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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.

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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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36 Back to School Breakfast Ideas

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36 Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Those big yellow buses are ready, the crisp new clothes laid out and lunch boxes have been packed. But before you kiss those little cherub cheeks and send your littles out the door, they need a healthy breakfast to start their days. I’ve collected some of my very favorite breakfast recipes for you to choose from. Bring on the school bell!

Gingerbread-Waffles1Pancakes, Crepes and Waffles:

Corn Pancakes – {Pin for Later}
Bacon Pancakes – {Pin for Later}
Best Ever Oatmeal Waffles - {Pin for Later}
Savory Crepes with Ham, Spinach and Egg – {Pin for Later}
Heirloom Carrot Pancakes – {Pin for Later}
Strawberry Syrup – {Pin for Later}
Chocolate Crepes with Bananas – {Pin for Later}

Dutch-Breakfast-Puff-recipeMuffins, Breads, etc.:

Dutch Breakfast Puff – {Pin for Later}
English Muffin Bread – {Pin for Later}
Almond Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti – {Pin for Later}
Homemade Poppy Seed Muffins – {Pin for Later}
Raspberry Buttermilk Muffins – {Pin for Later}
Raisin Bran Muffins - {Pin for Later}
Vanilla Pear Coffee Cake -  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Scones – {Pin for Later}
Traditional Raisin Scones –{Pin for Later}
Rustic Apple Galette – {Pin for Later}
Vegan Zucchini Bread w/Chocolate Chips – {Pin for Later}
Blueberry Scones – {Pin for Later}
Nutella Banana Nut Bread – {Pin for Later}
Rhubarb Walnut Muffins – {Pin for Later}

baked-oatmeal-recipeOatmeal and Granola:

Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries – {Pin for Later}
Granola with Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds and Mango
– {Pin for Later}
Peanut Butter Banana Granola{Pin for Later}
Cranberry Coconut Breakfast Cookies – {Pin for Later}
Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Brown Sugar – {Pin for Later}
Strawberry Almond Granola – {Pin for Later}

Farmers-Breakfast-Skillet-with-Sausage-and-Eggs1Eggs, Potatoes, etc.:

Farmers Breakfast Skillet w/Sausage and Eggs – {Pin for Later}
Fried Potatoes with Peppers and Zucchini 
{Pin for Later}
Mini Quiche with Bacon – {Pin for Later}
Easy Spinach Frittata – {Pin for Later}
spinach-power-smoothie-recipe1Smoothies and Drinks:

Blueberry Banana Smoothie – {Pin for Later}
Spinach Power Smoothie – {Pin for Later}
Blueberry Kale Smoothie – {Pin for Later}
DIY Smoothie Bags – {Pin for Later}
Pina Colada Smoothie –  {Pin for Later}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 33 of 52

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Swimming upstream. That’s what this past week has felt like.

When I rolled out of bed on Sunday morning this is all I could find to wear.

I arrived home late Saturday night after being on the East Coast for 10 days to find hardly any food in our cupboards. Half a loaf of bread, some miscellaneous cans, a couple of boxes of pasta and a few drops of orange juice were all that was staring back at me in the fridge.

I also left my sneakers accidentally behind some 3,000 miles away. And now my only choice in footwear is a pair of garden boots or my favorite pair of brown leather Keen’s that have had the backside chewed out of them thanks to Lucy the Puggle Dog.

Cool beans.

Note to self: Wash all dirty laundry before going on vacation so that when you come home exhausted from 10 days of travelling, you’ll have something decent to wear. Because HELLO, all the clothing you bring home… will be dirty too.

fresh garden vegetables

Hulda’s daughter kept the garden watered while I was away and when I rolled out of bed on Sunday morning I was able to harvest some fresh veggies. Zucchini bats, and heirloom tomatoes. My favorite. ;)

But grocery shopping? Ha! I didn’t get to it.

Hopefully today.

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Thank goodness for local milk delivery!

