Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Soap.com, Raised Garden Bed Kit, Sorel Boots, The Seattle Times

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pink double tulips mornings with mavis

Well Hello Friday, I am soooooo glad you are here. Rain is in the forecast {when is it not?} but that is not going to stop me from getting my window box planted today. I was able to pick up so sweet potato vines and geraniums last week and I’m looking forward to getting those planted.

Also, I think I’m going to fire up the crock pot today too. Hmmm, what should I make? Does anyone have a favorite crock pot soup recipe that’s quick and easy? If so leave a link in the comments and I’ll check it out.

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Mavis

free kindle books

Kindle Books I think are cool…

Herb gardening-the best herb to grow in your gardening FREE
Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps $2.99
Container Gardening $1.77 {This one is AWESOME!}
The Edible Front Yard $3.03

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

Amazon Local is offering a $16 voucher to spend on products at Soap.com for only $8.  I found this under the National deals section, so if you scroll down past the local offer you should see it.

  • $8 for $16 to spend on over 60 household brands
  • Products by top sellers like Method, Seventh Generation, Tide, Bounty, Charmin, CoverGirl, Herbal Essences, Kleenex, Old Spice, Duracell, and Vicks
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  • Huge selection and award-winning 24/7 customer service
  • Blazing fast 1-2 day delivery

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

Greenland Gardener 6-Inch Raised Bed

Amazon has the Greenland Gardener 6-Inch Raised Bed Garden Kit on sale for $29.99 shipped.

sorel snow boots

Zulily has Sorel boots up to 50% off today! Holy cow. These are my favorite snow boots. What a steal!

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

cottonelle toilet paper

Back in Stock! Amazon currently has the Cottonelle Clean Care with Soft Ripples Bath Tissue {32- double rolls} available for only $15.66 when you clip the $2.00 off coupon below and use the subscribe and save option at check out.

6pm

6pm has Vibram, IZOD and backpacks at deep discounts. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

reci columbia black jacketREI Outlet has the Columbia La Sila Rain Jacket on sale for $119.93 shipped {down from $180}

surlaTable sale

Mama Mia! SurLaTable has a boatload of goodness on sale in their clearance section. Up to 75% off!

cents of style

Cents of Style has this beautiful light knit floral scarf on sale for $8.95 and FREE SHIPPING when you use code: APRILSHOWERS at checkout. It comes in four colors and is over 55% off the original price.

garden gnomes

Looking for a gnome for our St. Jude Fundraiser project? Zulily has them starting at $6.99 today in their Backyard Oasis Outdoor Collection {towards the bottom of their page}. You can have them directly shipped to this address:

Mavis Butterfield
4916 Pt. Fosdick Drive  Suite #103
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

the family handyman

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Family Handyman Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 9737 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/12/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.
the seattle times

Grab a Sunday Subscription to the Seattle Times for $20 for 26 weeks or $30 for 52 weeks!

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Easy Kitchen Tip – Shred Chicken in a Stand Mixer

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On Monday I picked up my bulk order of Zaycon chicken breasts. Homemade tacos are on the menu at least once a week around here so I went ahead filled my 2 favorite crock pots with 8 chicken breasts each and added a batch of my DIY Taco Seasoning and let them cook on high for about 4 hours.

Once the chicken was done cooking I let it cool a little bit and then tossed the chicken breasts {4 at a time} into my KitchenAid mixing bowl and added the paddle attachment.

I turned the mixer on low and let the paddle work it’s magic and about 20 seconds later I had a bowl full of shredded chicken without even having to get my hands dirty.

shredded chicken

After shredding the chicken, I weighed half pound portions of seasoned chicken and placed them in freezer bags. Now I have plenty meat cooked and ready to go for the next  16 tacos nights.

Talk about a pretty awesome time saver!

Have you ever shredded your chicken in your mixer before? Pretty cool huh?

Keep it simple,

~Mavis

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Backyard Gardening – Thinning Out Raspberry Canes

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how to harvest raspberry canes

This morning Lucy the puggle dog and I went out to the raspberry patch to do a little weeding.

how to plant raspberry canes

Every year around this time, new raspberry growth starts popping up between the rows and I have to get out there and do some serious weeding before the new canes begin to take over the paths.

