Johnny T Gives Subway Tips

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Where I live, I don’t take a ton of public transportation, but when we travel, we totally take advantage of it if it’s available.  I thought this video about subway courtesy was a hoot–and so applicable to pretty much any kind of public transport, in any city.

On a totally unrelated note, I find puppets in leisure suits more amusing than I should.

~Mavis

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7 Gifts You Can Make at Home for Less Than $10

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7 Gifts You Can Make at Home for Less Than $10

If you are a little short on cash right now but have some extra time on your hands… Any of the gifts below would be perfect for gift giving this year. Remember, it’s the thought that counts… not how much you spend.

~Mavis

DIY Vanilla Brown Sugar and Coconut Body Scrub

DIY Vanilla Brown Sugar and Coconut Body Scrub - This stuff smells so good you’ll have a hard time not eating it! Not only will the person you gift this to love knowing exactly what’s in there body scrub, but they’ll smell yummy too!

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts - Perfect for all those peeps who love to hang out in the tub.

DIY Garden Markers Using Bricks

DIY Garden Markers Using Bricks - Bricks are $.49 at The Home Depot. Grab a sharpie and get busy customizing a couple of bricks for your favorite gardener.

Flower Pot Candy Bouquet

Flower Pot Candy Bouquet - I can’t think of a kid I know who wouldn’t love to unwrap this!! You should be able to make this fir under $5!

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Make Your Own Cinnamon Potpourri - Pop on over to your favorite grocery store with bulk bins and throw this potpourri mixture together. If you only need a few bags, simply cut the recipe in half.

How to Make a Strawberry Pin Cushion

How to Make a Strawberry Pin Cushion - Do you sew? Even if you don’t these easy peasy strawberry pincushions can be made in a jiffy. And the best part? You can use whatever fabric scraps you have on hand to make them.

DIY – Homemade Bubble Mix for Kids

Homemade Bubble Mix for Kids - Total awesomesauce for the youngster on your list. Grab a cool container {or pick one up at the thrift store} and filler up!

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Nutella Filled Cinnamon Rolls

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Nutella Filled Cinnamon Rolls

Just when you think the holiday baking season couldn’t get any more awesome, I throw in a Nutella cinnamon roll recipe.

I initially thought about altering the frosting so it was a little less sweet in case the combo of the Nutella filling and the icing was too much. But I decided against it. It was a good choice because the cream cheese kick in the icing, paired with melt-in-your-mouth Nutella-filled rolls, is like a party in your mouth.

You’re welcome.

cinnamon roll dough

Ingredients for the Dough

1/4-ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

nutellaIngredients for the Filling

1 cup Nutella
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

cinnamon roll frostingIngredients for the Icing

4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

 

cutting cinnamon rolls

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Dissolve the yeast in warm water in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add in 2 cups of flour and mix {I use my hands} until nice and smooth. Add yeast mixture and then mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to work with. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for around 5 minutes. Place in a large bowl that’s been greased bowl with a we bit of vegetable oil then cover and let rise until doubled in size {usually about 1 hour}.

proofing cinnamon rolls

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down it down and roll it out on to a floured surface. Ideally you want to shape the dough in to a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Using a pastry brush, spread Nutella evenly over dough and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Next roll the cinnamon roll dough up into a tight log and seal the ends with a little melted butter. Then cut into {12} 2 inch slices {I use baker’s twine to cut my dough}.

Place cinnamon rolls about 2 inches apart on a lined or buttered pan. Let rise a second time until the dough has doubled {about 30-45 minutes} and then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

While the cinnamon rolls are baking, mix the butter, cream cheese powdered sugar, salt and vanilla. Add warm water as needed. Spread over warm rolls.

Dig in!

nutella cinnamon rolls recipe

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Free Kindle Books, $5 Magazines, Jell-O, Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Coupons and More

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mornings with mavis

Happy Sunday from Mavis and Lucy the Snuggle Puggle. We hope you have an AWESOME day!

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T) $19.99 {retail $99}

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

eat smart scale

Amazon has the highly rated {with over 15,000 reviews!} EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale w/ Extra Large Lighted Display, 400 lb. Capacity and “Step-On” Technology on sale for $28.95.

