Friday Night at the Movies – How to Live Forever

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Tonight, The Girl and I will be watching How to Live Forever.  It’s a documentary of one man’s quest to find out how to extend his life.  He interviews several high-functioning centenarians, trying to unlock their secret to a long healthy life.

The whole documentary kind of poses an interesting question:  How long would you want to live, if you could choose?  {Assuming a high quality of life, of course.}

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Amazon Prime Members can watch How to Live Forever for free.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

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!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

 

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Gardening Tips – How to Organize Seed Packets

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I thought I would repost this clever tip for those of you who didn’t see it the first time around.

If you are like me you probably have a bunch seed packets scattered all over the place {or you soon will!}. I like to place my empty seed packets in a mini photo album I found at the dollar store. The albums 4×6 inch pockets can accommodate practically any size packet and the photo album fits nice on a shelf for easy storage.

I don’t know about you, but I find myself find myself checking the back of my seed packets from time to time to make sure I planted everything right and that the germination process is on schedule so I like to keep them around instead of tossing them. How-to-Organize-Seed-Packets-photo-album_opt How about YOU? Do you toss you seed packets or keep them. ~Mavis

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Mare from Woodland Fairy Village Sends Mavis a Fairy House

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It’s been so exciting opening all the boxes people from all around the world have sent in for our Send in the Gnomes fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Yesterday we received a package from Mare. You might remember her and her outstanding custom fairy houses. I shared some of her Woodland Fairy Villages last month after spotting them on Etsy. Her fairy homes are clearly a labor of love and are such a joy to look at.

Imagine my surprise yesterday when we opened one of her creations.

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My very own One Hundred Dollars a Month sign!

And check out all the loot she set out on the bed of glittered grass. Garden boots, a watering can, baskets of vegetables. Mare! This is so lovely.

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Look! There is even corn.

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And birds.

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Eucalyptus leaves and moss for a roof. I love it!

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Look at the detail!

Mare, can you make this life size? Because I totally want to live here.

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The back of the fairy home is just as beautiful as the front. Oh my goodness.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! And thank you to everyone who has sent in a gnome for our Send in the Gnomes Project. So far we have collected 197 gnomes {you can see them all HERE} That is $1,970 raised for St. Jude Children’s Hospital so far.

Wahooooo! Thank you so much!

~Mavis

one Hundred Dollars a monthYou can find more of Mare’s on of a kind fairy homes at her Woodland Fairy Village Etsy shop.

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Raised Garden Beds – Growing Cabbage, Onions, Radishes, Garlic, Broccoli and More

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DIY Raised Garden Beds

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The raised garden beds are really starting to fill up. It’s so nice to finally see green in those beds instead of soil. We have 16 raised garden beds and so far 10 have been planted. I’m saving the last 6 for tomatoes {which I’ll be setting out in a few more weeks}.

DIY Raised Garden beds Cabbage

Garden bed #1 has Chinese cabbage growing in it. We had to replace the broccoli raab that bolted and so far the cabbage transplants are doing great.

DIY Raised Garden beds Broccoli

Broccoli and radish.

DIY Raised Garden beds Cabbage

Cabbage and radishes.

Have you read Calvin & Hobbes? Well Lucy totally reminds me of Calvin. Ha!

Raised Garden Beds Radish Onions

I think out of all of the raised garden beds, this one with radish, onions and kohlrabi looks the best.

DIY Square Foot Gardening Grid

The square foot garden. I think this will look really cool {artsy?} when all the seeds have been planted. I’m excited to see what it will look like once the tomatoes are in and to see how much we can harvest out of this raised garden bed.

DIY Raised garden bed Swiss Chard

Swiss chard. My neighbor planted this yesterday. In about 2 weeks we will thin the transplants and move the extras to another bed {probably over by the chicken coop}.

DIY Raised Garden bed artichoke

Artichokes. These are not looking so hot. The ones I planted over in the perennial garden are doing much better and I’m not sure why.

DIY Raised Garden Bed Garlic

Garlic, Garlic, Garlic.

DIY Raised Garden Bed Beets

If you squint really hard you might be able to see some beet greens trying to pop through the soil.

beet seedlings

I’m not sure why, but beets always seed to take forever to come up. Does this happen at your place too, or is it a Pacific Northwest thing?

