Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 4/21/14

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backyard gardens

Last week we had a ton of rain here in the Pacific Northwest and it’s in the forecast for this week as well.

After a heavy rain I always find myself raking the barktopia we’ve got going on in the backyard and it makes me tired. Why couldn’t we have just planted grass all over the place like all the other neighbors? It’s pretty much the only time I feel silly for having a bunch of garden beds and vegetable patches scattered throughout our property.

carrot seedlings

Carrots. Seedlings to the left, winter carrots to the right. pea plants

Sugar snap peas and broccoli. growing strawberries in pallets

Strawberries growing in pallets. Have you tried this yet? If there is one thing I like growing in pallets, it’s strawberry plants. Not only do the pallet gardens help keep the berries off the ground, it helps deter the slugs as well. poppies and rhubarb

Poppies and rhubarb. The rhubarb should be ready to pick in a couple of weeks! :) greenhouse garden

Ahh the greenhouse garden. I love it! If you look closely you can see the cabbage plants growing in the bed to the right of the greenhouse. I plan on transplanting my gutter lettuce out to the garden this week to make room for some other seedlings.shasta daisy

The shasta daisies are growing like bonkers! They’ll reach about 5 feet tall by the end of summer.

cascadia raspberry plants

And take a look at our raspberry patch. The seven rows of raspberries we planted back in 2009 are coming back in full force this year. I wonder how many pounds we will harvest?

terra cotta pots with a patina

And last but not least, our extra terracotta pots. I can never decide if I want to scrub the green patina off them or leave them as they are.

What do you think? Keep the patina, or clean them?

~Mavis

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 16 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco Shopping Trip $39.82

Well, I finally got my ham. :) I LOVE the Costco spiral hams, don’t you? While I was there I also stocked up on cheese for freezer enchiladas, black beans for tacos and bananas for smoothies. Kind of a boring trip, but expensive.

Zaycon ground beef event

Zaycon Beef Free

Last week I also picked up 40 pounds of Zaycon beef  {I had some Zaycon credit so it was free} and the HH and I make a boatload of freezer meals Now I’ve got plenty of freezer meals to last me through all those spring sport nights when I’m too tired to cook.

dole canned pineapple

Albertsons $3.56

Cream cheese for $0.88? You bet I grabbed a few {I probably should have bought more}.

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery $11.16

And last but not least, our weekly milk delivery from Smith Brothers. I might cancel this weeks delivery though because for some strange reason, nobody drank any milk over the weekend. Weird.

How did you do this past week? Did you blow your budget on supplies for Easter sunday?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $54.54
Total Spent This Year $600.76 {Yikes!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $22.27

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Mornings with Mavis – Deals on Tuna, Dyson, SPANX, Dansko Shoes, Luggage, S’Mores Coupon

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Holy canolies. What a weekend. I don’t know about you but I am super tired. Is it just me, or do holiday weekends wear you out too?

I think we all need to take a long nap this afternoon. What do you say?

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Jawbone MINI JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker

The Weekend Homesteader A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

Amazon has one of my favorite books, The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency by Anna Hess on sale for $9.39.

bumble bee tuna packets

Protein to go!

spanx

Zulily has SPANX on sale today and let me tell you Bob, the tank tops really work for sucking in the muffin top. ;) Tights and other slimming SPANX are on sale as well.

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

I don’t know about you, but after a long and busy weekend I need to de-stress. Later today I’ll be whipping up another batch of my Homemade Lavender Salts. Get the super easy directions HERE or Pin it for Later.

pottery barn free shipping

Pottery Barn is offering FREE SHIPPING on just about everything today when you use code FREESHIP at checkout. Go HERE to check it out.

noodle sprinkler

If you are looking for a sprinkler for your garden, this Noodlehead Flexible Lawn & Garden Sprinkler rocks!  Amazon currently has it on sale for only $12.00, and I love it!  Plus, if you have kids, they can run and jump over it too.

zebra luggage set

Looking for new luggage? Amazon has an awesome deals on the Rockland Four-Piece Luggage Set. There are several designs to choose from and you get all four pieces for $90.99 shipped!

smores

Print a coupon good for $1.00 off JET-PUFFED, HONEY MAID, and HERSHEY’s Chocolate Bars

Smores-Cookies

Then you’ll have supplies to make s’mores around the campfire or inside in the oven. Have you ever made S’mores Cookies? They are delicious! Go Here to get the recipe or Pin it for Later.

finger flashlights

With camping season right around the corner this set of 40 Finger Flashlights will sure come in handy. Amazon has the set of 40 finger flashlights on sale for $6.86.

saveur-magazine-coupon-deal

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Saveur Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/21/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

dyson

Groupon has Dyson DC39 Multifloor Canister Vacuums {Refurbished} for $210. shipped. These retail for $569.99 new and comes with a 6 month warranty.

dansko shoes

6pm has Dansko Summer Sandals and Shoes on sale with savings up to 60% off.

Solar-Powered-Dancing-Flower-Pink

Amazon has these cute Solar Powered Dancing Flowers on sale for only $1.99 shipped!

amazon local deals

AmazonLocal features deals in cities all across the country.  Restaurants, local events, classes, you name it. Here are a few of my favorite Amazon Local Deals available right now:

  • Custom Lay-Flat Hardcover Photo Book $10 {Great Mother’s Day idea}
  • One Custom Wine Label on a Bottle of Wine $15
  • $45 to Spend on Custom Phone Cases for $20
  • Tea Sampler Package, Starter Kit, or $80 to Spend $25

giveaway winnersA big thanks to everyone who entered the Roo Giveaway! The winners are:

Sherri Powell - I would love a red one!

