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.

lucy the puggle dog

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,

Mavis

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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
Evelyn

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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filling pots with potting soil

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.

Barbara

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.

DIY-How-to-Make-Your-Own-Potting-Soil

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.

~Mavis

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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?

~Mavis

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

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verisimilitude

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.

lucy the puggle dog

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.

Mavis

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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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Amazon has the Ello Pure 20-oz Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve on sale for $9.99 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. My daughter LOVES these water bottles!

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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
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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.

 

Ranch Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Spinach and Green PeasRanch Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Spinach, and Green Peas

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Fresh Pea Salad with Bacon and Chives
Fresh Pea Salad with Bacon and Chives

 

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The Plastic Livestock Has Arrived

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lucy the puggle dog

Yesterday I stopped by the post office to mail and few letter and HOLY CANOLIES people… there were 3 packages for me to pick up. At first I was like, wait, what? I haven’t ordered anything lately… and then I noticed the address.

address label

Ahhh…The flamingo sanctuary. Of course. lucy puggle opening packages

Man you guys are fast. LOL. ;) pink flamingos

Sarah sent in a pair of flamingo plant stakes. I set them in with the pea plants for a little splash of color.

garden gnome

And the bare bottomed garden gnome from Tracey? Nothing says I am a super classy person, please stop and chat a bit, like a plastic gnome with it’s bum exposed in your garden. ;)

lucy opening packages

And then there was that giant package. plastic livestock

Full of plastic livestock!!lucy

Have I ever told you how much Lucy LOVES to open packages? lucy the puggle dog

What’s that? You need a little CPR? No problem my new flamingo friend.
lucy pink flamingo

It’s MINE!!!! All mine! These flamingos were sent for me not for you mom.pink flamingos in box

Holy canolies! Rosemarie sent in an entire flock {12 flamingos!!!} for the yard.
hide and seek flamingos

I thought it would be best to play a little game of hide and seek. You know, for all the people walking by. After all, slow and steady wins the race right? I wouldn’t want to stick them all in the front yard and make it look obvious or anything. Weaving the flamingos here and there between the hedges and plants is more artistic. Don’t you think?
pink flamingo in bushes

This is going to be fun.

Thanks so much everyone,

~Mavis

If you have any pink flamingos you are willing to part with, please send them my way. There is nothing in the CC&R’s against pink flamingos in the yard. Yet. ;)

Pink Flamingo Sanctuary  {Gnomes and dream-catchers are welcome too!}
C/O Mavis Butterfield
P.O. Box 2083
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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How Many Times a Week Do You Shower?

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How Many Times a Week Do You Shower

Treehugger recently posted an article about showers that was fascinating!!  It compared how often American’s shower compared to other countries.  The answer was kind of surprising.  While we do shower quite a bit, lots of other countries have us beat.  Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Spain, the Middle East, France and India all out shower us {not surprisingly, most of them are considerably warmer climates}.  Some countries opt instead for sponge baths and/or full submersion baths {likely that is what is more readily available?}

The article suggested that we are kind of newly obsessed with cleanliness and stripping ourselves of our natural smells {with modern soaps, deodorant, mouthwash, etc. that have only been around for about 100 years}  And it’s true, if you think back to maybe 100 years ago, I am sure we did shower/bathe less, simply because of the difficulty of heating water for bathing, but it turns out that most “refined” historical cultures {The Romans, Ancient Greeks…even the Babylonians all revered bathing and cleanliness.  The Egyptians bathed very frequently, and added make-up to boot}.  As our quest to jump on the hygiene super highway has grown, we’ve invented water heaters, indoor plumbing, etc., and the ease of washing the day off has become easier–and the frequency has almost undoubtedly gone up.

So how often do YOU shower?  Me?  Usually 6 days out of 7 every week {I like to allow for a lazy day :) }.

