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Hello Wednesday! Yesterday the HH, Monkey Boy and The Girl all had the day off so we headed up north and visited with my parents for a few hours and had lunch. It was nice to see them and get our of the house for awhile. Lucy stayed home by herself like a big girl for 5 whole hours. When we got home she was still on the couch napping. Ha! What a sweet dog. 😉

I hope you have a wonderful day,

Mavis

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Roasted Corn Salad with Blueberries, Jicama & Avocado

Roasted Corn Salad with Blueberries, Jicama and Avocado

Roasted Corn Salad with Blueberries, Jicama and Avocado

Through the years, I’ve tried a lot of sweet/savory salads. I’ve had the pear and goat cheese salad, the strawberry with balsamic salad, the apple walnut salad. But this combination of blueberries, corn and avocado through me for a loop. Blueberries with avocado? Blueberries with roasted corn? Blueberries with lime? I wasn’t sure what to make of it, so out of sheer curiosity, I made it. Holy cats, I’m glad I did.

It was out of this world good. It might be a strange combo of flavors, but they somehow mesh so well together and the result is a party in your mouth!

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups corn kernels
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 cups shredded romaine
1/4 cup blueberries
1 cup jicama cubes
1 ripe avocado, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt

Roasted Corn Salad with Blueberries, Jicama and AvocadoDirections

Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss corn with olive oil and spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper {or use a silpat}. Roast corn for about 30 minutes, stirring corn once with about 10 minutes of cook time remaining. About half the kernels should be a deep brown color. Let cool slightly.

While the corn is roasting, toss romaine, blueberries, jicama, avocado, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined. Add corn and toss to coat. Enjoy!

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Transplanting Strawberry Runners

pictures of strawberry runnersNow that I am basically starting from ground zero on my garden, I am being super diligent about getting the most out of everything I’ve planted. The strawberries that I planted this spring are starting to send off runners, and I plan to make the most out of every one of them. I am pulling up each runner and replanting them on their own. Not only does it increase the size of my strawberry patch, it’s actually healthier for the main plant–it isn’t providing nutrients to extra leaves, when it should be using them for fruit.

I have always been kind of obsessed with planting all of my runners {even if it means supplying neighbors with their own strawberry patch}, so rather than re-invent the wheel, I thought I’d go through one of my previous how-to’s for transplanting strawberry runners:

If you have never replanted strawberry runners before, it’s simple.

First, find where the runner has laid down roots.  Basically, just gently lift the plant up until you see where it is connected to the ground {how’s that for putting it simply?}

Carefully lift up the strawberry runner,  leaving the roots intact.  I use a garden spade to loosen the soil around the root and lift it out of the ground.  You will be keeping the runner attached to the “mother” plant for now–that sounds like a space ship scenario.

Place the roots in a 3 inch container and cover with moist potting soil.

Leave potted runners where they are for about 6-8 weeks, watering as needed.  When the roots are well established, snip the runner about 6″ from the “vine” and move to the desired planting area.  Remove from the pot, plant new strawberry plants and cover lightly with straw or leaf litter until spring, to protect the new strawberry plants.

The following spring your new strawberry plants should emerge and you’ll be able to enjoy strawberry desserts all summer long.  Wahooo… Three cheers for fresh strawberries that actually TASTE like strawberries.

~Mavis

P.S. Did you know you can actually BUY strawberry seeds?  Has anyone ever grown strawberries from seed before?  I haven’t, but I’m curious about it.

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10 Tips and Tricks for Planting a Fall Garden

10 Tips and Tricks for Planting a Fall Garden

10 Tips and Tricks for Planting a Fall Garden
In just a few weeks, summer will be winding down, but it doesn’t mean gardening season has to.  Fall is the perfect time to plant cooler weather crops again before winter sets in, or to over-winter certain crops for an early spring harvest.

I always plan on 3 full gardening phases.  Early spring, summer and fall.  It allows me to get the most out of my space.  Maybe you missed the spring/summer garden, but really want to jump in before next year?  No matter what your situation, now is the time to start preparing for a fall garden.

