Four Seasons Farm – Eliot Coleman Barbara Damrosch

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On Thursday we woke up in Portland, Maine {awesome city!} and drove 3+ hours to Four Seasons Farm. If you have never heard of it, I highly recommend you check out some of the owners’ books.  They {Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman} have a farm in Harborside, Maine, and have basically mastered the art of four seasons of growing.

eliot coleman four season farm greenhouse

I had emailed Barbara ahead of time and asked if it would be okay to stop by and she said yes. She could not guarantee her or her husband would be there, but she said we were welcome to check out the farm and snap all the pictures we wanted to.

greenhouse tomatoes eliot coleman

Did you read the part where I said they are in Maine {read:  cold, bitter winters}? It was actually hailing a bit on the way to the farm. The farm and their practices are totally motivational and make me want to try to grow all year long too.

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Barbara and Eliot are basically total rock stars in the gardening world, with more than 70 years experience between the both of them.

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Check out this root cellar. It’s situated beneath one of the greenhouses. Presumably to store their winter vegetables.

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Chickens!!! Barbara, Eliot and their small crew are able to farm year round by using a ton of different methods, and they’re nationally recognized for their small-scale sustainable agricultural methods.

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They use several greenhouses in the winter that are equipped with propane heaters and fans. We also spotted several garden beds with rolling row covers protecting vegetables like kale {of course!} lettuce, artichokes and spinach.

spinach growing in a greenhouse

Did I mention it was pretty freakin’ awesome and now I want to move to Maine? I just need to find an old farm house and make a stop at LL Bean first to stock up on warm clothing and then I should be all set. Oh and some firewood. I’m thinking I would need quite a bit of that.

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Oh and guess who The Girl and I ran into while were checking out one of the greenhouses? Eliot Coleman. Yep. I even got him to sign a few copies of his new The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook for an upcoming giveaway too.

Ahhhh Maine. I love you.

~Mavis

the four season farm cookbook

Barbara Damrosch and Eliot used to be regular correspondents on the PBS series The Victory Garden and Barbara also co-hosted the series Gardening Naturally on the Learning Channel. Her and Eliot Coleman has authored several books. You can find all their book on Amazon.com {of course!}.

Also be sure and check out this cool New York Times interview with Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman for a little more information about their farm and their practices.

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The House of Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorn’s Birth Home

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On Wednesday we visited the House of Seven Gables {the very one that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write a book by the same name}.  It’s located in Salem, Massachusetts, and man-oh-man is it cool.

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It’s seriously like taking a step back in time.  It was built in 1668 by a sea captain and passed down for three generations before it was sold.

counting house house of the 7 gables salem Massachusetts

Eventually, the house and property were left to a woman named Susanna Ingersoll, who was a cousin of Nathaniel Hawthorne.  I can totally see how this property would inspire a novel!

house of the 7 gables salem Massachusetts brick path

Eventually, the house and the grounds became a philanthropic haven for immigrants.  The House of Seven Gables has continued a similar mission today–making education, preservation and community service a priority.

house of the 7 gables salem Massachusetts courtyard

There are two Colonial Revival Gardens on the grounds–and you all know how I am a sucker for a garden. It’s still early spring in Massachusetts so there wasn’t a lot growing in the raised garden beds but there were a few flowers and herbs.

tulips raised garden bed

They even maintain the gardens with old-fashioned practices, i.e. hand pruning and cultivation–all to preserve the tradition of the garden. How cool is that?

nathanial hawthrone house house of the 7 gables salem Massachusetts

In 1958, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth home was moved to the property in an effort to merge the history of his life with the infamous House of Seven Gables. The grounds and the homes were amazing and now I suddenly find myself wanting to move the east coast. There is so much history and so many things to see I can hardly stand it.

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

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Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

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Mornings with Mavis 

How to make vegetable stock

Recipes

10 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

Tips and Tricks

St. Jude Mavis Gnomes Letter

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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My Own Labels – Custom Canning Labels As Low As $.15 Each!

