Honey Glazed Parsnips

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Honey Glazed ParsnipsI think I like saying parsnips as much as I like eating them. Which is a lot. I saw this parsnip recipe on Bon Appetit and thought it would make the perfect side dish at Thanksgiving. I experimented with it first to make sure it made the grade. I mean we couldn’t have just any lame side dish next to the freakin awesome bird! Only delicious dishes will do. Easy prep is also required because there are a million other things to bake/prep in the kitchen. Well this one passed both tests with flying colors!

parsnipsIngredients

2 pounds parsnips, peeled, cut into 3” lengths, halved, or quartered if large
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes {less if you want to tone down the heat}
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey

Honey Glazed ParsnipsDirections

Preheat oven to 450F. Toss parsnips and oil on a rimmed baking sheet, and season with salt and pepper. Roast parsnips for 30 minutes or until tender, tossing occasionally.

While parsnips are baking, heat remaining ingredients over medium heat in a small saucepan until butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove parsnips from oven. Drizzle with sauce and toss to coat. Enjoy.

Honey Glazed Parsnips

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Safety Tips for Using Your Credit Card Online

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Safety Tips for Using Your Credit Card Online

You probably already know that I am a HUGE fan of online shopping.  I like that I don’t have to battle the crowds, the parking lots, the lines.  Best of all, I don’t drive all the way to the store only to find that they don’t have the size, color, or even item I am looking for.  No thank you.  So, with the holidays fast approaching, I thought I would share a couple of tips for keeping your identity safe and still enjoying all of the perks of online shopping.

  1. Don’t use debit, only credit cards.  Credit cards usually have better consumer protection plans, and even if your debit card does have one, remember, if someone gets into your account, your money isn’t returned right away.  There has to be an investigation by the company–which could mean you have ZERO cash while you are waiting for it to all get sorted out.  If you don’t prescribe to the notion of credit cards, buy yourself a visa gift card to use for online purchases.
  2. When possible, use Paypal.  Paypal is designed to protect you from fraudulent charges and you can pay using your debit card if you want.  Plus, if something does happen, you get your money back almost immediately.
  3. Don’t make online purchases on public computers or public WiFi.  Period.  Do it from the comfort of your home {preferably in fuzzy pajamas and with bed head}.  Public computers are a breeding ground for identity theft.
  4. Make sure you have anti-virus software installed and up-to-date.  It will save you a lot of hassle.
  5. Shop only at reputable sites.  This is a big one.  I try to stick to websites of stores and online retailers like Amazon, otherwise, you just can’t be sure that the product will be guaranteed and that your personal information is safe-guarded.
  6. You can tell if a site is secure via your mobile device if the website has https in the address.
  7. Create a folder for all receipts on your email account and save EVERYTHING there.  You can also print it, but I don’t like the paper clutter.  That way, you will have a spending trail to show your financial institution should someone get a hold of  your information.
  8. Be smart about passwords and make a different one for every site.  It’s also smart to change them up a couple times of year.
  9. Log onto your credit card account DAILY during the shopping season.  That way, you will know RIGHT AWAY if something is awry.  {As an added bonus, it will help you track your personal spending.}
  10. Check with your credit card company, a lot of times, they will allow you to create a disposable one-time credit card number that is linked to your account.  You can use that number to make a single purchase.  Should anyone get a hold of your information from that transaction, it won’t do them any good.

How do YOU keep yourself safe when shopping online?

~Mavis

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Planting Bulbs in November – Daffodils, Tulips, Anemones and More

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I’ve been working on getting all my spring bulbs planted over the past few days and even though I planted 80 tulips in front of the boxwood hedge, I still feel like it wasn’t enough. Back at our old place I probably planted over 5,000 bulbs during the 8 years we lived there, so having to start over with only a couple hundred bulbs is a little depressing.

planting hyacinth bulbs

But I keep reminding myself I planted bulbs EVERY FALL at the last place, not all at once, and it will be okay if my place doesn’t look like a flower bomb went off the first spring we are here.brick lamp post

We have this lamppost. But oddly enough there isn’t a lamp. Everyone else on the street has a lamppost with a light fixture on it, but not us. And to top it off, our lamppost area is totally ugly if you ask me.

The area is planted with an ultra ugly leaning pine tree that drops 10 million needles a day, a bunch of yellow day lilies {barf} and some other sort of crawling plant . All of which I would love to remove at some point.

anemone bulbs

But I just don’t have the time right now so I simply cleaned up the area and planted a lovely color coordinated assortment of purple iris, tulips and anemones.

planting daffodil bulbs

I also grossly underestimated how many daffodil bulbs I’ll need to plant the giant garden bed in front of our house. {And yes, all those random shrubs will be relocated soon}.

daffodil bulbs

Something tells me 260 bulbs won’t be enough to fill the entire area with daffodils. But I’m already over my garden budget for this month and can’t buy anymore, no matter how good the deal is. So now I’m wondering if I should do a mass planting of daffodils somewhere else, {maybe along a garden path} or just do a bunch of little groupings all over the place.

