Egg Roundup: The Best Recipes and Tips for Leftover Eggs

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You know all those leftover eggs you have lying around? They might be hard boiled or you might have purchased them with the intention of boiling them and dying them, and then never got around to it. So you have all sort of eggs left. Mavis to the rescue.

Here are a bunch of egg recipes that you can whip up so none of your eggs go to waste:

Avocado Egg Salad RecipeAvocado Egg Salad – This is my very favorite way to use up all those colored Easter eggs. It takes egg salad to a whole new level.  {Pin it for later}

Old Fashioned Egg Custard – Makes a nice dessert when you serve that leftover ham for dinner. {Pin it for later}

Farmers Breakfast Skillet with Sausage Ham and Eggs – Use what ever veggies you have in the fridge and sub ham for the sausage. {Pin it for later}

Ranch Style Deviled Eggs – I’ll never turn down a deviled egg, but these are like a mouthful of awesome. {Pin it for later}

Easy Spinach Frittata – Easiest way to use up those eggs you forgot to boil! {Pin it for later}

Vegetable Scrambled Eggs – Another super duper easy breakfast recipe. {Pin it for later}

Freezer Meals – Egg and Cheese English Muffins – These make school mornings a breeze. And the countdown to summer is totally on, which makes those mornings even harder these days! {Pin it for later}
how to make pickled eggs
How to Pickle Eggs – All the cool kids are doing it. {Pin it for later}

And in case you’re wondering if those eggs in your fridge are still good, here’s an easy peasy way to tell:How to Tell if Eggs Are Still GoodHow to Tell if Eggs Are Still Good?

And there you have a bunch of different options for all those eggs that have invaded your fridge! What are your favorite egg recipes?

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Save Time and Energy With These 10 Daily Shortcuts

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Save Time and Energy With These 10 Daily Shortcuts

With busy schedules, spring sports, and a million things on my to-do list, I am always looking for shortcuts that don’t affect the actual quality of the outcome.  What can I say, I want things to take me less time and still be perfect–is that too much to ask?!  Okay, maybe not perfect, or even good–in a pinch, I would even settle for acceptable.

Here are 10 really simple shortcuts that can add a little time back into your day:

  1. Plan out errands in a circle direction.  Meaning, start at your house and make a loop, stopping along the way, until you made it back to your house.  It will save waaaay more time than zigzagging through town.  {Though the mental image of someone “zigzagging” through town kind of make me smile, like something out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon.}
  2. Keep your wardrobe simple.  Standing in front of an over-stuffed closet trying to decide what to pair with what is a crazy waste of time.  Simplify.  Keep the stuff you LOVE and LOOK GREAT in, the rest goes.
  3. Pull out all of the ingredients for dinner first thing in the morning.  If it has meat, throw it in the fridge to thaw.  That way, you won’t be stuck last minute with frozen meat and a missing ingredient.
  4. Two words:  Freezer meals.  Make the food when you are motivated and have time.  Eat the food when you are exhausted and pinched for time.  This can be a HUGE time saver.
  5. Use a daily shower spray.  It will save you from having to scrub the shower–which is basically the worst chore ever AND it takes forever.
  6. Hang up clothes IMMEDIATELY after drying.  It will prevent pretty much all ironing.
  7. You already know I LOVE Amazon Prime, but seriously, it saves me sooooo much time to quick click and order rather than run all over town.
  8. Have the kids do their reading and/or homework in the car.  Yep, it’s less than ideal, because they don’t have a “healthy snack, table, chairs, appropriate lighting, and a smiling helpful adult” like all of the after-school specials say they should, but sometimes cramming everything into the day requires a little flexibility.
  9. Dry shampoo has bought me an entire day when I didn’t have time to wash and dry my hair.
  10. If mornings are hectic, make muffins the night before so the kiddos can eat in the car on the way to school.  Again, not ideal, but it’s survival sometimes people.

What shortcuts do you take to buy yourself a few more hours in the day?

~Mavis

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What’s In My Food – Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

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What is In Kraft Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

We rarely buy it BUT, every once in a while my daughter {who eats healthy about 95% of the time} asks for boxed Macaroni and Cheese. So I’ll pick some up.  I figure the RARE times she indulges in it are not really worth worrying about.

Kraft-mac-Cheese-15-box-

The most standard boxed macaroni and cheese in the U.S. is Kraft.  There are store knock-off brands, a few organic choices, and a handful of regional choices, but I am going to stick with Kraft, because I think it is the most widely available.

ingredients kraft macaroni and cheese

Here’s the list of ingredients I found on Amazon:

Enriched Macaroni Product (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate [Iron], Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid) Cheese Sauce Mix (Whey, Milkfat, Milk Protein Concentrate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Contains less than 2% of Citric Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Milk, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Enzymes, Cheese Culture).

