Mornings with Mavis – Omaha Steaks, Blender Bottles, Maxell Batteries, Caterpillar Boots, Busted Tees

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Today is going to be an awesome day. Why? Because I plan on staying in my pj’s all day and not leaving the house. Yay! The last 5 days have been total bananas around here and I am looking forward to getting caught up on a long list of chores.

Quick question – Have you ever added grass clippings to your potato beds? The HH added grass to them over the weekend and I’m wondering what you think. Good? Bad? Can’t hurt a thing?

Well, I hope you have a great day. Happy Tuesday everyone!

 ~Mavis

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Sugar Snap Peas with Garlic

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Sugar Snap Peas with Garlic

Unless you planted oddles of pea seeds, chances are if you are picking fresh peas from the garden, they won’t even make it into the house. Or at least that’s how it used to be at our house when are kids were younger.

What is it about fresh sugar snap peas that makes them so irresistible?

Well, if by some miracle, your peas do make it inside, this simple {and I do mean simple} recipe for sugar snap peas with garlic, makes a great side dish.

Ingredients
2 cups sugar snap peas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sesame seeds {optional}
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Blanch sugar snap peas and shock in cold water. Remove the little threads from the pea pods and sauté in olive oil with garlic and salt and pepper for about 2 – 3 minutes and sprinkle sesame seeds over the top.

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How to Freeze Milk

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Do you ever freeze milk when you can snag a great deal?  We go through milk pretty fast around here, but every once in awhile, there is a stock up deal that is just too good to pass up.  I love having a gallon in the freezer just to eliminate the need to make a quick run to the store.  I don’t know about you, but those quick runs seem to always add up to additional purchases for me, so I try to avoid them.

Freezing milk is super simple and extends the life of the milk out about 3 months.  First pour off about a cup of the milk.  The milk will expand as it freezes, so if you don’t pour a bit off the top, you risk a mess in your freezer.  {You can freeze glass or plastic cartons.}

The fat in the milk will separate during the freezing process.  That’s normal.  You can shake it after you thaw it to mix it all back up again.  {Store the milk upright in your freezer to avoid spills, etc.}

When you are ready to use it, you can thaw it in the sink in COLD water until their are ice chunks in the milk.  At that point, I recommend putting it in the fridge to thaw the rest of the way, so that you can be sure you’ve maintained a safe temperature.  You can also just thaw it in the fridge completely, but that takes 2-3 days, and I usually don’t plan ahead that well.

After you thaw frozen milk, you should ideally drink it in 5-7 days.

Have you ever tried this? Could you taste a difference?

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 23 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 23 of 52

raised garden beds

See that first box? Green beans. So far, so good. I thought for sure nothing would grow in those first two garden boxes but the beans I planted are thriving.

As for the garden bed behind it… well that’s another story. I dug up the broccoli plants {they were so tiny} and replaced them with potatoes. Now, if I can’t get potatoes to grow in that garden box, then I’ll know for sure something in wrong with the soil.

pallet gardening

The pallet gardens are looking good, but I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll put in them once I harvest the lettuce.

wooded backyard garden

You probably can’t see it in the photo above but the pea teepees are covered with white flowers. Wahoo! Although we’ve already picked a few, we should be swimming in spring peas in another week or so.

glass greenhouse

The tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, Swiss chard and strawberries are all doing great in the greenhouse. Now I just need to get the rest of the pots planted and line the insides with them.

potato towers

The potato towers are looking good. I also planted a few spuds along the backside of the greenhouse.

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A view from the back deck. Yes, it’s still looks like a neon orange bomb went off.

future pumpkin patch

Over the weekend the HH hauled in some more soil for my pumpkin patch. Or our future pumpkin patch I should say. I started a few pumpkin seeds in the greenhouse, but I need to direct sow the rest of them this week in order to have the pumpkins ready by around mid to late September.

Halloween may not be until the end of October, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to decorate the front porch with pumpkins from September through November.

raspberry canes

Ahh the raspberry patch. I keep telling myself this is going to be a bumper year for raspberries. Last year we didn’t get to many but the bees are everywhere this year.

container herb garden

Right now this is one of my favorite views of the garden. The containers are overflowing with herbs and the raspberry patch is full of green canes and the bees are buzzing around like crazy.

Now, if I could just get a few projects checked off my list, everything would be perfect.

How is your garden coming along? Do you still have a long list of things you want to plant?

~Mavis

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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What a crazy week it’s been with Ryan, Amberlina and Lola in town for the Mother Earth News Fair. I was so busy this past week that grocery shopping kind of took a back seat and freezer meals and crock pot dinners were on the menu quite a bit. I did manage to snap some pictures though of the meals we ate so as soon as I get some extra time, I’ll be posting those so you can see what the heck we ate.

I need to make a run to the store today to stock up on milk and a few other things but here is what I purchased this past week:

costco butter and whipping cream

Costco – $15.78

Have you seen the weather forecast? It’s suppose to be in the 70′s all week up here in the Pacific Northwest so ice cream is clearly on the menu. And butter? I don’t think I could live with out it. ;)

Fred Meyer Shopping trip

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I grabbed a few boxes of cereal for the kids and a bunch of Fred Meyer yogurt that was on sale for $0.40 each. Have you tried it yet? The HH really liked it.

