Preventing Food Waste – How to Freeze Juice {Plus a Simple Smoothie Recipe}

Preventing Food Waste - Freeze Extra Juice and Make Smoothies

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I recently teamed up with Glad Food Protection to take the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge to not only help eliminate food waste in my own kitchen, but to show you some cool and creative ways you can reduce food waste in yours.

#SAVEITSUNDAY Freeze Extra Juice and Make Smoothies

What is the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge?

Well basically it’s about loving food more and wasting it less, one day at a time.

Today we’re talking about a totally overlooked freezable thing: juice. If you ever stumble onto a bunch of clearanced juice at the store or you have some juice in the fridge you think will go bad before you finish it, here’s the perfect solution!

Preventing Food Waste - Freeze Extra Juice and Make SmoothiesJust whip out an ice cube tray {this is my favorite one that I use for those handy DIY detergent tabs too!}, pour some juice on in and plop it in the freezer.

how to freeze orange juiceOnce the juice is frozen solid, I pop them out and bag them up in my Glad Zipper Freezer Quart Bags. Sometimes I’ll just label them and have them on hand to use in smoothies. Other times I’ll find one of my favorite smoothie recipes like the one below and bag all the ingredients together so I can just grab the Glad bag from the freezer, dump the contents into a blender and have a quick and healthy snack in seconds.

Preventing Food Waste - Freeze Extra Juice and Make Smoothies

Blueberry Orange Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup spinach
4-5 frozen orange juice cubes
1 tablespoon sweetener, optional {I used agave, but you can use honey, sugar or whatever your little heart desires}

Note: For a creamier smoothie, add 6 oz of yogurt {yogurt can also be frozen in cube trays and tossed in the bags with the other ingredients if you prefer}.

Directions

Throw all ingredients into a blender {I use my Blendtec} and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

blueberry orange spinach smoothies

For more information about the #SAVEITSUNDAY Pledge and how you can enter to win a gourmet chef prepared meal in your home, head on over to SAVEITSUNDAY.com.

Looking for more Glad Food Protection Pointers? Head on over HERE where you’ll learn lots of cool tips and tricks to keep the food you love fresher, longer.

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Voodoo Doughnuts – Portland, OR

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

After checking into our hotel last week on our mini spring break trip to Portland, we noticed our hotel was only about 1/2 mile from Voodoo Doughnuts. So the next morning we got up at the crack of dawn {5:20 am} and walked over to get some doughnuts, and let me tell you, Bob, it was totally worth it.

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

Voodoo Doughnuts is a world famous, privately owned, doughnut and coffee shop.  The feature tons of eclectic flavors, including their now famous Bacon-Maple bar.  They’ve now expanded with a Voodoo Doughnuts Too and Voodoo Doughnuts Tres {I think I might have even read about another one in Denver}, but we stuck with the original.

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

The owners, Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon {which reminds me, I totally want to have a moniker associated with my name} are quirky to say the least, and it totally shows in their doughnuts and their shop.

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

They have cereal topped doughnuts, voodoo doll shaped doughnuts, and of course, every traditional doughnut you can imagine {I feel like Bubba on Forest Gump:  fried shrimp, bbq’d shrimp…}.  They decided on a whim that they wanted to open a doughnut shop, went to California to study under “master” doughnutiers {that’s not a real word…until now}, and then came back to rock their own doughnut shop.

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

Here’s the thing, you HAVE to check this place out if you are ever in the area.  It’s super iconic, yes, but let’s face it:  every morning should start with a fresh pastry. :)

Here’s to big thighs and a happy belly,

~Mavis

Voodoo Doughnuts
22 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR

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Tips for Reseeding Your Lawn in the Spring

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Tips for Reseeding Your Lawn in the Spring

This past weekend the HH and I reseeded our lawn.  Let me tell you Bob, the winter sure wreaks havoc on  your lawn, and with my new goal of working in the garden every day, it has had a lot of foot traffic, which in its delicate state, kind of leaves bare spots.  Bare spots leave space for weeds to invade your lawn.  Weeds are bad.

