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subsume

Word of the Day:  Subsume Definition: To put into a category, class, or species  Used in a sentence: The scientists were forced to subsume some ideas under other headings.

Is it really Wednesday already?

The HH was walking Lucy the puggle trouble last night when she wiggled out of her harness and made a b line for the neighbors house. Luckily the neighbor was just getting out of his truck and offered her a dog biscuit and caught her. What a stinker!!! I think I’ll take her to doggy daycare today so she can run around and get some exercise.

Also, I submitted my garden plans yesterday to the HOA. Apparently there meeting is today so with any luck, I’ll hear back later this afternoon on whether or not I can get started building my 4 raised garden beds. Keep your fingers crossed. :)

Have a great day,

Mavis

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Slow-Cooker-Chicken-and-Wild-Rice-SoupSlow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – This is the perfect hearty soup for a cold winter’s day. Or any day really. I’d even recommend they eat it in Hawaii while sunning themselves on the beach. Yep. It’s that good. Get the recipe HERE or Pin for Later. Find more recipes on my Crock Pot Pinterest Board.

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Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken

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Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken

I’ve made a lot of chicken recipes in my crockpot. I’ve made a lot of BBQ chicken recipes outside the crockpot. Combining them leads to some of the very best shredded BBQ chicken I’ve ever had. EVER. The ingredient list seems too simple for that statement to be true, but it is. It packs a pretty powerful flavor punch. And, of course, because you are cooking it in a slow cooker, it’s a snap to make. Makes me love it even more!

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken recipe

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken

Directions

Spray a crockpot with cooking spray and place chicken breast in the bottom. In a small bowl, mix all remaining ingredients and then pour over chicken. Cook on high for 4 hours.

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken

Remove chicken, shred {I used a stand mixer to quickly shred it} and then place back in crockpot to cook for an additional 10 minutes {this helps it soak us the sauce and makes it extra tender and juicy. Yum!}. Serve over rice or on buns. Enjoy.

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February Home Maintenance and Garden Chores

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For some of you, it might be another bleak month when it comes to gardening.  For those of us in milder climates, though, the end of the month really kicks off the beginning of dirt under the fingernails and fresh air intake.  Thank goodness too, because I have A LOT of work to do in this new yard.

tomato seedlings

Seeds  to Start Indoors in February

There is still time to start artichokes, leeks, and onions for an early spring crop.  You can also start some of your slower growing herbs, like sage.  I did most of these last month, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late.  I’ll also be starting tomatoes, oregano and rosemary.

Seeds to Start Outdoors in February

Still too cold to start seeds outdoors. :(

strawberry runner

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

My blueberry bushes, strawberry plants and raspberry canes should arrive later this month, so I will be transplanting them outside as soon as they do.

growing sprouts

Vegetables to Harvest this Month

The only thing I’ll be harvesting this month are sprouts from my Botanical Interests Sprouter.

forcing bulbs

Houseplants and Indoor Bulbs Maintenance

You still have time to force some bulbs indoors {think:  daffodils, tulips} to add a little color to your early spring.  Houseplants still require very little right now.  Make sure they are getting adequate light in all this grayness, water them less than you would in the summer months, and check them for dust.  If they do have dust, you may want to rinse them off a bit, so they don’t get bugs.

diy compost tumbler

Basic Yard Maintenance

Keeping in mind that this is all location specific, but here in the west, toward the end of the month, it’s time to trim up butterfly bushes.  You can also trim hedges and trees this month, if weather allows–especially fruit trees, which benefit from being pruned while they are still dormant.  If you have cooked compost all winter, now is a good time to spread it out across the garden beds-that way it’s not so hot when you go to plant your spring garden.

broken tile roof

Home Maintenance Outside

Two tiles fell off of our roof during the last windstorm.  Luckily the previous owners left some extra tiles behind so I won’t have to buy any.  I will have to pay a repair man to install them, though {unless I can convince the HH to climb up on the roof}.  I don’t plan on doing anything much more major than that this month.  I am basically just sticking to necessary repairs.

