Christmas Fruit and Vegetable Platter Ideas

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If you are having people over for Christmas, here are a few alternative ideas to the typical fruit and veggie trays people tend to set out.  My favorite would have to be the tomato and mozzarella wreath Yum!

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Mavis Garden Blog – My Favorite Fruit Varieties of 2012 and Where to Find Them

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Normally on Wednesday mornings I write my Weigh in Wednesday post. But I’ve got nothing to “weigh in” this week so I’ve decided to share my favorite varieties of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberry plants with you instead. And ask for your help with suggestions as to what fruit trees I should plant next year {I currently have 2 Anjou pear trees, and 1 mystery apple tree}.

Strawberries

As far as strawberries go, I have been planting Tristar strawberries in my garden every spring since the Handsome Husband and I have been married. With a large crop in early summer and again in the fall, these are the best strawberries available in my opinion.  If you are looking for giant Costco sized, flavorless berries, these are not for you.  Tristar berries pack a ton of flavor and are great in strawberry shortcakes, for making homemade jam, and for eating fresh.

This past year we also tried SeaScape strawberries.  These berries were a little larger, and tasted great as well, but I don’t think they were as good as my beloved Tristar berries.


Back in the spring of 2009 we planted 4 different varieties of blueberries:

Since I didn’t have a specific type of blueberry I was looking for, I selected my berry plants solely on the descriptions in the catalog.  I mean seriously, when you buy blueberries from the grocery store you are just buying “blueberries” right?  Who knew there were so many kinds to choose from? I didn’t.

That first year I decided to purchase 12 blueberry plants {3 of each variety}.

When I ordered them, I had the image of my favorite blueberry farm in my head. Tall shrubs, long rows of ripe blueberries and classical music playing in the background.  But apparently Linbo Farms has been around since the 1940′s and that’s why they have 5 foot tall blueberry plants and berries as far as the eye can see. LOL.  So even if I’m after a “mini” blueberry farm, it’s going to take some time.

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And lastly raspberries.  Yum. Yum.Yum.

3 years ago I placed an order for 100 Cascade Delight canes from Spooner Farms in Puyallup, Washington. Most people probably buy raspberry canes from their local nursery, or get them from friends as they divide their beds up in the spring.  But our family had enjoyed purchasing several flats of the Cascade Delight raspberries from the Spooner Farms berry stand each summer, so when it came time to plant our own patch, we wanted to make sure we were getting our favorite berries.

At the time you could buy the berry canes in bulk in boxes of 100 plants for around $1.50 each, but nowadays the minimum order is 1,00 canes {yikes!}. But, if you can split the order with a few friends, I’d say go for it.

Alright peeps, these are my favorite varieties of berries. If you are interested in purchasing some, simply click on the highlighted text and it will take you to the site where I purchased the berry plants.

Now, here’s where I need a little help from YOU.

I would like to plant 6 fruit trees this spring, but I’m not sure what to plant.  I’m thinking maybe some apple and plum trees, maybe even a nut tree. But what kind should I plant? What will grow well in Western Washington. Any advise you have would be great.

~Mavis

If you would like to turn your yard into an edible utopia, check out the book Landscaping with Fruit by Lee Reich.  It’s pack with all sorts of  helpful tips, and Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship.

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Also, thanks to my awesome readers, here is an updated list of seed catalogs. If you have a favorite one you don’t see on the list, let me know in the comment section below and I’ll add it.

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Clogs, Coats, Make Your Own Fire Starters + More

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What’s happening? I’m headed to Mrs. Hillbilly’s house this afternoon to watch her make cheesecakes and to catch up on neighborhood gossip.  We’ll also be exchanging Christmas Gifts as well. Two years ago I gave her a set of Nick and Nora Flannel pj’s which she has yet to wear, hopefully she’ll like this years gift a little better.

Don’t worry, I’ll report back if anything exciting happens. Have a great day!

