Friday Night at the Movies – How It’s Made

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Okay, so I know this is not exactly a movie, but How It’s Made is a ridiculously educational series from the Science Channel and you can get it free on Netflix or with Amazon Prime.  Each episode literally shows you how common things you’ve probably never even thought of before are made.  I know it doesn’t take much, but this show seriously blows my mind, and since we have people coming into town this weekend, The Girl and I can’t commit to an entire movie.

how it's made

Do you watch this series too? Do you have a favorite episode?

~Mavis

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Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Picking Pumpkins, Another Raised Garden Box and Digging Up More Potatoes

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how to build garden boxes

Yesterday Lucy Puggle and I built another garden box. 2 down, 14 more to go. And, did I tell you, I think I might have a new boyfriend? He works at the Home Depot in the lumber department.

Twice this week I’ve walked in and asked him to pick out boards for me {I want to make sure I’m getting good ones}. After he selects the wood, he then rolls the cart to the back and cuts one of the boards in half for me.

Did you know Home Depot will cut your wood for you, for free? Hot dog, why didn’t I know this?

lucy the puggle dog

Lucy and I also dug up a few more potatoes. I’m thinking about making fully loaded baked potato soup this weekend. Have you tried it? Potato soup is delicious.

potatoes

Red, white and blue potatoes are awesome.

cherry tomatoes

We also picked a few cherry tomatoes to snack on too.

pumpkins white mildew on leaves

Did your squash leaves get white powdery mildew on their leaves this year? About half of mine did.

sugar pie pumpkinsLuckily it didn’t seem to bother the sugar pie pumpkins.

But I’m keeping my fingers crossed though, I’ve still got a lot more pumpkins to harvest in the coming weeks.

How is YOUR garden doing lately?

Have you harvested any pumpkin yet?

Mavis wants to know. ;)

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Mornings with Mavis – Re-Usable Bags, Kodak Camera, Mojo Bars, Hush Puppies, Kitchen Scale + More

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fruit flies on cup

How is the fruit fly situation at your house? I don’t know how it happened but all the sudden we had like a million and 22 fruit flies swarming the kitchen last night. It’s a good thing I know how to get rid of fruit flies.

Forget about freaky clowns, I had a nightmare last night I was being carried off by flies.

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a great weekend.

Mavis

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Amazon has Ricki’s Cheesemaking Kit on sale for $20.94 right now. I’ve made both mozzarella and ricotta cheese before and it’s super easy to do.

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Looking for something to make for dinner tonight? This recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup is always a hit at our house.

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Zucchini Recipes – Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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Zucchini Recipes - Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I made this chocolate zucchini cake last night for dessert and let me tell you Bob, it was a big hit. And my kids even knew what was in it. Imagine that. ;) In fact they even asked for seconds. Yep, it was that good.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup Pear Butter {Applesauce would work too}
3 cups zucchini, grated

cream cheese frosting recipe

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups powered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water

Zucchini Recipes - Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Directions for the Cake

Preheat oven to 350.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until nice and smooth. Add vanilla, pear butter and oil and stir until combined. Slowly stir in the flour mixture, then add the shredded zucchini. Stir. Fold in melted chocolate then divide batter into {2} 8″x8″ prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

For the Frosting

Cream together the butter, cream cheese, vanilla and water until nice and smooth.  Add in powdered sugar and whip until fully incorporated.  Frost cake. Eat. Be happy.

Serve with homemade vanilla ice cream if you have it.

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Travel Tip – How to Find Your Car in a Crowded Parking Lot

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Okay, so raise your hand if you’ve ever parked your car and then went to find it and you couldn’t because you totally forgot where you parked? Um that would be me x 1000. If you know me in real life, then you know I have zero sense of direction. Which makes traveling with me really, really, fun.

parking lot signs

But one of the cool tricks I’ve learned along the way is to take a photo of where I parked with my phone. If I’m at the airport, I take a picture of the stall I parked in.

If I’m downtown and parked on the street, then I take a picture of the nearest cross street. I figure if I get lost, I can always ask someone for directions back to where I parked.

