One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

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Cinderella pumpkins

I went up to Girly Girls house to borrow some pine nuts for my Spinach and Basil Pesto Farfalle recipe and noticed another neighbors trash was overflowing in to the street.

Our neighbor had these 3 fake Cinderella pumpkins sitting alongside her trash can waiting for Mr. Garbage Guy to pick them up.

Oh I don’t think so!

cinderella pumpkin

After a quick 3 second inspection all I could find wrong with them was a little damage to one of the ribs on a pumpkin. Nothing a little glue and paint can’t fix.

Wahoooo!

I love it when other people throw away good stuff!

What do you think?

Trash, or treasure? Would you have swooped these babies up off the side of the road or would you have kept driving by?

~Mavis

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Lucy the Puggle Dog Gets a Microchip and Some Other Not So Fun Stuff

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lucy the puggle dog

Yesterday I took little Miss Lucy to one of her favorite places. The veterinary clinic. She loves going there. She doesn’t even mind that they give her shots because she always makes a new friend and her veterinarian is really nice.

The last time we were there she got a rabies shot. It stung, and Lucy whimpered a wee bit but then went back to the veterinarian and started licking her. So it was okay.

Well wait. Actually there is a little more to that story.

Okay, so the vet had the needle in her hand, and I was holding Lucy. Then all the sudden Lucy whipped around and I was stuck with the needle. The vet almost passed out.

Mavis – “Did I just get a rabies shot?”

Vet Lady – “No. No. See I didn’t release the plunger {or whatever the heck the thing is called}.”

Mavis – “Okay.”

Vet Lady – “Hold on! ”

And then before you know it the vet lady came back in with an assistant who held Lucy {while I sat on the bench} while she administered the vaccine.

Good Times.

But that’s old news. Let’s fast forward to yesterday afternoon when I picked up Lucy at the clinic after her procedures.

lucy the puggle dog

Not only did Lucy the Puggle dog get a micro chip, but she also got spayed and had a manicure. The vet sent her home with a bag of pain medication {1 a day for the next 6 days}, and told us that we could expect Lucy to be out of it for the next few days, but she should be back to normal in 10.

We tried to feed her last night but she didn’t want to eat or drink anything. This morning though, she is doing much better after getting some food in her tummy. But she still doesn’t want to drink anything {which I think is kind of strange}.

I’m wondering if there is something I can give her {something juicy} since she doesn’t want to drink anything.

What do you think? Has one of your pets ever been on heavy meds before and not wanted to drink?

Any advise?

I’ll take all the help I can get.

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Blue Diamond Almonds, Sloggers, Joy the Baker, Botanical Interests Coupon

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french breakfast radish

Last night I harvested our first French Breakfast radish!  Hudla my German neighbor is coming over today to help harvest more radishes and get to fill the remaining garden boxes with tomato plants. I usually wait until after Mother’s Day to set tomato plants out but the weather has been so nice lately {and the forecast is looking good} that I’m just going for it.

I also need to open a few more packages for our Send in the Gnome Project, and bake some cookies for the kids after school snack today, so be on the look out for a new cookie recipe this afternoon.

Alright everyone, have a great morning, I’m off to grab some oatmeal.

Peace Out,

~Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Greenhouse Gardening 101 FREE
The Aquaponic Gardening Guidebook FREE
The Edible Front Yard $3.79
Planting the Dry Shade Garden $3.03
Joy the Baker Cookbook $1.99 {Grab this, it’s Awesome!}
Circle of Friends Cookbook 25 Chili Recipes FREE

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

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Botanical Interests is offering $5 off any orders over $25 {discount automatically applied at checkout} now through May 31st. I recently purchased their new seed sprouter and I’m loving it!

Toysmith 2296 Kid's 3-Piece Garden Tool Set

If you have little ones {or grand kids} Amazon currently has the Toysmith 3-Piece Garden Tool Set for kids for only $6.50. The reviews on these pint sized tools are excellent.

sloggers

Looking for some cool gardening shoes? Amazon currently has Sloggers Rain and Garden shoes on sale starting at $18.74.
Sloggers Original Women's Wide Brim Braided Hat

And don’t forget, Amazon also has the Slogger’s Original Women’s Wide Brim Braided Hat on sale and ready to ship.

SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

Today’s Amazon Deal of the Day is the SINGER Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine on sale for $249.99 shipped {retail price $699}.

Blue Diamond Almonds Wasabi & Soy Sauce, Value Pack, 16-Ounce Bag

Amazon has the Blue Diamond Almonds Wasabi & Soy Sauce, Value Pack in the 16-Ounce Bag on sale for only $5.49. Yumm-O!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 7271 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 5/7/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Free Voucher to Purchase Newly Released “Volume 3″ by She & Him for $4.99 at Amazon MP3.

