Friday Night at the Movies – Uncle Buck

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I’m on a John Hughes kick lately.  He seriously puts out what I would call the “classics” of the 80′s and 90′s.  This weekend, I am going to watch Uncle Buck.  In case you haven’t seen it, it’s about a couple who need someone to watch their kids while they head out of town on a family emergency.  The only option is the husband’s less-than-desirable brother:  Uncle Buck.  John Candy is awesome as Uncle Buck–seriously, you will quote this movie for the rest of your life.

I love revisiting my favorite comedies.  What’s your favorite John Hughes movie?  Maybe I’ll add it to my fall line-up.

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Looking for more movies? Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE! Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend, ~Mavis

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What Am I Suppose to do With All This Zucchini?

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You know that feeling you get towards the end of summer when you’ve tried every recipe you have and even though there are more vegetables to harvest in your garden, you simply have no clue what to do with them?lucy the puggle dog

It’s like your brain just shuts off and calls it quits. Well that’s where I’m at right now.

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So please, if you have a favorite zucchini or bean recipe you think is the bomb diggety and you think we should try it… please leave it {or a link} in the comments below.

I’d sure appreciate it.

~Mavis

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Ask Mavis – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know {And More}

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You have burning questions, I have some possibly helpful answers. I love your questions. They are so diverse and cover the entire spectrum of what I blog about on the site {and what I don’t!}. Sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes they make me have to use my brain. All good things. Here is the latest round of questions. As always, if you have an answer or some insight, pretty please share away. Sharing is caring.

seattle greenhouse gardenHi Mavis!!! We are looking to buy a new greenhouse, and I just LOVE yours! Can you please tell me where you bought it? Thanks, in advance!

~Brooke

I bought my greenhouse at the Glass Gardener in Tacoma. I freakin love it. I have a Magnum Glass Greenhouse with a British green finish. I would highly recommend the company to anybody looking for a greenhouse {and really, I’d recommend it even if you aren’t looking for a greenhouse. Because greenhouses are awesome, and everyone should have one. Or two).

Walton-Mountain-Museum-Earl-Hamner-HouseMavis, I missed reading about your new East Coast Vacation spot? What!!!!!!!!!!! Where can I read all about it and how did you convince the HH?

~ Barbara

Okay truth time. I might give my husband a hard time for buying me boxes of corn or shopping at Fred Meyer for an anniversary gift, but this year I got the coolest present on the planet. My 20th anniversary gift was a vacation home on the East coast!  I think it might be impossible to top that. I am in love with it. In. Love. I promise I will bombard you with so many pictures soon that you’ll be sick of seeing and hearing about it in no time. Because did I mention I love it. Another thing about being on the east coast that makes me giddy: you are pretty much within 5 hours of anywhere. And you know how I love to travel. But back to that vacation home. Buckle up kids. A slew of pictures are on their way… {Okay, okay. So maybe not the house pictured above, although that one is totally on the East Coast too!}

grow lightHi Mavis, I recently moved to Tacoma and I’ve begun my journey as an urban chicken farmer and gardener with gusto. However, I’ve run into some snags and was hoping you could shed some light on a matter. I would like to save money by starting my own seeds for my winter garden and next year’s garden. The instructions for seeds starting I’ve been finding online indicate that the trays will need up to 6 hours or more of sunlight in order to grow. Here in the PNW, especially in the winter there’s not much sunlight during that time of year. So does that mean I have to buy grow lights? I plan to grow my seed trays in a Garden Igloo, so they’ll be protected while outside as there’s no space in my house for the seed trays. I’d rather avoid the added expense of grow lights. Am I over thinking this? Do the seed trays need sunlight all day, every day? Help?

~Jessica

Okay so you’re in luck. While it’s pretty common knowledge that grow lights help your little seedlings, standard fluorescents will work just fine {Watch for end-of-season sales on growing supplies around mid-summer to keep costs down if you do go with actual grow lights}. Because we live in an area that gets pretty limited sunlight, any extra help you can give them during the winter months is great. Many will survive without any additional light, but you’ll be much more successful if you give them a boost! I use the larger version of this system and it’s awesome: Hydrofarm 2-Foot Jump Start T5 Grow Light System.

