Harvesting Beets, Turnips and Carrots from My East Coast Garden

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growing root crops in late fall

I was lucky and was able to score a free flight to the east coast this weekend {with my credit card points} so I took it , and boy was I pleasantly surprised when I checked the progress of my east coast garden I planted in last August.growing garlic in november

Garlic! It’s up and about 6 inches tall. Wahoooo! How about that. growing chives in november

I also planted 2 packets of chives seeds as well. I don’t expect to harvest any chives until next summer but it was still pretty exciting to see a full row of them.
growing lettuce in winter

A 12 foot row of lettuce. Pretty nifty if you ask me. There was just enough for a dinner salad.white flower root looks like a parsnip

Okay, does anyone know what this plant is? The roots resemble parsnips and the stem of the plant has a nice velvety feel to it. Even though I didn’t plant this, I’m enjoying the pretty white flowers everywhere. carrots at 60 days 8 weeks

The carrot seeds I planted about 60 days ago are growing like mad as well.growing baby carrots

Right now we just have a bunch of baby carrots, but I suspect in about another month I’ll be able to start harvesting some nice fat ones for roasting. growing turnips in raised garden beds

Turnips! I plan on roasting these too.
growing organic beets

Check out the size of this beet. 60 days seed to harvest. Not too shabby.

winter beets and turnips

I couldn’t resist harvesting a few of the root crops to bring home on the plane with me. If all goes as planned, we should have our oven back by the end of the week and I’ll be able to start cooking real food again. Won’t that be nice. ;)

homegrown organic beetsLife is good.

How is YOUR garden doing?  What have you been harvesting lately?

~Mavis

 

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Baked Pumpkin French Toast

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Baked Pumpkin French ToastPumpkin season is officially here! I’m betting a few of you are inundated with them right now.  Well this recipe is a must bake! If ever there was a recipe that could be crowned the champion of all pumpkin recipes, this would be it. It’s freakin fantastic. Like melt in your mouth, call all your neighbors over for brunch good. I’ve made it twice now, and it was so hard to wait all night the second time, knowing what was awaiting us in the morning!

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Ingredients

6 cups cubed french bread
7 large eggs
2 cups 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice {DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe}
1/2 cup pumpkin puree {Pumpkin Puree Recipe}
4 tablespoons brown sugar to sprinkle on top

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Directions

Generously butter a 9×13 baking dish.  Cut bread into 2″ cubes and toss into the buttered dish. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.  Pour egg mixture over bread.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 350F. Sprinkle brown sugar over french toast mixture and bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve with maple syrup and powered sugar.

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Ask Mavis – All Your Burning Questions Answered

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ask mavisIt’s that time again. You ask, and I pretend to know things and answer your burning questions. It really is so much fun to open my inbox and see the wide variety of questions you guys have. Reminds me that my readers are so diverse and pretty dang awesome. So keep those questions coming and I’ll keep racking my brain for answers. As always, please pipe up if you have any input or are knowledgeable when it comes to any of the following questions:

quinceHi Mavis, My neighbor just brought over a small box full of quince for me to use. Do you have any quince recipes? I’ve never even seen a quince before. I was thinking of making cobbler out of them. What do you think?

~ Suzanne

Quince are tricky, because they have such a distinct flavor. While they look kind of similar to a pear, they certainly don’t taste like one. They are pretty tart raw, so to make them edible, they need to be cooked. They are often used in jams and jellies and as an additive to other dishes. The word marmalade actually comes from the Portuguese word for quince, because a marmalade was originally just a quince jam. Who knew, right? So they would make a good addition to an apple cobbler, but probably wouldn’t taste that great alone in that recipe. Anyone out there have a great quince recipe for Suzanne?

ebates-logoI haven’t used Amazon Prime or Ebates yet, but am wondering if a person has a Prime membership, can they still use Ebates in conjunction with the membership when they make their purchases? If the purchases on Amazon are paid for with gift cards, does Ebates still count that as a qualifying purchase? Also, can coupons from newspapers and online, such as for groceries, be used on Amazon? Or do the coupons have to be from Amazon only? Thank you so much for your site, it has been so helpful to me in the last several months!

~Michelle

Lets’ start with Ebates. Ebates is so awesome because simply by signing up and clicking on Amazon through Ebates, you earn cash back while shopping. Once you click over, you can use Amazon any which way you choose. That means you will get Ebates credit for every purchase you make on Amazon. You can still use your Prime benefits and pay any which way you choose, ie. gift cards, etc.  Pretty awesome, right?

