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lucy the puggle dog

Lucy the snuggle puggle says GOOD morning! She has been such a trooper through all the moving and renovating…I bet she can’t wait for everything to calm down and get back to normal again {Me too!}. 

Here’s hoping you have a great day,

Mavis

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Best Buy is having a Major Appliance Sale Event where you can save up to 25% off  but you can score FREE Financing for 18 months {or an additional 5% off} and free delivery. Pretty cool if you ask me!

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Two ingredients and one simple step is all that these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Halloween Broom Treats require. Now that’s my kind of project! Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

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If you’re still looking for ways to use up the last of your tomatoes, you’ve got to try these Baked Tomatoes with Pine Nuts and Basil. They are sooo good!  Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

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Candy Corn Rice Krispie TreatsDon’t you think these Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats  would make the perfect treats for a school or harvest party?

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

9 cups Rice Krispies cereal
11 ounces mini marshmallows {1 bag}
6 Tbsp butter + more for greasing the pans
Yellow food coloring
Orange food coloring

Candy Corn Rice Krispie TreatsDirections:

Start by buttering {2} 8″ round cake pans and then set them aside. Melt butter in a microwave proof bowl. Add marshmallows, stirl and microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth.

Divide melted goodness into 3 bowls. Add orange food coloring to one, yellow food coloring to another and leave the third one plain {white}. Stir until combined. Add a few cups of Rice Krispies into each bowl and stir until coated.

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Divide the yellow rice krispies mixture between the two greased cake pans and press the yellow Krispies up against the inside of the cake pan. You want about a 2″ ring.

Next press the orange Krispies against the yellow, leaving the center open for the “white” ring of Krispies.

 

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

You should have a “rainbow” of yellow, orange and white Rice Krispies now.  Allow the treats to set for about one hour, then flip them out of the cake pans onto a cutting board.  Cut the circles in half, then in quarters, and then cut each quarter in half.

Cute, right?

~Mavis

Find More Recipes in my Recipe Index

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Kids and Homework

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Kids and Homework

I have to admit, when the kids were little, and homework came home, I totally felt like it was more “mom work” than anything.  They weren’t really equipped to do it on their own {obviously} and I certainly wasn’t all that equipped to teach them {gracefully} how to do it.  I kinda came to resent it in a way.  As they got older, they became completely independent with their homework, and although they would disappear into their rooms to do it each evening, it wasn’t really my problem.  Now, I can say, we have basically survived homework for better or worse.

BUT, that doesn’t mean the debate doesn’t rage on.  I found an article on the Washington Post that tries to summarize some of the research done on the benefit of homework.  The article clearly states that summaries on research studies aren’t all they are cracked up to be because a lot is lost in translation, but that is totally not going to stop me from trying.

Basically, research on the benefits of homework have shown that there is very little correlation to homework and overall academic performance.  Say what?!  I wasn’t personally sure what to think of that.  I mean, even though I kinda hated homework when the kids were younger, I consoled myself with the thought that at least it was reinforcing their learning.  Apparently, NO research has ever shown a positive benefit to assigning homework in elementary school.  As students move on to high school, the correlation between academic performance and time spent on homework is sketchy at best.  That’s pretty much the best I am going to do at summarizing–so pop over and read the article first hand, because holy buckets, my summary does not do it justice.

Article aside, I kind of came to conclusion that the benefit of homework really probably comes down to what kind of learner you are.  I am more of a hands on learner…and I am sure all kids learn differently, some probably like the quiet reinforcement that homework provides.   Still, I’m super curious what you all think.  Do your kids have too much {or too little} homework?  Do you feel like the homework helps them?

~Mavis

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Mavis’ Remodel Blog Day 13 – Walls are Going Up!

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office remodel

Over the weekend drywall guy came and “hung” our new walls and let me tell you Bob, things are starting to look a lot better around here. :) Over the next few days drywall guy will be taping the walls, adding mud, sanding, and lastly adding texture to our new walls {as well as repairing a few spots around the house}. According to Chino, I’ll then have about a week to get everything painted before the exciting stuff like cabinets, flooring and appliances get installed. Wahooo!

The photo above is what the office/ laundry room combo looked like before the remodel.

office remodel pictures

And now we have an office with 4 walls, imagine that! new laundry room diy remodelThe old laundry room with french doors off the office area has been moved, and the new laundry room will have more of a mudroom feel to it. {I’m very excited about this space!!}

new family room DIY remodel

Behind the sheet-rock box is the new laundry room. If you look closely you can see the lines on the floor where the old wall was. By simply adding a wall to the office and having a mud/laundry room area off the garage, we were able to gain 5 feet in the family room. Yay!

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New fireplace area.

My Ugly and Outdated Corner Fireplace Gets Demolished

Old corner fireplace and family room set up.view from the kitchen remodel

The new view from the kitchen.

kitchen demo before and after photos

Old kitchen with dated sofet, counters, cabinets and pantry.

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New kitchen area {cabinets should be installed at the end of the month}.

sweeping subfloor

We are getting there. Now, if I could just keep these sub-floors clean!

