Easy Freezer Meals – Roadside Sliders Recipe

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Easy Freezer Meals - Roadside Sliders

I don’t know about you, but we LOVE roadside sliders around here. So when the HH and I processed 40 pounds of Zaycon ground beef recently, one of the many freezer meals we made was, you guessed it, roadside sliders.

Weather your’e making roadside sliders for a crowd or just trying to fill up the freezer for a day when you don’t feel like doing any prep work, this recipe is about as simple as it gets.

Mc Cormick Seasoning


10 pounds ground beef {Zaycon beef 97% lean is what I used}
1 {3.4 ounce} jar  Mc Cormick Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 {2.75 ounce} jar Mc Cormick Hamburger Seasoning

Easy Freezer Meals - Roadside Sliders


We broke out the roasting pan for this recipe! ;)

Place 10 pounds ground beef in a large roasting pan, add seasonings and mix the spices and ground beef together thoroughly {about 5 minutes by hand}. Once combined, use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop  and scoop equal portions onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten beef with the palm of your hand.

Place cookie sheets in the freezer for a couple of hours until the meat is firm, then transfer roadside slider patties to freezer zip baggies {I used quart sized zip baggies} label, and freeze until ready to use. {We placed 8 patties in each quart sized bag and placed a small square of parchment paper between the layers.}

Yield: 80 roadside sliders {10 bags of 8 roadside sliders each}.

Easy Freezer Meals - Roadside Sliders Recipe

When you are ready to cook your sliders, fire up the bbq and cook from frozen over medium heat until patties are cooked thoroughly.

Now that’s what I call an easy recipe! ;)


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How to Grow Your Own Food – 8/7/2013 Garden Tally

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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


Square Foot Gardening

This past week we harvested just under 50 pounds of fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden and collected 54 eggs from our flock of hens. Growing your own food is cool no matter what size yard you have.

This year the garden has be plagued with slugs. Thanks to Sluggo, I finally feel like I finally have them under control, but that can’t make up the 3 or 4 weeks growing time I’ve lost or the fact that my harvest totals are about 50 pounds short of what I had grown last year at this time. This was suppose to be the year of double or nothing, but so far it’s not looking like I’ll make it to 4,000 pounds by the end of the year. But hey, if I can make it to 2,000 pounds again, I’d be happy with that.


Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 11 ounces

I LOVE making fresh pesto.

chioggia beets

Beets -12 pounds 1 ounces

It seems like we’ve been harvesting beets left and right lately. I like to toss a little olive oil, and salt and pepper on them and roast them for dinner.

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 4 oz

Check out this Asian Noodle Salad with Bok Choy I made. It’s pretty awesome.


Broccoli – 13 ounces

We didn’t get much broccoli this sprint but I did plant more in my fall garden. If you haven’t tried it yet, this recipe for Broccoli Cranberry and Almond Salad with Feta is delicious.

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are done harvesting cabbage until fall. There are more heads planted alongside the greenhouse and I started more cabbage seeds for a winter harvest so we should be cook for a while.Here is my recipe for homemade sauerkraut.

carrot in dirt

Carrots – 3 ounces

I just planted another round of carrots for our fall garden. With a little bit of luck we should have fresh carrots to harvest this December.


Chives – 1 pound 4 ounces

We are picking about an ounce a week to use in recipes.

lemon cucumber

Cucumbers 2 ounces

We picked our first lemon cucumber yesterday and it tasted great! If you have little ones I think they’d love growing these because of their unusual shape.

green eggs

Egg Count – 1,717

The chickens only laid 54 eggs last week. I’m not sure what’s going on over there, maybe the chickens are on strike or something, I’m not sure, all I know is we are eating eggs as fast as they can produce them. :)

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

Our garlic has been harvested for this year. If you’ve yet to harvest yours, I have a quick post on How to Harvest Garlic.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

Green Beans 7 pounds 13 ounces

All the fat Roma beans are gone and now we just have the skinny French ones to pick. Before too long it will be time to harvest the pole beans that we having growing up the tepee poles. It’s kind of fun growing different varieties of beans. I can’t remember how many we are growing this year but we love them all.

puggle puppies lucy the puggle dog

Kale – 13 pounds 8 ounces

We decided to put Lucy the puggle dog in charge of inspecting the kale. ;)


Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces


Lettuce – 35 pounds 3 ounces

I filled 2 pallets with lettuce seeds the other day so hopefully when we get back from our road trip we’ll start to see some sprouts popping through the soil.


Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 10 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 13 ounces

fresh onions

Onion – 6 pounds 8 ounces

We’ve been pulling up fresh onions from the garden as we need them. Note to self: Plant about 10 times more next year.

sugar snap peas

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We planted bush peas the other day and I’ll probably plant the sugar snap peas {pole} in another week or two for a late fall harvest.

red potatoes

Potatoes - 23 pounds 0 ounces

The potatoes are being harvested as we need {or want them} I figure they longer I keep them in the ground the bigger they’ll get. ;) I’ll probably do one big harvest here in a few weeks after school gets underway.


Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

I planted radish seeds this week too!

raspberries in wooden baskets

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry production has slowed way down this week and now all that’s left are a few here and there.


Rhubarb – 31 pounds 7 ounces

Last week we harvested another 12+ pounds pounds of rhubarb from the garden. So fa this year we’ve made rhubarb vanilla jam, rhubarb walnut muffins, and strawberry rhubarb pies

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

grow your own sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 6 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

wood pallet garden strawberries

Strawberries 13 pounds 3 ounce

The strawberries are producing again. We have them growing in the pallet garden, in the greenhouse and alongside the house. So far we have made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

Rainbow Swiss chard

Swiss Chard 15 pounds 5 ounces

Chickens love it! :) :)

heirloom tomatoes

Tomatoes 9 pounds 5 ounces

Sweet diggety! The tomatoes are starting to roll in and let me tell you Bob, we can’t pick them fast enough. So far we’ve pretty much been picking cherry tomatoes, but a few of the larger ones are starting to ripen so it won’t be too long now before we’ll start making tomato sauce.


Wheatgrass - 7 ounces


Zucchini – 5 pounds 3 ounces

We’ve got zucchini! The plants are not as big as the ones last year around this time {we had to plant several times because of slugs} but we’ll take what we can get.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 311 pounds 2 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,717

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more on the topic of organic gardening, my #1 favorite book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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New York Times Recipe Generator

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Farmers’ Market Recipe Generator

Do you ever browse through your farmers’ markets and find produce you’ve never heard of before? Sometimes I do, and while I would love to try them, I never know exactly how to prepare them, so I usually pass and opt for the familiar instead.  The thing is, there are so many tasty varieties of fruits and veggies that grocery stores just don’t carry because they don’t transport well, etc.

The New York Times Magazine must’ve read my mind, because they came up with this super awesome recipe generator.  You basically punch in the variety of whatever produce you picked up at the market {or maybe it came in your CSA basket}, choose a tool to prepare it with, combined with an herb of choice and up pops a recipe.  How cool is that?!

I know I am going to give it a try, how about YOU?  Would you use something like this?


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Seattle Urban Farm School Tour

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I was going through some pictures last night and totally forgot to tell you about The Seattle Urban Farm School garden we stopped at while on the Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour last month.

cool garden ideas

The Seattle Urban Farm School is a “little farmhouse in the city where folks can see how much food can be grown in a typical 4,000 square foot lot in every part of the yard.”

walkway with creeping thyme

It just goes to show that you don’t need a huge piece of property to have a cool garden, a backyard flock of chickens and still manage to have a little seating area out back to hang out with your friends and neighbors.

strawberries in gutters

Stacy’s got it all at her place, including these strawberry plants growing in gutters! How cool is that?

chicken coop green roof

The path alongside her house leads to a couple of raised garden beds where she focuses on growing vertically to save garden space.

