Free Kindle Books, Memorial Day Sales, Grill Set, Daisy Cut Out Lids and More

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Hello monday!

I hope you have a wonderful day today.

Here are a few deals I spotted this morning…

Mavis

memory foam bed

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Save 80% on the Sleep Innovations 12-Inch SureTemp Memory Foam Mattress, Queen & King

Clara Clark Premier 1800 Series Bed Sheet CollectionAmazon has the Clara Clark Premier 1800 Series Bed Sheet Collection back in stock and prices are as low as $19.99 depending on what color and size you choose. We have these sheets and they are great!

apple peeler

Get the SODIAL Apple Fruit Easy Slicer Cutter Corer Cutter for just $1.42 shipped.

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TOMS Shoes is offering $10 off purchase of $50 or more  Wahooo!  FREE shipping on orders over $25. This deal is good through May 27, 2014.

4-Pack of Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee coupon

If you love Starbucks you’ll want to print this coupon for $1.00 off 4-Pack of Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee before it reaches it’s print limit.

the clymb sale

This morning I noticed The Clymb is having a big warehouse sale with savings between 60-90% off. Yee-Haw!!! My daughter loves this site. Go HERE to Sign up for The Clymb and check out their deals.

daisy cut mason lids

Jane has Darling Daisy Mason Jar Lids back in stock for only $4.99 per 6-Pack.

earthwise-tiller

Get the Earthwise Tiller for $109.99 shipped. This tiller would be perfect for the backyard gardener and has great reviews.

grill cover

Amazon has the stylish Veranda Cart-Style Barbecue Cover on sale for $32.99 shipped. The reviews are outstanding on this.

bbq tools

Father’s Day is just around the corner and Amazon has the Cuisinart 14-Piece Deluxe Stainless-Steel Grill Set on sale for just $19.34.

6pm sale

6pm is having a huge Memorial Day sale with savings up to 75% off. My daughter and I LOVE this site. They’ve got free shipping and sweet deals on clothing, shoes and accessories.

running times magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Running Times Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 5/26/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

How to Run Your Best 5K

Thinking about running a 5K this year? These tips on How to Run Your Best 5K should help.

Finish Quantum Coupon

Print a coupon good for $1.00 off Any Finish Quantum 20ct and larger

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 5/25/14

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raised garden beds

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. The grass is green, the garden boxes are overflowing with produce and the weather for the most part is pretty stinkin’ awesome. Not too hot and not too cold. pallet garden

Although I haven’t been able to spend as much time in the garden this year as I would have liked too, it’s amazing too me how good everything still looks. Brussels Sprouts and onions

Especially the Brussels sprouts and onions!
beets and kale

The tree of chard is still producing and the beets and kale plants and doing great as well. raised garden beds

Here’s a view of the garden boxes from the back. lasagna garden

Remember my lasagna garden? Well it’s been overtaken by potato plants. :)  greenhouse gardening in Seattle

The greenhouse is my favorite part of my garden right now. The heirloom tomato plants are growing like mad and the basil is just starting to appear. garden full of weeds

The garden of shame. Weeds. Weeds. Weeds.  should pull those.

cascadia raspberry plants

And last but not least, the overgrown raspberry forest. One of these days I’ll get my act together and stake them properly.

How is YOUR garden doing these day?

~Mavis

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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Sugar-Crusted Popovers

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Sugar-Crusted Popovers recipe

It’s rare that I see a recipe and immediately go make it. But I did with this popover recipe, and it was no mistake. In fact, I’ll chalk it up to one of my best decisions ever. My family will too. These bad boys are chewy and buttery and delicious. I totally recommend eating them warm, but I suspect if you had any leftovers {we didn’t courtesy of Monkey Boy}, they’d probably taste awesome the day after too.

