Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 27 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 27 of 52

watering cans on fence

Right before I left for 9 days I sprinkled 2 bottles of Sluggo around the garden and crossed my fingers that the teenager I put in charge of taking care of my garden would be able to handle the job.

Well not only did she do a great job of keeping the gardens watered, but there was one not one plant causality to be found. Which is more than I can say for the last time I put the Handsome Husband in charge of watering.

pallet garden

I came home to zucchini plants growing along the fence and a pallet garden full of strawberries, chard, celery, beans and zucchini that was thriving.

raised garden beds

The garden boxes were well taken care of too.

wild artichokes

Artichokes, rhubarb, and gladiolus.

english glass greenhouse

While we were away the temps in the Seattle/Tacoma area were in the 80′s and the tomatoes and cucumbers really benefited from the heat. I’ll post some close up pictures later this week so you can see.
cabbage and potatoes

And holy cow man! Check out the cabbage and potatoes we have growing along side the greenhouse. Not to shabby if you ask me!

potato towers

The potato towers and the spuds we have growing along side the greenhouse are looking pretty good as well.

wooden backyard

A view from the back deck.

grow kale and Swiss Chard

The kale and the Swiss chard we planted in front of the chicken coop is finally starting to take off. I didn’t water it as much as I should have in the beginning because of where the coop is located {it’s kind of a pain to drag the hose all the way over there everyday}. But the little vegetable patch is starting to bounce back and provide a bunch of greens for the hens to munch on.

pumpkin patch

Wahooo! Check out the pumpkin patch. When I was mounding up little hills to plant pumpkin seeds I snuck a seed potato at the bottom of each hill. Since potatoes and pumpkins grow well together I figured, hey, why not?

I’ve never tried this before so I’m curious to see how many potatoes we get.

spooner farms raspberries

The raspberry patch. We picked our first pint of 2013 raspberries this morning.

herb container garden

And last but not least, the container herb garden. I need to get our there and harvest so herbs before they all go to seed!

Well that’s a quick look at my garden, how is yours coming along?

~Mavis

mavis butterfield ryan botanical interests

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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Homes of Colonial Williamsburg, Va

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Homes of Colonial Williamsburg, Va

Alright. So let’s talk about colonial houses.

Homes of Colonial Williamsburg, Va

I want one.

Homes of Colonial Williamsburg, Va

Not only do I want to live in a colonial type house, I want the big fat vegetable garden to go along with it.

Homes of Colonial Williamsburg, Va

The HH likes the flat fronted style houses {anyone know what the proper name is?} while I like the tiny {by today’s standards} colonial homes.

root cellar

A root cellar on the side of the house is a must. We saw a bunch of homes with root cellars in the front of the home but I thought that was just plain nuts.

colonial williamsburg homes

I mean seriously, if a root cellar is supposed to store enough vegetables crops, canned goods and meats to get you and your family through winter and well in to the Spring growing season, what the heck happens when vandals bust the lock open and loot the joint. You’re out of luck man, that’s what!

Homes of Colonial Williamsburg, Va

This is the one. This is the colonial house I would love to re-produce someday and live in. I think the only additions I’d make would be some indoor plumbing, air-conditioning, and electricity.

Homes of Colonial Williamsburg, Va

Can you imagine yourself living in a colonial home someday? Or am I a total nut for wanting to move out of my suburban Mc Mansion and move into a tiny house in the middle of nowhere?

C’mon, we can start our own colony. It would be fun!

~Mavis

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Strawberry Peach Smoothie

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Strawberry Peach  Smoothie

Strawberry peach smoothies are on the breakfast menu this morning and boy are they delicious. I never really drank smoothies before the HH got The Girl Who Thinks She’a a Bird a Blendtec for her 16th birthday.

Some dads get their kids cars, my husband bought a blender. And let me tell you Bob, we use it almost everyday of the week. Weird, huh?

strawberry peach smoothie

Smoothies can be incredibly simple, and this recipe for strawberry peach smoothies most certainly is.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen peaches
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup orange juice

Directions

Toss everything in your blender and give it a whirl! My Blendtec whips this up in about 20 seconds flat. Now that’s my kind of breakfast!

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Looking for more delicious smoothie recipes? Check out the book Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes.

Get your smoothie fix with all my healthy smoothie recipes!