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How about YOU? Do you have any clever tricks to help you remember where you parked? Or are you one of those cool cats with a big boquet of flowers tapped to your antenna?

~Mavis

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Is it Just Me, Or Do the British Have All the Fun?

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Have you seen this video of Ellie Cole?

Ellie was waiting for her bus when someone secretly filmed her sweet dance moves. She had no idea. Once the video went viral, she landed a part in the musical AH Men at The Point Theatre, Eastleigh. You can read the article HERE.

northampton-clown{Photo Credit}

Another interesting story from the UK…

If you live in Northhampton, England and are afraid of clowns, you might want not want leave your house anytime soon. It’s been reported that a 50+ year old man has been roaming around town dressed as a clown. Which I suppose isn’t really all that odd if he made balloon animals or it was Halloween. But this clown just stands there. That’s it. He stands in one spot and stares at people with his white makeup and red wig.

There has been no word yet about where he lives. My bets are a storm drain though.

You can read more about the Northhampton clown HERE and HERE.

Is it just me, or do the British have all the fun?

~Mavis

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How Can I Tell If My Chick is a Rooster?

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How Can I Tell If My Baby Chick is a Rooster

Never again will I buy baby chicks from Wilco.

how to tell if my chicken is a rooster

Don’t get me wrong, I like shopping at Wilco for feed and supplies, but this is the second time in 12 months I have purchased chicks from Wilco and both times I’ve gotten at least 1 rooster.

How Can I Tell If My Baby Chick is a Rooster

Remember poor Pablo? It was so sad to see him go. He was gorgeous show bird, not to mention a lovely pet. But we had to give him away because he was a roo. :( Now it looks like we have 2 more we’ll have to find homes for now.

Our Cuckoo Maran Mario {top photo} has all the characteristics of being a rooster. He’s big, has a large comb and his glaring red wattles are starting to form. That my friends is how you can tell if your sweet, adorable 2 week old chick is going to turn out to be a rooster.

Blue Laced Red Wyandotte

Snow White, our Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, will now have a Prince Charming. Yep, that’s what we are calling the little man bird in the second photo.

mottled java

Luckily there has been no drama with our Mottled Java chicks.

mottled java chick

We thought Espresso would have made a break for the border by now, but apparently she want’s to stay.

Araucana chick

We decided to name one of our Araucana chicks, Anne Hathaway. Partly because she has Glam eyes and because the Handsome Husband is totally in love with her {Anne, the person, not the chicken} and I thought it would be fun to tease him.

buff orpington

A few of you thought Buffy the Vanpire Slayer {our Buff Orpington} might be a roo too. But I don’t think so. I think we’re safe.

Araucana chicken

And Chippy, our other Araucana is just lovely.

dogs and chickens

Her and Lucy the puggle dog are already Bff’s.

dogs like chickensLucy checks the brooder every time we go outside and when we take the chicks out, she likes to go up to Chippy and give her a sweet little kiss. It’s the cutest thing ever.

Chickens and dogs, who knew they could be best friends?

Life is good.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to call Chino the Handyman and see if his friend wants 2 more roosters.

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Mother Earth News Magazine, Sorel Boots, Bounty Paper Towels

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Happy Thursday! Only one more day until the weekend, are you excited? Do you have any cool plans? I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet but I’m sure it will involve the backyard garden. ;)

Here are a couple of deals I spotted for you this morning.

Have an awesome day.

Mavis

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Freezer Meal – Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Freezer Meal Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Remember those yummy Freezer Meal Meatballs I posted awhile back when I was using up all my Zaycon ground beef? Well here is a delicious recipe to use them in. Since you already have the meatballs in your freezer {you do, right?}, it’s a super simple dinner idea. This was a hit with my whole crew {even the picky ones}.

Freezer Meal Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Ingredients

1 can pineapple chunks {20 oz}
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
30 Freezer Meal Meatballs
1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
Cooked rice

meatballs

Directions

Drain pineapple, save juice and set pineapple aside. Measure 1 cup of pineapple juice {add water to reach a cup if the can doesn’t yield enough} and pour into a large skillet. Add 1/3 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken. Add the pineapple, meatballs and green pepper. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until meatballs are hot. Serve with rice.