Also, I totally recommend doubling or tripling the batch. Just trust me on this. If you’re using a muffin tin, if only yields like 6 popovers and we I could eat those in 1 sitting.

popover recipeIngredients

For the popovers:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup flour

For the sugar coating:
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

melting butter in a popover pan

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F and thoroughly grease a popover pan {or muffin tin} with butter. There’s no such thing as too much greasing of the pan here because these little guys will stick like crazy if you don’t. {I like to drop a 1/2 teaspoon of butter in each popover cup and place it in the oven for a minute then brush the butter around the cup}.

Add butter, eggs, milk, salt, and sugar to blender {I used my Blendtec} and blend for a few seconds. Add the flour and blend until smooth {this should really only take like 15 seconds}.

Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full of batter. Bake for 35 minutes {do not open the oven during baking or it will cause your popovers to drop!}

While the popovers are baking, prepare the sugar mix by combining sugar and cinnamon in a large shallow bowl. Set aside.

Sugar-Crusted Popovers recipe

As soon as popovers are done, brush with melted butter then generously sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Sugar-Crusted PopoversServe immediately.

 

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Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

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Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

While we were in the Portland area last month we stopped by the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store.  It’s a great place to find wool fabrics and remnants for rug hooking–and you can find some pretty good deals on blankets and clothing.

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

The Pendleton Woolen Mill Store has a HUGE selection of fabric, remnants, mill ends, buttons, patterns–which all come from their two mills.  If you can’t stop by the actual store, they even have an Ebay store, created to fulfill international and national demands.

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

This was the second time I’ve been to the Pendleton Mill store {the first time being about 10 years ago}. The root of the mills began in 1863 when Thomas L. Kay immigrated from England and opened up a mill in Salem, OR.  His daughter, Kay Bishop, and her husband later took over the business.

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

They taught their sons the ins and outs and then the family moved to Pendleton to purchase a previously failed Pendleton Woolen Mills.  The rest is history–the company has been making wool ever since–and constantly expanding in the process.  The company is still privately owned by the Bishop family–which is pretty darn cool if you ask me.

~Mavis

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store

Pendleton Woolen Mill Store
8550 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Portland, OR 97222
(503)233-8696

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 5/23/14

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

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Why All the Cool People are Playing with Bugs

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Do you use beneficial insects in your garden? Well you should! ;) I explore this topic in my latest eHow article Playing With Bugs: Why All the Cool People Are Doing It.

I know talking about bugs gives most people the heebie-jeebies, but if you’re like me and don’t like coating your vegetable plants with a bunch of chemicals, beneficial insects are totally the way to go in the fight against pests in your garden.

My family’s love for beneficial insects started when my daughter was 5 years old and spotted a bag of ladybugs at the checkout counter at our local garden center.

Go HERE to read the full article…

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Friday Night at the Movies – The Wonder Years

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Um hello. Guess who just discovered The Wonder Years are on Netflix?  Yep.  Kevin, Winnie, Paul. You better believe that it went straight to our watch list for this weekend.  I can’t wait to start watching all of these old episodes–I bet that I will have a totally different perspective watching them as an adult.

 the wonder years

Did you grow up watching the Wonder Years? Have your kids seen it?

Have 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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DIY Garden Markers Made From Sticks

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Garden Markers Made From Sticks

I always think that I will remember which plant is which, but I can only hold so much information in my brain these days {and that amount is very small, I admit}, so I inevitably forget {usually within hours}.  So, for me, marking my plants is absolutely essential.

I really liked the organic look of these stick markers and I lov that all I had to do was wander into the back yard to collect a few sticks to make them. ;)

sticks

You’ll Need:

Pruners
Veggie Peeler or Sharp Knife
Sticks {about 1/2 thick}
Sharpie

DIY Garden Markers Made From Sticks

Directions:

Start by wandering outside and cutting some branches off of a tree–or better yet, find a fallen limb.  Choose a branch that is about a 1/2″ thick.  Cut the stick into segments, roughly the same size.  Trim the sticks, so that they don’t have any shoots.  Now, using the veggie peeler or sharp knife, remove the bark from one side of the stick.   {I totally felt like I was whittling wood–very old-timey of me.}

You only need to remove the bark about half way down the stick, because the rest will be pushed into the dirt.  {If you use a veggie peeler, be aware, it may really dull the blade!}  Once you have a bark-free portion of the stick, write the name of your plants on with a sharpie.

