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Happy wednesday everyone. What are your plans for today? Fighting crime? Helping little old ladies cross the street? Rescuing kittens from trees?

Well, whatever you do today, make sure it’s awesome. Because you are ALIVE and life is short so get out there and have some fun.

Mavis

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Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Chives

Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Chives

Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Chives

If you’re planning a Super Bowl party but are tired of the same old potato skins appetizer, you’ll love this recipe. It’s just as tasty and still uses potatoes but with way less grease! Without sounding sexist, I’d say it caters to all the women who are more than likely at your Super Bowl party to chat and snack and NOT watch football.

I mean I can’t even name 5 NFL teams, much less tell you who’s playing for the championship? {cup? trophy? What do they win?}  But I can certainly tell you what would be on my menu, and these smashed potatoes are totally there.

new-potatoes

Ingredients

12 whole new potatoes
6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped into bits
Olive oil
Butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Sour cream
Chives

Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Chives

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 F. Coat a baking sheet with a generous amount of olive oil and set aside. Add potatoes to a large pot of boiling salt water. Boil just until tender {fork slides into potato without resistance}.

Dump potatoes onto prepared baking sheet, making sure potatoes don’t touch. Gently press down on each potato with a potato masher until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with butter or olive oil, then sprinkle with bacon, salt and pepper.

Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Chives

Bake 20-25 minutes until golden. Top with sour cream and chives and serve hot!

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How to Clean Your Coffee Grinder

How to Clean Your Coffee Grinder

How to Clean Your Coffee Grinder

Every couple of weeks, the coffee grinder starts to build up with leftover grounds and oils that don’t easily wipe out.  That’s all fine and dandy, unless you’re a coffee connoisseur, like the HH, who can taste the difference.  So, being the awesome wife that I am, I try to clean it out, to keep his cup o’ joe tasting perfecto.  {It doesn’t hurt that cleaning it is SUPER simple.}

How to Clean Your Coffee Grinder

When grounds start to build up, empty the grinder the best you can and toss in handful of white rice.

How to Clean Your Coffee Grinder

Pulse the rice a bit, it will start to break down like rice flour, and while it does, it will absorb and grab any loose particles.

how to clean your coffee grinder

Dump out the contents, and voila! squeaky clean grinder.  This works great if you use your grinder for multiple things too {like crushing herbs or flax seeds}.  It keeps the flavors from mingling.

Ah, a housewife’s work is never done…

~Mavis

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What’s in My Food? How is Not From Concentrate Orange Juice Made?

How is Not From Concentrate Orange Juice Made

How is Not From Concentrate Orange Juice Made

I know that a lot of my readers are WAY ahead of the whole foods curve.  You garden.  You cook from scratch.  And I know some of you are just starting the whole garden and cooking business.  Whichever camp you reside in, this year, I want to show you how some of those foods that we mindlessly purchase and consume are made.  

Some of them are just kinda scary. Maybe, just maybe, it will be enough to convince you to grow your own produce and get back to basics.  ~Mavis

oranges

This week:  Not From Concentrate Orange Juice.

You know the stuff, it’s in the refrigerated section at the grocery store.  It calls itself orange juice, and usually comes in a boxed carton or gallon jug.  And, I’ll admit, it usually tastes pretty darn good.  The thing is, all fruits and veggies have “a season”–that magical time of year when they grow, blossom, bloom and taste amazing.

For Florida oranges, that is typically March through June.  The rest of the year, companies like Tropicana, Simply Orange, and Florida’s Natural are going to great lengths to “process” orange juice so that it will last a LOOOONG time in holding tanks.

The crazy thing is that when you grab one of these cartons and read the ingredients you typically see oranges.  But, in order to keep it fresh{ish} companies need to de-aerate the juice–essentially, strip it of its oxygen, so it will keep its color, flavor, texture, etc.  In addition to de-aerating, the companies add back in “flavor packs” to enhance the deteriorating taste of the orange juice and to make sure it tastes consistent from carton to carton.

In the U.S. these flavor packs include ethyl butyrate–because it is derived from orange oil, it doesn’t need to be listed separately on the label, but the truth is, it makes the food a processed food, rather than a natural fresh from nature food.

I have to admit, I had NO IDEA that this stuff was processed.  I guess this year, when Valencia oranges hit the market, I’ll grab ’em up and juice ’em myself.  Then, when the season has passed, I’ll have to wait it out until next year.  Maybe it will make real orange juice even sweeter?

~Mavis

 

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Mavis Garden Blog – Pictures from My Winter Garden

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Yesterday, was a good day. I spent a good 3 hours in the garden ripping out old garden boxes, moving dirt and pulling weeds. It’s amazing how quickly a garden can go downhill if you are not on top of things.
old garden box

Sure it may only be 45 degrees outside, but at least it’s not raining. And for a Seattle area gardener, that means a lot. This year we decided to reduce the number of garden beds from 16 to just 10. The garden beds are all 4×8 and a few of them are a little rotted in places but I think I can still squeeze another year or two out of them if I’m careful.

raised garden beds boxesThis year I’ll be focusing on quality, rather than quantity. So that means lots of heirlooms and lots of fruits and vegetables my family will eat without any nudging. {You can see my 2014 seed order HERE}. Yes, I’ll still grow a little kale and Swiss chard for the chickens and Lucy the puggle dog, but I won’t be growing any for us to eat. 😉

turnipYesterday we dug up our remaining turnips.

winter carrotWe also dug up a few carrots. If you look closely you’ll see a crack at the top of the carrots. That happened when we had a heavy frost about a month ago. The carrot is still edible, just not perfect. But I’ll take a local, homegrown carrot over a store bought one any day of the week.

kaleAnd looky here. Kale. Yee-Haw!

