Fitness Friday – 7 Weeks to go Until the Tacoma City Marathon

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Have you ever planned on doing something only to put it off until the last possible minute?

Nah, I’m sure you are totally perfect, and totally follow through with every crazy thing you set your mind to do. Right?

Oh.My.Word.

Remember how I said I was going to run/walk/jog the Tacoma City Marathon on May, 5th 2013? Sure I signed up, and Jen from Clif Bar even sent me a giant care package of clif bars so I’d have some fuel for all my training. Well guess what?

clif bar team package

I kind of ate {most} of the Clif Bars, but kind of sort of forgot {?} about the whole training part.

Okay, so many I didn’t exactly forget about the training part. Maybe it’s been nagging at me every single day since I signed up. Maybe, just maybe with every single bite of one of those magical Clif Bars I totally felt guilty I was sitting at home on my keester eating instead of outdoors exercising.

Perhaps I woke up every morning with the intentions of exercising, but after a long day of blogging, gardening, cooking, and taking care of pets,  maybe I sort of ran out of TIME TO EXERCISE.

Yes, I know, it’s the oldest excuse in the book.

Seriously it is.

So what am I going to do about it? What is my plan B?

tacoma st. patricks day run

So a few days ago I did the only thing I could think of {besides actually exercising}.

I called my friend and casually said, “Hey, you want  do the Tacoma St. Patrick’s day run with me on Saturday?”

How far is it?

Well, there is a 1/2 marathon, 10K, and a 5 K.

I’ll do the 5k.

Maybe we should just do the 1/2 marathon? I mean, we’ve done half marathons before with only 2 weeks of training. How hard could it be? We just have to keep moving. Plus I still have some Panera Gift cards left from Christmas, we can go to lunch afterwards. It will be fun.

Are you on soccer mom crack again? I’m not doing no ***** half marathon this Saturday. You are out of your mind.

You’re no fun. How about the 10K then?

On the website it says NO WALKERS. I can’t even run a half mile, how am I suppose to run 6.2?

Look closer, it says there is a 13:00 pace time limit. We can do that. We can fast walk and move our arms a lot so it looks like we are running slowly. We can totally beat those stroller moms!

How much training have you done.

Umm, in the last 6 weeks? None.

You’re nuts.

Yes, but you are still talking to me, so clearly you are considering it.

Fine. Sign me up. But I’m not running.

Don’t worry, we will be fine. All we have to do is finish at a 13:00 minute per mile pace. We can totally do that.

I need caller id. {sound of the phone hanging up}.

tacoma st paddy's day run

I picked up our race packets last night. Wahoooo!

I know I’m totally crazy to think I can still pull this off, but I’m in it to win finish it, and you can’t finish if you don’t start. Right?

Peace Out,

~Mavis

A word of caution – Get medical advise before starting any sort of strenuous exercise. Know your limits.

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, K-Cups, Glow In the Dark Stickers and Shoes, Shoes Shoes!

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Sweet diggety, it’s Friday! Are you excited or what? I don’t know about you, but I have my entire weekend out planned out. I’ll be playing all day saturday, and resting {hopefully} all day Sunday. We’ll see how it all pans out.

Be sure and check out the Homesteading Guide For The Garden Homesteader Kindle book. Amazon has it for $1.77 right now and I think it might be perfect for backyard gardener for preserving and saving money.

Peace Out Girl Scout, have a great day!

~Mavis

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Homesteading Guide For The Garden Homesteader $1.77.
50 Superfoods Green Smoothie Recipes FREE
Vegetable Container Gardening FREE
The Coconut Oil Handbook $2.99
Chicken and Egg $3.99 {Super Awesome!}
Gardening Basics For Dummies $0.99
The Pursuit of Happiness FREE

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Amazon currently has San Francisco Bay Coffee Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Breakfast Blend, 80-Count on sale for $26.12 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out. These work out to be only $0.33 each!

boc born shoe sale

Zulily has some rockin’ deals on Boc by Born Shoes.  I just snagged those black mules for wearing with jeans. These shoes are so unbelievable comfortable and the prices are awesome!

