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).

beets

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.
Cheers,
~ Lisa

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My Goals for This Year – Week 2 of 52

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clean closet

1. Get Organized.

What a difference a day makes. Even though I don’t like the closet set up in our master bedroom, It’s clean. And I plan to keep it that way until it gets remodeled this spring. Do you think it’s weird I like how empty the shelves are? I wonder if they’ll start to make me a little crazy and I’ll feel the need to put something on them. Hmmm.

iphone stopwatch

2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year.

The battery in my pedometer died so I’ve been tracking how long I walk on my phone. I’m pretty sure there is some sort of walking app/tracker I could be using but I just haven’t had the time to look into it yet. Does anyone know of a free one I can use on my phone?

3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom.

power room remodel

4. Finish Every Room in Our House.  All I need to do is find a mirror for the powder room and I can cross that room off my list. 

5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself. I am currently working out of the HH’s office and he wants it back {even though all that’s in there is a desk and chair}.

mapping out garden plot

6. Create a Vegetable Garden. 

My goal is to have my 10′ x 45′ plot ready to go by the first week in March. The weather here in Western Washington can be a little wonky in January and March so I’m not sure how much digging I’ll get done. I have plenty of projects on my “to do” list though so I know I’ll stay busy. I still need to trim some more branches, pull more weeds, and most importantly test the soil to see what I need to do to amend the soil that’s in the upper garden.

7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden.

frozen yogurt

8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month.

I haven’t set foot into a frozen yogurt shop since we’ve lived here, but after my 2 mile walk to Costco, the bank and Target this week I was suddenly in the mood for one. Luckily I wandered in on “no weight Wednesday” when the 12 oz cups were all you can fill for $3.80 plus tax {$4.12}. Cake batter frozen yogurt, strawberries and a chocolate covered banana chip. Yumm-O.

red ornament wreaths

I also picked up 2 red ornament wreaths at Target for 90% off {$2 each +tax}. When I first saw them back in November I thought they’d be perfect to hang in my kitchen windows during the holidays but I was not interested in paying $20 a piece for them. So I waited, and hoped I’d be able to snag them when they went on clearance. :)

Total spent so far this month $8.46.  Still have $91.54

thrift store donation

9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store.

I cleaned out our closet and found 1 strainer, 1 giant pack of straws {why did I even buy those?} 1 pair of sandals, 2 hats, 1 book, 1 frame,5 fancy tea napkins, and 17 articles of clothing to donate. Purging feels goooooood.

yes please amy poehler book

10. Read 1 book a week. – My goal is to read 52 books this year

Done. Although I loved Yes Please by Amy Poehler, I was surprised she was a total pot head in her 20′s. It was a great book, super funny and I highly recommend it.

11. Slow Down. – Do one thing for myself each week.

I carved about an hour out this week to spend on rug hooking. It made me happy, but the whole time I was working on my project I thought I should be doing something else. Geez, why can’t I just relax?

cranberry orange marmalade

12. CanningI’d like to open my pantry at the end of the year and have rows and rows of home canned goodness staring back at me.

Good things come to those who wait. If it takes 3 days to make something, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to be keeping most of it. ;) This cranberry orange marmalade was freakin’ fantastic.

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?

~Mavis

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Yesterday I piled up some pillows and a blanket on the coffee table and set it under our front window so Lucy the Puggle Dog could watch everyone as they passed by our house. Wouldn’t you know, she stayed put for a good four hours? :) I think I need to find her a proper padded bench. What a sweet pup.

Have a great day everyone,

♥ Mavis and Lucy

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Cranberry Orange Marmalade

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cranberry orange marmalade

Now I don’t want to scare you off, but this was the most time consuming recipe I have ever made. The process took 3 days. And it was totally worth every spoonful of marmalade it produced. I had intended to give most of it away as Christmas gifts, but it was so good, and it took so long, that I ended up hoarding most of it for ME, ME, ME. Yes, it is that gooooood.

