Mornings with Mavis – FREE Kindle Books, Gorilla Carts, Fiesta Pie Plates, Soil Tester, Online Deals + More

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Happy Thursday, it looks like it’s going to be a great day today, a little cold, but NO SNOW so all is good. I think I’ll try and get a second coat of paint on the patio furniture, and make a some sort of berry pie. I’ll have to check the freezer to see what we still have left.

Have a great day everyone!

 ~Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Homestead Survivalist Series: Raising Chickens FREE
Growing House Plants for the Beginner Enthusiast FREE
Food Canning: How To Safely Preserve Foods FREE
Food Drying: Food Dehydration and Safe Storage FREE

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

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Amazon Local is offering a sweet deal for local gardeners: Fairie Gardens - $30 to Spend on Plants, Flowers, and More {Olympia, Wa}. I think I’ll have to grab that one!

Be sure and Sign up HERE so you’ll know what the daily deal is each day.

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Amazon has the Gorilla Carts 600-Pound Capacity Cart on sale for $69.99 shipped!

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Amazon currently has my favorite Fiesta 10-1/4-Inch Deep Dish Pie Bakers on sale for  $16.99. There are several colors to choose from and I love the durability!

Luster Leaf 1612 Rapitest pH Soil Tester

Have you tested your garden soil yet this year? I just ordered the Luster Leaf Rapitest pH Soil Tester so I can test my garden beds. I hope I pass!

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Zulily has some awesome deals this morning. If you are a SNL fan, check out the hilarious clothing!

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Children’s Museum of Tacoma Summer Play Pass $24.99 {Tacoma, WA}
Legendary Doughnuts $9.99 for $20 worth of doughnuts {Seattle, WA}
Rosedale Gardens $15 for $30 worth of Plants and Pots {Gig Harbor, Wa}
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Living Social Deals I think are Cool

Liven Up Your Walls with Three Photo-to-Canvas Prints $49 {National}
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort $79 a night! {SWEET DEAL!}
Standing Stones Cheese Making Kit $19 {Yum!}

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6pm has Clarks sandals and shoes on sale for up to 60% off! Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING with every 6pm purchase as well! Yee-Ha!

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Save up to 50% and celebrate mom with a bundle of her favorites at philosophy!

Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection

Do you have any Star Trek fans in the house? Amazon’s Deal of the Day is the Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection for $22.99 on regular DVD or $34.99 on Blu-ray. Beam me up Scotty!

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Hey Honey, I spray painted all the patio furniture. Do you like it?

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How am I suppose to explain this to the Handsome Husband when he gets home?

The gnomes were one thing, but this takes the cake if I do say so myself!

Help!

~Mavis

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Avocado Egg Salad Recipe

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Avocado Egg Salad Recipe

If you still have a ton of eggs sitting in your refrigerator from Easter this recipe for avocado egg salad is over the top delicious. I’ve been making this recipe for years and I still love it.

Ingredients

6 eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 avocado, halved, peeled, seeded and sliced 1/4 -inch thick lengthwise
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
toasted bread

Directions

Chop the hard-boiled eggs and place them in a small mixing bowl with mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, paprika, salt and pepper and mix together. Toast bread, place sliced avocados  on one side of the bread and lettuce and a heaping scoop of egg salad on the other half . Bring the two halves together and slice.

Yummalicious!

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Looking for a few more awesome egg recipes? Check out Eggs by Michel Roux. I think it’s pretty awesome.

 

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Tips for Container Gardening

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If you are short on space, don’t let it stop you from gardening!  Quite a few edibles can thrive in containers–producing FREE fresh produce for you and your family. One of my goals this year is to show you that anyone can garden, no matter how much space they have.

simple garden container garden kits

Over the next few weeks I’ll be planting several different crops in containers to show you just how easy container gardening can be.

I recently planted 2 small container gardens using Simple Garden Starter Kits.  These kits are cool because they include a 12-Inch by 12-inch planter, peat moss based soil, tomato and basil seeds, and a planting grid for seed spacing, a planting stick for seed depth.