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Calling all home canning enthusiasts…

If you’re thinking about giving away homemade jams, jellies, or your famous pickles this year and are looking for some uber cute canning labels, you’ll want to check out My Own Labels.

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The My Own Labs website is easy to use and you can create any sort of customized canning labels, gift tags, or any other type of label you can dream up in just minutes.

Pretty awesome if you ask me!

Head on over to My Own Labels to check out all the cool designs.

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Pick Up Lines for the Grocery Store

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Single {or just having one of those days where you wish you were}?  If you’re  looking for love, I’m here to help.  Each week, I’ll give you a new location and a list of cheesy, ahem, awesome pick-up lines.  All you have to do is go on assignment and use them.  You’re welcome in advance.

This weekend, head to the grocery store and try some of these lines out:

  1. Baby, have you been eating your Campbell’s soup?  Because you are looking Mmm, Mmm good!
  2. Your name must be Lucky Charms, because you’re magically delicious.
  3. Roses are red, bananas are yellow, wanna go out with a nice little fellow?
  4. I heard milk does the body good, but man, how much have you been drinking?
  5. Baby, you’re so sweet, you put Hershey’s out of business.  And, speaking of Hershey’s, how about a kiss?
  6. Is your name Pepsi?  Because you sure are sizzling.
  7. Does your Dad own Snapple, because you’re made of the best stuff on earth.
  8. Let’s make like fabric softener and snuggle.
  9. This isn’t a beer belly, it’s a fuel tank for the love machine.
  10. Was your Dad a baker?  Because you’ve got a nice set of buns!

Make sure to invite me to the wedding.

Have a great weekend,

Mavis

*I think number 4 is my favorite.

Do you have a favorite pick-up line?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Friday Night at the Movies – The Secrets of Highclere Castle

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Tonight The Girl and I are going to watch The Secrets of Highclere Castle.  It is a PBS documentary on the true past and present of the castle and family Downton Abbey is based upon.  It’s supposed to be a pretty interesting look into the English aristocracy.  Plus, I LOVE my Downton Abbey, and think it would be kind of cool to know the basis.

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It first aired on PBS in January, so some of you may have already seen it, I’m going to suck it up and pay the $1.99 to rent in on Amazon Instant Video, though.  I figure $1.99 for a night of entertainment for me and The Girl is more than worth it.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

 

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How to Grow Fenugreek Sprouts {Start to Finish}

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Do you grow your own sprouts? My online boyfriend Ryan from Botanical Interests Seed Company asked me if I had tried fenugreek sprouts before {I hadn’t} so I decided to give them a try. The verdict? Delicious!

Have you tried them?

Brief description:  Fenugreek is a legume typically used as a spice.  When sprouted it provides high levels of vitamins, flavonoids, and antioxidants.

Where to Plant Fenugreek Sprouts:  In glass jars or sprouters indoors.  Keep out of direct sunlight, and make sure you keep them in a place with good air circulation.

victorio seed sprouter tray

Planting Seeds:  Fenugreek seeds must be disinfected and soaked prior to sprouting in order to minimize potential E. Coli.  To do this, simply soak in 1 tsp. bleach to 1 cup hot tap water for 15 minutes.  Then, rinse thoroughly.

I use a Victorio 4 Tray Kitchen Sprouter, but you could also use a canning jar to sprout.  Once you have disinfected seeds, soak them in plain old tap water for 6 hours.  This softens the exterior of the fenugreek seed.  Finally, spread your seeds out in the sprouter trays {or in the bottom of your jar}.  Fill the top tray with 2 cups of water and wait for it to trickle through.  Repeat the process every 12 hours using fresh water.  For a jar, rinse seeds and drain completely every 3-4 hours.

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Growing Tips:  Once sprouts are ready to eat, you can slow down their growth by placing them in the fridge, giving you a longer time to enjoy them.  Also, make sure during the rinsing process, you don’t let your seeds dry out completely–it will make them very angry.

How to Harvest:  When sprouts are ready, you simply rinse and eat the whole thing.  Fenugreek sprouts are best eaten before green leaves appear, though.

