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Word of the Day: Amenities Definition: Qualities of being pleasant, civilities. Used in a sentence: He waits for some loophole which to restore the amenities of good breeding.

lucy the puggle dog

Happy Friday everyone! Lucy the puggle princess is LOVING her fenced backyard and has been spending way to much time outside tanning herself lately. 😉 Darrrrling…. life is fabulous.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Mavis

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Shelly From Iowa Sends in Pictures of Her Container Garden

Shellys Garden Pics

A 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!

~Mavis

Shellys Garden Pics3Hi Mavis,

I am such a huge fan! My family and I live in Iowa and I am always looking for ways to save money for my family and be efficient and resourceful. I’ve attached some pics of my container garden. Shellys Garden Pics2We moved last year from a small house and 6 acres of land, so I used to have a big garden. We moved to a bigger house and much smaller yard. Shellys Garden PicsSo, we got creative and planted our new garden in containers that we built. We took 55 gallon drums, drilled 10-12 one inch drainage holes, laid the bottom with burlap, so the water would drain, but not the dirt. Shellys Garden Pics1It’s exciting to “still play in the dirt” and grow food for my family. We have potatoes, tomatoes, sugar-snap peas, green beans, kohl rabbi, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, and peppers. Its amazing what you can put into these containers!

Shellys Garden Pics4I’ve also included some pics of some flowers that I planted. I found wire baskets at a garage sale, used the moss that was growing on the north side of my house to line the inside of the basket and filled with dirt and planted flowers. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments and it was fun to do!

Shelly

Shellys Garden Pics3If 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.
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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.

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9 Companion Plants to Grow with Your Squash

9 Companion Plants to Grow with Your Squash

9 Companion Plants to Grow with Your Squash
If you are toying with starting a garden and don’t know where to start, squash is where it’s at.  There are quite a few varieties {some that will store nearly all winter}, they offer high yields, and are pretty easy to grow.

Because squash can be susceptible to pests and disease, I typically use companion planting to ward off as much as I can.  Plus, using companion planting to enhance all of their awesomeness is another way to grow organically {and send a message to Mother Nature saying, “Hey, I get it, let’s do it your way.”}

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If you are growing squash this year, here is a list of companion plants to try pairing it with:

  1. Beans.  Beans provide their own nitrogen {and give some back to the soil as well}, so they will leave plenty of nitrogen goodness for squash to grow.
  2. Peas.  Peas do the same as beans, so mix and match or pick whichever you prefer.shucking corn
  3. Corn.  In the dead heat of summer, corn will provide a nice amount of shade for squash.
  4. Marigolds.  Marigolds deter pests.  You can pretty much integrate them into any crop.
  5. Catnip or Tansy.  Both have been shown to reduce squash bugs–which WILL happen, so might as well make it less desirable for them to hang around.botanical interests sunflower seeds
  6. Sunflowers.  Sunflowers do the same thing as corn in that they provide shade for squash plants in the dead of summer.
  7. Mint.  The strong odor of mint will help deter pests.
  8. Nasturtiums.  This is another flower that will repel insects.  Mix them in with the marigolds and people will think you were just going for aesthetics, instead of being the master gardener that you are.  :)french breakfast radish
  9. Radish.  Again, the aroma is said to keep pests away.

Do you plan on using companion planting with your squash this year?

~Mavis

 

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Bird Flu Causing Egg Prices to Rise

fresh eggsHave you heard the news?  Egg prices are on the rise due to the bird flu epidemic that has swept across, well, the world.  According to an article on NPR, bakers and restaurants are feeling the cost increase the most right now.  Liquid egg {basically eggs that have already been de-shelled and mixed} prices have “shot up 240 percent since early May.”  For people that cook/bake mass quantities everyday, that means BIG increases in overall expenditures.  In fact, not only has the price doubled, come July, most places will be hard pressed to get their hands on the quantity they need.

chicken chickensDue to the outbreak of the avian flu in the Midwest, “47 million birds” have been killed.  That leaves the country about 47 million eggs short each day.  While the cost of liquid eggs may affect how much we pay at restaurants and bakeries, we are only just beginning to feel the higher costs in the grocery store.  Egg prices across the country are steadily rising.  Apparently, “one Texas grocery chain is rationing eggs.”  Wow!  That’s something I’ve not ever seen in my lifetime!

Oh how I miss our chickens!  Do you have chickens?  Do you sell the eggs to friends and family, or do they just meet your family’s needs?

How Much Do eggs Cost in Craig, AlaskaIf you don’t have chickens, what are you paying for a dozen eggs right now?   Make sure to leave where you live in the comments with the cost of eggs in your area…

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Free Pizza, Amazon Subscribe and Save, Cabela’s Fishing Bag, DIY Italian Seasoning and More

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prerogativeWord of the Day: Prerogative Definition: A right attached to an office, right to exercise authority. Used in a sentence: It is a mother’s prerogative to admonish her children.

Hello Thursday!