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~ Mari

Sadly, you’ve been on pins and needles for no reason. I only lasted 10 days after I quickly realized I totally suck at sticking to a routine. So it might have been the best thing since sliced bread, but I’ll never know. But I’m super curious to hear your results if you’ve used it and loved it!


With all those mushrooms you dried, I wondered if you have a homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup recipe. Would you share it, if you have one? Thanks!

~ Tifany

I don’t, but I totally need a good recipe. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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I have been wanting to know if I should do a big garden, I have lots of seeds and the space available to me. Good soil, sunlight, and 3 acres of land. I’m a Girl Scout, and my troop was thinking of ways to fund-raise. I was thinking of doing my whole back yard with almost everything I can think of. Do you think that would be possible? We have 5 people in our troop and plenty of volunteers to help weed, plant, and water. Would it be cost effective, by that meaning would we actually earn enough money? I love to garden and I love all the ideas I get from you.

~Hope

Oh my goodness, DO IT!! You have all of the ingredients to grow an amazing garden. And here’s what I have to say about that: You’ll probably earn some money if you are diligent about selling your produce. But what you {and all the girls in your troop} will gain by spending time in the garden and learning to grow your own food is priceless!! I can’t encourage you enough to give it a try. It won’t be easy, but it will totally be worth it!

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, iPhone Tripod, Cold Frames, Clark’s Sandals, Coupons, Recipes and More

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Did you see the game last night? :) :) :) How cool was that?

Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I plan on getting the greenhouse cleaned out and ready for the winter growing season. It will be here before we know it. {Not exciting, but it will feel good when it’s all done}

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend

Mavis

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Nutella No Bake Cookies

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Nutella No Bake Cookies

These cookies are great to make on a busy weeknight to pop and pop into lunches the next day. My daughter loved to pack theses in her lunch! I hope you like them. We sure do.

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Ingredients

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup Nutella
2 cups rolled oats {Winco has great prices!}

Nutella No Bake Cookies

Directions

Using a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the sugar, milk and cocoa powder until well incorporated. Continue to stir and heat on medium-low until sugar is dissolved, then add the peanut butter and chocolate-hazelnut spread. Heat and stir until melted and fully combined. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the oats.

Use a small cookie scoop to drop dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and then roll into balls. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Seatle Tilth’s FREE Annual Harvest Fair September 6th

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fairCelebrate harvest season at Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair. This annual urban farm festival is hands-on and fun for the entire community with workshops, cooking demonstrations and fun activities for all ages. Eat tasty food, enjoy live music and check out the colorful and delicious produce local farms and gardens are overflowing with.

Now in its 27th year, this family friendly festival is right around the corner: 

Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair
Saturday, September 6 from 10 am-4 pm
Meridian Park {4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle}

Come hang out and press cider from local apples, enjoy fresh, delicious food, nuzzle a goat or chicken, make an herb crown, or even join the parade. Local and organic farm stands will be stocked with fresh produce at the height of harvest season. The Harvest Fair is a great place to stock-up on fresh foods, farm crafts, native and edible plants, garden supplies and sustainable goods. You can also learn tips for canning and cooking, or bring goods to trade and barter.

See the full schedule of activities and the list of participating farmers, vendors and organizations.

Activities include:

  • Workshops
  • Live music
  • Local food trucks and tents
  • Organic farmers market
  • Urban farm demonstration
  • Sustainable vendors
  • Kids parade (noon)
  • Barter (1-3 p.m.)
  • Canning and cooking demonstrations
  • Cider pressing
  • DIY herb crowns
  • Seed swap
  • Raffle
  • Kids crafts in the children’s gardenUrban Livestock Howdy

Volunteers are needed to help make it all happen and volunteering is a fun way to participate. Sign-up to volunteer HERE!

Admission is free but donations are encouraged at the entrances to help cover event costs.

Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. They have been providing hands-on education in organic agriculture for 36 years. They believe that all people deserve access to healthy, nutritious food and that changing the way in which we grow, cook and eat food has the potential to transform people’s lives as well as the communities in which we live.

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20 Tips For Selling Your House Fast

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20 Tips For Selling Your House FastIs it just me or does it seem like the economy is finally starting to turn around a bit?  I am seeing more and more for sale signs in the yards of houses–which to be honest, I haven’t seen in awhile.  It’s like people are recovering and starting to move on.  {Or, at least, I hope that’s what it means.}

If you are hoping to sell your house this year, and want to get it done fast, here are a couple of tips:

  1. Clean out closets.  Buyers want to see LOTS of storage space.  Clear our the clutter and keep your closets half-empty.  Buyers are going to open up the closets anyway, might as well let them know that they will have ample space to store their own belongings.dog food dish
  2. Keep the critters hidden.  You might love your dog, cat, and hamster, but buyers want to believe that the space is clean–and whether or not you are or not, animals don’t scream:  CLEAN.  It’s better to hide the dog bowls, litter box and cages.  That way, all they will see is a clean house.
  3. De-personalize.  You love your Aunt Gladys, buyers don’t.  Take her picture down, and everything else that is exclusive to who you are as a family.  Then, buyers will be able to imagine their own stuff and their own lives it the house.
  4. Keep it clean.  Be ready for impromptu showings.  The more restrictions you put on showings, the less traffic you will have.  The less you traffic you have, the fewer potential buyers.  If you are diligent about keeping the house clean, impromptu showings will be a non-issue.  {If you have little ones, all I can say is to remember:  the sooner you have a buyer the sooner you can get on with real life.}magnum glass greenhouse
  5. If you really want out fast, consider leaving behind higher ticket items.  Leave appliances, a pool table, a greenhouse or a flat screen t.v.  Those higher ticket items really entice buyers.
  6. Upgrade, but not too much.  If carpet needs replaced, replace it {or offer an allowance in the terms of the sale}, but don’t get the top of the line.  It just won’t pay out dollar for dollar.
  7. Remember to tell your own friends the house is for sale.  Word of mouth is a powerful selling tool.  Use Facebook to get the word out–you never know, a friend of a friend of a friend might find out about the house and be in the market.mavis butterfield
  8. Don’t forget the exterior.  First impressions are key.  Plant flowers, keep the front porch swept, and lay out a welcome mat.
  9. Be honest with yourself about the worth of your house.  You may have put a ton of money into it, or may “need” a certain amount out of it in order to move to the next house, but none of that matters, really.  The only thing that matters to potential buyers is that it is priced fairly for the square footage, neighborhood, and finishes.
  10. Know your competition.  If the house down the street is for sale, know its list price, square footages, etc.  It can help you to draw in some of their potential buyer traffic by staying competitive with price and finishes.crap
  11. De-clutter.  De-cluttering isn’t just for closets.  Consider putting knickknacks in boxes an storing them.  Clear off kitchen counters–even if it is full of kitchen-y things, like a toaster, blender, etc.  Remember, you want buyers to see how much space they will have.  They can figure out their own acceptable amount of clutter when they have purchased your house.
  12. Find an agent you TRUST and  then LISTEN to their suggestions.  It might be hard to hear that your house isn’t worth what you thought or that your bathroom is in need of an update before it is sellable, but it is their job to sell your house, they won’t steer you astray {in most cases}.painting
  13.  Try to make sure colors are as neutral as possible.  If that means a fresh coat of paint or a cheap-o bedspread, consider it a worthy investment.  Colors can be very off-putting to potential buyers.How to Organize Your Bathroom
  14. Hide personal items in the bathroom.  Yes, everyone wears deodorant {or I hope so}, but not everyone wants to see it.  Put all toiletries away neatly in drawers and under the sink each day.  It’s a giant pain in the behind, but hopefully it won’t last long.
  15. Make the most of awkward spaces with staging.  If you have a weird little room under the stairs or a nook that really does nothing, consider staging it to give the illusion of more space.  Turn it into a little office space with a simple desk and chair, a reading nook,  or storage closet with organized shelving.  The investment will be minimal either way.lucy the puggle dog
  16. Make a habit of opening up all of the blinds every day.  The better the lighting, the better people feel about the space.  In dark rooms, don’t be afraid to leave the lights on.
  17. Keep on top of your agents marketing activities.  You are paying your agent big bucks to sell the house.  If you don’t feel like they are doing everything they can to sell the house, make sure to have concrete reasons why and tell them.potting bench pictures ornamental cabbage
  18. Season permitting, stage outdoor spaces.  If you have a beautiful deck or patio, help bring focus to it by setting the patio table to look Sunday brunch-like.  I know it feels ridiculous, but buyers will feel like they will have a backyard retreat that they may not have imagined otherwise.
  19. Make sure the kitchen is up-to-snuff.  Kitchens are the heart of the home, consider painting old cabinets, installing a new, updated back splash, etc.  Buyers usually offer considerably less than asking price when the kitchen is dated, even if the rest of the house is awesome.
  20. If you are brave enough, find out what your house is worth, and then consider shaving 10-15% off the price of the house right up front.  Odds are, you will be priced low enough that people will flock to your house and a bidding war will ensue.  Some realtors swear you typically get more than you would have with a standard asking price.  {I have to admit, I don’t know if I would be brave enough to take the gamble on this one.}