DIY Raised garden beds carrots

Ahhh yes. Carrots. These are notorious for taking a loooooooong time to germinate. Last week I thought I spotted a few delicate seedlings coming up, but now I think they may have just been weeds.

DIY Raised Garden Beds

Here is a view of our 16 raised garden beds from the back of the garden. There isn’t much to look at right now, but we are getting there. One seedling at a time.

How is YOUR garden growing? Have you planted anything yet? Is there one vegetable in particular you just can’t wait to grow?

~ MavisThe Backyard Homestead

Looking for a great gardening book? Check out The Backyard Homestead and learn how you can produce all the produce you need on only a quarter acre.

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Mornings with Mavis – Ekobrew, Presto Pressure Canner, Luster Leaf pH Soil Tester, Maine Lobster

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puggle puppy in the garden

We opened a bunch of packages yesterday for our Send in the Gnomes project and Lucy and I placed them all around the garden. For some strange reason Lucy has become very fond of the Support Our Troops Gnomes and likes to walk up and sniff each and everyone of them practically every time we go out to the garden. It’s a good thing these soldiers are tough!

That dog, I’m telling you, is totally crazy.  Is it normal for a puppy to run around all the time? Geez, Lucy the puggle dog never sits still. Who needs an exercise program when you have to chase a dog around all day? Not me.

Be sure and check back around 9:45 or so, and you’ll be able to see the latest gnomes that have arrived. There is one in particular that was just over the top and I can’t wait to share the pictures of it.

In the meantime, here are a few deals to check out this morning.

~Mavis

Ekobrew Cup, Refillable K-Cup For Keurig K-Cup Brewers

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day -  Save 25% off Ekobrew Refillable Cups and enjoy your favorite ground coffee right from your Keurig brewer for less than $0.30 per cup.

amazon local deals

Amazon Local has some great deals today, here are my favorites:

Tacoma Rainiers $33 ($87 value) for tickets, meal, and hats for two
Savvy Mattress Outlet - $199 for $500 to spend on Simmons, Sealy, or Serta mattresses
Teleflora.com – $20 for $40 to spend on flowers
Photo Bin - $10 ($39.99 value) for a 20-page, 8.5×11 hardcover photo book

Be sure and Sign up HERE so you’ll know what the daily deal is each day.

Presto 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Any canners out there? Amazon has a sweet deal on the Presto 23- Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker today. I use my pressure canner to can green beans and peas.

How to can Green Beans in a Pressure Canner.

Testing the pH Level of Soil

Have you tested your soil yet this season? Amazon currently has the Luster Leaf 1612 Rapitest pH Soil Tester on sale for $6.37.

Testing the pH Level of Soil – See my results.

totsy blowout sale

Totsy is having another Blowout Sale with savings up to 90% off.

garden gnomes

Looking for a garden gnome?  This trio of garden gnome plant stakes would be great to bring along on a summer road trip to St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee.

get maine lobster

Here are my favorite Living Social Deals for today:

Get Maine Lobster - 2 Maine lobster tails, 2 Maine lobster cakes, 2 servings of Maine lobster stew, and 2 12-ounce, heart-shaped, triple-chocolate cheesecake to share. Perfect for Mother’s Day! $89

Bambeco Handmade Hummingbird Feeder $22

rei coupons

The REI Outlet is having a Mega Deals sale with savings of 50% off or more.

converse shoe coupons

6pm has Converse shoes for $35 or less {plus free shipping!}.

Amazon has the SODIAL- Handbag Organizer on sale for $3.99 shipped.

readers Digest

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Reader’s Digest Magazine for only $4.49 a year when you use code 5718 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/26/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

$1.00 off 2 OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh lunch meat $3.00 off one Schick Xtreme3 Disposable Razor $6.00 off two Schick Xtreme3 Disposable Razors$1.00 off TWO (2) POPSICLE Products $1.00 off 3 cans Campbell's Chunky™ soup or chili

Find More Printable Coupons

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Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe

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Apple Crisp Recipe

If you are looking for  a quick and easy to make for a crowd, I highly suggest making an apple crisp. Not only is an apple crisp delicious any time year, but is hands down the fastest dessert I know how to make.

But consider yourself warned, there probably won’t be any left overs.

Ingredients for the filling

6 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced {I used Granny Smith}
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup all- purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped into bits
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for the topping

2 cups old fashioned oats {I used quick oats}
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, melted

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine apple slices, butter, flour, sugar, and cinnamon.  Pour into a 9×13 buttered baking dish.

