Mavis’ 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 18

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Today’s giveaway will make you choose between two of my favorite pastimes: cooking or relaxing in my bed watching movies with The Girl. Both are equally awesome, so I certainly can’t be the one to decide. But lucky you! You get to choose.

The 2 mystery prizes will help you cook up a delicious feast or relax in total comfort! What’s it gonna be? Food or relaxation?!

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One lucky reader will win either Prize #1  or  Prize #2. Click on over and check them out and then come back here and enter.

To enter for your chance to win, simply leave a comment below and let me know if you’d choose Prize #1  or  Prize #2. Food or comfort? Such a tough choice!

Just answer that one question and you’re entered to win. Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here.

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends December 18th, 2013 @6 pm PST and the winner will be announced in the December 19th, 2013 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 24 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 24 hours, the prize will be forfeited.

Good Luck! I hope you win!

Mavis

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Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad

Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad - Great with Ham or Turkey

Cranberry Pineapple Jello SaladI don’t know about you, but I grew up eating my grandmother’s jello salad concoctions at every holiday meal. In fact I’m fairly certain she had an entire recipe box devoted to just jello salads. 😉

Jello is cool. Thanks Grandma!

Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad - Great with Ham or Turkey

Ingredients

1 can {20 oz.} crushed pineapple, undrained
6 oz. raspberry flavored gelatin
1 can {16 oz.} whole berry cranberry sauce
1 tart apple, chopped
Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad

Directions

In a small bowl, drain the pineapple, reserve the juice and set aside.  Add enough cold water to the pineapple juice to measure 3 cups. Pour liquid into a saucepan and bring to boil.

Pour dry gelatin mix in a bowl and stir in boiling pineapple liquid and stir until completely dissolved. Slowly stir in the cranberry sauce the refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until the mixture is slightly thickened.

Stir in the remaining crushed pineapple and apples.

Refrigerate until firm {3-4 hours}. Serve.

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Holiday Tipping Guide

Holiday Tipping Guide

Holiday Tipping Guide

I don’t know about you, but I never know who I am supposed to “tip” around this time of year.

Seriously, there are A LOT of people who make life a lot easier, {the garbage man and UPS man for starters} but do I just get them a gift or tip them?  To tip or not to tip, that is the question.  If you’re in the same boat, here’s  a little etiquette guide on Holiday tipping:

As a rule of thumb, you are supposed to give a tip or gift that is “equivalent to one session of service” according to money.cnn.com.  So, if you tip your babysitter, tip her the amount you would pay her for one evening out.  Some service providers {the postal service}, can’t except cash tips, but can accept gifts under $20 in value.  {Make sure to look up or call about individual company rules}.

Here’s the thing, though:  I think tips and gifts can range and are varied by region.  I am sure in New York tipping your doorman is totally the norm, but out here in the ‘burbs a plate of cookies for the garbage man still packs a punch.  Plus, I don’t think anyone should feel obligated to tip if it isn’t in their budget. It’s a gift-giving gesture of appreciation that counts–even a card or thanks goes a long way.

What do you think? Would you rather tip someone cash, or a gift instead?

~Mavis

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Food Waste In America – Chickens Love Cantaloupes

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This past week there was quite the assortment of discarded fruits and vegetables in the “chicken scrap” boxes Mr. Produce Guy sets aside for us each week.

chicken scraps

The chickens scored big with a huge box of cantaloupe melons. Most of the melons were about a day or two past their prime, but the chickens didn’t seem to mind one bit.

chicken eggs

Being able to supplement their chicken feed once or twice a week with scraps from our garden and Mr. Produce Guy has really helps us to cut down on our feed bill over the past year and a half. Maybe next year I’ll keep track of how much it costs to keep a flock of backyard chickens. Then again, I have a lot on my plate already, so we’ll see.
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Awkward Martha didn’t have to share. 😉

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After sorting through the boxes, here’s what we kept:

  • 8 bananas
  • 7 apples
  • 5 pears
  • 3 sweet peppers
  • 2 melons
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 head of cauliflower

Not to shabby for free. :)

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Free Kindle Books, Great Wolf Lodge, Lego Ice Cube Trays, TOMS, Barbie Jeep, FoodSaver and More

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Happy Tuesday everyone!

Here are a few deals Ernesto the Elf and I spotted for you this morning.

Mavis

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The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

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lego ice cube tray set

Now this is cute!! If you have a Lego fan in your house this Building Brick & Multi-size Minifigure Ice Tray & Candy Mold Set for $10.99 would make mealtime a blast!
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Get the Barbie Jeep 6-Volt Battery-Powered Ride-On or the Fisher-Price Power Wheels Hot Wheels Jeep for only $77 shipped! Wow! What a deal.