~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 40 of 52

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Dollar Store $3.00

Last night I had to go to the laundromat to wash our clothes. It totally sucked. I feel bad for people whose only option it is to wash their tighty whities in public while a man in red velour track suit smokes his Marlboros out front in the dark and stares at them through the laundromat window.  It’s a little unnerving to say the least. Especially if you are a suburban housewife.

In between loads I popped over to the Dollar Store and wandered the aisles for a good twenty minutes trying to kill some time and low and behold I found a few deals. Call it a silver lining I guess.

costco shopping trip

Costco $65.39

Costco saved me again this past week with their ready made meals and fresh produce. A big THANK YOU to the person who recommend Costco’s Chicken Salad. WE LOVED IT!!!

Since we are in the middle of a remodel and without a kitchen for a few more weeks, our options are pretty limited. Even though I’ve been working like crazy {blogging, helping with the remodel, painting bedrooms, unpacking, pulling weeds} I am having a blast. It seriously feels like I’m holding down two jobs… but I know it is going to be worth it in the end so I’m hanging in there. ;)

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Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Last week we hardly touched our milk so this week I decided to forgo my regular milk order and change my Smith Brothers Dairy order up a bit.

Leah’s Kitchen Chicken Pot Pie {I can pop it in the microwave!} a half gallon of Alpenrose Chocolate Milk for Monkey Boy and 16 oz. of sour cream {I plan on buying a giant sack of potatoes at Costco this week}. Doesn’t that pot pie look goooood? I’m excited to try it tonight for dinner.

How did you do this week?

Is there any other ready made stuff at Costco you think we should try?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $68.39
Total Spent Year to Date $1484.35
{Over for the year!} :(

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Free Kindle Books, Flashlights for Halloween, $7 Bra’s, Running Deals, Recipes, Coupons and More

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lucy the puggle dog

So, did you have a good weekend? I sure did! I was able to get some much needed sleep AND get some weeds pulled! ;) Talk about a great combo if you ask me. Hello Monday, I’m so glad you are here.

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

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Who says Halloween can’t be healthy? These Healthy Orange Pumpkin Halloween Treats prove otherwise! Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

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Some people might think summer BBQ when they see these Slow Cooked Boston Baked Beans. But I serve them all year round because they make a pretty awesome side dish. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 40 of 52

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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:

Grain Free Granola Recipe

Breakfast Ideas 

Blackberry and Toasted Quinoa – This is like oatmeal on steroids.  It is super healthy AND tastes fantastic.  {Pin for Later}
Grain Free Granola – If you are on the grain-free kick, this granola is where it’s at.  It’s perfect dry, or pour some milk/almond milk over it and go nuts {pun intended}.  {Pin for Later}
Spinach Power Smoothie – This is a great way to get your veggie on.  {Pin for Later}
Sausage and Apple Cheddar Biscuit Bake – There is not a single word in the title that isn’t delicious on its own, put ‘em together and what do have?  Magic.  {Pin for Later}

Vegetarian-Indian-Spiced-Lentils-with-Spinach-and-Rhubarb-recipeSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Indian-Spiced Lentils with Spinach and Rhubarb – This is a nutrient packed tummy filler that is pretty easy on the food budget too.  {Pin for Later}
Chicken Tortilla Soup – I love this soup.  It tastes even better with a cheese quesadilla on the side.  {Pin for Later}
Teriyaki Chicken Freezer Meal – Teriyaki chicken is great on it’s own or over a bed of rice.  I’ve even been known to throw it onto a bun with some pineapple and mozzarella.  {Pin for Later}
Freezer Meal Peach Cobbler – You will be the hero when you pull out a homemade peach cobbler at a moments notice.  And, who doesn’t want to be the hero?  {Pin for Later}

dutch oven crusty breadSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Heirloom Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad – This recipe is like all the best of your garden in one salad.  It is tasty.  {Pin for Later}
Roasted Corn with Bacon – This is a great side dish for any potlucks you might be headed to this fall.  No potlucks?  More for you.  {Pin for Later}
No Knead Dutch Oven Crusty Bread – This is the perfect accompaniment for pretty much any crock pot meal.  {Pin for Later}
Butternut Squash Pasta – Who knew butternut squash could turn pasta into sheer awesomeness.  {Pin for Later}

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S’mores Cookies – These are everything you love about smores, without the sticky fingers  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Granola Bars - Perfect for packing in school lunches.  {Pin for Later}
Dehydrated Kiwi Fruit – These are awesome for trail mixes, or you can just eat them by the handful.  Whatever.  {Pin for Later}
Oatmeal Cookies - I don’t mind saying, these are the best oatmeal cookies on the planet.  I’ve done a verified exhaustive study.  It’s a fact.  {Pin for Later}

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Zucchini Relish – This is another clever way to use up the last of the zucchini.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Do Emotions Drive Your Food Purchases?

