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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Does Public Transportation Lead to Weight Loss?

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picture in london tube station

Every time I travel to major cities {London especially} and ditch the car in favor of public transportation or my own two feet {buses, subways, trains, bikes, walking, etc.}, I always clock tons of steps on my pedometer.  {Like this winter while walking in Paris, I clocked a solid 29,000 steps in just one day.}  Not only do the steps add up, but so does the weight loss.  It always baffles me that I can totally enjoy a pastry {or four} for breakfast, and still lose weight on vacations that require me to walk a bit more.

raspberry pistachio pastry

Apparently, I’m not alone, a recent article on treehugger, cited a study that found that in the UK, people who are “‘commuting by public or active transport modes was significantly and independently predictive of lower BMI for both men and women.’ Men who take transit are about seven pounds lighter; women, about 5.5 pound lighter.”  It’s actually kind of scary to think that we spend that much time in our cars, sitting on our backsides that it equates to a full 5-7 pound difference.  I totally believe it, though.  Travelling on public transport requires you to walk to central locations to get to the transportation, and it rarely drops you off right in the parking lot of your destination.  Driving my car requires me to walk to my garage, and then a couple hundred feet from the parking lot to the building of my destination.

omron pedometer

I personally would LOVE to trade in my car for a solid public transportation system.  I can read, knit, etc. while I commute, I get a little fresh air and exercise, and best of all, I can really cut down on my cussing, because other drivers are not my problem :) .

Have you noticed you lose weight on vacations where you trade in a car for tennis shoes?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Sure Jell Pectin, Magazine Deals, Recipes, Coupons and More

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Do you have any exciting plans for today? It’s our 20th anniversary today and I have no idea what I’m going to do for the HH. I was thinking going to the store and picking up a pot roast {he would love that!} but it’s suppose to be in the 80′s again today. Any suggestions?

Mavis

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Roasted cauliflower is my favorite way to prepare this tasty veggie. Find out How to Grow Cauliflower From Start to Finish. Find more info on how to plant and grow your favorite garden items on my Growing Guide Pinterest Board.

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This Tuna Salad w/Lemon, Cucumbers and Carrots take tuna salad to a whole new level. It’s the bomb dot com.  Find the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Coconut Oil Biscuits

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Coconut Oil BiscuitsI bought a big fat jug of coconut oil awhile ago and I’ve been going crazy using it in recipes ever since. But this recipe, well it takes the cake for being so freakin easy the HH could make it. 3 simple ingredients and BAM, you have fluffy, warm biscuits. Did I mention they taste awesome? I wasn’t sure when I bit into my first one, so I downed about 3 more just to be certain. And it’s official. They’re amazing.

coconut oil

Ingredients

2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened not melted {here’s the kind I love!}
3/4 cup milk {can sub coconut milk if preferred}

Coconut Oil Biscuits

Direction

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Using forks, cut the coconut oil into the flour until the mixture is crumbly. Add the milk and stir until a soft dough forms {dough should no longer stick to sides}. Knead the mixture just until combined {do not over-knead}.

coconut oil biscuits

Carefully roll the dough out on a floured surface until it’s about 1/2 an inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits, and transfer to a baking sheet.

Coconut Oil Biscuits

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Serve with butter, jam or just gobble straight from the pan.

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Looking for more ways to use up your coconut oil? Check out these Cool Uses for Coconut Oil

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How Much Do You Spend On School Supplies?

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How Much Do You Spend On School Supplies

For most, school is back in session.  Supplies, shoes, backpacks and clothes have been purchased.

First day jitters are subsiding…and the full impact of the cost of sending your wee ones back to school has set in.  So, the BIG QUESTION is how much did YOU spend on school supplies this year?

I found a pretty cool article that took lists from across the country from 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades and did an online price shopping comparison.  The results were really interesting…and expensive!  According to the article, peeps are spending an average of $60 per student just on school supplies {shoes, backpacks, etc. not included}.  Holy buckets, if you have more than one kid, that could send you straight to the poor house!

The article mentioned that after interviewing teachers, they found a lot of consideration goes into the supply lists.  Teachers {who are typically parents too} know how expensive it can get, and try to keep that in mind when they are building their supply lists.  In addition, they usually spend money out of their own pockets to stock their classrooms.  It’s kind of a conundrum {I really need to use that word more often} because you want your kids and teachers to have what they need throughout the school year, but you also want to still be able to put food on the table for the entire month of September :) .

At the Butterfield household, we totally reuse items.  In fact, we pretty much use them all up before we buy new.  No new scissors, backpacks, pens, etc. until absolutely necessary.  A friend of mine with elementary-aged was recently telling me how much she would like reuse items like colored pencils, pencils, etc., but her kids’ classroom lists specified that everything would be communal.  She really wavered on whether or not it was okay to send in used items, rubber-banded together as her contribution.  In the end, she bought all new off-brand stuff to contribute, and decided to try to put the leftovers from last year to good use at home.  To send her two kids back to school, it cost $128 just for supplies.  Am I cheap, or is that a lot of money?

Soooo, how much did you spend on school supplies this year?  Do you reuse items from previous years?