I don’t know what to do. My brain is turning to mush. I want this remodel to be over with so I can go back to a normal schedule and actually feel like I am getting something done each day.

~Mavis

 

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12 Goals for the New Year Week 45 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. These days I can only dream about organizing my house. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to organize my new laundry room this weekend {as well as wash about 5 loads of laundry too}.

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

I’m not sure if it was because of the It Works Ultimate Body Applicator {I wrapped twice} or working as Chino the Handyman’s sidekick for the past month, but the muffin top is gone. Let’s hope she doesn’t come back!

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3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia,  North Carolina,Virginia and Victoria B.C.

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4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird is sick this week. :( She’s been feeling crummy since Monday but hopefully the combination of her goodies from the Sick Day Basket I made for her and the long naps she’s been taking she’ll be feeling better soon.

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5. Get 3 new teeth. – Not 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 and it’s great for running parts too! :)

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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}.

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. Last weekend we worked on the yard. Yep, if that’s not quality time, I don’t know what is.

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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.

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13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  On the agenda this week: Finish planting all those spring bulbs I picked up at The Home Depot last week.

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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Free Kindle Books, Leap Frog Toys, Thanksgiving Turkey Hats, Recipes, Coupons and More

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Lucy has turned the living room into her new command post. Every afternoon she sits on a chair placed by the front window and keeps an eye on everyone that goes by. :) We don’t have any furniture in the room yet {just a bunch of boxes and random building supplies} but I imagine as soon as we get a couch in there she’ll move right in. Ha! Dogs are so funny.

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sometimes I’ll stumble onto a recipe and wonder how on earth I never thought of it before. Take these sweet potato biscuits. I love sweet potatoes. I love biscuits. I should have thought of this genius combo ages ago. But good thing some other smarty pants chef did, cause now that I’ve had them I can tell you they are freakin awesome.

If you want to wow your Thanksgiving guests, totally make these bad boys.

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Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup whole milk
1 cup baked, mashed sweet potato {about 1 medium potato}
1 stick unsalted butter, frozen
Heavy cream, for brushing the tops

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F.

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix milk and sweet potato until combined.

Grate frozen butter and toss with dry ingredients until butter is coated. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix just until dough forms. Knead on a floured surface just until dough comes together {do not over knead or over mix dough. The dough is not supposed to be sooth}.

Carefully form dough into a circle and use a floured rolling pin to roll dough to a thickness of about 3/4 inch. Using a biscuit cutter, cookie cutter, or glass, cut the dough into rounds. Gather leftover dough into a circle, re-roll, and cut again until all dough has been used {makes approx 8 large biscuits}

Place biscuits on a baking sheet, brush tops with heavy cream, and bake 12-15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Enjoy.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

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How to Deal With Annoying House Guests

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How to Deal With Annoying House Guests

Since my kids are older and off doing their own thing, I have come accustomed to having a ridiculous amount of {quiet} time to myself everyday.  Now that the holidays are approaching, and with them, the impending possibility of house guests, I know that I am going to have to get used to a higher traffic/volume around my usually quiet existence.  It’s not at all that any of my family make annoying house guests {though, I have heard some horror stories from friends, let me tell you, Bob!}  It’s more that it disrupts my routine–and for better or worse, I am a routine person.  I like my little rituals, and I can only stand my zen being jostled for so long.

If you are in the same boat, or worse, have post traumatic stress disorder from previous family visits, here’s a couple of ways to ease up the tension and get through the holidays without a mental breakdown:

