One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 3/21/2015

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How Many Times a Week Do You Shower

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!


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Friday Night at the Movies – Ethel

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The HH gave me Ethel, an HBO documentary about Ethel Kennedy for Christmas, and let me tell you, Bob, I LOVED it!  It was a fascinating look into the life of Robert F. Kennedy’s wife.  It’s one of those stories that makes reminds you that we all have challenges, and handling them with grace and dignity goes a long way in the end.


Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,


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My Goals for This Year – Week 12 of 52

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1. Get Organized.

Once we are done with the remodel I’ll tackle the {small} storage room.

2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year. Nothing new to report. LOL. ;)

sanding oak cabinets

3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom.

Chino and his crew have been at the house this week working on the master bathroom and I’ve been upstairs working on Monkey Boy’s bathroom cabinets. I plan on staining them this weekend and I’m a little nervous.

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4. Finish Every Room in Our House.

I feel like every single room in our house is a total mess right now. Just a few more weeks to go until I can put it all back together.

5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself.

I’m hoping to tackle it this summer when The Girl is back from college.

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6. Create a Vegetable Garden.

Between the small veggie plot and container gardens at our house and the new garden I’m working on over at the Hillbilly’s house, I should have plenty of fresh veggies this summer. Girly Girl also said I could garden in her garden boxes this summer but they are such a mess, I’m not sure if I’ll the have the energy for the clean up. We’ll see.

7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden.

I’m rethinking this one.

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8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month. I didn’t buy a single thing for myself last week. Weeeee! I almost stopped by Starbucks and bought a Passion Fruit Venti Iced Tea, but I fought the urge and saved myself $3.

So far in March I have spent $42.44.

  • In February I Spent $32.52 
  • In January I Spent $84.33

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9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store. It was slim pickings this week for the thrift store pile. Monkey Boy’s sandals, a belt, solder wire, new {but not returnable} outlet cover, mini scissors, a water bottle and 2 tiny ceramic figurines. I hope I can make to the end of the year. LOL.

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10. Read 1 book a week. 

I was planning on starting Wild by Cheryl Strayed last week but as soon as my head hit the pillow I was out like a light. This remodel is making me so tired.

primitive hooked flower pot rug

11. Slow Down.

I made a little more progress on my large primitive hooked rug I started last month. It’s pretty big {24.5×40} so it’s going to take a little longer to finish than my other rugs.

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12. Canning

Mrs. Hillbilly gifted me 2 jars of her mother’s jam. {Shhhh… don’t tell her}. Apparently she was feeling overwhelmed with all the jam in her pantry and decided to send me home with a few jars when I was visiting her last week. I LOVE jam… so of course I took them. :)

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?


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Ask Mavis: Mavis Needs to Borrow Your Knowledge {And She Answers a Few Questions, too!}

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A few great questions from a few great readers. Check it out and pipe up if you can contribute some amazing knowledge. I’m counting on you for a few of these!

Hi Mavis,

I have a question. I have two pugs who love the dehydrated sweet potato dog treats I get at the grocery store. They are sticks of dried sweet potato with a strip of chicken jerky wrapped around them. Can you tell me how you think they could be made at home? Would I wrap the raw chicken around the fresh sweet potato stick and dehydrate them together? At what temp and for how long? Although I have been gardening for years, this is my first year dehydrating, and I love it.



Dehydrating chicken is pretty simple. I’d use the breast instead of dark meat because it dehydrates better. And then make sure you cut away every piece of fat and skin you can and just dry the actual chicken. Cut the strips so they are super thin and then wrap them around the sweet potato {check out how I dry mine HERE}. I’d follow the dehydrating guidelines on your dehydrator and set it for about 12 hours. Let us know how they turn out!

Zaycon-ground-beef-eventHi Mavis, I love your blog and all of your recipes, your family eats whole foods without all the processed junk. Growing all of your produce is awesome. Love that you can feed your family on 100.00 a month.  Have a question, you have mentioned many times that you have picked up meat from Zaycon using credits. Lucky you, and what a blessing for you. I also order from Zaycon. For someone who can’t earn enough credits, what would you add to your 100.00 a month for a family of three if you had to buy meat regularly. Even buying for freezer meals. Just curious what resources you would use?

