Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Coupons, Sam’s Club, Zebra Bags, Skippy Peanut Butter + More

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Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Did you pick up a few boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this weekend? Anyone care to guess what my next giveaway will be? Hmmmm. Check back a later today to find out.

But for right now, here are a few deals I spotted for you. Have a great day, and make it count!

~Mavis

Dyson DC40 Multi Floor Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Dyson Multi Floor Upright Vacuum Cleaner w/ Accessories Bundle for $399 shipped!

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are Cool…

Planting Tomatoes (Tips Before You Begin) FREE at time of posting.
Southern Biscuits $1.99 at time of posting.
It’s Only Natural: 200 natural cleaning product recipes FREE at time of posting.
Food Storage: Preserving Meat, Dairy, and Eggs $2.99 at time of posting.

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

skippy peanut butter

Amazon has the big 40 oz jar of Skippy Peanut Butter on sale for only $5.87 shipped when you use the subscribe & save option at checkout. Go HERE to get this deal.

lotus bumz

Headed to a baby shower anytime soon? Zulily has Lotus Bumz pocket diapers and wet bags on sale for up to 75% off today. Are these cute or what?
new balance 411

Joe’s New Balance Outlet has the Woman’s New Balance 411 running shoe on sale today for only $24.99!  Cool shoe, cool deal!

zebra bags

Totsy has some cool Zebra Purses and Tote Bags available in their Sophisticated Style Handbags section today.

sams club coupon

Get a One Year Membership and a $20 gift card to Sam’s Club for $45 or a Digital Subscription to the New York Times for $1.00 with Living Social. 

converse shoe deals

6pm has Converse Shoes on sale for up to 60% off, plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

the family handyman

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Family Handyman Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 8645 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/4/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

glade-spring-collection coupons There are bunch of new Glade Coupons available this morning to print.

green hunter boots

A big thank you to everyone who entered the Hunter Boots Giveaway. If you didn’t win this time, no worries, we have lot’s of fun giveaways planned for this year so be sure and check back often.

The winner is… Kelly who said “I’d wear them everywhere since they’re so pretty!”

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

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

♥ Mavis

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Easy Slow Cooker Soups – Vegetable Soup with Beef

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Easy Crock Pot Soups - Vegetable Soup with Beef

This morning I planned ahead and tossed a bunch of goodness into the crock pot before heading out to the garden to shovel bark. After a long day of working in the garden it’s pretty awesome to walk in to the kitchen to find a crockpot full of hot soup waiting for you.

Plain and simple, this soup rocks!

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef, buffalo or venison browned
1 onion, chopped
1 can {15 oz} black beans, drained {kidney or white beans work too}
2 large carrots, chopped
1/2 cup rice, uncooked {I used jasmine rice}
2 cans {15 oz each} stewed tomatoes
4 cups beef or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes {optional}
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf

Directions

Toss everything in your crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Discard bay leaf prior to serving. Serve with a bread and butter if you have it.

Find More Recipes in our Recipe Index

slow cooker crock pot cookbook

My favorite Crock Pot – Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker

My Favorite Slow Cooker Cookbook – Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 10 of 52

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raised garden bedsWeek 10 of 52 – Mavis’ Backyard Garden Plot

Grab a pair of sunglasses, because you are are going to need them.

Holy crack is this bark orange or what?

fence potting bench

I wonder how long it will take the bark to fade? On a positive note, the techno colored bark does make everything else POP.

pallet garden

Now that the pallets are in place, all I need is for the weather to warm up a bit and I’ll be able to set my lettuce starts out.  I’m thinking about installing 2 or 3 potato towers to the right of the pallets. Last year they kind of bombed, but I think it may have been because I didn’t water them as much as I should have. If I place them in the main garden, I think they’ll have a better chance.

bean teepees

 There will be no missing the bean teepees, that’s for sure. We didn’t get the bark until late yesterday afternoon, and this is where Monkey Boy and I ran out of steam.

raised garden beds

Hopefully by this coming Friday all the bark in the driveway will be moved and I can order one more load for next weekend. If all goes as planned, we will only need a total of 30 yards to cover the entire area as opposed to the 75 yards Bark Guy said we needed.

pallet garden

You can’t really see it in this photo, but the poppies are starting to some up. Also, we planted around 20 artichoke starts in this area as well. I thought they might look cool mixed in with the poppies. What do you think?

glass greenhouse

In the next week or two this area will look a little different. More transplants will make their way out to the greenhouse and it should start to really fill up by the end of the month.

wood pallet compost bin

A whole lot of nothing going on here.

wooded backyard garden

I would like to add 2 more raised garden beds somewhere on top of the landscape fabric. But where?