Kraft has been under a lot of scrutiny this past year because of a recent label on a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the U.K. {Most of Europe has much stricter disclosure laws when it comes to food than we do here in the U.S.}.  The imported U.S. version of Mac and Cheese had a label affixed to it that indicated that the wheat was GMO.  And that the yellow dyes #5 and #6 “May Cause Adverse Effects On Activity And Attention In Children.”  According to one article I found, the GMO claim has not been proven, Kraft states that they do not use GMO wheat, but do use GMO’s in some of their products.  The yellow dyes they do use, however, and there have been studies that show that artificial dyes negatively affect children.  

homestyle-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe

Before you ban Mac & Cheese from your cupboards, there is a silver lining:  It turns out, consumers DO have power over what they are buying.  The uproar of the label caused such a stir that Kraft responded to a petition asking them to remove the artificial coloring. Sometime this year, the Sponge Bob version of the lunch staple will be revamped with “six additional grams of whole grains, be lower in sodium and saturated fat, and will use spices instead of artificial food dyes to recreate the pasta’s famous yellow-orange color.”

Wouldn’t it be awesome if ALL of our food could be revamped without dangerous ingredients so that we would all have one less things to worry about?

~Mavis

Don’t want to chance the boxed stuff?  Try making it at home, it’s super simple, I promise.  Try my recipes for Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese or Baked Mac and Cheese.

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 17 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:

How to Organize Your Bathroom1. 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. Last week we cleaned the light fixtures. This week I am going to take the week off from cleaning and just relax {or try to anyway}.

old jeans

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house.  - So. Late Sunday afternoon I got the marvelous idea to try on those jeans. And let’s just say it was not a pretty sight. Which was a good thing really because over the last 3 days I have only had 1 treat {an oatmeal raisin cookie} and have been eating pretty healthy. No shoving cake, slices of pie or handfuls of cookies in my mouth. And you know what? Besides being a wee bit crabby, I feel great.

Hopefully I can continue on this path long enough to fit in those jeans so I can mark it off my list.

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3. Travel. So far this year The Girl and I have been to Boston, London, Paris and now Portland, Oregon. Canada is still on our list as well as a few other places.  :)

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. She filled out some forms over the weekend so it’s kind of a done deal. She’s leaving me forever. :( On a happier note, all of her friends {Miss Smarty Pants, Pocahontas, The Mathematician, the Sweetest Girl in the World and the Boy Scout} have all decided on where they are going and you know what? It’s pretty darn exciting.

5. Get 3 new teeth. – Nope, not yet.

6. Pay off my car.  Done!

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish the primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. –  Ever since I made the decision to turn the giant rug I’ve been working on into a more manageable 4′x2′ front door rug, I feel like I am finally making some progress.  The goal is to get it finished by June.

8. Family Day. Do one thing together as a family every Sunday. – It was Easter Sunday, so of course we all hung out together.

9.  Secret Plan #1 – Working on it.

10. Secret Plan #2 – Still plotting away.

11. Secret Plan #3

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. – Not going so well. But, it’s not stopping me from pinning stuff on to Pinterest.

gutter garden

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. – Lucy the Puggle dog and have been hanging out in the garden rain or shine. Everyday is an adventure for her. ;)

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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Free Kindle Books, Deals on Running Gear, Jewelry Deals, Organic Pumpkin, Cereal Coupons and More

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Right before I went to bed last night I remembered that TODAY is the day I am suppose to make lunch & dessert for 20 people. {At least I remembered BEFORE I went to bed, right?}. So this morning I’ll be rushing around throwing stuff together and hoping it doesn’t look like I am pulling together a committee luncheon at the last minute. ;)

Wish me luck!

Mavis

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Preventing Food Waste – How to Freeze Juice {Plus a Simple Smoothie Recipe}

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. For more information, see my disclosure policy.

I recently teamed up with Glad Food Protection to take the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge to not only help eliminate food waste in my own kitchen, but to show you some cool and creative ways you can reduce food waste in yours.

#SAVEITSUNDAY Freeze Extra Juice and Make Smoothies

What is the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge?

Well basically it’s about loving food more and wasting it less, one day at a time.

Today we’re talking about a totally overlooked freezable thing: juice. If you ever stumble onto a bunch of clearanced juice at the store or you have some juice in the fridge you think will go bad before you finish it, here’s the perfect solution!

Preventing Food Waste - Freeze Extra Juice and Make SmoothiesJust whip out an ice cube tray {this is my favorite one that I use for those handy DIY detergent tabs too!}, pour some juice on in and plop it in the freezer.

how to freeze orange juiceOnce the juice is frozen solid, I pop them out and bag them up in my Glad Zipper Freezer Quart Bags. Sometimes I’ll just label them and have them on hand to use in smoothies. Other times I’ll find one of my favorite smoothie recipes like the one below and bag all the ingredients together so I can just grab the Glad bag from the freezer, dump the contents into a blender and have a quick and healthy snack in seconds.

Preventing Food Waste - Freeze Extra Juice and Make Smoothies

Blueberry Orange Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup spinach
4-5 frozen orange juice cubes
1 tablespoon sweetener, optional {I used agave, but you can use honey, sugar or whatever your little heart desires}

Note: For a creamier smoothie, add 6 oz of yogurt {yogurt can also be frozen in cube trays and tossed in the bags with the other ingredients if you prefer}.

