Vegan Recipe – Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

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Vegan Recipe - Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

This ice cream is a little bit of heaven in a dish. It only takes 3 ingredients to make and it’s even vegan! The coconut milk makes it so creamy, I might have a hard time going back to regular ice cream. In fact, I’m already making lists of ways to adapt this recipe. I think I’ll add some fruit next time and see how it goes. Not that this recipe needs to be adapted. It’s perfect just as it is. Try it and I think you’ll have a problem putting it down. I think Monkey Boy might be addicted and I don’t blame him!

Vegan Recipe - Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients

2 {13.5 oz} cans coconut milk {full fat}
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Vegan Recipe - Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Instructions

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients and stir. Simmer 6-8  minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour into an air-tight container and refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours. Pour into an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions {I use my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment}.

If you have a little coconut in the cupboard, toast a tablespoon or two and sprinkle it on top.

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How Long Will Foods Last in the Freezer?

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How Long Will Foods Last in the Freezer

Have you been a busy little squirrel gathering nuts for the winter?  I know I have been freezing, canning, and dehydrating like crazy.  I love to freeze foods from the garden and Mr. Produce guy, but even with the best practices, they don’t last forever {the taste and texture start to deteriorate a bit}.Here’s a quick reference for how long frozen foods last:

Asparagus – 1 year
Beets - 1 year
Peppers – 3-4 months
Broccoli – 1 year
Carrots – 1 year
Cauliflower – 1 year
Corn – 8 months
Beans – 1 year
Leafy Greens – 8 months
Apples – 4 months
Apricots – 6 months
Bananas – 8 months
Berries – 6 months
Cherries – 6 months
Cranberries – 4 months
Peaches – 4 months
Fruit juice - 1 year
Nuts – 2 years
Butter – 9 months
Bread – 3 months {if you wrap it really well, I think you can get more time that this}
Pesto – 8 months {no cheese} or 3 months {with cheese} {I personally think you can get about 6 months with cheese}

I personally try to use most of what I freeze within a year.  These are the “suggested” storage times, what’s your experience?  Do foods last longer than this in the freezer or do you follow the guidelines strictly?

~Mavis

How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables

If you haven’t done so already, be sure and check out my How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables tutorial.

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Free Peep Show – See Hot Chicks!

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baby chicks

Ha ha ha! ;)

Last night the Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I locked Lucy the Puggle Dog in the house and brought the baby chicks on to the lawn to snap some pictures. Poor Lucy, she was hopping up and down trying to get our attention the entire time. ;)

Blue Laced Red Wyandotte

Blue Laced Red Wyandotte #1

This is the first time we have not kept baby chicks in the house or the garage. Instead, this time around we set the chicks up in a stock tank and clipped a heating lamp to a wire rack and then weighted the top down so any wildlife couldn’t get to them.

So far so good, they are thriving, and the HH is happy they are outside.

Blue Laced Red Wyandotte chickens

Blue Laced Red Wyandotte #2

I’m not sure if there is a mean girls club beginning to form but 6 of the chicks like to hang out together while the other 2 seem to stay at the opposite end of the brooder.

Araucana chick

Araucana #1

I think we have another glamour girl on our hands. Aren’t her eyes pretty?

Araucana chicksAraucana #2

We originally names this one chippy because she had the coloring of a chipmunk. But we may have to switch her name to possum because if you pick her up {or set her down} all the sudden she gets real stiff and just hunkers down and won’t move. It’s odd.

Buff Orpington

Buff Orpington

I just noticed little ridges on the top of this chicks comb. It better not be a rooster.

Cuckoo Maran

Cuckoo Maran

I LOVE the coloring on this cuckoo maran!!! She looks like a little penguin.

Mottled Java chick

Mottled Java #1

The Girl calls this on Jabba the Hut.

Mottled Java chicks

Mottled Java #2

And this one, espresso.

Mottled Java

Why? Because as soon as we set her down on the grass she took off running. It took up over 10 minutes to catch her. What a little stinker! I can tell already this baby chick is going to be a little trouble maker.

