Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pie

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Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pie Recipe

I love pie and I love Meyer lemons, so making {and loving} this recipe was a no-brainer. It was also a no-brainer to prepare. Easiest pie ever. I did have a tough time waiting for it to cool completely before gobbling it up!

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Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup finely ground cornmeal
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted {cool to room temperature}
4 eggs
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped {I order beans here}
1 1/3 cups buttermilk {How to Make Buttermilk}
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 9-inch pie crust {I use my favorite pie crust recipe}

meyer lemon pie

Directions

Preheat an oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl whisk the sugar, flour, cornmeal and butter until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each. Add vanilla beans, buttermilk, lemon zest and salt. Whisk just until incorporated, not a whisk more. Pour the filling into the unbaked pie shell.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the pie comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

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Walking for Weight Loss

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Walking for Weight LossWhen I shared my 12 goals for 2014 one of them was to be able to fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we first moved into our house.  The nasty thing about goals is that you usually have to have some sort of plan in place to accomplish them.

Luckily, there is something about inactivity over the past 2 months, bad weather, staying in to bake cookies, and the EAT, EAT, EAT of the holidays that is really motivating me to get up and get moving.  I decided the best way for me to shed some pounds without misery is to just increase the amount that I move.  I know, it’s not rocket science, but the idea of walking on a treadmill doesn’t appeal to me, so I am going to make sure to integrate more movement into my everyday routine.

old jeansI am sure you have heard the whole 10,000 steps a day thing, but if not, here is the basic principle behind it:  10,000 steps roughly equates to 5 miles.  That’s right–we should be walking about 5 miles per day, just to complete our daily activities.

The problem is that with office/desk jobs, most people are completing about 3000 steps.  So, basically, if you have a sedentary job, you’re going to have to consciously add in a walk or some sort of way to get extra movement.  In previous generations, it was nothing to walk that much  in a day–and wouldn’t you know it, weight wasn’t really an issue.
omron pedometerI decided to buy a pedometer {this is the one I bought, in case you’re interested} to see how many steps I take in an average day.  I’ve been wearing it for the last few days and I’ve been averaging about 8,000 steps just doing normal everyday tasks during the week and about 13,000 steps on the weekends.

I was pleasantly surprised by that number, but still, if I want to fit into those jeans, I guess I might have to aim for a little higher than the 10,000 steps. Well, either that or give up sweets {which I refuse to do}. I’m not going to get crazy about it, but this week I’m going to actually get outside and do some walking.  I’m actually kind of looking forward to it–a little fresh air and cardio.

How about you, have you ever tracked your steps?  Do you think 10,000 steps a day would work for you?
~Mavis

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The Best Plants for a Medicinal Herb Garden

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The Best Plants for a Medicinal Herb GardenEven if you don’t have the space for growing a ton of produce, you can easily grow a medicinal herb garden in your flower beds or pots on your patio.  Medicinal herb gardens are an awesome way to limit pharmaceuticals in your everyday use–most medicinal herbs look and smell amazing, which doesn’t hurt either.

Here’s my favorite medicinal herbs to grow:

