New Coupons – Maxwell House, Advil, Planters Nuts, Crayola, Purina Cat Food, Gas X, Angel Soft T.P.

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$1.00 off two MAXWELL HOUSE International Cafe $1.00 off one Advil or Advil Migraine product $1.00 off Angel Soft Bath Tissue $1.00 off 2 PLANTERS Nut Products $1.00 off $5 on any Crayola products $1.00 off one Purina Cat Chow brand cat food $1.50 off any Gas-X item 18ct or larger
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{Giveaway #1} Oh Mavis – You Shouldn’t Have

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How would you like to win a package of 1,875 Q-Tips?  C’mon, you know you totally want them.

Amazon has a sweet deal on Q-Tips right now 1,875 Q-Tips for only $10.44* shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.  I just ordered some using some of my Swagbucks credit and I thought I’d give 2 lucky One Hundred Dollars a Month readers a pack of Q-Tips as well.

I know, I know, It’s a little weird, but just think, if you win, every time you use one you’ll be like “Oh Mavis, you should’t have.”  And then you’ll smile and think of me. Ahhh, isn’t life awesome.

 Here is how to enter to win 1,875 Q-Tips

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let us know what the strangest thing you have ever received for a Christmas,  Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa gift was.  Don’t celebrate?  That’s okay, you can just let us know if you have ever seen an armadillo in real life before.

Rules

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

This giveaway ends 12/7/12 @ 5 am PST and the winners will be announced in the 12/ 7/12 edition of Mornings with Mavis.

Good Luck, I hope you win!

 ♥ Mavis

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How to Make Mittens Out of an Old Sweater

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Do you have an old sweater you just can’t bear to part with even though you don’t wear it anymore? Maybe it’s time to turn that sweater into a pair of mittens for this winter.  What? You’ve never used a sweater to make mittens before?

Where have you been living all these years? Suburbia?  Ha Ha Ha.

What if you don’t have a sweater?  No problem, just stop by a thrift store and find a sweater with made with at least 80% wool.

Toss the sweater into the washing machine and wash using HOT water.  Dry on the HOT setting to shrink the wool sweater.  It won’t fit you anymore but the material will be felted enough to make a pair of thick mittens.

To make a mitten pattern simply grab a piece of card stock, and trace your hand {fingers together, thumb spread out like the picture above}.

Lay the pattern piece on the sweater and cut 2 piece from one side of the sweater, then flip the pattern piece over and cut two more. When you cut the pattern out allow 1/2- inch seam allowance.

Place right sides together, then sew each mitten together and leavening a 1/4-inch seam allowance. .

To prevent fraying, sew around the mitten again, leaving a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

When you are finished sewing, turn the mittens right-side out, and press with an iron {on the wool setting}.

Talk about an easy craft project.  If you have a bunch of old sweaters on hand you could make everyone a pair of mittens this year for Christmas. Being thrifty and repurposing stuff is fun, don’t you think?

~Mavis

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25 Days of Christmas Cookies – Peanut Butter Blossoms

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If you love peanut butter cookies then you’ve probably made peanut butter blossoms before. These cookies have 2 of Monkey Boy’s favorite things in them, peanut butter and chocolate.  Now if I could just figure out a way to get some Doritos in there I’d probably have to bake a batch everyday.

Here is the recipe, in case you don’t have it.

Ingredients 

  • 1/2cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Additional granulated sugar {for rolling cookies in}
  • 2 bags of Hershey Kisses {about 72 pieces}

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In large bowl, combined the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and eggs until nice and smooth.

Mix in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop,* and drop 1 inch cookie balls on to a plate of  granulated sugar and roll until covered with sugar.

Place cookies on a lined cookie sheet {I use silpats*} and bake at 375 for 8 – 10 minutes. Carefully remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press 1 unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss into center of each cookie.

Cool, then transfer to a cookie platter or store in an airtight container.

Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cookies* ~ Available on Amazon.com {This book is awesome!}

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Simple Christmas Wreaths – Succulents, Cinnamon Sticks, Gumdrops, Herbs, Driftwood and More

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Do you have a favorite?  I’m torn between the gumdrop wreath and the succulents wreath.

~Mavis

 

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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This past week I pulled up four more kale plants for the chickens {almost 5 pounds worth}, and harvested a few basil leaves for a pot of soup.

I was letting the chickens out in the backyard to free range and forage for garden scraps, but I quickly noticed they really liked digging in my newly planted raised flowers beds more than the garden.  So for now I’m just letting a few out at a time so I can keep an eye on them.

I’m still working on my garden plans for 2013 and will hopefully have them wrapped up soon and then I’ll be ready to share.  After a month or so off from any major gardening, I’m starting to get excited again about taking on some new projects.

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Apples 6 lbs {how to make applesauce}

Banana Squash 6lb 2 oz

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 21 lbs 3 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 58 lb 20z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 4 lb 9 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Bok Choy 9 lb 14 oz

Broccoli 11 lb 10 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Brussels Sprouts 8 oz {Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar}

Cabbage 58 lb 4 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 117 lbs 6 oz {carrot cake jam recipe}

Cauliflower 7 lbs 3 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb 3 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 55 lbs 5 oz {cucumber salad}

Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash 184 lbs 1 ounces {Hubbard Squash Pie}

Butternut Squash41lbs 6 oz {Butternut Squash with Spinach and Pasta}

Golden Hubbard Squash 22 lbs 5 oz {Hubbard Squash Soup}

Sweet Meat Squash 15 lbs 1 oz

Kale 16 lb 5 oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 15 lb 11 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 41 lbs 11 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb 13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Pears 8 lbs 15 oz {how to make pear jam}

Peppers 5 lb 8 oz {Homemade Salsa}

Potatoes 129lb 11 oz {potato soup recipe}

Howden Pumpkins 59 lbs 11 oz

Cinderella Pumpkins 45 lbs 4 oz {roasted pumpkin seeds}

French Pumpkin 13 lbs 4 oz

Jarrahdale Pumpkin 39 pounds 7 oz

Spaghetti Squash 36 lb 10 oz

Sugar Pie Pumpkins 3 lb 10 oz {how to make pumpkin puree}

Misc. Pumpkins 352 lbs 11 oz.


Acorn Squash 12 lb 14 oz {stuffed acorn squash}

Radish 16 lb 6 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries 2 lb 10 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 7 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 18 lbs 9 oz {strawberry basil jam}

Swiss Chard 32 lb 2 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 186 lb 11oz {roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 257 lb 11 oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 50lbs 9 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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Total Food Harvested in 2012: 2028 pounds 9.25 ounces

I have spent a total of $524.20 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

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Mornings with Mavis – Survival 101, Grape Nuts, Hello Kitty, Win a $500 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card + More

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Good Morning.  The Handsome Husband said snow might be in the forecast for this weekend.  You know what that means right?  Hot cocoa, wood fires, and lazy days are on the horizon if all goes as planned.  School typically gets cancelled around here if like 3 snowflakes fall, so I should probably bake some muffins and some other goodies today just in case.

Have you had snow at your place yet?  Do you know of any Hot Deals on cocoa?  Because this Mother Hubbard has none.

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Amazon Subscribe & Save Grocery Deals -

Post Grape-Nuts Cereal, 24-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4) $11.06/ $2.76 each shipped.
Francesco Marinara Pasta Sauce 45-Ounce (Pack of 4) $9.65/$2.41 each shipped.
Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans - 7 beans $6.95 shipped.
Stretch Island Original Fruit Leather, Strawberry, (Pack of 30) $12.16 shipped.

Amazon currently has Kitty Rhinestone Crystal Jewelry Set {Ring, Earrings, Necklace} on sale for $2.59 shipped.  This would make a great stocking stuffer. Go HERE for this deal.

