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Word of the Day: Hauteur Definition: Pride, arrogance Used in a sentence: The hauteur of the supercilious butler cost him many tips.

lucy the puggle dog

Happy Monday everyone, did you have a good weekend? The HH and Lucy the snuggle puggle enjoyed some quiet time, I stained the bathroom cabinets for the 4th time {I think it’s going to need 6 coats of stain to get the color I want} and Monkey Boy hung out with friends. Talk about a nice, relaxing weekend.

I hope your Monday rocks!


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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – 70% Off Men’s Suiting from Top Brands

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Amazon Bonus Deal of the Day – 60% Off Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Accessories

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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! :)

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Amazon has the Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet on sale for $124 shipped {was $149}.

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Amazon Subscribe and save Deals:

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Since it is officially spring {wahooo!}, I thought we’d kick it off with some start to finish grow guides. First up: How to Grow Zucchini From Start to Finish! Find more step by step instructions on my Growing Guides Pinterest Board.

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Through March 24th, 2015 Botanical Interests is offering 20% off all Pea Packets plus FREE SHIPPING on orders of $60 or more. Yee- Haw!

duvet set

Amazon has the Divatex Waterflower Microfiber Duvet Full/Queen in Set, Ivory/Blue or Purple/Green on sale for $14.99 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. What a great deal!

humming bird scraves

Amazon also has some gorgeous Hummingbird Silk Scarves on sale for $9.99 each. Excellent reviews and there are 16 styles/colors to choose from. Perfect for Mother’s Day!

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6pm has my Favorite Brand, Spy Optic Eyewear on sale today with savings up to 65% off + FREE SHIPPING. These glasses are super cool and very well made. :)

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Print a coupon good for $1.00 off any TWO Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Bars

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If you’ve got kiddos you’ll want to check out the Gymboree Bright Adventures sale and Must See Markdowns31c4XR76D6L

Amazon has the Set of 3 T-fal  Specialty Nonstick 8-Inch 9.5-Inch 11-Inch Fry Pan Cookware Set on sale fro $22.99 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime.

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Discount 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 3/24/15 at midnight EST.


These Meyer Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies might be a mouthful to say, but trust me when I tell you that your mouth will also be full constantly after you make them! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Cookies Pinterest Board.

Haiku Escape Shoulder Bag

REI Outlet Deal of the Day – Haiku Escape Shoulder Bag $22.73 {was $59}

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Cabela’s has Duck Commander Floor Mats on sale for $12.88 {was $34.99}.

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Today only has the Men’s Philips Norelco – PowerTouch Electric Razor on sale for $39.99 shipped! Amazon is selling this for $49.99, so $10 off. Wowza!

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Groupon Deal of the Day – Orthopedic Pet Bed from $12.99–$29.99. New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here. The HERE to get this deal.

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Need some batteries? Groupon also has the 72-Pack of Sony Stamina Plus Alkaline AA or AAA Batteries for just $15.99!

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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure – Seeds and Recipes Passed on to a New Generation



Typically the emails I receive for my Trash to Treasure posts are garage sale or thrift store finds. They have never been this personal and I have never loved a submission more. My friend Heather from Massachusetts sent this in and let me tell you Bob, it’s some good stuff:

Hey Mavis,

You of all people would appreciate the story I have.

My mom called in early March to say my grandma was not “doing well” and if I wanted to say good bye to her I should come now. {She was 89 and was fighting cancer for the last 4 yrs so not a surprise}. I hopped on a plane the weekend of March 7th and hustled down to know-wheres-land Indiana. Seriously, a desolate farming community- very interesting but that’s a whole different story.

Turns out my mom was right, as she passed the next Monday. Over that weekend I was able to support my mom and help her sort and pack the MASSIVE amount of stuff my Gma had collected.

My Gma had insisted that her close family come over and “take what they had given her or anything else they wanted” – there’s a simple will for you! With my mom as the “final say” it all went incredibly smoothly.

As it is in every family, everyone sees different “treasures” among other people’s stuff. What I found to be total junk, my aunt thought was valuable – and vice versa.

