Quinoa Salad with Broccoli, Garbanzo Beans and Cranberries

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Recipe Quinoa Salad with Broccoli, Garbanzo Beans and Cranberries

If you still have a bag of quinoa in your pantry and you don’t know what to do with it,  this recipe for quinoa salad with broccoli, garbanzo beans and cranberries turned out pretty awesome if  I do say so myself.

I’m still not sure what I’m  going to do with all the free broccoli from Mr. Produce Guy saved for me, but this recipe was a good start.

Not only does it taste great, but it also has a lot of protein too.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1 {15 oz} can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Quinoa Salad with Broccoli, Garbanzo Beans and Cranberries

Directions

Place the quinoa, water, cranberries, cumin, salt, and lime juice  in a rice cooker and cook just as you would rice.

If you do not have a rice cooker simply add the quinoa, water,  cumin, and salt in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered, until the liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is tender {about 20 minutes} and add cranberries once the quinoa is done cooking.

While the qunioa is cooking, saute the broccoli in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add garbanzo beans and saute an additional 2 minutes.

Remove the broccoli and garbanzo beans from the heat, and quinoa mixture and toss. Serve warm or cold.

Cooking With Quinoa: the Supergrain

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – End of March

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magnum glass greenhouse in march

Lucy the puggle dog and I thought we’d give you a little tour around the greenhouse today and show you what’s growing.

potted daffodils

Creepy Gnome Guy’s job this year is to protect the greenhouse. Last year he was stationed in the broccoli patch and the year before he protected the peas from the squirrels.

chives tulips

The chive border is coming in nicely and the tulips are about a week away from blooming.

how to grow food in gutters

So far we have spinach in the top gutter and romaine lettuce in the lower gutter. I think I’ll plant some toy choy in the two middle gutters later this week.

romaine lettuce seedlings

What do you think? Maybe a month to go before we are serving Cesar salads?

strawberries in gutters

Lemon the lemon tree is hanging in there and we are starting to harden off a bunch of vegetable and flower flats. I think in another few weeks I’ll try and move all the heirloom tomato plants out to the greenhouse. We’ll see.

strawberries in gutters picture

Strawberries in gutters.

cabbage sprouts

And last but not least, round 2 of the cabbage starts.

brown puggle puppy dog

Yep, I’d say things are looking pretty good for this time of year.  Warming temps, no snow or other wacky weather to speak of and plenty of sticks to chew on. What more could a girl and her dog ask for?

Life is good.

~Mavis

If you are thinking about growing food in a greenhouse but don’t know how to get started,  you should check out Elliot Coleman’s book Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long. I think it’s pretty awesome.

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How to Grow Bok Choy {Start to Finish}

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bok choy seed packet

I planted a flat of Toy Bok Choy seeds last week. Have you ever tried bok choy before?

We love to chop it up and add it to stir fry. My daughter likes the smaller variety of bok choy better better than the giant leave you typically find in the grocery stores so that’s why we grow the toy bok choy. It can be harder to find, and when you do it’s typically in  a specialty market and they want to charge an arm and a leg for it.

Here is how to be cool and grow your own.

what do bok choy seeds look like

Brief description:  Bok Choy is also called Chinese Cabbage.  It is a sweet, mild flavor.  Young leaves can be eaten in salads, or stems are great for stir-fries, etc.

Where to Plant Bok Choy:   Plant in raised beds, garden beds or containers.

bok choy

Planting Seeds:   Sow outside 4-6 weeks before average last frost.  Plant seeds 1/4″-1/2″ deep and thin to one every 6″ when seedlings are 4″ tall.

Growing Tips:   Bok Choy is a cool weather crop.  It does best in loose soil.  Keep Bok Choy beds well-weeded.

heirloom bok choy, Rainbow swiss chard, kale

How to Harvest:  Harvest young leaves as needed.  To harvest entire plant, cut the entire head even with the soil.

Preparation Tip:  Don’t wash Bok Choy until you are ready to eat it.  By not washing it, you can extend its fridge-life up to 6 days.

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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Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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food waste in America

It was another magnificent week in the reclaimed food department.  My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets as I was unloading all the fruits and veggies from the boxes.

I’m not sure what’s harder to believe, all this food was going to be thrown away, or that we as consumers have become so picky that grocery stores automatically toss fruits and vegetables when they have even the slightest blemish on them.