As far as coupons on Amazon are concerned, you can only use Amazon Coupons. But their coupons tend to be amazing, so it all works out in the end!

Chewy Chocolately Nutella BrowniesMavis, I have to ask: are these baking and cooking posts ones you prepared before the move? I know you don’t have a full kitchen yet so that’s what I assume you’ve done.

~Athena

They are. Sometimes I go on baking frenzies, but I can’t post 12 muffin recipes in one day. So I schedule them out. These recipes lately have been particularly hard to read, because they remind me how much I miss my stove! I keep reminding myself I’ll have one again soon, and will be able to bake up new recipes in no time.

backyard chickensWill you please tell us the story of whatever happened to your chickens? I’m guessing that in the sale of your house they had to go away. It seems that they were a close part of your family and had to be a hard thing. Will they be returning to your new home?

~ Nicole

Our new neighborhood does not allow chickens, so we gave all of them, 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.” I miss them, but it helps knowing they are going to a good home and most importantly, they will be loved.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 11/1/2014

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mavis butterfield instagramMavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share some random goodness

Pruning Rhododendrons

Garden Updates

Guest Bathroom Remodel oak cabinets

Remodeling Updates

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Recipes

lucy the puggle dog football

Mornings with Mavis 

10 Things to Do in salt lake city

Tips and Tricks

green-hunter-boots giveaway

Giveaways 

Planned Community

Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

Top 10 Kid Friendly Halloween Movies

Videos

Friday Night at the Movies – Top 10 {Kid Friendly} Halloween Movies

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Grow Some Privacy: Plant Some Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

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arborvitae-privacy-hedgeWho needs to put up an expensive fence when you can grow one for much less? Plus, trees and shrubs that give you great privacy also make for some awesome looking landscaping. That’s what I’m talking about in this week’s eHow installation: Need a Little Privacy? Plant Evergreen Trees and Shrubs.

For the past month or so I’ve been dreaming about privacy hedges and trees morning, noon and night. I know, it’s kind of weird, huh? The things is, we’ve always had a fence. But the house we just bought a few weeks ago doesn’t have one, and to be completely honest, I don’t think it would look good with one.

So that puts me in sort of a pickle.

I like privacy — a lot. But planting rows of privacy trees or shrubs around the perimeter of our property is going to be a big investment, so I want to get it right…the first time.

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Top 10 {Kid Friendly} Halloween Movies

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Top 10 Kid Friendly Halloween MoviesIn honor of Halloween, go raid your kids candy stashes, curl up on the couch and pop in a classic Halloween flick. There are probably hundreds of slash-em-up Halloween movies filled with gore and terror. Those are so not for me. There are so many Freddy-free Halloween movies out there. Here are my top 10 favorites:

great pumpkin charlie brown1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Is there a better Halloween movie out there? I think not. This is such a classic that I have to watch it every single Halloween. It’s a tradition I’m not giving up anytime soon because it’s so adorable!

monsters inc2. Monsters Inc.: Sulley {John Goodman} and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski {Billy Crystal} are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc. in Monstropolis. If that doesn’t “scream” Halloween movie, I’m not sure what does!

casper3. Casper: Ahhh, Casper. Everyone’s favorite friendly ghost. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this one, but I remember loving the war better the good ghosts and the bad ghosts. Plus, Christina Ricci looks practically like a toddler. That’s weird to see!

hocus pocus4. Hocus Pocus: I didn’t rank these in order, but if I had, this would have been right at the top. I know Bette Midler has done some great more serious work, but I think this is my favorite movie of hers. It’s so quirky and fun, I can’t get enough of it. It centers around 3 crazy witches that always leave me laughing.

ET5. E.T.: Anyone else get really weepy when they watch ET now? I don’t remember getting that way growing up, but apparently I’ve gotten all sappy as I’ve aged! I think it goes without saying that this classic deserves a spot on this list. It was wise beyond its years when it was made. Plus, what would we do without the “Et, phone home!” line?

nightmare before christmas6. The Nightmare Before Christmas: It might say Christmas in the title, but trust me, it’s all about Halloween. And it’s Tim Burton at his finest!

monster house7. Monster House: Just a little heads up about this one. I loved it, but it might be a tad scary for little kids. Maybe 8 and up, but it’s been awhile since my kids were that young, so I can’t really remember whether they’d be scared or not at that age. Still, for kids a tad older, it’s so good!

practical magic8.  Practical Magic: I love me some Sandra Bullock. She’s the best. So a Halloween movie with her in it? Sign me up!

beetljuice9.  Beetlejuice: I’ve loved this movie since I was a teen. The movie is dark without being scary and funny without being ridiculous. Great cast plus zany plot equals a great Halloween movie!

bedknobs and broomsticks10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Might not seem like the most obvious choice, but this movie has witches AND spells. Seems pretty Halloweenish to me! Regardless, it’s an awesome movie every kid should watch!