  1. Lavender.  To me, lavender is a wonder plant, bees love it, it looks beeeeautiful in the yard, you can cook with it, AND use it for medicinal purposes.  Lavender has a strong scent that is still very gentle on the ol’ nasal passages.  It can be used for calming purposes in baths, it soothes burns, and can help with arthritis, headaches and sore throats.  It has literally a ton of other uses, as well.
  2. Chamomile.  Ah, chamomile tea.  I could stop it’s uses right there and be happy.  But, chamomile can be introduced into tea to induce restful sleep, calm your digestive track and ease achiness.  It is also high in calcium and magnesium.  To turn it into a tea, mix 1-3 tsp. {depending on how strong you like it} of dried herb into 1 cup of boiling water.  Let it steep and drink it down.elephant garlic bulb
  3. Garlic.  I would be happy to add garlic to pretty much anything.  I love the flavor, but as an added bonus, it boosts immunity {in fact, I read in the paper the other day that one garlic clove a day can help you stave off colds.  It might help you stave off affection from your partner too, so you might want to grow some mint :}
  4. Motherwort.  Motherwort is literally as the name implies–it helps with lady problems.  It can help to soothe menstrual cramps, helps new mothers recover more quickly, and help bring on a delayed period.
  5. Yarrow.  Yarrow will require a little more space than just a pot, but it is fantastic for inflammation.  So, instead of grabbing an Advil, you can grab a yarrow concoction instead.blueberry jam with mint recipe
  6. Mint.  I wasn’t kidding when I told you to grow mint with your garlic.  Mint is awesome for upset stomachs.  Chew the leaves or drink it in tea.  The kiddos can do this too.
  7. Ginger.  Ginger is great for motion sickness.  If you or your kiddos get car sick, grating a bit of ginger in a smoothie, or making ginger candies for the car ride, really can help.
  8. Comfrey.  When I went to the Mother Earth News Fair awhile back, one of the medicinal herbs speakers raved about comfrey.  You can use it to treat bruises and sprains–which if you have kids in sports, this is a must.
  9. Marshmallow.  No, not like the big fluffy balls of goodness you buy in the package, but the actual plant.  It requires a bit more space, like the yarrow, but it is great for treating a sore throat.fennel
  10. Fennel.  Fennel is one of those herbs that is great to cook with, but it also aides with digestion.  So, make sure to throw it into your next recipe.
  11. Valerian Root.  Valerian is fantastic for insomnia and overall relaxation.  It is a great substitution for Ambien, because while it works just as well, it is not habit forming.
  12. Echinacea.  Echinacea is commonly known as the coneflower.  It is typically purple with bright orange cone in the center, but you can find other colors as well.  It is used to boost the immune system.  When you take it at the onset of a cold, it can help to stave it off.  Though, it is not very effective once the cold has set in.

Any herbs that you grow and swear by?

~Mavis

* Please consult your doctor before treating any medical condition

If you are wondering how to prepare the herbs you grow, I recommend getting a book that will teach you to use them safely and effectively.  Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs:  A Beginner’s Guide gets a solid 5 stars on Amazon.

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Food Waste – How Much Food Does the Average Family Throw Away in One Year?

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. The food in this story was donated. For more information, see my disclosure policy.

food waste in America #SaveitsundayI recently teamed up with Glad Food Protection to take the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge to not only help eliminate food waste in my own kitchen, but to show you some cool and creative ways you can reduce food waste in yours.

What is the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge?

Well basically, it’s about loving food more and wasting it less, one day at a time.

When I started this challenge and partnered with Glad, I really thought I understood how much people {myself included} were wasting. I didn’t. I had never quite grasped what it really looked like. Until now.

grocery shopping tripAmerican families waste about 25% of the food and beverages they buy annually. That’s a fact. The estimated cost of food and beverages thrown out by the average American family each year is around $1,500. Sadly, that’s a fact too. FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS. That means people are throwing away and wasting more food than I’ve spent in an entire year to feed my family. Blows. My. Mind.

It’s easy to turn the other cheek and ignore the problem until it’s staring you in the face. Until you see what $1,500 in food waste looks like. Until one thousand five hundred dollars’ worth of food is sitting in your kitchen. It’s overwhelming really. And it’s a wake-up call I hope echos to each of you.

When I ventured out with Glad’s education grant for $1,500 to see exactly what this amount of money in food waste looks like, I wanted to make sure I covered all my bases. I know we all shop differently. We all frequent different stores and have different eating habits and spend our food budgets differently. So I shopped at 10 different stores, spending $150 at each on a variety of food products.