How about you, have you learned any tips from selling houses in the past?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – It’s Time to Clean Out the Greenhouse

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I was out in the greenhouse picking tomatoes for some homemade sauce last night when I noticed a few of my tomato plants are on their way out.  :( The leaves are starting to curl and turn brown as if to say “I’m done, please let me die.” growing tomatoes in a greenhouse

The tomato plants in the stock tanks are still hanging in there, but the tomatoes I had growing in pots, well those needed to go.
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So I guess you know what that means… It’s time to get the cool weather crops planted! Which is pretty stinkin’ awesome if you ask me because I’ve been missing my dinner salads. My goal is to get my greenhouse gutters planted with some leafy greens, maybe some baby bok choy too.

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Ahh, to everything there is a season. Right?

How’s it going at your place? Are your tomato plants still hanging in there, or are they done for the season?

~Mavis

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Woman Hugs Giant Sunflower, Free Kindle Books, Deals on Sewing Supplies, Jeans, Socks and More

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Have you hugged your sunflowers lately? :) Happy Thursday everyone, go out there and BE AWESOME!

Mavis

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Easy Spicy Italian Wrap Recipe

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Easy Spicy Italian Wrap RecipeLunch packing season is back in full swing and I’m already tired of packing sandwiches! Good thing Monkey Boy loves wraps {the HH does too!}! So I like to mix things up and try new wraps. This Italian one packs a little heat, so if you’re packing it in a lunch, make sure to include some extra beverages to wash it down.

If you aren’t a big fan of spice, you can easily make this wrap without the Tabasco. I think it would be a shame because that kick totally makes the wrap. But kinda like dog people and cat people, I’ve realized you can’t convert a non-spice lover to a spice lover. Just doesn’t work!

spicy italian wrap recipe

Ingredients

4 oz Italian salame slices
2 oz pepperoni slices
2 oz pepperjack cheese
2 oz ham slices
4 teaspoons red onion, diced
3 teaspoons tomato, diced
1/4 cup lettuce leaves
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 8-inch flour tortilla

Directions

Lay tortilla on a flat surface. Spread Tabasco evenly in the middle and then stack all the remaining ingredients on top. Roll up tightly. Cut each wrap diagonally in half to serve.

Looking for more sandwich alternatives? Check out these wrap recipes:
Feta Cheese and Cucumber Mediterranean Tuna Wrap
Asian Chicken Wrap

Greek Salad Wrap with Feta Cheese
BBQ Chicken and Bacon Wrap
Southwestern Chicken Wraps

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