Mottled Java chick

But man is she cute.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE baby chicks! I think I might like them more than I like eggs. ;)

~Mavis

P.S. We are still in the process of naming the chicks. {4 are ours and 4 will go to Girly Girls kids once they get a little bigger}. So if you have any suggestions for names, I’d love to hear them.

how-to-care-for-baby-chicks1

If you are thinking about getting chicks this fall {or next spring} be sure and check out my How to Care for Baby Chicks tutorial for some helpful tips.

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Little Black Dress, Canon Rebel, Tiny Prints, DIY Smoothie Bags

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lucy the puggle dog tomatoes

Yesterday Lucy the Puggle Dog and I harvested tomatoes for another round of heirloom tomato sauce. She is such a good little helper. She loves to be outside so much, I’m beginning to think I’m going to need to set up some sort of canopy or tent once it’s starts raining again. Is that weird? Okay, yes, it probably is, but how to dogs get their exercise in the winter if they can’t go out side and play? Hmmm.

Anywho, here are some deals I spotted this morning for you.

It’s Friday. Yay! Time to party.

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Rocky: The Undisputed Collection {Rocky 1-5 on Blu-ray} $19.49

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Cold Night Warm Belly: 35 Game Day Recipes For The Slow Cooker Free
Teaming with Microbes $2.99
A Second Helping $1.99 {Looks Funny}
Super Detox Diet & Fat Shredder $0.99
Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work $2.99

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

butterfly necklace

Know someone who likes butterflies? Get this Butterfly Necklace for only $1.29 shipped!

 cheap halloween costumes

Looking for an inexpensive Halloween costume? Amazon has this 3 Piece Leopard Print Set Ears, Tail and Bow Tie on sale for $1.93 shipped. This would make a greta stocking stuffer or addition to the dress up box as well.

assests by sara blakely

Zulily is hopping with deals today. Brands like Lucchese Boots, Spanx and Canon.

canon rebel

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

tiny prints christmas cards

Tiny Prints is offering an Early Bird Special – 20% Off Holiday Cards, now through October 1. With no minimum purchase.  I’ve ordered from Tiny Prints before and the quality of their products is awesome!!!

little black dress

6pm has a huge selection of dresses sale for $19.99 shipped right now. Here are a few of my favorites:

Gabriella Rocha – Carina Dress $19.99
Carve Designs – Dellis
Carve Designs – Skye Dress

DIY Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie Bags

Looking for a quick breakfast idea? Try my DIY Smoothie bags for breakfast on the go.

sheet set

Groupon has the Hotel Grand 600 count Egyptian-Cotton Rich Sheet Set starting at $39.99 Shipped.

New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

gymboree sale

Gymboree is having a 40% off baby sale. It’s a great time to stock up.

Pampers Sensitive WipesGet the 448 pack of Pampers Sensitive wipes for as low as $7.48 shipped when you clip the $1.00 off coupon {must be logged into your Amazon account to see it} and use Amazon Mom or pay $9.48 when you clip the $1.00 off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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New Printable Coupons- $1.50 off ONE REACH 2-pk or multi-pack toothbrush $0.75 off ANY ONE (1) REACH Toothbrush $1.00 off Any ONE (1) Maybelline New York Mascara

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Roasted Broccoli Parmesan

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Roasted Broccoli Parmesan

Broccoli is back in season and with the deals popping up everywhere now is a great time to try some new recipes for an excuse to stuff your face with it. This recipe for roasted broccoli Parmesan pretty much rocks any day of the week.

Ingredients
1 head of broccoli
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
salt and pepper to taste

Roasted Broccoli Parmesan side dish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks, leaving an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets, toss the rest of your stalks into your kitchen composter. Slice the broccoli in ¼ inch thick slices to make a broccoli fan.

Place the broccoli florets in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet. Toss the garlic on the broccoli and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the broccoli is crisp/tender and some of the tips of the broccoli florets
are browned. In the last 5 minutes of cooking add parmesan cheese and let melt and
browned.

Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice and pine nuts.
Serve warm.