DIY Garden Markers Made From Sticks

That’s it.  Now, mark your plants and free up some space in your memory bank.

~Mavis

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Straw Bale Gardening

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garden growing food in straw bales

Have any of you ever tried straw bale gardening?  It is the perfect solution for someone who doesn’t have the space and/or time and money to garden traditionally.  Instead of building potentially expensive raised beds or tilling up garden space, you just throw a couple of bales of straw {NOT hay, hay will sprout} out into the yard and use it as your growing medium.  {It’s also a pretty perfect solution if you have soil that heavily clayed, or just seems to kill everything you try to grow.}

Straw bale gardening not only solves a space issue, but the straw will begin to break down {essentially compost}, feeding your plants and requiring almost nothing from  you but water.  Bales of straw are cheap at about $5 a bale around here.  Plus, as an added bonus, straw bale gardens are virtually weed-free and naturally hold moisture, cutting way down on watering.straw bale garden

All you really need to do is condition the straw bale to expedite the break down process.  Depending on how you garden {organic vs. non-organic}, you add manure/blood meal or fertilizer a couple of weeks before planting, let the straw bale heat up and begin decomposing and voila, the composted matter becomes your growth medium.  Stick a couple of seeds down into the growth medium, add water, and wait for them to sprout.

I know straw bale gardening has been around for a long time {a few of my readers have sent in uh-mazing pictures of their gardens HERE and HERE}, but I didn’t really get the process until I read a book review from the NY Times on Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten.  Apparently the book basically walks you through the how-to’s {which means I am going to have to read up and try it out}.

Have any of YOU tried straw bale gardening?  Was it a success?

~Mavis

straw bale gardening

Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten

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Free Kindle Books, BFF Bracelet, Saveur Magazine, Rockport Shoes, Angel Soft Coupons and More

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Hello Friday!

I’m so glad you’re here. ;)

Here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning. Have a great weekend everyone, and stay safe.

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - 58% Off VHS to DVD Software

 

best friend braclet

Now these are cute! Grab a Best Friend Black Rope Leather Bracelet for just $1.99 shipped. A perfect gift for bff’s and birthday parties.

headlamp

Amazon has the Lighting EVER LED Headlamp on sale for just $6.99. This is great for camping, to put in your car or to have in your emergency kit.

potting bench
Looking for a potting bench? Amazon has the Merry Garden Potting Bench with Recessed Storage on sale for $152.57 shipped.
rockport shoes coupon

6pm has Men’s and Women’s Rockport Shoes on sale with savings up to 70% off. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

saveur-magazine-coupon-dealDiscount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Saveur Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 5/22/14 at midnight EST.

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta Salad  recipe

This Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta Salad is a great dish to bring along to a picnic or potluck and it’s super easy to make. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

amazon local deals

AmazonLocal features deals in cities all across the country.  Restaurants, local events, classes, you name it. Here are a few of my favorite Amazon Local Deals available right now:

  • Free Coupon for 20% Off Your Full-Price Order at BeautyBar.com
  • Grass-Fed Organic Memorial & Father’s Day Grilling Packages
  • One Custom Wine Label on a Bottle of Wine
  • Customized Dog or Cat Food: Up to 20 Pounds

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Amazon has the Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer on sale for $24.00. Just add your choice of vegetables, seafood or chicken breasts and you’re minutes away from a meal that the whole family will enjoy.

How to Recycle Old Crayons

As we near the end of the school year this How to Recycle Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons tutorial might come in handy. Get the directions HERE or Pin it for Later.

angel soft 12 double rolls

Print a coupon good for $0.75 off 1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue 12 Jumbo Pack

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