Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 5/4/14

raised garden boxes

raised garden boxes

I snapped a few pictures of our backyard garden this morning and was really surprised at how well everything is growing lately. I haven’t been able to play in the garden much this past week so it’s kind of reassuring to know all the fruits and vegetables are thriving. :) pea plants

The peas, broccoli and radishes in this bed are getting so big! The peas have not started to cling to the wire cages yet but I’m sure they’ll start soon. potatoes in raised garden boxes

In years past we’ve tried potato towers but this year because we’ve got so much going on I decided to just plant a few potatoes in a raised garden bed. Once the potato plants get a little bigger I will cover the leaves with more soil.
pallet garden

The wood pallet garden. magnum glass greenhouse

We have a great view of the greenhouse from our family room window and I love when the sun is shining on it. The herbs alongside the greenhouse are growing like mad and almost all of the lettuce we overwintered has been harvested. Next on this list, tomatoes! 
growing cabbage in raised garden beds

Check out the cabbage plants. I’d say they’re doing really well, wouldn’t you?

cascadia raspberries

And last but not least, the raspberry jungle. We have 7 rows of Cascadia raspberries growing, and by the looks of it, we’re going to have a bumper crop this year.

How is YOUR garden doing these days?

What are you looking forward to planting next? Me? More basil and tomatoes.

Keep calm and garden on,

~ Mavis

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

peanut butter protein balls

peanut butter protein balls

My neighbor Hulda and I were sitting in the stands last week watching our kids when all the sudden she pulled out a little snack sized baggie with two peanut butter protein balls in it. Knowing how much I LOVE chocolate she offered me one and OH MY WORD I’m so glad she did.

These peanut butter protein balls are flippin’ delicious!! Um, and incredibly easy to make as well. So easy in fact  that I rushed home and made a batch {and gobbled 4 of them down}.

And you know what? The HH and kids love them too. :) So if you are looking for something different to pack in your kids lunch this week, give these peanut butter protein balls a try.

Thanks Hulda!
peanut butter protein balls

Ingredients

1 cup Quick Oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed {I used Bob’s Red Mill brand}
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup Honey
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

protein peanut butter balls

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the balls of dough on to a lined cookie sheet and roll them into perfect little balls of goodness.

Chill in the refrigerator 1 hour to set before eating {or packing in baggies}. Makes 36 peanut butter power balls.

Enjoy!

peanut butter protein balls

 

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Monthly Garden Chores for May – East Coast Edition

chicken tractor

This is a guest post written by my buddy Heather from Massachusetts. I thought it would be fun this year to post Monthly Garden Chores from both the West Coast and East Coast. You can see my May garden plans for my Seattle, Washington garden HERE.

Monthly Garden Chores for May – East Coast Edition

May – whooooo-hoo! May is where it’s at! Not only did I get to put all my cold-loving plants out, direct sow a ton, but the garden has began to wake up and it’s rained a LOT, so everything is doing well!

organic-gardening-cucumber-seedlings

Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

  • Chamomile
  • More Tomatoes
  • Delphinium
  • Echinacea
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkins {which in hindsight was way too early}

pea sprouts

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

  • Butterhead Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes started from seed in January, cozily under the Hoop House 
  • Brussels Sprouts {direct sow}
  • Kale {direct sow}
  • Swiss Chard {direct sow}
  • Broccoli {direct sow}
  • Peas {direct sow}
  • Carrots {direct sow}

marigolds

Plants and/or Bulbs I Plan to Purchase this Month

Marigolds, no one can ever have enough marigolds. I plan to thwart the chipmunks by planting marigolds in every box – they hate marigolds. I might even get vindictive and plant them in and around the rock wall buh-wha-hahaa!

raspberry leaves

Trees and Shrubs

I am very excited/relieved to report that the blueberries bushes I snagged last fall in a sweet end-of-the-season sale are loooooving their new homes under some large pines. I didn’t trim them this year as I didn’t know how well they had settled in and I didn’t want to stress them. Turns out they’re doing great and are covered in new green growth and flower buds. Hmmmmm blueberries!

At that same sale, I picked up three raspberry bushes that were labeled a “container” variety, which I figured would be perfect for the raised bed I planned to put them in. I just saw new growth today, so alls well in the raspberry container. Hmmmmm raspberries!

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Weed and Pest Control

Hair Around the Garden: Free

After being the “weird chicken-lady” in the neighborhood, plus worms in my basement, plus the elaborate garden and canning… it’s all just very not-very-suburbanite. I figured, what the heck – might as well be that weird lady that picked up hair from the local hair place.

I used to host a huge Hair Cutting Party for my son’s LaCrosse team right before the season ending jamboree {a tournament} to give them all mohawks they would spray their team colors for the jamboree. Alas, they have out grown this tradition I had to find a new source of hair to sprinkle around my garden, which keeps bunnies and deer away (they don’t like human smell). To get the hair I needed, you guessed it, I called the local hair place in the morning and after awkwardly explaining why I needed the hair and if they would save it form me. It turns out, I’m the THIRD person to call and ask.

One lady used it for her garden and the other lady crammed her rock wall with hair because the chipmunks don’t like it either. Yes, I can hear what you’re all thinking, and you’re right it is disgusting. Desperate times… and chipmunks, call for hair bombs. *gag*

Another trick I’ve used for years is hanging a bar of soap in an onion bag near the garden. Get a stinky brand like Irish Spring, deer don’t like the smell of soap.

Lawn Care

Let the fussing over the yard begin! Luckily this is not my arena. I have the HH to fertilize and seed and I have a teenager to mow. Yesssss.

chicken tractor

Chickens

The babies are now in their awkward teenager phase. For the last two or three weeks I’ve put them in the chicken tractor next to the outside pen so the big girls could see/hear/smell the babies but can not get at them.