LaVerne - I subscribe to your newsletter! It’s GREAT!

Secret Antiperspirant Deodorant Coupon

Print a coupon good for $1.10 off Secret Antiperspirant/Deodorant

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Blueberry Kale Smoothie

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Blueberry Kale Smoothie

The Girl and I made this smoothie the other day. She LOVED it! It has kale in it so I tried to love it {honestly, I really did give it the old college try}, but I just couldn’t. So what’s the moral of the story? If you don’t hate kale, this smoothie recipe is going to rock your socks off. But if you are a kale hater like me {anyone? anyone?}, you can always leave the kale out and I’m sure it would be awesome!

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Ingredients

3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup baby kale
1 tablespoon peanut butter
3/4 cup milk {I used 2%}
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon sweetener, optional {I used agave, but you can use honey, sugar or whatever your little heart desires}

Directions

Throw all ingredients into a blender {I use my Blendtec} and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Easter Scavenger Hunt

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Easter Scavenger Hunt

I know, I know, you probably are already hunting for eggs, but when my kids were little, we always had to wait for everyone to arrive BEFORE we could actually start hunting.  If you are in the same boat, here’s a quick scavenger hunt they can do while they are waiting for the big show:

  1. Basket
  2. Pastel colored ribbon {if you have little ones {or boys, ha!}, you may have to explain to them what pastel means}
  3. Jelly beans
  4. Carrot
  5. Chocolate Bunny
  6. Picture of Easter Bunny {they can draw it or take a picture of Easter decor}
  7. Marshmallow Peeps {everyone gets them, no one likes them}
  8. Plastic Easter Egg
  9. Something yellow
  10. Something green
  11. Something pink
  12. Something purple
  13. A sign of spring {tell them to think:  blades of green grass and hopefully not one of your tulips}
  14. A dyed egg
  15. Candy wrapped in foil

There are tons of things you can add to this list if it is nice enough to let the kids outside for a bit.  What would you add?

~Mavis

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Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

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Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

We decided to take the long way home from Portland and stopped the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Farmhouse Cafe.  Since we were there, we took the tour of the factory.  It’s a self-guided tour, complete with cheese samples.

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

Holy buckets, fresh cheese is sooo amazing, plus who doesn’t love a good squeaky cheese?

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

Tillamook is a farmer owned dairy co-op {about 100 farmers total}.  The cows all call Tillamook, Oregon home–and the company swears that the rainy valley means better grass for the cows.  Apparently, Tillamook is home to more cows than people.

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

In 1909, several small dairy farmers banded together and began making Tillamook cheese.  It’s grown over the years, but the co-op idea that is supposed to promote high quality has stayed the same.

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

The farmers try to ensure that everything is fresh–milk arrives at the factory within 1 hour of leaving the farm and it is turned into cheese within 24 hours of arriving at the factory.

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe

After the tour, we stopped into the cafe for lunch.  It featured tons of Tillamook goodness {cheese sandwiches, anyone?}.   The site also has a creamery where you can sample Tillamook Ice Creams {some of the flavors I had never seen in the stores}.  Yum!

It was totally worth taking the long way home. ;)

Do you have a favorite Tillamook cheese? I think my new favorite is the extra sharp white cheddar.

~ Mavis

Tillamook Cheese Factory Tour and Farmhouse Cafe
4175 Highway 101 North
Tillamook, OR 97141

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 4/19/14

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share a picture a day in 2014.

Cool Stuff I found on Pinterest – I am in LOVE with this Craft Room!

the best gardening books

Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

growing lettuce in guttersGarden Updates and Projects

how to make a hoop house

Garden Updates 

roo apron

Have you entered our latest giveaway? This week we are giving away 2 Roos Aprons! Enter HERE.

Carrot Salad RecipeRecipes

tulips

Mornings with Mavis 

How to Save Money on Amazon 10 Secrets to Saving Big

Tips and Tricks

vitacost shopping orderWeekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Friday Night at the Movies – To Make a Farm

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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How to Make a Perennial Herb Basket

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Check out this moss lined perennial herb basket I made. Not only are perennial herb baskets a snap to make, but they can last for years. Wowza! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. ;)

Find out what how to make your own perennial herb basket in my latest eHow article.

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Friday Night at the Movies – To Make a Farm

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Tonight I plan on watching To Make a Farm.  It’s a documentary that follows five people who have decided to give small-scale farming a go.  Having a little farm would be awesome, but I suspect the documentary will show just how hard it is to make a living at it.

 to make a farm

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Easter Trivia

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easter triviaI love to have little bits of trivia to share at each holiday.  It always a conversation filler, and it gives my kids a reason to roll their eyes at me.  Ha!

Here’s some cool little facts about Easter that are sure to impress {I tried to keep it non-secular, so as not to offend/exclude}:

  1. How did Easter get its name?  {from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eastre}
  2. What is the most popular color of jellybean?  {red}
  3. Why is an egg associated with Easter?  {It was the symbol associated with Eastre and is a symbol of “rebirth”}
  4. What group brought the Easter rabbit to the U.S.?  {The Germans, around the time of the Civil War}
  5. 76% of people prefer to eat what part of the chocolate bunny first?  {The ears}
  6. Is Easter on the same day every year?  {No, it occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox}
  7. How much do Americans spend on Easter candy every year?  {$200 millionHoly Cow!}
  8. How many chocolate Easter bunnies are sold each year? {1 million}
  9. In the song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” he’s got eggs for who?  {colored eggs for Sue}
  10. A female rabbit is called what?  {Doe}

Happy Easter!

~Mavis

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