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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 38 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:

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls recipe

Breakfast Ideas 

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal – This is my vamped up healthier version of Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets.  It is delicious.  {Pin for Later}
Blueberry Banana Oat Bread – Need a recipe for those brown bananas sitting on the kitchen counter?  This is an awesome twist on classic banana bread.  {Pin for Later}
Almond Joy Granola – This is like dessert for breakfast, only way healthier.  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls – These. Are. Delicious.  You will be your family’s hero for making them.  {Pin for Later}

rustic-pea-soupSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Cilantro Lime Chicken Freezer Meal – This is a family favorite at our house.  We serve it over rice.  {Pin for Later}
Rustic Split Pea and Ham Soup – Ham isn’t just for Easter anymore.  {Pin for Later}
Orange Garlic Chicken Crock Pot Meal - This is one of the fastest recipes ever to make.  It takes about 3 minutes of prep, and then it’s ready to go when you are.  {Pin for Later}
Easy Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili - If you practice meatless Monday’s, this chili is for you.  If not, this chili is still for you–serve it with a hunk of meat :) {Pin for Later}

Roasted Chicken Salad with CranberriesSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Spanish Chicken with Beans and Rice – We love anything over rice.  This recipe will not disappoint.  {Pin for Later}
Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw – This tastes uh-mazing paired up with pretty much anything off the grill.  {Pin for Later}
Roasted Chicken Salad w/ Cranberries – This makes a great lunch.  Friendly tip:  if you are pinched for time, grab a rotisserie chicken at your grocery store and slice it up.  {Pin for Later}
Simple Stir Fry w/Peanuts and Scallions – This is a great way to incorporate a tasty meatless dish into your week.  {Pin for Later}

York Peppermint Patty Brownie RecipeCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Strawberry Shortcake Skillet Cobbler - Um, yum is all I have to say about this one.  And good news, frozen berries work great.  {Pin for Later}
York Peppermint Patty Brownies - I love stuffing dessert with other desserts.  All the cool kids do that sort of thing.  {Pin for Later}
Chocolate Zucchini Cake – If you are still picking zucchini, here’s a delicious way to use them up.  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Peach Fruit Leather - Fruit leathers are perfect for kiddos who pack their lunch.  {Pin for Later}

Recipe How to Make Homemade ApplesauceCanning Recipe of the Week

Homemade Applesauce – Apples will be hitting all of the stands soon, so it’s time to whip up some applesauce to last you through the winter.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Not Looking Back… Not Even for a Second

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As we closed the garage and walked out of our home of the past eight years last night, the HH turned to me and ask if I was going to miss it.

hugging rhubarb

And I said no. But that didn’t stop me from walking around the backyard and hugging all the plants and hard work I/we left behind.

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Eight years ago when our kids were 9 and 10 a big house on a wooded acre was a gooood idea. Our kids had plenty of room to run around, dig for treasures and climb trees.

pop up greenhouse

I had a blank slate.

mavis garden blog raised vegetable bedsAnd I filled it to my heart’s content.

shoveling dirt

Over the years we hauled in hundreds of yards of topsoil, planted fruit trees, berry bushes and even installed a greenhouse. It was HARD WORK.

growing vegetables in a greenhouse

And I loved every single minute of it. Until I realized that once Monkey Boy and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird were gone and off to college, I’d be the only one left to plant the plants, grow the vegetables, and to put up the harvest. And then what? What was I going to do with all of that food?     All that space.

backyard chickens

It the idea of maintaining that lifestyle {chickens included} just became too much. And that’s when we decided to take the plunge and downsize and buy a smaller house on a more manageable sized lot.

About 5 minutes away. :) It was the first and only house we looked at. I knew it was “the one” as soon as I drove by it. The house is by no means my dream home, nor does it have an awesome kitchen, amazing garden space, or any of those things I’d typically look for when shopping for a new home. Not.At.All.

But I saw what it COULD BE.

The house is SCREAMING for a cottage garden to be planted, a kitchen remodel, and some PERSONALITY.

The bones, location and exterior of the home we bought are great and I know with a little help {okay a lot} from Chino the Handyman and his crew it’s going to be AWESOME.

omlet chicken coop eglu cube

We gave all of our chickens, and the Eglu {their lifetime home} to Chino the Handyman’s best friend and his family. They have 4 young kiddos, and just purchased their dream “mini farm.” We know they are going to a good home and most importantly, they will be loved. 

apple tree

The fruit on the trees, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchinis and pumpkins on the vine, we left those behind too. As luck would have it, the family who bought our home has 3 young kiddos and I couldn’t think of a better “Welcome Home” gift to leave them than an instant u-pick garden right in their very own backyard. :)

Change is good. And the fun starts Monday.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

~ Mavis

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 37 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:

messy kitchen

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.  Yep. My house is still as clean as a whistle.

old jeans

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 time I was giving myself until the end of September to fit into my old jeans. And I’m sticking to it. There’s no point in depriving myself cookies and cake during the holidays just so I can fit into a silly old pair of jeans.

the empress hotel victoria b.c.

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’s having a blast and lucky for me she likes talking/texting daily. :) Life is good.

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5. Get 3 new teeth. – Do I want teeth… or a new laundry room? Decisions, decisions.

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 watched the Seahawks play of course!

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it at some point.

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress… 13 days to go. 

11. Secret Plan #3

colonial williamsburg

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. But that doesn’t seems to stop the peeps at Colonial Williamsburg from sending us note cards and calendars about every 6 weeks. ;)

applesauce food mil

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  This past week we harvested beans, zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage apples and kale from the garden. It’s been busy! Things should start to slow down here pretty soon and let me tell you Bob, I’m ready for a break.

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

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Cilantro Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

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Cilantro Parmesan Zuchinni and Corn

This is a quick, fresh side dish I love to serve with some grilled chicken or fish. And at the height of zucchini season, I need all the zucchini recipes I can find! The cilantro and Parmesan combo really make the dish! It has been a hit with the fam and with neighbors when I’ve brought it along to potlucks. Give it a whirl and let me know if you love it as much as we do!

chopped zucchini

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 small zucchinis, cubed
1 cup corn
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Cilantro Parmesan Zuchinni and Corn

Directions

In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute garlic in olive oil for 1-2 minutes. Add zucchini, corn, basil, oregano and thyme. Reduce heat to medium and cook until zucchini is tender. Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve. Enjoy!

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What Am I Suppose to do With All This Zucchini?

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zucchini and beans

You know that feeling you get towards the end of summer when you’ve tried every recipe you have and even though there are more vegetables to harvest in your garden, you simply have no clue what to do with them?lucy the puggle dog

It’s like your brain just shuts off and calls it quits. Well that’s where I’m at right now.

lucy puggle

So please, if you have a favorite zucchini or bean recipe you think is the bomb diggety and you think we should try it… please leave it {or a link} in the comments below.

I’d sure appreciate it.

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Men’s Dress Shoes, Pallet Gardens, Cases, Recipes, Coupons and More

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Today is the first day of school!!! Sweet diggety, I have my house back and let me tell you Bob, I am so flippin’ excited!  I’m hoping with school back in session that I’ll have no more excuses to slack off and I can finally get some stuff done around here. {Fingers crossed}. ;)

Have a great Wednesday everyone, and thank for all your help yesterday with plant identification and advise on dorm noise. I think you’re pretty awesome.

Mavis

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We have this Ham and Cheese Casserole for breakfast and brunch a lot, but it totally makes a yummy dinner too.  Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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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:

Raisin-Bran-Muffins-recipe

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.

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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.

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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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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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