Bento Box Ideas For Teens – Salami, Olives, Cheese, Grape Tomatoes (Antipasto)

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Mama Mia!  This is a great bento box for teens {or anyone else with a little bit higher culinary tastes}.  Heck, make two, one for your teen, and one for you to enjoy.  It’s like a box of sophisticated indulgence. :)

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Ingredients

  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Cheese
  • Salami
  • Crackers

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Directions

Cut cheese into cubes and then place the cubes into a  silicone baking cup.  In another silicone baking cup, place washed and dried grape tomatoes.  Fill a third silicone baking cup up with olives.  Place crackers along one edge of the container.   Next to the crackers, place salami.

Arrange the cheese, grape tomatoes, and olive cups in the remaining space in the container.  If you want to really turn it up a notch, make a little antipasto kabob, using an appetizer toothpick and place it on top.  You know, gently guide your teen to culinary sophistication. :)

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Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween Safety Tips

I love Halloween.  And not just because it gives me a reason to grow tons of Jack-o-lantern pumpkins.  I just love the whole dressing up and excitement of it all.  The kids are giddy, there’s candy.  Seriously, what’s not to love?

If you plan on heading out with your little ones this Halloween–or if  they are finally old enough to head out on their own, here are a couple of tips to keep them safe during their sugar-buzzed frenzy:

  1. Glow sticks are awesome.  They are cheap, the kids can wear them around their neck, and best of all, cars can see them.
  2. Masks are cool, but it your little one can’t see, they become kind of a risky blindfold.  If the mask makes the costume, consider cutting out larger eye holes.
  3. If your kiddos head out on their own, plan a route that you both agree on ahead of time.  That way, you know where they are, and they know exactly where they are supposed to be.
  4. Feed the kids a HUGE healthy meal prior to them leaving.  They will be way too full to over-indulge in candy {or at least, they will in theory!}
  5. Try battery operated candles instead of real ones in your pumpkin.  You completely eliminate the fire hazard, because face it, no one wants to remember the Halloween that the house went up in flames.
  6. If your child’s costume is darkly colored, consider adding reflective tape.  It can be super hard to see little ones darting across the street otherwise.
  7. Only go to well-lit homes.  This eliminates the hazard of kiddos tripping, and it just plain respectful to people who don’t really want to participate in the holiday.
  8. Kids going without an adult should always travel in a group.  Safety in numbers.
  9. Check your kids’ candy at the end of the night.  Feel free to confiscate all of the KitKat bars for yourself–for safety reasons, of course.
  10. If you are handing out candy, make sure to clear your own porch of any tripping hazards, etc.  {Roll up the hoses and secure the trap doors–ha!}  Nobody needs a broken leg and a lawsuit.

Hope you have a safe and HAPPY Halloween.

~Mavis

 

 

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Labeling GMOs

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Both Colorado and Oregon voters will have to decide whether they want to require GMO labels on their food this fall. according to an article I found recently.  Both bills would require labels on GMO grown foods {though, it will not require meat or milk from cows that have been fed GMO crops, gum, alcohol, or pet food to be labeled}.

At this point, I’m pretty sure basically everyone has heard of GMOs, and has an opinion on it one way or another–and that’s what I found super interesting about this debate.  Each side has their own argument for and against the bill.  Obviously, proponents of the bill feel consumers have a right to know what is in their food and how it is grown.  One proponent said the debate isn’t about “whether GMOs are safe or they’re good for you or bad for you.  But it is about a right to know what’s in our fod supply.”  Opponents say that one, there is not enough evidence that GMOs are harmful, and two, because there is not enough evidence that they are harmful, it is inviting too much government regulation.  One farmer who grows GMO sugar beets feels that labeling his sugar GMO would be misleading, as the end result sugar contains “‘no GE material in the sugar’ because there’s no DNA or protein left in the final sugar product.”

I’ll admit, I’m super curious to see how this one goes.  I would love it if they labeled GMO grown food.  Personally, when I am shopping, and see food labeled NON GMO, I am more likely to grab that product over another.  So, that leads me to another question, if they can’t get GMO labels, would you like to see more NON GMO verified labels on your food?  Would it make a difference in what you bought?

~Mavis

 

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Free Kindle Books, Salmon Pouches, Organic Gardening Magazine $5.99, Nutella Recipe, Coupons and More

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Did you know a clear toaster has been invented? Holy canolies people, what have I been missing out on all these years. NO MORE BURNT Toast!!! :)

If you are a local, be sure to tune in to King 5 New Day Northwest around 11 am this morning… I’ll be talking to Margaret Larson about everything pumpkins and trying not to mess up.