How to Replace a Furnace Filter

Home Maintenance Inside

If you are on a plan to simplify your life, continue de-cluttering the inside this month.  If you have finished your January pact to organize and de-clutter,  you can relax a bit.  Check your furnace filter, it’s been working hard all winter and may need to be replaced {if you haven’t done it recently}.  Now is also a good time to vacuum out all of the return vents, and clean off ceiling fans that have been sitting idle and collecting dust.

As always, most of my advice is geared around the Northwest, but you can find your garden zone HERE and tweak my suggestions as necessary.

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Can You Spray Paint Brass Light Fixtures? Yes, Yes You Can

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Spray Paint Brass Light Fixtures

One of the projects at the top of my list this month was to replace the outdated brass light fixtures in Monkey Boy’s bedroom and my craft room. Maybe brass fixtures were all the rage when this house was built 20 years ago, but let me tell you Bob, they are just not my style.

My original plan was to simply buy a couple of similar new ceiling mount fixtures in a brushed bronze finish to match the hardware on the bedroom doors. But when I stopped by the Home Depot to see what the choices were in my price range, I was not impressed. Spending $35 a pop for roughly the same fixture {but in a different finish} just did not appeal to me.

As I stood in the lighting section trying to figure out what to do, fate stepped in when a man walked by with a can of spray paint. Ah-ha! And then it occurred to me I could probably save myself some serious dough if I just spray painted the brass fixtures instead of buying new ones.

rustoleum metallic spray paint

Supplies I used to Spray Paint My Brass Light Fixtures

Spray Paint Brass Light Fixtures

Here’s how I did it:

First, I unscrewed the brass stopper and removed the glass light from the light fixture. I thought I would be able to remove the entire fixture to paint it but quickly realized I could not {since I don’t have any electrical skills whatsoever}. But that did not stop me.

Spray Paint Brass Light Fixtures

After removing the glass and the stopper I slid craft paper underneath the edges and around the brass fixture tapping the paper to the ceiling as I went along. I then gently rubbed the sanding block around the brass ring and the stopper to rough it up a bit so the paint would adhere better {but not enough to leave any scratches}. spray painting brass light fixtures bronze

I then sprayed one coat of paint on the parts. Waited one hour until I was sure the paint was dry, and then painted a second coat. {I should have removed the light bulbs as well but I was so excited to get started that I forgot}. Once I was happy with the coverage, I let everything sit for another full 24 hours to cure.  This is a pretty important step, because while they are dry to the touch, the paint is still super susceptible to chips, etc. before it has cured.
Spray Paint Brass Light Fixtures

Then next I put the fixture back together

Spray Paint Brass Light Fixtures

Not to shabby if you ask me. :)

I paid about $7 for one can of spray and it was enough to paint 2 light fixtures. 2 new fixtures would have set me back $70 + tax. So we’re talking about a 90% savings. Pretty freakin’ cool if you ask me. ;)

How do you think they turned out? Better? Worse? Worth the time to save a few bucks?

~Mavis

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The Value of Sleep

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mornings with mavis butterfield

A lot of you {me included} have probably set a whole list of goals for the New Year…and I would guess that “lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more” show up on a lot of those lists?  If you are like me, putting “sleep more” on the list kind of feels like writing “do less,” which is tough.  Even though we all kind of know, intellectually at least, that sleep is SUPER important to accomplishing all of the goals listed above, it is the one area of our overall health and well-being that we have such a hard time giving a priority.

