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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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. ;)

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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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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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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.

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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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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:

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Breakfast Ideas 

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

freezer meals beef stewSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

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

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

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

Homemade-Granola-Bars1Cookies,  Snacks and Desserts

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

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

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

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Monthly Garden Chores for September

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September garden chores

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

broccoli starts transplants

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach

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What I plan to Harvest This Month

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

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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.

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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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