Amazon Deals, Free Kindle Books for Kids, Stocking Stuffer Ideas, Glad Coupon and More

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lucy puggle dog

Happy Thursday! Lucy the puggle shovel and I spent some time in the garden yesterday. :) I’ll be sharing my pictures soon but in the mean time, here are a few deals.

Have a great day everyone.

Mavis

canvas people

Canvas People is having an 80% off sale and there are some seriously good deals. I has this canvas made for my daughter of her and her favorite chicken and gave it to her last year as a gift. She loved it!

  • 8×10 Canvas $10
  • 11×14 Canvas $14
  • 16×20 Canvas $20
  • 18×24 Canvas $25

Go HERE to Order Your Canvas

fleece lined leggings

Amazon has Fleece Lined Leggings on sale for just $6.75 shipped and there are 10 colors to choose from.

striker magnetic light

Striker Magnetic Light Mine Hands-Free Task Light $5.67

stocking stuffer ideas for girls

Here are a few stocking stuffer ideas: 

Neat-Oh! ZipBin Play SetCheck out these Neat-Oh! Playmats

baking mats

Baking season is right around the corner! Get 2 Artisan Metal Works Silicone Non-Stick Baking Mats for only $16.78.

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Wow! Here’s a great coupon: $1.00 off one (1) Glad Food Protection product

free kindle books for kids

Available Childrens Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Adventures of Crog the Frog Prince FREE
The Winter Letter (‘The King of All’) FREE
Santa’s Cookie Elf FREE
Nobody Can Take My Happy Away FREE
Jingle All the Way FREE
101 Christmas Jokes For Kids FREE

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

isis clothing coupons

Zulily has Isis clothing on sale today. I LOVE, LOVE,LOVE this brand!! I even have the charcoal funnel pullover pictured above. I wear it under my coat on Saturdays at my kids sporting events.

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up.

discount magazine deals

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Smithsonian Magazine for only $8.99 a year and/or Bon Appetit Magazine for $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 11/7/13 at midnight EST.

carrot cake jam

Have you tried my Carrot Cake Jam Recipe yet? Not only is this stuff freakin’ delicious, but it’s great for gift giving too!!

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Groupon is offering a $10 Starbucks Gift Card for only $5!

New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

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This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts  in your Sunday paper. 1 Smart Source and 1 Red Plum insert. See all the coupons that should be in the inserts HERE.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies

Just try telling me these aren’t the cutest things you’ve ever seen. Wanna know what makes them even more awesome? They are totally the easiest things on the plant to make. Even the Handsome Husband could make them. Maybe I should see if he wants to whip some up for our Thanksgiving dessert table?! Do you think if I bribe him with pumpkin pie and he’d do it?

Ingredients

One bag of mini Nutter Butters
One bag of Hershey milk chocolate kisses {unwrapped}
1/4 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
About 35 peanut butter baking chips

acorns
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth {I only do 30 seconds at a time & then stir & repeat if necessary}. Dip the base of a Hershey kiss in the melted chocolate and use as “glue” to attach to the top of a Nutter Butter cookie.

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Allow chocolate to harden. While waiting, I suggest you eat as many Hershey kisses as possible. It’s not necessary, but highly recommended.

acorns top

Repeat the dipping and “gluing” process above, replacing the Hershey kiss with a peanut butter chip this time.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies

Once this step is complete, let them harden completely again and tada, you’re ready to serve those babies up! See, so easy my husband could do it, right? Right?!!

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How to Store and Dry Firewood

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How to Store and Dry Firewood

Do you have a wood-burning fireplace?  I just love the crackle sound of a fire in the fireplace–and I love the dry heat that pours off them.  Here in Washington, it feels wet most of the time, so a nice dry heat on a cold day is awesome.

How to Store and Dry Firewood

Yesterday we had a cord of wood delivered so I thought I would share some tips about how to store and dry firewood that I’ve learned over the years.

If you are new to firewood storage, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

First, drying the wood.  Dry wood burns cleaner and more efficiently. Green/wet wood puts off a lot of smoke and not as much heat–so the extra step to make sure your firewood is dry is totally worth it.

The easiest way to dry firewood is to split it and then leave it in a sunny dry spot to dry completely. Split wood allows more surface area to get air and dries the wood faster.  Resist the urge to cover your wood {unless there’s rain, of course}.  More air means faster drying time.

firewood rack

Once your wood is completely dry, you’ll need to stack and cover it.  Move it to a shed, garage, or cover it with a tarp.  If you go the tarp route, you’ll want to anchor it down with something to keep the moisture out.  To stack the wood, it is best to get it up off the ground, if possible.  A firewood rack is ideal, you can buy it or make it out of 2×4’s.  The goal is to give the wood good air circulation.  After that, stacking is simple–take a little extra time to make sure the wood is stacked well, and retrieving it will be a lot easier.