Buff Orpington

Her chicken coop with a “green” roof is just behind a small patio strip where she has deck chairs set out. You can’t really see it in the photo but it’s a great place to read a book or take a work break from the garden.

vertical pallet garden

My favorite part about her backyard garden, was the vertical pallet gardens she had growing along her fence. I made a strawberry vertical pallet garden last year and had a lot of fun with it.  Stacy’s pallets were filled with nasturtium flowers and herbs and looked ultra hip. She even re-purposed an old bbq and turned it into a herb garden.

The Seattle Urban Farm School was pretty awesome if you ask me. If you’re local, you can check out her hipster classes HERE.

You don’t need a lot of space to have a garden, just a creative mind.

Gardens Rule!


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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Keen Shoes up to 60% off, 10-Pack of Tank Tops, Honey + More

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A big, fat, juicy happy Wednesday to everyone!

Only 24 hours to go until we leave for our road trip to Memphis and just so you know, I think I am going to start hyperventilating at any moment.

Here are a few deals for you to take a look at while I go freak out and try and stuff another gnome in my suitcase. ;)


keen shoe sale

Hurry on this one!!!

Zulily has Keen shoes on sale today for up t0 60% off! I just ordered a pair of shoes and holy cow was it a good deal! I have a feeling the deals will go quick so hurry on over!

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

Free Kindle Books
Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

101 Designer One-Skein Wonders  $2.99 {I just grabbed this for my daughter!}
15 Recipes For Gourmet Food Gifts FREE
Coconut Oil: 100 Most Crucial Questions Answered FREE
Flight of the Butterflies FREE {For Kids}

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

 amazon grocery deals

Tropical Blossom Tropical Wild Honey, 48-Ounce Bottle $13.89 shipped when you choose the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Original, 12-Count Boxes 4- Pack $7.50/$1.87 each shipped when you clip the $2.00 off coupon {you must be logged into your account to see the coupon} and use the subscribe and save option at check out.

KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers

Have you ever thought about grinding your own meat? Amazon currently has the KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers $45.75 shipped!

Folding Mandoline Slicer Folding Mandoline Slicer

Right now Amazon has the Progressive International Folding Mandoline Slicer on sale for $16.43. This comes in handy for getting vegetbales ready for canning.

groupon deals

Check out these awesome Groupon Deals:

1000 Thread Count Sheets $69.99 Shipped!
10-Pack Seamless Tank Tops $29.99 Shipped! {Awesome Possum Deal!}
Two Bentgo All-in-One Stackable Lunchboxes $22.99 Shipped!
10-Pack of Milas Food Oloves Healthy Snacking Olives $9.99

New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Double Rolls

Need some toilet paper? Get Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Double Rolls 48- Count on sale for $21.74 when you clip the $1.00 off coupon {you must be signed into your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Travel Cosmetic Pocket

Amazon has the Sodial Travel Cosmetic Pocket Bag on sale for only $3.43 shipped.

discountmagsDiscount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Car and Driver Magazine for only $4.50 a year or Architectural Digest for only $5.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/7/13 at midnight EST.

crazy 8 sale

Today only Crazy 8 is having a HUGE 1 – Day sale oodles of stuff.

Dr. Seuss Books

Get 5 Dr. Seuss Books for just $5.95 shipped.

lucky vitamin

Amazon Local is offering $30 to Spend on LuckyVitamin.com for only $15

Be sure and Sign up HERE so you’ll know what the daily deal is each day.