Zulily is having a Star Wars Collection Sale.  Head on over HERE to view the deals.

Today only Flirty Aprons is having a Flash Sale: 50% off these Holiday and Classic Aprons with code holiday50. 

Canvas People is back with their Custom Photo Canvas Deals:

16×20 canvas $39.00 with FREE shipping
11×14 canvas for $30.00 with FREE shipping

These would make a great Christmas gift, and if you order by December 10th, you will not have to pay extra for Christmas delivery.

$0.75 off Minute Maid Pure Squeezed 59 fl oz
There is a new coupon available for $0.75 off Minute Maid Pure Squeezed 59 fl oz.

If you live in Pierce, or Thurston County and do not subscribe to the Tacoma News Tribune, you can get your Sunday coupons for FREE.  Here’s the deal:

Every Sunday, the Tacoma News Tribune puts out a publication called Yes!. It includes a few articles on saving money and fashion, then folded inside you’ll find all the store ads AND the coupon inserts for that week. That includes the Albertsons doubler coupons when we have them – if they are included in your delivery area! It’s FREE and it is delivered on Sundays.  Head on over HERE to sign up!

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine for just $4.50 a year when you use code 7779 at check out.  This deal is valid through midnight tonight 12/5/12 EST. Go HERE to get this deal.

How would you like to win a $500 gift card to Williams-SonomaHeck Ya I would!  Head on over HERE to the Driscoll’s Facebook page to enter.  5 second place winners will win Driscoll’s berries for a year {not to shabby either}.  Good luck, I hope you win!

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

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

Mavis

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Gevalia Coffee or Tea Products $9.99 + Receive a FREE Tea Sampler

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Wahoooo! The Gevalia tea deal is back again!

Right now you can get 4 Boxes of Gevalia Tea + a free tea sampler for only $9.99 shipped. There are 15 different flavors of to choose from, and I had heard such great reviews about the Gevalia brand that I decided to place an order myself and received my package last month!

To get this offer, head on over HERE, select your 4 boxes of tea, then choose a shipping preference {I selected a shipment every 10 weeks}, and check out.

Once you receive your order, simply log back in to your account and cancel the subscription.

This is such a great deal if you are a tea drinker!

Note: This is a subscription you are signing up for, once you receive your first shipment {the $9.99 deal} you can cancel at anytime. There is absolutely no obligation and you can easily cancel at any time. I think this is a great way to try a few new flavors of tea + get a FREE tea pot for only $9.95 shipped!

Go HERE to find out more about this Gevalia Tea Deal.

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New Coupons – Minute Maid Orange Juice, Planter’s Peanuts, Pasta, Fruit Cups & Chicken Broth

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$0.75 off Minute Maid Pure Squeezed 59 fl oz

$0.75 off one PLANTERS NUT-rition Peanut Butter

$1.00 off Rosetto Frozen Pasta

$1.00 off Two (2) Del Monte Fruit Cup Snacks

$0.50 off two cartons of Swanson Broth or Stock

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Mavis Indoor Garden Blog – Lettuce and Basil

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Just because the weather outside stinks, doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening all together.  I started this flat of Italian basil back on October 30th, and all the sudden it’s gone gangbusters. Right now the basil is about 5-inches high, and we have been using basil leaves here and there in a few dinner dishes.  Not to shabby for gardening in December if you ask me.

2 weeks ago I started some butterhead lettuce indoors.  I guess I didn’t think the whole thing through because now I’m not sure what I’m suppose to do with it.  Should I re-pot the lettuce and move it out to the greenhouse, or just leave it in the flat and pick the leaves off a little at a time?

The temps are suppose to dip into the 30′s this weekend so I’m not too sure if I should be moving it outside or not.  What do you think? Should I just thin it out and grow a few heads under the grow lights, or move the lettuce outside to the greenhouse?

I could you your advise.

~Mavis

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