14K Gold Swarovski Elements Ball Stud Earrings

Groupon has 14K Gold Swarovski Elements Ball Stud Earrings for just $14.99 with many colors and styles to choose from. New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

heels6pm has Mootsies Tootsies Heels on sale for as low as $14.99 shipped.

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Get 10-Pairs of Mens L’Emporio Assorted Print Dress Socks for $16.99 shipped. That’s only $1.69 a pair.

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Great Wolf Lodge

Save up to 40% off at Great Wolf Lodge! Locations are all across the USA. Go HERE to see this deal.

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All Lane Bryant Skinny Jeans and Pants are $25 each when you use code STOCKINGLB at checkout.

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gingerbread cake recipe

I’ve been craving gingerbread cake for days now and I think I’m going to make one for dessert tonight.

giveaway winner

The Winner of Mavis’ 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 16 is: Christine who said “I would chose Josh Groban and Michael Buble.”

Thanks to everyone who entered! Check out our current giveaway HERE.

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Print a coupon good for $1.00 off any Carmex Skin Care Product

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Mavis’ 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 17

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I know, I know. Déjà vu, right? I did just give one of these bad boys away. But I just can’t help it. I love my Cuisinart Hand Blender so dang much. And now they have all these bright colors to choose from, so I thought you’d want another shot at winning one.

But on the off chance you don’t, you can opt to win a mini food processor, which is equally cool and comes in equally awesome colors.

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One lucky reader will win a Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus 3-Cup 250-Watt Food Processor or a Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender.

For your chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know which prize and color you’d choose if you won. You can find the food processor colors HERE and the hand blender colors HERE.

Just answer that one question and you’re entered to win. Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here.

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends  December 17th, 2013 @6 pm PST and the winner will be announced in the December 18th, 2013 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 24 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 24 hours, the prize will be forfeited.

Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to residents of the US only.

Good Luck! I hope you win!

Mavis

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Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

I’m not crazy about marshmallows. I mean I’m not not crazy about them either, I guess I’m just indifferent about marshmallows. I could take ’em or leave ’em. But when I saw this recipe for homemade marshmallows, I totally had to try it. I mean everybody knows homemade is better than store bought. Yep. That saying is still true. These were awesome!

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

Ingredients

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Cooking spray spray

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

Directions

Pour the gelatin and 1/2 cup of the water into the bowl of a stand mixer and let sit.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cover and cook the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt for 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan. Continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, about an additional 7 to 8 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat.

Attach the whisk to your stand mixer and turn on low. Slowly pour the sugar mixture down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Increase the speed to high and whip until the mixture becomes very thick, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping.

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

While the mixture is whipping, combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Coat a 9×13 metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and bang your pan around until you completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula to evenly spread it. Lightly cover the top with some of the remaining powdered sugar mixture. Set the rest aside for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours.

Flip the marshmallows pan over onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares {I used a pizza cutter to cut them}. Once cut, dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining powdered sugar mixture. Enjoy.

 

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 50 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 50 of 52

swiss chard hard frost

The last couple of weeks here in Western Washington have been a bit of a roller coaster. We woke up to nearly 2 weeks of temperatures below 30 degrees, with pretty much everything frozen solid in the garden. For awhile there I thought it was never going to warm up around here.

A few plants in the garden didn’t make it,but lucky for us, the Swiss chard did. 😉 Once the outer leaves are trimmed away we should be back to making Swiss chard smoothies and picking leaves for our backyard chickens to snack on.

winter garden boxes

Lucy puggle will show you around.
turnips

The turnips. Yep, they survived. Apparently they can handle being frozen solid. Who knew?

red winter kale

I guess they don’t call it winter kale for nothing because it survived as well.

magnum glass greenhouse winterThe fruits and vegetables in the greenhouse however, are a totally different story.

growing lettuce in winter

Our 3-tiered pot of lettuce didn’t survive, but the young lettuce starts we started from seed in the galvanized tubs did.

meyer lemon hit by frost

All 8 of my Meyer Lemons died.

Can you believe that? After nurturing Lemon, the Lemon tree for eleven months, all her little lemon babies died. I haven’t had the heart to pluck them yet, but they are all soft and mushy so I know they are total gonners.

Perhaps a proper burial is in order?

wooded backyard

A view from the back deck.

red cabbage

Are you still thinking about poor Lemon? I am. :(

I guess to everything there is a season. And if we lived in Florida, I’d have a boatload of lemons on my tree right now. {Or if I would have had enough common sense to bring the freakin’ tree indoors that might have helped as well}. So is life.

raspberry canes winter

I guess all we can really do is learn from our mistakes, and try again next year. Right?

Are you trying to grow any citrus fruit this winter? How are your trees coming along?

Mavis wants to know.

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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 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my online boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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

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