Yesterday I cleaned out the pen, did a little rearranging and generally cleaned up so I could start the next phases of putting the babies and the big girls together. Today I was able to put the babies in the chicken tractor inside the outdoor pen – the big girls were not psyched about this new development but they’ll get used to them or the next couple of weeks.

fresh eggs

Houston we have a Broody Hen. I don’t spend a lot of time watching the chickens, and honestly the two black ones look the same and the two red ones look the same. Also, I couldn’t really tell if the same black hen who was always in the same nesting box, or if it was the other black hen, or, maybe I just kept catching them at egg laying time. Either way, I just wasn’t sure until I saw her tail all drooped down in the nesting box. So when I put the babies away for the night I put Ms. Broody in the tractor with some food and water. She was a bit put out but happily ate and drank.

“Mom, why does my chicken have a waddle already?” Hmmm, that’s right I’m pretty sure we have a roo. My plan to have an even number of chicken breeds is now shattered and I’m rattled. First, we can’t keep the roo. Second, now I’ll have two Black Sex-Links, two Rhode Island Reds and one Barred Rock. Hmph

hoop houses

Big Projects

The rubber mulch is still the unsightly blemish on my back yard. But it’s JUST SO MUCH. And like regular mulch you shovel and shovel and shovel, it’s just never-ending! So, the pile is a work in process. I know have about 25 bags filled {up from 14 last month}, unfortunately it seems that I still have half of a giant pile.

periwinkle

A couple of months ago the HH was watching hockey and I was on the couch simultaneously reading the three garden books laying around me and perusing Pinterest at the same time when I blurted “I’m gonna dig up those pokey bushes in the front that I hate and plant flowers for the bees ok?” His response? “Sure wifey.” Saaaweeet.

So I contacted my high-energy friend Hana who I’ve unloaded , er uuuuh bartered with before. Sure enough she wanted them all {thank goodness}. Not only did I not have to dig them up {Hana made quick work of the job} but she brought me periwinkle for the densely shaded side yard and some wicked cool curvy vines that I’ll use in the pen for new perches for the birds. Bartering is the deal. 😉

~Heather

**These garden chores are based on my Zone 5b Southeast/Boston MA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 5/3/14

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How to Sell Your Stuff on Etsy

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Friday Night at the Movies – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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How to Plant a Pizza Garden

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Want to try something new in the garden this year? How about planting a pizza garden?  I show you how to do it in my latest eHow article Mama Mia! Let’s Grow a Pizza Garden.

When I was planning out my garden this year, one of the things I wanted to try was a pizza garden. Since I live up in the Seattle area (and I need all the heat I can get to grow peppers and tomatoes) I decided to plant my pizza garden in our greenhouse in a large 2 x 4 foot galvanized stock tank.

You don’t need a greenhouse to grow a pizza garden though, no siree, you can grow a pizza garden just about anywhere you grow tomatoes.

Go HERE to read the full article …

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Friday Night at the Movies – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

seven brides for seven brothers

A couple of weeks ago, The Girl and I watched State Fair.  It was just as fun as I remember.  One of my readers mentioned Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and I had totally forgotten about that one.  I probably haven’t seen it in 15 years.  So, tonight, I am introducing The Girl to get another classic.  Thanks Renay for reminding me about this one!

seven brides for seven brothers

Have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend, ~Mavis

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What’s the Best Way to Get Kids to Help Out Around the House?

What’s the Best Way to Get Kids to Help Out Around the House

What’s the Best Way to Get Kids to Help Out Around the House

I found an NPR article the other day {I know, shocking that I was perusing through NPR, right?} that talked about the importance of HOW you ask a kid to help out around the house.  It made me wonder if any of you have “tricks” up your sleeve when getting kids to help out.  I never bribed my kids and always talked to them like adults, even when they were little.  It totally worked for me, but I know there is not a one size fits all sort of approach.

The article suggested that kids respond better when they are given a talk about the importance of being a “helper” versus helping.  When it comes time to request a chore, you are supposed to say, “Can you be a helper and do {fill in the blank}?”  versus asking them to help you out.  I can see where little ones would thrive on being called a “helper.”  The article even says that it makes them feel like a good person when they are a helper.

Interestingly, the same article mentioned that it is not a good idea to use this mentality when dealing with skill-based tasks.  For example, calling a kid a “good drawer” makes them harsher critics on themselves when they produce a bad piece of art.

The whole psychological game of how you word phrases seems exhausting to me, honestly.  BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t think it could yield results.  So, I guess I am asking YOU, do you choose your words carefully when you want kids to do something for you?  Do you use any other methods like rewards, privileges, or cold-hard cash?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Cosmetic Bags, Superhero Shirts, Hot Wheels, Canon Camera and More

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Whoa Nellie am I ready for the weekend. 😉

Here are a few deals for ya, have a great weekend everyone.

Mavis

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Forget about Halloween.  Being a real superhero is a 24/7 job. So for all you Super Moms and Super Teenagers out there, here are some back up socks and t-shirts {with capes!} I found on Amazon for you in case you are running low.

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These Mega Blocks Hot Wheels Kits would make a great Birthday gift.

CANON Rebel eos T3

Zulily has the Rebel T3 12.1 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Set on sale for $369.99. This is the same camera I have {I’ve had it for 3 years now} and let me tell you Bob, it is flipin’ awesome. Seriously, if you are in the market for a camera, this is a great deal. New to Zulily? Go HERE to sign up.

10 Tips for Taking Great Vacation Photos

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How to Hard Boil Eggs in a Rice Cooker

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