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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 12 of 52

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I’m in the mood for baking lately. Breads, cookies, pies you name it. I usally hold off and make my favorite carrot cake for Easter Sunday, but this year? I don’t know if I can wait. ;)

Here are a few recipe suggestions for your meal plan this week:Cranberry Coffee Cake3 Breakfast Ideas

Popovers – I love these soft and chewy on the inside, flaky on the outside puffs.  They are awesome with a little jam–or butter and honey.  {Pin it for Later}

Fried Potatoes with Peppers and Zucchini – This is a great way to start your day off with veggies, and not feel like it’s punishment.  this stuff is delicious.  {Pin it for Later}

Cranberry Coffee Cake - This would make an awesome Easter breakfast, I think.  It’s sweet and tart all at the same time.  {Pin it for Later}

Easy Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili Recipe4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Cheesy Beef Tortilla Casserole - This recipe is about as easy as it gets.  It basically involves you dumping a handful of ingredients into a casserole dish and baking.  Plus, it uses up all of those tiny little tortilla chips at the bottom of the bag.  {Pin it for Later}

Brown Sugar Salmon – This is my go-to salmon recipe.  {Pin it for Later}

Easy Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili – This recipe makes appears on a pretty regular rotation at our house…and best of all, it was sent to me by a reader.  {Pin it for Later}

Dijon Potato Salad with Green Onions – Putting Dijon into potato salad is pretty much a life altering experience.  It turns tater salad up a notch.  {Pin it for Later}

the best moist carrot cake recipe3 Sweet Treats 

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches - When I make a batch of chocolate chip cookies, I like to assemble a couple of ice cream sandwiches for dessert.  It’s super easy to slap them together, and my family always thinks they are a treat.  The recipe calls for homemade ice cream, but I admit, I usually use the vanilla store bought we have in the freezer, because making them is usually kind of an after thought.  {Pin it for Later}

My Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe – If  you are planning the menu for your Easter gathering, I seriously cannot recommend this carrot cake enough.  It. Is. Divine.  {Pin it for Later}

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – In case you are feeling ambitious and want to put homemade ice cream in the ice cream sandwiches, here is my favorite recipe.  {Pin it for Later}

Easy Freezer Meals - Roadside SlidersFeatured Freezer Meal Recipe

Roadside Sliders – It’s time to gear up for grilling season, which for me, means making seasoned, hand shaped hamburger patties.  {Pin it for Later}

how-to-dehydrate-strawberriesFeatured Food Preservation Recipe 

How to Dehydrate Strawberries - Strawberries have officially hit the stores.  If you don’t grow your own, this is a good time to stock up when they are marked down and dehydrate them for yummy recipes, like granola.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?


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Free Kindle Books, M&M’s, Duvet Sets $14.99, Men’s Suits, Orthopedic Pet Beds and More

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Word of the Day: Hauteur Definition: Pride, arrogance Used in a sentence: The hauteur of the supercilious butler cost him many tips.

lucy the puggle dog

Happy Monday everyone, did you have a good weekend? The HH and Lucy the snuggle puggle enjoyed some quiet time, I stained the bathroom cabinets for the 4th time {I think it’s going to need 6 coats of stain to get the color I want} and Monkey Boy hung out with friends. Talk about a nice, relaxing weekend.

I hope your Monday rocks!


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Since it is officially spring {wahooo!}, I thought we’d kick it off with some start to finish grow guides. First up: How to Grow Zucchini From Start to Finish! Find more step by step instructions on my Growing Guides Pinterest Board.

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These Meyer Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies might be a mouthful to say, but trust me when I tell you that your mouth will also be full constantly after you make them! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Cookies Pinterest Board.

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The $20/$20 Challenge: Deb Shows Off Her Pantry {and Her Freezer Meals!}

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Debbie1When looking over these $20/$20 Challenge submissions, I love hearing that some of my readers are finding some of my posts helpful! Deb has started using freezer meals and buys in bulk now, which is saving her tons of time! Check out her story:

Hi Mavis!

