What Are the Benefits of Drinking Tea?

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What Are the Benefits of Drinking Tea

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know, I love tea.  At the beginning of the year, I really vowed to reduce my tea intake–but in my attempts to justify my habit, I have found out that tea is actually pretty good for you, provided that you don’t add sugar.  {Maybe the English have it all figured out after all.}

So, if you are trying to justify your tea intake, or avoid it altogether because you were worried that it actually did more harm than good, here’s my favorite reasons to add tea time to your day:

  1. It has fantastic antioxidants.  Tea is basically an anti-aging serum that is way cheaper than most of the stuff at the cosmetic counter.  Plus, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some cancers and diseases.  
  2. It has waaay less caffeine than coffee and soda.  Coffee has about 130 mg of caffeine per cup, while tea comes in between 30-40 mg.
  3. It has been shown to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides, which can lower your risk for heart attack.
  4. Tea actually increases your immune system.  Forget the apple a day keeps the doctor away, throw back a cup of tea instead.  {Okay, don’t forget the apple a day, just add a cup of tea to the regimen.}
  5. Tea is naturally calorie free.  If you are tired of trying to drink water, tea totally counts and doesn’t add unnecessary calories.
  6. Tea revs up your metabolism.  Not only is it calorie free, it also sends your metabolism into hyper-drive.
  7. Green tea has been shown to help with exposure to UV rays.  While it’s not an alternative to sunscreen, people who drink green tea regularly seem have an added layer of protection against the suns UV rays.

I don’t know about you, but that’s enough for me to put my tea consumption guilt to rest.

Do you drink tea?  How do you take your tea?

~Mavis

 

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Food Waste in America – What Does it Look Like

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food waste in America

If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past year from picking up free chicken scraps at our local grocery store, it’s that you never know what, or how much produce you are going to go home with on any given week.

We picked up 3 boxes of produce that was headed for the dumpster and were thrilled with what we found. Hiding under the heads of organic lettuce and asparagus were quite a few treasures.

do dogs eat letuce

Is it me, or does Lucy look like a stuffed dog right here? The dog will eat anything I tell you. Anything. She even ate fennel for Pete’s sake! Lucy is totally nuts.

ears of corn and tomatoes

At the bottom of one of the boxes was a bunch of corn. As I was pulling back the husks to see if any of them were keepers, I started to wonder where the corn came from. What state/country has corn in season right now? Does anyone know?

mutant corn

Clearly, no one was going to buy this mutant ear of corn.

food waste in America

Holy crack.  Look at all the goodness. Chard, asparagus, corn, broccoli, melon, pineapple, carrots, lettuce, peppers, radishes, cabbage and beets. I’m not sure what the retail value on all this is, but since it was going to be thrown out, I’m glad we were able to save it.

chicken scraps

And the chickens were happy with their boxes of scraps this week too.

Thank you Mr. Produce Guy!

What do YOU think about all this food waste? If your local market gave away their scraps would you take them?

~Mavis

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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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Vita Coco Water, Flour Sack Towels, Toro Blower, Roper Boots, Kid’s Bike Helmets

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Happy Tuesday everyone. We picked up some boxes of gnomes last night and will be opening them and updating our Gnome list so be sure and check back in a little bit to see the new total. So far together we have raised over $2,290 for St. Jude. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

If anyone in your family suffers from food allergies, grab The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book while it’s available for free, the reviews are crazy good!

Hope you have a great day!

 ~Mavis

Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is 35% Off Vita Coco Coconut Water.

Get the 12 pack of Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water for only $9.56/$0.80 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book FREE
Tex-Mex Recipes – 100 Recipes to Spice Up Your Appetite FREE
How to Grow Beans and Peas FREE
Weekend Homesteader: May $0.99
Garden Guide  FREE

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

flour-sack-towels

One Kings Lane has 8 flour sack towels on sale for $16! This is my FAVORITE deal on this site, and you can find the kitchen towels under the Kitchen Basics section.  These tend to sell out quick, so grab some if you want them!

Plus, new One Kings Lane members can get a $15 credit off any $30+ purchase just for signing up.

Already have an Account? Go HERE to start shopping.

Hot Deal -Toro Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum $64.88 shipped.

zulily deals

Zulily is smokin hot today with deals on Roper Boots, Assets by Sara Blakely {SPANX}, Beach wear and bubble necklaces.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

Inflatable Salad Bar

Looking for a clever way to keep your food cold for your next outdoor party? Yee-Haw! Get one of these Inflatable Salad Bars for only $8.37

DIY Redneck wine glasses

While you are at it, you might want to whips up some Redneck Wine Glasses too!

discounts on bike helmets

Everybody knows all the cool kids wear helmets, and today the REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Bell Dart Bike Helmet {was $35 now $20.93}.

