Heirloom Tomatoes and Beets

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Yesterday I needed to get a little fresh air so I wandered outside and picked a few tomatoes and beets while I waited for my pain meds to kick in.

digging up beets

The fall seedlings I started last month are ready to be set out in the garden boxes, but in order for me to get them in the ground, I had to make room by pulling up the summer beets.

Lucy the puggle dog helped of course. ;)

organic beet

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with the 62 pounds of beets we pulled up, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon enough.

heirloom beets

Luckily beets keep for quite a long time so I think I’ll roast a few and then maybe make some pickled beets as well. Unless of course YOU have any suggestions for me {I’d love to hear them}.

organic vegetables

Oh, and remember my neighbor the hunter? This is the care package The Girl dropped off to him last night. Fresh beets, chard, kale and heirloom tomatoes. He didn’t have anything to offer in return right at that moment, but when venison season comes around this fall, I’m sure I’ll find a few packages of meet on our door step.

Everything tastes so much better when you share. Wouldn’t you agree?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Zebra Scarf, Flat Iron, Ragu, Barilla Pasta, The Clymb, Hobby Farms

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Happy Wednesday everyone, here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning.

Have a great day. :)

~Mavis50 Off Kids' Character Clothing, Shoes & More

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is 50% Off Kids’ Character Clothing, Shoes & More

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

A Beginners Guide to Companion Planting $2.99 or FREE for Amazon Prime Members
The Goodness of Ghee FREE
Homemade Bread Recipe: Step-By-Step Photo Recipe
{Great Reviews}
The Healthy College Cookbook $2.99
Backyard Farming on an Acre  $8.00

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

canning class

Amazon Local {Seattle} is offering a Intro to Home Canning Class for only $12.

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

Black White Chiffon Zebra Strips Striped Women Shawl Scarves

Yesterday I showed you a leopard print scarf, but take a look at this zebra chiffon scarf for only $1.99 shipped! Oh la la! Andis Ceramic Clamp Flat Iron

Amazon has the Andis Ceramic Clamp Flat Iron on sale for only $16.43.

ragu chunky pasta sauce

Get Ragu Chunky Pasta Sauce, Tomato Garlic & Onion, 45 Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4) $8.55 / $2.13 each shipped when you clip the 20$ off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

barilla pasta
Barilla Mini Wheels, 16 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4) $4.33/ $1.08 per box shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Barilla Mini Farfalle, 16 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4) $4.48/$1.12 per box shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Barilla Mezze Penne, 16 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4) $4.56/ $1.14 per box shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Barilla Whole Grain Penne, 13.25 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4) $4.67/ $1.16 per box shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

honest company diapers

Zulily has Vibram running shoes and baby supplies like diapers, wipes and other essentials from Jessica Alba’s Honest Company on sale today.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

eureka-handheld-vac

Amazon currently has the Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum on sale for $39.99 shipped! This is a great deal and the reviews are awesome.

outdoor research

This morning I noticed The Clymb has savings of up to 65% off in their Outdoor Research Sale. My daughter shops this site all the time and now I can see why, the deals are AWESOME!

Go HERE to Sign up for The Clymb and check out their deals.

clogs and mules

6pm has Clogs and Mules on sale for up to 60% off. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

hobby farms magazine cover

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Hobby Farms Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire Thursday 8/22/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

How to Dry Sunflower Seeds

Did you grow sunflowers this year? Check out my post on How to Dry Sunflower Seeds.

Nesco food dehydrator

Amazon currently has my favorite Nesco Food Dehydrator on sale for $34.99 shipped.

Sign up for Plink today, make any purchase at Chili’s by Sunday, 9/1 11:59 EST, and we’ll give you 1,000 Plink Points – enough to redeem for a $10 Gift Card of your choice at places like Amazon.com, iTunes, Target, Walmart, Kohls, Starbucks and more!

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Print a coupon good for $1.50 off 1 package of Pampers Swaddlers Diapers

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1 Year Subscription to Hobby Farms Magazine for only $8.99

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DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Hobby Farms Magazine for only $8.99 when you use code MAVIS at checkout.
 at checkout.