simple garden starter kit

If you have never tried container gardening, here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Drainage, drainage, drainage.  This is the single most important consideration in container gardening {imagine trench foot in your plants’ roots–they don’t like prolonged sitting in water any more than we do}.  When choosing a container make sure you have plenty of drain holes in the bottom.  A single hole will not cut it {often times, if your pot material allows, you can drill more holes}.  I like to collect all of the river rocks I find in the soil as I’m digging {or scavenge them from construction sites} and put them in the bottom of the containers before I add dirt.  It adds additional drainage and saves a little money on potting soil.  The rocks alone would not be enough, though, so again, make sure your container has plenty of holes.  Also, do not use gravel for drainage–it is counterproductive, causing the water to back up in the soil.  {Feel free to insert something wise about physics here to explain this phenomenon.}   
  2. Fertilize your pots regularly.
  3. Get a set of wheels.  Putting your pots on wheels isn’t essential, but it does allow you to easily move your plants–which depending on your location, may allow you to make the most of the lighting.
  4. Change out the soil yearly.  This doesn’t mean a complete overhaul, but before planting new plants for the year, remove the first several inches and add in new potting soil.  If possible, thoroughly mix it in with the old.  It will add extra nutrients that were lost in the previous growing season, and if done yearly, it will save you money in not having to add new soil to the entire pot.
  5. When using smaller space containers, make sure to check to see which plants play nicely together.  Certain plants do not do well in the same pot, while on the flipside, some plants will increase yields when planted together.  Know your chosen varieties’ enemies!
  6. As with tip #5, make sure to plan to put plants with similar watering needs in the same containers.
  7. Accept death.  This isn’t a nugget of zen wisdom I am trying to sneak pass you here, I promise.  Plants die, no matter what you are growing them in {containers, garden beds, etc.}  It happens to me all of the time.  Sometimes, you follow all of the rules to the letter and they up and die anyway.   Don’t let it discourage you from pressing on.  Live to grow another day.
  8. Use potting soil.  Regular dirt you dig up from the backyard will typically not have enough drainage to support container gardening.  Choose a mix with perlite, etc.  Or plan to amend your dirt. I am a big fan of  Miracle Grow potting soil or you can also make your own potting soil as well.
  9. Consider your water source.  When placing your containers, consider the water source you will be using.  Do you have a hose nearby?  Are you going to carry a watering can out to your plants–and if so, are your containers so far out of your way that your motivation may decrease as the summer goes on?  Be realistic about how much work you want to do and plant accordingly.

How about YOU?

Do you have any container gardening tips to add?

~Mavis

If you would like to learn more about growing vegetable container gardens, check out The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible By Edward C. Smith.  Amazon currently has it on sale for $13.29.

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10 Cool Uses for WD-40

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I think a can of WD-40 is sitting on every garage workbench I’ve ever been in.  In fact, WD-40′s website claims there are over 2000 uses for the stuff.  Huh, who knew?

Here’s 10 uncommon uses for WD-40 you might want to try:

  1. Use it to clean scuff marks, nail polish, paint and mascara off of tile floors.  Works great for grout lines too.
  2. Spray a generous layer on the top of bird feeders to keep squirrels off.  Supposedly, they slip right off.  {Is is wrong that I am looking forward to testing this one?}
  3. Unstick gum from hair {and some carpets–though, check an inconspicuous area first}.
  4. Separate glassware that is stuck.  Ever stack your glasses, only to find them stuck?  Spray a little WD-40 around them and they should slip apart.
  5. Keep bugs at bay.  Spray WD-40 on window sills, etc. to keep spiders and other bugs out.  {Spray on cockroaches directly to kill them, if you live in an area where cockroaches are a problem.}
  6. Lube garden tools and shovels.  This is particularly effective if you have a lot of clay in your soil–makes it much easier to work the soil.
  7. Clean rust off of garden tools.
  8. Remove rubber cement from just about any surface {Any teachers out there?  Have you ever tried this one?}
  9. Remove stickers from just about anything.
  10. Remove crayon from walls and wallpaper.

What do YOU use WD-40 for?

~Mavis

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 4/3/2013 Garden Tally

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This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis

Well it was another exciting week harvesting vegetables in the backyard garden. I harvested 1 ounce of chives to use on scrambled eggs. HA!

It’s hard to believe that somehow I’ll find a way to grow another 3,994 pounds of food between now and the end of the year. When you think about it, it’s pretty crazy. I can only imagine what it must be like for those of you living in much colder areas with shorter growing seasons. It’s got to be tough.

All I can say is, I am totally looking forward to June, and planting pumpkins. Let’s hope we can grow a couple of hundred pounders this year. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Let me know if you have any secrets to growing giant ones!

Happy digging,

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:


beets

Beets - 14 ounces

carrots

Carrots – 3 ounces

chives and tulips{Lucy likes to tip toe through the tulips and chives daily}

Chives – 2 ounces

francisco mavis{Francisco stopped by for a visit and held Baby Fat, our tiny Black Australorp}

Egg Count – 563

Last week we collected a whopping 82 eggs. That is almost 1 dozen eggs a day! I don’t think the weekly egg count will get any higher than that. Black Fatty, and the two Bantam hens are occasional layers and the rest of the girls are laying about 6 eggs each a week. Not to shabby if you ask me.

microgreens
Lettuce
– 6 ounces
Microgreens 5 ounces

potatoes

Potatoes – 2 pounds 9 ounces

grow your own sprouts

Sprouts - 8 ounces

Rainbow-Swiss-Chard-picture

Swiss Chard 11 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 6 pounds 1 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 563

Get out there and grow!