Ahh the crazy days of summer. I’m going to miss you. {Not!}

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $0
Total Spent This Year $ 1100.23
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 33 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:

Homemade Granola with Blueberries, Cranberries and Ginger

Breakfast Ideas 

Raspberry Buttermilk Muffins – Raspberries are back on.  Time to whip up some muffins.  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Granola with Blueberries, Cranberries and Ginger - If you are still buying granola, seriously, try this recipe out.  Homemade granola is sooooo much better and it’s a heck of a lot easier on the budget.  {Pin for Later}
Italian Brunch Casserole – This casserole microwaves really well, so you have have a yummy breakfast plate all week long.  {Pin for Later}
Bacon Pancakes – Because bacon makes everything better.  {Pin for Later}

how to freeze pestoSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

How to Freeze Pesto - It’s time to preserve all of that delicious basil you’ve been growing.  Whip up a batch of pesto and freeze it for later this year.  {Pin for Later}
Ham and Cheese Casserole - We eat this crock pot meal for dinner all of the time–yes,  it’s a breakfast meal.  No, I don’t care.  Breakfast for dinner is delicious.  {Pin for Later}
Vegetable Soup with Beef – I love this soup.  We are getting married in the fall.  {Pin for Later}
{Pin for Later}

Freezer Meals - Ground Beef Pot PieSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Orzo Salad with Fresh Peas, Carrots and Pine Nuts – This is one of those make ahead sides that you will probably end up munching on all day long and then have nothing left when dinner comes around. {Pin for Later}
Simple Summer Pasta with Roasted Vegetables – Another awesome way to use up zucchini.  {Pin for Later}
Homemade Sloppy Joes – This recipe is a kid favorite.  {Pin for Later}
Ground Beef Pot Pies – Ground beef makes these a completely affordable and delicious freezer meal.  {Pin for Later}

recipe garlic spinach dipCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Homemade Peanut Butter - This stuff is AWESOME.  Serve it with some apple slices, and you’ll have an instant filling snack.  {Pin for Later}
Cheesecake Brownies – It’s cheesecake and brownies.  Combined.  Enough said.  {Pin for Later}
Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos – It doesn’t have to be football season for these bad boys to find their way to your mouth.  I could have a plate of these for lunch–or just a pre-lunch warm-up. :)  {Pin for Later}
The Best Garlic Spinach Dip - I could drink this stuff, but usually I settle for dipping bread cubes into it–like the classy broad that I am.  {Pin for Later}

Heirloom Tomato Sauce RecipeCanning Recipe of the Week

Heirloom Tomato Sauce - This sauce should be renamed:  How to Win Friends and Make Neighbors Envy Your Culinary Prowess.  It’s that good.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Canning 101 – How To Make Zucchini Relish

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If you have never given zucchini relish a try, I want to encourage you to make a batch this summer.  I’ve been using this zucchini relish recipe for years and the funny thing is, you can’t even tell you’re eating zucchini.   It really does taste like regular relish.

We like to use it on hot dogs, hamburger and mixed in with potato salad.  It’s delicious!  Try it, you’ll see.  This recipe yields {4} 1/2 pint jars

Ingredients

2 cups chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped onion {I used Walla Walla Sweets}
1 cup chopped sweet peppers {I used green peppers}
2 tablespoons salt
1 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seed


Directions

Place the chopped zucchini, onions peppers and salt in a large bowl and cover with cold water and let it sit for 2 hours.  Drain liquid, rinse throughly and drain again.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.  Add the zucchini mixture, reduce heat to simmer and cook 10 minutes.

Pack hot relish mixture into 1/2 pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.  Remove air bubbles.  Adjust 2 piece caps, and process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

Carefully remove jars, place on a towel in a draft free area and let cool over night.  Check seals after 24 hours.


If you are looking for a canner, I used the Granite Ware 11-1/2 Quart Covered Preserving Canner with Rack to can my zucchini relish. If you need a tool kit, I use one similar to this one.

Looking  for a great canning book?  I recommend The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market By Linda Ziedrich.  Amazon currently has it on sale for only $11.41

 

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Ahh Friday. I love you. :)

Have a great weekend everyone, and be sure and get a little r&r if you can.

Mavis

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Easy Cheesy Zucchini Rice

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Easy Cheesy Zucchini Rice

Things I loved about this recipe in no particular order:

It was freakin delicious.
It was so simple.
It reminded me of making Rice-a-roni except I can pronounce every last ingredient.
It’s fast.
It’s delicious (wait, did I already mention that?).

This is a great sneaky chef-type recipe. You can insert the healthy stuff without anyone even noticing because it’s so flavorful and yummy!

green zucchini

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup long-grain rice
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
2 small zucchini, finely grated
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Easy Cheesy Zucchini Rice

Directions

In a large skillet, saute rice in olive oil over medium-high heat, frequently stirring the rice until it’s a golden brown. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until rice is tender and almost all the broth is absorbed.

Remove from the heat and add the butter, zucchini, cheddar, and garlic powder. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined. You can always add a dash of milk if you think the rice is too sticky and you want more of a creamy consistency.

