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Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

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Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

This past weekend The Girl and I decided to take a quick road trip to Portland, Oregon. One of the places we decided stop in and check out along the way was Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store.  The store features pretty much EVERY Bob’s Red Mill product–even the hard to find ones.  It doesn’t hurt that you can smell freshly baked goodness throughout the entire store either. ;)

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

You can also take a tour of the manufacturing facility and check out the whole stone grinding process.

Their claim to fame is that they still use traditional quartz millstones to grind their grains at cooler temperatures.  It is supposed to protect the nutritional value of the grains.  They are also leaders in the gluten free game.  They dedicate separate packaging and equipment just to ensure that their products are safe.

bobs red mill picture

Bob’s Red Mill got its start in the mid 60′s when Bob Moore, the founder, read a book about stone-grinding techniques.  He originally started out in California, but when he and his wife decided to retire to Oregon and he stumbled upon a mill for sale and Bob’s Red Mill as we know it was born.  He’s been totally committed to preserving that idea of providing healthy trust-worthy products and doing the right thing by people.

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

In fact, on his 81st birthday, instead of retiring and selling the company, he announced that he was leaving the company to his employees.  He split the shares and now they all have an invested interest in the company.  Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

We stopped off at the cafe {because let’s face it, it’s the right thing to do} and the food was great. So if you are ever in the area {it’s only about 10 minutes from Portland}, you should totally stop in.

~Mavis

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222
{503} 607-6455

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Free Kindle Books, Free Cone Day, Boyfriend Tee, Bedding Deals, Non-GMO Sale, Sara Lee Pound Cake Coupon

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lucy the puggle dog

Lucy the Puggle Dog and I spent most of the day yesterday outside working in the garden. We bought her a giant bouncy ball on Sunday and she has been having a blast with it ever since. I think it may have been the best $2.99 We’ve spent in a long time. :)

Have a great Tuesday everyone,

Mavis

running shoes

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - 40% Off Saucony Kinvara 4 Running Shoes

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

 ben and jerrys free cone day

Today is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day!!! Get the scoop HERE.

rei coupon

REI Members can save 20% off any one item online when you use code SAVE20 at checkout.

Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Walnuts

I was weeding in my beet patch yesterday when all the sudden I started craving them.  Have you tried my Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Walnuts yet? It would make a great side dish for Easter. 

boyfriend tee

Jane has the Boyfriend Tee in stock for just $6.99 and comes in black, white, grey and pink.

cool gifts for teensThese would be fun in a tween girls Easter Basket:

better homes and gardens august 2013

Better Homes and Gardens Magazine–$.50 Per Issue Plus a Free Gift!

Get Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for as low as $.50 per issue! You’re sure to find ideas and tips more valuable than that in each copy. Makes a great holiday gift for a friend or relative! And when you subscribe, you’ll receive Better Homes and Gardens’ All-Time Favorites Cookbook ABSOLUTELY FREE!

bedding deals

Bedding Deals

non gmo products

Vitacost has thousands of non-GMO products on sale with savings up to 50% off. Go HERE to get a $10 off any $30 purchase coupon code.

vistaprint labelsFor 5 days only Vistaprint is offering 50% off return address labels—making them only $4.99 when you use code STICKIT at checkout! On top of that, new customers receive free shipping, which means you can have a set shipped right to your door with no extra cost. Go HERE to get this deal.

Sara-Lee-All-Butter-Pound-Cake-coupon

Print a  coupon good for $1.00 off any ONE (1) Sara Lee Frozen Sweet Goods

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Easy Freezer Meals – Chicken with Rice Pilaf

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Easy Freezer Meal - Chicken with Rice PilafThis is by far one of my husband’s favorite freezer meals I make. Lucky for him it makes a lot, so I divide it in half and make 2 freezer meals out of it.

I always use foil pans when freezing this recipe. I purchased a case of them this past summer and man am I glad I did. They make stacking freezer meals so much easier. It helps my OCD tendencies a bit when I open my freezer and see them all stacked nicely like that. It’s the little things people.