Grocery Outlet Shopping TripGrocery Outlet - I was able to get the biggest bang for my buck here. I had to pick through a lot of scratch and dent items and ignore expiration dates a few times, but I was able to get a solid variety of items.

winco shopping tripWinco - Winco continues to be my favorite non-couponing store to shop at. Huge selection. Great stock. Excellent prices. I bought a few higher ticket items here including bulk sugar, salmon and a few hams.

walmart shopping tripWalmart Super Center - I’m not typically a Walmart shopper, but I knew, because they are the nation’s #1 retailer, I had to put them on my list. Lucy the Puggle Dog couldn’t have cared less about what I bought there, with the exception of that pineapple.  Pretty sure she thought I bought it for her.

pike place market shopping tripPike Place Market – The most expensive trip, but one of my favorites. All of the products I purchased were local. I knew where every item was grown, processed, packaged, etc. Everything was organic and non-GMO {well, except maybe those cookies and the pasta sauce}.

vitacost shopping tripAmazon Grocery – A random assortment from Amazon. A little of this and a little of that. Shopped in my pj’s so it was my favorite buying experience, as always.

vitacost shopping tripVitacost - Vistacost.com is a great site for getting specialty and organic products shipped right to your door. Shipping is always free if you spend more than $49, so that didn’t cut into my $150, and there were some great sales on some great products.

costco shopping tripCostco -  I had a plan going into Costco so I wouldn’t blow the entire $150 after getting distracted by all the awesomeness in the store. I stayed focused and, as a total bonus, had a full lunch consisting of a bunch of random samples. Score!

Filbert Acres Puyallup WashingtonFilbert Acres in Puyallup, Washington- Filbert Acres grows according to organic standards & specializes in quality pork, vegetables, strawberries, cut flowers & pumpkins. I just hit them up for meat, but they have an awesome CSA shares program that features the best, freshly harvested produce. I even got to hang with the farmer/owner too!

filbert acres heritage porkHeritage Pork- This is all the meat I snagged from Filbert acres. I’d say that’s a great haul of quality meat for $150!

trader Joe's Shopping TripTrader Joe’s - I just love Trader Joe’s. It’s healthy organic foods at Winco prices. Sweet!

whole foods shopping tripWhole Foods - I was a little worried I’d only be able to walk away with an item or two from Whole Paycheck, ahem, Whole Foods. But I was able to make my $150 spread a little further than expected. Plus, I know the quality of the products purchased here is excellent.

#SaveitSunday Food WasteAnd there you have it. Grand total of $1,500 in food. That’s what it looks like. Now that might not look like the type of foods you waste, but I guarantee you’ve chucked something pictured in that image above. The magnitude of that food waste was shocking. That’s the average amount of food you, me and our fellow Americans waste every year. It’s appalling.

Once I began to grasp what $1,500 worth of food waste actually looked like, I began to get angry; at myself for not being more diligent and at our country in general for not caring more. I began to realize that, if we would just take a few extra minutes a day, or just be a bit more mindful, almost every last bit of that food could be saved. Simple things like properly protecting your fresh foods the day you buy them with food protection products like GladWare and ClingWrap, which have minimal costs, can help you save in more ways than one.

food wasteCan you image what it would look like if even a portion of the readers on this site decided to really make an effort to reduce or eliminate food waste?  I know so many people who are struggling just to put a meal on the table and so many more who don’t even think twice about tossing unwanted, and perfectly usable food just to create space in the fridge. What if we found a balance there? What if the ones with excess or even simply enough made a few small changes, and suddenly, there was plenty to go around?

It’s not that far fetched of an idea. And it can start with you. {FYI - The food in this story was donated.} :)

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By saving and preserving that $1,500 in potential food waste through proper food storage protection and mindful eating habits, we could instead bless charities like the Family Renewal Shelter {shown above with their therapy dogs} and Local Food Banks. Bins upon bins, representing annual food waste, instead driven to be donated to those truly in need.

I’m up for the #SAVEITSUNDAY challenge. Will you join me?