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6 Boxes Jell-O Instant Pudding and Pie Filling, Vanilla $4.23 shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

*Keep in mind you can cancel your Subscribe and Save membership at anytime. To cancel or change your items, simply click on “My Account” and then click on “Subscriptions.” You can easy peasy modify or cancel any of your Subscribe and Save items at anytime, no obligation at all.*

Easy Christmas Crafts - Candy Cane Reindeer

Looking for something to do with all those candy canes? These Candy Cane Reindeer are super fun to make and little ones can pass them out as gifts to friends and family. Find more cool projects on my Christmas Pinterest Board.

Learning Resources Baby Bear Balance Set

Amazon has the highly rated Learning Resources Baby Bear Balance Set on sale for $10.99 {was $29.99} and ships FREE with Amazon Prime.

magazine deals

Amazon has added more title to their $5 Magazine Sale. Here are a few of my favorites:

See All $5 Magazine Subscriptions

the best gardening books

Here are a few of my favorite garden books to check out while you are waiting to plant your seeds:

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Time is running out… My favorite seed company Botanical Interests is offering FREE SHIPPING on all seed orders over $50 and a free desktop calendar on orders placed by December 23rd. See the seeds I’ll be sowing in my 2015 garden HERE and check out their 52 New Varieties for 2015 HERE.

Nutella No Bake Cookies

These Nutella No Bale Cookies will make a great addition to the Christmas cookie platter this year. And the best part… there is no baking involved. :) Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more yummy cookie recipes on my Pinterest Cookie Board.

bike-lightsLight up your ride {or your kids} with these inexpensive bike lights:

camp sink

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Byer TriLite Wash Station/Stool Combo $19.73 shipped {was $44.95}.

omaha steaks

Looking for a last minute gift? Groupon has the Omaha Steaks New Year’s Celebration Pack {$131 value} for just $49.99! I just ordered this for my Dad for Christmas. :)

  • Four 5 oz. top sirloins
  • Four lobster tails (8 oz.)
  • Four triple-berry tartlets
  • Four 5 and 3/4 oz. stuffed baked potatoes

Go HERE to get this Omaha Steaks Deal. New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

Find out what your real age is by taking the RealAge test! It’s a unique calculation of your body’s health age. Created by top doctors. Powered by the latest medical research. Resulting in personalized tips and action plans to GET HEALTHIER and GROW YOUNGER! I took the Real Age Test and apparently my real age is 35! Wahoooo! :)

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If you have Amazon Prime then head over HERE to get all sorts of FREE HOLIDAY Music from Amazon.com. The Piano Guys, Enya, Andy Williams and more.

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Print a coupon good for $1.00 off any ONE (1) Lipton Tea product

Find More Printable Coupons

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Christmas Trivia

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christmas triviaWant to add a little education into the kiddos’ holiday break?  Here’s some Christmas trivia to keep their minds from turning to mush {or at least to distract them from climbing your drapes out of boredom}:

  1. Round or oval candies fill with fruit preserves or cream and then covered with chocolate are called?  {Sugarplums}
  2. What city is the Miracle on 34th street set in?  {New York}
  3. Which country created eggnog?  {England}
  4. How many reindeer hooves are there on the rooftop, including Rudolf? {36}
  5. Who yelled “Stop!” to Frosty?  {The traffic cop}
  6. At Christmas time, you usually have an Advent Calendar, do you know what Advent means?  {Coming}
  7. What is Scrooge’s first name?  {Ebenezer}
  8. In the poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” Santa Clause is used how many times?  {None}
  9. After red and green, what are the two most popular Christmas colors?  {silver and gold}
  10. On the Grinch Who Stole Christmas {both the book and the movie}, what was the name of the Grinch’s dog?  {Max}

Merry Christmas!

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 12/20/14

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share some random goodness

shoveling dirt

Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

Low Sugar Triple Berry Jam

Recipes

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Giveaways

lucy the puggle dog

Mornings with Mavis 

Money Saving Tips for Hosting Christmas Dinner on a Budget

Tips and Tricks

DIY Santa Binoculars

Arts & Crafts

freezer meal party

Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Easy Directions for a Handmade Christmas Swag

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Is your husband freaking out because you don’t have a wreath on your front door yet? Well, this is just one of the mini drama’s I had to endure this week… So if you’re in the same boat, you’ll want to check out my latest article for eHow Simple Directions for a Free and Easy DIY Christmas Swag.

I was at my local wholesale club the other day with my husband when we spotted a bunch of Christmas swags for $16.95, and he immediately turned to me and said, “Hey, let’s get one. We don’t have anything on our front door yet.”