Basically, since a ton of us walk around totally sleep-deprived all day, I thought I would provide an awesome public service by creating a list about the value of sleep.  One, because I love lists.  They are awesome.  And two, to give you some concrete examples of HOW lack of sleep can derail your goals:

  1. Lack of sleep lowers your immunity.  Most of us have to get sick before we say “uncle” and succumb to a day in bed, but we rarely stop and consider our habits just before we got sick.  Likely, we were running ourselves ragged and caused it in the first place.
  2. Sleep deprivation leads to behavioral changes {if you have ever dealt with a tired toddler, you know the extreme of this one}, impaired performance {think:  driving a car}, and lack of concentration.
  3. Lowered metabolism.  Sleep helps us regulate our hormones.  When hormones get out of balance, it can affect how we process carbs, which in turn can lead to weight gain.  It’s a viscous cycle, really, so it’s better to just sleep off the weight.  Seriously.
  4. Sleep deprivation affects the ticker.  Studies have linked sleep with hypertension and cortisol levels, which all equate to rough times for the ol’ ticker.
  5. Sleep helps fight off disease.  Like I mentioned above, sleep raises immunity.  When your immune system is functioning, not only can you more easily ward off infection, but you can also reduce internal inflammation that can lead to more serious long-term diseases.

If those sweet little nuggets of information weren’t enough, let me entice you with this:  I found an article on The Boston Globe about the President and Editor in Chief of Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, collapsing from exhaustion.  When she fell, she broke her jaw.  While I am not a math-magician, I think we can reasonably add up the facts and say, lack of sleep can cause broken jaws.  Just saying.  If you don’t want to take it from me, you can always check out the book she wrote as a result, called Thrive:  The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonderwhere she apparently touts the importance of sleep {among other things} in a successful life.

Okay, have I convinced you?  I hope so.  Now all you need to know is HOW to get a good night’s sleep and you’re basically on your way to a healthier, happier you.

Sleep well,

Mavis

 

 

 

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Free Kindle Books, Cream Cheese Coupons, Free Cooking Classes, Keen Boots and More

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aperture

Word of the Day: Aperture Definition: Hole, opening  Used in a sentence: He is careful that the aperture in the camera is properly set.

Hello Friends…

Lucy the puggle dog spent almost the entire day in bed yesterday napping and snuggling with her bear under the covers. I guess we all need a lazy day now and then. This morning I have to draw a map of my proposed garden beds and submit them to the HOA for approval. Wish me luck! I’m hoping they’ll say it’s okay to install them on the side of the house, but just in case they say no I’m going to have a Plan B {installing them in the upper garden}. I had no idea I had to do this until I received a lovely letter last week. Good times people. Good times.

Anywho, I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

Mavis

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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese – I have to refrain myself from making this weekly, but the amount I consume would frighten you. This stuff is sooo good.  Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Crock Pot Pinterest Board.

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 5 of 52

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cooking from your pantry freezer meals

I bet you thought since it’s groundhog day today I’d have a groundhog recipe on the blog… No way!!! ;) Do people even eat groundhogs? Are they some sort of delicacy I don’t know about? Anywho, lately, I ‘ve been craving Meyer lemons and my local Costco doesn’t have them in yet. Am I loosing my mind? Isn’t February Meyer lemon season? Gaaa!

Anywho, here are a few delicious recipes to get you through he week,

Blueberry Kale Smoothie3 Breakfast Ideas

Nutella Banana Bread - I really don’t feel like this needs much of an explanation, but here goes:  NUTELLA BANANA BREAD.  {Pin it for Later}

Blueberry Kale Smoothie - It’s almost kale season here in Seattle, might as well embrace it…or blend it up and hide it in blueberry deliciousness.  {Pin it for Later}

Farmers Breakfast Skillet – This is like a breakfast casserole.  It’s one dish to clean up, and it’s got it all:  protein, fats and carbs.  {Pin it for Later}

Baked-Macaroni-and-Cheese-with-Ham14 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Elvis Presley’s Fried Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana Sandwich – Sound disgusting?  Don’t judge it until you’ve tried it…it’s culinary genius, I tell ya.  {Pin it for Later}

Easy Taco Soup – I love this recipe because I almost always have everything I need on hand in the freezer and pantry.  P.S. You cook it in the crock pot, which means it’s ready when you get hungry.  {Pin it for Later}