~Mavis

 

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Free Kindle Books, Lego, IPod Docking Stations, Born Shoes, Calvin Klein Dresses, Namaste Foods on Sale and More

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oligarchy

Word of the Day: Oligarchy Definition: Government by the few, power invested in a few leaders. Used in a sentence: In days gone by some countries were ruled by an oligarchy.

pink plastic flamingo

Things are starting to get a little crazy around here… and I’ll be sharing more on that in a little bit. ;)

My goal today is to get a few seedling planted, make a batch of biscotti, and then do some touch up painting in the office. The workers will be back tomorrow {the electricians I think} and so I want to make the most of today while I have a little peace and quiet.

What are YOUR plans for today? Anything exciting?

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD 60 Hz Smart LED TV from LG $499 shipped.

crayola products

Amazon Bonus Deal of the Day - 40% Off Select Crayola Products

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Looking to save a little money? No need to leave home on your next vacation. Here are 10 Tips for the Best Staycation Ever. Find more cool travel tips on my Traveling Tips Pinterest Board.

nintendo ds lego game

Amazon has The LEGO Movie Videogame – Nintendo 3DS Standard Edition on sale for $9.99! This would make a great Easter Basket Stuffer.

ekids ipod alarm clock

Amazon has the eKids iPod Alarm Clock and Docking Speaker System on sale for $29.99 {$10 off} and there are 6 styles to choose from. Ships FREE with Amazon Prime.

born shoe sale

Attention Born Shoe Lovers… 6pm has Born Shoes on sale at DEEP DISCOUNTS… so hurry on over and take a peek. I own a few pairs and they are crazy daisy comfortable!

calvin klein dress sale

6pm also has a great selection of Calvin Klein Dresses on sale up to 70% off and prices start at $26 shipped!

nameste gluten free mixes

Zulily has Namaste Foods up to 35% off today. Lot’s of Gluten Free options!

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Amazon has the Econscious Ladies Cotton Long Sleeve T Shirt Sizes Small – XX Large starting at $4.10 depending on size and color.

Tricam GOR200B Gorilla Carts 600-Pound

Amazon has the Gorilla Carts Garden Dump Cart with Steel Frame on sale for $69.97 shipped and the reviews are awesome.

better homes and gardens magazine

Discount Mags is offering a bundle 1 year subscription to 3 Magazines:Better Homes & Gardens, Allrecipes, and Family Circle all for $10.99. 3 subscriptions, 1 year… all for $10.99 when you use code MAVIS at checkout.  Sweet digety! This deal will expire tonight 3/18/15 at midnight EST.

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This Tuna Salad w/ Lemon, Cucumbers, Carrots proves that while tuna is a really cheap protein, there’s nothing cheap about the flavor! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Salads Pinterest Board.

country wisdom and know howHave you checked out the Wisdom and Know How series yet? It’s one of my favorites!

baby wipes

Get a 5- Pack of Seventh Generation Original Soft and Gentle Free and Clear Baby Wipes, 350 Count for just $8.34/ $1.67 each shipped when you clip the $4.00 off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

cabelas printed shirt

Cabela’s has Men’s Cabela’s Printed Chamois Shirts on sale for just $9.88 {was $44.99-$49.99}.

quilted northern tissue

Amazon currently has 36 Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, Double Rolls for low as $17.06 SHIPPED when you use the subscribe and save option at check out

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Blueberry Crumb Bars … Someone Please Hide These

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blueberry crumb bars
Go make these bars right now. I mean, don’t make these bars. I mean do, but be warned you will eat so many it’ll hurt. I seriously had to have the HH hide them. I’m not kidding. I shouldn’t be surprised that these blueberry crumb bars are so amazing. Deb has the BEST dessert recipes!

When I saw the recipe, I knew I wanted to make them immediately, but I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. So I made a few changes, and they turned out so good!!

blueberry crumble bars

Ingredients

1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold unsalted butter {2 sticks}
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons tapioca pearls

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.

Combine 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, salt and baking powder in a medium mixing bowl. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg until dough is crumbly. Press half of the dough into the prepared pan.

In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, tapioca pearls and lemon juice. Carefully fold in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over crust. Crumble the remaining dough on top.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!
blueberry crumb bars

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