Friday Night at the Movies – Uncle Buck

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I’m on a John Hughes kick lately.  He seriously puts out what I would call the “classics” of the 80′s and 90′s.  This weekend, I am going to watch Uncle Buck.  In case you haven’t seen it, it’s about a couple who need someone to watch their kids while they head out of town on a family emergency.  The only option is the husband’s less-than-desirable brother:  Uncle Buck.  John Candy is awesome as Uncle Buck–seriously, you will quote this movie for the rest of your life.

I love revisiting my favorite comedies.  What’s your favorite John Hughes movie?  Maybe I’ll add it to my fall line-up.

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Looking for more movies? Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE! Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend, ~Mavis

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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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Seatle Tilth’s FREE Annual Harvest Fair September 6th

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fairCelebrate harvest season at Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair. This annual urban farm festival is hands-on and fun for the entire community with workshops, cooking demonstrations and fun activities for all ages. Eat tasty food, enjoy live music and check out the colorful and delicious produce local farms and gardens are overflowing with.

Now in its 27th year, this family friendly festival is right around the corner: 

Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair
Saturday, September 6 from 10 am-4 pm
Meridian Park {4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle}

Come hang out and press cider from local apples, enjoy fresh, delicious food, nuzzle a goat or chicken, make an herb crown, or even join the parade. Local and organic farm stands will be stocked with fresh produce at the height of harvest season. The Harvest Fair is a great place to stock-up on fresh foods, farm crafts, native and edible plants, garden supplies and sustainable goods. You can also learn tips for canning and cooking, or bring goods to trade and barter.

See the full schedule of activities and the list of participating farmers, vendors and organizations.

Activities include:

  • Workshops
  • Live music
  • Local food trucks and tents
  • Organic farmers market
  • Urban farm demonstration
  • Sustainable vendors
  • Kids parade (noon)
  • Barter (1-3 p.m.)
  • Canning and cooking demonstrations
  • Cider pressing
  • DIY herb crowns
  • Seed swap
  • Raffle
  • Kids crafts in the children’s gardenUrban Livestock Howdy

Volunteers are needed to help make it all happen and volunteering is a fun way to participate. Sign-up to volunteer HERE!

Admission is free but donations are encouraged at the entrances to help cover event costs.

Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. They have been providing hands-on education in organic agriculture for 36 years. They believe that all people deserve access to healthy, nutritious food and that changing the way in which we grow, cook and eat food has the potential to transform people’s lives as well as the communities in which we live.

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Mavis Garden Blog – It’s Time to Clean Out the Greenhouse

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greenhouse tomatoes

I was out in the greenhouse picking tomatoes for some homemade sauce last night when I noticed a few of my tomato plants are on their way out.  :( The leaves are starting to curl and turn brown as if to say “I’m done, please let me die.” growing tomatoes in a greenhouse

The tomato plants in the stock tanks are still hanging in there, but the tomatoes I had growing in pots, well those needed to go.
greenhouse gutters

So I guess you know what that means… It’s time to get the cool weather crops planted! Which is pretty stinkin’ awesome if you ask me because I’ve been missing my dinner salads. My goal is to get my greenhouse gutters planted with some leafy greens, maybe some baby bok choy too.

dragging pot out of a greenhouse

Ahh, to everything there is a season. Right?

How’s it going at your place? Are your tomato plants still hanging in there, or are they done for the season?

~Mavis

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Do You Know What Type of Plants These Are?

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evergreen crawling plant red berries

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time then you know I’m more of a vegetable gardener. Trees, shrubs and flowers are not my strong suit. Sure, I know how to plant them, but when it comes to identifying anything other than a boxwood hedge or anything other than my favorite perennial flowers, I’m pretty much at a loss.

So here’s the problem. The home we bought on the east coast is an older home. Even though it’s not jammed packed with oodles of bushes and trees, the ones that are there, I can’t identify. Or rather, I was hoping YOU could help me identify them so I don’t have to spend endless amounts of time researching. Call me lazy. ;)

So here we go.