I’m telling you all this because I think you would think my treasure was treasure too.

seedsMy Gma had seeds stashed all over! I was thinking I’d create a grandma garden with her seeds. Some seeds are un-labled, they’ll be a surprise.

seeds3And my great grandmother’s recipes written in her hand!


Heather- thank you for sharing this. So sorry to hear about your grandma, but the treasures you found are so awesome. Grow on, Grandma. Grow on.


Do you have an eye for trash or treasure? Send a picture of your awesome find and the story behind how you came upon it and if we post them, you’ll earn a $20 gift card to The greatest store in the world. Go HERE for complete details.

See More Trash to Treasure Posts:

Red and White Enamelware + Vintage Berry Press
Terra Cotta Flower Pots
Mavis Scores Big At The Garage Sale
Wooden Garden Sign
Mavis Scores BIG at the Goodwill
One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure – Pumpkins
How to Find Free Containers For Your Garden
Mavis Goes to the Goodwill and Finds the Best Dress Ever!
Mavis Goes to The Goodwill and Finds 50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures 3/22/15

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The weather here in Western Washington was pretty wonky this week. Raining one day, sunshine the next. Luckily, I was still able to cram a few gardening projects into my already busy week {remodeling the bathrooms, planning my east coast garden, hiding from the HOA}.

pink flamingo in planter

One of those projects was cleaning up the side patio. I removed the galvanized steel tub {more where that will be going later} extra terra cotta flower pots and set a bunch of pots and planters next to the side door.

I have this horrible need for things to match and line up right. So when I decided to put my set of black planters next to the door I suddenly realized something was off. Like, as in, I think I might need to purchase another lemon tree. It’s a balance thing. But lemon trees are EXPENSIVE!!! Couldn’t I just plant some rainbow Swiss chard in the other black planter? Or would that be weird.

I need another lemon tree, right?
car full of plants

I stopped by the Home Depot earlier this week {of course I did!!!} and picked up 31 shrubs for the hedge I got approved to plant back in January.
planting a hedge

The hedge turned out lovely. :) sugar snap pea shoots

My sugar snap peas… they’re up! Maybe in another week or two they’ll be spitting out tendrils and clinging onto the wire trellis. hardening off plants

I’ve also been hardening off lettuce and Swiss chard seedlings this past week as well. seedlings under grow lights

A few hours outside, then back under the grow lights. I suspect I’ll be transplanting a bunch of plants to my small veggie plot next week if all goes well. kitchen garden

My little kitchen garden. So far I’ve planted strawberries, radishes, cabbage, lettuce and onion sets. slug eating cabbage plant

The slugs had a field day with 3 of my cabbage plants. I’m not worried though, a bit of Sluggo should do the trick.

bucket of bulbs

And I finally figured out which one of my neighbors dropped off that mysterious bucket of bulbs a few days ago. flower bulbs

My dear, sweet 85 year old neighbor lady who lives behind us. After thanking her I asked her what kind of bulbs they were. She couldn’t remember the name of them but said they produce “nice and tall red and orange flowers… like a lily.” Okay then, I guess will just have to plant them and see. :)
spring flower bulbs

Ahh Spring. It’s finally here. Aren’t you glad? I am.


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This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2015 Garden Seed Catalogor see the seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year HERE

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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The $20/$20 Challenge: Heather’s Must See College Dorm Indian Food Lover’s Dream Pantry

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Heather pantry pictures 17I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this week’s submission to the $20/$20 Challenge. Not only will Heather’s use of the limited storage space in a college dorm impress you, but the amazing foods and unique-to-me spices will blow you away.  I mean, I can’t stop looking at her pretty pantry shelves! Here’s her story:

Hi Mavis!

I’m excited to participate in your $20/$20 Challenge!  What a great idea and of course I love reading your blog!

