Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 34 of 52

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menu plan ideasEven 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:

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Breakfast Ideas 

Baked Eggs – These individually portioned eggs and bacon are a tasty spin on a classic combination.  {Pin for Later}
Apricot Tart - Picture it:  You sitting with a cup of coffee/tea and a DELICIOUS pastry, enjoying the end of summer weather.  {Pin for Later}
Healthy Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes – You won’t even taste the “healthy” in these pancakes, they taste like pure decadence.  {Pin for Later}
Raisin Bran Muffins – These babies are cheaper and way more satisfying than a bowl of raisin bran.  {Pin for Later}

freezer meals beef stewSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Freezer Meal Beef Stew – You’ll be happy come this fall when afterschool activities are in full swing that you made this hearty stew and all you have to do is heat and eat.  {Pin for Later}
Freezer Meal Breakfast Burritos – I am telling you, these are awesome for high school/middle school aged kids.  They can heat and eat, which really cuts down on the morning rush.  {Pin for Later}
Asian Chicken With Ginger – This crock pot meal is always a hit with the whole family.  {Pin for Later}
Crock Pot Potato Soup – It’s almost time to dig up the taters, and what better way to use them than potato soup?  {Pin for Later}

Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and WalnutsSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs – If you are planning a Labor Day BBQ, this chicken will be a total crowd-pleaser.  {Pin for Later}
Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Walnuts – This cold salad would go great with the BBQ’d chicken.  {Pin for Later}
Avocado Egg Salad – Please believe me when I tell you, this will rock your world.   {Pin for Later}
Spaghetti Casserole - I don’t think I know of a single kid that doesn’t love spaghetti casserole.  {Pin for Later}

Homemade-Granola-Bars1Cookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Zucchini Pizza Bites – If you are looking for a quick after school snack that is both healthy and a kid pleaser, give these a try.  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Granola Bars – These put store bought granola bars to shame.  {Pin for Later}
Old Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream – This stuff just might make you say goodbye to Ben and Jerry’s forever.  {Pin for Later}
Carrot Cake with Coconut and Raisins – First off, there are carrots in this, so it is totally a health food.  Eat up.  {Pin for Later}

how-to-freeze-shredded-zucchiniFreezing Recipe of the Week

How to Freeze Shredded Zucchini - If you can’t keep up with the zucchini in the garden, now is the time to freeze it for breads and muffins throughout the winter.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Monthly Garden Chores for September

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September garden chores

The food is really rolling in this month.  Tomatoes will start coming on like crazy, and I’ll be pretty much glued to the canner.  And guess what?  I love it!

broccoli starts transplants

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach

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What I plan to Harvest This Month

  • Tomatoes, tomatoes, and more tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Chives
  • Cucumbers
  • Beans {coming out of our ears!}
  • Kale
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Strawberries {If I’m lucky}
  • Swiss Chard
  • Zucchini

spring bulbs in terra cotta pots

Houseplants and Indoor Bulbs

Continue misting houseplants with water.  Regular watering and feeding will continue through this month.  If you plan on forcing bulbs indoors for some early spring color, now is the time to order your bulbs for the best selection.

trimming tree and shrubs

Trees and Shrubs

Now is a great time to start assessing what will need to be pruned later this fall. Also, as the weather cools, you will be able to scale way back on watering your trees and shrubs as well.

purple cherokee tomato

Weed and Pest Control

Watch for worms on your tomato plants this month–all of that effort to grow them and pests can wipe them out in a blink of an eye.  Continue regular weeding.

lawn mower

Lawn Care

As the weather cools toward the end of the month, you can scale way back on watering.  It is also probably time to reset your lawn mowing blade lower.  For now, fallen leaves can just be mowed right along with the rest of the grass.  But as they get heavier, make sure to rake them up and get them off the lawn, they create a pretty hospitable environment for fungus when they get wet.

If you need to, aeration is a good idea now.  It will allow your grass to get all the nutrients it needs for winter.  Also, after aeration, lay fertilizer down for the last time until late spring.

These garden chores are based on my Zone 8a Seattle/Tacoma WA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

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

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costco shopping trip

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.

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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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Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

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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Free Kindle Books, Salmon, Duvet Deal, Maidenform, Pallet Gardening, Recipes, Coupons and More

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puggle dog pumpkins

That moment when you realize school starts in 2 days and you will finally get your daily routine back and all will be well again in your world. That’s the realization I woke up to this morning. Summer vacation always puts me in a bit of a tailspin and can I just say… I AM SOOOO READY for school to start.

Ahh Monday. I LOVE you!

Mavis

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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! :)

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Amazon has the White Down Alternative Comforter Duvet {Queen} on sale for just $35 shipped right now. I have this exact duvet on all the beds in our house and let me tell you Bob, it’s the coziest thing on the planet. Seriously, if you need a new duvet, this one is AWESOME!

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Toro Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum $69.97 Shipped

Personally I like using a rake, but my husband prefers using the leaf blower.  Ha!  This is a great deal and it comes highly rated by fellow Amazon shoppers and apparently it makes yard clean up lot’s of fun.

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Need some new bra’s or shareware? Maidenform is having a 30% off plus FREE SHIPPING Labor Day sale. They’ve got bras starting at $15 and Fleexes Buy 1 Get 1 50% off.

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Got an old wood pallet lying around? Check out how to turn it into a cool little Wood Pallet Garden! Find more info on pallet gardening on my Pallet Gardening Pinterest Board!

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TOMS Sale!

Right now you can score $5 off $25 at TOMS when you use code FALL and $10 off $100 any TOMS purchase when you use code FALL10 at checkout.