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

stride rite shoe sale

Totsy has Stride Rite Shoes on sale for the kiddos with savings up to 50% off.

living social deals

Living Social has some great local and national deals. Here are my favorites:

Neverland Sales 1 pairs of pearl and crystal earrings $15
American Meadows start your own vegetable garden $25
Set of 3 Eco Designer Natural bags $18

lowes 10 coupon

Score a coupon good for $10 off a $50 purchase at Lowe’s or a FREE Tall Caramel or Hazel Macchiato at Starbucks. Go HERE and click the COUPON CODES tab to find the coupon!

glow in the dark stickers

Looking for a great Easter basket filler? Grab these Glow in the Dark Stickers for only $1.68 shipped on Amazon.

frye boot deals

6pm has Frye Boots, bags, and flats on sale with savings of up to 60%.Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

iron gym

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Iron Gym Total Body Fitness Kit for $24.99 shipped!

good housekeeping magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Good Housekeeping Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 2511 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/15/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper.

  • 1 Red Plum
  • 1 Smart Source

Go HERE to view the entire list of coupons that will be available in this Sunday’s paper.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

$2.00 off 1 CARNATION Breakfast Essentials productFREE Uncle Ben's Rice Cup with 3 Ready Rice $0.75 off French's Dijon or Honey Dijon Mustard$1.00 off ANY TWO Danimals Squeezables Multipacks $1.00 off ANY TWO Danimals Crunchers™ Multipacks$0.75 off $5.00 in Weight Watchers products
$1.00 off any one EcoTools product
There are a lot of new printable coupons available this morning, be sure and check them out.

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Grilled Asparagus With Pine Nuts Recipe

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grilled asparagus with pine nuts recipe

I’m sure you’ve noticed all the deals on asparagus in the stores lately, and I’m not sure how you prepare asparagus, but my family likes their little greens trees grilled. If it’s a wee bit chilly at your place to fire up the barbie, you can also grill these bad boys in the oven.

how to grill asparagus

Ingredients

1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Fire up the bbq to medium heat or the oven to 425 degrees. Place the asparagus on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, give it a shake and cook for 7-10 minutes in the oven or place the asparagus in a grill pan and cook on the bbq until tender {about 5 minutes}.

Place the asparagus on a plate and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.

How to YOU like your asparagus? Steamed, grilled, raw?

~Mavis

tender book

Looking for more awesome vegetable recipes? Check out the book Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater. It rocks!

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Seattle Tilth March Edible Plant Sale March 16th, 2013

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seattle tilth edible plant sale

This Saturday, March 16th I’ll be attending the Seattle Tilth’s March Edible Plant Sale. If it’s anything like the one I went to last May I know I’ll find some awesome plants for my garden.

So if you are a local, and looking for something fun to do this weekend, here’s the scoop:

The Seattle Tilth March Plant Sale will have a wide selection of organically, sustainably and locally grown veggies, herbs, edible flowers, fruit shrubs, fruit trees, seeds, supplies and unlimited knowledge galore. All of the plants for sale are perfect for planting in March,so you plant them as soon as you get home.

seattle tilth edible plant sale

What you’ll find:

  • Easy-to-grow plants for beginners like lettuce, greens and peas.
  • Collards, kale, Swiss chard, rhubarb and strawberries.
  • Exotic, rare and heirloom plants plus asparagus, horseradish, artichokes, onions, broccoli and blueberries.
  • Edible flowers, bulbing fennel, red scallions, Romanesco broccoli and culinary herbs.
  • Fruiting shrubs and fruit bearing trees.

seatle-tilth-fall-container-garden-class

Gardening Presentations

11 a.m. – Warm Up the Garden with Cloches, with Sue Hartman, Garden Hotline
12 p.m. – Growing Onions, with Lisa Taylor, author of “Your Farm in the City”
1 p.m. – Grow Veggies in Containers, with Falaah Jones, garden educator

Here are links exactly what they will be selling

Plant Lists

Vegetable Plant List
Herb & Flower Plant List

Fruiting Tree & Shrub Plant List
Seed List

I hope I’ll see you there!