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Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Free corn and broccoli, heck ya I’ll take it!

Last week we also enjoyed a boatload of eggs as well as fresh radishes and herbs from our little backyard homestead. Being able to walk out the pack door and pick something is pretty neat-o if you ask me.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 24.91
Total Spent This Year $1,003.23
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $893.99 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Coconut Oil. Cast Iron, New Balance, Plum Organics, Lego, Clarks

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What a wild and crazy past few days. There have been garden tours, farm visits, The Mother Earth News Fair, the Japanese Tea Garden and a trip Pike Place Market to name a few.

Ryan and I still have 2 more adventures to mark off on our list before he heads back to Colorado and I need to count up and photograph all the gnomes for our Send in the Gnomes fundraiser and get the Gnome Count up to date.

A nap. A 12 hour nap would be kind of cool too. I’m thinking things should be back to normal around here by Thursday. Ha!

What’s new with you? How was your weekend? Do you do anything exciting? Did you get a nap? ;)

~Mavis

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Garden Tip – Add Leftover Coffee Grounds to Your Soil

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Garden tips add leftover coffee grounds to your soil

If you are looking for an easy way to acidify your soil to give acid-loving plants such as blueberries, azaleas and  rhododendrons a little boost this growing season, grab the coffee grounds.

By adding a little bit of coffee grounds to your soil every month, you’ll help keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side. Your plants won’t thrive unless they’ve got the nutrients they need.

If you don’t drink coffee and you don’t have a bunch of coffee grounds laying around, no problem. Starbucks bags up their used coffee grounds as they go and gives them away for free. The Starbucks closest to me sets them by the front door in a bucket with a sign that says “Free Coffee Grounds for your Garden.”

Testing the pH Level of Soil

I also tested my soil back in April and was surprised to find out my soil was pretty neutral. I guess all that fresh chicken fertilizer  I use really does keep my soil in check. Who knew?

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Japanese Tea Garden – Seattle

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My buddies Amberlina and Lola are in town this weekend and one of the things on our to do list was to check out the Japanese Tea Garden in Seattle. Have you been?

Japanese Tea Garden  Seattle

If you live in the Seattle area, you really need to stop over at the Japanese Gardens.  It was one of the most serene, beautiful places I’ve ever visited.  It was designed by a Japanese garden designer, Juki Iida in 1960–which means it has had 53 years to mature.  And seriously, it is exactly what you would imagine a Japanese garden to be like.

Japanese maple tree

Apparently this year, they are piloting a new program where you can schedule weddings.  But don’t get your hopes up because you have to go through an application process and they are only accepting a handful of couples. I totally would want to get married here.  You wouldn’t have to do anything but buy a dress–the flowers and ambiance are already provided.

The park is only 3 1/2 acres, but it packs a lot in.  There are walking paths that twist through immaculately landscaped gardens.

Japanese Tea Garden - Seattle

I think my favorite spot was the little bridge over the pond though. I’m not sure what the tall tiny purple flowers were, but I need a few for my wooded backyard. Oh and the moss. It was amazing. How weird is that? Who on earth gets excited about moss?

If you get the chance, Go! You’ll love it.

~Mavis

Seattle Japanese Tea Garden
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E
Seattle WA 98112

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Mavis and The Puayllup Mother Earth News Fair

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Holy Canolies!

Yesterday my buddies Amberlina and Lola and I packed up a wheelbarrow full of gnomes and headed on down to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup to hang out with my online boyfriend Ryan from Botanical Interests Seeds.

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It. Was. Nuts!

Not only did we help Ryan sell a few seeds in his booth, but we were also able to raise over $450 dollars for our Send in the Gnomes fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Several One Hundred Dollars a Month readers stopped by to say “Hi.” It was totally awesome!

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It was fun to meet everyone in person and finally put a name to a face.

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Some peeps stopped by to drop off gnomes, some adopted them and some loaded up on boatload of seeds.mavis mother earth news fair

It was a blast! Thank you soooo much for coming by.

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Oh, and a big thank you to everyone who went up to Ryan and told him he was a “total hottie.” We had him passing out free radish seeds and blushing pretty much the entire afternoon. It was hilarious.free radish seeds

Getting to meet my readers is always a reminder that I am not alone sitting on the computer all day typing about my crazy gardening obsession.  So, thanks for helping me keep it real, people.

You rock!

~Mavis

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Rhubarb Walnut Muffins

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Rhubarb Walnut Muffins

Last week the HH brought a boatload of rhubarb home and one of the things I did with it was make a batch of rhubarb muffins. This recipe makes approximately 12 muffins, but if I were you, I’d make a double batch so you can tuck the extras in your freezer for snacking or a quick breakfast on the go.

Here is the recipe, I hope you like it.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup applesauce {my favorite applesauce recipe}
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk {how to make buttermilk}
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups rhubarb, diced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Ingredients for the Topping

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

rhubarb diced

Directions

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Line muffin tins with muffin/cupcake liners.

Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the wet ingredients, just until blended. Fold in the rhubarb and walnuts. Drop in to muffin cups {I like to use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop} so the muffin cups are 2/3 full. Combine topping ingredients together in a small bowl and sprinkle over muffins. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes.

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