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Reseeding will give it that thick carpet like look that all my neighbors will oooh and aaah over, and it’s pretty simple {and inexpensive}.  Spring reseeding is a walk in the park–a soon to be thickly carpeted walk in the park.

First, make sure you buy a seed that is compatible with the temperature.  They make seed that germinates best between 55-65 degree soil temperature for spring reseeding.  You also want to be pretty certain that you will not have another hard freeze after you seed.

Next, give the lawn a quick mow.  This will help remove any leaves and small sticks/twigs that could get in the way {it’s really best to do this a couple of days BEFORE you will be reseeding}.

grass seed reseeding lawn

On the day you plan to reseed, give the whole area a quick rake.  It will loosen the soil a bit and make it ready to receive the seed.  Using a drop spreader {you can also do it by hand, but you may not spread the seed as evenly}, cross the area you will be reseeding in a horizontal pattern, then repeat using a vertical pattern–that way, you make sure you covered the area evenly.  Then, LIGHTLY rake in the seed.  You can lay down a very, very thick layer of compost, soil, or peat moss over the top of the seed if you want {less than 1/4″}.  Water the seed in.  You don’t want to flood the place, so just give it a light watering.  You will want to keep the soil moist until the grass germinates and takes hold.  Then, you can move to letting the soil dry out completely between watering and using a deeper watering plan.

That’s pretty much it.  Make sure you KEEP OFF of the grass while it is germinating.  You wouldn’t go walking on all the little seedlings in your garden, the same principal applies to new grass.  Also, resist mowing the new grass until it is at least 2″ long.

Hopefully, when it is all said and done, the grass really will be greener on the other side.

~Mavis

 

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Pallet Gardening – Lettuce and Strawberries

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Yesterday Lucy the puggle dog and I worked out in the garden for a few hours tending to garden seedlings and moving things around a bit. One of the major things we did was haul an entire gutter of lettuce plants over to the pallet garden.

lettuce start

The lettuce was starting to press up against the sides of the greenhouse walls so we decided to transplant the dozen or so lettuce plants in with the strawberries already growing in the pallet garden.
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Lettuce and strawberries, they were made for each other.

By moving the lettuce plants to the pallet garden it allows them stretch their leaves a bit and grow to a full sized head of lettuce {like what you might find in the grocery store}.

pallet gardening

After we were done planting, we started the process all over again.

gutter gardening lettuce

Lettuce seeds + water + a little love = baby lettuce starts.greenhouse lettuce gardening

I think later this week we’ll move the other garden gutter we have filled with lettuce starts out to the garden as well. pallet garden pictures

Companion planting is cool, don’t you think?

So what’s new in your garden?

Is there anything you like to plant together?

~Mavis

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Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

How to Install Gutters in a Greenhouse

New to gutter gardening? Check out this tutorial on how I installed my garden gutters in my greenhouse.

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lucy the puggle dog

Lucy the wonder puggle spent the better part of yesterday afternoon running all over the backyard with a giant chunk of bark in her mouth. Everytime we tried to get it away from her she would run around in a VERY LARGE circle with it like it was highly valuable or something. What a nut!

I wonder if she will ever calm down?

Mavis

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

Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Amazon has the Presto 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker on sale for $75 shipped. I’ve had my pressure canner for about 7 years now and use my pressure canner all the time during the summer months to can vegetables and soups. I love it!

How to Use a Pressure Canner

If you’ve never used a pressure canner before, check out my How to Use a Pressure Canner Tutorial or Pin it for Later this summer. It’s super easy!

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rustic split pea and ham soup

If you’re like me you probably have a bunch of extra ham in your refrigerator. This recipe for Rustic Split Pea and Ham Soup is a great way to use up those leftovers. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 15 of 52

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menu plan ideas weekly menus

Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from.