Here are a few deals I spotted for you. As always, I’ll update this list as I find more deals throughout the morning so be sure and check back.

 amazon deal of the day

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 60% off on Select PC Accessories

free kindle booksFree Kindle Books

Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose
25 Delicious and Nutritious Vegetarian Soup, Stew and Chili Recipes
Quick and Light: Healthy Recipes You’ll Fall in Love With
Growing Herbs Indoors : Your Guide To Growing Herbs In Containers For A Vibrant Indoor Herb Garden

amazon magazine dealsAmazon has some great magazines on sale. Here are a few of my favorites -

Whole Living $5
House Beautiful $5
Veranda$5
Field & Stream $5
Town & Country $5
National Geographic Traveler $10

 

homemade fire starters

Make your own fire starters. Check out this post my friend Jane wrote.
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No More Rack has this set of 2 step stools on sale for only $21! Go HERE to check out all of today’s deals.

cute clogs on sale 6pm

6pm is having an awesome sale on clogs today with up to 70% off which includes FREE SHIPPING!

Madden Girl – Boommerr $21.99
Easy Spirit – Toocute (Dark Brown Suede)$31.99
Birki’s – Maria (Brown Application Olive) $35.99
Bogs – Rue II (Green)$36.99
Sofft – Camden (Mogano Suede) $41.99
Dansko – Valerie Canvas (Green Hawaii) $44.99

deals on life vests rei sale

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is having a sweet clearance sale with savings up to 60% off.  Here are a few deals I spotted in the clearance section this morning.

MTI Child Livery PFD $13.83
Keen Sunport Sandals $13.83
Victorinox SwissLite Knife $12.83
The North Face Dome Cam Belt $10.83

purex oh baby sweepstakes

Want a win a $500 or some free baby detergent from Purex? Head on over HERE to enter.

Cepacol

There is a new coupon available for $1.00 off 1 container of Cepacol cough drops.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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New Printable Coupons – Terra Chips, Pom Wonderful Juice, Cranberries, Planters Nuts, Food Should Taste Good

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$1.00 off bag of TERRA Chips $2.00 off one 48 oz bottle of POM Wonderful juice $1.00 off 1 12-ounce bag Ocean Spray Cranberries $1.00 off 2 PLANTERS Nut Products $0.75 off Food Should Taste Good chips

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Unique Christmas Trees – Ladders, Books, Bottles, Lobster Traps + More

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I think the ladder is my favorite.  Which one is yours?

~Mavis

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Elf on the Shelf – Mavis & Ernesto Go to the Post Office

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So I have a story to tell, but I’m not exactly sure how to tell it.  So please bear with me.

I recently received an email from a man.

Dear Mavis,

My wife is a big fan of your blog. Would it be possible to
purchase an autographed picture or product for her for Christmas?

Wait. What? Go back and read that again.

Now, I’m not sure why someone would think I have a big stack of glossy 8×10′s of myself on my desk and a sharpie nearby to sign them with, or Mavis Butterfield bobble heads for that matter, but okay, moving along…

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So I re-read the email {like 20 million times} to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating, then called out to the Handsome Husband.

Mavis : Turn down the television, I want to read you something.

Handsome Husband : Oh My G..

Mavis : What am I suppose to do?

Handsome Husband : I don’t know, send him some seeds or something.

Mavis : But I don’t own a SEED COMPANY!

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So I did the only thing I could think of.  I walked around the house and tried to find some loot to send this lady for Christmas.

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So if you wake up on Christmas morning to find a brand spankin’ new {as in I bought it for myself, didn’t get a chance to read it yet, but hey, Merry Christmas I hope you like it} copy of the book Kitchen Seasons: Easy Recipes for Seasonal Organic Food, 4 packets of Botanical Interest Seeds : Toy Choy, Gourmet Beets, Lizzano Tomato, and Lauren’s Poppy, plus a 10 year old Angel ornament off my Christmas tree, well HO HO HO, Merry Christmas!

Your husbands email was sweet, and most importantly, it made me smile.  I hope you enjoy your present.  I had more fun putting it together than you will ever know.

May your Christmas be merry & bright,

Love, Mavis

Peace Out Girl Scouts, Life is good!

P.S. I did not take his money. LOL. Instead he made a donation to someplace cool. 