In 2011 we had a bumper crop of raspberries, but last year was just so-so. I think it may have had something to do with me tossing a boatload of Tagro at the base of the canes but who knows, maybe it was just an off year. Fingers crossed this year will be better.

puggle puppy dog tan brown

That is, as long as I can keep Lucy from turning the raspberry canes in to little nubs of nothingness.

I’m beginning to think pets and gardening are not such a good idea after all. Or maybe it’s just puppies and gardening that don’t mix.

rows of raspberry canes plants

Neat and tidy rows. Just the way I like it.

Are YOU growing raspberries this year? If so, do you know what variety?

We are growing Cascade Delight raspberries and they are da’ bomb! If you are local and you’d like to buy some, you can find them at Spooner Farms in Puyallup, Washington.

~Mavis

Thinking about planting raspberry canes this year? Check out my How to Plant Raspberrie Canes Guide

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Canning 101 – Strawberry Chipotle Jam Recipe

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Strawberry Chipotle Jam canning recipe

This morning I whipped up a batch of chipotle strawberry jam. Thanks to all those fresh berries I picked up from Mr. Produce Guy a few days ago I was able to get a jump start on canning season this year.

Strawberry chipotle jam has a bit of a kick to it and I like to serve it with a hunk of rustic bread or alongside cheese and crackers {this jam over a block of cream cheese is awesome!}.

chipotle pepper chopped

Ingredients

3 cups {1 1/2 pounds} fresh strawberries, chopped
3  chipotle peppers, minced {canned}
3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 package powdered pectin

kerr canning jar

Directions

Bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

In a 6 – 8 quart sauce pot, combine the strawberries, peppers, lemon juice and pectin and stir.

Bring mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Slowly stir in the sugar and return to a full rolling for 1 minute, making sure to stir constantly to avoid boiling over. Remove from heat and skim off any foam with metal spoon.

Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. {Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.} Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary}. Yields {7} 1/2 pints.

blue jam cookbook
A few of my favorite canning books:

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Put ‘em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide
Tart and Sweet: 101 Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen

See More of my Canning Recipes HERE

Need a canner? I used the Granite Ware 11-1/2 Quart Covered Preserving Canner with Rack. And if you need a tool kit, I use one similar to this one.

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Travel Tips – 10 Things to Do Before You Leave on Vacation

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10 Things to Do Before You Leave on Vacation

If you have followed by blog, you know I LOVE to travel.  I have learned over the years {through a trial and error–well, mostly error} that a little preparation goes a long way when it comes to getting the most out of vacations.

Here’s 10 tips to try BEFORE you leave on vacation to ensure you have a great vacation and an easy transition once you return home:

  1. Use up all of the food in the fridge.  A week or two before I leave, I start to look at my perishables and plan around them.  Wasted food is a pet-peeve, so I try to use it all up.
  2. Go through your purse/wallet and remove any extras you don’t need.  There’s no need to bring extra credit cards, etc., especially should you lose your wallet/purse or have it stolen.  Removing the items means less hassle. I like to travel with a money belt.
  3. Remember to close you curtains/blinds.  Lock all of your doors.   Unplug any unnecessary electronics, etc.   Let your neighbors know that you will be gone, so that they can keep an eye on your house.
  4. Stop mail or arrange for a friend/family member to pick it up.  Nothing says “I’m gone” like a back-log of mail in the box.
  5. Turn down your water heater {I know some people who turn their water off completely}.  Turn up/down your thermostat.  No need to pay for heating and cooling if  you aren’t going to be there.
  6. Water your plants.
  7. Arrange for a dog/house sitter, if necessary.   It’s best to do this in advance, in case your pet needs additional vaccines before going to the kennel.
  8. Remember your chargers.  Pack cell phone and laptop chargers.
  9. Do ALL your laundry ahead of time.  That way, when you get home, you’ll have clean clothes while you are doing laundry from your trip.
  10. Take out the garbage.  Man-oh-man, nothing says “welcome home” like stinky garbage.  {I’ve learned this lesson the hard way.}

How about you, do you have any tried-and-true vacation preps that you use?