~ Debbie

That’s a tricky question because it really is family specific. My family doesn’t mind meals without meat as a protein and we routinely eat them, so we go through less meat anyway than the typical meat eating family anyway I think. Often times, you can find discounted meat or meat on a great sale and stock up that way, which also will reduce that cost. If I didn’t use my Zaycon Foods credit and had to put a number on it, which again is subjective, I’d say $20 a month. But I am curious what other readers budget for meat? Anyone want to chime in?

flexees by maidenformHi Mavis, I was just wondering what the name of those tank tops you rave about… the great ones that hide the muffin top:)



My favorite muffin top hiders are the Flexees Women’s Fat Free Dressing Tank Tops . You can often find them on sale for as low as $15. I own several of these and let me tell you Bob, THEY WORK! I wear these tank tops every day under my regular shirts and they make a huge difference. You won’t regret snagging a few of these bad boys!

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Hello Mavis, Our backyard holds lots of water during the winter months. I really want to plant my blackberry, raspberry and blueberry bushes in the ground but am scared that the water logging will kill them. I read about the french drain. Do you have any other suggestions? We have already tried thatching and aerating our lawn but it doesn’t help. :( With your vast knowledge I thought I would ask you as to what we should do .



Okay lovely readers, I need your help on this one! I’ve never built a french drain and so I’m not sure how well they work? Anyone use them and if so, you think it would be a great idea for Meghan? Any other tips for her to help her drain water off her backyard?

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Mavis, Do you mind if I share a link to your article Pallet Gardening 101 on my blog I’m writing about Raised Beds and Pallet Gardens?

Thanks! ~ Patrick

By all means, share away! I never mind if my posts are shared as long as proper post and photo credit is given. Sharing is caring after all, right!


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Free Kindle Books, The North Face, State Necklaces, Little People, Peter Rabbit and More

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Word of the Day:  Perspicuity Definition: Keen judgement, ability to see through  Used in a sentence: He is noted for his perspicuity in studying a problem.

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Yesterday was a fantastic day on the remodel front and drywall guy is suppose to come by this weekend to hang the walls. We’re getting there! Lucy the trouble puggle stopped by doggy daycare yesterday for a few hours to play the the HH enjoyed his day off. Well, until I told him he needed to dismantle the old shelving the in the closet. Ha!

I hope you have a great weekend,


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The $20/$20 Challenge: Evelyn Shows Us Her European-Mediterranean Pantry

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Ev Pantry Pictures5Because my readers are far and wide, I’m getting to see some fun international  $20/$20 Challenge submissions! My first submission from Germany was awesome. And check out her price comparisons for some pantry staples. Wow. Here’s Evelyn’s story:

Hi Mavis! Greetings from Germany.

My name’s Evelyn, and I live together with my boyfriend in a 45-square-metre {that’s roughly 490 sq ft} apartment in a large city in Germany. He’s a grad student; I recently graduated and will start work soon. We moved in together about 18 months ago, and as we’re poor students, everything had to be very low-budget. Actually, the pantry furniture is mostly from the streets {there’s a free pick-up service for bulky garbage items in our city, so before pick-up, people put their throw-away furniture on the streets}, or bought as second-hand.

We strive to eat healthy on a budget; for us, it means eating ‘real food’ {a mostly plants-based diet} and cooking from scratch, and also, not eating in a cafeteria. We hardly eat out. We’re lucky to LOVE cooking and baking! We often cook together in the weekends, and usually take turns cooking on work days. We’ve recently started to read to each other; so the one who’s cooking gets read to. It’s great for both sides, especially if you’re already hungry before you start cooking!

I believe grocery prices are lower here than they are in the US, mainly due to a ‘price war’ of discount stores {like ALDI}. We’re trying to spend under 200€ a month on groceries and related items {that’s 231US$}. That’s a lot less than other people spend, I believe.

If you like to compare some pantry items {discount stores}:

1 litre of milk, 1.5% fat: 0,55€ {$.62}

500g of whole-grain toast: 0,55€ {$.62}

400g can of tomatoes: 0,39€ {$.44}

1kg of white flour: 0,45€  {$.50}

1 kg of apples is about 1,50€ {$1.70}

Also, our pantry is probably more diverse because I am of Japanese descent, so we basically maintain a twofold pantry: A standard European-Mediterranean pantry {we don’t exactly eat “German”} and an Asian-with-heavy-influence-on-Japanese one.