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Voucher Worth $30 Off Kindle Fire, Canon Printer $39.99 Shipped, Bob’s Red Mill, Coupons

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Happy Sunday everyone! We spent our Fourth of July in Washington D.C. and watched fireworks at the National Mall. It. Was. Awesome. I can’t believe how many people were there. The Girl and I staked out our spot around 2pm and had a great time working on our tans {Ha!} and drinking iced tea.

We had a great time and I can’t wait to share the photos. But first, here are a few deals I spotted this morning you might be interested in. :)

 ~Mavis

Free Voucher Worth $30 Off Kindle Fire

If you’ve been thinking about getting a Kindle, to day is the day! Amazon Local is offering a Free Voucher Worth $30 Off Kindle Fire plus a Free Voucher to Purchase Select Kindle Books for $1 Each.

The Details

Kindle Fire is the perfect family tablet with the best in kids’ entertainment, and today’s deal from Amazon.com offers an excellent opportunity to acquire one at a magnificent discount. Take advantage of today’s deal and of all the convenience and fun Kindle Fire has to offer.

  • Free voucher worth $30 off Kindle Fire
  • Powerful processor and extra-long battery life, designed to travel with you wherever you go
  • Ultra-fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi — easy-to-use email works with Gmail, Yahoo!, and others
  • Over 23 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, books, magazines, songs, and audiobooks

Go HERE to get this Amazon Local Deal

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

kindle books

Victory Garden Guide for Self Sufficiency and Self Sufficient Living - FREE
The Complete Chile Pepper Book - $2.51
Kale Recipes - FREE {Wahoooo! I’m totally getting this one!}
Meet Franklin Bean – FREE

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

bobs red mill coupons

Amazon has Bob’s Red Mill Products on sale:

Bob’s Red Mill Oats Steel Cut, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4) $11.21/$2.81 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Bob’s Red Mill Cereal 7 Grain, 25-Ounce (Pack of 4) $8.70/ $2.17 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Corn Grits/Polenta, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4) $10.94/ $2.73 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Canon-PIXMA-MG2120-Inkjet-Photo-All-In-One

Looking for a new printer? Amazon has the Canon PIXMA MG2120 Inkjet Photo All-In-One on sale for $39.99 shipped!

Canon Power Shot Camera

Looking for a great camera? Amazon currently has the Canon PowerShot Camera on sale for just $85.95.reynolds wrap  foil coupon

Do you use foil? Print a coupon for $1.00 off any 1 Reynolds Wrap Foil

coconut milk coupon

Amazon has Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk, 13.66 Ounce (Pack of 6) on sale for $12.24/ $2.04 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.

zulily deals

Zulily has some great deals today. Here are a few of my favorites:

Spenco Flip Flops
Sleek LInes – Shapewear under $17.99
Peek-A-Zoo Icepacks from $5.99 {These are super cute!}
Wooden Track Sale – All aboard!

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

rei coupons

REI is having a 10 Days of Deals Sale and is featuring a different deal each day. Today you can save an additional 25% off all Packs. Yee-Haw!

born shoe sale coupons

6pm has Born shoes on sale with savings up to 50% off. I’ve worn Born shoes before and they a extremely comfortable. Plus, they ship for free!

marie claire magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Marie Claire for only $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/7/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Dollar Shave Club couldn’t be simpler. My brother in-law LOVES this company!! Select one of their great razors, pay one low monthly fee, and they’ll send ‘em right to your door. No more over-paying for fancy brand name shave tech. No more forgetting to buy your blades.

how to compost kitchen scraps

Would you like to compost your kitchen scraps but don’t know how to get started? Check out my post on How to Compost Kitchen Scraps. It will tell you everything you need to know.

Find More Printable Coupons

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Mavis Takes the Day Off

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I just wanted to give you a heads up and let you know I’m taking the day off from the blog today.

To make a long story short, I left my house on Thursday June 27th, and I just got back in to town late last night. I was gone 9 days. I hung out in San Francisco with my garden buddy Harriet and toured gardens for a couple of days, then it was straight to Washington D.C. for a family vacation with the HH, Monkey Boy and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird.

While I was away I took over 3,000 photos, drank copious amounts of tea, lost half my body weight in sweat {and gained it all back in sweets}. I packed a suitcase full of clothes and with the exception of one night in San Francisco when I wore a dress, I’ve been living in the same pair of shorts and alternating between 2 t-shirts for the last 9 days. Actually make that 10 days, because I didn’t even have the strength last night to change in to my pj’s before crawling in to bed.

