How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 36 of 52

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Costco Shopping Trip – $22.22 {for the food}

Same story different day. I went into Costco to buy socks and came out with egg rolls, a sack of Pirates Booty and giant baked potatoes and sour cream. You’d think after all these years I’d just walk into that place with a pair of those giant sunglasses older people wear so I couldn’t see out the sides. Tunnel vision. It’s a good thing!

lunch snacksTarget – $6.57

Crappy Snacks for Monkey Boys lunch. {I have NO IDEA what I was thinking buying that applesauce!!}

zaycon turkey

Zaycon Turkey Event – Free

I had some Zaycon credit so I ordered a 20 pound box of Zaycon Seasoned Turkey Breast Roasts for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and there were 6 roasts!!! We devoured one and popped the other 5 in the freezer for later this fall. I don’t know about you, but turkey and mashed potatoes are my favorite “comfort food” this time of year.

fresh corn

Fresh Corn from Farmer Ted – Free

Farmer Ted gave the HH 2 boxes of the sweetest corn on the planet this past Saturday. I cooked up a few ears for dinner and them froze the rest of the corn to use this winter in my favorite corn chowder recipe.

homemade applesauce

Homemade Applesauce 

We are enjoying a bumper crop this year and there are still a ton of apples to harvest. If you’ve never canned applesauce before it’s super simple and I love that you can adjust the sugar to suit your needs. I used a few Weck canning jars with this first batch because I intend to give those away as gifts and used my regular old canning jars for the rest.

  • 4 Quarts
  • 14 Pints {I gave one to my neighbor Hulda}
  • 4 Quarts Cloudy Apple Cider {I’ll post the recipe later this week}

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Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Monkey Boy sure is loving his weekly chocolate milk delivery now that The Girl is away at school and we don’t have to buy whole milk. :)

How did you do this week? Find anything spectacular?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $28.79

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/13/2014

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Easy Tips for Extending Your Growing Season

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tips-for-extending-the-growing-seasonAre you starting to freak out that gardening season is fading fast? Think again! It’s not almost over. In my latest eHow article, 9 Proven Tips for Extending the Growing Season, I’m talking all about how to keep that garden churning out produce!

Just because the kids are back in school and our sunlight hours are fading doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up the garden tools just quite yet. Although we may not be able to grow bushels of tomatoes during the fall and winter months, there are plenty of vegetables we can grow and many ways to extend the growing season.

Read the full article HERE.

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 35 of 52

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Albertsons $7.86

Talking about an easy peasy shopping trip! $0.49 a can for beans and $0.99 a bag for 3 pounds of granny smith apples? Heck yeah I’ll stop by and pick some up. No problem.  I was hoping to get 12 cans of black beans but they were all sold out, so I just picked up what they had and got a rain check for later. I don’t know what it is about black beans, but I’m totally addicted to them.

QFC shipping trip

QFC $9.73

Monkey Boy’s dreams came true last week. :) Captain Crunch, Cheetos, Ritz crackers and chili. Giddy up! The HH was in Alaska for business for a few days so it was just the two of us. I ate freezer meals for lunch and dinner and enjoyed vegetables from the garden while Monkey Boy was on a 4 day preservative high. We should all be so lucky. Ha!

Oh, and I totally did not intend to buy REDUCED FAT peanut butter!! Grrr, I hate when that happens. Would it be weird if I took it back and asked to exchange it? Have you done that before?

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Now that we’re going through less milk around here my plan is to stock up on butter for the holidays.

Life is good.

How did you do this week? Find any deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.59
Total Spent This Year $ 1182.01
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/6/2014

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

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.

mavis butterfield Rodan + FieldsHowdy! Love your blog! Are you going to finish your review for Rodan and Fields, I’m dying to know!

~ 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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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 35 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

Use Toilet Paper Holders to Organize Small Cords (2)

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room.  Done!

muffin top

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house.

Making progress, I think.

I told you last week that I’m giving myself until the end of September to fit into my old jeans. And I’m sticking to it. :) But after looking at pictures of my progress, I got to thinking… even if I were able to shave off the love handles… what will happen to my behind? Seriously, if the sides go so does my keister. Then what? Where will all those glorious pies and cookies go during the holiday season?

swan boats Boston

3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and Victoria B.C

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done! She loves college life and the HH has stopped asking what’s she’s up to every 2 hours. ;) Hang in there HH. You’ll be okay.

crown for my tooth

5. Get 3 new teeth. -Yesterday I was back in the dentists chair to get a crown put on one of my back teeth.  Good times. Sometimes I think my crappy British teeth should have their own blog because hello… there is so much drama involved. It’s nuts!

lucy the puggle dog

6. Pay off my car. Done!

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done.

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. We had a movie marathon. :)

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it at some point. {Don’t hurt me!}

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress… 28 days to go. 

11. Secret Plan #3

patching walls with mesh tape

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a vacation house on the east coast and we LOVE it. Now the fun begins. :)

wisteria arbor

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  Wisteria behaving badly. Would you believe I just trimmed this arbor 2 weeks ago? Seriously, wisteria is beautiful to look at but a total pain in the arse to maintain. :(

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 34 of 52

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Costco $31.96

School starts this week for Monkey Boy so when I went shopping I only had one thing on my mind. BUY STUFF HE LIKES. :) My son is about 152 times picker when it comes to food than my daughter so packing his lunch can be a bit of a challenge sometimes.

albertsons shopping trip

Albertson’s $27.23

How can you go wrong with Twinkies and overly processed cupcakes? ;) I also picked up a few can of refried beans {so I can make him burritos} his favorite vanilla yogurt, OJ for breakfast, Parmesan and cream cheese for me and a boatload of apples for his lunch.

bimbo bakery outlet

Bakery Outlet Store $5.00

I also stopped by the bakery outlet and picked up a months worth {or more} of bread and bagels for his lunches.

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And last but not least, chocolate milk. Now that The Girl is away at college I have switched out the whole milk for Monkey Boy’s favorite chocolate milk.

Life is good when you’re the only kid left in the house. :)

How did you do this week? Will you be glad to be back to a routine now that the new school is finally here?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $64.19
Total Spent This Year $ 1164.42
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 8/30/2014

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 34 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

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1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room.  Done!

old jeans

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house.  I am giving myself until the end of September to fit into those stupid jeans. Then, if they still don’t fit, I’m throwing in the towel. Because HELLO…. the holidays are right around the corner!

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3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and Victoria B.C

stack of reading books

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done! I am happy to report she is having fun! The HH keeps pestering me everyday though wanting to know what she’s up to. Who knew he would be the one having the daily melt down?

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5. Get 3 new teeth. – Ahhh… Another week, another tip to the dentist. This time around I had FIVE CAVITIES filled. Seriously, at what point do people give up on their crappy British teeth and just knock ‘em all out? This is ridiculous people.  Oh and if you look closely, you’ll notice I have barely have any eyebrows.

Awesome. I guess that’s the next thing to go.

lucy the puggle dog

6. Pay off my car. Done!

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done.

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. We cleaned out the attic. Well, actually Monkey Boy did and we supervised. Ha! ;) The HH and I are going to be so screwed when he’s gone next year. No.More.Free.Labor.

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it at the end August. 

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress.

11. Secret Plan #3

bathroom renovations

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a house on the east coast and we LOVE it. This is a vacation home for us and let me tell you Bob, I can’t wait to start fixing up the place. Starting with the bathroom cabinets {which are a little on the short side}. ;)

hosta flower

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. 

This past week I worked like crazy and was able to get our fall garden planted at the new place. Now all I have to do is pray for rain. ;)

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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