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Easy Moving Tips: Use Linens & Table Runners to Pack Dishes

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unnamedAs you are probably well aware, we just got done with a pretty big move. Through that moving process I picked up on a bunch of moving and packing tips that helped us out a ton!  Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite.

Sometimes the easiest tips are the best. Here’s one that won’t cost you a penny and will actually save you some money you might have spent on packing material. I used all my table runners and linens to pack my dishes. Fold them up, line them with or stuff them in. Whatever way you choose to use them, they help keep glass from touching glass, resulting in chips and breaks.

Now I mostly used just the linens and table runners because I had plenty. But you can also use dish towels, bathrooms towels and I’ve even heard of people wrapping their glasses in socks, although that totally weirds me out!

So there you have it. One super simple moving/packing tip. What are some of your best packing tips?

 

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12 Goals for the New Year Week 42 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

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1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room.  But that was at the old house. ;)  

My new game plan is to have everything unpacked and put away by mid December {the remodel is suppose to be wrapping up towards the end of November} so I don’t have to stress about having an unorganized house anymore. If all goes well, I should have all the kitchen stuff unkpacked and put away in about 10 days. We’ll see.

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2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our {now old} house.

I had all but given up hope on fitting into my old jeans until my friend Wendy talked me into trying an It Works Ultimate Body Applicator. Have you tried one of these yet? I “wrapped” last week and I can already tell a difference. My stomach and sides are a little more tone than they were before and I’m going to “wrap” again later this afternoon.

I had planned on posting the before and after pictures this week but didn’t get around to taking them {it’s nuts around here} so I’ll take some pictures this week and post a picture of me in my old jeans in next weeks edition of 12 Goals for the New Year so you can see the difference.

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3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Victoria B.C. I’ll be heading to the south in a few weeks for a special event and I couldn’t be more excited! I hear they drink a lot of sweet tea there so I think I’ll fit right in. ;)

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done! She’s having a blast and lucky for me she likes talking/texting daily. :) Life is good.

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5. Get 3 new teeth. – No teeth yet.

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6. Pay off my car. Done! I’m pretty sure the Volvo wagon was the best car that was ever invented.

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7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done {I’m working on a second one and I hope to have it finished by Thanksgiving}.

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8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. We celebrated Monkey Boy’s birthday, ate cake {thanks to my neighbor} and looked at used cars. I don’t think it gets any better than that for a teenager.

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9.  Secret Plan #1 - Sell our house. It felt like it took us forever, but we were finally able to downsize both our home and yard and let me tell you Bob, it feels good. Really, really good.

10. Secret Plan #2 Buy a smaller house.  Done!

11. Secret Plan #3 – Working on it. ;)

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12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a vacation house on the east coast and we LOVE it. Note to self: a gas oven can be tricky.

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13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  I haven’t been able to spend an hour everyday in the garden these past few weeks, but I am making progress. Once the remodeling project is done and the house is put together I know I’ll be outside more. It’s just a little hard right now.

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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Mavis Garden Blog – Planting Cabbage and Lettuce for My Winter Garden

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Yesterday I was able to sneak outside for a bit and get a jump start on my winter garden. I planted 3 purple cabbage and 2 packets of lettuce seeds in the stock tank turned planter alongside the house. I ordered some Carnival Carrots and Detroit Dark Red Beet seeds from Botanical Interests over the weekend, and as soon as they get here, those will go in the planter as well.

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I also planted a few more cabbage plants and some cauliflower starts in the big pots along the back of the house as well. Normally I would have planted these in early September, but with the move and remodel going on, I’m a little late this year. But I’m optimistic. Unless we have a ridiculously cold winter, I should be harvesting cabbage towards the beginning of next year. It’s a long time to wait for a head of cabbage, but at will at least give me something to look forward to as I map out my garden for next year.

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And today, I hope to find the grow lights {buried in the garage somewhere} so I can get some basil going indoors. Which I think will look pretty darn fantastic once my kitchen window area gets put back together.

Gardening, there’s always something you can grow!

~Mavis

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Cameron the cutest carpenter on the planet will be here today installing our kitchen cabinets {and I get to help}. Yay! Chino the Handyman said as soon as the cabinets are installed then the counter top guy can come out a measure and hopefully by the end of next week I’ll have a counter top! How cool would that be?

Pretty rad if you ask me.