Fresh Pea Salad with Bacon and Chives

Looking for something good to bring to a pot luck this weekend? This recipe for Fresh Pea Salad with Bacon and Chives is one of my favorites.

honey bunches of oats coupon

Print a coupon good for $1.00 off any 2 Post Honey Bunches of Oats

Find More Printable Coupons

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Mixed Grain Tabbouleh with Mint

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Mixed Grain Tabbouleh with Mint

I never really shopped at Winco very often in the heart of my couponing days, but since I’ve scaled back and really tried to focus on eating more whole foods, it’s become one of my favorite stores. It’s the perfect place to stock up on spices and grains and I especially love their bulk food section! I was going through my pantry the other day and realized I had some random grains I needed to use up. This recipe talked to me, so I listened.


1/3 cup pearled barley cooked, cooled
1/2 cup bulgur cooked, cooled
1/2 cup quinoa cooked, cooled {find quinoa online}
Zest and juice of one lemon
3 Roma Tomatoes
1 Cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Cook your quinoa, bulgur and pearl barley. I like to cook it in either a rice cooker or a slow cooker. It cooks just like white rice, so the most important thing to remember is to use the ratio of 1 part grains to 2 parts liquid {I use vegetable stock most of the time}. For example, 1 cup of liquid to 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa. If you’re using a rice cooker, your quinoa should be done in about 15 minutes!

If you do not have a rice cooker simply add the grains and broth in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered, until the liquid has been absorbed and grains are tender {about 20 minutes}.

Once the grains are done cooking, let them cool until it comes to room temperature. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and chill for at least one hour prior to serving.

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Ordering Chicken in Bulk: Why I Buy Zaycon Chicken

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about the meat I feed my family. How do I get cheap meat? Where do I purchase my meat? Am I picky about the quality? In the past I’ve often bartered with neighbors for high quality meat, purchased meat in bulk on sale or was lucky enough to get some meat from the HH’s work. But lately I’ve been pretty loyal to Zaycon Foods.

Zaycon is a company based out of Washington that has kinda taken the country by storm. They bring meat direct from the farm in refrigerated trucks to their customers at wholesale prices. The products are as fresh as if you had your own farm, but without all the chores! And the quality of meat is amazing. I was a little hesitant at first because, with prices that low, I suspected I’d get bottom of the barrel meat. Nope. It was so good! So what’s the catch? Well you have to buy in bulk. As in 40lbs at a time!

zaycon chicken

That took a little getting used to, but I’ve actually really liked that. I can devote an entire afternoon to bagging, cooking and freezing all that meat, and just get it out of the way. I also make a ton of freezer meals out of it, so it really saves me so much time in the long run. Plus I love having a freezer stocked full of high quality meat!

Zaycon has upcoming chicken events all over the country. Check out if you live near one HERE. Trust me you won’t regret it!
Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs
I used my last order of Zaycon chicken to make these delicious Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs. Soo good!

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Mavis Garden Blog – Today’s Harvest

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organic garden vegetables

The day is still young but so far today we have harvested a pint of lettuce {can you measure lettuce in pints?} kale, 3 pints and 1 quart of tomatoes, 1 lemon cucumber and an onion.

walla walla onion

Tacos are on the menu tonight so the lettuce, onion and tomatoes will sure come in handy.

sun gold tomatoes

Sun Gold tomatoes. Have you tried them? They are the best cherry tomatoes on the planet!

puggle puppies lucy the puggle dog

And the kale? Ahem, I think we all know where that is going…

puggle puppies lucy the puggle dog

Let’s just say I think I’m pretty blessed to have a puppy who will eat practically anything I put in front of her. I don’t even have to put it in my mouth and pretend to love it like I used to do with Monkey Boy when he was little to try and get him to try new vegetables.

Nope Lucy the puggle dog might just be the healthiest pup out there.

lemon cucumber

Oh, and the lemon cucumber. HELLO? Have you ever grown one before? This one is just a wee bit under ripe {it fell off the vine as I bumped up against it} but we’ve got more growing so I’m anxious to try them. It’s been years since I’ve had one and I can’t remember what they taste like.

Have you tried a lemon cucumber before? Do you like them?

Pick fruits or veggies in your garden this morning? If so, what?


