Zaycon Ground Beef and Smoked Ham Coming Soon

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beef_BI love me some Zaycon 93/7 lean ground beef . It cooks and freezes so well {which is totally important when buying in bulk!}. Now Zaycon is bringing it back this December and including their Applewood Smoked Ham {I’ve had that too, and it is also freakin awesome!}!

Zaycon’s ground beef is just $4.49 per pound and it sells in a 40lb case. Their Carvemaster Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham is just $3.89 per pound and comes two per case, each ham weighing in at 11 lbs. It’s pre-cooked and ready for you to heat n’ serve as part of a delicious holiday meal.

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Sales are open now and you can order Zaycon beef or ham HERE for pickup in December. I’d totally recommend getting on it because they sell out every year!

Find out where the nearest Zaycon event is to you HERE. Trust me you won’t regret it!

Wondering what to do with all that beef?

Cooking-Ground-Beef-in-the-Crock-PotHow to Cook Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

I love having a freezer stocked full of high quality meat! How about you?

~Mavis

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Starting Over: New Home, New Garden, No Stress

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terra-cotta-potsThe thought of starting a garden from scratch can seem daunting to some. That’s what I’m facing at not one, but 2 different houses. When all of this is said and done, I’m going to be a pro! But in this week’s eHow article: Starting a New Garden From Scratch Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming, I’m covering some of the strategies I’m using to keep from feeling overwhelmed by the process.

This past week, our family moved from a house and garden we built ourselves more than eight years ago. Every tree, bush, strip of grass and vegetable seed planted was done with our own hands. The new property we bought is roughly one fourth of the size, but there is still a ton of work ahead of us to the landscaping. Starting over is hard, but with the right mindset, creating a new garden space from scratch can also be a boatload of fun.

Here are a few tips for starting a garden from scratch.

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Boyhood

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I’ve been hearing a lot about the movie Boyhood lately.  It’s claim to fame is that they filmed it over several years–usually the same childhood actor.  While it is a fictional story, using the same actor, it is supposed to be a really touching “coming of age” type movie.  It’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now {which is still cheaper than me and the HH going to the theater}, so I am thinking about checking it out.

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Anyone seen yet?  Is it worth watching?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Hugs and Personal Bubbles

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Personally, I think everyone should live in a personal bubble. I like my space.  18 inches is just about right.  And when people invade my bubble, well, I tend to get a bit hostile.  My shoulders tense, and I kinda feel like giving the intruder a small shove–you know, nothing overly aggressive, just enough to land them on their tails, so that I can run :) .  But… then then again I’ve been know to hug random strangers too.   Which, I totally get, is a contradiction that I have ZERO defense for.

So, when I ran across a pretty funny article on The Washington Post about a case against hugging, I couldn’t help but chuckle.  The author wanted to know when it became socially acceptable to by-pass all the rules of getting to know someone and just leaning in and pressing your body against theirs?  She even wrote letters to all of her potential offenders, explaining her case.  Germs and lack of intimacy were at the top of her list against hugs–she even suggested that studies have shown a fist bump to be the most hygienic greeting {least exchange of germs}.  As a result, from now on, I will only be fist bumping people.  I cannot wait to see the look on the other suburbanite moms’ faces when I fist bump them at the next PTA meeting.  It. Will. Be. My. Finest. Hour.

I agree with the article, hugging it out used to be reserved for intimate occasions.  Now, it seems we hug when we meet, we hug when we leave.   Hug, hug, hug.  What’s a confessed space monger to do?  Guess I am going to have to rethink hugging strangers…at least I will always have the fist bump.

~Mavis

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Monthly Garden Chores for October- East Coast Edition

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This is a guest post written by my buddy Heather from Massachusetts. I thought it would be fun this year to post Monthly Garden Chores from both the West Coast and East Coast.1I never noticed how acutely the temperature changed until this year. Probably because I’ve got so many tomato plants loaded with fruit that I’m anxious to keep. On the upside, we’ve gotten a whole summer’s worth of rain in the last couple of weeks {it seems} so the yards are all spectacularly green and the fall colors that New England is famous for are in full effect.

I’m feeling pretty good about this summer’s garden results and production this year as it was probably my first, truly, successful year. My soil is rock solid and I will once again add manure and leaves to my boxes as they’ve compressed over the summer’s use.  I’ve canned, dried and frozen my produce and herbs to my little heart’s content within the very millisecond of free time I had available after work, kids, sports, meals and life. And finally, the backyard is looking less like a baron square with boxes and more like a sculptured, oasis of flowers, fruits and veggies. Fine, I might be feeling a liiittttle nostalgic with the impending frost we’ll no doubt get this month, but can you blame me? Summer in New England is just beautiful.

Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

Garlic! The garlic is in the ground and with the copious amount of rain we’re getting I’m sure it’s settled in nicely. When the leaves start falling I’ll pile them on and they’ll be cozy until spring. I bought red clover to use as a cover crop but 7 of my 9 boxes are still actively growing so I may wait until early spring.2What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

Does transplanting horse manure into my boxes count? I’ve got three people lined up to hand over massive amounts of bagged leaves in a week or two. I’ll put a good amount of leaves in my garden boxes and save several bags as entertainment for the chickens through the winter. My friend Perry has promised me a trailer-full of composted horse manure for my boxes also. It’s excitement over the trailer-full of manure that surprises me – it’s all in the little things. ;)

The enchineacea I planted last spring is doing pretty well so I moved it to the base of this tree stump hoping it will grow around it next year. It’ll soften the look of the stump and I’m hoping to harvest the flowers next year.3The cold box is … a work in progress. The thing is – everything I build is just “wingin’ it,” and I’m not sure that will work this time so I’m procrastinating until I can figure it out. Luckily I still have a month before I’ll really need to have the lid done. I’ll fill you in on all the juicy details, but for now I’ve got three successive planting in so I’m still in good shape.

4Plants and/or Bulbs I Plan to Purchase this Month

I ordered ginseng seeds last spring and they just came in! The timing is perfect though as they need stratification so planting them in the fall will allow nature to do it’s thing for next spring. Now I have to get to it and cut a border around our deck, enhance the soil a bit, stuff it with leaves, plant my seeds and mulch with leaves again and wait patiently for spring. Patiently… yeah, right.

What I plan to Harvest This Month

I might get a few more weeks left to harvest herbs and the remainder of my tomato lot. I plan to harvest chamomile, tomatoes, Swiss chard, eggplant, carrots, lemon balm, more tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, mint, and oregano. My dehydrator has been busy, busy, busy dehydrating herbs, apples, bananas {oof, super messy}, pineapple, and sunflower seeds.
5Houseplants and Indoor Bulbs

I’ve begun stalking the weather station for their best guesses on frost dates. Along with watching for the frost date, I’ve been watching the “lows.”  When it looks like it will be 30* or below consistently I’ll move my lil’ trooper lemon back inside as well as a few other houseplants that have been living the good life on the deck all summer.

Trees and Shrubs

This is the time of the year to mulch your fragile or newly planted perennials and/or shrubs/trees/bushes. It may seem like going overboard but a little care could pay off come February when we have 4 feet of snow and they are appreciating their canopy of mulch. I’ll mulch my lavender hedge and blueberry plants for sure.

diy chicken tractorWeed and Pest Control

The chickens are doing a bang-up job in this department. There is a newly cleared area behind the garden that I just didn’t get to develop this season, and the chicken’s looove it back there. So, I open the door to their chicken tractor  and they march right in, then I drag it over to the cleared area and they go to town doing what chickens do – scratching and turning up the weeds and their roots as they find prizes to eat.

Lawn Care

Mid-Oct. is your end date for putting your lawn to bed for spring. Aerate {core is better than pine} and seed. Then fertilize. Better yet – pay the teenager to do it for you! ;)

Every trip downstairs to my “loot room” where I store what I’ve canned/dried or frozen from my little garden, in my very little amount of extra time, and I’m feeling pretty proud of myself *insert pat on back*.

What have you accomplished this garden season that you are most proud of? Let us know, we’re always looking for more ideas of ways to get the most out of our gardens!

**These garden chores are based on my Zone 5b Southeast/Boston MA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

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Free Kindle Books, Video Games, Recipes, Candy Coupons and More

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Holy canolies, it’s a little wet out there this morning! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the rain.  BRING IT ON!! ;)

Have a great weekend everyone, stay safe,

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! :)

DIY-Pumpkin-Tap-Drink-Dispenser-This DIY Pumpkin Tap will leave your guest in awe at your Halloween or office party. I mean, how cool is that? Find more cool fall projects on my DIY Pinterest Board. 

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Urban Farm Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 10/10/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System

Amazon has the Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System on sale for $17.97. This machine is convenient and easy to use, this laminator allows you to protect frequently handled documents, preserve artwork, create teaching aids, and more–uses are limited only by your imagination!

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Homemade Oatmeal Cookies are practically a health food, give or take. But they are certainly a staple around our house! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

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Amazon has Impressionist Watercolor Crinkle Scarves on sale for $9.90 and there are 24 colors to choose from. These scarves have awesome reviews and would make a great gift. Go HERE to see all the color available.

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Halloween Lunch Snacks – Peach Pumpkin Faces

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Halloween Lunch Snacks - Peach Pumpkin Faces

When my kids were little, I used to pack their lunches.  Around the holidays, I always tried to include something “fun.”  Now they are older, and would be mortified if I packed them a holiday “treat” in their lunch, so I am going to have to live vicariously through you with these super cute and easy pumpkin face peaches.