Easy Freezer Meals - Chicken with Rice PilafIngredients

2 boxes wild rice with seasoning packet {I used Near East Rice Pilaf}
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can water {just fill the empty soup can}
1 cup drained water chestnuts {sliced}
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs {I used Zaycon chicken}
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Easy Freezer Meals - Chicken with Rice Pilaf
Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine rice, seasoning packet, soup, and water. Once fully incorporated, add water chestnuts. Divide mixture and pour into your foil pans. Top with 3 pieces of chicken per pan. Sprinkle with almond slivers. Wrap securely with foil and freeze.

Easy Freezer Meals - Chicken with Rice PilafFor cook after freezing:

Thaw freezer meal in the fridge overnight. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through. If cooking from frozen, increase cook time by 45 minutes to 1 hour. Check chicken and increase time as needed.

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Pop Up Greenhouse, Nesco Dehydrator Deals, Bob’s Red Mill, Mattress $119 Shipped, Pie Plates and More

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lucy the puggle dog

What a life this dog has. Seriously. How relaxed would you have to be to sleep like that?

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

amazon deal of the day

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Origami 4-Shelf Steel Collapsible Storage Rack with Wheels and the Dyson DC25 Multi Floor Upright Vacuum, Yellow {Factory Reconditioned}

nesco food dehydratorLooking for a Dehydrator? Here are a few deals:

How to Make Cinnamon Apple ChipsStock up on fruit when it’s on sale and dehydrate it for a delicious snack. Get my recipe for How to Make Apple Chips or Pin it for Later.

natural foods

Vitacost is having a big Save an Extra 20% off Sale on Natural Foods. Go HERE to get a $10 off any $30 purchase coupon code.

eating well magazine

pop up greenhouse

Wow, here’s an old photo. ;) Amazon currently has the FlowerHouse Pop-Up Plant House on sale for just $29.71. It’s the one I used for several years before I purchased my glass greenhouse and it was perfect for protecting plants in early spring.

mattress

Looking for an inexpensive mattress? These Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Mattress come highly rated by fellow Amazon shoppers and they prices are very inexpensive.

  • Twin Mattress $119 shipped
  • Full Mattress $159 shipped
  • Queen Mattress $179 shipped
  • King Mattress $254.98 shipped

Go HERE to check out the mattresses and read the reviews.

fiesta pie plates

Calling all you master bakers, Amazon has Fiesta Pie Plates on sale stating at $16.99. These are great for showcasing your homemade holiday pies.

jewelry deals

Here are a few jewelry deals I spotted:

under armour coupons

Today Zulily is big Under Armour Sale  with deals for the whole family.

sabre pepper spray

Amazon has SABRE RED Police Strength Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring & 25 shots for $8.71.

amazon local deals

Amazon Local Deals -

baby leggings

Free Baby Leggings - Just pay shipping

Click on “Shop Now” and select any 5 baby leggings you like!

Once you have made your selection, you’ll automatically be directed to the shopping bag. Enter the promo code “ENBABY” and 100% off the cost of your selected baby leggings – all you pay are the Shipping fees! {About $2.59 a pair}

FREEBIES-for-MomsDon’t forget to check out these other Freebies for Moms as well.

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Print a coupon good for $1.00 off GARNIER FRUCTIS Shampoo & Conditioner

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A Few of My Favorite Things – March Giveaway

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A Few of My Favorite Things – March Giveaway

It’s possible you’ll sense a theme with this month’s Favorite Things Giveaway. Thought it was fitting given all the 4-leaf clover, Kiss Me I’m Irish talk this month.  Ireland has been one of my very favorite places to travel, so it should come as no surprise that I love all things Irish. Even though not every item in this month’s giveaway has Irish roots, if you win this prize pack, I suspect you’ll be longing to board a plane to the Emerald Isle!