This week instead of me telling you what I think was wrong with the vegetables, I would like you to tell me what you see. Would you have bought this produce at it’s regular sale price, at a discount, or would you have passed on it all together?

iceberg lettuce

head of cauliflower

bruised ripe bananas

peeled banana

broccoli

fat carrots

puggle dog green pepper

radish
food waste in America

It’s hard to imagine that all of this food was going to be tossed. It all looks perfectly fine to me {well, except that one brown spot on the cauliflower}.

Food waste in America, it’s just plain crazy if you ask me.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

From Garbage to GourmetGot scraps? Check out the ebook From Garbage to Gourmet: Prevent Food Waste and Create Delicious Food out of Things You Normally Throw Away.

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, EMU Clothing, Crayola, Eureka, 50% off Eyeglasses, e.l.f. + More

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mornings with mavis

Happy Tuesday, did you hear the news? I’m looking for a few good gnomesfor a wee little fundraising project I’m working on. I’m sure Lucy is going to love being my sidekick on this one as she loves to open packages.

My friend Jane from the blog ThyHandHathProvided has just launched her awesome recipe book in an ebook format. I own the hard copy and I love, love, love it.

I’m hoping to put together a greenhouse tour picture post a little later today, so much is going on now that the weather is finally starting to warm up a bit it’s awesome!

Alright, I better get going, here are a few deals I spotted for you, have a great day!

 ~Mavis

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Thy Hand Hath Provided $9.99 {Jane’s Book!}
The Anne Stories $0.99
A Second Helping $1.99 {Sounds hilarious}
My First Smoothie Recipe Book FREE
Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Secrets FREE
Backyard Chickens$2.99
Preppers Garden Food Production FREE

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

finger paints

Amazon has Crayola 4ct Washable Fingerpaints on sale for just $4.88. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE finger paints! Wahooo!

eureka-handheld-vac

Amazon currently has the Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum on sale for $34.20 shipped! This is a rockin’ deal and the reviews are awesome.

EMU discount clothing

Zulily is having a big EMU sale with lot’s of gorgeous items up to 60% off. This is a more expensive brand so don’t pass out when you check these goodies out.

save on eyeglasses

Score 50% OFF + Free Shipping on all eyeglasses and sunglasses from GlassesUSA when you use code EASTER50FS at check out.

For single-vision eyeglasses, discount applies to frames with Value Lens Package.

* For Rx. sunglasses, bifocals and for progressive glasses, discount applies to frames only.
* Lens upgrades available at additional cost and may be required for higher prescriptions.
* Free standard shipping for orders in the US.
* Premium tagged frames not eligible.
* Offer valid from 3/25 to 3/31 11:59PM PST.
* Limit one coupon code per purchase.

e.l.f.-cosmetics

Save 50% off all new Spring Collection items from e.l.f. cosmetics when you use code SPRING at check out. This offer is valid 3/26 through 4/1.

Lovely Vintage Jewelry Crystal Peacock Hair Clip

Snag this Lovely Vintage Jewelry Crystal Peacock Hair Clip for only $1.00 shipped right now on Amazon. There are a ton of reviews and they are great!

wilco ad

If you have a Wilco nearby you might want to stop in today and score 25% off all clothing, footwear, lawn & garden, animal health, pet food and hardware.

Sweet diggety! It looks like I’ll be swinging by for chicken feed. Doors open at 7 am.

living social deals

Living Social has some great deals going on, here are my favorites:

Omaha Steaks Dinning Classics Deal $52
Pet Flow Get $30 to spend on pet food delivery $15
1 Year Subscription to Dwell Magazine  $10

Looking for a great baby shower gift? Get a Free Baby Sling from Seven Slings when you use code ENBABY at check out. You do have to pay a shipping fee.

$0.50 off one Softsoap Body Wash$0.50 off any five Campbell's Spaghetti0's Pastas$2.00 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Trainers $0.50 off on any ONE (1) 1.76 oz. Altoids tin$0.75 off one Simply Cranberry Cocktail, 59 oz

Find More Printable Coupons

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Mavis Asks Readers to Send in Gnomes

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send in the gnomes mavis butterfield
Last winter I was trying to think of a fun way to give back some of the money this little ol’ website of mine has made over the past year.