My name is Heather and we moved to Texas about one-and-a-half years ago… from Washington State. So here’s our story:

I am originally from Texas/Oklahoma and my husband is originally from India.  We moved to Texas to get closer to family, and my husband took a job at a Bible College, where he works as an Old Testament professor and as a director of a residence hall.  One requirement of his job as the director of the residence hall is that we LIVE in the dorm – yes you heard that right, we live in a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment IN a dorm of over 200 college students with our 5 year old daughter and 20 month old son!  Needless to say we never run short of babysitters 😉  Though we DO run short of storage space!  A perk of his job is that we can eat in the campus cafeteria as much as we want…while that comes in handy if I’m too busy or too tired to cook, we don’t take advantage of that quite as much as you might expect.  My husband says that during our 8 year stint in the Pacific Northwest I became a bit “crunchy” and I really like to prepare most of our food from scratch – plus they don’t serve a whole lot of Indian food at the “caf!”  So the idea of eating all the processed food that they serve in the cafeteria isn’t as appealing as it once would have been – especially when I imagine feeding my growing children that food {and our son is allergic to eggs – which is a whole other complication!}.

So, since we are tight on space, I have been creative with our food storage as you can see…

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I LOVE my OXO containers for all my bulk foods and I keep the extras up at the top in the bins and refill as needed. You will notice lots of Indian ingredients spread throughout my kitchen too. Indian “comfort food” is Dal – or “lentil soup” served over rice. Above you can see lots of different varieties of lentils and dried beans, nuts, some whole wheat pastas and brown rice pastas. We don’t do much cereal, but on occasion the kids like puffed brown rice, 100% shredded wheat, or homemade granola. Most days they like oatmeal for breakfast – so we buy that in bulk and I keep a small container here to have it handy!
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An Indian kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a huge bag of rice (or two!). We keep white Basmati and Brown Basmati on hand. I buy the 20 pound bag of white rice at Costco and the brown rice I order through Azure Standard – a food co-op which has good prices on organic bulk foods and delivers to our city once a month.Heather pantry pictures 3
This cabinet houses my Indian spices and baking supplies. I also grind my own wheat {bought from Azure Standard} and I keep that flour in the freezer. We make homemade roti (whole wheat tortillas) a couple of times per week – most Indian families in India make them fresh each day!