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Don’t let the “low sugar” fool you in this Low Sugar Strawberry Jam. This is just as good as the sugar laden stuff, only better for you. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

chicken of the sea pink salmon

Amazon has the 12- Pack Chicken of the Sea Smoked Salmon Skinless and Boneless $10.75/$0.89 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. These are great for brown bag lunches!

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Gymboree is offering free shipping with no minimum purchase when you use code: DAYOFF at checkout. Go HERE to check out the deals.

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Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Blackberry and Toasted Pecan Quinoa

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Blackberry and Toasted Pecan Quinoa

So many people automatically think oatmeal for breakfast if they want something warm and hearty on a chilly fall morning. Think again. Quinoa for breakfast is where it’s at. In fact, I might start a “Vote for Quinoa” campaign. And once you try this recipe below, I think you’d totally become a backer too.

red quinoa

Ingredients

1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cup quinoa {I used organic red quinoa from Vitacost}
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup roughly chopped pecans, toasted
4 teaspoons agave

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cook quinoa in water and milk. I like to cook my quinoa in a rice cooker. It cooks just like white rice, so the most important thing to remember is to use the ratio of 1 part grains to 2 parts liquid {use the milk and water as your liquids here}.

If you do not have a rice cooker, simply add the quinoa, milk and water in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered until the liquid has been absorbed and grains are tender {about 20 minutes}. Let cool covered for about 5 minutes.

While the quinoa cooks, roast the pecans in oven for 5 minutes or in a skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes.

Stir blackberries and cinnamon into the quinoa, top with pecans and drizzle with agave. Enjoy!

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

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share a picture a day in 2014.

creating a new garden bed

Garden Updates

36 Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Recipes

lucy the puggle dog

Mornings with Mavis 

How to Host a Potluck Dinner

Tips and Tricks

How Much Do You Spend On School Supplies

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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DIY Backyard Fairy Gardens

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fairy-gardenI sometimes long for those magical days of wonder from my childhood. Anything was possible. I anxiously awaited Santa’s visit every year, I was certain there were leprechauns and pots of gold at then end of rainbows, and fairies very much existed. I’m bringing a little of my childhood back in this week’s eHow installment: Hide and Seek: Creating a Fairy Garden in Your Backyard.

I was pulling out my fall decorations the other day and came across a handmade fairy house I received last year as a gift. Our garden will be loaded with kids this weekend, and I thought it would be fun set up a miniature fairy garden for the kiddos to “discover” while they are playing in our mostly wooded backyard.

If you’ve never made a fairy garden before, they are extremely simple to make and can be made with pretty much anything you’ve got on hand, in a pinch. Or, you can be like me and take a quick trip to the craft store for a few additional supplies.

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Tonight I am going to watch The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  I have wanted to see it since it came out {in 2008, I am only a little late}, but never got around to it.  It is about the son of a German soldier who befriends a little boy on the other side of the fence of a concentration camp.  It is supposed to be excellent, though, with fair warning, it will probably be heart-wrenching.

boy in the striped pajamas

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Tips for Running with Your Dog

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Tips for Running with Your Dog

Since I am back on the pedometer wagon, Lucy and I have been taking looong walks around town and my neighborhood.  On our walks, I always see people jogging with their dogs.  Lucy the Puggle Dog likes to give the leash an extra pull when she sees them trot by.  I suspect she would like to feel the wind her face too.  Right now, I can’t even imagine being a “runner.”  I suppose it’s something I’ll have to work up to–and maybe I will, for Lucy’s sake at least.

If you want to start running with your dog, here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Ease in slooow.  Just like people, dogs need to ease into running.  The need to build up stamina.  {Lucky for Lucy, I’ll be needing to build up a little stamina myself.}
  2. Don’t go long distances with your dog until s/he is at least one.  It gives the dog time for the skeletal system to grow and mature without excessive high impact.
  3. Pack water for you and the dog.
  4. Be aware of the heat.  You might be in a t-shirt and shorts, but the dog is running in a fur coat.  They are more prone to get over-heated.
  5. Train them to run with the leash first.  Keep them on the leash until you know they won’t dart off.  Even then, keep them on the leash around roads, etc.  Trails that allow off-leash are great once you KNOW your dog will come back when called.
  6. Bring a plastic bag to pick up after Fido.  It’s just a common courtesy for other walkers and runners.
  7. After a long run, make sure to check your dogs paws.  If they appear raw or worn, you may want to scale back the length of the runs.  Cleaning their paws with warm soapy water after a trail run will help to get any dirt and debris out.

Do you run with your dogs?  Do they look forward to it?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – End of August Garden Photos

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growing green beans in garden boxes

The weather has been crazy good here up in the Pacific Northwest this summer and it’s hard to believe gardening season will be coming to a close  pretty soon. Well, not technically coming to a close… we’ve still got plenty of things to grow around here in the winter months, but for things like fresh beans and tomatoes, we’ve only got about a month left to enjoy picking them fresh out of our gardens.

baby green beans

What will I do without fresh beans?

growing zucchini in a garden box

And zucchini? Well actually, to tell you the truth, my love for zucchini is pretty much seasonal thing. ;)  purple Cherokee tomatoes

But heirloom tomatoes? Now that’s something I wish I could grow year round. pumpkin patch

Check out the pumpkin patch? I counted 7 pumpkins growing on the vines. {Plus a few winter squash!}green cabbage with slugs

I think cabbage is going to be on the menu this weekend. I just have to pick off a few slugs first.  :)
Italian kale

And kale. If you can’t kill it, you might as well grow it, right?

Ahh summer. I’m going to miss you.

How is YOUR vegetable garden doing these days? Winding down? Just getting started?

Mavis wants to know!

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