~Mavis

#SaveItSunday

For more information about the #SAVEITSUNDAY Pledge and how you can help, head on over to SAVEITSUNDAY.com. You can also follow Glad on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

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Free Kindle Books, Shari’s Berries, Food Tents, Skechers 60% off, Pasta Coupons and More

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Happy Monday everyone!

Well, this is the last week of School for The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird. ;) It’s going to be a tear jerker for sure with all the graduation parties, banquets and last minute stuff and I don’t want to miss a thing!

18 years. How did it go by so fast? Sniff .. Sniff.

Mavis

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 22 of 52

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Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

baked oatmeal recipe

Breakfast Ideas 

Heirloom Carrot Pancakes – Don’t let the name deter you, these are awesome.  {Pin for Later}
Strawberry Syrup – Even if you aren’t growing strawberries, they are super cheap at the stores.  This syrup will turn any pancake into magic.  {Pin for Later}
Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries – Make it fresh for a weekend treat, or make it at the beginning of the week and let the family microwave it all week long.  {Pin for Later}
Savory Crepes with Ham, Spinach and Egg – I love sweets just as much as the next person {more probably}, but these savory crepes are where it’s at.  Yummy.  {Pin for Later}

Freezer Meal Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Savory Chicken with Tomatoes – Now that school is out, this meal is the perfect solution as you try to establish a new routine.  You can make it in the morning, and dinner is ready in the evening, when you are tired and wondering how you are going to make it through the whole summer. {Pin for Later}
Freezer Meal Breakfast Burritos - These microwave perfectly and are a fraction of the cost of the pre-made freezer variety you can buy at the store.  {Pin for Later}
Freezer Meal Sweet and Sour Meatballs – These are awesome over a bed of rice.  {Pin for Later}
Freezer Meal Peach Crisp – You can use frozen peaches for this dish–which this time of year is about all you’ll find.  It’s perfect for that impromptu Friday night BBQ.  {Pin for Later}

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Soups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Chicken Casserole w/Mashed Potato Topping – I love this casserole, because it basically your ENTIRE meal in one dish.  This one always goes pretty quick at our house. {Pin for Later}
Green Bean and Potato Salad – If you are headed off to any kick-off summer BBQ’s, this potato salad will be a sure crowd pleaser.  {Pin for Later}
Broccoli Soup – Broccoli is pretty abundant this time of year, and this soup makes an awesome {and quick!} lunch.  {Pin for Later}
Roasted Green Beans - These go perfectly with pretty much any meal.  {Pin for Later}

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Cookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Roasted Red Beet & White Bean Hummus – This is a nutrient packed snack that tastes awesome.  {Pin for Later}
Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars – I would be lying if I didn’t say these are super yummy for breakfast.  {Pin for Later}
Kale Brownies – The perfect way to hide kale.  Chocolate makes everything better.  {Pin for Later}
Strawberry Salsa - If you are starting to get strawberries, you should totally whip up some of this salsa.  Grab some tortilla chips, this salsa, and throw your feet up.  It’s summer at its best.  {Pin for Later}

carrot cake jam

Canning Recipe of the Week

Carrot Cake Jam – Trust me, you won’t regret making this.  You can eat it with a spoon.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Monthly Garden Chores for June – 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. You can see my May garden plans for my Seattle, Washington garden HERE.

June Garden photos boston

Well, I’m exhausted – May was buuussssy! I got way more done than I’d planned on so I’m feeling rather proud of myself :) The big, BIG news is that massive I-don’t-want-to-do-this project (read bag/box up the massive pile of rubber pellets from the old playground) and-get-rid-of-them, is 95% done. (Have you ever used Freecycle?  I love the idea of giving away something to somebody who could use it and keeping it out of the dump!) I’m happy to report it’s all cleaned up and the last load is being picked up next week.