Do you see all the bulbs popping up under the cedar tree? Pretty cool if you ask me. I’ll take some pictures this week. The Girl is counting down the days until she can create some spring bouquets for her teachers.

omlet chicken coop

A couple of you have suggested I plant some hosta plants alongside the log and I think it’s a great idea! As soon as I can find some I’ll grab a few and get them planted.

omlet orange chicken coop

See the new little island of soil? I’m not sure what what I’ll plant there, but probably a cool weather crop because the area is pretty shaded. As for the chicken’s garden, I’m now thinking about planting some fava beans about a foot from the fence and kale and Swiss chard in front of the fava beans.

backyard garden

The pumpkin patch won’t be planted until mid June.

grey hose

I’m such a slob. Can’t even get the hose picked up for pictures.

HERB GARDEN

And last but no least, the herb garden that’s not quite a herb garden yet.

How is it going at YOUR place? Has the snow melted yet? We didn’t get any this year {booooo} and now it’s too late {I hope} so it’s time to get this garden started.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, get some sunshine, and enjoy the day.

~Mavis

mavis and her boyfriend ryan botanical interests seeds

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company.  You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my {online} boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

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How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

I love the sound of the birds chirping as I tool around in my garden–it’s such a tweet, ahem, treat.

If you want to turn your backyard into a bird-lovers paradise, here are a few sure-fire tips to ensure that you are a good bird hostess:

  1. Provide plenty of fresh water for drinking and bathing.  This is especially true in the winter, when birdie resources are a little more scarce.  Birds will stay close to a consistent, clean water source.  
  2. Provide a variety of feed.  Since variety is the spice of life, providing a couple of different feeders with different types of bird seed will increase your odds of lots of types of birds.
  3. Plant pine trees.  In the winter, quite a few types of birds seek the protective qualities of pine trees.  They can hide easily from predators and pines provide a little more shelter from the elements.
  4. No pine trees?  No problem.  Put a pile of branches and twig in the corner of the yard.  A lot of birds prefer to make their homes on the ground in the safety of thick brush trimmings.
  5. If possible, provide running water.  The sound of running water will attract birds from miles away.  Obviously, this is easier to do in the summer, when fountains, etc. are on.
  6. A lot of birds dine consistently on bugs, but will supplement with fruits.  Cut up apples or shrubs with fruits {think holly, elderberry, honeysuckle, etc.} provide another supplemental food source that will draw in the birds.
  7. Clean out bird houses {if you have them} yearly.  Birdhouses can foster bugs and parasites, so for the safety of any new inhabitants, it’s best to give them a good cleaning once a year.

How do you bring birds to your garden?

~Mavis

 

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DIY How to Create a Spring Flower Basket Using Moss

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How to Create a Spring Flower Basket Using Moss

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is put together spring flower baskets. Luckily we have about as much moss as one could ever want growing in our backyard, so putting a few pots together is a snap. If you have never put your own spring basket together, here is how I do it.

metal flower baskets

First grab a few containers.

moss for garden baskets

If you don’t have moss in your backyard, you can purchase fresh moss from a flower shop or bags of dried moss from home improvement or craft stores.

garden basket moss

When I’m using moss, I like to use pots or baskets that have a few openings {or in this case many} so the moss will seep out and add a cool textured look when it’s all put together.

moss lined flower baskets

Gently line the baskets with moss. Make sure your moss goes over the edges of the container a bit, that way after you are done placing all your flowers in the container, you can fold the moss back  in to the pot a bit for a cool look.

tan puggle dog

Wrestle your garden tools from your helper, and find a few plants.

spring flowers

Last fall I planted oodles of spring bulbs in the backyard. Luckily, I reserved about 100 bulbs or so and planted them in plastic trays to use in my spring flower containers.

spring blooms

The tiny pink primroses, violas and hot pink ranunculus flowers came from The Home Depot.

tulip bulbs

I always like to set the bulbs in the center of the container. For this basket I am using tulips and daffodils. Sadly I forgot to tag the little pots of tulips so I have no idea what color they will be.

Once the bulbs are set in the basket, fill in the rest of the space with your other flowers. When you are finished, fold the moss back into the basket for a bit of a more natural look.

DIY spring flower basket with moss

And there you have it. How to create a spring flower basket using moss. C’mon spring!

How about YOU? Are you ready for spring yet?

~Mavis

spring flower baskets tulips and daffodils

Update: Here is what the flower basket looked like 1 month later.

container gardening

Looking for more container gardening ideas? Check out Easy Container Gardens by Pamerla Crawford. It’s a great book!

