Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken

Brown sugar + chicken + lime juice + slow cooker = my new very favorite crock pot meal. Holy cats was this simple recipe good. And gone. It’s rare we eat an entire slow cooker meal but we totally all went back for seconds and scraped the bottom of the dish. Try and I’m pretty sure you’ll be loading your plate too!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper. Place chicken breast in the bottom of a slow cooker and pour sauce over chicken. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Carefully remove chicken and set aside. Pour leftover sauce into saucepan and begin heating over high heat. In a separate bowl, whisk cornstarch and water together and add to the saucepan. Let sauce come to a boil and boil until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze {it will also thicken as it cools}.

Serve chicken over rice and top with glaze. Enjoy!

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How to Freeze Green Beans for Winter Storage

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bowl of fresh green beans

I was out puttering around the garden this morning and ended up picking a giant tub of beans and immediate thought, beans… it’s what’s for dinner.” I even posted a picture on my Instagram account declaring green beans were on the dinner menu. cutting green beans

But them I changed my mind. ;) I think I’ll make a pie instead. Because I can do that. After all what’s the point of being head cook if you can’t change the menu at the last minute? cut green beans

So with pie on my mind I decided to go ahead and freeze those beans. I would have canned my green beans but it’s in the upper 80′s today and believe me, the last thing I want to do is anything canning related. So I froze them instead.
green beans going into the pot

If you’ve never frozen fresh green beans before it’s a total snap! Simply bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, wash, trim and cut you green beans then blanch them for 3 minutes {or until they turn bright green}. The toss the beans in a bowl ice water to cool them down.

Drain beans, pat dry with a clean dishtowel and bag them up into quart or gallon sized bags. Toss them in the freezer until ready to use. It’s that simple.

How to Freeze Green Beans for Winter Storage

Peace Out Garden Scouts,.

I’ve gotta go. MAKE A PIE. :) :) :) :)

~ Mavis

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The Secrets to a Successful Bake Sale

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The Secrets to a SuccessfulAre you back in the swing of school again? It normally takes me a few solid weeks to fully adjust until we find our scheduling rhythm again. We’re over the hump now and so that means I’m ready to tackle another aspect of  school being back in session: fundraising.

If we lived in a perfect world, schools would have an unlimited amount of money and resources at their fingertips. But sadly, that is not always the case. So awesome parents get together to raise much needed funds for schools. How? Well there are a lot of different options, but the most popular by far is the bake sale.

how to transport cupcakesAnd I just happen to be the bake sale master; the Queen of Cupcakes if you will.

Now I’m sure you’ve either planned, baked for or eaten treats from a bake sale at some point in your life. While they do take a little work, I’ve got the bake sale down to a science. I’ve probably baked so many cupcakes for bake sales through the years that I could legitimately give tips to a baker. I’ve also eaten so many of those cupcakes that I could legitimately support a baker single-handedly if I was buying them in his shop. Good thing I’m not!

Seriously though, I’ve learned a few helpful morsels of wisdom along the way that can help you execute your next bake sale perfectly. Use this bake sale bible and you’ll probably just be cleaning up crumbs.

Nutella Hazelnut CookiesPlanning:

1. Have a purpose. What are you raising funds for? “The children” just won’t cut it. Field trips? Awesome. New books for the library? Perfect. Instruments for the music teacher? I’ll buy your cookies for that! If you are specific about what you are supporting, you’ll see wallets open a lot faster. 

2. You need help. Don’t try to do this alone or you will never want to look at another sweet again. On second thought, that’s a great diet idea. Seriously though, recruit help. You need to be specific in what type of volunteers you need. You’ll need bakers obviously, but you’ll also need help organizing, bagging, tagging and manning the sale. Send out sign ups early {I use Sign Up Genius and it has seriously changed my life!} and often. Don’t feel like you’re over-asking if you ask for help repeatedly. Busy parents won’t mind the reminders!

cupcake decorating ideas3. Consider a theme. If you’re hosting a sale around a holiday, having all items decorated in line with the holiday theme might be a great option. If you’re looking for a fresh idea, you could also do strictly a “Cookie Sale” or a “Cupcake Sale” and then go crazy in that dessert genre. We’ve had great success with just a “Pie Sale.”