Thanks to all of you who have ever purchased anything from one of my links on the bottom of a blog post, printed a coupon or found something you liked enough to purchase via Mornings with Mavis, the blog has actually made some money. This goofy little blog of mine has turned my love of gardening and sharing how I save money, in to an official full time job.

Plus, the blog has also gotten me out of quite a bit of laundry and undesirable chores like cleaning the back deck, so again, thank you for your support. You are awesome.

send in the gnomes mavis

After lots of consideration {and many hours behind the scenes working out the details and getting approval} I have decided to ask for your help with a crazy idea I came up with a few months ago.

I would like you to send me a gnome.

What?

Yes, I would like YOU to send me a gnome.

If you send me a gnome {to be temporarily housed in my backyard} I will donate $10 for every gnome donated {big or small, ceramic or plastic, new or old} to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the end of this summer.*

st. judes garden{photo credit}

In case you didn’t know already, St. Jude has an awesome collection of 59 raised garden beds.

Having a garden on site shortens the time between harvesting and serving, which keeps the food’s nutritional value high and provides healthier fare for faculty, staff and patients who eat in the Kay Kafe. Serving foods from the St. Jude Garden also reduces the need to purchase large amounts of produce, which saves the hospital money. – St. Jude website

The Best Case Scenario:

  • 1,000 gnomes from around the world will descend on my backyard {and make the HH crazy}.
  • My helpers and I {including Mrs. Hillbilly, The Girl, Crazy Larry, possibly my online boyfriend Ryan + a whole slew of other people you know} will take an epic road trip towards the end of the summer and hand deliver a check for $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will place 100 gnomes in the St. Jude Garden in an effort to celebrate kids, gardens and healthy food.
  • The remaining 900 gnomes will be placed in Public, Community and Children’s gardens along the way from Seattle to Memphis, with the possibility of leaving a boatload of gnomes in one unsuspecting strangers front yard. {Holy Crap!}

Worst Case Scenario:

  • You will call the authorities and have me committed.

send in the gnomes one hundred dollars a month

I know this sounds like a totally crazy idea, but I really think I can pull it off with YOUR help.

So what do you say? Will you send in a gnome?

Click HERE to see what gnomes have been sent in so far.

Mavis butterfield gnome St. Jude's wish list

Please send gnomes by August 1st, 2013 to:

Mavis Butterfield
P.O. Box 2083

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

Under no circumstance will any gnome be returned. By donating a gnome to the Send in the Gnomes project you are giving Mavis and her helpers full authority to place your gnome, or anything else you send in, anywhere in the world.

St. Jude’s, here we come!

~Mavis

 * 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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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes – Black Bean and Corn Soup

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Easy Crock Pot Recipes  Black Bean and Corn Soup

I was over at Mrs. Hillbilly’s House the other day and she was telling me about a new recipe she had tried from our favorite cookbook Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes. If you don’t have this cookbook you are seriously missing out BIG TIME.

In a nutshell, it’s da’bomb!

I adapted the recipe a wee bit and used what I had on hand and this turned out so good, I actually made myself sick.  I ate 3 bowls full of this soup and yes, I was moaning like a fat gnome who had overdosed on mushrooms for a good hour or so. But man, it was totally worth it.

Black Bean and Corn Soup

Ingredients

2 {15 oz} cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 {14 oz} can tomatoes, undrained
1 {14 oz} corn, drained
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh chives {onions would be fine}
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teasspoon cumin powder
1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

Toss everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

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: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!

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Gardening Projects for Kids – Planting Seeds in Eggshells

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planting seeds with eggshells

Chances are you’ll probably have a lot of egg shells on hand after Easter.

If you have young children, a fun way to get them excited about gardening is to let them to have a small area of their own to plant a garden.

