If I Plant 10 Pounds of Seed Potatoes How Many Will I End Up With?

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If I Plant 10 Pounds of Seed Potatoes How Many Will I End Up With? Is probably what a normal person would ask. But if I start with 90 pounds of seed potatoes, how many pounds do you think I will end up with? Anyone want to guess?

But I’m pretty sure the chit is going to hit the fan tonight when the Handsome Husband gets home because I ended up buying 90 pounds of seed potatoes. Clearly, I should be able to donate a few boatloads to the Plant a Row for the Hungry program by the end of summer and still have plenty left over to feed my family.

I hope. I mean, do you think I bought enough?

Here are the 5 potato varieties I’ll be growing this year:

In my opinion, kitchen tables are highly overrated. That’s what I’m going to tell the Handsome Husband when he comes home from work and finds the floor full of seed potatoes and the kitchen table missing.

If you have any other “words” I can use to help him from hauling me off to the loony bin after he sees the potato bomb that has gone off in our kitchen {and will stay that way for the next few days}, please leave them in the comment section below.

I think I’m going to need them. A man can only take so much after all.

~Mavis

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The Hen Cam – Watch Chickens and Goats Live from Massachusetts

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Every month more than 40,000 people check in to see what ‘s happening on The Hen Cam at Terri Golson’s farm.  If you are thinking about getting a flock of birds you may want to bookmark her site.  There is also a barn cam and a goat cam.  I have found the best time to view is early in the morning before the hens are let out.

Awesome stuff!

~Mavis

Looking for more chicken stories? Go HERE.

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Kew Royal Botanical Gardens – Inside the Palm House {Greenhouse}

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I thought I would share a few more pictures from our visit to Kew Gardens today. These pictures were taken inside the Palm House, which is basically the largest glass greenhouse I have ever laid eyes on. I cannot even imagine how many people it would take to keep this greenhouse up and running.

tropical forest canopy

This is a picture of just one of the many walkways. It totally felt like we were walking in a jungle. There were banana trees, but no monkeys.

giant palm leaf

Every type of palm tree imaginable was there.
tropical plants

Although there were about 10 million shades of green, only a few flowers were in bloom. But the textures, holy cow these plants had some amazing textures.

kew gardens oldest pot plant

Ever wonder where the oldest pot plant in the world is being held?

oldest pot plant kew gardens

Apparently at the Kew. I think the meant potted plant. Don’t you?

macadamia nut cluster pod

I almost fell over when I saw this.

how to macadamia nuts grow

Can you believe it is a macadamia nut cluster? Eeeeeeek!

tropical tree with stick legs

Walking trees?

palm tree trunk

I bet Tommy Bahama totally got his ideas here.

tropical plants in terra cotta pots

Potted plants galore.

old iron  Spiral Staircase

Check out this antique spiral staircase. It’s the only way to the top. You would never be able to use a staircase like this one here in the US. Why? Because it’s too steep and a small child could fall through the cracks. They would have to hire 10 people just to allow one person to go up the staircase at a time. Which  is one thing I absolutely LOVE about traveling in Europe. They seriously expect you to use your common sense.

kew gardens palm house plants

Here is a small view from above.

greenhouse misters

Greenhouse misters in action.greenhouse patina

Isn’t it amazing? I wonder if he HH would let me install one in the backyard?

A Girl can dream, right?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindel Boots, Pea Coats, Coupons, Keen Shoes + Big 5

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Hello Thursday!

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.

mens pea coat

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is 80% off Men’s Outerwear! Wowza, there are a ton on Men’s Pea Coats available for $50! My husband isn’t really a pea coat kind of guy {or man scarf kind of guy either} but these are some seriously good deals.

free kindle books

Free Kindle Books

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine: America’s Funniest Jokes, Stories, and Cartoons
Heirloom Recipe Cookbook
The Raw Milk Cleanse: My 35 Day Discovery On Nothing But Goat’s Milk
how to draw the forest fairies 

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

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There is only 1 day left to get these super cool glass beverage dispensers from Totsy at a big discount.

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Geez, everyone is ready to have a party! Check out these Honey Pot Beverage Dispensers Zulily is offering in their Birthday Bash section today. too cute!

living social deals

Here are a few of my Living Social deals.

Personalized Photo Playing Cards $9 {What a cool gift for grandparents!}
MyPublisher 20- Page Hardcover Photo Book $5 {Hot deal!}

Marmot Henna T-Shirt

The REI Outlet has these Marmot Henna T-Shirts on sale for $24.83 {down from $50} and there are 3 colors to choose from

keen shoes discount coupon

6pm has  Keen boots, shoes and slippers on sale for up to 65% off. I’ve been wearing keens for years now and I LOVE them!

Smart-Balance-Spreadable

Watch a little video and you’ll be able to print a coupon good for $1.25 off Smart Balance Spreadable Butter.

mattress pad

Amazon currently has the Newpoint Home Deluxe 250-Thread-Count Cotton Damask Stripe Queen Mattress Pad on sale for $14.88. The reviews are AWESOME so grab one if you are interested because this price will not last.