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National Heirloom Exposition

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National Heirloom Exposition Music Fly by Night

Yesterday I shared some pictures of heirloom squash from the exhibition hall at the National Heirloom Festival. So today I thought I’d post a few pictures of other stuff I thought was cool {and because you probably don’t want to see the other 442 pictures of squash I took}. ;)

National Heirloom Exposition

The Ye Old Dunk tank was pretty popular. Basically for a donation you could try and dunk the old man. All the proceeds went to support I-522. There was a line at this booth the entire time I was there.

treeline trailers

TreeLine Teardrop Trailers made camping look fun. I’m pretty sure Lucy and I would have a great time in one of these little pods. Clearly, not for folks who are claustrophobic.

National Heirloom Exposition

Okay, okay, my favorite part of the whole exposition were the tables lined with heirloom vegetables. This was the only reason I went to the expo. Yes, to look at vegetables. If that doesn’t write you a one way ticket to the crazy house, I don’t know what else wood.

tigger melon picture

Tigger melons. OH.MY.WORD. What a work of art. Waiting to see how each one would turn out would be like waiting to open presents on Christmas morning. I must try and grow these next year.

heirloom tomatoes

What do you think they do with all the heirloom tomatoes at the end of the exposition? I sure hope they get donated or something.

National Heirloom Exposition displays

You wouldn’t believe the amount of people taking photographs of the different varieties of kale. It was crazy. I guess there really are more than 5 people out there who like it. {Chickens not included}.

giant vegetables beets

Check out this enormous golden beet. It’s gorgeous. I wonder what the grower is using to fertilize his or her crops?

heirloom tomatoes for sale

Beautiful heirloom tomatoes for sale $4.19 a pound. I’d rather pay $4.19 a pound and treat myself to a real tomato than pay $0.99 a pound for those bland Romas they sell at the grocery stores for a buck a pound.

spinning wool

Spinning wool. This is on my bucket list.

long eared goat

What a pretty goat. Someday, when I live on a big farm, I want one of these guys. So cute!

st helena montessori school

And last but not least, The St. Helena Montessori School was there selling their extra produce. Not only do kids at the school grow the vegetables, but they take 6-week cooking courses too. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Yep, the trip to the National Heirloom Exposition was totally worth it.

~Mavis

Have you been anywhere cool lately that made your heart sing?

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First Chicken, Now Pork – Chinese Firm to Buy Smithfield Farms

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piglets pigs

I’ve really been thinking a lot about that article I shared with you the other day about the USDA allowing U.S. raised chickens to be shipped over and processed by China.  I have to say, the whole thought really bugs me.  So, naturally, when I stumbled on another article about the Chinese acquisition of America’s largest pork producer, I just had to get your take on it.

Here’s the basics:  The U.S. government has signed off on a deal that would allow a Chinese firm to buy the biggest U.S. producer of pork {Smithfield}.  Now, I realize we are in a global economy, but control over our food supply and actual production seems like a no-brainer to me.  How are we supposed to maintain food quality standards?  Though, admittedly, the article states that Smithfield already employs some pretty questionable practices regarding the raising of their pork.  {If you’ve seen Vegucated,  then you know exactly how horrible the animals in can be treated in large factory farms.}  No word in the article as to whether that means we will get pigs raised in China, or whether they will stay state-side and just be owned by the Chinese company.  

So what’s the answer here?  Maybe we should all just become vegetarians…or grow our own meat {or really get to know our local farmers who do!}?

