Snow Sculptures From Around the World

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Do you love snow?  I do.  Mostly because it means I don’t have to leave the house. I can stay in my pajamas all day long, sipping cocoa and no one will think I’m weird.  Ha!  Here are a few super cool photos I spotted online, maybe I can get Monkey Boy to build me a giant rooster this year.  We’ll see.

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Check out this amazing video to see how the “snow drawing” above was made.

Which one is your favorite?  I’m going to have to go with the rooster.

~Mavis

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Easy Kitchen Tips – Apple Cider Mulling Spice Recipe

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We’ve been adding mulling spices to plain apple juice for as long as I can remember.  I whipped up a batch today so the kids can enjoy s cup {or two} today after school.  This recipe for apple cider mulling spice is perfect for the holidays!

Ingredients

5 {3-inch} cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon allspice berries
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg
2 tablespoons fresh orange rind

64 oz apple cider {or juice}

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a piece cheesecloth or muslin, gather the edges and tie with baker’s twine*.  Pour apple cider {or juice} in a crock pot, add spice sack and cook on low for several hours before serving. Remove  spices, and serve warm. Your house will smell heavenly.

Baker’s Twine* is available on Amazon.com

*Direct link to an Amazon.com product

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25 Days of Christmas Cookies – Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

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I want to say a very big THANK YOU to Erika for telling me about these pomegranate cookies earlier this year. Seriously, you need to find yourself 2 pomegranates and make a batch.  And then hide them, because you’ll want then all for yourself.

Ingredients {adapted from Danamadeit}

1/2 Cup unsalted butter
1/2 Cup Crisco vegetable shortening {I LOVE Crisco}

3/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup pomegranate arils {about 2 pomegranates}

In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter, shortening, 2 sugars, vanilla, and eggs.

In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine it with the butter mixture and mix until everything is incorporated.

Carefully fold the pomegranate arils into cookie dough.

Using a 2-inch cookie scoopplace 6 balls of cookie dough evenly apart on a silpator on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

When I said you’ll need to hide these cookies.  I meant it. They are freakin’ awesome!

Looking for new cooling racks? Amazon currently has the Wilton Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack* in stock and ready to ship.  This set of cooling racks has great reviews!

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How to Get Free Food Week #29 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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Hot Diggety Dog, take a look at the boxes of produce we were able to reclaim this week. I guess you were right, people are not spending money on melon this time of year.  Not only was there plenty of fresh melon for us to keep, but there was plenty of  fresh grapes and lettuce for the chickens too.

This is what were able to reclaim -

  • 9  watermelons
  • 3 halved honey dew melons
  • 2 halved cantaloupes
  • 2 heads of lettuce {perfect for taco night}
  • 4 halved pineapples {YUM!}
  • 2 apples
  • 3 bags of red seedless grapes

I’ll have to give Girly Girl and Mrs. Hillbilly a call and see if they want some of this melon. There is no way we’ll be able to finish it before it goes bad.  I’d consider freezing the watermelon for smoothies later in the winter, but I need to defrost my freezers so it’s not really an option at this time.

Were you able to pick up anything for free this past week? If so, let us know in the comment section below.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 7+ months?

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

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  • Heavy-duty compact juice fountain with centered knife blade assembly
  • 700-watt motor operates at 14,000 RPM for maximum extraction
  • Extra-large 3-inch centered feed tube; stainless-steel micro-mesh filter
  • Dishwasher-safe parts; custom cleaning brush included
  • Measures 9-1/2 by 8-3/4 by 16 inches; 1-year limited warranty

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Mornings with Mavis – Toys, Toilet Paper, Coats and Coffee Creamer

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Check out Mrs. Hillbilly’s front porch decorations, aren’t they sweet?  I have not had a chance to bling out my front door yet, but when I do, I’ll post a picture.  Have you decorated your porch yet? Is your tree up yet?

Mornings with Mavis

Looking for toy deals and don’t want to leave the house? Check out Amazon’s Cyber Week Deals.

Amazon currently has Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, Double Rolls for low as $22.74/$.23 per single roll/$.47 per double roll SHIPPED when you use the subscribe and save option at check out

Go HERE to get this Quilted Northern Toilet Paper Deal.


The Amazon Kindle book 30 Delicious Sweet Potato Recipes is available for FREE right now.  I just downloaded it and I’m excited to check out all the sweet potato recipes.

Amazon is offering FREE must-have Christmas Masterpieces MP3 Download.  Go HERE to get your free music while you can {my favorite is the Nutcracker Suite}.

Amazon has the Sodial Scalp Massager on sale for $1.13 shipped right now. Have you ever tried a Scalp Massager?  Do they work?

6pm has some really classic clothing by Gabriella Rocha plus you receive free shipping!

Here are my favorites -

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This is kind of cool, right now you can get a custom iPhone case from Vistaprint for $9.99.


There is a new coupon available for $1.50/1 Coffee Mate Natural Bliss when you “like” them on Facebook.  Go HERE to get your coupon.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

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

Mavis

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Cold Weather Deals from Amazon

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For the Kids -

True Temper Penguin Kids Snow Shovel $6.97
Flexible Flyer Snowball Maker$5.20
The Biggest Snowman Ever $3.99

For the Guys-

Suncast 18-Inch Snow Shovel, Navy $19.51
Hopkins Subzero Ice Crusher Ice Scraper$5.09
Mallory 26″ Snow Brush with Foam Grip $8.99

 

For Grandma -

Snow Joe 18-Inch 13.5-Amp Electric Snow Thrower $157 Shipped.  Awesome reviews!