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A big thank you to everyone who entered the L.L. Bean $50 gift card giveaway.

The winner for this giveaway is: Sara who said

“I haven’t been yet, but it is on my list! I want to see real maple syrup come out of the trees!”

Join the Blimpie E Club and you’ll receive a FREE 6″ sub with a purchase of a 6″ sub of equal or greater value and 22oz drink.
$1.00 off any TWO (2) DOLE All Natural Fruit Jars $0.50 off ONE Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips $0.55 off any two HORMEL Chili products $0.40 off SIX Yoplait Yogurt$0.75 off any Crisco Product

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Spinach and Basil Pesto Farfalle

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Spinach and Basil  Pesto Farfalle

I  harvested some fresh basil from the greenhouse garden today and with the weather in the 80′s it seemed like the perfect opportunity to whip up a batch of spinach and basil pesto farfalle pasta salad.

I don’t know about you, but I love a good pasta salad for dinner.

Ingredients

2 cups fresh spinach leaves, well-washed and stemmed
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3 garlic cloves
¼ – ½ cup extra virgin olive oil {depends on preference}
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes {totally optional}
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
½ pound Farfalle Pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained
extra Parmesan for garnish
1/8 cup pine nuts toasted for garnish

how to make pesto

Directions
Cook the farfalle according to package directions. Drain, toss with a little olive oil and set
aside.

Next toast about 1/8 cup pine nuts until lightly golden and set aside for the garnish.For the pesto, toss the spinach, basil, garlic, salt, pepper, Parmesan, red crushed pepper and pine nuts into a food processor and pulse, slowly adding oil until the mixture is nice and smooth.

Toss the pesto mixture with the pasta, and garnish with pine nuts and Parmesan. Serve cold.

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The Tacoma City Marathon with Mavis, Amberlina and Nick

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If you are looking at this picture and thinking, holy crap, these two looked like they just rolled out of bed, you would be correct.

The Handsome Husband dropped us off exactly 2 minutes before the Tacoma City Marathon started. There wasn’t even enough time to pee.

We hopped in line, then found out we had to run over to a race official and let them know we were starting early, hop back in line and then ask the lady behind us to take our picture.

solider backpack tacoma marathon

We turned around as the announcer was saying something over the loud speaker, snapped this photo of a soldier with a backpack on and then we were off.

marathon pacers

Amber is a jogger, I am a walker, so after jogging the first mile I basically thought I was going to keel over right then and there. But I didn’t.

Instead somewhere around the second mile and once we were on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, we picked out a couple of “slow joggers” that we wanted to keep our eye on. Or in other words, our carrots.  We wanted to try and keep up with them the whole race.

marathon maniacs

But somewhere around mile 3 they picked up their speed {or we slowed down, not sure which} and we lost them.

mavis nick amber

And then we found Nick, a soldier from Ft. Lewis.

Amberlina and I quickly went into cougar mode and stuck up a conversation with him.

12 mile marathon marker

We each had a different game plan as to how we were going to finish the race. Nick would walk a for a while and then run. Amberlina jogged {the entire time!} I walked fast and then did a little jogging.

We would catch up to each other for a little while then separate, then find each other and give encouragement.

But shortly after mile 12 I lost Amberina and Nick. Then, at a switchback around mile 19 {?} I spotted Nick. “Where’s Amberlina?”

She’s coming… Right around the corner.

I saw her, told her to keep it up and then didn’t see them until they passed the finish line.

nick butcher tacoma city marathon

Can you imagine running and walking 26.2 miles in fatigues and a 50 pound pack?

amber tacoma city marathon

I forgot to mention that Amberlina rolled her ankle around mile 8 {ouch!}.

tacoma city marathon

Nick was such a cool guy and had come to the race all by himself, so Amberlina and I took him to lunch afterwards. Even though it was hard, and none of us {even Nick!} had done any marathon training, we had a blast.

Mavis – 5:48:33
Nick- 6:13:54
Amberlina- 6:15:50

Yes, we are all in a world of pain today, but we did it.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

I need a nap!

~Mavis

tacoma city marathon medal

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Money Savings Tip – Buy a Boneless Ham and Have the Deli Slice it For You

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Buy a Boneless Ham and Have the Deli Slice it For You

Noah left a great tip in the comment section of the What’s on Sale in May post the other day and I wanted to make sure everyone read it because it was such a great tip!

Here is what Noah had to say:

“I just discovered this weekend that if you buy a boneless ham at the grocery store, first take it to the meat department. They will slice/shave it for you {I got mine sliced for free} and you can then use it for lunch meat.  Ham freezes well. We bought a 3.5 pound boneless ham for $3.99 a pound which was a savings of almost $2.00 a pound from the pre-sliced deli meat.”

Have YOU tried this before? I’m going to totally do this the next time I purchase a ham.