The forest elves, eeerrr, tree service guys, came to cut down the trees that cast an annoying shadow over my garden all summer.

east coast garden pictures

I squealed like a six-year-old with a face full of cotton candy every time a tree went plummeting to the ground. Not only, is the amount of sun on the garden increased by 50% but I turned a portion of the extra space into a wildflower garden with the Perennial Bloom seeds from Botanical Interests that I grew in the winter sowing greenhouses!

milk jug greenhouse

(Pssst: Don’t tell the HH, I’m seriously thinking I may be able to fit in a few dwarf trees in that space too! Giddy, I tell ya, I’m just giddy with the possibility of fruit trees!)

I took down and stored all the hoop house  materials once it was warm enough for the tomatoes. The small hoop house was a perfect place to harden off all the seedlings throughout the month that came from the basement out to the garden, plus it warmed up the soil for the jalapeno that went in that box after everything was planted. Both of the hoop houses took quite a beating this year as we had a ton of strong wind, but I think I can use it again next year!

make shift greenhouse

The HH wanted to build a rock fire pit, but it kept falling down – which drove him crazy, so the man went to HD and bought cement – that sucker is NOT falling apart now. As a bonus, he’d dug up way too many rocks, which I promptly turned into another bed next to the chicken run, which has turned into the misfit garden bed – where all the extra plants go (and may or may not make it).

chicken tractor

All the boxes are planted. In fact, they were all planted when I realized I’d run out of space and had no place for beans AND cucumbers, so I added another box in the main garden. This folks is how you end with a bigger and bigger garden every year, lucky for the HH there is a pre-set border where the old playset used to be! :)

pallet garden photos

Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

Beans and Lettuce will be continuously planted outside every two weeks for a constant supply. But seriously – I’m totally maxed out. I don’t think I have any space left for one single plant!

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

It’s all been transplanted and the inside grow lights are dark for the next few months. :)

raised bed planter boxes

Plants and/or Bulbs I Plan to Purchase this Month

With all the trees we cut down (two giant pines in the front that turned out to be 50% rotted), it’s an understatement to say we have a “few” stumps. I plan on doing something with those stumps – it just may take a liiiiittle bit of manual labor. I’ll keep you posted.

What I plan to Harvest This Month

LETTUCE! Yeah – fresh salads again!!

diy cedar garden boxes

Chickens

After keeping the baby chickens next to the outdoor pen in the chicken tractor for a week or two, and then in the main pen (in the chicken tractor) for a week or two, we’ve finally moved the babies into the main pen (without the tractor) – and boy was that challenging! Ever heard the phrases “hen pecked” or “mean girls” or “pecking order”?

Holy gravy – that is no joke. So now we’re at the stage where we go out once it’s dark and the grown hens are asleep, or at least calmed by the dark, and we tuck the babies into the coop then I get up at 4:30am (that’s right, you read that correctly 4:30 AM) to let them out before the sun comes out and the mean girls get going. The babies are about ¾ the size of the grown hens so hopefully the pecking order will not have to be enforced so thoroughly for much longer. *yawn*

diy chicken tractor

Houseplants and Indoor Bulbs

Old lemon is not doing so hot. The scale infestation is under control but in the process, of moving it in and out of the house to spray it, all the flowers and little lemon buds fell off. This month we’ve moved lemon out to the deck and fertilized him so we’ll see what happens. Poor lemon….

Trees and Shrubs

In other big news… the front hedge was dug up by my friend Hana who moved the bushes to her yard so I had to do was prep the space, and plant the Hidcote Lavender I started from seed in the winter sowing greenhouses. The little seedlings are soooo tiny – I hope they make it. It may take a year or two before I get the nice hedge of lavender I’m hoping for.

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Weed and Pest Control

Our front walk is crushed stone. However, because it’s crushed stone it is also the most maddening part of the yard because weeds love that space. We don’t love the weeds. Ya’ see where I’m going with this? We’ve contemplated paving it with some sort of paving stone but the entry to the septic tank is right.under.the.walkway. Brilliant planning, I know. So, we need ideas – what would you do? Right now, I’m the vinegar queen – hosing the rocks down and plucking the weeds, but, as you can imagine, that’s not really too fun. Suggestions?