Score exclusive deals on apparel, gear, and more when you connect with Big 5 Sporting goods on Facebook!

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Discount Mags is offering a  2 year subscription to Field & Stream Magazine for only $5.99  when you use code 2584 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 2/27/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

$1.00 off Mitchum or Mitchum for Women product$0.50 off any TWO (2) bags of HALLS drops$0.55 off two COTTONELLE Flushable Moist Wipes$0.55 off one COTTONELLE Bathroom Tissue, 9 pk
There are coupons available this morning for Mitchum Deodorant, Halls Cough Drops and Cottonelle Toilet Paper and Flushable Wipes.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

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

♥ Mavis

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Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery Puyallup, Washington

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I was over in Puyallup today so I stopped by Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery. In a nutshell, if I ever owned a nursery center, this would be it. Not to big, not so small, and knowledgeable employees within 20 feet no matter what direction you look.

Oh, and flowers, plants, and housewares galore too. If they allowed me to camp out there and arrange displays on the weekends for free, I probably would. That is how much I am in love with the place.

seed potatoes

I stopped by to see if their seed potatoes had arrived. And they had. In fact they had JUST arrived, which meant I was able to get the cream of the crop. This year they are selling Yukon Gold, Russet, Reds, All Blue and French Fingerlings starting at $2.49 for 2.5 pounds. Be still my Irish heart {well, actually the HH’s heart. That man does love his potatoes}.

asparagus crowns

Asparagus is also in stock – Only $1.49 per crown.

bare root grape vines

Bare root grape vines, raspberries and blackberries.

Wait, people actually BUY blackberry plants? I thought they were considered a nuisance in Western Washington {a pretty good one too if you ask me}.

bare root fruit trees

And they also have a few bare root fruit trees in stock too! Ha Ha Ha. Just a few.

green flower pots

Actually they have pretty much everything under the moon there. So my advise is to walk into the store with cash and a set of blinders so your don’t overspend. Because you will want to buy everything in stock and take it home with you. And let me tell you from experience, it’s pretty hard to hide trees and shrubs under the bed or in the closet so your husband doesn’t see.

seed potatoes

Not that I would know anything about that though. Nope. No Sir.

Do YOU have a favorite garden center? Please tell me it calls your name every time you drive by too.

~Mavis

P.S. I got so caught up in tossing sacks of seed potatoes in my cart, I didn’t add up how many pounds I bought exactly. And to tell you the truth, I’m still a little afraid too.

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Plant a Row For the Hungry

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This year I am Planting a Row for the Hungry.  Basically, I am dedicating a row of my garden to donate to my local food bank {actually several rows}.  Quite  a few states have the program {though, I am sure the food bank won’t turn you away if your state doesn’t participate}, and it’s a great way to keep local, healthy food in your community.

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Plant a Row is sponsored by the Garden Writers Association.  To officially participate, you can do a google search to find out if your area has a Plant a Row partnership and then fill out the form, pledging to donate.  {If not, you could get really ambitious and start one in your area.}  In Washington, your pledge comes with a packet of free seeds. Woohoo!

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According to the Garden Writers Association website:

“Since 1995, over 16 million pounds of produce providing over 60 million meals have been donated by American gardeners. All this has been achieved without government subsidy or bureaucratic red tape — just people helping people.”

Aw, doesn’t that make you feel all warm and happy inside?

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They suggest that you grow/donate foods that keep well and still pack a nutritional punch, like cabbage, green beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, small winter squash, turnips, cucumbers and tomatoes.

How about YOU, will you be using your garden to feed your community this year?

~Mavis

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Is this your first year gardening? Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens is filled with 24 garden plans for various types or home gardens, both big and small. The reviews on Starter Vegetable Gardens book are awesome!

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Inspiring Window Boxes

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window box with ivy and pansies

What is it about window boxes that makes them so appealing?  We have a window box in the front of our house and for some reason, it always makes me smile when I walk by. Maybe it’s because they are so easy to put together, a mini garden without a lot of maintenance.  A small burst of color.

The first photo is my favorite, although I really like #3 for it’s simplicity too.

Which window box do you like?

Mavis

Looking for a little more inspiration? Window Boxes: Indoors & Out by James Cramer is packed with all sorts of great ideas. I own a copy of this book and I love it!

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 2013 Garden Tally

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How to grow your own food{ Early Summer 2012}

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis

Last week we had an egg laying bomb go off. The sad thing was, the HH and Monkey Boy didn’t cook any eggs while we were gone, and now I have to figure out what the heck to do with them all. I cooked up a few last night, but I’m thinking some homemade ice cream or egg bread might be in order. We’ll see. If you have any ideas {other than quiche} PLEASE let me know. I’m all ears.