Have a great Wednesday everyone,

Mavis

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16 Amazing Apple Recipes for Fall

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16 Amazing Apple Recipes for Fall

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like some form of apples: applesauce, apple pie, dried apples, fresh off the tree apples. I suspect it’s because there are so many different types of apples and then a thousand more ways to prepare those apples. The possibilities are endless. And my taste buds are grateful for that! Plus, the freakin fantastic way baked apples of any kind make your house smell just screams fall.

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Brown Sugar

Here’s a roundup of the best of the best apple recipes. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Brown Sugar – This is one of those hearty breakfasts that will stick with you all morning.  The fact that it is ready when you wake up doesn’t really hurt either.  {Pin for later}

Rustic Apple Galette – If you eat with your eyes, you should really give this apple awesomeness a whirl.  It’s as pretty as it is tasty.  {Pin for later}

Apple Butter- There is something so comforting about slathering a warm biscuit with a thick layer of homemade apple butter.  {Pin for later}

Baked French Toast w/ Apples- Adding apples give this old classic a new fall flare.  It is breakfast at it’s finest, I tell ya.  {Pin for later}

Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Chips- These are seriously the easiest healthy snack to whip up.  The are perfect in school lunches or as a quick grab and go snack.  {Pin for later}

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp- This will make your whole house smell like heaven, and if that weren’t enough, a big warm bowl of this will make you the house hero.  {Pin for later}

Applesauce Spice Cake- This is perfect with a cup of tea on a crisp fall morning.  The spice and sweet are divine together.  {Pin for later}

cranberry-apple-pie-recipeCranberry Apple Pie - The tartness of the cranberries and apples combined with brown sugary sweetness always makes the HH take a second helping of this one.  {Pin for later}

Caramel Apples- These are seriously the cheapest kid-loving dessert on the planet.  {Pin for later}

Homemade Applesauce- There is no store-bought replacement for homemade applesauce.  Sometimes, I like to put a dollop of whip cream on a bowl of this applesauce and eat it for dessert.  {Pin for later}

Blackberry Apple Cake- This is one of those Martha Stewart recipes with cake in the title, but it still totally qualifies as a breakfast food.  I wish all recipes could be that versatile :) {Pin for later}

canning-101apple-pie-jam-recipeApple Pie Jam - This is like jam on crack.  It really, seriously, honestly, I am not lying tastes like you are eating apple pie.  {Pin for later}

Crock Pot Apple Butter- How do you improve anything?  You turn it into a crock pot recipe.  Assemble it and walk away.  {Pin for later}

How to Dehydrate Apples- This is the perfect way to use up a big box of apples.  They make a great snack and require almost zero effort.  {Pin for later}

Apple Pie Jam Bars- Enjoy these with a cup of tea in the morning and a scoop of ice cream in the evening–so versatile.  {Pin for later}

DIY-Apple-Pie-Spice-Mix-DIY Apple Pie Spice Mix + Apple Pie Recipe - Seriously, why pay extra to have someone put this together for you?  This mix takes under 5 minutes to put together {and that includes getting everything out and putting it all away}.  {Pin for later}

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies- I love, love, love oatmeal cookies.  Adding apple gives them a fall-like nostalgia.  Trust me, you’ll crave these every fall for the rest of your life.  {Pin for later}

Looking for more delicious apple recipes? Check out my Apple Recipe Pinterest Board!

Not sure what to do with all those apples over the winter? Check out these handy dandy tips on How to Store Apples for Winter.

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Mavis’ Remodel Blog Day 22 – Fireplace Mantel and Kitchen Cabinets Get Delivered

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Chino the Handyman showed up bright an early this morning to deliver our new fireplace mantel. His family fell a some trees a few years ago and had them milled into giant timbers. This beauty has been sitting in Chino’s garage for about 5 years. Apparently a real fireplace matle isn’t in my budget, so were going to use this instead.

measuring for a fireplace mantel

Chino is all about saving money on this project. In fact the backslash tile for the laundry room is some random, leftover stuff from another job he’s had sitting in his warehouse for the past two years. I have no idea what it even looks like. But I trust him, so I’m just going with it. eight inch timber for wood mantel

What do you think? The beam is about 12 inches wide {plenty of room for candles and knick knacks} and about 4 1/2″ inches thick. I think it will look nice once it’s cut and stained.

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And the new kitchen cabinets.

White kitchen cabinets

They’re here! And I love them. Clean, crisp and WHITE. The HH will be picking up the nickle cup bin pulls I picked out on his way home from work today. I have always wanted white cabinets. And now that the kids are older, I can have them and not have to worry about sticky hands or having to constantly wipe them down.

Yee Haw, the finish line is in sight. I can smell it. Only about 4 more weeks to go!

~Mavis

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