Good-quality, fresh and affordable vegetables are hard to come by in the winter. We often shop at around 9pm on Saturdays, when left-over veggies and fruits are sold at ridiculously low prices {shops are closed on Sundays}.

We buy coffee, peanut butter {the good kind}, fish and cheese in the Netherlands to save money, but shopping abroad is probably not a feasible thing for most of you! For us, it’s a 10-minute bus ride, and there isn’t any visible border – thanks to the European Union.

Ev Pantry Pictures11Our ‘not-mounted’ wall unit houses tea {Tee is German for tea in case anyone wondered}, coffee, and baking supplies. Not very exciting.

Ev Pantry Pictures10Yes, the poster on our fridge says ‘I want cookies!’ On top of our fridge, right now there are only empty boxes. Cookie boxes, to be exact. Also, coffee beans in a wine bottle. Is that weird?

Ev Pantry Pictures9We eat meat maybe once a month, so having meat in the fridge is unusual for us! It has been converted into a delicious lasagna :-) I have the feeling that the only truly German thing in our fridge is Sauerkraut! We only eat it in the winter, in an effort to up our veggie intake.

Ev Pantry Pictures8Our freezer is stocked with fish, veggies, some berries, puff pastry, and a bit of chocolate with coffee beans {an experiment of my boyfriend}.

Ev Pantry Pictures7This is our main pantry-shelf. It’s constantly on the verge of collapsing… but it still works for us. We like open shelving because it’s easier to keep track of everything, but we still hide the mess with a Japanese ‘noren’ ;-)

Ev Pantry Pictures6You can see we love baking – and true to German tradition, in addition to wheat, we also commonly use Dinkel {spelt} and Roggen {rye}. The ugly white box on top is filled with chocolate. Or other sweets that are better hidden because I want to eat them when I see them. In the bottom, there’s a wine crate filled with potatoes.Ev Pantry Pictures4

This is our beloved, sturdy second pantry shelf. We suppose it was originally used as a cupboard for a record player. On top, we store fruits. Right now, the selection is scarce. In the bottom, behind the cabinet door, we store {Asian} rice, pasta and seldom-used items.

Ev Pantry Pictures3This is our ‘show-off’ cupboard. The elephant on top is made of Lebkuchen, a kind of German gingerbread. He feels good next to the nuts.

Ev Pantry Pictures2Cookbooks, heavily used dry items, and a bottom filled with Japanese broth and instant food {about the only instant food we eat. Dry and plastic-wrapped, it’s very convenient to send by mail or take home after a trip to Japan}.

Ev Pantry Pictures1Our last pantry shelf is the bottom to our DIY countertop solution. We store our (extensively used) spices in the clear plastic box.

Ev Pantry PicturesOur oils are right next to the stove. We are both scientists and have a thing about oils. So we only buy oils in dark glass bottles, and we never heat olive oil. We have, for now, settled on safflower oil for any high-temperature cooking technique and cold-pressed rapeseed {canola} oil for medium-heat cooking. Olive oil is used for seasoning. Are we nerds?!

Actually, I would have loved to enclose a picture of our potted herbs, but the only ones that survived the winter look much too sorry. They really do, so I’ve already planted the next batch.

I love this challenge! Thanks for donating, and it’s so exciting to see other people’s pantries!!

Have a nice day

pantry-pictures-ideasAre you getting your pantries camera ready? You can participate in the $20/$20 Challenge by simply sending in pictures of your pantry. Find out more about the $20/$20 Challenge: Show Your Pantry – Fill a Pantry!

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Do You Change Out the Potting Soil in Your Containers Every Year?

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One Hundred Dollars a Month reader, Barbara, recently sent in a question about the soil in my containers.  Not only is the question pretty timely, given that it is almost time to address the containers on my patio, but I thought it might be something some of my other readers want to know.