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

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Beets - 14 ounces

I think I might start some seeds next week. YES, it’s too early, but I can’t stand it anymore. I really want make a roasted beet salad.

rainbow carrots

Carrots – 3 ounces

egg count 2013

Egg Count – 227 {3.9 per day average}

Last week we collected 54 eggs! Now that the chickens are laying about 8 eggs a day {sometimes more, sometimes less} things are going to get exciting around here. I still think there are a few hens that are still not laying so I’ll give it a few more weeks to see who’s laying and who is not.

I know Black Fatty is old {3+ years} and doesn’t lay regularly, and Piggey and Squirrel don’t lay every day either. But who else is holding back? Hmmm.

microgreens
Lettuce
– 6 ounces
Microgreens 5 ounces

We harvested our first round of microgreens last week. Microgreens are easy to grow anytime of year but they are especially fun to grow in winter as it is typically to cold to grow lettuce and greens outside. See those cute heart shaped leaves? Those are radish greens and they are super tasty too.

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Potatoes – 2 pounds 9 ounces

We found these beauties in the garden and made potato soup. I spotted seed potatoes at Wilco the other day, so I may pick up a few bags later this week and get them ready to plant.

bean sprouts

Sprouts - 8 ounces -

Sprouts are great in stir fry and sandwiches.

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Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 5 pounds 4 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 227

Do you have anything growing at your place yet? Still have snow?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Coupons, New Balance, Squeak Me Shoes, prAna Jackets + More

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Is it really Wednesday already? Holy cow! It still feels like Monday to me.  Oh well, I hope everyone has a great day today and be sure and check out all those free kindle books… there are a bunch of good ones today.

 Binoculars

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Simmons ProSport 12x 50mm Waterproof/Fogproof Binoculars for $49.99 shipped. The reviews are really great!

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Free Kindle Books

How to Start a Home Based Business Selling Seeds
Growing Herbs Indoors : Your Guide To Growing Herbs In Containers
Organic Vegetable Gardening-best Beginner’s Manual-step by step
Organic Vegetable Gardening pests
Organic Vegetable Gardening-Seed saving-tips and techniques
Container Gardening Made Easy

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Food Storage and Preservation
Pickled! The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Recipes
Small Kindnesses
The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free! Humorous Lines and Clever Interjections for Contemporary Flirting

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

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Joe’s New Balance Outlet has these pink and black New Balance 790 running shoes on sale today for only $29.99.

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Totsy has these adorable Baby Aspen Hooded Terry Spa Robes for as low as $19.75. Talk about an adorable baby shower gift!

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Zulily has Squeak Me Shoes — up to 50% off today!

living social deals

Living Social has some fun deals today:
4 Kids Discovery Museum Tickets {Seattle}
Luxor Linens $39
Funky Cat Scratcher Lounge $69
Bambeco Grow an Indoor Garden on Your Desk or Counter $20

prAna jacket

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the prAna Parfait Jacket for $56.93 shipped. This is  a great quality brand!

win botanical interests seeds

Botanical Interests and the Mother Earth News Fair are teaming up for an awesome giveaway. Enter to win one of 3 $100 gift certificates or 2 seed collections to Botanical Interests Seed Company.

If you are a local, the Mother Earth News Fair is coming to the Puyallup Fair Grounds June 1st & 2nd.

Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter {Full/ Queen} $44.49 Shipped!

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  • Box stitching design to avoid any shifting, Piped edges and four corner tabs to anchor duvet cover.
  • Full/Queen 88″x88″
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There are new coupons available for Ritz Crackerfuls, Meow Mix, South Beach Diet and O-Cel-O Sponges

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

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

♥ Mavis

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Peach Cobbler with Canned Peaches Recipe

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Peach Cobbler with Canned Peaches Recipe

Tonight I’m serving my family peach cobbler for dinner.

What? Yes, you can serve peach cobbler for dinner, it’s totally allowed, I checked the rule book. But the real question is, will I be serving it will a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, or in a bowl with a wee bit of warm milk?

Decisions, decisions.

If you have a bunch of peaches you canned this summer, this simple peach cobbler recipe is a great way to use up a few jars.

Ingredients for the Filling

2 cans or 4 cups canned peaches {drained}
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for the Scones

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. granulated sugar
2 1⁄2 tsp. baking powder
1⁄4 tsp. salt
4 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 eggs
2⁄3 cup heavy cream {I used 2% milk}
1 Tbs sugar

Peach Cobbler with Canned Peaches Recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Butter a 9×9 casserole dish and set aside.

Use a colander to drain the peaches, reserving the juice for smoothies later on. In a large bowl gently toss the peaches, flour and cinnamon together until the peaches are coated. Pour peach filling into buttered casserole dish.

In a bowl {I used the same one} stir together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and cream. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until a sticky dough forms.

Scoop heaping spoonfuls of  scone dough on top of the cobbler and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the topping in lightly browned.

Serve cobbler alongside vanilla ice cream for dessert or in a bowl with a wee bit of  milk for dinner.

Yummmmm!

 

 

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