Awesome tip Noah. Thanks!

~Mavis

Check out more of our Money Saving Tips to help you save.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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grocery shopping trip

Well, it was another major snoozefest in the grocery department this week. All I purchased was 2 gallons of milk, some bananas for some Spinach Power Smoothies and 2 containers of organic baby spinach and baby kale that was on sale for $1 each at my local produce market.

Thanks to a major stock up trip I made at Winco, Costco and the Oroweat Bakery Outlet  2 weeks ago and some freebie snacks last week, I didn’t have to buy much.

I’ve been photographing the meals I’ve been feeding my family over the past week and and will be showing you those soon.

Do you do a super stock up trip on every few months too? I’m beginning to think it might be the way to go.

How did you do this past week? Did you come across any rockin’ grocery deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $8.35
Total Spent This Year $926.4
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $862.57 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Mornings with Mavis – Eating Well Magazine, Batteries, Composter, Teva Sandals, Glade Coupons

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purple and white tulips

Happy Monday! Yesterday my buddy Amberlina and I finished the Tacoma City marathon and are walking around like robots today because of our stiff muscles. I’ll tell you about it in a little bit, but wowza! I had a good time. Well, if you can call walking 26.2 miles in 80 degree heat a good time. Ha!

Here are a few deals I spotted this morning for you. See you back in a bit.

 ~Mavis

eating well magazine cover asparagus spring

Amazon has a 1 year subscription to Eating Well Magazine on sale for only $5 a year. This is a great magazine with all sorts of recipes and healthy tips.

vitacost coupon

Today only Vitacost is offering 12% off everything in stock when you use code HAPPYMAY at checkout.

Vistacost is an online retailer that sells over 30,000 products including specialty foods, vitamins, bath & beauty products and more. Vitacost offers FREE shipping on orders over $49 {$4.95 on all other orders}.

If you have not signed up yet you can use this referral link to receive a $10 off your first order coupon code.

glass beverage containers

One Kings Lane has some unique glass and ceramic beverage containers on sale.

Plus, new One Kings Lane members can get a $15 credit off any $30+ purchase just for signing up.

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

Already have an Account? Go HERE to start shopping.

homegrown and handmade

Looking for a cool book to read? Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living ”shows how making things from scratch and growing at least some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.”

maxell batteries
Right now you can get the 48 pack box of AA Maxell Batteries for only $11.34 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.

If you need the AAA size you can get a 36 pack box of Maxell AAA Batteries for only $10.43 shipped with the subscribe and save option.  This is a great price for batteries!

Soilsaver Classic Composter

Thinking about making your own compost with your garden and kitchen scraps? Amazon has the Soilsaver Classic Composter on sale for $89.99 shipped.

teva coupons

Zulily has deals on Teva Sandals for woman and children on sale for up to 40% off this morning.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

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Amazon Local has some great online deals for Mother’s Day:

$40 to Spend on Flowers for Mother’s Day for $20
$40 to Spend on Mother’s Day Gift Baskets for $20
$30 to Spend this Mother’s Day at ProPlants.com for $15

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6pm has Clarks sandals on sale for up to 50% off plus free shipping.

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See What’s New on the One Hundred Dollars A Month Pinterest Site

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If you haven’t stopped by yet, be sure and check out the One Hundred Dollars a Month Pinterest page and look around, there are tons of great ideas over there.

I must admit, my favorite board is Gardening, followed by Trash to Treasure and then all the recipe boards. It’s fun to look back and see pictures of our backyard garden in all different stages and to see all the yummy recipes we’ve made from the harvests.

Don’t forget, you can also follow One Hundred Dollars a Month  on Facebook and Twitter too.

 Mavis

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Meet Mavis at the Mother Earth News Fair

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Have a burning question for me that you’ve been dying to ask? Want to pick my brain full of gardening tips and tricks {I can’t guarantee they’ll be useful tips so consider yourself warned}? I’ll be hanging with my gnomies at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday June 1st. Plus, as an added bonus, my online boyfriend Ryan from Botanical Interests will be there too. So come on by and tell him what a hottie he is!

Mother Earth News Fair

The Mother Earth News Fairs are family-oriented, sustainable lifestyle events, packed with hands-on workshops and demonstrations on renewable energy, small-scale farming, green building, organic gardening and more.


Come on out and say hi, get all educated and maybe even get in on some charitable giving. Yep, I’m turning the Mother Earth News Fair into gnome man’s land! I’ll be bringing a truckload full of gnomes and you can adopt a gnome right then and there for only $10. 00 and 100% of that $10 donation will go towards the “Send in the Gnome Project” and benefit St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.

mother earth news fair

So start searching those couch cushions for loose change now, mark your calendars and maybe by June 1st you’ll have scrounged $10 in loose change. Or pocket lint. Could go either way.

See you there!

~Mavis

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