Hobby Farms embraces the growing segment of the population that is returning to farm life in search of a more meaningful existence. It is ideal for everyone from pocket farmers looking to make a profit from their part-time farming endeavors to hobby farmers who have a passion for farm life.

*This special rate will be live through midnight  6/22/13 {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.

Get Hobby Farms Magazine for only $8.99 a year!

 

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Tex-Mex Pearled Barley Salad with Corn

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Tex-Mex Pearled Barley Salad with Corn

I whipped this up ahead of time so I wouldn’t have to worry about dinner tonight. I loved that it was pretty simple & didn’t require much prep work.  And check out how many of those ingredients I have growing in my garden. Score!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cooked, drained pearled barley
2 cups corn {I used frozen}
1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 jalapeno, diced {remove the seeds and ribs}
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon chili powder {How to save on bulk spices}
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Tex-Mex Pearled Barley Salad with Corn

Directions

Cook your barley. I like to cook it in either a rice cooker or a slow cooker. It cooks just like white rice, so the most important thing to remember is to use the ratio of 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid {I use vegetable stock most of the time}. For example, 2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of uncooked barley. Let the barley rest for a good 15 minutes after cooking.

If you do not have a rice cooker simply add the barley and broth 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 barley is tender {about 20 minutes}.

Mix cooked barley, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans and onions in large bowl. Toss with garlic salt and chili powder. Add jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice and toss thoroughly. Chill before serving.

tex mex cookbook

Love the Tex-Mex flavors in this dish? You’re gonna love this cookbook then: The Everything Tex-Mex Cookbook: 300 Flavorful Recipes to Spice Up Your Mealtimes!

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Excuse Me, But Does Your Husband Have Any Heart Problems?

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keep calm and carry on

I have to make this snappy because I just took a handful of pain meds and I only have a good 20 minutes to type this up before I fall back to sleep. And 10 of those minutes will be hitting the backspace button trying to correct mis-typed {?} words. At least the ones that are underlined in red.

If you thought I was verbally incontinent before, you should really watch out when I’m hopped up on meds because we all know I will never get a gold star in the grammar department. And yes, that is a cup of DECAF tea. ;)

Okay, so where should I start?

So yesterday the HH took me to the oral surgeon so I could get my crappy British teeth pulled and to get some cow {?} bone screwed into my jaw.  No biggie right? Well as soon as they gave me a Valium {which I didn’t think I really needed} they had the HH pay for the surgery, get my medication scrips and went over a few after care directions with him while I sat down and read back issues of People Magazine in the lobby.

Crappy British Teeth

Next thing I know I’m in the dental chair staring up at the giant screen looking at images of my teeth and the whole time I kept thinking I was in the middle of a Bones Episode and waiting for Brennon to walk in with that cute intern from Boston {what is his name?}.

For some reason the nurses kept putting warm blankets on me and I couldn’t figure out why. I felt the iv go into my arm and then I was out cold for about 3 hours.

Fast forward to the end of the procedure and I’m now relaxing in the partitioned off recovery room high as a kite, sitting in a recliner with more warm blankets on me and my mouth is packed with gauze.

Then all the sudden I hear the Dr. yell for the nurses. Then I hear OXYGEN, HURRY, DEFIBRILLATOR.

Hmmm.

The tall nurse with the brown hair very calmly comes over to ask me if my husband has any known heart problems.

No

Has he been under a lot of stress?

Yes, this past week has been stressful at work.

When was the last time he ate something?

Yesterday? Why, did he just pass out or something?

Yes, but I’m sure he’ll be fine.

Okay.

Then she left to go check on the HH.

The next thing I remember I was standing in a storage closet looking for the HH when the receptionist found me and walked me back to my seat, covered me with more blankets and said not to worry, everything was going to be fine.

Then I told her about the time the HH nearly sawed off his leg and passed out cold in our driveway.

A few minutes later the HH was in a wheelchair being wheeled over to me by the doctor. The Doc said he passed out cold, stopped breathing for a moment then finally came around. No CPR, No Defibrillator. Apparently just low blood sugar.