And there you have it. Have I missed any of your favorites? Have you seen any of these? Love them?

PicMonkey Collage

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!

Here’s hoping your Halloween candy hangover isn’t too rough,
~Mavis

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The Stress of Daily Life – It’s a Real Killer

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Stress seems like a given in our modern day lives.  We are totally connected…like, all of the time.

Our phones, laptops, tablets, etc. go with us everywhere.  It seems like there are expectations to be getting something done all of the time.  Sitting at a kids basketball game?  Might as well send out a few emails while you are waiting.  Stuck in traffic {as if that isn’t stressful enough sometimes}, well, better pick up the phone and make some of the calls on your to-do list.  Sound familiar?  Well, it totally does to me…or it used to.  I used to freak out all of the time.  I would cram so much into every second that the stress was starting to take its toll on me physically and mentally.  But, over the past year, I’ve mellowed out quite considerably {I think anyway} because I’ve come to realize that life is not perfect.  Plus, the more I stress, the worse I feel.  It’s just not worth it.

I read an article recently that basically outlined the effects of stress on our bodies.  I’m not talking massive, life-changing stress like death of a loved one, a divorce, job loss, etc.  It’s the daily, low grade stress that we carry around with us that is wrecking our health.  It is chronic, and it is quite literally killing us.  According to the article, stress can cause “increased levels of cortisol…{which} interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, and increase blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease.”  Yikes.

So here’s my thoughts:  You have to take a holistic approach.  We have to start making our own health a priority.  That includes eating right, exercising {the article stated that only 30 minutes a day can drastically reduce stress levels}, getting enough sleep…and of course, managing stress.  I think, in general, people have gotten into the bad habit of associating high stress with success.  If we are stressed, we are doing enough.  But really, we aren’t lazy if we take a few things off our plates.  We aren’t “hippies” if we try to relax a bit, and be a little more laid back about the small stuff.  What we are is managing our health.  And, in the words of Forrest Gump, “that’s all I have to say about that.”

Do you think stress is negatively affecting your health?  What do you do to de-stress?  Did this post stress you out? {Hee hee :) }

~Mavis

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Online Deals, Izze Juice, Origami for Kids,Adorable Pet Tages, Recipes, Coupons and More

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Happy Halloween everyone! May your day be filled with sugary goodness and fun.

Bundle up and stay safe tonight,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 50% Off Select White Sierra Jackets & Vests Starting at $12.09

izzeGet the 24 Pack of Izze Sparkling Juice Variety Pack shipped to your front door for just $13.77 when you use the Amazon subscribe and save option at checkout. I love this stuff!

botanical interests calendar

Now through December 30th, Botanical Interests is offering a Free Desk Calender with any purchase. Botanical Interests has a great selection of seeds for year round gardening and just added 52 new varieties for 2015.

green-hunter-boots giveawayHave you entered the Hunter Boots Giveaway Yet? Someone has to win! Go HERE to enter.

suave extra protection

Get the Twin Pack of Suave Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant for just $2.79/$1/40 each shipped when you choose the Amazon subscribe and save option at checkout.

popular photography

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Popular Photography Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 10/31/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Check out these photo deals:

finger puppets

Amazon has the 10pcs Velvet Animal Style Finger Puppets Set on sale for $3.39 shipped! These would make a great stocking stuffer or package topper.

kidkraft doll house

Get the KidKraft Annabelle Dollhouse with Furniture for just $99 shipped right now on amazon. The KidKraft dollhouse is a classic three-story Victorian house with wide windows on either side for easy viewing of the interior. There’s even a working elevator and stairs. This dollhouse includes 17 pieces of intricate furniture, including a piano, chaise lounge, patio table, canopy bed, and claw-foot tub. It also features heart-shaped latticework, a pink shingled roof, and an ornate chandelier.

origami booksThese Origami Kits for Kids are great for lazy weekends!

michaels-craft-store

Headed to the craft store this weekend? Here are a few printable coupons:

personalized dog tags

Jane has Personalized Pet Tags for just $4.99 each and man oh man are they cute!