So if you are die hard canner, and you like real marmalade, I highly suggest you break out your canning pots, and whip up a batch of this delicious cranberry orange marmalade while you can still find fresh cranberries in the produce section {although I’m sure frozen would work just fine too}.

oranges

Ingredients {The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook}

3 pounds navel oranges, thinly sliced
2 1/4 pounds cranberries {I used fresh}
4 pounds granulated sugar
4 ounces fresh lemon juice {I used bottled}

sliced oranges

Day 1

Placed sliced oranges in a large, nonreactive sauce pan. Add enough water to cover the oranges 1 inch, cover, and let rest overnight at room temperature on the counter or stove top. {Save yourself some time by slicing oranges with a mandolin slicer if you have one.}

cranberries

Day 2 

Bring the saucepan with the oranges in it to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer the oranges for 30 minutes or until tender. Stir the mixture every 10 minutes or so. Make sure the oranges remain submerged as they cook {you may add a little more water if needed.} Once the fruit is done cooking, set the saucepan aside and cover tightly, and let the mixture sit overnight at room temperature.

To prepare the cranberry juice:

Place cranberries in a large stock pot and add enough water to cover the cranberries with at least one inch of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the cranberry mixture to a simmer and cook covered, for 1 -2 hours or until the cranberry water has thickened into a nice syrup like consistency.

cranberry orange marmalade

Place a colander over a large, nonreactive pan and strain the juice into the pan. {I used a large baking dish for this}. Next, cover the colander and pan with plastic wrap and it let sit overnight at room temperature. Doing this will allow any extra juices drain into pan. {More juice, means more marmalade. Yay!}

Day 3 

Remove the plastic wrap from the colander and pan and toss the cranberries. Strain cranberry juice through a fine mesh sieve, then set the cranberry juice aside.

making cranberry orange marmalade

In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar, lemon juice, cranberry juice, cooked orange slices and their liquid together and mix well.

cranberry orange marmalade recipe

Bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

Pour the mixture into a large nonreactive pot and bring it to a simmer. Cook until the cranberry orange mixture is reduced by half. {This took about 45 minutes for me} When the mixture reads 220 degrees on a thermometer, test to see if it has “set” by spooning a bit onto a cold plate.  If it has formed a bit of a skin and started to give a bit like goopy jell-o, you’re good to go, if not, cook for a bit longer.

cranberry orange marmalade

Ladle the cranberry orange marmalade immediately into prepared jars {I used a combination of Ball and Weck jars} , filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw on bands. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. {Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.} Cover; bring water to gentle boil and process 10 min.

Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary}. Yields {8} 1/2 pints.

If using Weck Jars find directions HERE.

cranberry orange marmalade

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January Home Maintenance and Garden Chores

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January Home Maintenance and Garden Chores

January, for most, is kind of a downer when it comes to gardening.  The only bright spot is that you can spend the short gray days planning away for your upcoming garden.  Most seed catalogs will start showing up in the mailbox, as therapy, lay them out and roll in them.  It totally helps the winter blues, I promise.

I’m lucky, in that the weather is mild, and I can still get outside.  My big garden project for the month is to dig out the 10′ x 45′ section of grass in the upper lawn to make way for my new mini Monticello vegetable garden.  I’d also like to create a garden map as well so I’ll know where to plant everything when the time comes.

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Seeds to start indoors in January

For milder climates, you can start artichokes, leeks, onions indoors for an early spring crop. I also started a tray of sage under grow lights as well. Starting them now will free up the grow light for next month when you can plant a few more items.

Seeds to start outdoors in January 

None! It’s too cold.

meyer lemon tree fast growing trees

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

My new Meyer lemon tree arrived today so I plan on potting it up and placing it on on covered porch. Planting a lemon tree is super easy, if you are interested, go HERE to find out how.  This is the perfect way to get a fruit tree if all you have is patio space, as they totally do not mind being in a pot.

blueberry clusters

Plants/ Bulbs/ Trees I Plan to Purchase this Month

I’ve been toying with the idea of planting a row of blueberry bushes alongside the house/road.  I like to order from Raintree nursery.  The key with blueberry bushes is to give them pretty acidic soil {throw some pine needles in the hole before you plant them up} AND to plant more than one.  Really, your best bet is to plant a few of different varieties.  They seem to pollinate better that way.

Vegetables to Harvest this Month

None. :(  Unless you count grabbing a jar from the pantry from food you put up last season.