Here are a few recipes that are so tasty for you to choose from this week:

weekly menu plans breakfast ideasBreakfast Ideas 

weekly menu plan main dish recipesMain Dish Ideas 

weekly menu plans salads and side dishesSalads and Sides

weekly menu plan snacksCookies and Snacks

weekly menu plan dessertsDesserts 

Canning Recipe of the Week

Apple Pie Jam Recipe – My son LOVES homemade apple pie so of course he absolutely loves apple pie jam. He has to hide it from the rest of the family though, or we’ll eat it all before he can get to it! As a bonus, your house will smell like an apple pie factory for days!

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Looking for more recipes? Check out my recipes boards on Pinterest

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How Long Should You Keep Your Financial Paperwork?

How Long Should You Keep Your Financial Paperwork

How Long Should You Keep Your Financial PaperworkIn my effort to purge my house of unwanted clutter a few months ago, I came across A LOT of paperwork.  Some of it, I know I have to keep, but some of it, I’ve stashed away just in case.  The thing is, “just in case” is starting to get a little overwhelming, so I decided to find out exactly how long I need to keep it all.

After a little digging, here’s the 411 on paperwork:

  1. Receipts.  These really pile up, especially after Christmas.  If they are for standard goods, keep them only until the warranty expires or until the exchange/return policy runs out.  If they are for tax purposes, keep them for 3 years.
  2. ATM receipts.  If you bank online, you can toss these {shred them} as soon as you’ve verified the amount recorded on your account is the same as the receipt.  If you still go with paper statements, balance them to the statement each month and then toss them.
  3. Paycheck stubs.  Keep them for one year.  Make sure to double check them to your W-2’s and social security statements, then shred them.
  4. Utility bills.   If  you take a home office deduction, you need to keep these for 3 years, otherwise, you can get rid of them after a year.
  5. Bank statements.  Again, unless you need them for tax purposes {3 years}, you can get rid of them after one year.
  6. Credit card statements.  Keep until reconciled, or 3 years if needed for tax purposes.
  7. Income Tax Returns.  Hold onto these for 3 years.
  8. Medical bills.  Keep these for 3 years.
  9. Records of selling a house.  3 years.
  10. Annual investment statements.  Hold onto these for 3 years AFTER you sell your investment.
  11. Records of paid-off loans {other than home mortgages}.  Keep for 7 years.
  12. Keep the following forever:  marriage licenses, birth certificates, wills, adoption papers, death certificates, records of paid mortgages.

Now that I know how long to keep everything, I can sort through the little piles that build up over the year–and really give my shredder a workout.

~Mavis

 

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 4/21/14

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backyard gardens

Last week we had a ton of rain here in the Pacific Northwest and it’s in the forecast for this week as well.

After a heavy rain I always find myself raking the barktopia we’ve got going on in the backyard and it makes me tired. Why couldn’t we have just planted grass all over the place like all the other neighbors? It’s pretty much the only time I feel silly for having a bunch of garden beds and vegetable patches scattered throughout our property.

carrot seedlings

Carrots. Seedlings to the left, winter carrots to the right. pea plants

Sugar snap peas and broccoli. growing strawberries in pallets

Strawberries growing in pallets. Have you tried this yet? If there is one thing I like growing in pallets, it’s strawberry plants. Not only do the pallet gardens help keep the berries off the ground, it helps deter the slugs as well. poppies and rhubarb

Poppies and rhubarb. The rhubarb should be ready to pick in a couple of weeks! :)greenhouse garden

Ahh the greenhouse garden. I love it! If you look closely you can see the cabbage plants growing in the bed to the right of the greenhouse. I plan on transplanting my gutter lettuce out to the garden this week to make room for some other seedlings.shasta daisy

The shasta daisies are growing like bonkers! They’ll reach about 5 feet tall by the end of summer.

cascadia raspberry plants

And take a look at our raspberry patch. The seven rows of raspberries we planted back in 2009 are coming back in full force this year. I wonder how many pounds we will harvest?

terra cotta pots with a patina

And last but not least, our extra terracotta pots. I can never decide if I want to scrub the green patina off them or leave them as they are.

What do you think? Keep the patina, or clean them?

~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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