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Mavis Garden Blog – The Neon Bark Bomb

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orange bark

Late last week I went to the place where they sell topsoil and bark. Normally I would have placed an order  over the phone, but instead, I drove out there so I could make sure I was ordering exactly what I wanted. You know, not that horrible neon orange bark you see in everyone’s yard when you drive through suburbia.

shades of bark

The only problem was, it was raining heavily when I was out there and it was kind of hard to tell which variety I was suppose to order.

I mean, wet bark looks totally different than dry bark, right? Right?

brown puggle dog 10 weeks

Now maybe you live in a town where you can get bark for free. Or you know someone with a wood chipper, or your local road crew will deliver it to your house for a small fee after clearing brush and downed trees. Sadly, I do not live in such a place.

I have to buy my bark to keep my yard looking like everyone else’s. A lot of the neighbors use a bark blowing service. So I called the guy and basically he said I needed 75 yards of bark and that he was going to charge an arm and a leg. I thought he was crazy. So I politely declined his professional opinion and will now be spreading my own bark thank you very much. I think I only need 30 yards, he says 75, so we’ll see.

mavis butterfield

The only problem is, I ordered the WRONG FREAKIN’ SHADE OF BARK.

It may not look like it now, but just you wait. I’ll be posting my backyard garden tour pictures this afternoon, and you are going to pee your pants  it’s so awful.

And there is nothing I can do about it either.

Now I’m stuck with this neon orange crap because I couldn’t exactly ask the guy with the big truck to shovel it back in his truck once I  realized I had made a MAJOR ERROR.

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Vanilla Beans, Rain Boots, Taste of Home, H&R Block

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Happy Sunday! Here are a few deals I found for you this morning. Have a great Sunday!

~Mavis

 h r block tax program

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save Up to 65% Off Select H&R Block Tax Products!

You can also file your Federal Taxes for FREE with Turbo Tax. With TurboTax you’ll get your biggest tax refund guaranteed, with 100% accurate calculations, free help, and step by step guidance so you are confident your taxes are done right.

kindle gardening books

Available Kindle Books I think Are Cool…

Homegrown Humus: Cover Crops in a No-till Garden - FREE at time of posting.
Weekend Homesteader: March $0.99 at time of posting.
How To Compost: Everything You Need To Know $2.99 at time of posting.
Indoor Garden For Your Home - FREE at time of posting.

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

vanilla beans
Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – 7 beans $6.95
Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – 16 beans $11.50
Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – Approx. 27 beans $15.95

Use the beans to make your own vanilla extract, vanilla bean ice cream and more.  I have purchased these beans from this company before and they are awesome!

kamik rain boots

Zulily has some pretty funky Kamic Rain Boots on sale today. These are super cute and would be perfect for puddle jumping or working in the garden.

solid hoodie

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Sierra Designs Campfire Hoodie Jacket for $39.98 {was $89}.

Moroccan Lantern

Check out these cool lanterns - 

Green Glass Moroccan Lantern $6.81
Red Glass Moroccan Lantern $6.22
Blue Glass Moroccan Lantern $6.05
Yellow Glass Moroccan Lantern $10.03

tube dresses

Totsy has some really cute tube dresses between $20 – $22 today. These would be great to wear to a buffet or to the beach.

mypixcanvas

Check out this great Living Social Deal from MyPix2Canvas:

• $29 ($86 value) for one 16×20 personalized canvas print **My Favorite Size
• $45 ($129 value) for one 20×30 personalized canvas print 
• Upload a snapshot in the intuitive design studio
• Opt for color, sepia tone, or black and white; choose a preferred edge wrap, too
• Pros will use innovative giclée technology to transfer your image onto canvas with archival ink
• Museum-quality, 1.5-inch-deep canvas arrives ready to hang

taste of home magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Taste of Home Magazine for only $3.99 a year when you use code 1426 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/3/2013 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

$0.50 off 2 Yoplait Greek yogurt $0.75 off ONE Yoplait Light yogurt with Granola$0.30 off any flavor Yoplait Simplait™ Yogurt$0.75 off one Simply Cranberry Cocktail, 59 oz $1.00 off any one Minute Maid Juice Box 10-pk
Check out these coupons for yogurt and juice. Yum!

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Money Saving Tip – How to Find Free Containers For Your Garden

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I posted this story last Spring but I thought it was worth posting again in case any of you are looking for some free containers for your garden.