~Mavis

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How to Host a Potluck Dinner

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How to Host a Potluck Dinner

I love potlucks.  It’s a chance to get together with friends without breaking the bank, your sanity, and still getting to sample what is usually “the best dish” your friends have to offer.  If you’ve only gone to potlucks, and never hosted, here’s the 411 on being the hostess with the mostest:

  1. Set a theme.  This will help to make sure you don’t get hoagie rolls and lunch meat next to a plate of enchiladas.  I like to go with ethnic themes:  Mexican, Italian, etc. but you could also do BBQ or Soups and Subs, for example.
  2. Ask your guest to commit to a course.  For example:  appetizers, sides, entrees, desserts.  That way, you will know if you are “dessert” heavy {which is usually the case} and you can ask them to bring something else.
  3. When you invite guests, make sure to tell them how many people they need to provide for.  If you have invited 20 people, let them know that.  Also, let them know how many people are bringing the course they committed to, because they don’t necessarily need to make enough for 20, for example, if 3 other people are bringing desserts.
  4. Ask guests if they will need oven space, a plug-in {for their crock pot}, or fridge/freezer space.  That way, you can clear them space BEFORE they arrive.  It will limit the chaos.
  5. Be prepared to provide serving utensils.  A lot of times, people bring the dish, but no serving utensils.  I like to have plenty of spatulas, large serving spoons, salad tongs, etc. on hand so that I am prepared.
  6. You are responsible for presentation.  Your guests will bring their dish, but you will need to lay out table cloths, napkins, utensils, cups, etc.  {unless you assigned those items to a guest}.
  7. If you’ve ever hosted a potluck, then you know:  have back-ups ready.  People cancel at the last minute–like, all of the time.  Be prepared to whip something up if you get left short–it’s the hazards of being the hostess.  You can always cuss under your breath as you prepare it, it will make you feel better, I promise.

Happy hostessing/hosting,

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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Free Kindle Books, Printer Paper, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Recipes, Coupons and More

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Happy Tuesday!

I woke up this morning and remembered that tomorrow will be the our 20th wedding anniversary. You know what that means right… I’ll be up all night!

Yep. I guess I’ll have to go out and buy some quart sized zip baggies today. ;)

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Did you know that you actually burn more calories by chewing celery than the celery itself actually contains?! Awesome. Find out How to Grow Celery From Start to Finish. Find more info on how to plant and grow your favorite garden items on my Growing Guide Pinterest Board.

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Want to grow lettuce and other small vegetables  on your patio this fall? Check out the Adams Manufacturing 36-Inch Garden Planter. It’s perfect for entryways and decks! Amazon has it on sale right now for just $29 and you can get it in green or white at this price.

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Sun Dried Tomatoes are so totally awesome and a genius way to use up that bumper tomato crop.  Find the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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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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Mavis Mail – Melissa From Maryland Sends in Her Chicken Coop Pics

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image080A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

Dear Mavis,

I wanted to share with you some pictures of the new coop that my wonderful husband built for our girls. We are fledgling suburban homesteaders who are blessed to live in a small town in Maryland that desires to stick to its agricultural roots. We are allowed to keep livestock within the town limits as long as they have enough land, proper housing and are well kept.

We got our first flock of 4 chickens almost 4 years ago and fell in love. We lost 2 due to illness and cold weather over the past couple of years and decided to add 5 more this year. Our original coop had been damaged when a tree branch fell on it and was not big enough for the new flock anyway. So my husband set out on a quest to build us an awesome coop. He did a fantastic job and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out! He found an old play house at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore that he decided to re-purpose for the girls.

1This is what it looked like on the truck the day we brought it home. It was missing some parts and some parts were not attached correctly. He found a spot for it in the garden and built a platform to anchor it down.

2He removed the countertop and play sink and added bracing and roosts. He also filled in some of the spaces to make it more air tight lower in the coop. He water proofed the inside, cut a hole in the side for the door and built the nesting box out of the side opening. He also painted the roof with waterproof paint and attached the gable correctly. Re-stained the outside and painted the platform and nest box on the outside.

image042He purchased an automatic door opener but we could not find a piece of metal thick enough for the door so he used epoxy to laminate several thin layers of metal together to get the thickness we needed.  Since the door was intended to up and close vertically and we needed it to work horizontally, he rigged up a counter weight with a water bottle to allow it to open and close correctly.

He attached and stained the front door, put hardware fabric on the windows and ventilation opening at the top and trim around the side door stained. The north facing windows have plate glass on the outside of the hardware cloth to protect from the rain and wind that we usually get from that direction.

image038You can see the old coop in the background and my garden (which needed a lot of attention when this was taken). We re-used the run for the new coop.

image044The ramp to the inside and the addition that was built to tie the coop in with the old run.

image050The poop hammocks that I made from canvas I purchased at the Goodwill.

image068Move in day! Everyone having fun and enjoying their new home!

Thanks for letting me share and thanks for a great blog!

Melissa

What an awesome coop, Melissa!! I bet your girls LOVE it! Way to re-purpose that playhouse.

~Mavis

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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