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lucy the puggle dog

I told Lucy the puggle dog the delivery man is coming today with our new couch and she is beyond excited. Clearly she is on high alert and will let me know as soon as the delivery truck hits the driveway. ;)

Life is good.

Have a great Tuesday everyone,

Mavis

pny memory

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 50% Off Select PNY Memory & Mobile Power Chargers

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! :)

nintendo 2ds mario kart

Target.com has the Nintendo 2DS Bundle with the Mario Kart 7 Game in Crimson Red or Electric Blue for  just  $99.99 shipped {$30 off!} Plus, if have the Target REDcard, you will save an additional 5% off. Weeee! This is available for in store pick up only.

free frozen sing along dvd

Plus, Target is also offering a FREE Frozen Sing-Along DVD when you spend $50 or more worth of Frozen items.

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This DIY Window and Glass Cleaner Recipe blows Windex out of the water. Fewer streaks, more money in your wallet. It’s a genius recipe! Find more homemade cleaner recipes and cool projects on my DIY Pinterest Board.

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Starbucks – $5 for $10 Starbucks Card eGift

Hurry on over to Groupon and snag yourself a $10 Starbucks Card eGift  for only $5!  These will go quick! New to Groupon? Join Groupon HereLimit 1 per person. Valid within the US only. Starbucks Card eGift can be used in any participating Starbucks store.

white sierra tara windbreaker

Snag the sporty Tara Trabagon Jacket for $32.99 shipped. There are 6 colors/styles to choose from.

manicure suppliesGreat stocking stuffers for the Girly Girl on your list…

Cranberry-Pineapple-Jello-Salad-

Tired of the same old cranberry sauce? Make this Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad and I promise you won’t regret it. It’s been such a hit at our Thanksgiving feast since I started making it! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

Bon-Appetit-Cover-

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 11/18/14 at midnight EST.

gardening booksLooking for a great gardening book to drool over this winter? Here are my top picks:

cabelas sweepstakes

Cabela’s is giving away $100,000 with their Hunt for Bucks Sweepstakes. Pop on over HERE to enter.

skull face mask

Amazon has the UrbanSource Black Seamless Skull Face Tube Mask for just $1.o5 shipped!

garmin fit band

Get the Garmin vivofit Wireless Activity Tracker for $79.99 shipped {that’s $50 off} and get a jump start your 2015 goals. The Garmin vivofit Wireless Activity Tracker learns your current activity level, greets you with a personalized daily goal, tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move. My daughter has one in black and LOVES it. :) Check out the colors available here.

rei sale

REI is also having a Pre-Holiday sale with savings up to 30% off  through November 23rd, PLUS members can save an additional 20% off any item from the REI Outlet when they use code FALLMEMBER at checkout.

AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

 

Get the 24-Pack of Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths for just $11.04 shipped when you choose the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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Slow Cooker Coconut & Almond Rice Pudding

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Slow Cooker Coconut & Almond Rice PuddingI’m sure I sound like a broken record every time I post a good recipe. “It’s sooo good.” “Try it now.” “It’s da bomb!”

But then, of course I’m going to go on and on about how much I love it. If I’m posting it, it’s because it was awesome. Why on earth would I post a junky, gross-tasting recipe for you guys? I wouldn’t. Although I’ve made a bunch of those gross recipes through the years, I just keep those to myself and only share the gems! So when you hear me go off about how totally awesome a recipe is, know that it’s been tested and loved by me {and/or my family}.

Kinda like this rice pudding recipe that’s awesome.

cinnamon sticksIngredients

1/2 cup basmati rice
1 can light coconut milk
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup almonds, chopped and toasted
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup agave nectar, divided

Directions

Add rice, coconut milk, milk, water, vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours. Mix in raisins, almonds & coconut.

Serve with a drizzle of agave nectar and a few coconut flakes on top.

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How Texts Change as Relationships Mature

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How Texts Change as Relationships Mature

Do you text your hubby {or wife} during the day?  Ever stopped to think about how those texts have changed as the years have gone by?  I never really gave it much thought–especially because the HH and I were oldyweds by the time texting really became a huge thing.  But, when I ran across an article about a couple who compared their 1st year of dating texts with their 6th year of marriage texts, it make me think about how much communication with your spouse changes over the years.  Read:  less lovey-dovey and more…um, comfortable?