~Mavis

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

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Raising Backyard Chickens – Blue Cochin Chicks

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blue cochin chick 4 weeks feathered legs

Our trio of blue cochin chicks are now one month old and thriving. There was a bit of a mean girls club going on the first week we had the chicks but our sweet little blueberry toughed it out and is quickly catching up in size with the other two chicks.

blue cochin chick

Normally around four weeks chicks start to go through the ugly duckling phase and look a little goofy as their feathers grow. But these cuties are just giant puffs of blue grey feathers and are absolutely gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

blue cochin chick

Look at the sweet little feathers on their legs.

blue cochin chick 4 weeks

The chicks look like they are wearing pantaloons. Ahhh they are so stinkin’ cute I can hardly stand it.

baby chicks in a stock tank

The 4 week old chicks are still residing in a stock tank in the garage and have about a month to go before we introduce them to  our big chickens.  By then the weather will have warmed a bit and they’ll be large enough to climb or fly up the ladder into the chicken coop.

Baby chicks are awesome! With some luck, once these birds start laying, we should be getting about 15 eggs a day by this fall.

Weeeee!

~Mavis

If you are thinking about getting a flock of your own baby chicks be sure and read my How to Care for Baby Chicks post. It’s full of everything you need to know to get started.

And if you are looking for a great chicken book, check out Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English. I think it’s pretty awesome.

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Mornings with Mavis – Organic Sheets, Drink Dispensers, Herb Scissors, Freshwater Pearls + More

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Happy Thursday!

Yesterday was kind of crazy around here, we had a visit from KOMO TV, opened a bunch boxes with new gnomes tucked inside {you can see them HERE} and make an awesome batch of strawberry chipotle jam {I’ll share the recipe in a bit}.

Yee-Haw! Life is good.

Here are a few deals I spotted this morning for you, have a great day every one.

 ~Mavis

600 thread count sheets

Amazon has 600 Thread Count Luxury Certified Organic Cotton Sheet Set on sale for $27.67 shipped and there are a ton of colors to choose from.

herb scissors

Have you ever tried Herb Scissors before?  They’re pretty awesome.  I own a pair and use them all the time.  Amazon has these herb scissors on sale right now for $9.95.

glass Drink Dispensers

Zulily has Drink Dispensers on sale starting at $14.99. I own a few and they are great for parties.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

7 jeans

 

Groupon has Seven7 Jeans on sale for $29.99! If Seven7 jeans are your favorite ones to wear, now is the time to snag a pair {or two}.groupon deals

Groupon is hot today. Here are a few deals:

Emerald City Trapeze Arts 2 hours for $39 {What fun!}
Helicopters Northwest - $135 for Private Seattle Helicopter Tour for Up to Three People
Four-Pack of Degree Deodorant for Men or Women $7.99
Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub $20 worth of food for $10

living social dealsLiving Social always has great deals, here are my favorites:

Freshwater Pearl Earrings $8 {What a deal!}
Lego Storage - Starting at $9

6pm shoe deals

6pm has skate shoes, wedges and Asics running shoes on sale. 6pm ships for FREE!


E.L.F cosmetics is offering free shipping with any purchase of $15.00. Use promotion code SHIPBEAUTY at checkout to get this awesome deal.


Save $5 on every $10 you spend at Cardstore! Unlimited Increments! Plan Ahead for Mother's Day, Birt

Save $5 on every $10 you spend at Cardstore! Unlimited Increments! Plan ahead for Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduation, and more with Cardstore’s latest offer!

Plus you can personalize the card with your own signature, then Cardstore will mail the cards directly to your recipient. Use code: CCF3411 at checkout now through Wednesday 4/17/13.

amazon local deals

Amazon Local is offering some great deals, here are my two favorites:

Amazon Fresh – Free Delivery through the end of May
Photo Bin – 8.5×11 Hardcover Photo Book $10

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

This week you can expect to find 1 Red Plum coupon insert in the Sunday paper this week. Plus Albertsons double coupons if you are in the Northwest.

Go HERE to view the entire list of coupons that will be available in this Sunday’s paper.

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.


Famous Footwear, save 15% off – Print your coupon to shop in-store 4/11-4/21

$0.55 off one Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage$1.00 off any (1) Garnier Fructis Styling Product $1.00 off any 1 LISTERINE Mouthwash 1L or larger $5.00 off any Non-Drowsy Claritin 24ct or larger $3.00 off Non-Drowsy Children's Claritin Chewables

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Welcome Komo News Viewers – Send in the Gnomes

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mavis butterfield komo news gnome St. Jude

Welcome Komo News viewers, I’m so glad you’re here. Keith Eldridge stopped by this afternoon to help be open some packages and to help me track the gnomes on the world map Not only is he good at geography but he’s pretty handsome too!