It’s official, the kale bed has been dug up and all the pretty little leaves have been tossed to the chickens. If I had some fireworks I would have celebrated like the fourth of July. :)

I’ve still got a few more days worth of work ahead of me but man does it ever feel good to get outside and play in the dirt again. Gardening is rad.

~Mavis

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Yesterday was a very productive day in the garden. I’ll show you what I’ve been up to in a wee bit but let’s just say I’m almost done with my 2014 garden set up. Wahoooo.

Here’s hoping you have an awesome possum day! :)

Mavis

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I think I’m going to make a Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping for dinner tonight. If you want to make one too you can get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Freezer Meals – Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Freezer Meals - Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Freezer Meals - Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

We all loved the Teriyaki Chicken freezer meal I made awhile back, so I decided to switch things up a bit and make it even better by adding in some pineapple and few other ingredients. It was a hit. And of course because it’s a freezer meal AND a crock pot meal, it’s so easy Lucy could do it {actually Lucy would probably chew through the crock pot cord and start a fire and burn my whole house down}.

Ingredients

3 large chicken breasts {I used Zaycon chicken}
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1 cup water
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 pounds of carrots, peeled and chopped
1 can pineapple tidbits
2 bell peppers, seeded and sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced

Directions

Load all the ingredients into a gallon sized Ziploc bag, lay it flat, label and freeze.

Crock Pot Cooking Method: Cook from frozen on low for 6 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked, or thaw overnight in the refrigerator overnight and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Oven Cooking Method: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cook at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
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Looking for more freezer meals? Check out the book Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family. I think it’s pretty awesome!

Here are a few more of my Freezer Meal Recipes:

Roadside Sliders Recipe

Easy Freezer Meal Meatballs

Peach Crisp Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping

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A Few of My Favorite Things – January Giveaway

A Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway

A Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway

I just. can’t. stop. Giving away my favorite things to my favorite readers has become one of my new favorite pastimes. And you guys get to reap all the benefits of that with this epic “favorite things” giveaway. It’s a hodgepodge of my favorite things compiled into one super duper giveaway. You’re gonna want to win this. It’s a prize pack full of awesome:

1. The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: This book is the bomb diggity for any gardener at any level in any climate during any time of year. She knows her stuff and the book is full of totally useful techniques and tips.

2. Moleskine Passion Garden Journal: I know not everyone has a handy dandy blog to record all of their gardening info. This journal is perfect for keeping track of planting, drawing out garden grids, or jotting down ideas and tips. It’s pretty and high quality too. Double bonus!

3. Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer: If you need any advise or guidance on how to use this produce, refer to the reviews on Amazon. In fact, even if you don’t need guidance or advice, check out the reviews anyway. They’ll totally make your day for sure.

4. {2} $5 Starbucks Gift Cards: One for you and one for a friend. It’s all about spreading the coffee {or tea} love!

5. Badger Balm for Gardeners: This stuff is the “balm!” Haha. Seriously though, with how overworked a gardener’s hands can get, this stuff is the perfect solution!

6. Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate Bar: Don’t hate me for ruining your New Year’s Resolution,  just trust me when I say it’ll be worth every last bite. Yum!

7. Bob’s Red Mill Pancake & Waffle Mix: If you’re not going to make your own, this is absolutely the next best thing. My whole family gives it 2 thumbs up.

8. {10} Reusable Produce Bags: I love these bags! I always bring my reusable grocery bags when shopping, but get annoyed with all the plastic produce bags that go to waste. Problem solved. Plus, they come in lots of different sizes and I can wash and reuse over and over.

9. Steel Rails CD – The Baker Family:  I heard this family play at the National Heirloom Festival and they were great. The CD is awesome too!

10. Nothing Without You Magnet: If you’re tired of the lame-o flimsy Joe’s Plumbing Shop or other advertising magnets currently keeping your kids’ masterpieces stuck on the fridge, you’ll love these heavy duty fridge magnets. They’re adorable and the quotes rock.

11. Botanical Interests Seed Sprouter: If you’re a sprouter, are thinking about becoming a sprouter or have a sprouter loved one, you need this sprouter in your life. Trust me. It’s amazing.

12. Alfalfa Sprouts: Speaking of sprouts, this variety is so tasty.

13. Broccoli Sprouts: As is this one…

14. Sandwich Sprouts: And this one.

15. Sip Sip Hooray Pink Paper Drinking Straws: Sometimes I’ll throw these in my kids’ smoothies so they think it’s a party in a glass. Cause these straws totally have that effect.

So how do you enter for your chance to win all these goodies? Just simply leave a comment below telling me which of my favorite things you’d be most excited about if you were the winner of all this loot! And no one will judge you when you say the Banana Slicer! 😉

Just answer that one question and you’re entered to win. Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here.

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends January 26th @6 pm PST and the winner will be announced in the January 27th edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 24 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 24 hours, the prize will be forfeited.

Good Luck! I hope you win!

Mavis

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