“Wait. What? You want to spend $16.95 for a bunch of dead tree branches and a little bit of ribbon? Are you freakin’ nuts? I can make that. For free! Silly husband.”

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Pop on over to eHow and read the whole article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Everybody’s Fine

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In light of the all of the crazy family dynamic drama that usually comes along with the holidays, I thought it would be appropriate to watch Everybody’s Fine tonight.  It’s about a widowed father who decided to travel to his adult children after they all call and cancel coming home for the holidays.  It’s a feel-good tear-jerker…you’ve been warned.  The best part, though, is this is a freebie for Amazon Prime members.

everybodys fine

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

 

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Heather’s Winter Chicken Coop Tour

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I’ve been missing my backyard chickens terribly so I asked my friend Heather in Massachusetts to share some photos of her chicken coop for all of us to see. Here’s what she has to say:

rustic chicken coop

Since Mavis’ move she is chicken-less and has asked me to give a chicken-coop tour.

It all started when I built my coop from pallets. Did you know pallets are not even, straight, or any other sort of plum that some type A person would adore? I didn’t.  In case you missed it, you can read the whole story here.

Coops designs vary {a lot!} depending on your climate. Here is MA the summer can be 95* and plunge to 5* in the winter. That 90* swing requires a few adjustments. I built my coop around the idea that I wanted a lot of natural light, especially since my coop was tucked back on the edge of the woods. I used two storm doors I got for free from a friend.

chicken coop filled with hay

Second, I stuff my coop with hay {which stays nicely in between the pallets}. I also added lighting to increase egg production through our VERY dark winter. I plug it in at 5am and unplug it when we all get home..

old banister

We keep the food inside in a self feeder I created from a dog bowl and PVC pipe.

feeding tube for chickens

This keeps critters out of it and I can fill it without going in the coop. As aside benefit – it’s spill proof!

Water stays outside on a heated base. I buried the cord with big rocks. We all know chickens like to dig and I didn’t want them to peck at the cord, dig it up or generally damage the heater. It’s not cheap but lugging frozen poop-covered water containers into your kitchen sink is no fun either *blech*!

backyard chickens

A regular bird feeder holds their oyster shells and egg shells, keeps water and dirt out of it, and holds enough grit for a week or two.  This is Agnus posturing- she is such a beast and rules the pen.

storing chicken feed in garbage cans

We have many, many tenacious raccoons. They’ve scratched 1/4″ into our town rubber garbage cans, scratched 1/4″ into the pvc pipe feeder and attacked our dogs… So it was a no-brainer to staple fencing to the bottom of the coop, all openings {vents or windows}, and all the way around the border of the pen.

Although we consider our chickens “working chickens” and not “pet chickens” I just couldn’t resist the curtains. They were bargain basement place mats that I cut and stapled to the roost :)

small galvanized trash cans

The back of our pen is all business. Three tins filled with food (with the strap), shavings, and diatrematreous earth. The rake is pinned up off the ground and snow and the extension cords are weaved through the garden and under the coop.

That stump is new, the entire 100′ tree snapped off and landed 2′ on the other side of the tins.

netting over chicken coop

This is where I store my homemade chicken tractor. Storing it up on the blocks keeps it dry and easy to use when needed.

bags of fall leaves

GOLD! Sure they look like giant bags of leaves – but come rain and snow the leaves will keep the mud under control and entertain the chickens.

How are YOUR chickens doing this winter? Do you do anything special to your coop during the winter months?

~Heather

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I like Big Bucks and I Cannot Lie…

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white tailed deer

Apparently, Washington D.C. is suffering from an over-population of deer.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has teamed with wildlife experts with a plan to decrease the population from 55 deer per square mile, down to 15-20 per square mile.  According to an article I read, the deer pose a threat to native vegetation {not to mention the threat of car accidents as they spring across the busy roads}.

In an effort not to waste the meat resulting in killing off the deer, Rock Creek Park {where the deer are most densely populated} will salvage it and donate it to shelters and schools.  The meat is lean, free-range high quality protein that will actually serve a much needed purpose for the hungry.  While 55 deer per square mile doesn’t sound like a lot to me {but what do I know} I do like the fact that the meat goes to feeding hungry families–and not junk, but quality protein.  I happen to like venison {which I was first introduced to by Chino the Handyman who hunts}.

To date, about 3300 lbs of meat have been ground and donated.  I thought this was a unique way to make the most of the problem…and wanted to share it, you know, as “food” for thought.

~Mavis

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