Gardening Projects for Kids - Planting Seeds in Eggshells

It’s been my experience that peas are one of the easiest vegetables for children to grow. My kids have been planting them ever since they were around 2 or 3 and the size of the pea seed itself is perfect for tiny fingers to grasp.

planting peas in eggshells

How to Plant Peas in Eggshells

  • Collect a bunch of eggshells {half an egg shell is the perfect size}.
  • Rise the eggshells out with water.
  • Fill each egg shell with moistened potting soil.
  • Add 2 or 3 seeds and bury to the depth stated on the vegetable packet.
  • Place in a sunny windowsill and wait for the seeds to sprout {make sure to keep the seeds well watered}.
  • Once the seed has sprouted, wait until the seedling is about 4 to 5 inches tall before hardening off and setting outside.
  • Carefully crush the eggshell so the roots of the seedlings have room to grow.
  • Plant and water as you normally would any other plant in the garden.

pea seedling

Depending on the variety {I suggest Sugar Snap Peas for kids} peas should be ready to harvest in about 2 months. The cool thing about peas is you can build a teepee to hold up the vines or grow them along a fence. Either way they are fun for kids to watch grow because of the long vines and pretty flowers.

basket of fresh peas

And they’ll love picking and eating them of course too.

Do your kids help in the garden? If so, what is their favorite thing to grow?

~Mavis

gardening projects for kids

Be sure and check out the book The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun.

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10 Easy Tips for Drinking More Water

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10 Easy Tips for Drinking More Water{photo credit}

So this year I decided I was going to ease back a bit on my tea consumption {which I have now decided would be a better goal for NEXT year- ha!}.  Even still drinking tea, I really do want to make an effort to drink more water.  I’m going to try these easy tips to see make sure I get my 8 glasses a day {mostly so I can put my tea-habit guilt to rest}:

  1. Make it part of every morning.  Start off with 1 glass of water every morning first thing.  One glass down, seven more to go.
  2. Add a little lemon or lime juice to water to make the flavor more appealing.   
  3. Whenever hunger strikes, drink a glass of water first to rule out thirst/dehydration.
  4. Drink a glass of water with each meal.  It is supposed to aid in digestion, plus, there’s at least 3 glasses done.
  5. Add a splash of juice to water.  A little cranberry, apple, orange juice, etc. adds flavor without excessive calories.
  6. Get a reusable water bottle.  This way you can measure your consumption, take it with you where ever you go, reduce waste, and get something with a little style–which somehow makes it easier to swallow {pun intended}.
  7. Fill a container full of 64 oz of water and put it in the fridge–fill your cup or bottle from this container.  It will be a visual reminder or how much more you need to drink before the day is out.
  8. Filter your water.  Filtered water tastes and smells better.  It will be much easier to get down.
  9. Everytime you empty your glass or bottle, immediately fill it back up.  That way, you always have easy access to it.
  10. Go one-for-one with other beverages.  For every glass of soda, juice, coffee, tea, etc. you drink, drink a glass of water.  {This ought to solve my problem completely}

How about you, do you have trouble getting enough water into your day?

~Mavis

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Bartering with Mavis – Trading Garden Work for Rice and Sugar

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kids working in a garden

Yesterday I headed over to Girly Girl’s garden to do a little bartering. I used my love of pulling weeds {ha!} and mad gardening skills to tidy up her garden beds and plant her spring garden.

Luckily a few of her kiddos were wager to help.

snow sled with weeds

I asked one of the girls for a weed bucket and she brought me a snow sled. Awesome!

spring potatoes

There were still a bunch of new potatoes in last years potato bed and the kids had a ball searching for them. I think it made the digging and weed pulling go a lot faster because they all wanted to find some potatoes.

garden clean up

It took us just a little over 1 hour to clear 2 garden beds and pull the weeds in the surrounding areas.

mavis one hundred dollars a month

Removing the brush alongside the fence was never part of the deal thankfully.

waxing a SUV

For those of you who were wondering what Girly Girl was doing while I was pulling her weeds, she was playing Karate Kid and waxing her SUV with her husband Chino the Handyman.

raised garden beds

This is what the garden beds looked like before we started.

raised garden beds

And here they are all cleaned up.

costco rice and sugar

Two hours worth of garden clean up {with help from the kids} on a wonderfully sunny day was bartered for a 25 pound sack of sugar and a giant bag of rice.

Sounds like a pretty good trade to me.

I love gardening, and especially teaching young children about growing food. This is the 3rd spring in a row I’ve helped Girly Girl’s kids get their garden started, and I really have a good time while I’m over there. So it really doesn’t seem like to much work to me.

Do what you love, and everything will work itself out.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to go pull some of my own weeds now.

~Mavis

The Backyard Homestead

Looking for a great gardening book? Check out The Backyard Homestead and learn how you can produce all the produce you need on only a quarter acre.

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