Easy Cheesy Zucchini Rice

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 32 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:

apple coffee cakeBreakfast Ideas 

Apple Coffee Cake - Enjoy a lazy Sunday as you flip through the back-to-school ads with this yummy coffee cake.  {Pin for Later}
Hawaiian Egg Bread – I know, it doesn’t really seem breakfast-y, but it is.  I promise.  Slather this fresh out of the oven bread with some butter and jam, or a bit of honey.  It’s heaven, I tell ya.  {Pin for Later}
Strawberry and Nutella Crepes with Bananas – Crepes are really pretty simple, but make breakfast feel like a decadent event.  {Pin for Later}
Sausage and Apple Cheddar Biscuit Bake – This is one of those hardy, stick to your ribs sort of breakfasts that will fill your kitchen with the most amazing smell.  {Pin for Later}

Freezer Meals - Breakfast BurritosSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Slow Cooker Pear and Ginger Applesauce – I could eat this stuff all by itself for lunch–it is delish.  {Pin for Later}
Chili Verde Soup - With peppers on, this soup is a must.  It makes for a great lunch.  {Pin for Later}
Black Bean Taco Soup – This recipe combines my love of my crock pot with my love for freezer meals.  You make it in the crock pot, and then freeze some for later.  {Pin for Later}
Breakfast Burritos – If you have kids headed back to school in the next couple of weeks, you’ll be so happy you made these.  They make the morning rush a breeze.  {Pin for Later}

Savory Garlic and Herb CornSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Strawberry Focaccia with Balsamic Onions – Strawberries will be on soon, this is a great alternative way to use them up.  {Pin for Later}
Savory Garlic and Herb Corn - Corn is on, and if you have kiddos with braces this is a yummy way to still enjoy it.  {Pin for Later}
Maple Soy Chicken Thighs – These are easy and tasty.  A winning combination, if you ask me.  {Pin for Later}
Butternut Squash Pasta – If you grew butternut squash in your garden, you should try this pasta.  It is nutrient packed goodness.  {Pin for Later}

double-chocolate-zucchini-brownie-recipeCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies – When you put zucchini in brownies, it’s basically permission to eat two helpings, several times of day.  It’s basic food pyramid stuff :) {Pin for Later}
Zucchini Hummus – Are you noticing a theme here?  Zucchini is probably taking over your life if you have a garden, so here is another tasty way to use it up.  {Pin for Later}
Lemon Ice Cream – This ice cream tastes exactly like a creamsicle.  It is heaven and your mouth will thank you.  {Pin for Later}
Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate Chips & Peanut Butter Chips – These are sweet and salty in the perfect combination.  They. Are. Awesome. {Pin for Later}

dehydrated-carrots-how-to-dehydrate-carrotsCanning Recipe of the Week

How to Dehydrate Carrots – Ok, so this is not exactly canning, but it is preserving.  If you grew carrots, this is a great way to store them for the produce-scarce months. {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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How to Get Rid of White Powdery Mildew on Squash Leaves

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How to Get Rid of White Powdery Mildew on Squash Leaves

I’ve received a bunch of questions recently from people wanting to know how to get rid of that awful powdery mildew on their squash leaves lately, so I thought I would go ahead and repost this cool trick reader Veronica sent in. 

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After I told you all about the powdery mildew on my pumpkin patch, reader, Veronica, wrote in about her success in getting rid of powdery mildew.  {I would totally try this if my pumpkin patch wasn’t so big, it would take hours to apply!}, but I thought it was an AWESOME tip that I would share in case some of you are dealing with powdery mildew.

Veronica wrote:

My zucchini plants got powdery mildew this year and I got rid of the mildew! As directed by my mother, I combined a tsp of baking soda with a quart of water in a spray bottle; shook it up real good so all the soda dissolved. Then sprayed each infected leaf each morning until the spots when away. My plants are now back to producing (albeit slowly) zucchini. I live in Mukilteo, WA, so it should work for you too, if you want to spray your pumpkin plants each morning. Good luck with that!
That’s awesome that you were able to save your plant, Veronica.  And thanks for sending in the tip!
white powdery mildew leaves
As a sidenote, powdery mildew can overwinter too, so make sure to clean up all the leaves and plant debris out of your beds in the fall.  Also, in the interest of prevention for next year, avoid overhead watering {i.e. sprinkling the leaves} and try making plant spacing less dense to increase air circulation.
Does anyone else have this problem? How did you get rid of the white powdery mildew on your squash leaves?
~Mavis

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