The stainless steel containers are called “Spice Dabbas” and that is something you will find in most Indian houses… it is a great way to keep your most used spices right at hand. Since Indian cooking calls for MANY spices, I keep the extras up at the top and pull those down as needed.
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Starting at the top right and going clockwise – Sambar Masala, Garam Masala, Red {cayenne} Chili Powder, Black Mustard Seeds, Turmeric, Ground Coriander, and Cumin Seeds in the middle. I use most of these spices to make our basic Dal Recipe {except the Garam Masala}. When I make Indian food the students can usually smell it from the lobby – so I try to make extras, because invariably we will have some unexpected company hoping for leftovers! :-) Plus our son LOVES Indian food – he does not like bland food at all – the boy can down spicy dal & rice like a grown man!
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The smaller spice dabba has some of my whole spices which I grind fresh as needed {in an old coffee grinder!}. I also use these spices to make homemade Masala Chai {Indian spiced milk tea}. Top right, going clockwise – Cinnamon Sticks, Green Cardamom Pods, Star Anise, Coriander Seeds, Dried Curry Leaves, Black Cardamom Pods, and in the center, Cloves.
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Here are some of the {many} bulk spices found at the top of my cabinet – some of these spices came directly from India – we were there for 2 months this past summer – and some came from the Indian Grocery stores you can find here in the US.
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This cabinet holds “regular” spices at the bottom, the small amount of canned food we keep on hand {mostly diced tomatoes and beans}. On the middle left shelf I have my cooking oils… I picked up the stainless steel containers in India this last trip. One holds coconut oil {from Costco} and the other holds homemade ghee {clarified butter – that I make in my slow cooker from Costco butter} Both coconut oil and ghee are traditional Indian cooking oils and are extremely healthy. I also use olive oil on occasion – especially for homemade salad dressings. The top left is our collection of Indian pickles… NOT dill pickles – Indian pickle {also known as chutney or achaar} a very spicy condiment – is an acquired taste and a little goes a long way! Our favorite is Pickled Mango and we also have Lime Pickle and Mixed Vegetable Pickle – the ones in the glass jars came from India and the one in the yellow and red bottle was purchased at a local Indian store. The top right shelf has a few favorite condiments from Trader Joes – we no longer live as close to one as did in Washington, so when I am nearby I stock up on organic ketchup, mayonnaise and hot sauce {my husband loves that stuff!}. I keep the Organic Red Pepper Soup {from Costco} on hand to make my favorite Indian Butter Chicken Masala Recipe.
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So since our house has no true pantry and very little closet space – I keep our bulk foods from Azure standard under the sink in the kid’s bathroom! Left to right, Hard White {that I grind in my Blendtec Grain Mill}, Organic Rolled Oats, and Soft White Wheat.
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We mostly keep the basics in our fridge… lots of fruit and some fresh veggies. Grass fed ground beef from Aldi to hold us over until our yearly beef purchase is ready. The kids love Kerrygold Cheese & Butter from Costco. Fresh ginger on the top shelf, along with homemade rotis (tortillas), leftover Indian food, and our farm fresh “raw” milk that we order each week through a local farm co-op. My husband grew up in India and his “job” as a child was to watch the milk man {who actually brought the COW door to door and milked him right there} to make sure he didn’t cheat them and add water to the milk. Fast forward to when my husband first came to North America, he couldn’t understand why people would pay full price for “watery” skim milk, nor could he understand why there are a bazillion types of milk available in a typical grocery store! Once we started getting fresh milk there was no going back. In Washington we could buy it in the stores, here we have to get it straight from the farm.
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Condiments, homemade jams, my husband’s favorite varieties of hot sauce, and eggs out of the way at the bottom – since our son is allergic I have to be really careful to keep eggs separate from everything else. These eggs are store bought but when we see my parents we are able to get farm fresh eggs from a family friend, so we usually stock up – the rest of us LOVE eggs!
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Our upright freezer is kept in a storage closet, since there was no place for it in our apartment. I have to walk through the dorm to get to it, but I am thankful they were able to accommodate it for us {I am also glad that it came with a lock on the door with a key which I never used or needed until now!}. I keep our large organic packages of vegetables and fruit from Costco here, along with any freezer meals I’ve made {top shelf}. I also buy sprouted wheat bread from Costco and keep extra in the freezer to pull out as needed. There is some Ezekiel English Muffins and Pitas from a local health food store. I like to keep whole chickens on hand as well {also from Costco}. We usually split a side of beef with family or friends each year, so the lower shelf holds what is left from last year’s purchase… still waiting on this year’s cow! {In case you are wondering most Indians do not eat beef – however my husband’s family does since they are Christians and not Hindus. In India, Muslims and Christians eat beef, while non-vegetarian Hindus and Christians eat pork}. There is some frozen berries at the bottom which we bought this summer locally – we miss our Washington Blueberries! The door of the freezer has more Costco Chicken, Corn, homemade freezer jam and homemade rendered lard {from our pig purchase last year!}. I don’t fry food at home too often, but if I do, I use the lard instead of refined cooking oil.
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It wouldn’t be an Indian kitchen without a tea stash! Indians love their Chai {chai MEANS tea, so saying “chai tea” is somewhat redundant!}. In India we are served chai first thing in the morning and also again at “tea time.” I am totally hooked. I make homemade chai daily! Most of this tea came from India – my mother-in-law keeps us stocked up whenever she makes her yearly visits.
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In India stainless steel is everywhere – and I go a little crazy in the “steel shops” when we go to India. I brought back this water filter this year – my husband was not too happy to have to pack it in our suitcases, but it makes a huge difference in the taste of our water!
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A few extra “bonus” photos from our recent trip to India. The Steel shop that I can’t get enough of – it is so inexpensive there! Our kids eat off of small steel divided plates every day and drink out of the cute steel tumblers too. I forgot to mention how essential a good pressure cooker is for Indian cooking – I also brought a new stainless steel pressure cooker home this trip – it makes “dal” {lentil soup} ready in a jiffy! Did I mention how much my husband grumbled when we had to pack our suitcases to return home? He said that I brought a whole steel shop home with me :-)
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This is the sweet shop and also where we buy our Indian Pickles from – they make them fresh daily. If you tell them you are taking it with you back to America, they will vacuum seal it 2-3 times to ensure it doesn’t leak out into your suitcase, believe me, you DO NOT want that to happen! Talk about an oily, pungent MESS!
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This is the corner store in India, near my mother-in-law’s house, where we buy rice, lentils and other staples! Maybe you could call this her “Costco?” Although they will actually deliver her telephoned order straight to her door…now that’s what I call service!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our story & photos! I do have a blog: I will get around to updating it soon with more stories and photos from our trip, hopefully :-)