Cool Fact: Fenugreek is a widely used spice in India, especially in curries.  Fenugreek sprouts have an equally desirable flavor, with all of the nutritional benefits.

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Because I’m all pumped up about sprouts these days, I just ordered the new Botanical Interest Seed Sprouter. I like the design of this one a little better than the one I have right now, plus it has 4 see through compartments which I think is pretty cool as well.

I’ll let you know what I think about it once I get it and try it out.

Peace Out Girl Scouts.

~Mavis

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Faneuil Hall – Boston, Massachusetts

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One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Heather and I were emailing back and forth about chickens and gardening recently when I told her my family would be headed to Boston for spring break. Heather lives just outside the city and suggested we check out Faneuil Hall.

Faneuil Hall horse drawn carriage

For those of who don’t know, Faneuil Hall was built in 1742 by Boston’s then wealthiest merchant, Peter Faneuil.  He built it as a gift to the city.  Originally, it was used for merchants, fisherman, meat and produce sellers to peddle their wares.  It is also home to the famous protests to the Sugar Act, where colonists coined the phrase:  ”No taxation without representation.”

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In 1826, Quincy Market was added.  It served as an expansion to the already popular Faneuil Hall.  Both Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall were vital business hubs until the mid 1900′s, when they fell into such disrepair that most of the buildings stood empty.

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By the 1970′s, plans to demolish the buildings were underway.  Luckily, a group of forward thinking Bostonians rallied to save the buildings, and by 1976, a massive renovations renewed the Faneuil Hall and revitalized downtown Boston.

Faneuil Hall - Boston, Massachusetts

There is  a grasshopper weather vane that sits on top of Faneuil Hall.  Many people consider it a symbol of Boston.  During the Revolutionary War, people suspected of being spies were asked to describe the weather vane.  If they could, they were set free–proving themselves as Bostonians.  If not, they were considered British spies.  {You can’t argue with water-tight logic like that.}

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Street performers began performing in Faneuil Hall until the 1970′s–when they performed to entertain the construction workers who were revitalizing the buildings.  The street performers never left, and now are a huge part of the Faneuil Hall culture. We had no idea what this guy was doing, but the crowd sure loved him.

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In addition to 14 restaurants and pubs, there are also 36 international food vendors as well. In fact the Qunicy Market has the largest food hall in New England. We bought a Boston Cream pie {of course} and it was delicious.

Call me a history nerd, but we loved Faneuil Hall.

~Mavis

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The 2013 Boston Marathon – Counting My Lucky Stars

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On Sunday night my family took the red eye to Boston. When we arrived at our hotel around 7 am on Monday morning, they were just beginning to set up for the 2013 Boston Marathon.

We decided to go to Boston for Spring break a few weeks prior. I found a sweet deal on some last minute tickets, bought them on the spot and told myself I’d figure out the details of our trip later. {My husband was born just outside of Boston and was looking forward to going back. The kids and I had never been.}

the boston marathon 2013 set up

About a week after I booked the airline tickets, I starting looking for a place to stay and found out the Boston Marathon would be happening the very same morning we were set to arrive. The hotel I booked was 1 block from the finish line.

The Girl and I were super excited and talked about watching the marathon daily until we left for our trip.

2013 boston marathon 100 meter line

Once we arrived we all took a quick 1 hour nap, then the boys headed off on foot to the Boston Red Sox game and The Girl and I went down to the street to watch the finishers.

I sent my friend Amberlina the above picture from the 100 meter line and sent her a quick text telling her how cool it was to be there.

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The Girl and I watched the Women and Men’s Elite runners finish.

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Being there, hearing the crowd cheer, was amazing. Simply amazing.

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The one thing that sticks in my mind is how happy my daughter looked, and how I said to her “Isn’t this awesome? We could just stand here for hours and cheer them on.”

She agreed.

But we didn’t stay for hours. We left around the 3 hour mark.

2013 boston marathon crowd

We later found out we were standing right across the street from where the second bomb went off.

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Instead of staying to watch the rest of the race, we ate lunch at Faneuil Hall and then walked to Paul Revere’s House.