Broccoli RomanescoHere’s a couple of tips to get you started:

  1. Start lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and cauliflower indoors now.  It’s still too hot to get the seeds to germinate {or the plants to thrive for that matter}, so start them indoors in a climate controlled environment.  I use my grow lights, but this time of year, you’ll probably have some luck with a bright window too {so long as they seedlings don’t get too hot.}  Once they are established, you can plant them outdoors, just make sure to water them a little more religiously and plant them a little deeper than you would in the spring to keep their roots from getting too hot.green beans
  2. If you have the space, there is still time to plant cucumbers, summer squash, snap beans, etc. for a late fall harvest.  You can directly sow these ones, as they will germinate even in higher temperatures.turnip
  3. As the weather starts to cool down–say September-ish or 10-12 weeks before your average 1st frost, you can direct sow Arugula, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, turnips, spinach, parsnips, mustard, Asian greens and radishes.  The turnips and parsnips may end up having to over-winter, but if you mulch them well with a thick top layer of straw, you should be able to dig them up as soon as the soil is workable in the late winter/early spring.spinach
  4. I plant spinach successively until the weather all but stops its growth.  Around these parts, that means spinach clear through November.winter carrots harvest
  5. In late summer/early fall, plant another round of carrots.  You can mulch them well and over-winter them for an early March harvest.
  6. As you harvest or remove spring/summer plants, keep crop rotation principles in mind for planting your fall garden.  For example, fall beans and peas would go nicely in a place might need a little nitrogen boost in the soil–as they both fix nitrogen to the soil.oregano container herb garden
  7. Consider starting a counter-top herb garden indoors right now.  You’ll likely have good light with the long daylight hours and the seedlings will be thriving by the time the days shorten.kale
  8. Lots of veggies get better after the first frost:  carrots, spinach, kale, leeks, etc. can survive several frosts before they will peter out–if they ever do.hoop house directions pictures
  9. Extend the length of your fall gardening season by building a hoop house or covering your plants to protect them from any early frosts.
  10. Look for seeds that yield quick to mature plants.  Packets that say 30-60 days are ideal for a fall garden.

Will YOU be planting a fall garden?  What will you plant?

~Mavis

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Have you hugged your human today? Be sure and give them a smooch and tell them how much you LOVE them. Life is too short not to.

Have a wonderful day,

 Lucy

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Zaycon Fresh is now taking orders for their upcoming events. Below are their offerings and prices in my area.Go HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

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  • Fresh Ground Beef, Lean {93/7} – 40 lbs $3.99/lb | $159.60/case
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Check out the post on how we process so much Zaycon meat at one time.

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 31 of 52

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple RecipesIf you are headed to a potluck and need a new idea, the creamed peas and potatoes dish is a crowd please ALL DAY LONG. That is if you can stop eating it long enough to put it in a serving dish. 😉Almond Joy Granola Recipe

3 Breakfast Ideas

Almond Joy Granola Recipe
– Sprinkle this stuff over some yogurt and you’ve got the breakfast of champions–or at least the breakfast of someone with a big fat smile on their face.  {Pin it for Later}

Quinoa with Raspberries and Oranges – Quinoa is the most versatile food ever–you could serve this for breakfast, lunch or dinner, in my opinion.  {Pin it for Later}

Spinach, Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothie – The Girl is still making us smoothies for breakfast pretty regularly.  I am really going to miss them when she heads back to school.  {Pin it for Later}

DIY Homemade Enchilada Sauce4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Kid Approved Crunchy Fish Sticks – These are a great way to get kids to eat fish.  {Adults too ;)}. {Pin it for Later}

Cheesy Beef Tortilla Casserole – I love this casserole because it tastes even better the second day as leftovers.  {Pin it for Later}
Homemade Enchilada Sauce – After making my own enchilada sauce, it’s incredibly difficult to use the canned stuff.  I like to freeze a big batch of this to use whenever I need it.  {Pin it for Later}

Creamed Peas and Potatoes – I don’t know why I don’t make this more often.  It is a favorite that I forget to put into regular rotation.  {Pin it for Later}

Fresh Raspberry Pie Recipe3 Sweet Treats 

Fresh Raspberry Pie – I have never met a pie I don’t like, but raspberry has to be a favorite.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade Peach Fruit Leather – Fruit leathers are an inexpensive snack that really don’t take that much time to whip up.  They are a great way to use up fruit that is getting too ripe to eat plain too.  {Pin it for Later}

Mint Chocolate Delights – Okay, usually I make these around Christmas time, but I recently discovered that they make amazing ice cream cookie sandwiches.  Do yourself a favor, and make them.  Now.  {Pin it for Later}

Featured Freezer Meal Recipe

Freezer Meal Chicken Broccoli AlfredoChicken Broccoli Alfredo – This is literally one of the easiest freezer meals in my repertoire.  It only has four ingredients and will take you all of about 5 minutes to throw together.  {Pin it for Later}

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Fast and Easy Peach Freezer Jam – Peaches are hitting the stores, so it’s a good time to make up a couple of batches of peach freezer jam.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Find more recipes on One Hundred Dollars a Month as well as on my Pinterest Recipe Boards.