Chime in, I’d love to know YOUR opinions on this,

Mavis

 

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Lettuce, Peas, Lemons and Tomatoes

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magnum glass greenhouse

Things are growing like crazy in the greenhouse, and with the weather heating up the past few days I’m having to water the fruits and vegetables twice a day now to keep them from dying.

raised bed herb garden

The herbs I moved out of containers and into the ground are doing really well despite the warm weather. I was a little worried I dug them up too early but the oregano, rosemary and chives are thriving in their new location.

unusual garden containers lettuce

Check out the 3-tired lettuce pot. Doesn’t it look cool? I think it’s only going to look better as time goes on. Harvesting lettuce this fall is going to be fun. {Or maybe I’m just a nerd}. ;)

growing peas in containers

The first round of peas we planted in the greenhouse are doing great and are just now beginning to climb up the upside down tomato cages. I’m predicting an early October sugar snap pea harvest.

green zebra tomatoes

We have green zebra tomatoes coming out of our ears!lemon tree fruit

Lemon the Meyer Lemon Tree is now down to just 7 lemons.
lemon tree shriveled up

I’m not sure what happened but one of the tiny lemons is turning yellow and has begun to shrivel up. :( Have you ever grown lemons before? Is it normal for a few to die off like this?

lemon buds

Luckily we have a few clusters of lemon flowers that are producing some new buds. I’m hopeful we’ll be able to get a few more.

I need to find some sort of organic lemon tree fertilizer to feed the tree with. Our Meyer lemon is still sitting in the same potting soil I planted it in way back in January. Any suggestions?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Skull Scarves, Columbia Sportswear, Ball Canning Jars + More

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exotic rare fruit

Is it really Thursday already? 

What’s the weather like at your place? It suppose to reach 85 degrees in Western Washington today and then rain all next week. Everything in moderation, right? ;)

Here are a few deals I spotted this morning, and if you haven’t entered my big Garden Giveaway, head on over HERE to enter. You never know, you might just win.

Have a great day,

Mavis

Jump-N-Carry' 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12-Volt Jump Starter with Light

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Save Up to 70% on Clore Jump Starters and Power Packs

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Noticer $2.99 {873 Reviews!}
Freezer Meals: Delicious and Easy Make-Ahead Meals Free
How to Meal Plan: A Step by Step Guide for Busy Moms $4.99
Gluten-Free Slow Cooker: Easy Recipes for a Gluten Free Diet Free
Smart Soapmaking $0.99 {Tons of Great Reviews}
How to Be Debt Free Book Free

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

skull scarf

White Skull Print Shawl Scarf $3.87 shipped
Big Skull Pendant with Chain $2.95 shipped
Forever Pashmina Silk Scarf with Skull Pattern $10.99

nail trimmer

Amazon has a Pocket Nail Cuticle Kit for only $2.81 shipped.

columbia sportswareZulily is having a huge Columbia Sportswear Sale today with lot’s of coats, performance wear and shoes. They’ve also got some cute long sweaters in their Michael K & Paris Paris sale as well.

long sweaters

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

Ball Regular-Mouth Mason Jars with Lids and Bands

Need canning jars? Amazon has the 12-pack of Ball Regular-Mouth Mason Jars with Lids and Bands  for $9.99.

rachel ray magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Everyday with Rachel Ray Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 9/12/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

baking mats

Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet, 13 by 18 by 1 Inch $10.97 {I use these ones!}
Artisan Silicone Baking Mat Set {2pk.} $16.78

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Making your own cheese is super easy! I show you how in this How to Make Mozzarella Cheese tutorial.

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This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts  in your Sunday paper. 1 Smart Source and 1 Red Plum. See all the coupons that should be in the inserts HEREDon’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

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V8 V Fusion Coupon

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BLT {Bacon, Barley, Lettuce & Tomato} Salad

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Bacon, Barley, Lettuce & Tomato Salad

I was cleaning out my pantry & stumbled upon a LOT of barley. It just so happened to coincide with lunchtime and I was craving bacon. And so the BLT salad was born. Barley, bacon, lettuce & tomato? It’s like a BLT on crack! The barley gives the salad some added texture & I really liked it. I’ll be adding this to my list of recipes to repeat!

Ingredients

1 large head of romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup cooked cooked pearled barley
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped chives
8 ounces cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Whisk together garlic, mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, chives and olive oil. Shred lettuce and add to the bowl. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the bowl along with the bacon and barley. Toss salad to coat evenly with dressing and serve.

This recipe was lightly adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe. If you liked this recipe, you’ll love this cookbook:

rachel ray cookbook

Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats–A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners

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