Mornings with Mavis – AeroGarden, Coupons, Magazines, Trail Shoes, Free Kindle Books

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Happy Sunday. Here are a few deals I spotted this morning.

free kindle books

Free Kindle Books

Essential Home Remedies
Ultimate Outdoor Workout System
Surviving the Fall – Holy Crap, We’re Broke!
The Ultimate Nutella Recipe Book: Delicious Recipes for Nutella

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

areogarden

AeroGarden is having a President’s Day BOGO free sale which includes everything on their site when you use code BOGO at checkout.new balance 610 shoe

Joe’s New Balance Outlet has the Woman’s New Balance 610 Ttrail running shoe on sale for $34.99.

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living social deals

Living Social has a 1 night stay at the Portland Marriott for $99 and half off registration fees for the Tacoma Chili Chase race next weekend.

black high heels

6pm has comfortable and cute heels on sale {Born, Rockport, Easy Street and more.} Some styles are up to 75% off! Here are a few of my favorites:

Rialto – Conseza $14.00 Shipped
Easy Street $17.50 Shipped
LifeStride – Suspect
$21.98 Shipped
Vaneli – Vidor
 $26.25 Shipped

discountmags

Discount Mags is having a Food & Cooking Magazine Sale with prices starting at $3.99 for a 1 year subscription. Head on over HERE to view all the available titles.

little house in the suburbs

Little House in the Suburbs is an excellent read. The reviews rock and it’s perfect for those of use who live in suburbia who want to dabble in a little of everything.$0.75 off one Cascadian Farm product$1.00 off any 3 Kellogg's Cereals listed$0.75 off any ONE BOX Total cereal$0.50 off ONE BOX Chex cereal$0.50 off ONE BOX Original Cheerios cereal$0.75 off Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate cereal
There are lot’s of coupons available for cereal.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

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

♥ Mavis

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Vanilla Pear Coffee Cake Recipe

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Recipe Vanilla Pear Coffee Cake

A big thank you to Heather who told me about how she substituted canned pears for blueberries and how she upped the vanilla in my blueberry buckle recipe. I made Heather’s version today and man oh man was it yummy.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients {slightly adapted from Jane}

1/2 cup butter, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
3 cups canned pears, drained and chopped
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 tbsp. butter, room temperature

Vanilla Pear Coffee Cake Recipe

Directions

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper {or butter and flour your pan} and set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to low, and add egg and vanilla. When combined, alternate adding reserved flour mixture and milk to the mixer, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Remove from mixer.  Gently fold in pears. Pour batter into prepared pan. To make streusel topping, mix cinnamon, salt, brown sugar and flour together; cut in butter using a pastry blender or fork until fine crumbs are formed. Using hands, squeeze together most of the mixture to form large clumps. Sprinkle topping generously over batter.

Bake for about 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes before removing sides of pan. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Rustic Fruit Desserts  Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers

Looking for more delicious fruit recipes? Check out Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More is packed with awesomeness.

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Raising Backyard Chickens – Ameraucana Chickens Lay Green Eggs

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Yesterday Mrs. Hillbilly, her kids and her Mom stopped by to check out the garden. Her Mother is in town this week and is a great resource for gardening that’s for sure.

After we were done talking about okra, landscape fabric and roadside stands, we glanced into the chicken coop and noticed a chicken had laid a green egg. The first colored egg from our flock of chicks we brought home last fall.

easter egger chicken

But who laid the egg? Was it Peanut?

Ameraucana chicken white

Hilda?

She was awfully chatty yesterday when I was inquiring around the coop as to who laid the beautiful green egg.

Ameraucana chicken 20 weeks

Or was it Matilda, our glam girl?

All I know is, Ameraucana chickens tend to lay blue or green eggs. But in rare cases will lay a PINK egg. We currently have 3 Ameraucana hens, and only one of them has started to lay. So there is hope.

We’ve had several Ameraucana chickens over the years, but they’ve all laid green eggs. So I’m hoping this year we will have one that lays blue eggs as well.  I know the pink eggs are a total long shot, but Mrs. HB’s mom mentioned her husband had a hen that laid pink eggs when he was growing up. So I know there is hope.

fresh egg broken{Mrs. HB stole my eggs and then dropped one}

What color of eggs do YOUR chickens lay? Have you ever had a pink one?