Spinach Salad w Bacon Dijon Dressing

Looking for something simple to pack for lunch this week? This Spinach Salad w/ Bacon Dijon Dressing is not only delicious, but great for candy hangovers. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul

You can pre-order Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul for just $7.86 right now! This will ship on November 4, 2014 and if the price drops before now and then you’ll get the lowest price. Wahooo!

Motts-for-Tots coupon

Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Halloween Trivia

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Halloween TriviaReady for a few “scary” facts about Halloween?  Maybe the kiddos that come to the door should have to answer a question before they get candy?  That would make you super popular in the neighborhood, ha!   {At least it would save you money next year on candy.}

However you choose to use them, here’s some cool trivia questions/facts about Halloween:

  1. Halloween, orginially All Hallows Eve originates from a the Pagan holiday that honors the dead.
  2. How much do Americans spend each year on Halloween {on everything from costumes, candy, decor, etc.}?  {$2.5 Billion!}
  3. Jack-o-lanterns come from the Irish.  They originally carved turnips and put small candles or coals inside to ward off evil spirits on All Hallow’s Eve.  They eventually adopted pumpkins after immigrating to the U.S. because they were so much easier to carve.
  4. Who started trick-or-treating?  {The Irish, they would go door to door asking for donations for the feast for All Hallow’s Eve}
  5. What is the fear of Halloween called?  {Samhainophobia}
  6. Why are owls popular symbols of Halloween?  {Because in Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches in disguise} Interesting!
  7. Why are witches associated with Halloween?  {Because witches were thought to meet only 2 times per year, one of them being on Halloween}
  8. What is the record for the most Jack-o-lanterns lit in one place at one time?  {30,128 in Boston, Mass.}
  9. What is the largest pumpkin on record?  {2,032 lbs.}
  10. Did you know there is a $1000 fine for using or selling Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween?

Happy Halloween!

~Mavis

 

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10 Things to Do in Salt Lake City, Utah

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10 Things to Do in salt lake city

I know that when you think vacation, Salt Lake City isn’t the first place that pops to mind, but if you are looking for a really family friendly atmosphere, you may want to give it another look.  Turns out, there are TONS of things to do in Salt Lake.  Everytime I go, I am struck by all of the fun things they have to entertain a family with kids of all ages.

skiing in park city utah

Here’s a couple of suggestions if you find yourself headed that way:

  1. Park City.  It’s just a short drive form SLC, and it is notorious for a reason.  In the winter, you can ski.  In the summer, you can enjoy hikes, local venues, and great food.  If shopping is your thing, they have a pretty big outlet mall.
  2. Temple Square.  LDS or not, Temple Sqaure is beautiful.  It has well-manicured lawns, and if religious history is your thing, you will find plenty of opportunities for it here.  The architecture alone is worth a quick stroll through the grounds.
  3. Cathedral of Madeline.  This is another beautiful church.  Inside, organ music is playing most of the day.
  4. Hogle Zoo.  If you are not from a large city that hosts a zoo, Hogle is a must-see.  They have lots of natural habitat exhibits, elephants, rhinos, giraffes…you know, all the cool animals.
  5. Discovery Gateway.  If you are traveling with younger kids, Discovery Gateway is a HUGE hands-on discovery museum.  You won’t have to worry about them  breaking anything here–everything is meant to be played with.
  6. Sugarhouse Park.  Sugarhouse is the kind of trendy place to live in SLC, and it also boasts a really cool park, with streams, a pond, running trails, and playgrounds.  Time it right, and you might be able to catch a farmer’s market or an outdoor show.
  7. Lagoon.  Okay, so this is actually outside of SLC in Farmington, but it is great amusement park.  It has several roller coasters, and best of all, they let you drag in a cooler to feed and water your kiddos.  On hot days, you can add the water park to your ticket.
  8.  Thanksgiving Point is just a short drive outside of SLC and offers tons of summer concerts and events.  If concerts aren’t your thing, you can just stroll the gardens for free.  They really are impressive.
  9. If you caught some of the World Cup fever recently, you should totally check out a Salt Lake Real game.  It’s their professional soccer team, and the games are rumored to be reaaalllly fun.
  10. Big Cottonwood Canyon.  This is an amazing place to hike, snowshoe, and enjoy family picnics.  The canyon is seriously soooo beautiful anytime of year.

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