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Houseplants and Indoor Bulbs Maintenance

I’m thinking about getting an orchid this year.  They are so elegant looking, and really don’t require a ton of care.  January is also a great time to force bulbs indoors, so that you will have flowers ready in early, early spring.  I forced some daffodils a couple of years ago, and it made my whole house more cheerful.

trimming boxwood hedge

Basic Yard Maintenance 

Depending on your location, there may not be a ton you can do this month.  I’ll be trimming the boxwood hedge, pruning more trees so the grass will be able to grow in the spring, and prepping the yard for garden space. Oh, and trying not to chop off a limb with my new reciprocating saw. January is a good month to prune fruit trees, if you have them.  If you can’t get outside, just consider this your month off.

Home Maintenance Outside 

Take down the Christmas lights. Seal any drafts that are now super noticeable with the chilly air. Shovel walks and drives.  Stand on your front porch and try to peer into the neighbors windows. ;)

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Home Maintenance Inside

January is the perfect time to de-clutter the house.  Delve in and get it done so that you can free up the later months for fun things, like digging in the dirt.  Replace the filter in your furnace, as it has been probably working overtime since November.  Tackle any of those projects that are too tedious to do when it’s nice outside, like cleaning the blinds, the plant shelves, or the vacuuming out the return vent.

Most of my advice is geared around the Northwest, but you can find your garden zone HERE and tweak my suggestions as necessary.

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Dig for Your Dinner – Growing Leeks from Seed

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growing leeks from seed

Leeks are one of those things the average gardener doesn’t take the time to grow, but seriously, they are a delicious addition to a stir-fry.  Leeks are a relative to the onion, but they do not produce an edible bulb.  They are much, much milder tasting–so I think they are a little more kid friendly.  In case I haven’t sold you on the meager leek, let me throw these awesome tidbits out:  leeks are low in calories, are packed with anti-oxiants, they are a great source of folic acid, and vitamin A.  Basically, you’re doing yourself a big fat favor by integrating them into your life.

transplanting leeks
How to Grow Leeks:

Here’s the deal, it really is a bit easier to buy leek starts from your local nursery.  Leeks, like onions, can be a little trickier and more time consuming to start from seeds {time consuming, mostly}.  It is IMMENSELY  gratifying to start them from seed, though, so if you have the time, space, and energy go for it.  Leeks prefer well-drained soil, so make sure to mix a little perlite into the soil if drainage is an issue.  If you are starting them from seed, you’ll want to start them indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost.  Once you get the plants established, they are super hardy little buggers.  Plant 4 or so seeds about 1/2″ deep.  Thin to one plant per pot when plants are about 1″ tall.  When you transplant them outside, plan on a 12″ row spacing.

leeks

When are Leeks Ready to Harvest?

Leeks are ready when the stem is about 1″ in diameter.  1″ diameter seems to yield the best overall flavor.  To harvest them, just loosen the soil around the base of the plant, and lift them out of the ground.

Which Leek Varieties to grow?

My Favorite Recipe with Leeks:

My favorite recipe is actually from Mama’s Minutia, and it is DELISH.   It’s called Giant Sausage and Leek Quiche–I think pretty much any recipe that leads with “giant” is the start of something wonderful.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest Region and are unsure what seeds you should be starting right now, or when your transplants should be set out in the garden, this regional planting guide should help you out.

Don’t live in the Pacific Northwest? Find your regional planting guide HERE.

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Get Organized : 10 Ways to Cut Closet Clutter

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messy closet

Yes, our closet at the new house has a ton of storage space, but I hate it.  Everything from the bad lighting to the discolored white melamine shelving that doesn’t line up correctly to the IKEA wardrobe closet with waaaaay to many drawers. We are planning on remodeling our terribly outdated master bathroom this spring and have decided to remodel the closet at that time as well. Not because we are clothes horses, but because we just want a simple, more organized look.

junk in closet

We moved into our new house about 100 days ago and have since crammed everything from extra dishes, to tool sets into the space. There is something to be said about visual clutter leading to mental clutter, and since I’ve declared 2015 the year of simplicity, the visual clutter has got to go!

cleaning out closet

I have decided to prep for the upcoming changes by clearing out all clutter from our closet this week {meaning everything but CLOTHING}. Because HELLO, it’s a total mess in there. That way, when the remodel is complete, all I have to do is place everything in it, easy pleasy.