Baked Macaroni and Cheese – If you have kids that love boxed mac & cheese, this stuff will blow their minds.  You can make a pan and just microwave single servings for lunch all week.  {Pin it for Later}

Lasagna Cupcakes – When the words lasagna and cupcakes come together in one single dinner, I really feel like the night is going somewhere awesome.   {Pin it for Later}

peanut butter protein balls3 Sweet Treats 

Peanut Butter Protein Balls – These are so freakin’ delicious, it makes me want to stop everything and make some right now.  They are perfect for the kid’s lunch or a quick after school snack.  {Pin it for Later}

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds, Cranberries and Coconut - These are like grown-up chocolate chip cookies.  The flavors come together uh-mazingly.  {Pin it for Later}

Apple Spice Cake - Listen, I’m going to be honest here and admit, this could go either way for me:  breakfast or dessert.  {Pin it for Later}

Sweet Chicken Chili with BaconFeatured Freezer Meal Recipe

Sweet Chicken Chili w/ Bacon – Call me a rebel, but I think you could use any kind of beans you have on hand for this recipe, and it would still taste awesome.  {Pin it for Later}

How-to-Make-Orange-MarmaladeFeatured Canning Recipe 

Orange Marmalade - Oranges are about the best they are going to taste all year right now, so it’s the perfect time to make a batch of orange marmalade.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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8 Tips for Building Good Credit While in College

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8 Tips for Building Good Credit While in College

Now that The Girl is in college, I have started to realize that there are a lot of little details to beginning adulthood that I just never thought about as a mom.  Right now, she is in the dorms, but eventually, I imagine she’ll want to move off campus and rent a place.  Renting usually requires a credit score.  Moving off campus means she may need to buy a car.  Unless she has the cash, she’ll need a credit score.  These next couple of years really are a chance for her to set herself up for adulthood in a responsible way.  Building her credit in a way that doesn’t land her in credit counseling later seems like a pretty good thing, so I’ve kind of started guiding her through the process.

If you are in college {or you have a college student} now is the time to create a solid foundation.  Here’s a couple of tips to get you started:

  1. Start with a basic no-fee credit card.  PAY IT OFF EVERY MONTH.  Don’t get into the habit of carrying a balance.  Paying interest on a lifestyle you can’t afford is stupid.  Paying if off in full every month will boost your credit score big time.
  2. Pay all of your bills on time.  If you have a car payment already, or even just insurance on a car, make sure to pay it on time.  Cell phone bills count too, so keep up to date on them.
  3. Don’t ever co-sign for friends.  If you have credit and friends want to take some out, resist the urge to help them out.  That’s why they have parents.  You could seriously get burned this way.  Better just to avoid it and keep the friendship intact.
  4. Don’t apply for several lines of credit at the same time.  Every time you apply for credit, it will affect your credit score.  Applying for too much in a short window will really affect it.
  5. Be smart with student loans.  Don’t take out more than you need and have a plan to pay them back.
  6. If you don’t want a conventional credit card, try starting with a gas card.  You’ll save money at the pump, and as long as you PAY IT OFF EVERY MONTH, you’ll build credit.
  7. Check your credit score yearly.  It may not seem like a priority now, but identity theft is a pain in the butt.  Better to catch it, or any other errors, early.
  8. Keep your mailing address up to date.  As college students move home for the summer and then into new apartments each fall, one of the things they often forget to do is change their mailing address with creditors.  Creditors don’t care if you didn’t get the bill due to a mailing address error, you credit will be affected irregardless.  So, keep a list of all of the places you need to contact every time you change addresses.

Becoming financially responsible and independent is like that final push into adulthood.  Doing is right only makes your life easier in the long run {and short run for that matter}.

~Mavis

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Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge – February

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Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge – February

One month into my 52 week challenge, and I think this will be my favorite challenge yet. I am loving it! The books from last month were all great picks. I laughed, I cried, I learned a thing or two. Mission accomplished!

