Easy Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids – Root Beer Reindeer, Cinnamon Candles, Tea Bag Wreath

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Pipe cleaners, googley eyes, and red sparkly pom poms.  Root Beer Reindeer.  Awesome!

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I am a total tea drinker and I absolutely LOVE this gift idea!

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Toilet paper rolls and construction paper.  Does it get any easier than that?

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White candles, cinnamon sticks and a couple of sprigs of holly.  Perfect!

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Candy canes, brown yard, googly eyes, a jingle bell, white sting and red pom poms.  This would be fun for the kids to make while the adults are chatting.

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25 Days of Christmas Cookies – Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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I have been making these cookies ever since my friend Jane told me about them a few years ago.  The recipe comes from Martha Stewart’s Cookie Book and I typically bake a double batch of these delicious cookies when my kids request them for their sporting events or if I’m asked to bake cookies for a bake sale.

The are seriously the best chocolate cookies I have ever tasted, and, there are never any leftovers. The only thing I’ve changed from Martha’s original recipe is I have added a touch of cinnamon and reduced the baking temp a bit for a chewier cookie.

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
2 cups sugar + 1/4 cup for rolling cookie balls into
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Beat the butter, 2 cups sugar, vanilla and eggs until light and fluffy {I use a KitchenAid mixer for this}

Slowly add dry ingredients, and mix well.  Chill the dough in the refrigerator for one hour until the cookie dough is somewhat firm.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper or with a silpat baking mat. Use a 1 tablespoon cookie dough scoop to form dough balls and then roll the balls in sugar. Bake 10 -12 minutes . Cool on a wire rack. Hide a few for yourself and then serve a big plate full to your kids with a tall glass of milk to wash them down.

Martha Stewart’s Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share  ~ Amazon.com

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Shopping with Mavis – 11 Stores in 7 Hours

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I had planned on spending the entire day in the garden yesterday. Instead I ended up spending 7 hours running errands and shopping with my daughter, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird.

During breakfast yesterday she reminded me she needed to go shopping for a dress for a special occasion she has coming up.  The Girl only owns 2 dresses as it is, and she had been saving up her money to buy herself a new dress for sometime now {we give our kids a monthly allowance and they are in charge of buying their own clothes, gifts, entertainment, school supplies, and whatever else they want}.

Because I absolutely despise going to a mall or any retail store this time of year, we made a list of every possible store {except grocery} we would need something from from now until January and headed off in the car.

The first stop was the thrift store.

When you go to the thrift store and see an item you might like do you walk around clinging to it as if it were gold, only to talk yourself out of it before you get to the register?  I do it ALL THE TIME.  I mean really, could you see me wearing the green leafy skirt above?  Like that would ever happen.

It took us 7 hours, we made 11 stops, and got everything marked off our list.

Our first stop was the recycling center to drop off cardboard and newspaper.

Then we stopped by Fred Meyer to pick up some Challenge Butter for $1 a pound. We also stuck some money in the Salvation Army kettle and noticed the bell ringers were a wee bit chilly.  So we walked back in and bought them 3 hot cocoas. Yay for random acts of kindness!

We also stopped by World Market to get a few items for my parents gift baskets.  Note: Crushed candy canes are only $3.99 here vs $4.99 at Crate and Barrel.

Then we were hungry so we stopped by KRISPY KREME!!!! Wahooo.  When the guy handed us our doughnuts I said to The Girl, “Look, free gift tags, how cool is that?”  “Whoop T Do Mom” she said.

Then I turned the gift tags over and OH MY GOODNESS … 12 coupons for 6 free cups of coffee and 6 free doughnuts. Yeah Baby Yeah!

Then we made like 5 other stops before ending our shopping/errand spree at Costco.  Along with buying new socks and underwear for the Handsome Husband for Christmas {please tell me I’m not the only one who does this}, we also picked up a bunch of cute onsies for a 3 month old baby to place under the Angel Tree.

We had lunch there too.  Meatballs, jalapeno poppers, hot cocoa, gummy vitamins, hummus, chips, bruchetta, and spinach ravioli.   Hot dog it feels good to be done!

How about YOU?  What did you do yesterday?  Are you done with your shopping yet?

Mavis

 

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Sunday Brunch Recipes – Homemade Strawberry Almond Granola

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My friend Mama JJ has me hooked on this granola recipe.  I pretty much want to marry it.

Delicious does not even begin to describe it.  Not one bit.  If you have never tried to make your own granola before, put it on your bucket list. Seriously, because once you  make it, you’ll be like…

“What on earth was I waiting for?  This stuff is freakin’ awesome!”