If you are looking to simplify, here’s some tips to get your closet in line with your thinking:

  1. First off, minimalism.  I am sure if you are honest, you wear the same 30 or so items over and over.  Why even bother keeping the rest?  It’s taking up room.  Get rid of it.  Don’t look at it as getting rid of perfectly good items, if you aren’t wearing it, they are doing you any good.  Give it to someone who can put it to perfectly good use.  I own maybe 35 articles of clothing…maybe.  It feels like plenty.  I totally get everyone’s “plenty” is different, so decide on yours.
  2. Ask yourself about EACH and EVERY thing in the closet, “Do I like this?  Do I feel confident when I wear it?  Is it flattering?  Is it comfortable?”  If you answer no to any of those questions, throw it in a donation box {or take it to a consignment shop} and move on.black gap t shirts
  3. Choose a color palette, and get rid of the rest.  I know, it seems slightly oppressive at first, but when you have a color palette you adhere to {and one that is flattering to you}, everything in your closet can be mixed and matched, creating far more possibilities with less options.  P.S. You don’t have to choose black like I have for years, it just happens to be my preference.
  4. Turn the hangers backwards.  For everything that you put back, place it on the hanging rod backwards.  If in one year, the hanger is still backwards, trust me, you are over it.  Give it up.
  5. For each item in your closet, make sure you can turn it into an outfit.  If you don’t have pants, shoes, etc. to match it, either fix that or get rid of it.  {I would opt to get rid of it, but that’s just me}.
  6. Keep a handful of in-style accessories instead of excess clothing.  They can update a wardrobe, make it more formal or put together, etc. and take up almost no space at all.  Best of all, they are inexpensive {usually} so you won’t feel bad donating it after  you’ve worn it for a season or two.
  7. Get real about your shoe situation.  I totally get how they can get out of hand, but consider what you really wear, what is actually quality, and what is comfortable.  You can do the math from there.
  8. Decide on an organization system.  Maybe you want to sort by color, maybe by type {short sleeve, long sleeve, button up, etc.}.  Decide on something that makes sense to you and then make it happen.
  9. Create a one in, one out rule.  This will seriously limit a lot of your troubles.  You’ll know exactly how much you love the new sweater you tried on with this simple rule.  If you are more than happy to let something go in its place, then you probably really love it.  If not, then it might not be as great as you think.
  10. Lounge wear/Comfy clothes.  I am all for comfort, but how many old scrubby pairs of sweats does one person need?  Chances are you are holding onto a lot of stuff because it’s comfortable, even though you wouldn’t be caught dead out of the house in it.  If so, evaluate how many pieces you need to get you through each week until laundry day, and then get rid of the rest.

How about YOU, how do you keep closet clutter at bay?

~Mavis

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Word of the Day: Remunerate Definition: To pay service, reward, recompense.  Used in a sentence: They did not fail to remunerate him generously for his work.

lucy the puggle dog

Lucy the Puggle Dog stayed in bed until 10 am yesterday, what a life! It’s suppose to be around 50 degrees here in Western Washington today so I’m hoping to get a few garden chores done, we’ll see. If you are on the east coast, BUNDLE UP! I hear it’s downright chilly there this morning.

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis & Lucy

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Get the Scott Extra Soft Double Roll Tissue, 9 Count (Pack of 4) for just $14.65 shipped when you clip the $1.00 off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
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Amazon also has the Haribo Gold-Bears Minis, 72-Count bin on sale for $9.77 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. These are great to pack in lunch boxes!

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Target.com has Men’s Merona Plaid Sleep Pants on sale for $4.54 right now… But it gets even better. When you use coupon code EXTRA10 at checkout you’ll save an additional 10% off. Wahoo! If you have a Target Red card these will ship for FREE or you can order online and chose to pick them up at your local store for free. Small – XX Large is available.

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How many of you have bathroom cupboards that you are scared to have guests open because the treasures they might find in there are plenty and crusty and old? Come on. Raise your hands! In an effort to get your new year off to a clean start, check out this post on How to Organize Your Bathroom. Find more helpful organization tips on my Organization Pinterest Board. 

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Do your kiddos wear uniforms? Today only, get 50% off uniform styles with code STOCKUP at Gymboree.com

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Amazon has the Pink Heart Chiffon Scarf on available for just $2.46 shipped. What a fun idea for Valentine’s Day!