That’s it.  A little work up front and you’ll be sitting in front of a roaring fire in no time.

How do you dry and stack your wood?

~Mavis

 

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Amending Garden Soil with Horse Manure

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ammending soild with horse manure

Yesterday Linda form South Carolina sent in pictures of her lettuce growing in a hydroponics floating system and today, my online Buddy Heather from Massachusetts {Wahoo Red Sox!!} sent in a few pictures of her fall garden. Isn’t it cool that even though the weather outside stinks, we are all finding ways to play in the dirt? I love it!

Here is what Heather had to say:

Hey Mavis,

This year my garden just didn’t produce like I thought it would and I decided to amend my soil to avoid such disappointment again. The next day, your post said the same about your garden.

So I called my friend (who has horses) and asked for her horse poo. She delivered… A whole trailer-full! That’s a good friend.

The next day I saw your post on rebuilding your bed depth, and I thought, good idea! So, I added some depth to the boxes, added new boxes and moved some boxes around.

Then I added lots-o-poo!

how to plant garlic

Saw the planting garlic post? Check!

herb garden

Even the herb buckets got poo’d.

lasagna garden

Then I saw your post on your lasagna bed and thought – I need leaves!
And what the heck, how about a sprinkle of chicken poo too…

strawberry pallet garden

The strawberry planter went nuts this summer and I ended up with a TON of runners so I grabbed a few pallets and transplanted them. (Filling pallets is…. challenging…). Next spring I’ll pop these up on an angle up against the fence post and let the runners go down into another bed (I’ll make it in the spring).

We’ve already had frost so I’m covering them up at night to give them a chance to settle in cause the days are still nice.

Plus, right at the end of summer (end of Aug) I picked up three (3yro) blueberry bushes (buy 2, get one free). And three containers of raspberry canes (buy 2, get one free) – heck ya!!

Yes! Six months from now my soil’s gonna rock!

That’s a lot if changes in one year (garden, chickens and fruit bushes?). The HH is a good (read: patient) man 😉

~Heather

bean garden trellisAmazing Bean Trellis and Garden Box Photos

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: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Amazon Deals, Free Kindle Books, Shabby Apple Dresses, Stocking Stuffers, Origami

t-fal set

mornings with mavis

Is it really Wednesday already? This week is going by so fast I can’t believe it. Yesterday I did something I’ve never done before. Scrapbooked. Holy cow was it overwhelming.

A bunch of Mom’s from my daughters team got together and I think in the 2+ hours that I was there, I only finished 2 pages. Is that normal? Because at this rate I should be done with The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird’s book by next summer.

So if you have any suggestions on how to make things go quicker, or if you have any scrapbooking pointers, I’d love to hear them.

Have a great day everyone. :)

Mavis

t-fal set

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – T-fal Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper-Bottom 12-Piece Cookware Set $78.99 shipped and the reviews are awesome!

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Let’s Talk Turkey $0.99 {Yes Please!}
Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects $2.51
Spud and Chloe at the Farm $2.99 {I wish I knew how to knit!}
Gluten Free Diet for Kids FREE
Boost your child’s confidence (52 Brilliant Ideas) FREE

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

stocking stuffer ideas for menStocking Stuffer Ideas for the Handyman or Handywoman:

crazy 8 coupons

Crazy 8 is having  a Buy One Get One for $0.88 event! This promotion only applies to regular priced items and ends on Monday, November 11th.
origami booksOrigami Kits for Kids:

barilla-pasta couponsNeed pasta? Here are a few deals:

  • Barilla Whole Grain Rotini 4-pack $4.26/$1.06 per box shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
  • Barilla Mini Farfalle 4-Pack $4.48/$1.11 per box shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
  • Barilla Mezze Penne 4-pack $4.33/ $1.08 per box shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
  • Barilla Whole Grain Penne 4-pack $4.67/ $1.19 per box shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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shabby apple dressesThe Shabby Apple dresses and skirts are on sale on Zulily today and they are gorgeous! Dresses start at $29.99.

If you are new to Zulily, Sign Up HERE.

weight watchers magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 11/6/13 at midnight EST.

Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

I’ve been craving green beans lately and this recipe for Green Beans with Toasted Almonds just might do the trick.

food storage set

Groupon has a great 16-Piece Storage Set with Locking Lids on sale for $12.99.

New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

bearded hats for kids and adults

Jane has Bearded Hats for Kids and Adults. C’mon, you know you want one!! 😉

mr. mrs potato head

Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head are so much fun!