1. Waking Ned Devine – Irish humor is a lot like classic British humor, and you know I’m a sucker for a good British comedy. I can’t even count how many times The Girl and I have watched this movie, but we laugh every time. It’s awesome.

2. Bob’s Red Mill Irish Soda Bread Mix - If you are a rookie baker {or even a super experienced baker} and want to make some killer Irish Soda Bread, this is the mix to use. Holy cats it makes some good bread.

3. McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal – What is Irish oatmeal you ask? Well it’s just another name for steel cut oats. I love Irish oatmeal because it’s a chewier oatmeal, and I like that better than a porridge-type like a Scottish oatmeal. Plus, Irish oats absorb the flavor of whatever you mix in it. So I’ll add peanut butter or bananas or even some jam. It’s great because it’s a super healthy meal, but it’s super tasty too.

4. Gaelic Storm Bring Yer Wellies – I was hooked on Gaelic Storm when I saw them live and they performed “Me & the Moon” {which is track 2 on this album}. It was amazing! I went right out and bought their album and haven’t stopped listening to it since. I think this album might make you an Irish music convert!

5. Garden Wisdom and Know-How – I love this book because it pretty much covers every aspect of gardening. It includes everything you need to know from soil and fertilizers, to growing flowers and vegetables. It’s a lot of info, but she uses a lot of examples and keeps it simple and easy to follow.

6. Set of 5 Natural Home Produce Bags – Since I’m always using reusable grocery bags at the store, it just makes sense to use reusable produce bags too! These come in 5 different handy sizes and can easily be tossed in the washing machine with your towels to clean. Now I don’t leave home without ‘em.

7. Instant Irish Accent Gum – If ever there was the perfect White Elephant gift, this is it.

8. Twinings Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast Tea - Because the Irish are some of the most frequent tea drinkers in the world, I had to include tea in my little Irish favorite things giveaway. Yet another reason I love the Irish.

9. Womanswork Garden Glove with Arm Saver – Not only are these gloves awesome to have in the garden, they’re totally stylish too. So your arms will be protected from scratchy thorns and plants while you garden, and you’ll be a trendsetter at the same time. Classy.

10. The Beautiful Edible Garden- Since I think gardens are some of the most gorgeous spaces on earth, I’m in love with a book that takes that theory to the next level and shows you how to do it in your very own backyard. You’ll have total garden envy once you see all the amazing pictures they include as examples.

11. ColorBlends Playing Cards- Now I’m not saying staring at the pretty pictures of flowers on the back of these playing cards will give you a better poker face, but I’m not saying it won’t either…

12. YumEarth Organic Pops – It’s a lollipop without the sugary guilt. Why have doctor’s offices not caught on to these tasty little pops yet? DumDum are so 2013.

13. Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chia Seeds, 8-OunceThe easiest little superfood to incorporate into your diet. Toss them in smoothies, oatmeal, granola, cereal or yogurt. I suspect if Popeye would have known about these, he would have ditched canned spinach long ago. Yum!

14. Paas Easter Egg Decorating Kit- I always keep a few of these in my pantry to have on hand for any emergency late-night egg dying session The Girl and her friends might have. Now I’m sharing the colorful love.

15. Animal,Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life- For one year, the author’s family vowed they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. This book is all about that year and it is totally fascinating. It was like a thrilling page turner, but it was about food! Okay, so it’s about so much more than food, and I loved it so much I couldn’t put it down.

One lucky reader will win that whole kitten kaboodle! So how do you enter for your chance to win all these goodies?

Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here. You have FIVE ways to enter: 1 required and 4 bonus entries. That means you can leave a total of FIVE comments below for FIVE awesome chances to win.

1. *REQUIRED ENTRY* Just simply leave a comment below telling me which of my favorite things you’d be most excited about if you were the winner of all this loot!