 

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The Zucchini Massacre of 2015

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This morning I went out to trim the zucchini plants growing on the left side of the garden box. Getting around to the back of the raised beds to water my tomato plants has a little tricky lately since the winter squash are growing right behind the tomato plants.

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So much for trimming a few leaves. 😉 I ended up massacring each and everyone of the poor, helpless zucchini plants. zucchini squash

And I don’t even feel bad about it. After all I’ve already made a gazillion loaves of zucchini bread and a year’s supply of zucchini relish. Sure I’ll miss grilled zucchini as a side dish but c’mon people…. tomatoes are just a little higher on the priority list don’t you think? messy garden neds

Now all I need to do is get in there and prune my tomato plants, tie them up and then I can plant another round of green beans and some fall crops like carrots and beets. Once the weather cools down a bit I’ll set out my lettuce and broccoli starts. Maybe even some bok choy.green cherry tomatoes

How are YOUR tomatoes doing? Are you harvesting them yet, or are they stubborn like mine and taking their own sweet time this year?

~Mavis

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How to Host a Dinner Party Without Freaking Out

How to Host a Dinner Party Without Freaking Out

How to Host a Dinner Party Without Freaking Out

Have you ever offered to host dinner for family/friends and then immediately regretted it as soon as you start thinking about the workload? Family and friends, if you are reading this, I am not talking about me.  I have always stayed completely calm and collected at the thought of cooking for tons of people.  Zero regret.  Ha!  Hypothetically, though, hosting a dinner party can be a lot of work.  Once you’ve done it a couple of times, though, you learn exactly how easy it is to screw up/forget something/come in over-budget, and you learn {quickly} how to pull it off without even breaking a sweat.

Here are some things I’ve learned over the years {and countless dinner parties}:

  1. Decide on the atmosphere.  Is it going to be formal {boo!} or casual.  Once you’ve decided the level of formal vs. casual, the rest will start to make sense.  For example, you will have an easier time choosing the menu.  You’ll know if you want to pull out the nice plates or eat off of paper plates.
  2. Consider your guest list when planning your menu.  If the guest list is all adults, you can plan your menu a little fancier or more exotic, but if you are inviting families, it’s best to create a menu that is family friendly.
  3. Decide on a budget first, a menu second.  Everyone might rave about your salmon recipe, but if you are inviting a slew of people, that might not be the most budget friendly option.
  4. Guest list question:  how many people can you reasonably seat and provide a place setting for?  That right there will answer how the question of how many people you can invite.  Ms. Manners would say that 12 people is the maximum dinner party amount–but I bet you money that is because most people have about 12 place settings.
  5. At first, I think it is easiest to pick a theme.  For example:  Italian.  That way, you can easily pick sides, salads, and entrees that go well together.
  6. Beverages.  Booze or no booze?  Alcohol can really drive up the price of a dinner party.  Decide whether or not this is an event where you will be serving alcohol.  If so, I recommend keeping the drink menu simple:  wine and beer.
  7. Get what you can done EARLY.  There isn’t a shelf life on setting the table, so set it the night before.  The hours leading up to a dinner party will be hectic enough.  Set out all of your serving dishes, utensils.  Chill the wine and beer.  If you are serving appetizers, set out the plates, napkins, etc.  The more you can do the night before or morning of, the more put together you will be.
  8. If it is a sit-down feast, make sure to think about the ambiance.  Plan a centerpiece on your table, choose some music to play, hang a beaded curtain and light some incense…whatever floats your boat.
  9. 3 hours before the guests arrive, run your dishwasher and empty it.  Trust me, this will make clean-up soooooo much easier.  You will be able to throw all of the dishes {or place gently, whatever} into the dishwasher at the end of the night and crawl into bed.  It’s the worst when you go to open the dishwasher once the guests have left only to find it nearly full from dinner prep.
  10. Try to plan a menu that consists of some make-ahead dishes that can be easily warmed or re-heated.  Making every aspect of the meal in the hours that lead up to the dinner party can prove tricky–especially if your kitchen isn’t equipped with several ovens and a kitchen staff.
  11. Don’t be afraid to cheat–run down to the bakery {Dear Panera, I’m talking about you} and get fancy bread instead of baking it on your own.  Your guests will still love you, even if you get a little help from your friends {at Panera}.

I know some of you have awesome tips for hosting a dinner party, make sure to share your profound wisdom in the comments for the rest of us!

~Mavis

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