In case you’re wondering what this is all about, you can read the whole crazy plan HERE, the gist of it is this. I am asking people to send in gnomes from all over the country {one just arrived from Denmark!}, and for every gnome I receive from the Send in the Gnome project, I will donate $10 to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.*

The ultimate goal is to receive 1,000 gnomes and truck them across the country in a MotorGnome and deposit them in the raised bed gardens at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and in public, community and children’s gardens along the way.

send-in-the-gnomes-one-hundred-dollars-a-month

Since starting the wild and crazy fundraiser 2 weeks ago I have received over 100 gnomes {check ‘em out HERE}! Keith and I opened more boxes today and I have about 16 more to add to the list which will bring the total up to 12o.

WAhoooooo!

I know this sounds like a totally crazy idea, but I really think I can pull it off with YOUR help.

So what do you say? Will you send in a gnome?

Mavis butterfield gnome St. Jude's wish list

Please send gnomes by August 1st, 2013 to:

Mavis Butterfield
P.O. Box 2083
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

Under no circumstance will any gnome be returned. By donating a gnome to the Send in the Gnomes project you are giving Mavis and her helpers full authority to place your gnome, or anything else you send in, anywhere in the world.

St. Jude, here we come!

~Mavis

 * A maximum of $10,000 will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

If you would like to learn more about me and my everyday life, here are a few links:

Gardening

Growing food is the coolest hobby on the planet.  Want to know the best part?  It’s not rocket science.  Anyone can do it! This year I plant to grow 2 tons of food {4,000 pounds!}

Reclaimed Food

I like to feed my family trash.

Weekly Shopping Trips

Did you know you can save money by using coupons?  Trust me, it’s not an urban legend, it’s actually true.

Bartering

Bartering with my friends and neighbors is a blast.  I never know what I’m going to come home with.

Chickens

I know, I know, only weirdos and farmers have chickens right?  Wrong.  Cool people have them too. Plus, they’re cheaper than cable and they give you eggs, and if they misbehave… well.

Recipes

I’m not a foodie.  I just happen to photograph everything I make. Then I post pimped up pictures of my creations on my blog so I can tell my husband I didn’t have time to clean the house.  If you have a boatload of raspberries right now you should totally try this raspberry buckle cake.  It is divine.

Well, that’s about it… Take your time, and look around.

Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you’re here!

Mavis

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Container Gardening – Cool Garden Containers You Won’t See in Your Neighbors Yard

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container gardening steel drums

Why have boring old pots and planters for your container garden when you can garden in steel drums? That’s right, I painted these beauties Pepto Bismal pink, Grape Taffy and Tighty Whitey White.

I picked these steel drums up at Wilco a while back and they had previously held concentrated apple juice. Yee- Haw! One Apple factories trash, is another man’s treasure.

I’d say they are a one of a kind. What do you think?

container gardening tips

To help with air flow and to save a little money on soil, I placed a giant landscaping pot {find free growing containers} at the bottom of each drum and filled them with a batch of my DIY potting soil mix.

container garden steel drums planters

It kind of makes me want to hop a flight to Key West, Florida to pink up some pineapple drinks and flamingos for the back 40.

spray painted deck garden chairs

I’m pretty sure the Handsome Husband is going to keel over the next time he looks outside and seems them. Lucky for me, the newly spray painted patio chairs have been hidden under the deck and he hasn’t noticed them yet.

Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

~Mavis

tips for container gardening

If you are short on space and are thinking about growing a container garden this year, check out my Tips for Container Gardening post. It’s filled with awesome tips and tricks to help you have the best container garden ever.

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Easy Gardening Tips – Use Coffee Filters in Flower Pots

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Easy Gardening Tips – Use Coffee Filters in Flower Pots

Calling all neat freaks.

If you are worried about soil falling out of your flower pots when you water your plants, there is an easy solution. Simply line your flower pot with a coffee filter before you fill it with soil to stop it from falling through the drainage hole.

Yee-Haw! Gardening is fun.

~Mavis

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