  1. Let it all hang out.  Okay, I mean that FIGURATIVELY, not literally, because that would be weird.  What I mean is that there is no need to impress your guests by pretending to be someone your not.  Don’t stress yourself out by cleaning until your hands are raw.  If you usually live with a little clutter, that’s the deal they sign on for when they stay with you.  Of course, change the sheets and spruce up the place a bit, but not to the point of driving yourself to drink.  Plus, you really don’t want them to be too comfortable, they might overstay their welcome :) .
  2. Set boundaries.  When they plan a visit, let them know you would love to see them, but put exact perimeters on HOW long.  Say, “We would love to have you on Saturday and Sunday.  After that, we have to get back to business.”
  3. Let criticisms roll off of your back.  Sure, your Aunt Zelda might think you baby your husband, or allow to many treats…but who cares?  The more power annoying guests have over you, the less in control you feel.
  4. For notoriously difficult houseguests, put a safety net in place.  Make plans before and after their visit.  This allows a rigid time frame that they can stay–and your hands will be tied.  ”I’m sorry, but we’ve already made plans for ____ and ____, but we would love to have you for a couple of days in between.”  It’s a way better option than having to openly let them know you can’t stand it when they visit and stay too long.
  5. Remember that your guests probably feel out of their routine too.  I think sometimes people think they have to spend every waking second together when they are visiting, but alone time is still good for everyone.  Excuse yourself early and head to bed–curl up with a book or your laptop and let the day melt away.  Let your guests know that they are welcome to watch t.v. etc., but that you are saying goodnight.  They will likely appreciate the downtime as well.
  6. Offer to pay for a hotel.  Okay, I know this one is extreme, but if 24 hour a day guests drive you mad, maybe a hotel is in order.  That way, they can still be at your house by day–eating your food, etc., but at night, you will be queen/king of the castle again.  It sucks because you may have to come out of pocket, but if it saves the holidays, it just might be your little gift to yourself.
  7. For extended stay visits, remember that you are not a dancing monkey.  You don’t have to entertain 24/7, and any daily errands you need to do to keep your household running are fair play.  Let your guest know that you are headed to do x,y, and z.  They are welcome to come along, or they can relax at home.  Life shouldn’t stop, or you will start to feel more pressure.
  8. Make a plan and do some pre-planning.  Find activities that your guests might like and break up the day with them.  Also, ask your guests if they have any foods that they just can’t stand or that they love.  Plan to make the ones they love {though, it’s tempting to get them out faster by making the ones they don’t :) }.  That way, there won’t be any awkward moments at dinner when your guest dry heaves at the sight of your meal.
  9. Let guests take an active part in your life.  This one is a tough one for me.  I like my kitchen to be just so, etc., but sometimes guests LOVE the opportunity to help  out in your daily life–even if they really are getting a little more in the way than anything.  Let the MIL make her boy’s favorite casserole one night.  Ask Uncle Arty to help out by getting the folding chairs out–or whatever.  It gives everyone a little something to do and makes guests seem like a little less of a nuisance.

I totally get that having friends and family to share the holidays with is a more of a gift than a burden, but in the moment, when stress is high and space is at a premium, it can get a little tense.  So, here’s to hoping that your days with  your family are merry and bright this holiday season {and if not, here’s to hoping that the egg nog never runs low :) }.

~Mavis

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Better Late Than Never…

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Last night we pulled the cardboard up and I realized I had made a big mistake.

white kitchen brown backsplash

The backsplash I had picked out was way too dark. :( And the last thing I wanted was a dark kitchen. Why I didn’t just choose a white tile in the first place is beyond me. I am a plain Jane. I always have been and I always will be, and anytime I deviate from what I know in my heart I love, I fail miserably. white kitchen dark backsplash

So I rang Girly Girl early this morning to see if she had anything else she thought I’d like and she brought over this…

emser SURFACE Arabesque White

Arabesque 12×24 tile by Emser

What do you think? It would be installed vertically just as shown.

~Mavis

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Black Friday Leaks Into Thanksgiving Day

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Remember when EVERYTHING was closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter?  It was hard to find a gas station, let alone a grocery store for those “uh-oh, I burned the…” moments.  Nowadays, though, stores are opening their doors so that shoppers can get a head start on their holiday shopping.  Retailers are looking to get the corner on the market and bolster their sales with by milking every moment of holiday shopping possible.

According to Huffington Post, Target will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thursday.  Target announced that they will provide incentive pay for employees, and try, if possible to take volunteers to work the once no-work-day holiday.  Other stores, like J.C. Penney, Toys R Us, and Kmart will also open their doors sometime Thanksgiving evening.  For some, I know that Black Friday is a bigger holiday than Thanksgiving.  I can appreciate the tradition of meeting sisters, girlfriends, etc. with coffee in hand and hitting the pavement, all while Christmas lights twinkle and sales hit epic proportions, but, I have to ask…are the deals really worth it?  I am not asking with judgement, but I’d rather stay home and avoid the crowds and chaos.  Traditions change.  Priorities change.  I get that.  But, what are we giving up?  What are we gaining?

I kind of just want to open it up for discussion.  What do you think?  Are we gaining more than we are losing by having the stores open on the Holidays?  Or is it vice-versa?

~Mavis

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Lucy the puggle princess says… Gooood morning everyone. :)

Now get out there and do something awesome today…

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

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