and make a series of top to bottom cuts. Then carefully make a series of side to side cuts. This step may be tricky, so be careful not to cut too deeply.

Take cheese slices and insert them between cuts in the bread. In a small bowl, mix butter and chives and then drizzle over the bread. Wrap in foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Pair with your favorite soup and enjoy.

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

Try serving your pull apart bread with any of these tasty soups:

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Sausage Lentil Soup

Spinach and White Bean Soup

Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup

Italian Chicken Pasta Soup

Corn Chowder with Bacon, Potatoes and Chives

Rustic Pea Soup with Ham

Vegetable Soup with Beef

Creamy Chicken Soup

Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Guinness Beef Stew

  • Like on FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

How to Grow Rhubarb {Start to Finish}

garden glove dirt

how to grow rhubarb

I was at my local farm and garden store yesterday and spotted RHUBARB CROWNS!! You know what this means right? It’s almost time to get busy gardening people! Wahooooo.

If you have never grown rhubarb before, it’s super easy. In fact it’s so easy it’s one of my favorite things to grow. And it looks cool too, which is like a little added bonus if you ask me.

Here are some helpful tips on how to grow rhubarb:

Brief description: Rhubarb is a cool season, perennial crop and typically grows between May – September.  Once planted, rhubarb plants may remain productive for up to 10 -15 years.

rhubarb crownsWhere to Plant : Plant rhubarb in well drained soil that has been enriched with high organic matter {I use chicken fertilizer}. You should give each plant at least 1 yard of space {in all directions} to grow.

rhubarbPlanting Rhubarb Crowns: Cover the crowns with 2 inches of soil. If you plant rhubarb crowns too deep, it could delay production. Press the soil firmly around the roots and give it a drink. 

how to grow rhubarb

How to Harvest: Rhubarb stalks should not be harvested the first year. For best results, only harvest a few stalks the second year and by the third year you can harvest as much as you need.

rhubarbTo harvest rhubarb, cut the stalk at the soil line. You can cut all  stalks at one time, or harvest them as you need them. Once the rhubarb plant starts producing slender stalks, that is your cue that nutrient reserves for the plant are low and you need to stop harvesting.

how-to-harvest-rhubarb-mavis

My Favorite Rhubarb Recipes:

Rhubarb Cinnamon Jam

Vegetarian-Indian-Spiced-Lentils-with-Spinach-and-Rhubarb-recipeSlow Cooker Vegetarian Indian-Spiced Lentils with Spinach and Rhubarb

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

 

  • Like on FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Food Waste Tip – Freeze Vegetable Scraps and Use Them to Make Vegetable Stock

how to make vegetable stock

Freeze Vegetable Scraps and Use Them to Make Vegetable Stock

One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Barbara left this comment on the How Much Food Does the Average Family Throw Away in One Year story and I thought it served as a great reminder that we should all do what we can to prevent food waste in our own homes.

Here’s what she said:

“I began to wonder what I could do to improve my family’s waste. I will begin saving the peelings and ends of veggies in the freezer to make veggie stock. I will save all the bits of veggies and meat from dinner to make a soup and use the stock. Even if we go out and there is only a little bit of food on the plate, I will bring it home {rather than have the restaurant throw it out}. Hopefully, these simple steps will help to reduce food waste from my house!” 

organic vegetables

Homemade vegetable stock {scraps or no scraps} is so easy to make. Here’s the recipe I use {the ingredients list is always changing based on what I have on hand}.

Ingredients

  • 14 quarts water
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 carrots, large, broken in half
  • 5 celery stocks
  • 10 mushrooms, halved
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

how to make vegetable stockDirections

Place everything in a large stock pot, cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Strain.

Once the vegetable stock has cooled, use a funnel and place the stock in mason jars until ready to use.  The vegetable stock should keep for 5 days in the refrigerator or up to one year in the freezer.

Have you ever made vegetable stock from scratch before?

Do you add anything special, or just use what you have on hand?

~Mavis

  • Like on FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

12 Goals for the New Year – Week 6 of 52

chocolate chip cookies

I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month {to make them more manageable}. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I’m doing so far:

How-to-Organize-Your-Bathroom

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less.  Done!! Now that the inside is done, I’m going to get all my outside chores done before I get to busy with the garden. You can see some of my organization tips HERE.

chocolate chip cookies2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house. – Maybe if I set the pedometer to count how many cookies I’ve walked off each day? I’m not sure why I feel the need to eat 4 cookies for breakfast, but I do.

tickets3. Travel. On one of the legs on our trip we will be flying first class! International first class. You know what that means right? Fancy food and seats that recline into a bed. Wahoooooo! And to think I was able to score both tickets for just $240.80. Yes, I had to clear out our points {and steal some from the HH} to get them, but The Girl and I are super excited. I’d never in a million years pay big bucks for a first class ticket, but I just couldn’t let this deal pass.

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. {I started sobbing yesterday and I know it’s only the beginning}. :(

new-teeth-mavis5. Get 3 new teeth. – I’m totally keeping my fingers crossed because it’s been 7 whole days and none of my teeth have fallen out. Seriously, how awesome is that?

6. Pay off my car. Here’s a video of us when we bought it last summer.

primitive hooked star rug7. Finish the primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. I’m making good progress. I dyed some wool last night so I’ll be able to work on filling in the background this week {my favorite part}.

#gohawks8. Family Day. Do one thing together as a family every Sunday. We watched the Superbowl on Sunday.

9.  Secret Plan #1

10. Secret Plan #2

11. Secret Plan #3

colonial williamsburg12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. I started a Saltbox House Pinterest Board last week and have been pinning like crazy. It’s official, I am addicted.

edging lawn13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. Do the chores ever end? I think not!!

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

  • Like on FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.