2. *BONUS ENTRY*  Do you like/friend/follow me yet? Pick one or all and like me/follow me/subscribe to me via one of these forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PinterestYouTube and/or Google+! Leave a comment below with the name of the site you followed, ie. “liked you on Facebook and Instagram.” Only 1 comment/entry regardless of if you follow me on all 6 sites. Which you totally should anyway.

3. *BONUS ENTRY*  Start spreading the news. Share this giveaway with your peeps via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or Google+! If you don’t do the social media thing, just send out an old fashioned email about this awesome giveaway. Leave a comment below letting me know how you shared it.

4. *BONUS ENTRY*  Head on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on one of the posts or pictures there. Come back here and leave a comment below letting me know which post or picture you commented on.

5. *BONUS ENTRY*  Subscribe to my daily emailed newsletter. It’s an easy peasy way to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Plus, I’m way too busy gardening to spam you, so your email address is safe with me. Leave a comment below letting me know you subscribed.

THE FINE PRINT:

5 entries per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

I will ship this prize ANYWHERE on the planet earth, so go ahead and enter.

This giveaway ends 3/23/14 at 6pm PST and the winner will be announced in the 3/24/14 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. Prize will be forfeited within 48 hours.

Good Luck! I hope you win.

Peace Out Girl Scouts!

Mavis

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A Few of My Favorite Things – February Giveaway

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A Few of My Favorite Things – February GiveawayIt’s back! And I had so much fun with it last month, I’ve decided I’m going to give away a big ole gift pack of my favorite things every. single. month. Wahooo!

Of course all my favorite things might not be your favorite things, but I suspect if you try out an item or two from the list below, you’d fall in love with them just like I have. I’ve got good taste peeps {okay, okay. I have some questionable taste too sometimes, but I promise you’ll totally love the stuff I’m giving away this month}. Check out the goods:

1. Sweet Peas in a Pod Necklace - I mean, come on. This necklace is so cute it almost hurts to look at it. I mean, cue the ooohs and ahhhs. If you have little ones you adore, you’re gonna love this {comes with 4 peas in your pod}.

2. Botanical Interests Super Sugar Snap Peas – The fake peas were nice, but these real peas are where it’s at. And would I really have a “My Favorite Things” list without including seeds from Botanical Interests? I think not.

3. Prepworks from Progressive Lettuce Keeper - This is one of the coolest inventions ever. When you’re growing a truckload of produce in your backyard, keeping it from browning and wilting before you get around to using it is always a problem. Until this genius invention. It’s awesome!

4. The Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess- What I love most about this book is that it’s organized by month, so I have short little projects all mapped out for me all year long to keep me on track.

5. Retro Owls Printed Duct Tape - You never know when you’re going to need some retro owl duct tape is what I always say.

6. Fashion Leopard Pattern Shawl Scarf - Or a leopard print shawl…

7. Eiffel Tower Pendant With Chain-BronzeThis little pendant reminds me of my one of my favorite places to travel to. If you’ve never been, put it on your list!

8. Equal Exchange Organic Hot Cocoa – I can’t live without this stuff during the winter months. The Girl and I go through it like crazy!

9. {2} Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate Orange Bars - A little something for you to hide in your purse to satisfy that sweet tooth.

10. Equal Exchange French Roast Coffee – On the off chance the hot cocoa just isn’t doing the trick!

11. 1 dozen Wooden Berry Baskets - These cute baskets have a million uses: perfect for party favors or even a small neighbor gift.

12. Week by Week Vegetable Gardeners Handbook - A book of weekly to-do lists that break gardening down into easily manageable tasks? Of course I’m going to love it!

13. Botanical Interests Valentine Lettuce Seeds - More seeds. Tell me you’re not surprised! ;)

14. Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix – If I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to make my own soup, Bob’s Red Mill to the rescue. Not as good as homemade of course, but you won’t see me complaining!

15. Set of 5 Flour Sack Towels – These are the most versatile towels ever. They are wonderful for drying dishes or simply covering rising bread. You’re gonna love them.