For Mavis-

Fingerless Texting Gloves with Mitten Cover $13.99
Lovely Grey Scarf $14.95
Ghirardelli Chocolate White Mocha Hot Chocolate, 19 oz. $8.99

Amazon prices can change at anytime. See more Amazon Deals HERE.

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Amazon Vacuum Deals – Dyson, Eureka Hand-Held + Hoover Pet Vacuum

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Today only Amazon has the Dyson Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner for $299 shipped.  This Dyson vacuum retails for $499 and has awesome reviews.

  • Upright vacuum cleaner with Dyson Ball technology for smooth steering
  • Root Cyclone technology ensures no clogging or loss of suction
  • Effective for all floor types; motorized brushbar; Telescope Reach wand
  • HEPA filter; certified asthma friendly; hygienic dust bin; on-board tools
  • Measures 12-1/5 by 15-2/5 by 42-2/5 inches; 5-year parts-and-labor warranty

Go HERE to view the Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner

This Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum is available right now for $38.99 shipped, and is AWESOME to use on the stairs!

  • Strong 5.5 amp suction with stretch hose cleans cars, upholstery, stairs
  • 1 motor powers the revolving brush, second motor for suction
  • Onboard crevice tool; Riser Visor for carpeted stairs
  • Bagless filter and clear dust cup clean easily
  • Weighs 5 pounds; 20-foot cord wraps for storage

Go HERE to view the Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum

Got Pets?  The Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet Rewind Plus Upright Vacuum has great reviews and is currently available for $121.98 shipped.

Here’s what makes this Hoover so remarkable.

  1. Easy pet hair removal: Choose from the included pet tools that feature a special rubber material designed to effortlessly remove even embedded pet hairs in carpet or upholstery.
  2. Convenience is built-in: Power controls are placed at your fingertips. 27 feet of power cord eliminates the need for constant replugging while cleaning and rewinds with a simple tap. Easy belt change system and brushroll access allows for simple maintenance on this 17.8-pound vacuum.

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Mavis Hits the Jackpot – Spring Bulbs 75% off at Lowe’s

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Guess who hit the freakin’ jackpot today?  Ummm, that would be ME!

Normally I’m a Home Depot shopper, but last week I picked up $150 in Lowe’s Gift cards so I could score some free groceries.   So today while I was running errands, I popped into Lowe’s to see what their spring bulbs were priced at {Home Depots are currently 50% off}.

So I walked out to the garden department and spotted their dwindling bulb display.  50% off.  Hmm. So I grabbed a sack of daffodils, and a new snow shovel and headed to the register.

But then, all of the sudden the cashier yelled out “WOW, that’s a great deal, 50 daffodils for only $4.25!” “What?  I thought they were only 50% off, you mean they are 75% off?  HOLY CRAP. Can you cancel this transaction please, because I’m going to stock up.”

The cashier cancelled the transaction, then walked over and snagged a few packages of orange bulbs and stashed them beside the register for herself to buy on her break. And I loaded up.

Holy Crackers Batman $90.50 + tax for all of this!

  • 500 Daffodil Bulbs
  • 344 Tulip Bulbs
  • 151 Iris Bulbs
  • 128 Grape Hyacinth

WAHOOOOOOO!  I love a good deal!  Now I just have to plant them all.

~Mavis

P.S. I totally forget the snow shovel in all the excitement.


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Free Amazon Kindle Books – Weekend Homesteader, Eating Organic, The Best Gift Ever

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Amazon has the Weekend Homesteader: February Kindle Book available for FREE right now.  Head on over HERE to get it for free while you can.

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Organic Food: Eating Organic on a Budget By Fanny Seto

Eating Organic on a Budget is a easy-to-read guide designed for busy people, on how to eat healthy and natural food on a small budget.

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· Where to get deals on organic meat
· What fruits and vegetables you can buy conventional, with peace of mind
· Where are the best places to buy organic foods
· What is organic food
· Why organic


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Silly and Sassy come to Walnut Grove to visit their cousin Sammy. Silly and Sassy are always getting into trouble. They play hide-n-seek, have frog races, and play dare or double dare. How does this lead to jumping off a bridge? Read I DOUBLE Dare You! and find out how everyone learns to take responsibility for his or her own actions.

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25 Days of Christmas Cookies – Cranberry Pistachio Cornmeal Biscotti

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I originally posted this biscotti recipe back in June, and wanted to post it again in case anyone missed it. Biscotti is a little different than your traditional Christmas cookie, but it’s oh so delicious.

Now, I wouldn’t normally associate cornmeal with biscotti, but the cranberries and pistachios really seem to work well with the cornmeal in the recipe.

Trust me, this is good.  Really, really good.


Adapted from a Martha Stewart Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup shelled pistachios, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.

Add everything but the cranberries and pistachios in a large bowl and combine well.  fold in the cranberries and pistachios.

Drop dough on to a parchment lined cookie sheet {I prefer using silpats because I am a snob} and shape it into a nice fat log that is roughly 12 by 4 inches. Bake until firm, and slightly cracked on top, 30 minutes. Let the log cool about 15 minutes.

Transfer the biscotti log on to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut on the biscotti log into 1 inch-thick slices. Carefully place the sliced biscotti back onto the parchment lined cookie sheet {or silpat} and bake for 12-15 more minutes or until they begin to brown.

Let cookies cool completely.  Serve with coffee, tea, or just lock yourself in the closet and eat the whole stinkin’ batch.

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