Here is what’s on the literary menu this month:

the last lecture

The Last Lecture  by Randy Pausch:  I’ve listened to his talk about a million times and I think I love it more every time. The reviews on this book say it combines the same humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon. I’m so looking forward to reading it.

as you wish

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes: Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware that The Princess Bride Movie is a cult classic and one of the greatest movies ever made. So this book, filled with set secrets and backstage stories, is the one I am most looking forward too!

dont let me go

Don’t Let Me Go  by Katherine Ryan Hyde: I’ve read a few of Katherine’s books before and really love her writing style. Pay It Forward, which was turned into a major motion picture, was my favorite. So I’m excited to escape into her latest fiction.

paper love

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman: Ever since listening to the author talk about her book on NPR  I’ve been fascinated by this story. It sounds like the story straight out of a Hollywood movie, but it is so true. That makes it even more compelling.

the death class

The Death Class: A True Story About Life by Erika Hayasaki: This is another book recommend by my friend JJ. My daughter is a total science nerd and JJ thought The Girl might be interested in this one so I gave it to her for Christmas. Well, now it’s my time to read it. ;)

Check out all the books I’ve read this year:

January:

1. The Wild Truth

2. Yes Please

3. Johnny Carson

4. Still Alice

5. Bugs in my Hair

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Can Shopping at Costco Save You Money? Week 5 of 52

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costco shopping trip

I am beginning to think I’m a little weird. Or at the very least, have a lot of time on my hands {which really, I don’t}. Since I started to post pictures of some of the foods I prepare for my family on a regular basis this year, I am learning things about myself that I didn’t really get  before. I’m starting to connect the dots at how I make this frugal living thing work.

Which is strange because I’m doing the exact same things I’ve always done.
growing sprouts

Take growing sprouts for instance. I usually only grow alfalfa sprouts when I’m craving an egg salad sandwich. They take about 3 days to grow. But when it came time to make my egg sandwich, we only had a four slices of bread left and I wasn’t planning on going to the grocery store for another 3 days. So I decided to just make a bowl of egg salad and eat it without the bread. So I could use that bread for my son’s peanut butter sandwiches instead.

Whoop te do right?

But by doing that, I saved myself from going to the store one day earlier than I had planned. Not a big deal in the whole scheme of things right? But it exhibited self control. Which is something I think most of us are lacking when it comes to spending our grocery money. We don’t have to rush to the store for that one thing. We can make do with what we have and stick to our plan.

mashed potatoes

I’ve also learned this year that I am incredibly lazy {or maybe smart, I’m not sure} when it comes to food prep. I like to cook double, triple, or quadruple portions of things to save time.
crock pot soup

And of course there are those crock pot meals I adore so much.

freezer meals

Not only did I have two choices of soup for dinner the night i made them, but I was also able to pop 18 meals into the freezer for later use. The HH typically eats leftovers from the previous nights dinner for lunch, or some sort of soup or chili from the freezer I have frozen into individual sized portions. I can’t imagine how much money he has saved over the past 22 years by bringing his own lunch to work everyday.

In the beginning he brought packed lunches to work because we couldn’t afford take out. A few years later after he started making a little more money, he’d come home and tell me what the other guys were having for lunch and how they were spending about $10 a day on fast food. I guess he did the math and figured bringing his own lunch to work everyday was the smarter thing to do.

chocolate brownie cookies

Chocolate brownie cookies. Have you make these yet? They are delicious! And if you use a 1 tablespoon scoop you can get about 6 dozen cookies out of 1 batch. And yes, they freeze beautifully. :) Monkey Boy loves them.
banana nutella muffins

And last but not least…

I have a total love/hate relationship with Costco bananas. They are either green and hard, or nice and yellow {rare} and get spots within 2 days. Luckily I have just perfected a Nutella banana muffin recipe {coming soon} so no bananas were tossed.

Even though I didn’t buy a whole lot of groceries this week, I still feel like we have plenty of good food to eat.

Spend less, save more and BE HAPPY.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $45.19
Total Spent Year to Date $154.66

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