Barbara wrote,

Hi Mavis,
I have a quick question for you about your garden containers that you use on a patio. Do you put new potting soil in them each year or do you take out what has died and add more soil to it? Some containers I have are larger and I am trying to keep from having to put all new soil which gets to add up in cost. I know that when you moved you are probably starting fresh.

Thanks for your help.


I typically change out my soil once a year and toss the old potting soil into my vegetable garden.  I have found that my pots simply do better with fresh soil each year.  A lot of times, when I pull out the soil from the previous year, there are significant roots, which limit how well then next year’s plantings can do.  I feel pretty good about just tossing the old soil into my beds, because I typically mix in some homemade compost, and really work the soil in.  My beds seem to do great with this process.  Also, I usually make my own potting soil, which is waaaay more cost effective than buying the pre-bagged mix.


If you have giant pots and don’t want to commit to filling them year after year, just add old gallon sized milk jugs to the bottom of containers.  It will take up some of the space in the bottom of you pots, and limit how much soil you have to add each year.  {The only time I would caution against this, is if you are growing something that likes to have nice deep roots, like tomatoes, in your containers.}

If you are only growing flowers, you can also just replace about 1/3 of  your soil each year, mixing the new in with the old, and making sure to remove roots from the previous year.  {You may want to consider a high quality organic fertilizer a couple of times during the growing season if you choose the 1/3 soil replacement method.}

However you decide to change out your soil, the key to successful container gardening IS healthy soil.  The plants are totally dependent on the soil you provide them in the small space to grow.  They can’t draw from the earth around them, so taking the extra step to make sure they have nutrient rich soil each year really will show in the final product.

Hope that helps.  Great question, Barbara.


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10 Tips for Staging Your House

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10 Tips for Staging Your House

Do you plan on selling your house this year?  If so, staging it to sell fast is one way to make sure that you don’t have to turn your life upside down for months, having to leave the house at the drop of a hat for potential viewing.  Staging basically means making your house appealing to the masses.  Taking the time up front to update, clean and depersonalize can directly translate into less time your house is on the market. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Clean, clean, clean.  And then clean some more.  Pay close attention to dingy bathrooms, they really gross people out.  No one wants to think they are inheriting someone else’s filth if they buy the house.  Scrub, scour and make all of the rooms sparkle.
  2. Depersonalize.  No matter how classy your home décor and family photos are, they are not necessarily every potential buyer’s style.  Even if they are, they distract from the buyer’s ability to “imagine” themselves living in the house.  Box up and store any personal items.  Minimalism is the key in staging décor.  It will make the house seem bigger anyway.mavis butterfield
  3. Give rooms a fresh coat of paint.  Neutral paint color can make a room more appealing and make it seem cleaner.  Consider a fresh coat of paint on baseboards too—dirty, dented baseboards remind buyers that the house is “used.”
  4. Focus on first impressions.  Entry ways are the first thing potential homebuyers see.  Get a fresh welcome mat, and if the season allows, some potted flowers.  “Welcome” homebuyers into “their new home.”  Give the front door a fresh coat of paint, if needed.
  5. If your furniture makes a room feel crowded, consider removing some of it.  Your goal is to make the space look huge.  It may only be functional for your family to have 2 full size couches to watch t.v., but potential homebuyers will just see a crowded room.  Store excess furniture in a storage unit.  It’s an upfront investment that will hopefully pay off with a quick sell.natural light
  6. Let as much natural light as possible shine in.  Make sure to open all of the windows, blinds and curtains.  Natural light makes people happy.  Happy people want to buy your house.
  7. Make sure bedrooms are gender neutral.  If you have a sweet pepto bismal pink room for your little girl, it’s time to paint it.  You can personalize your next house again.   The same goes for the master bedroom.  If your bedding is all flowers and lace, it might be worth it to buy an inexpensive neutral bedspread until after the sell.
  8. Cater to buyer’s senses.  The smell of baked goods makes a place feel more “homey.”  Realtors always suggest either burning an apple pie type candle before a showing, or mulling some cider.  Either way, entice the buyer with the smell of home.
  9. Turn on the lights.  It might feel wasteful, but turn on the lights.  Remember, you want your home to feel bright and airy.pressure wash deck
  10. Make repairs.  Nothing like selling a house to get all of those fix-it items on your list done.  If you have a broken tile, a deck that needs stained and sealed—whatever the repair, now is the time to do it.  You don’t want potential buyers to see your house as a “fixer upper,” it may cost you thousands in a potential offer.  The upfront cost kind of stinks, since you won’t get to enjoy the benefits, but the goal is to sell the place, right?