Every time I have made this granola recipe I have done something a little different. The first time I used cranberries and left out the almonds, the second time I used cranberries & sunflower seeds and this time around I used strawberries and almonds.  So basically, you can change it up to suit your likes and dislikes.  And if someone in your household is allergic to peanut butter, simply use honey instead.

How to make Granola.

5 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup dried strawberries

In a large bowl toss the oats, nuts and coconut together. Combine the brown sugar, honey, and peanut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until creamy {about 2 minutes}. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Pour the mixture onto a lined cookie sheet {I used a silpat} and bake at 250 degrees for about 60. Stir every fifteen minutes so the mixture does not burn. Cool to room temperature, add dried fruit and hide the granola goodness in an airtight container. Ration accordingly.  Recipe Credit

Looking for a little more granola inspiration?  Check out The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making By Alana Chernila.  Amazon currently has it in stock and it’s packed with all sorts of goodness.

 

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Mornings with Mavis – FREE Kindle Books, Angel Necklace, Peanut Butter, Activity Table, Shari’s Berries, Toliet Paper Winner Announced

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Mornings with Mavis

The Girl and I stopped by Target yesterday, and in case you were wondering, there are NO new sleeper pajamas available at Target. Boo!  So you better grab yours before this years stock runs out.  Here are a few deals I spotted this morning while having my cuppa tea.  Be sure and grab the Weekend Homesteader ebook while you can, it’s one of my favorites.

Free Amazon Kindle Books – Get them before before Amazon starts charging for them.

Weekend Homesteader: September
Caveman Family Favorites: Yummy Paleofied Breakfast Recipes For One Incredible Month

Tomato Container Gardening: 7 Easy Steps To Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces
17 Holiday Recipes for the Paleo, Primal, and Gluten-Free Inclined

Sterling Silver “Guardian Angel Protect Me Wherever I Go and Keep Me From Harm” $22.50 {Great reviews}
Classic Smooth Puffed Teardrop Sterling Silver Hook Earrings $14.96
Stainless Steel Freshwater White Pearl Earrings With Hypoallergenic Backs $7.00

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Sears has the Hamilton Beach 4 Quart Oval Slow Cooker for only $9.99 with FREE in store pick up! Go HERE to get this deal.

Skippy Peanut Butter, Natural Chunky, 40Ounce $5.87 when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Skippy Peanut Butter, Creamy, 40Ounce
$5.87 when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Get a $30 voucher to Shari’s Berries for only $15 from Living Social.  This is a GREAT alternative to sending flowers for the holidays.  We have enjoyed these yummy berries before as well as sent them to my parents and in-laws.  Go HERE to get this deal.

Amazon currently has the KidKraft Lego Compatible 2 in 1 Activity Table on sale for $69 shipped!

Amazon currently has a 1 year subscription to Homes and Gardens Magazine for only $5.  Go HERE to get this deal.

A big thank you to everyone who entered the “Oh Mavis, You Shouldn’t Have” giveaway. We have a winner!

The Question was – What has been the best thing that has happened to you this year.

Linda wrote- The best thing that happened to me this year is that I woke up each morning to enjoy another day! Very thankful!

Congratulations Linda! Wahooo!

If you didn’t win this time around, no worries, there will be another HOT HOT HOT giveaway tonight, so be sure and check back.

Alright, I’m off to go make breakfast.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

Mavis

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Printable Coupons – Kashi, Minute Maid, Chex, Welch’s, Quaker, Honey Nut Cheerios + More

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$1.00 off TWO Kellogg's Special K Cereals
$1.00 off any TWO boxes Chex cereals
$0.50 off ONE box Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
$0.50 off Original Bisquick
$0.50 off any cup of Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal
$2.00 off any TWO Kellogg's Special K Cereals
$1.00 off Minute Maid Juice Box 10-pk
$1.00 off Fruit when you purchase any ONE Kashi
$1.00 off three Welch's Sparkling Juice Cocktails
$0.55 off any Hungry Jack Pancake Mix or Syrup
$1.00 off any TWO Kashi Crackers or Pita Crisps

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Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake Recipe

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If you’re looking for a delicious gingerbread cake recipe to bake this winter, this is the one. I made it last year, and I’ll be making it again this year.  Not only is this gingerbread cake super moist, your house will smell amazing when you bake it.

Ingredients

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 inch square pan and set aside.

In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream together the sugar and butter until nice and smooth. Then add in the egg, and molasses and mix together.

Slowly add in half of the flour mixture, then the hot water, then the remaining flour mixture and stir together until smooth.

Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack, slice, and sprinkle with powered sugar. Recipe Credit

Looking for more yummy recipes?  Check out the book Gingerbread* by Jennifer Linder McGlinn. I purchased this book last year and LOVE it!

