One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/20/2014

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How to Save Seeds for Next Years Garden

Garden Updates

How to Save Seeds for Next Years Garden

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken

Recipes

mornings-with-mavis

Mornings with Mavis 

Kids Classroom Party Treat Alternatives

Tips and Tricks

Should You Tip the Hotel Maid

Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Give the Gift of Seeds: The Gift That Keeps on {Growing}

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So I’m all about gifting things that are unique, homemade or super long-lasting. These fun gifts I’m talking about in my latest eHow article, Give the Gift of Gardening This Winter, cover all three.

What if I told you now is the perfect time to get a jump start on your holiday gifts?

Because seriously, it is.

I was out in the garden collecting herbs last night when I noticed my chive plants were dropping seeds like bombs! So what’s a thrifty gardener to do? Collect seeds and package them up nice and cute for some inexpensive holiday gifts, of course.

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Sixteen Candles

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I’m still truckin’ along on my John Hughes kick.  Tonight, I’m planning on watching Sixteen Candles.  I like to re-watch it every few years because…well, it’s awesome.  If you haven’t seen it {you’ve been living under a rock, and it’s time to come out…kidding}, it’s about a girl whose family forgets her 16th birthday.  It’s “what’s happenin’ hot-stuff,” so you should totally check it out :) .

16 candles

Have you have already seen it?  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

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Mavis Garden Blog – My Fall Window Box Needs Something… But What?

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planting ornamental cabbage

I stopped by the garden center last night and couldn’t help but notice all the ornamental cabbage for sale. I don’t know what it is about them but every fall I get sucked into buying a bunch of cabbage at the garden center for my front porch and window box.

mini pumpkin

They even had these gorgeous pumpkins for $0.99! How’s a girl to resist with a price like that?

planting a fall window box

Anywho, as I started planting I quickly realized I needed more plants. But what kind? The only choices right now are chrysanthemums {barf} or pansies. I mean if I get desperate I could go the purple pansy route, but I’m hoping YOU have some other suggestions.

What else should I be looking for that would go with the green, purple and orange theme I’ve got going on?

fall window box with pumpkins and cabbage

Any suggestion you have would be greatly appreciated. {Said the girl with OCD who won’t be happy until her garden box is stuffed full of fall goodness!} ;)

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, K-Cups, Compression Socks, Rockport Shoes, Recipes, Coupons and More

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lucy the puggle dog

Lucy the Puggle Trouble stole The Girl’s giant pillow a few days ago and has no plans to give it back. Ever. But seriously, with a face like that how could I possible take it away. And HELLO… I bet it’s super cozy too!

Have a great Friday everyone, and if you go clubbing this weekend, don’t forget the glitter. ;)

Mavis

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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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Here are a few deals on K-Cups. Perfect for fall! :) :) :)

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Frozen cookie dough makes last second cookies a snap {and keeps your kitchen WAY cleaner!}. Check out How to Freeze Cookie Dough HERE. Find more cool tips on my Easy Kitchen Tips Pinterest Board.

crystal puzzles

These 3D Crystal Puzzles would be a great fall boredom buster for kids

fun compression socks

Groupon has some ridiculously cute Lunatik Athletiks Compression Socks on sale for just $21.99 each! These are a million times better than plain white or black and they are about 1/2 off too!

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Amazon has the ENGIVE Sports Running Waist Pack Runner Belt for $9.55 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. This is a MUST for any runner!!

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Sometimes saving money is so simple. Amazon’s Subscribe and Save proves that. Here’s the low-down on how Amazon Subscribe & Save works and why you should be using it:
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3. You’ll be charged for each order only when the item is shipped. The amount charged each time will reflect the price of the item on the day the order is processed minus the Subscribe & Save discount.
4. You select the frequency that you want to receive new orders, and they’ll automatically send your subscriptions by your monthly Subscribe & Save delivery day. You can change your subscription schedule, quantity and/or frequency online at any time. Genius.

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6pm has Rockport Shoes on sale with some seriously big savings AND free shipping too. Prices start at $28!

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You know how you sometimes enjoy a recipe that’s so good you are still talking about it days later? This Strawberry Focaccia with Balsamic Onions is one of those recipes. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

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Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

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Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

What can make a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup even better? I just figured it out. Lemons. Who knew? Well maybe you did because you discovered that ages ago, but it was news to me.

I spotted this recipe on the Real Simple site and decided to give it a go. I’m a sucker for some good chicken noodle soup and my family gobbles it up too, so I made it. And we ate every last drop. It was that good. Give it a try and see if you agree.

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 carrots, cut into small cubes
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 pounds chicken breasts
6 cups chicken broth
4 cups water {you can increase broth and reduce water if preferred}
1 cup small pasta
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

chopped carrots

Directions

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the carrots, celery, onions and thyme. Cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add the chicken, broth, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken, place chicken in a stand mixer and shred {you can use two forks to shred it as well}.

Add the pasta to the soup and simmer until soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add the shredded chicken back in and then add the lemon juice and parsley. Stir until combined. Remove from heat and serve. Enjoy.

Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

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Sweden’s Solution to Waste Management

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A big thanks to One Hundred Dollars a Month reader, Holly, who passed along this little gem.  Watch the video, it’s totally worth it, but here’s a quick summary, just in case you are pressed for time:

Apparently, Sweden is able to recycle 99 percent of their garbage–through traditional recycling and incineration that is then turned into usable energy.  They have gotten so effective at sorting and burning the waste, they’ve started to import other countries’ garbage.  Burning the garbage is still falling well below the environmental standards for pollution.

This is pretty freakin’ awesome if you ask me.  Humans can be so ingenious sometimes.  Now, if we could just get on board here in America.

~Mavis

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Care Packages for College Students – Money and M&M’s

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Care Packages for College Students

Now that The Girl has headed off to college, I want to start sending her some care packages.  They don’t need to be anything fancy, but just a little something fun and usable to let her know we are thinking about her.  And what’s more fun and usable than M&M’s and money?

Care Packages for College Students - Money

Supplies Needed

  • Pint-sized mason jar
  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • M&M’s
  • Money
  • Plastic lid for mason jar

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Directions 

Stick the toilet paper roll in the center of the jar.  Pour the M&M’s around the outside of the toilet paper roll, holding the roll in place until the outside of the jar is full of M&M’s.  Slip the money into the center of the toilet paper roll {that way, it will be a pleasant surprise when your college student opens the jar}.  Screw on the lid, and mail.

Care Packages for College Students

Pretty awesome if you ask me! :)

~Mavis

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How to Save Seeds for Next Years Garden

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How to Save Seeds for Next Years Garden

Saving seeds year after year can be a real money saver in the garden.  By saving the BEST of what you’ve grown year after year, the plants will adapt to your soil/climate and become naturally disease resistant.  The best part is that saving seeds is waaaay easier than people think.

If you are new to seed saving, here’s a quick guide to get you started:

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You’ll Need

Silica gel packets {I’ve been known to save these from other things that I buy}
Envelopes or Containers {to store seeds in}
Plate and/or bowl
Paper Towels
Sieve

how to grow bean seeds

Directions

First, make sure the seeds that you are saving are from open-pollinated plants {the original seed packet should tell you}.  Hybrids and cross pollinated plant seeds will not produce the same plant/fruit year after year.

Each plant is a little different. For beans and peas,  dry pods on the vine and harvest when they rattle in the pod and their skins are papery thin. remove the beans, and freeze them overnight to kill any bugs before storing them in an airtight container.

yellow pepper seeds

For peppers, melons, and squash cut open the ripened fruit and scoop out the seeds.  Rinse the seeds thoroughly {for sweeter fruits, like melons, you may want to use a mild dish soap to get all of the sugars off of the seeds.  Lay the rinsed seeds on a plate and gently pat them dry with a paper towel.  Leave the seeds on the plate to air dry completely.  This may take a few days {make sure to keep the plate in a pretty non-humid place}.

How to Save Your Tomato Seeds

Tomatoes are the most time consuming seeds to save {also the most worth it}.  For a full set of instructions, go HERE.

For cucumbers, gently cut open the fruit {so as not to cut the seeds while opening it}.  Scrape the seeds into a small sieve and rinse well.  As you are rinsing, gently rub the seeds along the bottom of the sieve to remove the coating.  Allow the seeds to dry as you would the peppers, melons, and squash.

When the seeds have dried completely, place them into marked envelopes.  To store the seeds long term, you’ll want to throw in a silica gel package to keep the moisture out.  Seeds can be stored indefinitely in the freezer {place envelopes into an air tight container and place several silica gel packets into the container}.  For year to year storage, a cool dark place like the fridge is best.  Either way, when it is time to use the seeds, DO NOT OPEN the container until is has come to room temperature.  That will keep the moisture out of your seeds.

That’s basically it.  Have any of you saved your seeds year after year?  Do you have stronger plants because of it?

~Mavis

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The Coolest First Aid Bag Ever, Free Kindle Books, Shampoo Deals, Altoids, Recipes, Coupons and More

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fall trees

Only one more day until the weekend… Weeee!

Have a great day everyone, and stay out of trouble!!

Mavis

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Here Kitty Kitty…

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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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Ever find yourself trudging over to your neighbor’s house to borrow a missing ingredient? Check out these 20 Common Ingredient Substitutions.  Find more cool tips on my Easy Kitchen Tips Pinterest Board.

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Keep your breath smelling minty fresh with the 9 Pack of Altoids Smalls Mints, Peppermint for just $7.81 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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I was just reading that people have emergency kits for the Zombie Apocalypse. WHAT? Zombies or no zombies, 72 Hour Kits are super handy! Find out how to make a DIY 72 Hour Kit HERE or Pin it for later.

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Great Deals on Shampoo!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Field and Stream Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 9/18/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Amazon has the  Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light on sale for just $3.55 shipped. Talk about the PERFECT stocking stuffer for anyone on your list!

Creamed Peas and Potatoes Recipe

I woke up this morning craving Creamed Peas and Potatoes. This dish is perfect for potlucks! Get the recipe for creamed peas and potatoes HERE for Pin it for Later.

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