My name is Deb. I’m a recently retired health insurance auditor –ugh! Now, I help my hubby run his engineering consulting business, but spend most of my time homemaking and gardening –which I love. Debbie2We shop primarily at Costco plus sales at Krogers and Sprouts. We do eat somewhat seasonally thanks to our small garden. I have herbs in pots on the patio and this year we tried straw bale gardening with good results. We planted tomatoes, tomatillos, all sorts of peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, cantaloupe, and strawberries. Along the side of the house, we have blackberries and blueberries. This was an amazing year for tomatoes, tomatillos and peppers, but not a good one for berries –and the birds got more than their fair share. Debbie5Thanks to your blog, I’ve gotten into the habit of buying in bulk and preparing lots of freezer meals. I love how much time it is saving me! I do plan a basic menu for the week {just dinners}, but it often ends up changing as things come up; having all those freezer meals allows a lot of flexibility and really reduces waste and eating out. Debbie3Our goals are to live richly while spending less and helping out in our community as much as we can. Debbie4I’ve been reading your blog for over two years and it has been are real blessing!

Thank you!



Are you getting your pantries camera ready? You can participate in the $20/$20 Challenge by simply sending in pictures of your pantry. Find out more about the $20/$20 Challenge: Show Your Pantry – Fill a Pantry!

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Starting Seedlings Under Grow Lights vs. Natural Light

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tomato seedlings in greenhouse

Starting your garden from seeds is undoubtedly cheaper {and more gratifying} than starting them from plants from the nursery.  Investing in a grow light is one of those, “Should I, shouldn’t I?” sort of dilemmas a lot of people teeter back and forth on.  In the end, only you can decide how much of an investment you want to make, but I will say, unless you have really great natural light {which doesn’t exist here in Seattle during seed starting time}, starting with natural light can be a bit of a gamble.  Still, it is absolutely possible to get healthy plants with this method, so I thought I would give a quick overview before we jump full steam ahead into seed starting season.

leggy plant

Let’s start with natural light.  First, a south facing window is going to be your best bet.  It will get the most light.  The problem with a window sill is that you will only get light from one direction, which may result in some leggy plants.  So, you will want to rotate the seedlings regularly–and make sure that they don’t get too cold next to a window {most plants like the temperature to be about 75 degrees for at least the bulk of the day in order to germinate}.  If you want them to grow tall and straight, they will need to receive their light from above, like the sun provides naturally.

tomatoes in greenhouse

Unless you have a heated greenhouse, that can be tricky.  {If you do have a temperate green house, natural light rocks.}  If you are going with natural light, I recommend less temperamental seedlings–like pumpkins, zucchini, and the like.  Tomatoes and peppers, in my opinion, are the most difficult to start indoors, and really darn hard if you aren’t using a grow light.

grow lights seedlings

Okay, now onto grow lights.  Once you have grown seedlings under a grow light, you can totally see why people push them.  You will have more consistent germination rates and stronger resulting plants.  Plain and simple.  You don’t necessarily have to invest in a grow light set-up {though, I will admit, I don’t regret having done so myself one bit}.  Grow lights typically have the full-spectrum of light, as sunlight would provide, though, not always.  Florescent bulbs that are attached to some sort of system that can be raised or lowered really do work just fine, if you want to keep costs lower.


Either way, you will want to be able to raise and lower your light source, as seedlings seem to do best when the light source is only about 3-4″ above them.  The warmth from the light source will also mimic the fluctuations in daily temperature that plants would experience in nature.  When the light source is on, it will put off a little more heat, making the plants warmer.  When you turn it off at night, the temperature will naturally drop a little bit.  Plants love that crap.

miracle Gro potting mix

No matter what light you choose, make sure to choose an appropriate growing medium.  Seed starting mixes are nice, because they kind of take the guess work out of the equation. I prefer starting my seeds in Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Mix {found at the Home Depot for about $4 a bag}. Ultimately, you want to have light airy soil, so that you don’t drown and/or suffocate tender seedlings and their roots.  Moisture and oxygen is vital to the whole germination process–getting that balance right is a real pain in the butt if you are a first timer.  Don’t worry, though, as time goes on, you’ll learn.  It’s totally a process, so don’t give up on starting seeds yourself.  If you do decide to use lights to start you seeds, keep them on for 12-14 hours per day.

kale swiss chard seedlings

Overall, I think you have to decide what you want from your garden.  If you are looking to grow heirloom variety plants that aren’t usually available at the nurseries, invest in a grow light and go nuts. If you are just looking to save some moolah and plan on planting the basics, test the natural light waters–you can always pick up a few “filler” plants at the nursery if you don’t get a full enough crop out of your seedlings.