Open a checking account with Capital One 360 and get $50. Sounds like a deal to me!

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Amazon Local is offering a Free Voucher to Purchase Select Kindle Series Books for $1 Each

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

$1.50 off any Starbucks VIA Refreshers™ beverage $1.50 off any ONE (1) bag of Seattle's Best Coffee $0.99 off 1 bag of Dog Chow or Puppy Chow$1.50 off any one (1) Starbucks K-Cup pack $1.00 off ONE Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup packs$1.50 off any Folgers Gourmet Selections K-Cup

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DIY Potato Tower Update

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How to build a potato tower picture

Back in March I put together 3 potato towers {How to Build a Potato Tower}. Now that the towers have begun to sprout, I thought I would post a few pictures so you can see how they are doing.

This is my second year growing potatoes in towers. Last year I tried and it was pretty much a disaster. I think it may have been my fault though, I had placed the potato towers in a spot that was to hard for me to reach with the hose. As a result they were only watered handful of times or when it rained.

So this year I built my towers behind our greenhouse where I know they’ll get watered on more of a regular basis.

potato tower pictures

Potato Tower #1 - I covered the potatoes with 6 inches of dirt. My plan with tower #1 is to add additional dirt {but no more potatoes} as the potato leaves begin to pop through the soil. So far this tower is coming along nicely. The potatoes are sprouting as they should and I will add about 6 inches of dirt tonight to bring the soil line about 2 inches below the greens.

DIY Potato towers

Potato Tower #2 - I covered the potatoes with 6 inches of dirt, then added 5 more potatoes. I ended up doing this 3 times. Someone had suggested I try this method to see if it would grow more potatoes. I have no idea if it will or not, but I think it will be interesting to see what happens.

potato towers diy

Tower #2 looks the best so far. Potato foliage is coming out of the sides of the tower in two places and as well as on top. I’ll add a little more dirt to the top once the foliage gets a little higher. I’m surprised that with the amount of soil that is in the tower, I see any foliage on the top at all.

How to build a potato tower

Potato Tower #3 - This tower was planted with alternating layers of potatoes, dirt, potatoes, straw, potatoes, dirt. Again, someone suggested this growing method because it had worked for them. Nada. Zilch. Nothing going on with this tower so far. 

If you are growing your potatoes in towers this year I’d love to hear how they are doing so far. Or, if you’ve tried growing potatoes in towers previously, how they worked out and if you were happy with the results.

Have a great night,

Mavis

DIY How to build a potato tower

To find out how I built my potato towers go here: How to Build a Potato Tower

 

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Freezer Meal Recipe – Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Freezer Meal Recipe -  Cilantro Lime Chicken

I whipped up a few freezer meals a few weeks ago and this recipe for cilantro lime chicken has got to be my favorite so far.  We made a pot of rice in the rice cooker to go with it and everyone in our house love it. Cilantro lime chicken, I love you!.

Ingredients

3 or 4 chicken breasts {I used Zaycon chicken}
1/4 cup lime juice
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cups frozen corn
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can {1 1/2 cups} black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag and pop it in the freezer. When you are ready to prepare your meal simply thaw the bag in a bowl in the refrigerator overnight. Empty contents into a slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low or 4- 6 hours on high until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Serve over rice or with tortillas and all the fixings.

Fix, Freeze, Feast The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family

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!

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Preserving and Canning Equipment List

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Canning supplies How Do I get Started Canning

Do you can?  I love the idea of putting my own food away.  I can totally control the ingredients, and a lot of the time, I grew the ingredients in the first place.  There’s something awesome about feeling self-reliant.  Plus, once you invest in your canning supplies, the savings really start to add up.

If you plan to start canning this year, here’s a guide of canning essentials to get you started.  {I totally recommend starting now, so that you can spread the purchases out throughout the summer, making it a little easier on your budget.}

ball quart canning jars

First, canning jars.  Kerr or Ball are the most common.  I don’t have a preference, in fact, I think they are basically the same, so I tend to lean toward whichever are cheapest.  I do like the wide-mouth variety waaaay better, though, just because it is so much easier to get the food out.  They are a little more expensive, but remember, you’ll use them year after year, so the cost will be negligible in the long run.    I have a friend who tried to use recycled mayo jars, etc. once, but said that they didn’t seal very consistently, so I would avoid them personally.

canning rings

You’ll need lids and rings to go on your jars.  If you are new to canning, you cannot reuse the lids from year to year, but you can reuse the rings.  {The lids seal properly one time, so for food safety, you have to get new each time you can.  There are some reusable lids, which you definitely pay for, but I have never used them, so I really don’t know if they work well.  If any of you have used them, though, let me know what you thought in the comments.}

basic canning set

Next, you’re going to need a canner {which is basically a big black pot, specially designed to fit your canning jars}.  Try to find one that comes with a rack to place the jars into the pot.  It’s just easier and more cost effective than buying them separate.  This is what you will use to process most of your canned foods.  Again, if you have never canned before, this process is called a water bath {letting jars sit in a rolling boil}.  Usually, your recipe will tell you how long to process your food in a water bath.