So when the HH was wheeled on by {with a sheepish grin on his face} all I could muster was “You’re such a dork, why didn’t you eat breakfast?”

The HH laughed, the Dr. Scolded me {something about a Man’s ego and how I should be a little nicer} and then wheeled the HH off to his own recliner with warming blankets for a little siesta.

Eventually someone from the HH’s work came to pick us up and take us home.

Where we stayed in bed the rest of the afternoon eating tomato soup and haagen daz peach sorbet.

Good times.

~Mavis

FYI – Everyone in our family has low blood sugar, so passing out is nothing new with us. ;)

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Botanical Interests Trial Garden Tour

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While we were on our epic road trip to St. Jude last week we had the opportunity to stop by the Botanical Interests trial gardens just outside of Longmont, Colorado for a private tour.

curtis garden shed

Take a look at the inside of Botanical Interests Co-Owner Judy’s potting shed! Isn’t it lovely? Look out HH, because I totally want one of these now. ;)

curtis garden beds

Judy and Curtis are co-owners of Botanical Interests and let me just say this, their garden was AMAZING! Not only were there oodles of garden beds in every direction, but the sheer assortment of vegetables they were growing was intoxicating. It was almost as if they had planted at least 5 different seed varieties in each bed.

curtis garden basil

Look at all that basil! What can’t I get mine to look like that?

curtis garden curtis

Here’s Curtis talking to us about his garden.curtis garden dog

And Buddy the dog chowing down on a fresh picked carrot. I have a feeling Buddy and Lucy the Puggle Dog would be best friends if we lived closer.

curtis garden cucumbers

Last year Curtis’ wife Judy made this elevated cucumber trellis. It’s hard to see in this photo, but you plant the cucumber starts at the base of the trellis and they then vine up towards the top and leave cucumbers dangling below.

Pretty genius if you ask me.

curtis garden zuchini

Does anyone know what kind of squash this is? I think it might be a Dirani Lebanese Squash but I’m not sure.

curtis garden gate

I don’t know about you, but I have always dreamed of a white picket fence around my garden.

I wonder if I could talk the HH into installing one for me this winter? The fence may not be able to keep the slugs out, but I’m pretty sure it would keep Lucy the trouble dog from using our vegetable garden as her own personal lunch buffet.

curtis garden squash

And let’s not forget about the cottage flowers. After all these years of gardening I’ve never really had a cottage garden,I’ve just grown vegetables.  I think if I could stick strictly to perennials flowers, I could manage the up keep.

What do you think?
curtis garden beansAnd last but not least, take a look at the bean trellis/ lettuce bed. Isn’t it beautiful? I need one of those too.

So basically, I think I should just pack up my garden tools and move to Colorado and live in Curtis and Judy’s garden shed. I loved being there and every single thing about there garden.

A girl can dream, right?

~Mavis

P.S. Have you ever walked though someones garden and thought “This is where I belong?” If so, where was it.

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DIY Daily Shower Spray

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DIY Daily  Shower Spray

Do you use a daily shower spray?  I have always wanted to, because mostly I HATE scrubbing the grime off of the showers, but I never have because I just couldn’t justify the cost or the fact that I was essentially spraying chemicals into the shower, only to add steam to them later.  Kind of seems like a vaporous nightmare on the old lungs.

I stumbled onto this DIY shower recipe recently, though, and I LOVE it.  It is super simple, void of harsh chemicals, and CHEAP.  Plus, it seems to be doing the job.  I don’t need to scrub my shower hardly at all {the key is to start using it right after you have scrubbed the shower so it stays clean, and not relying on it to do the job entirely.}

DIY Daily  Shower Spray

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Dawn Dishsoap
  • Spray Bottle

Seriously, that’s it.

Directions:

  1. Heat the vinegar in a glass container in the microwave for two minutes.  {Heating the vinegar helps the vinegar and dawn combine better.}
  2. Pour the vinegar into the spray bottle {I used a funnel, because I am messy}
  3. Now add the cup of Dawn.
  4. Place the spray nozzle back on the bottle, screw it down nice and good, and now shake it like you mean it.
  5. Spray your shower daily.
  6. Check clean the shower off your list of to-do’s.