For those of you that are seed-starting pros, how do YOU prefer to start your seeds…grow lights or natural light?


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The $20/$20 Challenge: My Friend Jane Shares Her Pantry Pictures

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Jane4When I issued $20/$20 Challenge, I knew my readers would show up in full force. What has been an awesome surprise is that my friends are joining in the fun, too! Today my dear friend, Jane, from Thy Hand Hath Provided {you know, the one with the AWESOME cookbook}, shares her pantry pictures:

Jane1A few years ago, I was much more of a purest in terms of eating local and in season produce year round as much as possible.  With a growing family and a baby in the house again, I’ve had to make some food compromises in order to stay sane.  We still garden, can and freeze a lot of our food but we’ve also been making good use of stores like Costco to make sure there is plenty of healthy food and snacks on hand for our busy household of six.

Jane3Our old house came with a narrow pantry but the shelves were not the best.  My husband built new ones so we could make better use of the space.  Our pantry holds canned goods, canning supplies, kitchen appliances we don’t use every day, potatoes, squash, honey {from our bees}, some homeschool supplies and a mishmash of other items.  I’m so thankful for this space!

Jane6We have two freezers in addition to the one above our fridge.  The upright holds extra freezer meals, frozen veggies, zucchini bread, venison from a friend, pork from our pig, and a few convenience items for quick lunches when we’re short on time.

Jane8Our chest freezer holds more frozen veggies, frozen jam and pesto, the rest of our pig, lard, etc.We don’t have much of dry goods pantry other than standard baking supplies.  I try to buy what we need as we go (rice, oats, etc.) because our toddler loves to get into my cupboards and distribute items throughout the house.

freezer pictures

I am constantly challenged to find recipes that use the frozen and canned food we have on hand instead of getting sidetracked by new recipes that require me to buy all the ingredients at the store.  I put together a cookbook a couple years ago that helps me do that.  We feel incredibly blessed by the bounty we have on hand.  I try my best to share it with others by taking meals to people going through difficult times.

Thank you, Mavis for sharing your bounty with others.  I love your generous heart!



Are you getting your pantries camera ready? You can participate in the $20/$20 Challenge by simply sending in pictures of your pantry. Find out more about the $20/$20 Challenge: Show Your Pantry – Fill a Pantry!

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24 Recipes for National Pie Day – Friday January 23rd, 2015

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While I feel like there should be a National Pie Month {or at least week! Come on people!}, National Pie Day makes me very happy. I’m celebrating by whipping up a few of my favorite pies and declaring dinner a one course meal: pie!!!

Are you a pie lover like me? What’s your favorite pie? Are you going to use one of my very favorite pie recipes below and make a totally delish pie for yourself to celebrate too? Am I invited to come eat it with you?

1. Chicken Pot Pie: Because sometimes a pie is equally delicious when it is savory!– {Pin for Later}

2. Fresh Raspberry Pie: It says fresh in the title and contains fruit. It’s basically a health food. {Pin for later}

strawberry-pie3. Strawberry Pie: This recipe for strawberry pie comes from my friend Jane and doesn’t disappoint!– {Pin for later}

4. Old Fashioned Rhubarb Pie: My friend Hulda made this old-fashioned rhubarb custard pie for us and everyone loved it. Even the HH! Who knew rhubarb was so delicious!– {Pin for later}

5. Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Pot Pie: This recipe for cast iron skillet chicken pie is so over the top delicious, you may just have to make two of them.– {Pin for Later}

6. Apple Pie w/ Leaf Cutouts: And sometimes it’s all about being pretty!{Pin for later}

Freezer-Meals-Ground-Beef-Pot-Pie7. Ground Beef Pot Pie: The pot pies you find in the freezer section at the grocery store taste like cardboard compared to this! – {Pin for Later}

8. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie: When you can throw all your leftovers into a crust and bake it up? Sheer genius.{Pin for later}

9. Homemade Pumpkin Pie: So traditional. So delicious.{Pin for later}

10. Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe: Okay, okay. So not technically a pie. But it’s so fun to know how to make your own! {Pin for later}

11. The Long Winter Green Pumpkin Apple Pie: Calling all Little House on the Prairie fans. This recipe is for you! {Pin for later}

cranberry-apple-pie-recipe12. Cranberry Apple Pie: When I make this pie, the HH doesn’t even mess with cutting himself just one slice. He piles his plate with 2 slices, because he knows he’ll always go back for seconds.{Pin for later}

14. Zucchini Apple Pie: Don’t let the zucchini scare you. It’s like Sneaky Chef, only not as sneaky since the veggie name is in the title!– {Pin for later}

15. Triple Berry Pie: Triple the berries, triple the taste, triple the amount of slices you’ll want to eat.{Pin for later}

16. Pie Crust Recipe + Blackberry Pie: I teach you how to make the pie crust recipe I can now make in my sleep. {Pin for later}

17. Individual Pumpkin Pies: I call these portion control pies.– {Pin for later}

Pineapple Buttermilk Pie Recipe18. Pineapple Buttermilk Pie: Simple, old-fashioned down home goodness. {Pin for later}

19. Apple Pie Jam: All the flavor of an apple pie, packed tight into a Mason jar! {Pin for later}

20. DIY Apple Pie Spice Mix + Apple Pie Recipe: The apple pie spice mix seriously makes this pie! {Pin for later}

Strawberry-Rhubarb-Crumb-Pie21. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie: A second appearance by the rhubarb goes to prove the best way to use one up is in a pie!{Pin for later}

22. Acorn Squash Pie: This is the perfect fall pie {that just so happens to taste amazing all 4 season!}.{Pin for later}

Chocolate Pretzel Pecan Pie23. Chocolate Pretzel Pecan Pie:  Tell me that doesn’t not sound like a whole pie full of awesome. Trust me when I say your taste buds will agree. – {Pin it for Later}

24. Homemade Oatmeal Pie: If you love oatmeal cookies, you’re going to be obsessed with this pie!- {Pin it for Later}

Still looking for more pie inspiration? Check out my Pie Pinterest Board for pie recipes galore!

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Great Aunt Ruby’s Garden in Tasmania, Australia

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This past summer Lisa from Tasmania, Australia sent in pictures from her garden. Well, she’s back, and this time she is telling us about her Great Aunt Ruby… :) :) :) :) :) :)

aunt ruby

Meet my Great Aunt Ruby!

Ruby turned 98 last September, still lives by herself and tends to this amazing garden.

tasmania beach
She lives in a little town called Wynyard in Tasmania and her home is a stones throw from the beach.
Ruby trained as a nurse and has spent a lifetime taking care of people.

Right up until the last few months, Ruby has pretty much sorted out the garden by herself, with a bit of help here and there from her daughter Margaret who lives almost next door. This season she decided that she may need a bit of help with the heavy digging, so that’s where I come in!

using wire guards in the garden

This plot Ruby dug herself and planted carrot, beetroot and lettuce seeds, then used the high tech method of cat-digging prevention by covering the area with any and all wire guards!

vegetbale garden

And it worked! A few months later there was a lush garden happening. The peas were well on their way as well as the potatoes (destined for the Christmas dinner table).