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Christmas Dessert Ideas – Pies, Cakes, and Ice Cream

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Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

Meyer Lemon cake recipe

Meyer Lemon Cake 

Eggnog Pound Cake

Applesauce Spice Cake

Double Layer Banana Cake

Cranberry Apple Pie

Individual Pumpkin Pies

Pineapple Buttermilk Pie – Perfect if you are serving ham!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 

What will YOU be serving for dessert this Christmas?

~Mavis

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Fresh Produce Coupon – $1.00 Off Ocean Spray Cranberries

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$1.00 off 1 12-ounce bag Ocean Spray Cranberries

Hurry and print this $1.00 off 1 {12 ounce} bag of Ocean Spray Cranberries Coupon!

Go HERE to Print!

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How to Get Free Food Week # 32 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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chicken scraps

It was another banner week in the food scrap department. We have had a steady flow of bananas over the past few weeks and I am seriously running out of ideas on how to use them up.

Help!

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Here is what we decided to keep for ourselves this week -

  • 10 + pounds bananas
  • 1 head of cauliflower {cauliflower hummus is awesome!}
  • 7 apples
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 personal watermelon
  • 4 1/2 cantaloupes

No to shabby for free. Being able to pick up these free chicken scraps over the past year has really helped reduce our feed bill for the chickens.  It’s pretty crazy when you think about it. Oh how I wish more stores would allow people to pick up their castoffs.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 8 months?

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

You can read more on the topic of food waste in Jonathan Bloom’s book American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food {and What We Can Do About It}.

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Mornings with Mavis – PS3, $435K Perfume, Free Kindle Books, Coffee, Earrings, Mother Earth News + More

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Can you believe Christmas is only 1 week away? Oh my goodness. We had a wee bit of snow last night, maybe 1 inch or so.  Weee…. It’s starting to melt, hopefully we will get more tonight.

Here are a few deals I spotted for you. As always, I’ll update this list as I find more deals this morning so be sure and check back.

Play Station 3 bundle

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the PS3 320GB with a one year PlayStation Plus subscription +Instant Game Collection for $249.99 shipped. Go HERE to see this deal.

Free Kindle Books

Free Kindle Books – These tend to go quick, so grab them before the price goes up!

How to Grow Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant
You’re Never too Old to Laugh
Master Your DSLR Camera: A Better Way to Learn Digital Photography
Juicing With Kids: Your Guide to Family-Friendly Juicing – Plus Recipes!

Mr. Heater Buddy Portable Heater $69.99 Shipped!

Wowza! I can’t tell you how many of these Mr. Heater Buddy Portable Heaters I see at soccer matches and football games.  They are super popular and when I was looking for one before the lowest price I could find was $119.  So this is definitely BUY NOW price!!

community coffee

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Amazon has bags of Community Coffee on sale for as low as $3.78 each when you clip the $2 off coupon and use the subscribe & save option at checkout.

Community Coffee Ground Coffee, Dark Roast (Pack of 3) $11.34 / $3.78 each shipped.
Community Ground Coffee, Breakfast Blend (Pack of 3) $11.79 / $3.93 each shipped.
Community Ground Coffee, Colombia Classico Blend (Pack of 3) $11.85 / $3.95 each shipped.

butterfly earrings

Amazon is offering FREE 1 – Day Shipping on tons of products.  These Sterling Silver Gemstone Butterfly Earrings are only $22.80 shipped.  Go HERE to see all 1 day FREE shipping deals from Amazon.

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Who Buys this stuff?

Clive Christian Imperial Majesty Perfume for Men 16.9 oz Perfume Would you believe you still have to pay a shipping fee?  Holy canolies!

mod cloth

Daaaaaarling, a ling a ling a ling, are you looking for the perfect holiday dress? Mod Cloth has you covered. Go HERE for the latest deals.

ukula boots

 

6pm has Ukala boots on sale for up to 65% off, plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too! Go HERE to check out all the deals.

mother earth news magazine

Amazon currently has a 1 year subscription to Mother Earth News for only $9.95.  Go HERE to get this deal.

New Coupons to Print -

$1.00 off two Campbell's Slow Kettle Style soups $1.50 off any one package of HUGGIES Diapers $2.00 off 1 HUGGIES Little Movers Slip-On Diapers Alright, I’m off to go make some muffins for breakfast.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit for my reclaimed food post.

♥ Mavis

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