Thank you for your time & consideration & for donating to the charity on our behalf!

Have a great day,


pantry-pictures-ideasAre you getting your pantries camera ready? You can participate in the $20/$20 Challenge by simply sending in pictures of your pantry. Find out more about the $20/$20 Challenge: Show Your Pantry – Fill a Pantry!

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Mavis Mail – Lisa From Australia Impresses Again w/ Her Garden Pictures

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~MavisLisa garden

I love hearing from reader, Lisa from Tasmania, Australia {She also introduced us to her adorable Aunt Ruby!}. She has an incredible garden and takes even more impressive pictures {and you know how OCD I am about pictures!} I might just have to add Tasmania to my travel docket next year! Buckle up you guys, here’s what Lisa has been up to:

Hi Mavis…

Lisa garden 1We have had a really great spring and summer! There is still lots of food out there to pick and process but I am feeling a little sad that its all winding down. {That’s why your blog is so great as while I am warming up by the fire with my knitting in hand I can see the gorgeous gardens flourishing up your way!}

Lisa garden 2We did a lot of new things in the garden this year, and tried to emphasize using collected materials rather than dashing down to the hardware shop. We decided to pull out the lined paths in the main vegetable plot and pretty much go with one massive area and just plant areas as needed. Actually it worked pretty well, and also gained some space that was used up as pathways last season.

Lisa garden  3The garlic of course was the first thing harvested… it grew really well over the winter and I was so pleased with my haul! Garlic is a main ingredient in my BBQ sauce as well as my Sweet Chilli sauce.

Lisa garden 4My second veggie patch proved a hassle last year fighting the weeds as I had raided some of the lawn to dig into. We used the timber that we had removed from the main patch and created a couple of raised garden beds… something I hadn’t done before and was dying to try out.
Lisa garden 5We filled them with a mixture of 50% topsoil and 50% mushroom compost and let me tell you, the plants loved it! Lisa garden 6I got countless buckets of tomatoes, huge capsicum, mad basil and a whole bunch of chillies that are about to ripen {I hope}. Was well worth the effort!!

Lisa garden 7I’d also been keen to build a ‘bean arch’ We had lots of apple tree prunings that we pieced together to make a nice climbing frame for the beans. They grew up the structure well, but didn’t quite go all the way over! Still, I planted 7 year beans so maybe next season they will be keen to grow all the way over.

Lisa garden 8A part of the ‘using what you have’ philosophy entailed getting hooked up to solar power! Basically the last bill was half the cost of the same time last year, so got to be happy with that!

Part of the summer is also devoted to collecting a good stash of kindling and pine cones. This lot of pine cones was free, only cost was a bit of my dignity as I misjudged an electric fence, got a severe zap and was sat on my backside with a very girlie scream! I was all about commando crawling to get back to the other side afterwards!!

We also fill up on seaweed from the local beach as mulch {pictured here in the trailer and not yet on the garden}.

Finally, the tanks. We have limited storage {and no town water} but bought the white tanks to fill when the weather was a lot soggier and they have been used on the garden and have helped us survive through the long summer.

Lisa garden 9We were so lucky with our fruit this year too… countless kilos of raspberries, plums, strawberries…

Lisa garden10 And now apples. Its divine to just constantly graze on fresh fruit!
Lisa garden 11Another job that was finally done was the herb garden. The original barrel of herbs was in an area of the property that you needed a cut lunch to take with you on the hike over to get your oregano… Okay, not that bad, but not at all convenient.