You can also make this meal as a freezer meal when preparing the meatballs. After the meatballs have cooked, follow the recipe above. Instead of serving hot over rice, let cool and then freeze in a Ziploc or other freezer safe container. To prepare after freezing, simply warm the mixture over the stove until hot. Then serve freezer meal over rice.

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Why Crop Rotation is Important for Healthy Soil

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Why Crop Rotation is Important for Healthy Soil

This year I was hoping to be able to grow 2 tons of vegetables. It’s not going to happen. Why? Because I totally failed at rotating my crops.  Keeping your soil healthy is essential to organic gardening–and I flat out asked too much of mine without giving enough in return.

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Basically, some plants take certain nutrients from the soil and put different nutrients back in.  If you grow the same thing (or plant of the same family) over and over in the same spot, the plant will suck all of the nutrients it needs from the soil until there is nothing left.  When the plant can’t get what it needs, it becomes susceptible to diseases and fungus.

How to Prevent  Zucchini and Squash Blossom End Rot{How to prevent blossom end rot}

Those diseases and fungus then find safe harbor in the soil and prey on the plant the next year.  The whole thing can be very ugly business.  The good news is that if you rotate your planting spots at least every 3 years, you will actually be nurturing your soil, not destroying it.  {Of course, I’ve learned just how true this can be the hard way–not only will I not hit 2 tons of vegetables, I’ll be lucky to even hit 1 ton this year.  I guess that’s what happens when you get into a routine.  Mother nature always shows you who’s boss.}

DIY Raised garden beds cabbage

Rotating crops isn’t that tricky, once you have a basic understanding of what each plant takes and gives the soil.  Some plants take almost nothing from the soil {i.e. most herbs}.

peas in pod

How cool are they?  Others take quite a bit of nitrogen {lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes}, while some add quite a bit in {peas, beans, and other legumes}.  So, as a general rule of thumb, it’s best to rotate starting with nitrogen providing plants, then the next year, nitrogen sucking plants, followed by a nice benign year of crops like herbs.    Think of yourself as a dirt farmer, rather than a vegetable gardener.

Testing the pH Level of Soil{Testing the pH level in your soil}

When you properly rotate crops, diseases that may be present in the dirt typically only affect plant families.  If you plant something that is in a different family, the disease will not have a host plant, and you will have successfully shut.it.down.  It’s organic pest and disease control at its finest.

eliot coleman four season farm greenhouse{Four Seasons Farm – Eliot Coleman Barbara Damrosch Tour}

Eliot Coleman {author of 4 Season Harvest} suggests that your rotate your crops in a simple 8 step fashion:  (1) tomatoes (2) peas (3) cabbage (4) sweet corn (5) potatoes (6) squash (7) root crops (8) beans.  That seems pretty simple to me, and if you grow something not listed, you really only need to look up what family it belongs to and assign it a position in the rotation {i.e. Brussels sprouts belong to the cabbage family–boom! it’s number 3 in the rotation.}

rainbow-carrots

Mother Earth News even had this handy dandy little breakdown of all of the most common plants and which family they belong to, so that you can personalize your rotation plan:

  • Onion family: onions, garlic, leeks and shallots
  • Carrot family: carrots, celery, parsley and parsnips
  • Sunflower family: lettuce, sunflowers and a few other leafy greens
  • Cabbage family: cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and many other leafy greens, as well as rutabagas and kohlrabi
  • Spinach family: beets and chard
  • Cucumber family: cucumbers, melons, squash and gourds
  • Pea family: peas and beans
  • Grass family: corn, wheat, oats and rye
  • Tomato family: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes

garden map

I think the hardest part of crop rotation is coming up with a plan, but I guess that’s what winter is for, right?  Long dark days with plenty of time to plan out your garden.

What do you think, is crop rotation important to you?

~Mavis

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