Flintstones Multivitamin or Supplement coupon

Print a coupon good for $1.00 off Flintstones Multivitamin or Supplement

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Savory Sun Dried Tomato Biscotti

Savory Sun Dried Tomato Biscotti

Savory Sun Dried Tomato Biscotti

I’m going to share a little secret with you: I’ve eaten so much biscotti over the course of my life that the weight would probably equal that of a large sumo wrestler. No joke. I love it. But I’ve never tried anything other than sweet recipes. Savory biscotti? Weird. But I tried it and it was awesome. Not exactly as delicious in tea & coffee though! 😉

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons Herbs de Provence
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, reconstituted
3 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, beaten, at room temperature

 

Savory Sun Dried Tomato Biscotti

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper {I use a Silpat. It’s the only way to go!}. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, herbes de Provence, baking powder, salt and chopped sun dried tomatoes, & set aside. Beat the butter until smooth using the paddle attachment on a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Add the sugar and eggs. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Move the dough to the baking sheet, dampen your hands and then form the dough into a 13 x 3.5 log. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes. Transfer the log to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces {cut at a slight diagonal}. Bake an additional 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely before serving or storing in an airtight container.

biscotti

If you’re as obsessed with biscotti as I am, you’ll love this Biscotti recipe book! It’s my favorite.

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Growing Lettuce In A Floating Hydroponics System

styroforam boards

Growing Lettuce In A Floating Hydroponics System

Linda from South Carolina sent me a really cool email last night about her efforts to grow lettuce during the winter months. It’s floating! How cool is that?!

Linda says lettuce can be grown in a floating system inside your house or outside in a greenhouse depending on your winter temperatures.  One of Linda’s goals is to eat something at each meal that she grew or canned herself, and so far she has been very successful at it.

I’ve never grown ANYTHING in water before but this is how she does it:

hydroponics lettuce

She starts with metal shelves and hangs two sets of regular shop lights on top of each shelf.

For each shelf you would need a plastic container that fits under the {garden} bed. Typically about 48 inches long. You’ll also need a 4′ x 8′ by 1″ inch styrofoam board and some small plastic bathroom cups.

styroforam boards

First cut your styrofoam board in half so it’s 2′ by 4′ and glue the pieces together. Then using a 2″ hole drill, cut holes about 4″ apart. Fill the plastic container with water mixed with liquid fertilizer. {For about three gallons of total liquid}.

If you do leaf lettuce varieties, you can put the holes twice as close or 4 across and 10 down so they are 2″ apart for about 40 holes.

growing lettuce in water

Linda starts her lettuce in small 1 1/2″ paper pots that she makes. Then once the lettuce begins to grow she places them into little bathroom cups. (What you see in the picture are some greenhouse hydroponic net pots, but she uses bathroom cups as well.)

Then she punches holes in the bottom and sides of the bathroom cups so the roots can grow out and into the water. She also has a small air pump, air tubing and an air rock she puts in the bottom of the container for aerating the water. (One small pump can do two containers.)

how to grow floating lettuce

Here is a picture of some lettuce she grew. Linda started seeds on January 5 and then put them into the little pots January 20, then placed them in the floating beds on February 1st.

The lettuce will probably be ready to start harvesting in another week. Some of the leafy ones on the far right are ready now but the green is a soft head iceberg type lettuce so it needs a little longer.

Linda says this is super simple to do and she has four of these floating beds growing right now.

Way to go Linda!!! :)

~Mavis

cool chicken coop photos{Shelly’s Chicken Coop}

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 glean some ideas from each other.

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: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Homemade Windshield Washer Fluid

Homemade Windshield Washer Fluid

Homemade Windshield Washer Fluid

With all of the rain and resulting mud around here, it is not uncommon for me to drain my window washer fluid in a couple of weeks.  Rather than running out to buy it in bulk, I decided to try my hand at making my own.

You’ll Need:

A gallon sized jug {an old cleaned out distilled vinegar jug works great}
1 Gallon of Water
1 Tbsp. Dish Soap
½ Cup White Distilled Vinegar

Directions:

Fill your empty jug with the water.  Add the dish soap and vinegar.  Put the cap on the jug and gently swirl the jug around to mix all of the ingredients.  Pour it into the wiper fluid container in your car.  Doesn’t get much easier than that.

***If it gets super cold in your area, you may want to add 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol to prevent it from freezing.  It doesn’t get cold enough for me to be too concerned about that, but I thought it was a pretty good tip for those of you who have tougher winters than we do here in Washington. 😉

This literally costs pennies to make, and eliminates who knows what kind of chemicals from the commercial washer fluid.  Wahoo!

~Mavis

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