One lucky reader will win that whole kitten kaboodle! So how do you enter for your chance to win all these goodies? Just simply leave a comment below telling me which of my favorite things you’d be most excited about if you were the winner of all this loot!

Just answer that one question and you’re entered to win. Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here.

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends Sunday, February 23rd @6 pm PST and the winner will be announced in the February 24th edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 24 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 24 hours, the prize will be forfeited.

Good Luck! I hope you win!

Mavis

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Freezer Meals – Beef Stew

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freezer meals beef stew

Is there anything better than a hot, hearty beef stew on a cold winter day? Yep. When you don’t have to do any of the chopping or prepping cause you’re a genius and already did it! Just taking a bag out of the freezer and tossing it in the Crock Pot in the morning is what I call making dinner!

Easy peasy. Gives me more time to garden, clean and play with Lucy {okay so mostly just play with Lucy}. But holy cats this recipe was good. My family scarfed it down.

beef stew freezer meals

Ingredients

4 lb cubed beef
4 cups carrots, chopped
4 cups cubed potatoes {I used baby red cut in half}
2 onions, chopped
5 oz dried beans {I used Lima beans from Vitacost.com}
2 cups celery, chopped
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
4 tsp quick-cooking tapioca
2 Tbs brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Mix all ingredients. Divide into 2 gallon sized Ziploc bags, lay flat, label and freeze.

To cook after freezing:

Throw ingredients of Ziplocs into a crock pot. Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

crock pot

Looking for a good crock pot? Here’s my favorite: Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker

Looking for a few more of my Freezer Meal Recipes? Here are my favorites:

Roadside Sliders Recipe

Easy Freezer Meal Meatballs

Peach Crisp Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping

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A Few of My Favorite Things – January Giveaway

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A Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway

I just. can’t. stop. Giving away my favorite things to my favorite readers has become one of my new favorite pastimes. And you guys get to reap all the benefits of that with this epic “favorite things” giveaway. It’s a hodgepodge of my favorite things compiled into one super duper giveaway. You’re gonna want to win this. It’s a prize pack full of awesome:

1. The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: This book is the bomb diggity for any gardener at any level in any climate during any time of year. She knows her stuff and the book is full of totally useful techniques and tips.

2. Moleskine Passion Garden Journal: I know not everyone has a handy dandy blog to record all of their gardening info. This journal is perfect for keeping track of planting, drawing out garden grids, or jotting down ideas and tips. It’s pretty and high quality too. Double bonus!

3. Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer: If you need any advise or guidance on how to use this produce, refer to the reviews on Amazon. In fact, even if you don’t need guidance or advice, check out the reviews anyway. They’ll totally make your day for sure.

4. {2} $5 Starbucks Gift Cards: One for you and one for a friend. It’s all about spreading the coffee {or tea} love!

5. Badger Balm for Gardeners: This stuff is the “balm!” Haha. Seriously though, with how overworked a gardener’s hands can get, this stuff is the perfect solution!

6. Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate Bar: Don’t hate me for ruining your New Year’s Resolution,  just trust me when I say it’ll be worth every last bite. Yum!

7. Bob’s Red Mill Pancake & Waffle Mix: If you’re not going to make your own, this is absolutely the next best thing. My whole family gives it 2 thumbs up.

8. {10} Reusable Produce Bags: I love these bags! I always bring my reusable grocery bags when shopping, but get annoyed with all the plastic produce bags that go to waste. Problem solved. Plus, they come in lots of different sizes and I can wash and reuse over and over.

9. Steel Rails CD – The Baker Family:  I heard this family play at the National Heirloom Festival and they were great. The CD is awesome too!

10. Nothing Without You Magnet: If you’re tired of the lame-o flimsy Joe’s Plumbing Shop or other advertising magnets currently keeping your kids’ masterpieces stuck on the fridge, you’ll love these heavy duty fridge magnets. They’re adorable and the quotes rock.