Lawn Care

When two pines were cut down in the front, a giant garden bed was left behind. What to do with this space is a big question mark. So far, all I’ve come up with is to shovel up the top portion of mulch and re-locate it to the wildflower garden. Then hopefully reduce the overall island to a small circle, but there are still two good sized tree stumps (which we don’t want to pay to have ground down) – so in the mean time I’m hunting Pinterest for some good ideas. Any suggestions?

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

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Nutella Banana Nut Bread

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Nutella Banana Nut Bread

You know when people talk about what they’d grab if their house was on fire and they only had a few seconds? I’d grab the usual: Lucy, pictures and Nutella. What? Nutella’s not on your list? Well clearly it should be. I’d be lost without it. It’s like my sidekick lately. I can’t get enough of it.

Lucky for you guys, because that means it’s been popping up in all sorts of fun Nutella-filled recipes. Yum.

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Ingredients

2 cups flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup yogurt or vanilla pudding
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 teaspoons butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup or chopped walnuts {optional}
1/2 cup Nutella, melted

Nutella Banana Nut Bread

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Thoroughly butter a large loaf pan and then dust with flour {you can use 3 small loaf pans instead}, knocking all sides and dumping out loose flour.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine first 5 ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl or stand mixer, combine the next 5 ingredients up to the nuts. Add wet and dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Fold in nuts.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Drizzle Nutella on top of the batter, and then use a knife to swirl Nutella into the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50-55 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and then remove from pan to cool completely on wire racks. Enjoy.

Nutella Banana Nut Bread

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Amazon Student Promo: Buy $50 in Amazon Gift Cards, Get $10 Credit

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I love it when Amazon does promos because they don’t mess around. None of this save $.50 here or a quarter there. Go big or go home. Their latest promo is equally awesome, especially if you are a poor starving college kid {you have to be a member of the Amazon Student program to qualify for this promo}.

Spend $50 on select Amazon Gift Cards and get a $10 Credit

The select cards are Father’s Day gift cards, but if you’ve already bought your dear Dad a gift, these cards spend the same as any other Amazon gift card. So purchase away! Promo runs through June 15, 2014. You will be emailed your $10 promo gift card by June 30, 2014.

Head on over and check out the included gift cards.

Not an student but still want Amazon perks? Check out these other great Amazon programs:

Amazon Prime
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Botrytis or Grey Mold on Tomatoes

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Towards the end of last years growing season, the tomato plants in my greenhouse were covered with grey mold. So much so that I ended up pulling up all the plants and tossing them.  This year, I plan on avoiding that scenario like the plague.

Grey mold {also called Botrytis} on tomatoes is actually pretty common when they are grown in a greenhouse setting.  Since grey mold prefers humid conditions, my greenhouse was the perfect stomping grounds.  Once grey mold sets in, it makes the plant susceptible to all sorts of diseases, and can eventually kill off all of your plants.

grey mold on basil and tomato plants

It’s actually pretty easy to prevent.  Providing ventilation to dry out the conditions really goes a long way.  When watering, avoid watering the leaves {this is just a good practice in general} and water in the morning only, so the plants have a chance to dry out throughout the day.  Pruning off the lower leaves on the stems will also help so that water doesn’t even have a chance to pool on the leaves.

If you do get grey mold, you can try to save the plant by cutting out any of the infected areas.  It is key to remove ALL debris from the area after the season, though, because of course, the mold can overwinter and wreak havoc from year to year.   Keep in mind that the mold spores can affect neighboring plants, so sometimes saving the plant isn’t worth it.  You can get chemicals to combat it–but since I am not a huge fan of chemicals in my garden, I’m not going to suggest that route.

Hopefully, with a little bit of prevention, grey mold will be a thing of the past for my garden.

~Mavis

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