* Direct link to an Amazon.com product

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Bartering with Mavis – Organic Deer for Dry Goods

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About a month ago, Chino the Handyman went hunting with his brothers and bagged a deer. When I had asked him what he was going to do with all the meat, he offered to barter some of it with me when he picked it up from the butcher.

Yesterday, when I came home from running errands, Chino the Handy Man had dropped off a big bag of goodness on my porch. 17 pounds of free range, organic deer meat to be exact.

Here’s what was in the bag:

  • 3 Roasts {2-3 pounds each}
  • 4 packages of ground meat {1.5 pounds each}
  • 3 packages of deer chops {what are deer chops anyway?}
Hot diggety! 10 packages of meat. Wahoooo!

Chino made me work out the details with Girly Girl.  So I called her up, stood in my pantry, and started rambling off the things I thought she might like. Pasta, squash, canned pears, a 2 year old bottle of maraschino cherries, batteries, flour sack towels, cupcake liners, quinoa, a coupon for $25 off at Pottery Barn, Boboli pizza crusts and more.

I’m really happy with the deal because organic meat is my favorite thing to barter for.

What do you think? Who got the better deal?

Mavis, or Chino the Handyman?

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

Christmas Fun

Coupons and Freebies


Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

Gevalia

Online Deals


Recipes


Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – 60% off UGG Boots, Spanx, Angry Birds, Free Children’s Kindle Books, Pea Coats and More

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Well hellooooo there.  What are your plans for today? I’ll think I’ll make a big pot of soup then head on out to the garden when day breaks.  Whatever you do today make sure you have fun.

Here are a few deals I spotted this morning for you.

Mornings with Mavis

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is: Save up to 75% on winter coats for womenmengirls, boys, and baby. Discount offer applies to only items shipped and sold by Amazon.com. This offer is valid today only, December 8, 2012, and while supplies last.

Here are a few of my favorites-

Dockers Men’s Limited Offer Classic Melton Wool Pea Coat
IXtreme Baby-Boys Snow Snowsuit
Pink Platinum Baby-Girls Infant Puffer Quilted Jacket Bib Set
London Fog Women’s Petite Classic Trench Coat
Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Warm Down-Filled Coat

This Stanley 10-Piece Standard Fluted Screwdriver Set for $9.68 from amazon looks like a great deal. Go HERE to check it out.

Free Amazon Kindle Books For Kids - 


Letters from Santa: A Christmas Alphabet
Gwynne, Fair & Shining
Winter is Here!
Eliza’s Forever Trees

Any Angry Birds fans out there?  These Angry Birds plush toys with sound would make great stocking stuffers.

Angry Birds Plush 5-Inch Red Bird with Sound $3.99
Angry Birds Plush 5-Inch Piglet with Sound $4.99
Angry Birds Plush 5-Inch Yellow Bird with Sound $3.99
Angry Birds Plush 5-Inch Blue Bird with Sound $3.99

 

Tanga is having a Don’t Freeze Your Face Mask Sale and has some wickedly awesome neoprene face masks on sale for $7.99.  I think I might have to grab the Nacho Libre one for Monkey Boy! Go HERE to get this deal.

6pm has UGG boots, clogs, and accessories on sale for up to 60% off. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

Discount Mags is Holiday Food & Cooking Magazines starting at $3.99/year

Here are a few of my favorite deals -

UGG – Leland (Black/Charcoal)
UGG – Leland (Charcoal/Espresso)
UGG Kids – Kalie II (Youth) (Indigo)
UGG – Long Pile Shearling Cuff Glove-short (Chestnut)

Zulily currently has SPANX on sale for up to 65% off.  Go HERE to take a peek.

Tiny Prints Cyber Monday

Have you ordered your holiday cards yet?  If not Tiny Prints is having a site wide sale this weekend and you can score 25% off any order when you use code DEC25 at check out.  If you have never ordered from Tiny Prints before the quality is amazing.

What: Save 25% sitewide at Tiny Prints using the code DEC25 at checkout.
When: Friday through Sunday. Offer expires 12/9/12 at 11:59 pm (PT).
Promo Code: DEC25
There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.

Head on over HERE to Tiny Prints to check out this deal.

Amazon currently has the Snapware Cupcake Carrier on sale for $18.97.  The reviews on this thing ROCK!  Go HERE to get this deal.

Are you a King Arthur Fan? Through midnight 12/9/12 you’ll receive free shipping and $10 gift card with a $40 order! Head on over HERE to get this deal. 

$15.00 off one FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System

If you are thinking about purchasing a FoodSaver there are 2 new coupons available to print.

$2.00 off one FoodSaver Heat-Seal Bag or Roll
$15.00 off one FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit for the Weekly Highlights.

Mavis

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