In her garden there are usually potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, beetroot, carrot, lettuce, peas, beans, cabbage, broccoli, artichokes, parsnip, strawberries, pumpkin, cucumber, silver beet, garlic and herbs. Plus probably other stuff I have forgotten!! Enough to feed a small army if one happened on by!!

aunt ruby sitting on milk crate

Often when I go to visit, I’ll find Ruby sitting on her milk crate, wearing her gardening hat and pulling up weeds.

weeds in garden

The before…

weed free garden

And after efforts of the other days weeding! Not bad for someone who is almost 100 years old!!

aunt ruby in the garden
If she is pottering about the garden she will most likely be using an old mop to lean on, not as keen on the walking stick because if people see that, they might think she is “old.”

ripe tomato

There is always a bit of a competition for the first ripe tomato of the season. I thought I may have been first past the post this year, but nope… here is Ruby “skiting” (as she would say)(boasting) about the first red tomato in her hothouse!

aunt ruby in kitchen

Ruby is very used to feeding herself out of what she grows. There is always a big feed of vegetables and fruit on the table. Because she is nearly blind, it gives her a lot of independence to be able to go up into the garden and get what she needs rather than continually having to rely on someone else to shop for her.

aunt ruby scones
I might add that her scones (I think you call them biscuits in North America) are superb! (home-made jams to go on top of course!!)

purple hydrangea flowers

What I love about Ruby’s garden is the way she has pretty flowers here there and everywhere right throughout. You are never really sure what to expect to see blooming at different times of the year.

using seewee mulch
This plot of flowers is now covered in a seaweed mulch. Advantages of living by the ocean!! The council here allows residents to collect what they need from the beach, and apart from being free, it doesn’t introduce any unwanted weeds! In her younger years, Ruby would just take the wheelbarrow across the road and help herself!

old mother Hubbard

Ruby is adored by all her family, she is a wealth of information on gardening and cooking among other things, has great stories , she has a great sense of fun (for example: dressing up as Mother Hubbard for me when I needed a ‘Nursery Rhyme’ photo) and is always happy to put the kettle on for a cuppa when we drop in and I might add its nearly impossible to escape without an armful of food of some kind!!

aunt ruby

Well… there you go.
~ Lisa

Send Pictures of Your Garden For a Chance to Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
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If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world:

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My Favorite Stories and Posts of 2014

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I really can’t believe another year has come and gone. It flew by. This year has been unlike any other, with more life changes crammed into one year than I’ve ever experienced. Ever. I’ve tried to blog all about those changes and the fun year we’ve had, and I’m really grateful you came along for the ride.

Because this year has been so busy, when sitting down to pick out posts from 2014 that stuck out to me, it was really hard to narrow the list down. But I managed to get it narrowed down to a few of my favorites. I hope, as you’ve followed along this year, you’ve gained a little insight, learned a thing or two, or at least were entertained! Here’s hoping 2015 will match 2014 in awesomeness!

hugging-rhubarbNot Looking Back, Not Even for a Second:

The decision to move and leave behind our garden, home and neighbors was HUGE. But I knew it was the right decision for us. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities {and projects!}, and, while there are so many aspects we’ll miss, we’re still as excited about it as we were the day we signed the papers. Bigger and better is not always best. Home really is where the heart is, and our hearts are taking root at our new house.

Mormons, Walmart, Monsanto and Shiny New Cupboards:

This was a funny post for me. It began with a crazy mean/strange/absurd rant of an email I received in my inbox, and ended with so many comments of support I was overwhelmed. While that was not my intention at all, it sure does make a girl feel appreciated when her amazing readers rally! Thank you for caring enough to comment, and for validating what I do. You guys are the best.

corner-fireplace-makeover3The Remodel:

I couldn’t pick just one post here, because looking back on all the progress we’ve made remodeling the new house in such a short amount of time, I’m blown away. We lived without a kitchen for far too long, and put so much blood sweat and tears into the remodel, I’m listing the entire category here.


Rare Sighting: Husband in Garden. Please alert the Authorities. Something is Amiss:

Sometimes you make strawberry shortcake that is so delicious, it makes a man is willing to pick for his dinner dessert.

freezer-mealsMaking 26 Freezer Meals in 3 Hours:

This is seriously one of my favorite things to do. It screams efficiency and that’s what I’m all about. Freezer meals save time, money and many nights, my sanity. So being able to bust 26 out in just a few hours was awesome. And surprisingly fun!

graduation-gownRemember That Time I Let You Run Down the Freeway?