4. Locations, location, location. Setting the date is important {day after payday anyone?}, but the location is the key to your success. If you can set a table up at the entry to a busy grocery store or a crowded sporting event, you’re already a step ahead. Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to move the sale off campus if necessary.

cheesecake-brownies5. What’s cooking? Determine some baking parameters and form a list of accepted items. Having these guidelines might seem harsh, but you don’t want a bunch of fruit cakes showing up at drop-off.  Brownies, cookies, rice krispie treats and cupcakes are historically the best sellers. Parents are welcome to get creative and make crazy cupcakes or cookie sandwiches.  You’ll still see a lot of variety, but they’ll be items you’re sure to sell. Also, think of assigning a few gluten free or vegan items to someone. Food allergies are everywhere these days!

bake sale signExecuting:

1. Advertising or bust. It might have worked for Kevin Costner, but trust me when I say you can’t rely on the motto, “If you bake it, they will come.” Because they won’t unless you tell them to. Send out fliers to all students, post it in your local paper or on your local news station’s free calender. Make huge obnoxious signs and post them all over town, at the school and directionally in front of your sale {make sure you remove everything you put up!}. The more you talk about it, the better your turnout will be!

2. What, when and where. Parents need specifics on how to package their items, what items are acceptable and exactly where and when they should drop them off. Make sure you leave plenty of time between the drop-off and the sale, because bagging and pricing those little brownies takes more time than you think!

3. Price to move. Sure that pie is awesome, but no one is going to pay you $20 for it! Set reasonable prices because the end goal is you want people to buy them without taking out a second mortgage. We never price anything over $2, and the $1 price point sells like crazy. $1 for a large cookie or a cupcake is perfect. Package small cookies together so they think they’re getting more for their money, and price those a bit higher.

4. Make ‘em drool. We like to package all the products at the same time and not have the parents do that beforehand. That way things will look consistent and their won’t be uneven portions. This will also allow you to package them correctly. Humans are visual. Make sure what you’re selling can be seen through the packaging and you’re more likely to see those goodies fly off your table.

how to transport cupcakesThe Finishing Touches

1. The table. Presentation is everything here. A nice tablecloth goes a long way! Make the items visible and arrange them so they’re easy to get to. Also make sure your table has napkins and utensils if necessary. Plus, an easy to read price list is essential.

2. Mo’ money, mo’ problems. Be prepared for someone to hand you a $100 bill. It’s happened and you need to have the change ready. Most people will pay with small bills, but a large supply of change will keep you from turning any customers away.

And that my friends should have you on your way to a successful bake sale! Now here are some easy bake sale recipes to get you started:

the best chocolate chip recipe

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 36 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco Shopping Trip – $22.22 {for the food}

Same story different day. I went into Costco to buy socks and came out with egg rolls, a sack of Pirates Booty and giant baked potatoes and sour cream. You’d think after all these years I’d just walk into that place with a pair of those giant sunglasses older people wear so I couldn’t see out the sides. Tunnel vision. It’s a good thing!

lunch snacksTarget – $6.57

Crappy Snacks for Monkey Boys lunch. {I have NO IDEA what I was thinking buying that applesauce!!}

zaycon turkey

Zaycon Turkey Event – Free

I had some Zaycon credit so I ordered a 20 pound box of Zaycon Seasoned Turkey Breast Roasts for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and there were 6 roasts!!! We devoured one and popped the other 5 in the freezer for later this fall. I don’t know about you, but turkey and mashed potatoes are my favorite “comfort food” this time of year.

fresh corn

Fresh Corn from Farmer Ted – Free

Farmer Ted gave the HH 2 boxes of the sweetest corn on the planet this past Saturday. I cooked up a few ears for dinner and them froze the rest of the corn to use this winter in my favorite corn chowder recipe.

homemade applesauce

Homemade Applesauce 

We are enjoying a bumper crop this year and there are still a ton of apples to harvest. If you’ve never canned applesauce before it’s super simple and I love that you can adjust the sugar to suit your needs. I used a few Weck canning jars with this first batch because I intend to give those away as gifts and used my regular old canning jars for the rest.