Do you have any other tried and true ways to stage your house for a fast sell?


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Free Kindle Books, Free Apps, Easter Dresses, Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe, SurfSweets and More

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Word of the Day:  Verisimilitude Definition: The appearance of truth Used in a sentence: To lend verisimilitude to their accusations they ascribed them to higher authority.

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I think I might have to start calling her Gladys Kravitz. ;)

Have a great Thursday everyone, I’ll be home with the electricians, the HH and Lucy the puggle Princess today. Rain is in the forecast but I’m hoping to be able to take Lucy on a long walk today… she needs one. LOL.


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I can never get enough of this Cranberry Chicken Salad. And I always double the recipe so there are plenty of leftovers, because it’s a whole house pleaser! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Salads Pinterest Board.

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Zaycon Foods is now taking orders for their upcoming events. Below are their offerings and prices in my area.Go HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lb $79.60/case
  • Fresh Ground Beef, Lean {93/7} – 40 lbs $4.49/lb | $179.60/case
  •  Carvemaster Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham $3.79/lb | $83.38/case
  •  Meaty Back Ribs $3.79/lb | $136.44/case
  •  Bacon-Wrapped Pork Fillet $4.69/lb | $46.90/case
  •  USDA Choice or Higher Chuck Roast $5.79/lb | $208.44/case
  •  USDA Choice or Higher Patio Steaks $6.49/lb | $214.17/case
  •  Smoked Pulled Pork – 20lb $4.49/lb | $89.80/case

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Dig For Your Dinner – Growing Peas and Sweet Pea Flowers from Seed

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sugar snap peas

It’s time to get your peas planted!!!

Peas and Sweet Pea flowers are both hardy enough that you can directly sow them outside as soon as the soil can be worked.  Peas are about the easiest thing ever to grow.  They can tolerate the cold.  They have a fairly short growing season, so you can enjoy them early, and then use the space to plant later warm crops in their spot.  Best of all, they add nitrogen to the soil while they grow, so they will enrich your soil for whatever you plan to put there next.

pink sweet pea flowers

Sweet pea flowers add a pop of early spring color to borders–and they smell unbelievable.  While they like to have “their heads” in the sun, their roots can be shaded–which makes them ideal for the cooler weather.

soak peas befor eyou plant

How to Grow Peas

Peas do best in temperatures under 70 degrees.  Most seed packets recommend soaking seeds for 12-24 hours before planting.  I’ve heard mixed opinions of whether that is necessary…I do go ahead and soak them, and I’ve never had negative results because of it.  Just toss them in a bowl with water, let them sit for the recommended time indicated on your seed packet, and then drain them and you are ready to plant.

sugar snap peas

To plant them, choose a sunny location.  If you are growing snow peas or sugar snap peas you will need a trellis for them to climb.  Follow general planting guides on the back of your seed packet {different pea varieties have slightly different directions}, but in general, plant them about 1″ deep and 2″ apart.  You won’t need to thin them–which is nice, because you can pack them in nice and tight and still get great yields.

peas in pod

When Are Peas Ready to Harvest?

Peas are ready to harvest when they’ve started to plump.  Don’t let them get too plump, or their flavor will be affected.  Harvest frequently to encourage growth.  To harvest them, just clip or snap them off of the vine right at the top the pea.

sweet pea flowers

How to Grow Sweet Pea Flowers

To plant sweet pea seeds, choose a sunny location {though, as I mentioned their roots can be shaded, which makes them great in garden bed borders, where shrugs might block some of the sunlight}.  Plant the seeds as soon as the soil can be worked {usually about 6 weeks before the last frost}.  Plant seeds 1/2″-1″ deep, and space them according to the directions on the seed packets {different varieties have different requirements}.  If you want a faster germination, you can nick the seeds and soak them in water for a couple of hours.  If you want them to get the most out of their blooming season, you may want to consider a quality organic fertilizer once or twice during the growing season.


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