Sometimes it’s 12 minutes before high school graduation is suppose to start and the graduate and I are sitting on the freeway in bumper to bumper traffic  about a 1/4 mile from our exit {along with a ton of other kids and families} freaking out. So one kid piles out of their parent’s car and starts running down the freeway ramp towards the building where graduation is suppose to take place, and then another and another, and then before you know it there are about 30 kids running down the freeway ramp. Crazy train.


Mavis Breaks Up w/ Mr. Produce guy:

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it’s with Mr. Produce Guy, even if it’s for all the right reasons.

how-to-loose-a-muffin-top12 Goals for the New Year:

I’ve had so much fun with this. Setting these goals, many of which were totally out there, helped keep me focused and driven this entire year. There were weeks I felt like I might not even get half my list accomplished, but instead of throwing in the towel, it made me work harder to chase what I wanted. I totally suggest setting goals, whether as public as I have, or even just mentally. It’s a proven fact it helps you succeed!

fred-meyer-shopping-tripFred Meyer: Home of the 20th Anniversary Gift. Who Knew?

The HH pretty much takes the cake when it comes to being World’s Most Romantic Husband, if you can snag that title by purchasing your lady’s 20th (yes TWENTIETH) Anniversary gift at Fred Meyer and if said gift includes English Muffins. Yep. That happened.

mavis-butterfield2Doing Arts and Crafts in a Best Western Bathroom and Other RAD Stuff I Did This Weekend:

Sometimes life throws you curve balls. Our move didn’t go as smoothly as we had hoped, but this post was a great reminder that sometimes you just have to roll with it, because everything always seems to work out in the end!

food-waste-in-America-SaveitsundayHow Much Does the Average Family Throw Away in One Year?

Seeing a visual of the average amount of food wasted in a year was shocking. I’m still blown away. So. Much. Waste.

Canning 101 – How to Can Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe:

I have made a lot of recipes this year, but this has been the one I’ve been craving lately. Jalapeno jelly…Mmmm! Seriously don’t be afraid because of the ingredients. You can tone this way down and still get the yummy flavor. I pour it over some cream cheese, spread it on a cracker and enjoy!

zucchini-and-beans1What Am I Supposed to Do With all This Zucchini?

One of the reasons I absolutely love having this here blog, is because when I’m in a jam and have tons and tons of zucchini and I reach out to my lovely readers for help coming up with recipes, you always pull though. You did this time too in a big way. So many new, good recipes. That zucchini was put to good use with your help!


Amazing Puggle Dog Eats Blackberries, The Blind Cross Stitcher, and The Case of the Missing Stuffed Animals:

Remember that one time I tried my hand at cross-stitching for a hot second, almost went blind and then gave it up. Yeah. That was fun.

So there you have some of my favorite posts from 2014.

Did I miss your favorite?


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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 48 of 52

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Even 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:

Sugar-Crusted Popovers recipe

Breakfast Ideas 

Vegan Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips – Did you shred and freeze any zucchini from your garden this year?  If so, I totally recommend making a loaf of this yummy bread for breakfasts this week.  {Pin for Later}
Corn Pancakes – Don’t let the ingredients deter you from making these.  They. Are. Delicious.  Sidenote:  frozen corn works great.  {Pin for Later}
Sugar-Crusted Popovers – Welcome the holiday season with these bad-boys and you will be the hit of the house.  {Pin for Later}
Blackberry and Toastesd Pecan Quinoa – Looking for something on the healthy side after your Thanksgiving indulges?  Try this–it’s healthy, without sacrificing flavor.  {Pin for Later}


Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Southwest Chicken Chili - I think you could totally sub in leftover turkey for the chicken, for a totally different flavor.  You know, in case the peeps are getting tired of turkey sandwiches?  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Chicken Turkey Pot Pies – Okay, see a theme here?  Use up the Thanksgiving bird without getting bored.  {Pin for Later}
Slow Cooker Meatloaf – It’s time for hearty comfort food.  Meatloaf fits both of those requirements perfectly.  {Pin for Later}
Ham and Cheese Casserole – I love to make this for brinner {breakfast for dinner}, but it also is an amazing meal to wake up to for breakfast.  {Pin for Later}