~Mavis

how to care for baby chicks

Thinking about getting some chicks but don’t know where to begin? Go HERE to learn How to Care for Baby Chicks.

 

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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reclaiming our foodBooks, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

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Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

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Mornings with Mavis 

Copy Cat Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

Recipes

How to Build a Compost Bin Out of Wood Pallets

Tips and Tricks

mavis butterfield

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, $1.00 Lay’s Chips, Cole Haan, Finish, Brother Sewing Machine

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Mornings with Mavis

Happy Saturday, here are a few deals I spotted for you. What are your plans for the day? I plan on shoveling dirt all day. Ha!

free kindle books

Free Kindle Books

Basic Soap Making: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started 
Unusual Medicinal Herbs
How to Grow Orchids: A Guide to Growing Orchids for Beginners
The Mushroom Book For Beginners: 2nd Edition 

free kindle cookbooks

Free Kindle Cookbooks

Cake Balls: Recipes and Tips For Irresistible Cake Balls!
Pancakes Anyone? Basic, Healthy and Devilishly Decadent Recipes
Top 30 Easy & Delicious Burger and Sandwich Recipes
Quick and Light: Healthy Recipes You’ll Fall in Love With

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

brother sewing machine inexpensive

Amazon has the Brother Easy-To-Use Lightweight Basic 10-Stitch Sewing Machine on sale for $78.88 shipped.

Hotel Transylvania (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (2012)

Amazon currently has Hotel Transylvania (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) for $19.99 shipped. I hear there’s some girl named Mavis in the movie. Hmmm, maybe I’ll have to watch.Finish detergent coupon
Amazon currently has Finish Dishwasher Detergent 85 count box for only $13.18 shipped!

Cole Haan Air Penny Driver

6pm is having a 70% off Cole Haan shoe, handbag, and accessory sale and right now the Cole Hann Air Penny Driver is in stock and ready to ship for $59.99 {down from $195} and must have for the preppy girl at heart.

Craftsy Valentine's Day Sale

Craftsy is running a Valentine’s Day Sale and classes are up to 75% off!

lays-chips

Save $1.00 off Lay’s Potato Chips. This could mean a free bag of chips if your store doubles coupons!

discountmags

Discount Mags is having a Food & Cooking Magazine Sale with prices starting at $3.99 for a 1 year subscription. Head on over HERE to view all the available titles.

fisher price hasbro toy coupons
There are new coupons available for Fisher- Price and Hasbro Toys.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

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

♥ Mavis

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The Best Tuna Casserole Recipe

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The Best Tuna Casserole Recipe

Have you ever made homemade tuna casserole before? No, I’m not talking about Tuna Helper, I mean the real thing. Because man is it good. The only question is, should you add peas or not?

Here is the Handsome Husband’s favorite recipe:

Ingredients

8 ounces egg noodles {I used No Yolks brand}
1 {10 1/4 ounce} can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup frozen peas {optional}
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 {7 ounce} can tuna, with juice

Topping

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs {1 Tab. melted butter + bread crumbs}

tuna casserole recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook noodles until al dente. Drain.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl a large bowl and pour into a 9×13 buttered casserole dish. For the topping, sprinkle 1/2 cup cheddar cheese over the top then add the buttered bread crumbs {bread crumbs with a 1 tablespoon melted butter combined}.

Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

Dig in!

casserole recipe book

Looking for a few more awesome possum casserole recipes? Check out the book The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever. Amazon  currently has it in stock, and ready to ship.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Queen of the Sun

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Tonight the Girl and I are going to feed my new bee fascination with the documentary, Queen of the Sun.  The movie goes into detail about the collapsing bee colonies due to mono-culture growing practices and chemical pesticides.  It also discusses the impact on the whole ecosystem, should the bee population continue to decline.

If this doesn’t motivate me to get into the bee keeping game, I don’t know what will.  Besides, I immediately loved the man who tickles the bees with his mustache, so at the very least, I’ll get to watch more of him.

queen of the sun

So, have you seen it?  Will it change the way I look at bees?

Amazon Instant Video has Queen of the Sun available for $3.99 HERE, and Netflix has it for FREE right now.