~Mavis

seattle tilth

Seattle Tilth Plant Sale

Mar 16, 2013 from 09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Pacific Market Center Parking Garage, 6100 4th Ave S (enter on 5th Ave S), Seattle WA 98108

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How to Grow Radishes {Start to Finish}

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This morning Lucy and I went out to the garden and planted 5 different kinds of radishes. Last year was my first year growing the French Breakfast Radish and it was so good, I decided to expand my radish crop this year and plant some unusual varieties.

Here are the 5 different kinds of radishes I am planting this year:

If you have never grown radishes before, I promise you, they are super easy to grow.

what do radish seeds look like

Brief description:  Radishes are a quick-growing hardy vegetable with a crisp mild flavor.

Where to Plant Radish:  Radishes can be planted in raised beds, garden beds and containers.

how to plant radish seeds

Planting Seeds:  Sow seeds 1/2″ deep.  When foliage appears, thin to 1″ apart.  Radishes are best planted with cucumbers, spinach and squash to repel as they repel unwanted insects.

french breakfast radish

Growing Tips:  Radishes prefer cooler weather.  You can sow them outside 4-6 weeks before the last frost, and sow more every 5-10 days for a continuous crop.  You can sow them again in the late summer for a fall crop.  Water regularly.

Crimson Radish picture

How to Harvest:  Harvest radishes when they are small {1-1/2 to 2″}.  If you let them get much larger, they start to split and taste a wee bit tough.

Radishes’ Literary Debut:  In the novel, Gone with the Wind, it was a radish that starving Scarlett O’Hara eats {the only food she can get}, and then declares, “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

regional planting guides

Are you ready to start your garden but you’re not sure when you should plant your seeds or set out your transplants? Head on over HERE and you’ll be taken to a handy dandy chart that is broken down into what vegetables should be planted {or transplanted} each month in your area.

Anyone can do this. Dirt + Seeds+ Water = Food!

~Mavis

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Tips for Picky Eaters

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tips for picky eaters{The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird,  Monkey Boy & a friend about 10 years ago}

Last week, while talking to a friend with young children, she mentioned her frustration with having picky eaters.  She said she would love to grow a garden, but her kids wouldn’t eat anything she grew.

What?

I started thinking back when my kids were young or even about my recent battles with Monkey Boy over milk, and wondered, what causes kids to be picky-eaters?   I mean, I get the struggle, with so many options for brownies, cakes, soda and treats, the prospect of a big plate of broccoli is kind of a hard sell.

broccoli

I stumbled onto an article that suggested that finicky eating was a genetic protection mechanism–that if little cave children put anything they saw in their mouths, the results would be disastrous.

And while being picky is completely normal, there’s still a ton of things to try to broaden your wee one’s {or your  Handsome Husband’s} tastes.

Here’s a few that I found and/or used myself:

  1. The No-Thank-You-Bites.  Put a bit of food on the plate.  Tell your child that they don’t have to eat it all unless they like it, but they do have to take 3 bites, just to make sure it’s not their new favorite food.
  2. Presentation is everything.  A friend of mine gave me this tip years ago, and seriously, it worked wonders on my kids.  She told me to get an ice cube tray, toothpicks, fun plates, etc.  Put the new foods, mixed in with some favorites, in each space of the ice cube tray–the fun of the presentation takes over, plus the amount of fruits, veggies, etc. doesn’t seem so overwhelming.  I also used toothpicks to make kabobs out of everything–fruit, veggies, even little bits of fish or chicken.
  3. Lead by example.  Your kids might be disgusted by what you put in front of them, but repeated exposure and visually seeing you eat your greens matters.  Think about how much what your parents ate impacted your eating habits as an adult.
  4. Don’t turn it into a power struggle.  Keep meal time calm.  {Easier said than done after  you’ve spent so much time to prepare it!} Praise them even if they just have a taste and move on.
  5. Your child will not starve themselves.  They are smart and have inherent life-preserving instincts, so try not to get too hung up on how much they’ve eaten of their meal.
  6. Set your personal limits.  Are you willing to make considerations for each child?  Are you going to provide snacks after a meal for kids who chose not to eat their meals?  Choose what works best for you and stick to your guns, that way you don’t have to dread the meal time battle too.
  7. As far as gardening goes, allow your child to pick one thing to grow.  Help them plant it, water it, etc.  The studies I read said that children who have a hand in their food tend to be more interested in trying it.  {The same goes for them helping to prepare it.}

Do you have picky eaters?  What do you do?