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books and Amazon Deals

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Happy Wednesday. It’s suppose to be in the low 60′s agian today here in Western Washington so I’ll be working in the garden. I’m hoping to have time to re-pot some basil and a few other odd chores.

I’ll see you back in a bit for weigh in Wednesday.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

~Mavis

free kindle books

Here are 4 FREE Kindle Books for you this morning:

Starting Seeds 
Natural Mosquito Control
Let’s Plant A Vegetable Garden!
The Mexican Food Cookbooks 

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

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Wowza! Amazon currently has the Cottonelle Clean Care with Soft Ripples Bath Tissue {32- double rolls} available for only $15.66 when you clip the $2.00 off coupon below and use the subscribe and save option at check out.

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Fiskars 9625PowerGear Bypass Lopper with UltraBlade coating, 18 inch

Amazon currently has my favorite Fiskers Loppers on sale for $26.01. I use these in the bakyard garden all the time for trimming and LOVE them!

Cuisinart CGS-134 3-Piece Grilling Tool Set with Grill Glove

Need new grilling tools? Amazon has the Cuisinart 3-Piece Grilling Tool Set with Grill Glove on sale for $20.07 shipped.

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Gnute The Gnome Watering Can

Looking for a garden gnome?  Gnut the Gnome Watering Can would be fun to bring along on a summer road trip to St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Amazon currently has Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4) on sale for $10.98/$2.74 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save discount at checkout.

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Sony High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder

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2 Year Subscription to Saveur Magazine Only $7.99

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DiscountMags is offering a 2 year subscription to Saveur Magazine for only $7.99 when you use code 9709 at checkout.

Saveur Magazine is an award-winning food and travel publication that covers the world of authentic cuisine. Each issue of Saveur provides brilliant photography, extraordinary stories, and recipes that reflect the traditions, history, and love of fine foods the world over. I have a subscription to this magazine and it’s awesome!

{Homestyle Scalloped Potatoes recipe}

*This special rate will be live through midnight  4/03/13 {EST}. You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. You can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts! This is such a wonderful magazine at an amazing price.

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Mavis Asks Readers to Send in Gnomes – Update

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Last week I told you about my plans to donate $10 for every gnome donated {big or small, ceramic or plastic, new or old} to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital* at the end of this summer.

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Holy cow was I surprised when I picked up the mail today.

You. Are. Awesome.

Some of the gnomes came with gift cards letting me know who and where they were from, and others were shipped without a message.

We would LOVE to be able to write your first name and your city/state on the bottom of each gnome, so please, if you sent one of these gnomes in, please head on over HERE to see a full list of all the gnomes sent in so far.

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I just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in a gnome, who is thinking about sending a gnome, or who just stops by everyday to check in.

You have no idea how much it means to me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

♥ Mavis

Mavis butterfield gnome St. Jude's wish list

 

* A maximum of $10,000 will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

The money will come from this years blog earnings {so keep that in mind the next time you see a link to a cool product on One Hundred Dollars A Month}. Again, thanks for your help. Giving back is cool!

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How to Grow Carrots {Start to Finish}

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I think carrots are hands down one of the easiest vegetables to grow {zucchini and peas are at the top of the list too}. This year I’ll be growing 3 different kinds of carrots:

Brief description:  Carrots are a root vegetable.  They have a sweet mild flavor.  They are super easy to grow–and once you’ve had homegrown carrots, it will be tough to go back.

Where to Plant Carrots:   Plant in raised beds and garden beds. I plant mine in a garden box that is about 12 inches deep.

what do carrot seeds look like

Planting Seeds:  Sow outside 2-4 weeks before last frost.  You can sow them every couple of weeks for a continuous crop, but stop about 2 months before the first expected frost.  Sow seeds about 1/4″ deep.  Thin to 1 every 3″ when seedlings reach about 1″ tall.

Growing Tips:   Carrots prefer loose, well-composted soil.  Don’t allow young carrots to dry out, consistent watering will provide the best growth and limit cracking.

rainbow-carrots

How to Harvest:  Don’t allow carrots to get too big.  Check your seed packet for full grown length, and harvest by loosing the surrounding soil and pulling the carrots out by hand.  Digging them up sometimes results in damaged carrots.  Carrots actually get sweetest after a light frost.

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

Here are a few of my Favorite Carrot recipes:

chicken and thyme rice with carrotsChicken and Thyme Rice with Carrots

the best moist carrot cake recipeCarrot Cake 

carrot cake jam recipe canning

Carrot Cake Jam

Fun Fact:  In the 16th century, Dutch carrot growers invented the orange carrot in honor of the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family. They created the carrots by cross breeding pale yellow carrots with red carrots.

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