Yesterday, I went to the Home Depot to pick up a gallon of stain for the garden boxes.  As I was waiting for my order to be processed, I headed over to the flower section to see if there was anything I was interested in.  On the way there I passed by a  man who was carrying a black 5 gallon plastic pot.  The kind of plain Jane pots trees come in when you buy them at a nursery.  Knowing I needed to find a bunch for my greenhouse, I excitedly asked him where he found the black plastic pot.

“Over there” he pointed, as he walked by, “and they are only $9.42 each”.  I stopped dead in my tracks.  Did he just say $9.42 each?  For a plastic pot?  I thought I must have heard wrong so I went to take a look.  Sure enough, Home Depot was selling the common black plastic pots for almost $10.  Holy canolies Batman, who on earth would PAY for a black plastic pot I thought.  What a dip. I smiled, let out a little laugh and then headed outside to the nursery area. After all, I had 15 minutes to burn until my stain was ready so I took my time walking past the tables and carts of flowers and shrubs .

And then BAM!  I found gold. Did you know the Home Depot has a “recycling” program?  Oh yes, yes they do Bob.  Of course this is all news to me, but apparently if you purchase a tree, plant, flower, yada yada, at Home Depot, you can bring the growing container back for recycling.  Wowza!  There should be a press release on this for the cheapskates like me out there. Not to mention “I’ll happily pay $9.42 for a plastic pot” guy in his brown leather shoes and pressed chinos.  Not that he would want to necessarily put a used {dirty} container in his sports car or anything, but still, knowledge is power.

So in stealth like fashion I quickly scooped up all the buckets I could carry {I didn’t want to leave the pots unattended to look for a cart} and headed over to the cashier stand.  Yada Yada Yada, “Can I have these?”  “Suuuuure” she said, obviously unaware of the riches I was holding in the form of black plastic pots.  “Knock yourself out.”

Wahooo what a find!  Not only did I get a boatload of large black plastic pots for the greenhouse from the Home Depot, but I also stopped by the Albertsons bakery department and asked if they had any cookie or frosting buckets they wanted to get rid of.  Mr. Master Baker {who has seen me before} simply pointed to the back of the bakery and said “Take whatever you want.”  And so I did.

You know what they say…

One mans trash is another man’s treasure.

How about YOU?  Have you scored any awesome freebies lately?

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Quinoa Salad with Cranberries, Spinach and Feta

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Because I was out playing in the garden all day today I whipped up a bowl of this Quinoa Salad with Cranberries, Spinach and Feta for dinner tonight. I don’t know what it is about the combination of these flavors, but I sure do love this salad.

Ingredients

2 cups Quinoa
4 cups Chicken stock
4 oz Feta cheese crumbles
2 cups Fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup Dried Cranberries
1/3 cup Ken’s Steakhouse Balsamic and Honey Salad Dressing

Directions

Place the quinoa and chicken stock in a rice cooker, turn it on and cook.
Let Quinoa cool 1 hour and place in a large bowl.
Add spinach, cranberries, feta to cooled quinoa and mix well.
Add dressing and stir to coat.

Looking for more recipes featuring Quinoa? Amazon currently has Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood By Patricia Green in stock and ready to ship.

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How to Grow Peppers {Start to Finish}

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grow peppers in a greenhouse

I just planted a flat of pepper seeds under grow lights this morning. I’m so excited!  My goal is to grow enough peppers for canning homemade salsa.

pepper seed packets

This year I am growing

Brief description:  Hot Peppers are typically used to add a little “heat” to a variety of dishes.  They can be stuffed or used in sauces and salsas.  Their flavor ranges from mild to hot, depending on the variety you choose to grow {the seeds inside the fruit are typically where most of the heat resides}.

Where to Plant Hot Peppers:   Plant in a sunny spot, in a container, raised or garden bed.

what do pepper seeds look like

Planting Seeds:  Plant seeds 1/4″ deep.  When transplanting, plant seedlings about 2 ft. apart.  Peppers, like tomatoes, are very cold sensitive, so if starting indoors, make sure they have a nice warm place to grow.  Avoid transplanting outside until temperature is at least 65 degrees.

Growing Tips:  Don’t over fertilize peppers, it will cause them to get more leaves at the expense of the fruit.  Also, don’t allow them to go through any sort of drought–they are not very tolerant of abuse.  Most peppers will require some sort of support.  Cages work great.

How to Harvest:  To harvest, cut pepper off at the stem.  Wear your garden gloves when you harvest these guys, a broken pepper can cause absolute warfare if you unknowingly touch them and then your face!

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 is one of my Favorite Hot Pepper recipes:

Recipe Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos
Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

LKFLKU {Little Known Fact, Little Known Use}:  Hot Peppers actually make foods safer.  They naturally reduce harmful bacteria on foods.

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