11. Botanical Interests Seed Sprouter: If you’re a sprouter, are thinking about becoming a sprouter or have a sprouter loved one, you need this sprouter in your life. Trust me. It’s amazing.

12. Alfalfa Sprouts: Speaking of sprouts, this variety is so tasty.

13. Broccoli Sprouts: As is this one…

14. Sandwich Sprouts: And this one.

15. Sip Sip Hooray Pink Paper Drinking Straws: Sometimes I’ll throw these in my kids’ smoothies so they think it’s a party in a glass. Cause these straws totally have that effect.

So how do you enter for your chance to win all these goodies? Just simply leave a comment below telling me which of my favorite things you’d be most excited about if you were the winner of all this loot! And no one will judge you when you say the Banana Slicer! ;)

Just answer that one question and you’re entered to win. Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here.

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends January 26th @6 pm PST and the winner will be announced in the January 27th edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 24 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 24 hours, the prize will be forfeited.

Good Luck! I hope you win!

Mavis

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 3 of 52

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albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $9.28

I was pleasantly surprised when I stopped by Albertsons this week.

manager markdownsBecause of manager markdowns I was able to pick up bacon for $0.99 a pound, day old croissants for $0.99 and two packages of beef for about $5 thanks to $2 off and Buy 1 get 1 free stickers. :) Manager markdowns are cool!

smith brothersSmith Brothers Milk $11.16

This past week I was able to pop into the grocery stores all in one day while I was out running errands. I think having our milk delivered is really going to help me cut down on my trips to the market this year. So far so good.

fruits and vegetablesLocal Produce Market $6.23

Real food costs money.

panera breadPanera – FREE

My parents gave me a big fat gift card to Panera for Christmas and I plan on getting my bread there until the card runs dry. I love that place.

whole chickenQFC $6.02

I was next store picking of Lucy some dog treats and decided to run in a grab a whole chicken for dinner. I spotted vanilla bean yogurt marked down so I grabbed a few for Monkey Boy.

VitacostVitacost – Free

I had some Vitacost credit so I ordered a few treats. Have you ever tried Mc Canns Irish Oatmeal before? Talk about a breakfast that will stick to your ribs. It’s the HH’s favorite. I also picked up The Girl’s favorite Irish Tea, Bob’s Irish Soda Bread and some toaster pastries for my son {who eats them untoasted {barf!}.

Well that’s what I purchased this past week, how about you? Did you buy anything exciting?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $32.69
Total Spent This Year $67.72
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $0

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Food Waste – How Much Food Does the Average Family Throw Away in One Year?

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. The food in this story was donated. For more information, see my disclosure policy.

food waste in America #SaveitsundayI 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.

What is the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge?

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

When I started this challenge and partnered with Glad, I really thought I understood how much people {myself included} were wasting. I didn’t. I had never quite grasped what it really looked like. Until now.

grocery shopping tripAmerican families waste about 25% of the food and beverages they buy annually. That’s a fact. The estimated cost of food and beverages thrown out by the average American family each year is around $1,500. Sadly, that’s a fact too. FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS. That means people are throwing away and wasting more food than I’ve spent in an entire year to feed my family. Blows. My. Mind.

It’s easy to turn the other cheek and ignore the problem until it’s staring you in the face. Until you see what $1,500 in food waste looks like. Until one thousand five hundred dollars’ worth of food is sitting in your kitchen. It’s overwhelming really. And it’s a wake-up call I hope echos to each of you.

When I ventured out with Glad’s education grant for $1,500 to see exactly what this amount of money in food waste looks like, I wanted to make sure I covered all my bases. I know we all shop differently. We all frequent different stores and have different eating habits and spend our food budgets differently. So I shopped at 10 different stores, spending $150 at each on a variety of food products.