Last week after our trip to Spooner Farms, I brought my neighbors a jar of strawberry jam and a quart of berries. As we were talking I told them the berry farm would have raspberries next {this} week and they asked if we could go together next time because they had never been there before.

Well, guess what The Girl and I will be doing this afternoon? Taking our 85 year old neighbors to the berry farm. :) It’s going to be fun.

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Recipe Roundup: Ice Cream and Freezer Pops

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So many yummy freezer pop and ice cream recipes, so few summer months to eat them in. The solution? Make and eat them all year long! Here’s a roundup of all of my favs. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them!

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream: or Pin it for Later

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the best ice cream makerWe are kind of ice cream freaks around here and actually own all 3 of these ice cream makers. The Cuisinart one is great for sorbet and the KitchenAid is great for year round use. My favorite one however is the White Mountain Wooden Bucket Ice Cream Maker. It’s great for parties and backyard events with lots of people! So if you are in the market for an ice cream maker, I can recommend all three! :)

Looking for more delicious frozen treats? Check out my Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Board on Pinterest!


The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebowitz is by far my favorite ice cream recipe book.

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How to Wash Your Jeans – Yes, There is a Right Way

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how to wash jeans

Did you know that Levi’s CEO, Chip Bergh recommends NEVER washing your jeans–and especially not in the washing machine?  Instead, you are supposed to spot treat them as needed with a little water, mild detergent and a toothbrush.  The machine only loosens the fibers and fades the fabric {sometimes to perfection, I’ll be the first to admit}, but it also considerably shortens the life of your jeans.

kut from the kloth jeans

I don’t wash my jeans all that often, either.  I’ll admit, though, when I do wash them, I use the washing machine.  It’s just easier.  Since most of us aren’t going to commit to not washing our jeans ever, here’s the right way to do it:

  1. Turn them inside out {this will prevent fading as they get beat along the drum of the machine}.
  2. Wash ’em in cold using a mild detergent.
  3. AIR DRY.  This is a big one.  The dryer is super tough on denim, so just lay them flat to dry.  Yes, they’ll be a little stiff, but once you shimmy them over your backside and waddle out the front door, they’ll loosen right up.

Are you a Levi purist, never washing your jeans, or do you toss them in after every wear?

~Mavis

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Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Days 8 and 9

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Day 8 {Monday}

BreakfastStrawberry Malt – o- Meal 220 calories

I could eat this stuff everyday. Plus it has a wee bit of sugar in it which is a total bonus if you ask me.

beans and rice

Snack– Beans and Rice 320 calories

Boring.

White Bean and Lime Chili

Lunch White Bean and Lime Chili 230 calories per serving

Happy to have had this in my kit. There are a bunch of other soups left to try, but I have a feeling the white bean and lime chili will be my favorite overall. I.Love.Cumin.

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Dinner Cheesy Mac 280 calories

I was a little worried about how the mac and cheese was going to taste. I was hoping it would be better than the stuff in the blue box… and it totally was. The dish was very creamy and tasted great. So far I have been very please with the quality of the food from Valley Food Storage because it actually taste like food I’d cook for my family.

I remember trying backpacker food when I was in college and it wasn’t the greatest… but holy cow, freeze dried meals have come a long way.

Total Calories Consumed on Day  8 –  1050

Total Beverages Consumed on Day 8 –  7 bottles of water

The hardest part about day 8?

Drinking so much water {rather than tea with milk and sugar} was starting to get to me a little. Habits… like drinking 20 cups of tea a day, are hard to break. But, in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t be drinking 20 cups a day anyway. Waking up and going through my day without an ounce of caffeine in my system is amazing. I feel like I have more energy and am more alert. Weird, huh?

strawberry oatmeal

Day 9 {Tuesday}

BreakfastStrawberry Oatmeal 300 calories

I LOVE this stuff!!! I like eating it out of my tin gardening cup for some strange reason.

beans and rice

Snack– Beans and Rice 320 calories

It’s not very exciting but it’s pretty filling. I think I might try and mashing my beans tomorrow for a little excitement.

mac and cheese

Lunch and Dinner Cheesy Mac 560 {280 calories per serving}

mac and cheese

Mini spatulas… are amazing. Nuff said. 😉

Total Calories Consumed on Day  9 –  1180

Total Beverages Consumed on Day 9 –  10 bottles of water

The hardest part about day 9?

Actually, nothing. I felt great yesterday {and the day before as well}. I think my body is finally getting use to the reduced calories and is adjusting appropriately. I am getting more sleep {about an hour} than I was before this whole living off a 30 day emergency supply of food started and I am off caffeine.

I am also doing more of my garden chores in the morning while it’s still cool outside and working online during the day… which is kind of nice actually.

I am feeling very optimistic that I can do this. :)

21 days to go.

~Mavis

More Posts-
Living off a 30 Day Supply of Dehydrated Food
Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Day 1
Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Day 2
Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Day 3
Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Day 4
Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food Days 5, 6 and 7

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