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

Soups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Ritz Cracker Chicken – This is such an easy weeknight meal, plus it’s always a hit.  {Pin for Later}
Quinoa Pilaf w/Pistachios, Apricots and Mint – This is surprisingly delicious.  The combination of ingredients initially put me off, but I am so glad I took a chance, because it’s now one of my favs.  {Pin for Later}
Layered Chicken Turkey Enchilada – Yet another way to use up the turkey without anyone being the wiser.  {Pin for Later}
Seasoned Oven Roasted Cabbage Wedges – I literally can’t get enough of these.  I love that it costs me pennies {even when it is not gardening season} to serve the whole fam their veggies too.  {Pin for Later}

how to make snow cone syrupCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Zucchini Apple Pie - This apple pie will make you want seconds on veggies :) {Pin for Later}
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas – Don’t be afraid to add a little leftover shredded turkey to these babies.  Incidentally, they make the perfect after school snack.  {Pin for Later}
Raspberry Sorbet - This sorbet works great with frozen berries, and satisfies a sweet tooth perfectly.  {Pin for Later}
Snow Cone Syrup - I know lots of you have snow on the ground now–so whip up some snow cone syrup and embrace the perks of winter.  {Pin for Later}

Meyer Lemon-Ginger Marmalade RecipeCanning Recipe of the Week

Meyer Lemon Marmalade - You should start to see Meyer lemons at Costco over the next few weeks–make sure to save some to make this tasty marmalade.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?


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Ordering Fruit Bushes and Vegetable Seeds for My 2015 Garden

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garden supply seeds tin box

This morning I woke up with one thing on my mind… getting my vegetable seed and fruit bushes ordered for next year. Maybe you think it’s a little to early to be thinking about next years garden, but I don’t because the best deals are NOW. Botanical Interests is offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more through December 23rd, and Raintree Nursery is running their 20% free bonus item deals through the end of the year.

Since I know I’ll start planting seeds in early January {I’m super nerdy like that} I wanted to have everything ordered and ready to go before The Girl comes home for winter break. That way I can enjoy the holiday season without having to stress about my seeds and plants arriving in time, especially since I’ll be starting from total scratch in 2015 {I like to start most of my seeds indoors under grow lights}. The plants and bushes will ship when it’s the appropriate time to plant in my area {I LOVE that!}

future garden pictures

My current property has:

  • Fruit Trees – 0
  • Perennial Fruit {like blueberries, raspberries or strawberries} – 0
  • Perennial Vegetables or Herbs – 0


Starting a garden from scratch might seem like a daunting task, but I’m looking forward to it. Because even though my garden will be much smaller than in recent years, I still plan on making it AWESOME. Ideally, I’d like to create a {much} smaller version of Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello… meaning all the plants will be lined up in neat, OCD, little rows inside a giant rectangle. :) :) :) Which is something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do. And now I can. Just on a much smaller scale.

using stock tanks as garden containers

I’m also really looking forward to turning our back patio into a massive container garden as well. Once this remodel is over, I’ll be able to focus more on my yard and future garden projects, but first, I had to get those seeds and bushes ordered!

Here’s what I’ll be growing this year:

heirloom tomatoes tomato jam

Tomatoes I will be growing in my garden next year:

green beans

Beans I’ll be growing in my garden next year:

sugar snap peas

Peas I plan to grow next year:

homegrown organic beets

Beets, Turnips and Parsnips I will be growing in my garden next year:

heirloom carrots

Carrots I will be growing in my garden next year:

black beauty zucchini

Cucumbers, and zucchini I will be growing in my garden next year:

oak leaf lettuce pictures

Lettuce varieties I will be growing in my garden next year:


Onions, Artichokes, Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower seeds I plan to sow next year:

italian kale plant

Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach and Bok Choy seeds I plan to sow next year:


Herbs I will be growing in my garden next year:

mini pumpkin

Squash varieties I will be growing in my garden next year:

raintree nursery

Fruit Bushes and Plants I will be growing next year:

Rhubarb, Purple Onion Bulbs and Horseradish will be purchased from the feed store once they become available. And fruit trees will be picked up in the spring.

Did I miss anything?


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