  • 4 Quarts
  • 14 Pints {I gave one to my neighbor Hulda}
  • 4 Quarts Cloudy Apple Cider {I’ll post the recipe later this week}

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Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Monkey Boy sure is loving his weekly chocolate milk delivery now that The Girl is away at school and we don’t have to buy whole milk. :)

How did you do this week? Find anything spectacular?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $28.79
Total Spent Year to Date $1210.80
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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Free Kindle Books, 1 Dozen Eggs $0.92, Muck Boots, Hot Coupons, Recipes, and More

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puggle dog pumpkins

Puggles and I took out the trash this morning and holy canolies people… it’s kind of chilly out there this morning. Granted, it’s suppose to get up into the 90′s today but I’m loving the cool crisp air and simply cannot wait for fall!

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

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These Lovely Pink Daisy Flower Earrings are only $1.62 shipped and would make a great stocking stuffer!

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Attention Fred Meyer Shoppers… Today only you can download an ecoupon for Simple Truth 12-count cage free eggs for just $0.92! Simply load the ecoupon to your Fred Meyer shopper card and claim you $0.92 eggs by 9/17/14.

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Hard boiling eggs in your rice cooker? Who knew? Find more cool tips on my Easy Kitchen Tips Pinterest Board.

The Original Muck Boot Company

Zulily has The Original Muck Boots on sale today with savings up to 60% off today and holy cats there are some really cute boots available. The rainy season will be here before you know it! New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up. Already a Zulily member? Go HERE to check out all the styles.

amazon-prime-membershipIf you are going to be a serious Amazon shopper, YOU. NEED. THIS. Amazon Prime is the bomb dot com. You get all sorts of VIP perks which will make you feel like Amazon royalty. My favorites of course is FREE 2 -Day Shipping! I can even order an item and have it shipped to anyone for FREE! I also get a heap of FREE movies and FREE eBooks! Holy cats it’s awesome!

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These Strawberry and Nutella Crepes with Bananas are kids-approved. Shocking right, based on the ooey, gooey, sugary ingredients! Get the recipe HERE or Pin for later.

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amazon subscribe and save dealsHere are a few Amazon Deals I spotted:

giveaway winnerA big thank you to everyone who entered our WomansWork Giveaway. The Winner is: Vicki who said: “The Lavender Mint Hand cream! I can smell it now!”

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 36 of 52

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menu plan ideas

Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

Blackberry Ricotta Scones

Breakfast Ideas 

Corn Pancakes - If you haven’t made these yet, seriously, get to it–especially while you can still buy corn dirt cheap out of the back of a truck on the side of the road. :) {Pin for Later}
Blackberry Ricotta Scones - I have never met a scone I didn’t like.  This one I, I like like–which is a pretty big deal.  If only they could trade places with broccoli on the health scale.  {Pin for Later}
Coconut Oil Biscuits – These are the perfect little biscuits to slather on that homemade jam I know you’ve been making.  {Pin for Later}
Baked French Toast – Just when you thought french toast couldn’t get any better, along came this recipe.  You’re welcome.  {Pin for Later}

Freezer-Meals-Teriyaki-Chicken2Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Slow Cooker Meatloaf – If you have a meat and taters sort of family, you are going to love this.  The crock pot makes it super simple.  {Pin for Later}
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Pot Roast - Cinnamon and pot roast, you ask?  Yes, I tell you.  Yes.  {Pin for Later}
Black Bean and Corn Soup – If you are looking for a meat free hearty meal, this soup is where it is at.  {Pin for Later}
Teriyaki Chicken Freezer Meal – This is great stuff to have on hand, you can throw it on the grill for an instant meal, or grab buns, pineapple rounds and a little mozzarella for delicious chicken sandwiches.  Either way, the marinating work is done..  {Pin for Later}

Easy-Summer-Salad-Recipes-–-Cucumber-Tomato-SaladSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Cucumber Tomato Salad – This makes a great pack and go lunch salad.  {Pin for Later}
Easy Corn and Tomato Quiche – I love quiche for dinner.  This one is sooo easy, and can be made hours ahead of time.  {Pin for Later}
Spicy Black-Eyed Peas – This is an awesome and inexpensive meal.  It will totally make you understand why the south is famous for their cooking. {Pin for Later}
Roasted Chicken - This will make your whole house smell amazing.  As an added bonus, you can use the leftovers to make stock. {Pin for Later}

easy summer recipes berry cakeCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Nutella Banana Nut Bread - This is a taste explosion.  Seriously, you will not be disappointed.  {Pin for Later}
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystack Cookies – The addition of peanut butter into no bakes is sheer culinary genius.  {Pin for Later}
Triple Berry Cornmeal Cake - Like a berry crumble or crisp, but with a whole new twist.  {Pin for Later}
Grilled Peaches – In my opinion, the most magical way to eat peaches.  Ever.  {Pin for Later}

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Canning Recipe of the Week

Tomato Basil Soup – This is a great way to use up your tomato harvest AND have lunch/dinner ready and waiting in the winter months.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Apples and Corn… Bring it On!