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Do Emotions Drive Your Food Purchases

It’s no secret that the whole fair trade, organic, buy local movement is taking hold, but have you ever stopped to wonder why exactly?  It seems like the obvious ethical thing to do, but it isn’t always easy when it means parting with more money than is in the budget.  Still, lots of people, from a wide range of economic backgrounds make the choice to do without in other areas, so that they can afford more ethically farmed and sourced foods.  So what’s the deal?  Well, I ran across an article on treehugger that suggested that emotions have a lot to do with driving our food purchasing trends.

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The article noted that when people feel strongly about a purchase, rather than even just neutral, we tend to feel good about making the purchase, with less regard to price.  Feeling good equates to creating purchasing habits.  The whole idea that no one was harmed in the purchase of our fair trade chocolate bars makes us want to repeat the pattern.  We actually get more joy out of our purchase, so the cost becomes easier to swallow–literally.

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It’s not just the warm-fuzzies that drive our desire to seek out ethically derived food, either.  Apparently, negative feelings play a pretty big role too.  When people start thinking about large corporations, who for example contribute to pollution or less than desirable labor practices, they can easily villain-ize them.  Those feelings of “anger and disgust” totally contribute to people turning their noses up at those purchases, despite their lower price points.

According the article, one study found that if people that can emotionally assign feelings in three different categories:  ”contempt for villains, concern for victims, and celebrations of heroes,” they are more motivated to take action.  That action trickles into their purchasing choices.

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So, what do you think, how much do your strong emotions play into your food buying choices?  Are you passionate about how the animals are treated?  Do you get angry at having unnecessary chemicals on your food?  Does that make more willing to spend more money?  What do you do without to make the purchases possible?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Pictures, Plans and Planting Ideas for My New Garden

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abortive privacy hedgeOnce we decided to downsize our home, one of the most major things I was looking for was a home with a garden. Sometimes you get lucky, and find everything you want in not only a home, but a garden as well. We didn’t. Be we saw possibility. MAJOR possibility. And that was confirmed yesterday while I began the {long} process of weeding our new {to us}, upper garden.

backyard full of moss

Remember the new 85 year old neighbor of mine who brought me flowers? Well, I met her husband yesterday while I was working near the arborvitae privacy hedge. WHAT A HOOT! Not only did he tell me he’s running for congress {at 85?} he also invited me for pecan pie and tea next week.  :) :) :)

He said, “I heard you’re a gardener, and that’s good because this garden hasn’t been touched in years. It’s nice to know someone is going to bring it back to what it once was.”

grass full of moss

Well, I don’t know about that, but I’ll tell you one thing… the backyard is full of moss. Lot’s and lot’s of moss.privacy hedge

And I can’t wait to dig it up and plant a vegetable garden in it’s place. I have high hopes of turning this little plot of land into a mini Monticello vegetable patch. A long, rectangular patch full of homegrown goodness. evergreen hedge

In fact I’m hoping to turn the garden into one of those well manicured ones you’re always seeing in home and garden magazines. At a little over a 1/3 of an acre it’s just enough to keep me busy without feeling chained to endless weeding and landscaping projects 24/7.

future garden plans

I have high hopes that by next summer we’ll be able to sit at the patio table nibbling on summer salads and gazing out on our newly planted perennial flower and vegetable garden.

future patio garden

And the patio garden? BRING IT ON!! I intend to have oodles of pots lining the back of the house filled with both vegetables and flowers.

future potting bench area

I’m hoping to find a cool potting bench this winter to go alongside the house where those pots are right now. potted broccoli plant

But I better get crackin’ if I want to eat more than a couple of heads of fresh broccoli this winter. So this weeks goal is to weed, weed,weed. Once that’s done, I can get back to what I know best… getting my hands dirty. ;)

Have a great Sunday everyone,

~Mavis

P.S. What do you think of my new garden space? Any suggestions?

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Pumpkin Biscotti Recipe

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Pumpkin Biscotti

Can you even image how good this biscotti would be on a crisp fall day with a nice warm cup of coffee or tea? You can almost smell the crunchy fall leaves and sweater season approaching. I love me some biscotti and this recipe is no exception. The pumpkin spice puts it over the edge and as a bonus, your house will smell delicious for days!

Pumpkin Biscotti Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice {DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe}
1/4 cup pumpkin puree {Pumpkin Puree Recipe}
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Pumpkin Biscotti Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Topping
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice {DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe}

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper {I use a Silpat. It’s the only way to go!} and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin spice. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat pumpkin puree and both sugars until well incorporated. Beat in egg and egg yolk, and then vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Move the dough to the baking sheet. Dampen your hands and shape into a log about 12 x 3 inches. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle generously with pumpkin spice topping.

Bake 20 minutes until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before using a serrated knife to cut log into 1 inch thick pieces {cut at a slight diagonal}. Reduce oven temp to 300. Return cut biscotti to baking sheet, spacing apart so sides aren’t touching and sprinkle with rest of pumpkin spice topping. Bake 20 minutes until crisp and dry. Cool completely before serving or storing in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Biscotti

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