Here are a few more DIY Products I make:

How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
DIY Fabric Softener
Homemade Soft Scrub

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Food Waste In America – I’ll Take What I Can Get

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This past week The Girl and I picked 5 boxes of chicken scraps from Mr. Produce Guy. At first glance it really looked like quite a haul of fresh fruits and vegetables. But we soon discovered otherwise as we started to unload the boxes.

food waste lettuce

We were able to reclaim 2 bunches of fresh cilantro which will totally come in handy for fresh salsa.

food waste fruit

But this box of fresh fruit was a total no go. Had the fruit still been left in it’s original containers I think we would have had ourselves a tropical feast. But since the fruit was just tossed into a box, I was a little uneasy about feeding it to my family.

food waste chickens

The chickens however, had no problem eating all fruit and lettuce scraps.

food waste chickens2

And a few ears of corn as well.

food waste vegetables

This weeks fresh produce freebies:

5 ears of corn
3 bunches spinach
2 bunches of cilantro, and
4 heads of broccoli

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others, but you know what? I’ll take what I can get.

After all, free is free. Thanks you Mr. Produce Guy,

~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.

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Mornings with Mavis – The Weekend Homesteader, Sheets, Charmin, Asics Athletic Ware, Vanilla Pear Coffee Cake

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Good morning everyone. :) Boy do I have a story to tell you about what happened yesterday at the oral surgeons office, but it will have to a wait until a little later.

Here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning while drinking a cup a DECAF tea. ;)

~Mavis

The Weekend Homesteader A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

If you’d like to have a garden but just don’t think you’d have enough time to pull one together, checkout out The Weekend Homesteader a 12 month guide to self sufficiency by Anna Hess. Anna breaks it down so you won’t feel too overwhelmed.

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Old Spice High Endurance Fresh Scent Men’s Deodorant 2-Pack is only $3.47/$1.73 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

SODIAL-Fashion-Leopard-Pattern-Shawl-Scarf-Wrap-for-Women

Amazon has this leopard print scarf on sale today for only $3.80 shipped! I ordered one of these last winter for a Christmas gift and LOVED it.
1800 sheets

In case you missed it, right now on Amazon you can get Clara Clark Premier 1800 Collection Bed Sheet Sets {Queen} on sale for $25 shipped. The reviews on these sheets are AWESOME and there are lot’s of colors to choose from.

charmin

Get Charmin Basic Toilet Paper 16 double/32 regular rolls for only $7.34 shipped when you clip the $0.25 off coupon {must be lohhed into your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

asics shorts

Zulily has a boatload of Asics Woman’s and Men’s Tanks, Shorts and Shoes on sale today with deep, deep discounts! Don’t miss this sale. I just snagged a pair of those black shorts.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

new Balance womans shoes

The Joe’s New Balance Outlet deal of the day are these snazzy looking woman’s New Balance 421 Running Shoes on sale for only $29.99.

urban farm magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Urban Farm Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/20/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Recipe Vanilla Pear Coffee Cake

With all those pears we picked lat week I’m suddenly craving a Vanilla Pear Coffee Cake. Hmmm I wonder if I could get The Girl to make one for dessert tonight. ;)

ftd flowers coupon

Need to send someone flowers anytime soon? Grab a Groupon voucher good for $30 of FTD  Flowers for only $15.

New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

The Toro Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum is only $69.97 Shipped right now on Amazon.

This is a great deal and it comes highly rated by fellow Amazon shoppers and apparently it makes yard clean up lot’s of fun. ;)

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1 Year Subscription to Urban Farm Magazine Only $8.99!

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If you missed this deal last time, it’s back!

DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Urban Farm Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. I love this magazine! Learn how to grow you own food in the space you have!

urban farm magazine

Urban Farm Magazine is guide for those in cities or suburbs looking to become more self-sufficient by growing some of their own food and treading lightly on the environment in the space they have. Articles include how-to projects, gardening basics, composting, beekeeping, roof-top gardening, preserving and freezing, and time and money-saving ideas.

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Go HERE to order Urban Farm Magazine.

*This special rate will be live through midnight 8/20/2013 (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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