Plant #1 {above} It’s some sort of crawling evergreen plant with red berries and there are clumps of it all over the backyard.

purple flowering tree

Plant #2 –> Crape Myrtle!! Wahooo! I LOVE this. 

We’ve got a  20 foot tree along side the house with the most amazing purple flowers. It was pretty much done blooming by the time I snapped this photo but I would sure love to plant another one of these somewhere on the property. The tree has peeling bark.
day lilies

Plant #3

I think these are day lilies but I’m not sure. I mainly want to identify them so I can dig them up and give them away. ;)

barberry plant

Plant #4

I think this one might be a barberry plant but I’m not sure. Whatever it is, I’m not a fan. There are 4 of these right smack dab in front of the house and I want to remove them and plant a nice boxwood hedge in their place.

orange lilies in the garden

Plant #5

The property is littered with mounds of these orange flowers. I think they are day lilies as well and I plan to remove these too. Orange is great for pumpkins and squash, but when it comes to flowers, I’m more of a pink, purple and white kind of girl.
maple leaves

Plant #6

Anyone know what kind of tree this is? I like it.

salvia purple flowers

Plant #7

I think this is a salvia plant. There are several of these sprinkled around the property and I plan up digging them up and grouping them together at some point.

green and white grassPlant #8

Any last but not least, what the heck are these green and white striped grass plants? Does anyone know? I’m curious how tall they’ll get and how long they last. If they don’t get too big then I think I’ll move them and plant them over by the hosta plants alongside the house.

If you know what any of these plants, trees or shrubs are I would love to know.

Thanks in advance for your help,

~ 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

mavis butterfiled

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.

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.

lawn mower

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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Friday Night at the Movies – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Tonight I am going to watch The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  I have wanted to see it since it came out {in 2008, I am only a little late}, but never got around to it.  It is about the son of a German soldier who befriends a little boy on the other side of the fence of a concentration camp.  It is supposed to be excellent, though, with fair warning, it will probably be heart-wrenching.

boy in the striped pajamas

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details 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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Garden Tip – Use Vegetable Cooking Water to Fertilize Plants

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Use Vegetable Cooking Water to Fertilize Plants

I just did this this morning so I thought I would do a little PSA and repost this handy tip! ;)

The next time you boil or steam some vegetables on the stove top, don’t pour the water down the drain.  Once the water has cooled, pour the vegetable water in your garden or planting containers to “fertilize” your plants instead of wasting it.

I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now I think it really helps keep my garden green.

Do you do this too? Please tell me I’m not a total weirdo.

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Thinking Ahead to Thanksgiving

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gardening with raised garden beds

What do you think was the very first thing I did after buying our vacation property on the East Coast?

hauling rocks

I started planting a new vegetable garden of course.

Forget about furniture, the bizarre flooring situation or the bathroom cabinets made for people who stand 5 feet tall, there are things called priorities. And growing food, is one of them.

pile of dirt

I don’t know how I did it, but last week I removed 10 million and 2 buckets of pea gravel from a former play area and hauled in 15 yards of garden soil {a custom blend of 1/3 topsoil, 1/3 compost and 1/3 potting soil}. One wheelbarrow at a time. In 4 days. ALL BY MYSELF.

No teenagers workers bees. Just me.

creating a new garden bed

Holy crap. Let’s just say I didn’t know I was so out of shape. It got so bad that I was popping about 8-10 ibuprofen a day. It’s a good thing I didn’t have an accident or get cut because I probably would have bled to death {ibuprofen and tea are natural blood thinners according to my dentist}.

new garden beds

That drama aside, I’m happy to report I was able to get the enormous and awkwardly shaped  garden box filled.making garden rows

And planted.

botanical interests garden seed packets

With enough vegetables for a proper Thanksgiving feast. Rutabagas, beets, carrots and Swiss chard. I probably should of planted some seed potatoes as well but I haven’t found the local garden center yet. Oh well. I suppose, if I have to, I can buy a sack of spuds like a normal person just this once. ;)

Life is good. {Even if I’m still hobbling}

~Mavis

Have you planted your Thanksgiving garden yet? What are you growing?

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