~Mavis

FYI: This Food Face Plate is AWESOME for picky eaters. Umm, and it’s totally fun too.

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Ask Mavis – How to Maintain a Chicken Coop

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black australorp chicken{Mavis and Black Fatty}

Kathy in Chicago writes:

Mavis – you obviously love your chickens… but I don’t think I’ve ever have seen you blog out the mess they make & what you need to do in terms of cleaning their pen… I would love to have chickens, but no one ever seems to talk about… scooping…. Is there a delicate way you can discuss how you need to maintain their cleanliness for their health? Perhaps show what really needs to be done? 

taking care of a chicken coop

About once a month The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird or I go out and give the chicken coop and chicken run a good cleaning. One of the ways I am able to garden without using chemicals is by using chicken fertilizer to enrich my vegetable crops. It’s not pretty, but I think it’s worth it.

pine shavings chickens

Pine shavings. I love them. Here in the Pacific Northwest it can get pretty muddy in the winter and spring months. Since our chicken run is uncovered, about once a month we spread 2 bags of pine shavings in the chicken yard.

Not only do the pine shavings help keep the chicken yard from becoming one giant mud pit, but they entertain the chickens for a few days as well as they work the pine shavings into the soil.

pine shavings chicken bedding

I also use pine shavings in the chickens nesting boxes. When the shavings get dirty, I just toss them out and add clean shavings.

fresh eggs

That is how I am able to keep our eggs so clean.

1 gallon water for chickens

We place the chickens watering cans on a little bridge in the center of the chicken yard. These typically get filled every 5 days or so, and each time we fill the watering cans we clean them as well.

chicken feed

Chicken feed. Because we have so many chickens now, we fill up their orange chicken food bin about every 3 days. The chickens also feast on free produce scraps from the local grocery store and every few days I like to give them a little cracked corn for an afternoon treat. We keep their feed in mini trash cans {that have super tight lids} outside near the coop.

mavis butterfield raising chickens

It can be a messy job {especially in the winter} but it’s worth it. We have a happy, clean flock and they lay some pretty awesome eggs if I do say so myself.

Let me know if you have anymore questions and I will try and answer them in the comment section below.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

~Mavis

If you are thinking about getting a flock of your own, check out the book Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock. Amazon currently has the book in stock and ready to ship.

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Lodge Cookware, Suncadia Resort, Roper Boots,Vogue Magazine + More

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mavis butterfield one hundred dollars a month

Little Miss Lucy was up at the crack of dawn so I put her to work looking for deals. Her bff pink piggy is totally no help though. Oh, and I’ve totally become one of those people who wears black and has animal hair all over them. I used to stare at those people at the grocery store and be like… C’mon people, don’t you know what a lint brush is?

And now I’m one of those people. It’s freakin’ hilarious!

Here are the deals of the day. Be sure and check out The Commonsense Kitchen. It is s super amazing kindle cookbook and it is available for $3.99 today. It’s awesome! Trust me.

~Mavis

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Commonsense Kitchen: 500 Recipes Plus Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life $3.99
Container Gardening $1.77 {Awesome reviews}
Growing Juicy Delicious Tomatoes FREE
Food+Heat: Tex-Mex Favorites FREE
Pomodoro Penguin Makes a Friend FREE
The Working Chicken $0.99
SMART FAMILY BUDGETING GUIDEFREE

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 5-Quart Dutch Oven $30.54 Shipped!

Amazon also has the Le Creuset Stoneware 1-1/4-Quart Baker and 16-Ounce Baker for $35.99 shipped! There are lot’s of colors to choose from. I have these in red and use them all the time for casseroles and side dishes.

alegria shoes

Zulily has Alegria shoes, boots, and mules on sale for up to 50% off today. These look comfy!