The couple in the article started with their 1st year of texts {the guy made a clever little word document of all of their texts from their first year for their “1 year of dating anniversary”} and then compared the frequency of commonly used words with their 6th year of marriage texts.  They looked at words like love, home, dinner, OK, and how often they used each other’s names.  No surprises in their findings really:  They used each other’s names less as time went on, the word love showed up less, home and dinner were used about the same amount of times {but the content in which they were used changed}, the frequency of “OK” sky-rocketed as the years went on.

I’m not really sure if the take-away is a good one or bad one.  Sure, we become more comfortable and don’t need to use each other’s names {they just become your husband or wife}, love is probably assumed, and “OK” I get–I mean, you’re are texting to communicate at this point, not to flirt.

What do you think, has the way you communicate via with your significant other changed as the years have gone by?  Is it a good thing, or a bad thing?

~Mavis

 

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Mavis’ Remodel Blog Day 48 – The Punch List

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kitchen remodel white cabinets

This past week we gained running water in the kitchen, a cook-top, oven and a washer and dryer. Talk about a dream come true after 7 weeks weeks of hauling clothes to the laundromat, cooking meals in the microwave and washing dishes in the bathroom sink.

Now all that’s left are all the “little things” that need to be completed on the punch list. Things like a cabinet over the refrigerator,  a little more crown molding in the kitchen and someone to paint all the mill work {that would be me}.

kitchen remodel

A new back-splash {because the other one was just too dark}, kitchen outlets that work and some sort of “jumper cable” so all the under cabinet lighting works.outlet coves with drywall

Drywall needs to be scheduled to come out to patch four outlets and the seam above the fireplace.

stopped painting wall

And I need to get up off my rear and finish painting the downstairs {I’m about halfway done}.KOHLER Memoirs pedestal sink and toilet

Cameron still needs to install crown molding in the hall bathroom.

slate tile fireplace wood mantel

And tile guy needs to come out and finish laying the rest of the tiles around the fireplace too {one box arrived broken so Chino had to order more}.
laundry room remodel

I need to paint the laundry shelf white and Cameron needs to add crown molding and then the new laundry room will finally be complete.

stretching carpet

The crappy living room carpet needs to be stretched too…

messy family roomBut before we can have that done I need to clean up this big mess. Which is lame because once the mess in the room is gone, the living room will remain empty until next spring… when round 2 of the Butterfield remodel begins. Yee-Haw.

Progress. It’s cool

~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 45 of 52

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albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons  $17.05

A few days before we had our kitchen sink {and oven} up and running I picked up a few convenience packages of fruit fruit. I used to think those little tubs of pre-cut fruits and veggies were for lazy people, but how could I resist a giant tub of pineapple, raspberries and cantaloupe for $3.33 each?  Cuties $3.99, Butternut Squash $1.88 and Bananas $1.19.

zaycon chicken breasts

Zaycon Chicken – Free

I cashed in my Zaycon referral credits last week for a 40 pound case of boneless chicken breasts which I shared with my new neighbor The Church lady. We whipped up 26 freezer meals in less than 3 hours and now our freezers are stuffed full of homemade goodness. Yay for nice neighbors.

planters trail mix

Albertsons $0.75

I popped into Starbucks {which happens to be in our local Albertsons} to grab a hot cocoa using my Starbucks gift card I bartered with Mrs. Hillbilly for and spotted and sweet deal on Planter’s trail mix.

planters trail mix stand

 

Twenty five freakin’ cents. Umm ya, so that was a good deal. In my old extreme couponing days I totally would have asked the cashier for more coupons, but fast forward a couple of years and I find myself happy with 3 packages of trail mix for a quarter a piece instead of a 3 cases. Funny how how things change, huh?

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Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

I don’t know about you but I’ve got a boatload of baking to do this week and thanks to Smith Brother’s Dairy I’ve got all the essentials {plus a few extras}.

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.80
Total Spent Year to Date $1602.76 
{Over for the year!}

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month is proudly sponsored by Smith Brother’s Farms, my family’s favorite milk. Check out their website HERE and learn about the over 100 top quality products Smith Brothers Farms can deliver to your porch box.