Directions

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

blueberry orange spinach smoothies

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Voodoo Doughnuts – Portland, OR

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Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

After checking into our hotel last week on our mini spring break trip to Portland, we noticed our hotel was only about 1/2 mile from Voodoo Doughnuts. So the next morning we got up at the crack of dawn {5:20 am} and walked over to get some doughnuts, and let me tell you, Bob, it was totally worth it.

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

Voodoo Doughnuts is a world famous, privately owned, doughnut and coffee shop.  The feature tons of eclectic flavors, including their now famous Bacon-Maple bar.  They’ve now expanded with a Voodoo Doughnuts Too and Voodoo Doughnuts Tres {I think I might have even read about another one in Denver}, but we stuck with the original.

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

The owners, Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon {which reminds me, I totally want to have a moniker associated with my name} are quirky to say the least, and it totally shows in their doughnuts and their shop.

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

They have cereal topped doughnuts, voodoo doll shaped doughnuts, and of course, every traditional doughnut you can imagine {I feel like Bubba on Forest Gump:  fried shrimp, bbq’d shrimp…}.  They decided on a whim that they wanted to open a doughnut shop, went to California to study under “master” doughnutiers {that’s not a real word…until now}, and then came back to rock their own doughnut shop.

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

Here’s the thing, you HAVE to check this place out if you are ever in the area.  It’s super iconic, yes, but let’s face it:  every morning should start with a fresh pastry. :)

Here’s to big thighs and a happy belly,

~Mavis

Voodoo Doughnuts
22 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR

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Tips for Reseeding Your Lawn in the Spring

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Tips for Reseeding Your Lawn in the Spring

This past weekend the HH and I reseeded our lawn.  Let me tell you Bob, the winter sure wreaks havoc on  your lawn, and with my new goal of working in the garden every day, it has had a lot of foot traffic, which in its delicate state, kind of leaves bare spots.  Bare spots leave space for weeds to invade your lawn.  Weeds are bad.

grass seed

Reseeding will give it that thick carpet like look that all my neighbors will oooh and aaah over, and it’s pretty simple {and inexpensive}.  Spring reseeding is a walk in the park–a soon to be thickly carpeted walk in the park.

First, make sure you buy a seed that is compatible with the temperature.  They make seed that germinates best between 55-65 degree soil temperature for spring reseeding.  You also want to be pretty certain that you will not have another hard freeze after you seed.

Next, give the lawn a quick mow.  This will help remove any leaves and small sticks/twigs that could get in the way {it’s really best to do this a couple of days BEFORE you will be reseeding}.

grass seed reseeding lawn

On the day you plan to reseed, give the whole area a quick rake.  It will loosen the soil a bit and make it ready to receive the seed.  Using a drop spreader {you can also do it by hand, but you may not spread the seed as evenly}, cross the area you will be reseeding in a horizontal pattern, then repeat using a vertical pattern–that way, you make sure you covered the area evenly.  Then, LIGHTLY rake in the seed.  You can lay down a very, very thick layer of compost, soil, or peat moss over the top of the seed if you want {less than 1/4″}.  Water the seed in.  You don’t want to flood the place, so just give it a light watering.  You will want to keep the soil moist until the grass germinates and takes hold.  Then, you can move to letting the soil dry out completely between watering and using a deeper watering plan.

That’s pretty much it.  Make sure you KEEP OFF of the grass while it is germinating.  You wouldn’t go walking on all the little seedlings in your garden, the same principal applies to new grass.  Also, resist mowing the new grass until it is at least 2″ long.

Hopefully, when it is all said and done, the grass really will be greener on the other side.

~Mavis

 

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Pallet Gardening – Lettuce and Strawberries

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Yesterday Lucy the puggle dog and I worked out in the garden for a few hours tending to garden seedlings and moving things around a bit. One of the major things we did was haul an entire gutter of lettuce plants over to the pallet garden.

lettuce start

The lettuce was starting to press up against the sides of the greenhouse walls so we decided to transplant the dozen or so lettuce plants in with the strawberries already growing in the pallet garden.
pallet garden

Lettuce and strawberries, they were made for each other.

By moving the lettuce plants to the pallet garden it allows them stretch their leaves a bit and grow to a full sized head of lettuce {like what you might find in the grocery store}.

pallet gardening

After we were done planting, we started the process all over again.

gutter gardening lettuce

Lettuce seeds + water + a little love = baby lettuce starts.greenhouse lettuce gardening

I think later this week we’ll move the other garden gutter we have filled with lettuce starts out to the garden as well. pallet garden pictures

Companion planting is cool, don’t you think?

So what’s new in your garden?

Is there anything you like to plant together?

~Mavis

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Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

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New to gutter gardening? Check out this tutorial on how I installed my garden gutters in my greenhouse.

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Free Kindle Books, Pressure Canner, Blueberry Bushes, Giant Balloons, Yonanas Machine, Dove Chocolate Coupons

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Lucy the wonder puggle spent the better part of yesterday afternoon running all over the backyard with a giant chunk of bark in her mouth. Everytime we tried to get it away from her she would run around in a VERY LARGE circle with it like it was highly valuable or something. What a nut!

I wonder if she will ever calm down?

Mavis

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