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

living social deals

Living Social has some sweet deals available, here are my favorites:

20-Page Hardcover Photo Book from MyPublisher  for $5 {40,000 purchased so far!}
1 or 2 Night stay at Suncadia Resort $199 {This place is awesome!}
$30 to spend at ProFlowers.com for $15 

Tretorn Skerry Rain Boot

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Woman’s Tretorn Skerry Rain Boot for $36.98 {was $75} This is an execellant brand for boots!

roper lucchese boots coupons deals

Headed to the rodeo? Well hot dang take a look at these boots! Roper and Lucchese boots are up to 60% off at 6pm today. Some of these boots are very reasonable, and some of these are over the moon expensive, but man are they pretty to look at.


Eggs-ellent Offer! 30% off Easter Cards & Invitations at Cardstore! Use Code: CWE3309, Valid through

Cardstore.com is offering 30% off all Easter Cards & Invites. The coolest thing is that they will mail your cards for you! Wahooo!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Vogue Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code 4269 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/14/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Print a coupon for $1.00 off Naked Juice. Have you tried this?

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Want to win a trip to Scotland? OH.HECK.YEAH {we went in 2010 and it was AWESOME!}. Enter the VisitScotland Year of Natural Scotland 2013 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 6-night trip for four to Scotland! Don’t forget your kilt!

$0.50 off one Woolite Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner$1.00 off Crayola Giant Coloring Pages$1.00 off any Folgers Gourmet Selections Coffee $1.00 off Stridex Conditioning Acne Scrub
There are new printable coupons available for Woolite, Crayola, Folgers and Stridex.

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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Orange Garlic Chicken

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Easy Crock Pot Recipes Orange Garlic Chicken

Tonight we had orange-garlic chicken for dinner. It took me all of 3 minutes to toss everything in to the crock pot and turn it on. Wouldn’t it be nice if every night was like that? Not only is this recipe for crock pot orange-garlic chicken yummy, there are only 5 ingredients. Wahoooo for easy dinners!

Easy Crock Pot Recipes Orange-Garlic Chicken

Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts {mine were frozen}
3/4 cup orange juice
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions

Add all ingredients in to the crock pot, stir, and cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours. Serve over a bed of rice. Yum a licious!

slow cooker crock pot cookbook

My favorite Crock Pot – Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker
My favorite Slow Cooker Cookbook – Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook

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Mavis Garden Blog – Planting Swiss Chard and Hostas

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puggle puppy tan

Lucy and I worked in the garden this morning spiffing up the walkway outside of the chicken coop. As you can see she is a big help. It’s pretty much 3 steps forward, 2 steps back when any sort of planting goes on, but she loves being outside, and I love having her out there.

swiss chard

I pulled up all of the Swiss chard that over wintered in the garden boxes and brought it around back to plant. My goal is to fill the garden area in front of the chicken coop / run with oodles and oodles of kale and Swiss chard for the hens to snack on all summer.

young kale plant

The kale and Swiss chard transplants that I set out last week are holding up great despite the rain and chilly temps.

minuteman hosta

While I was at the Home Depot yesterday picking up supplies for my latest project {just wait until you see it, it is going to be SO COOL}, I wandered over to the nursery section and spotted a table full of hosta plants.

I’m not really into variegated plants, and I had already placed some solid green hostas in my cart, but each time I would pass by the green and white hostas, they would state at me. Like they were giving me the evil eye or something.

It was eerie.

I’m not really sure what my issue with variegated plants is {to much color on one leaf?} but in the end I finally broke down and bought the more colorful hostas  instead.

I still can’t believe I put the solid green leafed hostas back. They were so pretty. So uniform, and so perfect looking.

garden path

So now I have neon orange bark, green and white hostas and rainbow Swiss chard all in close proximity of each other. Let’s just hope I’ll be able to handle all the color a few months from now when I’ll be too busy with other things to change it.

Hopefully it will all come together in the end and look great once the plants mature.

puggle dog pet chickens

Now, if Lucy could just convince those chickens that she just wants to be their friend, everything would be perfect.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to make dinner.

~Mavis

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