Grocery Outlet Shopping TripGrocery Outlet - I was able to get the biggest bang for my buck here. I had to pick through a lot of scratch and dent items and ignore expiration dates a few times, but I was able to get a solid variety of items.

winco shopping tripWinco - Winco continues to be my favorite non-couponing store to shop at. Huge selection. Great stock. Excellent prices. I bought a few higher ticket items here including bulk sugar, salmon and a few hams.

walmart shopping tripWalmart Super Center - I’m not typically a Walmart shopper, but I knew, because they are the nation’s #1 retailer, I had to put them on my list. Lucy the Puggle Dog couldn’t have cared less about what I bought there, with the exception of that pineapple.  Pretty sure she thought I bought it for her.

pike place market shopping tripPike Place Market – The most expensive trip, but one of my favorites. All of the products I purchased were local. I knew where every item was grown, processed, packaged, etc. Everything was organic and non-GMO {well, except maybe those cookies and the pasta sauce}.

vitacost shopping tripAmazon Grocery – A random assortment from Amazon. A little of this and a little of that. Shopped in my pj’s so it was my favorite buying experience, as always.

vitacost shopping tripVitacost - Vistacost.com is a great site for getting specialty and organic products shipped right to your door. Shipping is always free if you spend more than $49, so that didn’t cut into my $150, and there were some great sales on some great products.

costco shopping tripCostco -  I had a plan going into Costco so I wouldn’t blow the entire $150 after getting distracted by all the awesomeness in the store. I stayed focused and, as a total bonus, had a full lunch consisting of a bunch of random samples. Score!

Filbert Acres Puyallup WashingtonFilbert Acres in Puyallup, Washington- Filbert Acres grows according to organic standards & specializes in quality pork, vegetables, strawberries, cut flowers & pumpkins. I just hit them up for meat, but they have an awesome CSA shares program that features the best, freshly harvested produce. I even got to hang with the farmer/owner too!

filbert acres heritage porkHeritage Pork- This is all the meat I snagged from Filbert acres. I’d say that’s a great haul of quality meat for $150!

trader Joe's Shopping TripTrader Joe’s - I just love Trader Joe’s. It’s healthy organic foods at Winco prices. Sweet!

whole foods shopping tripWhole Foods - I was a little worried I’d only be able to walk away with an item or two from Whole Paycheck, ahem, Whole Foods. But I was able to make my $150 spread a little further than expected. Plus, I know the quality of the products purchased here is excellent.

#SaveitSunday Food WasteAnd there you have it. Grand total of $1,500 in food. That’s what it looks like. Now that might not look like the type of foods you waste, but I guarantee you’ve chucked something pictured in that image above. The magnitude of that food waste was shocking. That’s the average amount of food you, me and our fellow Americans waste every year. It’s appalling.

Once I began to grasp what $1,500 worth of food waste actually looked like, I began to get angry; at myself for not being more diligent and at our country in general for not caring more. I began to realize that, if we would just take a few extra minutes a day, or just be a bit more mindful, almost every last bit of that food could be saved. Simple things like properly protecting your fresh foods the day you buy them with food protection products like GladWare and ClingWrap, which have minimal costs, can help you save in more ways than one.

food wasteCan you image what it would look like if even a portion of the readers on this site decided to really make an effort to reduce or eliminate food waste?  I know so many people who are struggling just to put a meal on the table and so many more who don’t even think twice about tossing unwanted, and perfectly usable food just to create space in the fridge. What if we found a balance there? What if the ones with excess or even simply enough made a few small changes, and suddenly, there was plenty to go around?

It’s not that far fetched of an idea. And it can start with you. {FYI - The food in this story was donated.} :)

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By saving and preserving that $1,500 in potential food waste through proper food storage protection and mindful eating habits, we could instead bless charities like the Family Renewal Shelter {shown above with their therapy dogs} and Local Food Banks. Bins upon bins, representing annual food waste, instead driven to be donated to those truly in need.

I’m up for the #SAVEITSUNDAY challenge. Will you join me?

~Mavis

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