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Free Kindle Books, Knock Knock Pads, Gag Gifts, Ravensbueger Puzzles, Recipes, Coupons and More

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lucy the puggle dog

Today is going to be a great day, do you want to know why? No workers will be here. :) Which means, Lucy the Puggle Princess and I get to stay in our pj’s all day and put around. Wahoooo!

The workers will be back later this week, but for today, we have to whole house to ourselves. Yahooooooo!

Mavis

kindle fire tablet

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - $140 Off the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

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! :)

knock knock note pads

Got something to say but don’t know quite how to say it? These Knock Knock Pads should help.

strawberry nurti grain bars
6 Boxes of Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, Strawberry, 8-Count Bars $11.68 shipped when you use subscribe and save. No coupons to clip, no trip to the store, they just show up on your front porch. That’s my kind of deal.

santa pillow

When you stop believing in Santa you get underwear. Umm, yep, pretty much. ;)

DIY-DIY-How-to-Make-Your-Own-Laundry-Detergent

This DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe works great without all the crazy chemicals and the hefty price tag. Find more homemade cleaner recipes and cool projects on my DIY Pinterest Board.

the body shop sale

Today only The Body Shop has a great Buy 3 Get 3 Free plus Free Shipping on Orders $30+ deal. Talk about a great time to stock up on stocking stuffers and hostess gifts.

pick your nose cups gag gifts

Fun Stocking Stuffers and Gag Gifts:

kids floor puzzles

Keep the kids busy with floor puzzles…

Ravensbueger Puzzles

Ravensbueger 3D Puzzles are great for teens and adults…

zebra print pashmina scarves

These Pashmina Animal Print Scarves have excellent reviews and prices start at just $6.44 each. I bought to give to my favorite cashier last year and was pleased with the quality.

Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker with Rechargeable Battery

These Kinivo Mini Portable Speaker with Rechargeable Batteries make great gifts for just about everyone. Prices start at $14.99 and the reviews from fellow Amazon shoppers are great.

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the Atlantic magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to The Atlantic Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 11/17/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Emergency Blankets

Amazon has the 10-Pack of Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets on sale for $6.95. This would make a great stocking stuffer or something to put in your emergency kit or keep in the car.

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Are you in full-on Thanksgiving planning mode yet? I’m helping you out with Thanksgiving side dishes all week long. First up, this stuffing on crack. Cranberry Bacon Apple Cornbread Stuffing is the best stuffing I’ve ever had. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Enter to Win an American Girl Samantha Doll. A doll a day is being given away through the end of the year.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 46 of 52

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menu plan ideas

Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

Make Your Own Vitamin Water

Breakfast Ideas 

Homemade Vitamin Water – Sometimes, I like to have a quick muffin and make this yummy vitamin water on mornings when I am on the go.  Quick tip:  the water tastes equally delicious warmed up, like a warm fruit tea.  {Pin for Later}
Rustic Apple Galette – This is the most satisfying breakfast on a crisp fall weekend.  {Pin for Later}
Spinach Power Smoothie – In my opinion, the best way to hide your veggies is in a quick morning smoothie.  Power packed AND you don’t really have to taste it.  {Pin for Later}
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes – If you have a couple of bananas that are too brown to eat, this is perfect way to use them up.  {Pin for Later}

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Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Slow Cooker Meatloaf - Cold weather somehow justifies heavier meals–this meatloaf is one of those protein packed meals that will leave you feeling warm and satisfied.  {Pin for Later}
13 Bean Vegetarian Soup - This meatless soup still has a ton of protein.  It’s delicious and, even if you aren’t a vegetarian, saves you a bundle on not having to provide a meat for the meal.  {Pin for Later}
Chicken Cacciatore Freezer Meal - I love that this dish is loaded with veggies–and that I only have to wash, chop and prep the veggies one time, but I still get four meals out of it. Slow Cooker Soutwest Chicken Chili - If you have a football family, throw this together and let it simmer in the crock pot until game time.  Trust me, you’ll be a hit when you let ‘em know they can dish up and head back to sit in front of the t.v.  {Pin for Later}