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Somewhere along the way we found the Freedom Trail and we were standing in the Old North Church when I got a call from the Handsome Husband at 3:03 pm.

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We were in a church so I silenced the call and did not answer.

He called back.

Handsome Husband : WHERE ARE YOU.
Mavis: The Old North Church.
Handsome Husband: WHAT?

The line went dead.

He called back 2 more times before the call went though.

My husband and son were walking back from the Red Sox game and stopped at the finish line to watch the marathon. The sidewalk was packed with spectators and finishers so they stepped into a department store to take a shortcut back to our hotel.

And that’s when they heard the bombs go off.

They didn’t realize what had happened until they were back in our hotel room and looked outside the window and that’s when they called.

It took The Girl and I about 3 hours before we could make it back to them. The streets were blocked off and the area was in lock down.

Everyone had a dazed look in their eyes and was silent. We were surrounded by the Police, FBI, ATF, SWAT and National Guard. It was like we had just stepped on to a movie set.

It was surreal. We weren’t scared because we were surround by armored vehicles and officers. Oddly enough we felt safe.

I’m not sure if it has really sunk in yet, but it really makes you stop and think about how fragile life is and what matters the most.

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Make your life count. Be happy. Do something you love. Don’t live your life in fear. Tell the people you love, that you LOVE THEM.

Be grateful for everyday you wake up with air in your lungs, because you never know, when it could be your last.

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Full Circle, Bird Feeder, Ball Canning Jars, Lucchese Boots, Diabetic Cooking

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This has been a doozy of a week for my family. Our kids were on spring break so we decided to take a family vacation. Luckily we have awesome neighbors who took care of Lucy, the baby chicks and the big chickens.

Our vacation didn’t go quite as planned, but I am thankful we were together. Sometimes you come home from the best vacation you’ve ever had, with tons of awesome photos and memories, and sometimes, you are just happy to walk through the front door and close it behind you.

I’ll be sharing where we went, and some of the places we visited over the next couple of days, but for now, here are a few deals I spotted this morning for you while drinking an extra large cup of tea.

 ~Mavis

full circle farms

Living Social has a great deal from Full Circle Farm, an organization dedicated to bringing fresh produce to homes all over the Pacific Northwest:

• $22 ($45 value) for a Large Harvest Farm box of organic produce 
• $17 ($35 value) for a Medium Garden Farm box of organic produce
• $14 ($28 value) for a Small Sprout Farm box of organic produce
• $11 ($23 value) for a Mini Seed Farm box of organic produce

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6pm has Ugg, Birkenstock and Dansko Clogs on sale for up to 60% off.

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6

Amazon has the 6-pack of Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands for $13.95. Kind of cool if you ask me,. Those old blue canning jars with the zinc tops can be hard to find.

Birdscapes garden feeder

Amazon has the Birdscapes Clear Window Feeder on sale for $8.45. What a great way to bring sweet little birdies to your windows.

weed sprayer

Got weeds? Amazon currently has the Chapin 20000 1-Gallon Lawn and Garden Sprayer on sale for $12.97. Load this baby full of DIY Vinegar Weed Killer and get to town on those weeds!

Overland Equipment Donner Shoulder Bag
REI Outlet has the Overland Equipment Donner Shoulder Bag on sale for $34.83 and is available in 3 colors.

photo bin book deal

Amazon Local is offering Customized 8.5×11 Hardcover Photo Book for only $10. Over 16,000 people have purchased this deal!!

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

Lucchese boots discount boots

Zulily has Lucchese Boots on sale with savings up to 60%.

boston red sox gnome

Looking for a garden gnome?  I would love to bring along  bunch of these Boston Red Sox garden gnomes on our trip to St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee this summer. If you haven’t donated a gnome yet, I hope you’ll consider donating one of these guys.

diabetic cooking magazine

Tanga is offering a 1 year subscription to Diabetic Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code NOSUGAR at checkout. This deal goes live at 7 am PST.

This week you can expect to find 1 Smart Source coupon insert in the Sunday paper.

Go HERE to view the entire list of coupons that will be available in this Sunday’s paper.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

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