Halloween Lunch Snacks - Peach Pumpkin Faces

You’ll Need:

Packs of peaches
Black Sharpie

Halloween Lunch Snacks - Peach Pumpkin Faces

Directions:

Draw faces for  your pumpkin on black  Sharpie.  Throw them into the kiddos lunches and wait for them to come home and tell you that you are pretty much the coolest mom on the planet.

How easy was that?

~Mavis

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The Catacombes – Paris, France

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While in Paris last spring, The Girl and I made sure to stop at The Catacombes.   We ended up getting there about an hour before closing and barely made it in, but let me tell you Bob, I am glad we did.  It was eerily worth it.

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The Catacombes are directly under the streets of Paris, in fact, to this day, they actually limit the structural possibilities above ground.  It’s the reason there aren’t really any tall buildings above the Catacombes–structurally, the ground could not withstand the weight load.

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The Catacombes operated as a tomb in Paris beginning in 1786.  It actually began because the Cemetery of the Innocents had started to cause infection problems for the local citizens {that probably says a little something about the times, don’t you think?}.  The Council of State decided to close the Cemetery of the Innocents and move the remains.  At the time, it was decided that unused quarries {now the Catacombes} would make a suitable home for the remains.

In true French tradition, the moving of the remains began, but only by night and with the escort and blessing of priests.  From 1786-1788, they moved the bones in carts to their new resting place.  The Catacombes also began taking the remains of all the cemeteries in Paris in 1814.

Although many of the royals were reported to have visited the Catacombes to quell their curiosity, it didn’t really become a “tourist” destination until the early 19th century.

catacombes parisEven though the walls of bones were artfully stacked, it still seemed like something out of a horror movie.  It’s almost hard to believe that these were real people once.

But as with so many things in Europe, it’s part of history, and I’m glad we were able to see it.

~Mavis

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Powder Room Remodel Part One

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Powder Room Remodel Part One

So technically, there is nothing really wrong with the downstairs power room {or half bath as some people call it} it just is’t my style. And since we had planned on replacing all the hardwood flooring anyway, I figured all I needed to do was give the room a fresh coat of paint, add a new light fixture, and all would be fine in the universe.Powder Room Remodel Part One

But then we moved in and realized the toilet was way to low {great if you are 5 feet tall, not so great if you actually want to get up off the thing and not need a handrail} and the vanity… well it’s just awkwardly placed. You basically run right into it as soon as you walk in the door. And, the HH hates it. {I don’t love it or hate it}.

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Oh, and the 1980′s ENORMOUS ceramic towel and tp holders. Holy cats!cutting into drywall with a hand saw

Chino hated the layout too. So he cut out the wall and had the Italian plumber who lives with his mother move the pipes down about 2 feet.
Powder Room Remodel

We thought about moving the toilet too but decided it was too much work {and money} but at least this way when you walk in the room you won’t run into the sink anymore.

Powder Room Remodel IdeasSo here’s the game plan:

  • Paint the walls a lighter color
  • Install a new light fixture
  • Install a pedestal sink {oh la la}
  • Install higher toilet {to match sink}
  • New toilet paper and hand towel holders
  • New hardwood flooring

What do you think? Do you have any suggestions on paint color?

~Mavis

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How to Store Summer Clothes

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How to Store Summer Clothes

I woke up this morning and could totally tell that fall was in the air.  My nose was cold {weirdo, I know, but my nose always gets cold first} and it felt like a jeans and long sleeve sort of day.  I decided that since I was going to pull out the winter clothes, I might as well store the summer ones at the same time.  {I like my closet to be full of only the stuff I wear daily, the rest I store up top to eliminate clutter, dust, and wear and tear.}

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Kind of like last spring when I stored all of my winter wear, I always start out by washing everything.  It helps to kill any potential mold or critters that might like to overwinter in my clothes.  I don’t store short sleeve shirts, but I do pack away the tanks and shorts.  I start by folding them, smoothing as I go, so that I don’t have to iron everything come summer.  Then, I put them into the same storage bins that I used for my winter clothes.  {You can also use space saver bags.}  Either way, they are a one time investment.  I toss in a couple of cedar chips, just to deter the critters, and then throw the whole bin on the top shelf of the closet.

Then, all I have are the clothes that I will wear everyday for the next 6 months {eh…that makes it feel like a long winter already}.  When it is time to pull them down, it’s like shopping in my own closet.

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I totally forgot to mention, doing this each season gives me a chance to purge some of those items I didn’t wear all summer.  It’s like a built-in de-cluttering process.  I toss some into the bin to store, and some into a bag to take to the Goodwill.  Everybody wins, I tell ya.

Here’s to sweaters, hot tea, cool days, cold nights, crackling fires, and neat and tidy closets,

Mavis

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