Place the ingredients for the oatmeal topping in bowl and using a fork, work the ingredients together for a minute or two until they are nice and crumbly. Sprinkle over apple mixture, cover with foil and back for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook an additional 20 minutes or until the juices are bubbling.

Serve warm with ice cream.

For more rustic recipes, be sure and check out Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More. I own a copy of this cookbook and I love it!

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Happy at 100 – Portraits of Centenarians

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happy at a hundred Karsten Thormaehlen

If you are wondering what you might look like when you are 1oo years old, you need to check out these awesome photos taken by Karsten Thormaehlen. You can find his book online where you’ll find detailed descriptions about the people behind the photographs, but I think the pictures on his website{especially the then and now section} are just as cool.

I look half as good as these woman do at 100, I will be thrilled.

~Mavis

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Travel Tip – How to Find a Place to Eat

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If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years about finding a good place to eat while on vacation, it’s that if you see a line forming out the door of any restaurant, bakery or deli, STOP and get in line.

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Last week when we were in Boston, Massachusetts we kept passing people with Mike’s Pastry boxes. We walked by so many boxes that I actually started counting them. 

Then it dawned on me, ASK SOMEONE where this place is. I did’t even care what they sold. All I knew  was I was going to find the store and get me some of whatever they were selling, because clearly, everyone in town was getting something good there.

So I asked. And the next day my whole family marched right over to the shop {and stood in line!} and bought the best cannolis we’ve ever tasted.

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We hurried over to the nearest park bench and dug in. I had a pistachio cannoli in case you were wondering. And guess what? They have an online store as well. Weeeeeee! I know what I’m asking for this Christmas.

Have you ever stood in line for some magically delicious food?

If so, what and where. I might just have to go there someday.

Eat. Good. Food.

~Mavis

Mike’s Pastry
300 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113

Looking for more Travel Tips? See the full list of Travel Tips HERE!

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Mavis Mail – DIY Chicken Coop Made From an Old Play Set

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DIY Chicken Coop Plans

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!

Check out this story {and awesome photos!} Candace from His Mercy is New sent in:

DIY Chicken Coop Old Swing Set

Here is what Candace had  to say:

We are SO new at all this…but my husband just turned our old wooden swing set into a chicken coop!! It took him a little over 2 months, just working whatever pretty evenings after work and some weekends he could.

DIY chicken coop designs

“The first thing he did was take every.single.piece. apart. Yep. Long, tedious process. But when he was done he had a gazillion pieces of wood that he didn’t have to purchase! And he really did end up using a lot of it…plus purchasing some plywood, metal for the roof and chicken wire.

He had no plans, which might have been a mistake…but I’m so proud of him for working so hard to get this done! He put hundreds of hours into it…a lot of time! And, when you are in the rainy season (ha) and then spring and then snow (yep) it’s hard waiting for pretty days when you can get out there for a few hours after a long day of work!  So, it took around 2 months to finish.”

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Candace your husband did a fantastic job and I think any chicken would be happy to live there. Thank you so much for sending in your photos and have fun collecting all those fresh eggs.

~Mavis

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Turn a Kids Playhouse into a Chicken Coop

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.

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: Amazon.com.

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DIY Wood Pallet Garden – Spinach, Lettuce, Celery, Strawberries and Boy Choy

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DIY wood pallet garden

Yesterday I was hand watering the pallet gardens and snapped a few pictures so you could see how some of the vegetables are growing.

Sadly everything in the garden has to be watered by hand because we have no drip irrigation or sprinklers set up. Luckily though we live in the Pacific Northwest and we typically don’t have super hot summers so I can get away with watering about every 3 days or so. Unless of course it rains, and then I can wait a bit longer.
DIY Wood pallet garden celery

I some celery in a pallet last year and it did great so I decided to grow it again this year. So far so good.

DIY wood pallet garden lettuce

Even though I have no idea what variety of lettuce this is, I am in love with it. The leaves are super thick and the colors are amazing.  I can’t wait to try it.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden spinach

The spinach I started under grow lights is looking great too.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden

Here is what all six pallets look like right now. Pretty neat huh?

Even though I don’t think you’d be able to grow more food in a pallet than you would in a traditional garden bed, I still think it’s neat to try new things.

What do you think?

Would you consider growing your vegetables in a wood pallet?

~Mavis
heat treated wood pallet

Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

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