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with HamSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Cast Iron Skillet Pot Pie - This one pot meal is actually pretty quick and easy to throw together and goes from oven to table.  {Pin for Later}
Spinach and Feta Orzo Salad – I like to make up a big batch of this stuff so I have lunch all week long.  {Pin for Later}
Quinoa Fried Rice - At the Butterfield household, this is the main course, but you can serve it as a side dish too.  It’s got quinoa and coconut milk, so it is super satisfying for hours and hours.  {Pin for Later}
Baked Macaroni and Cheese – Nothing welcomes the cool weather better than a big hot pan of homemade mac & cheese.  {Pin for Later}

Decorated-Acorn-Sugar-CookiesCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Decorated Acorn Sugar Cookies – If your kids have a Thanksgiving feast at school, these cookies will be a HUGE hit.  {Pin for Later}
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies - The white chocolate/cranberry combination in these is to die for.  {Pin for Later}
Gingerbread Biscotti – If you have guests coming in for Thanksgiving, plan to wow them with a little morning coffee/tea and these tasty gingerbread biscotti.  {Pin for Later}
Nutella No Bake Cookies – I can pretty much get on board with any cookie that has no bake in the title.  The only thing better would be no-effort cookies. {Pin for Later}

crock-pot-recipe-apple-butterCanning Recipe of the Week

Homemade Apple Butter – Need hostess gifts for the upcoming holidays?  Apple butter is always a hit.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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I Spy with My Little Eye … Happiness

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white kitchen dark floors

Yesterday the puggle princess and I spent the entire day in the kitchen making delicious food. Well, I cooked and she licked the bowls. ;) I made a ham, applesauce, mashed potatoes, a jello salad, and biscuits from scratch.

It was awesome.

For the first time in 7 weeks we ate a home cooked meal.

I don’t think it gets any better than that.

~Mavis

 

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Pineapple and Banana Smoothie

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Pineapple and Banana Smoothie

When you have a houseful of hard workers and you want to reward them but have no stove and no kitchen to speak of, what do you do? Whip out a blender and make some mean smoothies of course! This recipe was a hit with the whole crew.  I only had to provide 2 ingredients and some ice, and then press a button. Easy peasy.

Ingredients

2 cups fresh pineapple {peeled, cored and cubed}
2 ripe bananas
3 cups of ice

Pineapple and Banana Smoothie recipe

Directions

Throw all ingredients into a blender {I use my Blendtec} and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

pineapple banana smoothie

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13 Must-Try Cranberry Recipes

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13 Must-Try Cranberry RecipesI’m not sure if you’ve ever noticed, but I make a lot of recipes that involve cranberries. I’m a pretty big cranberry fan. Right now, you can find sales on those delicious berries everywhere. But when they aren’t in season, I just buy ‘em dried in bulk from Amazon. Traverse Bay Fruit Co. Dried Cranberries are freakin awesome. Dried or fresh cranberries in a recipe typically means I’ll love it.

Here are 13 of my favorite cranberry recipes:easy-chicken-recipes-Cranberry-Chicken-Salad (1)

1. Cranberry Chicken Salad {or pin it for later!}

Broccoli Cranberry and Almond Salad with Feta2. Broccoli Cranberry Salad w/ Feta and Almonds {or pin it for later!}

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3. Traditional Cranberry Muffins {or pin it for later!}Cranberry Cinnamon Pear Sauce

4. Cranberry Cinnamon Pear Sauce {or pin it for later!}Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad

5. Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad {or pin it for later!}

Cranberry Bacon Apple Cornbread Stuffing

6. Cranberry Bacon Apple Cornbread Stuffing {or pin it for later!}Cranberry-Coconut-Breakfast-Cookies

7. Cranberry Coconut Breakfast Cookies {or pin it for later!}

Apple Cranberry Wheat Berry Salad with Spinach8. Apple Cranberry Wheat Berry Salad w/ Spinach {or pin it for later!}Cashew Cranberry Brittle recipe

9. Cashew Cranberry Brittle {or pin it for later!}

cranberry-apple-pie-recipe10. Cranberry Apple Pie {or pin it for later!}

old fashioned cranberry sauce recipe11. Old Fashioned Cranberry Sauce {or pin it for later!}

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies12. White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies {or pin it for later!}

cranberry walnut bread13. Cranberry Walnut Bread {or pin it for later!}

Did I miss any great ones? Do you have a favorite cranberry recipe I need to try?

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