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corn

Last night the HH brought me home two boxes of FREE corn from his buddy Farmer Ted. Lucky for me, this years harvest didn’t coincide with our anniversary.  Nope. He got me a real gift this year.

shucking corn

I was in a really good this morning {like in I got 10 hours of sleep last night!} and so shucking the corn was a snap. In fact I actually felt kind of giddy afterwards. Weird. I know.

transparent yellow apples

So I decided to check in on my yellow transparent apple tree and was pleasantly surprise at the bumper crop we are enjoying this year. It’s the weirdest thing. No apples for 4 years then BAM… {the picture above represents about 1/5 of the apples we’ll be able to harvest this fall}. Not to shabby if you ask me.

making applesauce

Why is it that sometimes gardening and canning can seem like a chore, and other times. it’s makes you feel so alive?

See you later alligator…. I’ve got some canning to do.

~Mavis

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Kid’s Classroom Party Treat Alternatives

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Kids Classroom Party Treat Alternatives

I was talking to my friend Jen recently about her daughter’s upcoming birthday and she said something that blew my mind. Her kids’ school now bans birthday sweets.  I mean on the one hand, I get it. But on the other hand, I can’t tell you how many hundreds of cupcakes I baked for my kids’ parties at school. And they were some good cupcakes!

So if you are in the same boat and not sure what to do to help make their birthday celebrations at school sugar-free but equally awesome, here are some of my suggestions:

scholastic1. The $1 books from Scholastic Books. Every month they feature a $1 book available online or through your child’s class book orders. There are some great titles, and when you order, your child’s class receives free books. Double score!

aprons2. Children’s Artist Aprons. These run as low as $.50/apron and can be decorated with fabric markers so the kids can customize them!

Playdough3. Mini Play Doh packs. Play Doh is always a hit {unless you ask the mom or janitor trying to get it out of the carpet!}.

mustache whistles4. Mustache Lip Whistles. Okay so I know every teacher on the planet will hate me, but I also know almost every child on the planet will love these!

paddle ball games5. Wooden Paddle Ball Game. I played a version of this for hours on end growing up. I know with all the gadgets kids have these days, they might not be quite as exciting. But I still think they’ll get some great use out of them!

beach pail6. Sand Pail Beach Play Sets. These are perfect if your child has a summer birthday, and they can be purchased for under $1.

lego crayons7. Lego Crayon Sets. Any little box of crayons will do, but these little Lego guy crayons are too cute for words!

516IxOTnJeL8. Sticky hands. These things feel totally gross, but I’m always seeing kids play with them for hours!313ru8EeN5L9. LED Finger Lights. Of all the items listed, these are the only ones, as an adult, I’d actually want. They are so fun!

61I3qFzPKDL10. Fun Pencils. Sometimes it really is best to keep it simple!

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Apple Strudel Muffins

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Apple Strudel Muffins recipe

All you have to say is strudel and I know it’s going to be a hit around my house. We are big strudel fans. And I was right, these muffins were a total hit. What I love most about a good strudel is that it gives you a little extra something. A traditional strudel has a tasty filling and these muffins have a little extra treat on top. And it is fan-freakin-tastic.

ginger gold apples

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups cubed apples {peeled and cored}
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Apple Strudel Muffins

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F. Line muffin tins with baking cups or grease tins with cooking spray and set aside.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Add in vanilla and stir until incorporated. Stir in apples, and carefully fold in the flour mixture.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs. If you have major OCD like me, use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop to fill your muffin tins. But if you’re like the normals of the world, just fill the tins 2/3rds of the way full and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

Cool slightly and serve warm.

This recipe makes approx. 12 muffins, and these freeze exceptionally well!

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/13/2014

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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