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Tutorial: How to Use a Pressure Canner

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How to Use a Pressure Canner

Using a pressure canner is a little bit different than hot water bath canning, in that it requires a little more attention and every pressure canner is a little bit different.  Making sure your pressure canner is in top order {or more specifically, the gauge} is essential.  You can usually take it down to your local extension office or hardware store and have it tested–and you really should do this yearly to ensure your safety and the safety of the food you’re canning.

how to use a pressure canner

Here’s a basic step-by-step guide for using a pressure cooker:

1. First off, when using a pressure canner, make sure your stove top is level.  Also, avoid using outdoor gas grills, as they can get too hot.

2. Put the rack and hot water into the canner.  If your recipe doesn’t call for a specific amount of water, fill it about 2-3 inches high in the canner.

how to use a pressure canner
3. Place your filled jars, with lids and rings, on the jar rack in the pressure canner.

how to use a pressure canner

4. Fasten the lid of the pressure canner.  Leave the weight off of the vent pipe for now.

5. Turn the burner to high and allow water to boil.  Steam should flow freely through the vent pipe.  Allow the steam to flow for 10 minutes or so.  {This is called venting or exhausting the canner}.

pressure canner weight
6. Place the weighted gauge/counterweight on the vent pipe and allow the canner to pressurize.

pressure canner guage
7. Start your processing timer once the pressure reading on the dial is reached per your recipe.

8. It is EXTREMELY important for the safety of your food that you maintain the specified pressure for your recipe the duration of processing.  This can require some babysitting on your part of your pressure canner.  If the pressure dips below the required number, start your processing time all over from the beginning.  It is equally important that you don’t allow the pressure gauge to climb unnecessarily.  Too much pressure, and KABOOM.  {Newer pressure canners have a safety mechanism that will prevent this from happening}

9. Once canned goods have finished processing, remove the pressure canner from the heat {carefully, you don’t want to tilt the jars inside and cause food to leak out and prevent sealing} or just turn off the heat.  The canner will depressurize.

how to use a pressure canner
10. Once the canner is completely depressurized, wait another 10 minutes and then carefully unfasten the lid and remove {away from your face, unless you want a super hot steam facial}.

11. Use a jar lifter to lift the jars out of  the canner–again be careful not to disturb the jars too much so that the liquids spill out, stopping the sealing process.

how to can green beans
12. Set canned jars on a towel on the counter, adequately spaced from one another, and allow them to cool.

13. Allow the jars to sit untouched for 12-24 hours {or until COMPLETELY cooled}.

14. Check for a good seal on jars and remove bands from jars before storing.

Pressure canning seems a little overwhelming at first, but it really is pretty easy once you get the hang of it.  Plus, if you want to can meats, beans, etc. it’s pretty much your only option.

This is the pressure canner I use, my MIL gave it to me for Christmas one year, and it’s awesome!

All American pressure canner 22 quarts

See all of my canning recipes HERE.

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Food Waste In America – A Week’s Worth of Produce for Free

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This week we received 4 boxes of “chicken scraps” from Mr. Produce Guy.

Picking up produce that has been deemed “unsaleable” each week has been quite the adventure. Mostly because it’s totally hit and miss. Some weeks we find ourselves swimming in strawberries and other weeks all the reclaimed produce nearly all goes to the chickens. You just never know what you are going to get. And I think that’s what makes it so much fun.

So this week when I saw the boxes I immediately knew the chickens would be getting oodles of lettuce. But I wasn’t expecting them to get nearly a case of corn.

What? A case of corn? How can that be? Well, under the husks we found:

corn with mold

Moldy Corn.

dried corn

Dried corn.

mutant corn

Mutant corn.

food waste in America

But hey, it wasn’t all bad. Check out all this fruitalicious goodness! Free bananas, free avocados, free tomatoes, free apples and yes, even a few ears of free corn. Life it good when you are eating scraps!

I’m thinking this is about $20 worth of free produce. Not to shabby if you ask me.


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

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

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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