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6pm has the Women’s Saucony Ignition 4 Running Shoe on sale for just $28.99 shipped. My last 3 sets of running/walking shoes have been Saucony and I just ordered this pair for my marathon training. Yee-Haw!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine or Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 1/8/14 at midnight EST.

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Have a birthday coming up? Check out these easy directions for How to Make a Boxed Cake Mix Taste Homemade.  It’s great in a pinch. Get the directions HERE or Pin it for Later.

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day - REI Therum Down Jacket $63.73 shipped {was $129}

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Looking for a cool book to read this fall? Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living shows how making things from scratch and growing at least some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.

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A few deals on bike accessories:

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Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

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Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

Remember the 20 pounds of grapefruit I bought from my neighbor boy  a few weeks ago? Well out of all the grapefruit recipes I’ve experimented with lately, this one takes the cake {no pun intended!}. This grapefruit yogurt cake was sweet with a little kick, which equaled dessert perfection. Or should equal dessert perfection, but I maybe had some {ahem, a lot} for breakfast. So it also equals breakfast perfection I guess you could say!

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Ingredients

3/4 cup plain yogurt {can use Greek or regular}
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1 grapefruit
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup canola oil

Grapefruit Syrup
1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 tablespoon granulated sugar

Grapefruit Glaze
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan and set pan aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the grapefruit zest and the sugar, add the yogurt and mix until well incorporated. Whisk in the eggs until smooth, and then add in the vanilla and stir again. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; mix just until combined. Add the oil and mix until oil is fully incorporated.

Pour the batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for 25, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for about 20 minutes before removing from the pan.

Meanwhile, make the syrup and glaze. For the syrup, heat the grapefruit juice and sugar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, whisking frequently.

For the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar and grapefruit juice together in a medium bowl. Add more juice for a runny consistency.

Poke small holes in the cake with a toothpick. Spoon the syrup over the cake and let the cake cool to room temperature. Drizzle glaze over top of the cake and enjoy.

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

 

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Fighting the Battle of Post Holiday Bulge – How to Stretch Your Jeans

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how to stretch your jeans

If all of the awesome Christmas baking you did this year is, well, um…causing your jeans to feel a little snug, there’s no need to run out and buy new.  With pretty minimal effort, you can stretch them. The best part is that no one needs to know, it will be our little secret.  No need to explain new jeans away, and best of all, you can put away the Crisco, because you’ll be able to slide right into your pants without its help :) .

In the interest of being a good sharer, I should probably disclose that I originally planned to use these jean stretching tactics if I couldn’t reach my goal of fitting into my jeans from 8 years ago {one of 2014′s goals}.  Luckily, I found the It Works Ultimate Body Applicator {a weight loss body wrap that I did twice} AND I put in a little sweat equity in our remodel after the move, and the muffin top shrunk a bit.  Still, who knows if it will stay off, so I may resort to this anyway.

  1. Okay, this is going to seem kind of ridiculous, but it’s phase one of project make your pants fit.  Lightly spray your jeans with watered down fabric softener.  Then squeeze into them as best you can and start working off those holiday lbs.  Do lunges, stretches, squats, etc.  The fabric softener will weaken the fibers a bit, while you move, the jeans will stretch.  And hey, if you get in a little workout in the process consider an added bonus.
  2. For a little more aggressive tactic, draw a warm bath, get the jeans on, and slip into the tub.  The warm water will help the jeans relax, and your form in them will help the fibers to know exactly what form to take.  P.S. Sliding out of the jeans after they are all wet from the bath will be miserable and messy.  Remember to hang them to dry.
  3. If the first two methods don’t work, you may have to get serious and purchase a waist band stretcher.  It will cost about the same as a pair of reasonably priced jeans, but if you have several pairs to stretch, it will pay off in the long run.
  4. And last but not least, you can always loop a stretchy ponytail holder between the button and the hole. {I did this when I was pregnant} This won’t stretch your jeans, but at least you’ll still be able to wear them. You’ll just want to make sure your zipper is in good shape and won’t slide down. Because HELLO, how embarrassing would that be? Eeeek!

Look at this whole process as “stretching” your dollar, not your jeans.  And, here’s to the possibility of elastic-waisted pants becoming all the rage this upcoming year. :)

~Mavis

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