I have laundry to do, milk to buy, a dog to pick up, neighbors to thank and a garden to inspect once I wipe the sleep from my eyes.

But first, I need some tea! ;)

I can’t wait to share all my photos and adventures with you. I hope you’ll come back tomorrow.

♥ Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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You Grow Girl

Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

potato tower

Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

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Mornings with Mavis 

The Best Banana Walnut Bread

Recipes

How to Run Your Best 5K

Tips and Tricks

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Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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My Own Labels – Custom Canning Labels As Low As $.15 Each!

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custom canning labels

Calling all home canning enthusiasts…

If you’re thinking about giving away homemade jams, jellies, or your famous pickles this year and are looking for some uber cute canning labels, you’ll want to check out My Own Labels.

my own labels

The My Own Labs website is easy to use and you can create any sort of customized canning labels, gift tags, or any other type of label you can dream up in just minutes.

Pretty awesome if you ask me!

Head on over to My Own Labels to check out all the cool designs.

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Friday Night at the Movies – In Search of Beethoven

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Tonight The Girl and I are going to watch In Search of Beethoven.  It’s a documentary about the life of Beethoven, and how his work relates to modern day music.  I love watching anything that shows people who are truly gifted in their element.  It always leaves me inspired to be better, but since I only play the tambourine {and by play, I mean, I bought one at a garage sale this year} I think I will just settle for watching this one in awe.

in search of beethoven

Amazon Prime Members can watch In Search of Beethoven for free.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

 

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Apricot Jam Recipe

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apricot jam recipe

Jam is so simple and easy to make, sometimes I find myself getting carried away {as if that were even possible – ha}.  Apricot jam is one of my favorites, you don’t have to deal with any of the seeds like berry jams, and you only need 3 simple ingredients.

If you are looking for low sugar jam recipes, I highly recommend Pomona’s Universal Pectin and the book Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin. I’ve used it in the past and I’ve been pretty happy with the results. But when it comes to jams, jellies and syrups, I like mine sweet.

apricots fresh sliced

Ingredients

8 cups diced apricots
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 cups sugar

apricot jam recipe

Directions

Bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars {I’m used pint jars} and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

Combine all 3 ingredients in a large pot.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally as sugar dissolves.

Allow mixture to come to a full rolling boil. Gently boil for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands on. Place jars on elevated rack in a canner. Lower rack into canner. {Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.} Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After the jars have cooled, check the seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary. Yields 5 pints or 10 1/2 pints.


See More of my Canning Recipes HERE

Looking for a few more awesome canning recipes? Check out Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. Amazon has it currently in stock and ready to ship.

Need a canner? I used the Granite Ware 11-1/2 Quart Covered Preserving Canner with Rack. And if you need a tool kit, I use one similar to this one.

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2013 Fourth of July Parade

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the lone ranger white horse

In addition to the Fourth of July fireworks we saw last night, we also attended a Fourth of July Parade. The Lone Ranger was there. I’m not exactly sure what the Lone Ranger has to do with Independence, but he was there along with Silver and Tonto.

back to the future care

So was the car from Back to the Future. Again, not sure what it had to do with America and Independence, but okay.

man selling water on side of the road

There were guys on the sidewalk selling bottled water for one dollar.

trash piled up

And trash piled up every which way you looked.

Which made me wonder; at what point does a parent tell their child just hang on to their trash until they can find an acceptable trash can? Is walking another block or two with their empty water bottle really that difficult?

repent and trust million dollar bill

There was no candy at this parade, but there was a guy passing out million dollar notes.

fourth of july outfits

And the clothes. This being the first Fourth of July Parade I had been to in 20+ years, I totally missed the memo and forgot to dress up.

poodle skirt patriotic

Check out this ladies poodle skirt. How cool is that?

bucket hats

Grandmas with red, white and blue bucket hats.

red white stripped shirt

A red and white stripped shirt with a flag scarf as a belt {very clever}.

red white blue stripped hat

A tall striped hat. Very nice.

american flag top hat

And the classic American Flag top hat. Lincoln would be proud.

fourth of july parade

How about YOU? How did you spend your Fourth of July? Did you attend a parade? Go to a BBQ? Or did you just light a few sparklers at home instead?

Mavis want to know.

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