This patch is right out the back door, so we made a stick wall to cover the unused hot water system, put Budda’s head back on (he somehow lost it) and built him a little fence, finally used all the driftwood that I had been driving my husband crazy collecting to outline the garden areas and mulched with seaweed. Its been going well and I have used it frequently!
Lisa garden 12Harvesting is always great fun! We dug up about three boxes of potatoes and estimate we will be eating those well into the year.

Lisa garden 13The purple ones do your head in – they just don’t look right but taste identical to the normal ones!

Lisa garden 14 What corn we didn’t scoff is in the freezer and there are still carrots and beetroot in the garden to be pulled up as needed.

Lisa garden 15I love cooking as much of our own produce as possible… stuffed tomatoes are frequently on the menu, pavlova’s become less expensive to make when you collect heaps of eggs every day, and I have made, used and sold countless jars of jam, sauce and relish at the local market.

Lisa garden 16 Lisa garden 17I even bake special cakes for the chickens that they go mad over!

Lisa garden 18It’s been busy with {as usual} a constant stream of visitors {long and short term} who enjoy a taste of the ‘simple’ life, good food and the gorgeous Tasmanian countryside. Now to start planting winter veggies and think of a plan of attack for next spring!


If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts – Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world:

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 3/21/2015

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share some random goodness

mini daffodils

Garden Updates

blueberry crumb bars



Mornings with Mavis 

booking cheap flights

Tips and Tricks

How Many Times a Week Do You Shower

Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories


Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!


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Friday Night at the Movies – Ethel


The HH gave me Ethel, an HBO documentary about Ethel Kennedy for Christmas, and let me tell you, Bob, I LOVED it!  It was a fascinating look into the life of Robert F. Kennedy’s wife.  It’s one of those stories that makes reminds you that we all have challenges, and handling them with grace and dignity goes a long way in the end.


Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,


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My Goals for This Year – Week 12 of 52

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1. Get Organized.

Once we are done with the remodel I’ll tackle the {small} storage room.

2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year. Nothing new to report. LOL. 😉

sanding oak cabinets

3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom.

Chino and his crew have been at the house this week working on the master bathroom and I’ve been upstairs working on Monkey Boy’s bathroom cabinets. I plan on staining them this weekend and I’m a little nervous.

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4. Finish Every Room in Our House.

I feel like every single room in our house is a total mess right now. Just a few more weeks to go until I can put it all back together.

5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself.

I’m hoping to tackle it this summer when The Girl is back from college.

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6. Create a Vegetable Garden.

Between the small veggie plot and container gardens at our house and the new garden I’m working on over at the Hillbilly’s house, I should have plenty of fresh veggies this summer. Girly Girl also said I could garden in her garden boxes this summer but they are such a mess, I’m not sure if I’ll the have the energy for the clean up. We’ll see.

7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden.

I’m rethinking this one.

Mavis Butterfield Gnomes

8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month. I didn’t buy a single thing for myself last week. Weeeee! I almost stopped by Starbucks and bought a Passion Fruit Venti Iced Tea, but I fought the urge and saved myself $3.

So far in March I have spent $42.44.

  • In February I Spent $32.52 
  • In January I Spent $84.33

goodwill donation

9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store. It was slim pickings this week for the thrift store pile. Monkey Boy’s sandals, a belt, solder wire, new {but not returnable} outlet cover, mini scissors, a water bottle and 2 tiny ceramic figurines. I hope I can make to the end of the year. LOL.

wild book

10. Read 1 book a week. 

I was planning on starting Wild by Cheryl Strayed last week but as soon as my head hit the pillow I was out like a light. This remodel is making me so tired.

primitive hooked flower pot rug

11. Slow Down.

I made a little more progress on my large primitive hooked rug I started last month. It’s pretty big {24.5×40} so it’s going to take a little longer to finish than my other rugs.

jam jars

12. Canning

Mrs. Hillbilly gifted me 2 jars of her mother’s jam. {Shhhh… don’t tell her}. Apparently she was feeling overwhelmed with all the jam in her pantry and decided to send me home with a few jars when I was visiting her last week. I LOVE jam… so of course I took them. :)

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?


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