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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How to Grow Lobelia {Start to Finish}

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lobelia seeds purple pink white

This morning I started a flat of lobelia seeds. I had such great success growing lobelia last year for my hanging flower baskets, that I decided to grow it again. Besides growing lobelia for hanging flowers baskets, I plan to include it in my front window box as well. The cascading pink, purple and white flowers are look magnificent from far away and really give the garden a cottage look to it {which I love}.

Brief description:  Lobelia is a soft colorful annual flower.  It can either be trailing or not, depending on the variety {I LOVE the trailing!}.

Where to Plant Lobelia:  Lobelia is an excellent addition to any container, but they can also be planted in beds or in borders.

lobelia seeds

Planting Seeds:   Lobelia is best started indoors about 8-10 weeks before the last frost.  Press the seeds lightly into the surface of the soil.  Plant in “clumps” of 12-20 seeds–do not thin.  When transplanting, space clumps about 4-6″ apart.  Seeds require a warm environment, so use a warming pad or keep in a warm location.  Keep seed pots moist by watering with LUKE WARM water.

Growing Tips:  Once your plants are established, they are pretty easy to grow.  Water regularly and fertilize every 4-6 weeks.  Dead head flowers to keep your containers look neat and tidy.

lobelia{photo credit}

Interesting Fact:  Lobelia is NOT edible.  It is actually classified as a poisonous flower.

Have YOU ever tried growing lobelia before?

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Sara From Vermont Sends in Her Garden Photos

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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 Sara sent in:

Hey there Mavis!

I wanted to share my gardening pictures with you.  I live on a small plot of land, 1/4 acre, in Duxbury, VT.

I got started gardening about 10 years ago when my husband planned out a garden.  We planted a few basics and got some good stuff and I was hooked.  Since then we put together a great garden every year.

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Well let me tell you, 2012 was a big year.  I became a master gardener and wanted to go into the gardening business so I had to prove to my husband that I could do it.  So I did!  We have 2 gardens- the side garden and back garden.  Last spring we cut down a smallish pine tree so we could expand the back garden and I was able to grow 18 tomato plants last summer.  I grew so many other things in that garden- fennel, kale, chard, asparagus, garlic, quinoa, peppers, and all my herbs.

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In the side garden we focused on peas, cucumbers, onions, cabbage, carrots, beets, pumpkins and squashes of all sorts. This year I’m going to start my own seeds for the first time!  I got a beautiful grow light for Christmas and have started micro greens so far.  Soon I will start my onions then eventually peppers and tomatoes.

vegetable garden

I canned like crazy last summer!  I made pickled beets, carrots, broccoli and squash.  I canned about 80 pounds of tomatoes into quarters, sauce, and jam.  I made a lot of pickles, jams, and relishes.

squash growing on the lawn grass

After we wrapped up the garden last year my hubby and I both said to each other “Man we went big this year.  Next year?  Even bigger.”  We’re discussing bringing some chickens in so hopefully we’ll get that together in the next year or so.

I highly recommend using burlap sacks as weed barriers.  We are lucky to live in the hometown of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters so we can pick up those bags for free.  I used them everywhere to mark paths and keep weeds down.

There you have it!  I hope you can use my story on your blog.

Thanks,

Sara

Nice work Sara, and thank you for sending in your photos and story, everything looks great!

~Mavis

SAMSUNG{Denise from Spanaway: Garden Tour}

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 & Craft made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.

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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Mavis Garden Blog – Expanding a Raised Garden Bed

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picture of dirt

Yesterday the Handsome Husband had 15 yards of dirt delivered for Valentine’s Day.

raised garden beds with logs

As I was walking to the backyard to grab the wheelbarrow I glanced over at the large raised garden bed we installed a few years ago, and decided it needed to be a little larger.
raised garden bed logs

This was not in my original garden plan I made this winter, and at first I was only going to lengthen the bed. But one thing led to another, and I soon found myself kicking the logs away and shoveling up the old bark.

garden mulch

Before I knew it I was moving the old bark over by the greenhouse. And then while I was unloading the bark, I got distracted yet again and decided to beef up the  raised flower bed area with a few more loads of dirt.

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Then it was back to moving bark again.

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I’m hoping by the end of the day I’ll have this little {unexpected} project done. I’m going to try and connect the area where we had the bean teepees placed to the raised log garden bed area. Ultimately I think it would be cool to grow beans, corn and pumpkins there. We’ll see. I think it will work.

Wish me luck!

~Mavis

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