home canning kit

I consider the next bit optional, but seriously recommended.  Usually you can buy them all in a home canning kit for pretty cheap.  Make sure the kit has at least these:  a magnet, a jar-sized funnel, a bubble remover and jar lifting tongs.   They will make your life sooooo much easier.  The magnet is so you can easily grab and place your lids on the jars.  The funnel makes putting the food into the jars a lot cleaner {plus, I use mine for other things throughout the year}.  The bubble remover, well, removes bubbles from your liquid before you seal the jar.  And, the jar lifting tongs allow you to lift jars individually out of your water bath–because remember, they are hot, and sometimes a little heavy, so being able to lift them singly helps.

all-american-pressure-canner-gauge (1)

If you plan on canning meats or beans, you’ll need a pressure canner.  It basically helps to get low-acid foods to a safe temperature {240 degrees} for preservation.

ball canning book

Finally, consider buying a canning cookbook.  My favorite is the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.  Not only does it have all of the basics plus a lot more, pretty much everyone I know who cans, owns it.

Do you can?  Can you think of any other basic essentials?

~Mavis

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Square Foot Gardening – All the Grids Have Been Planted

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The last few days here in Western Washington have been muggy and wet. And let me tell you Bob, the plants are loving it! The cool weather crops like kale, broccoli and Swiss chard seem like they have doubled in the past few days, which of course, is awesome.

rosemary plant organic gardening

Remember the rosemary seeds I started from see back in January? Well take a look at them now. Even though I am already growing most of my herbs in contianers I went ahead and planted a few tiny rosemary starts in the square foot garden.

Once the plant gets established and grows larger, I’ll probably move it to a container. We’ll see. But for right now I’m just excited they turned out okay as I had heard rosemary was a little difficult to get started.

organic gardening cucumber seedlings

We also planted out 3 trays of cucumber plants, MarketmoreLemon, and Burpless. I forgot to label the containers when I planted them so I have no idea which is which. Oh well, I suppose I’ll be able to tell soon enough.

square foot gardening organic mavis garden blog

This is how I gardened yesterday. Slippers and my husbands socks. What is it about men’s socks that are so stinkin’ cozy on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Please tell me you steal your husbands socks too.

organic square foot gardening

Cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli and kale.

square foot gardening images

And finally. Here is what my square foot garden looks like all planted and ready to grow.

Peas, carrots, radishes, strawberries, celery, onions, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, kale, bok choy, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, Swiss chard, beets, and lettuce. I think that’s everything.

Pretty cool if you ask me. Now all I have to do is keep this baby watered {and keep Lucy out!} and in a few more weeks we should be ready to start harvesting some fresh vegetables.

And for all of you who asked, YES, I will be keeping track of how many pounds of vegetables we can harvest out of this one 4×8 foot bed. I think it will be fun to see how much food you really can get from a square foot garden.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to go play in the dirt.

~ Mavis

Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE.

All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

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

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Oroweat Bakery Outlet – $8

With 5 weeks of school left I’m hoping this will be enough bread and bagels to get us through to the end of the school year. If you have never shopped at a bakery outlet before, check around in your area, it’s a great way to save. Anytime I can get good bread and bagels for $1 a bag I like to stock up. Find out how I keep our bread fresh.

Target market Pantry Milk Gallon

 Target – $5.28

I’m not sure what else we purchased at Target last week but while we were there we grabbed 2 gallons of milk.

amazon grocery deals

Amazon – FREE

My hottie of a UPS man delivered some peanut butter crackers for Monkey Boy and a jar of Nutella for The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird after I cashed in some of my Swagbucks for a free Amazon.com gift card.

broccoli fiji apples cucumber

Local Produce Stand – $6.22

Our local produce stand had broccoli on sale last week for $.99 a pound, Fuji apples for $0.69 a pound and cucumbers for $0.50 each. Each week they have 2 or 3 really good deals so I always try and stop in and pick them up when I’m nearby. organic vegetbales

We also harvested salad greens, basil, spinach, radishes, and sprouts this week.

How did YOU do with your grocery budget over the past 7 days?

Do you have a garden? Are you looking forward to “grocery shopping” from your garden pretty soon? I know I am.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $19.50

Total Spent This Year $945.90

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $862.57 {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.

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Mornings with Mavis – $5 Kindle Credit, Vegetable Steamer, Teva Flip Flops, Maidenform Sale Event, Prom Dresses, Coupons

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The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird had  a pasta feed at our house the other night and one of the kids showed up with a slackline.  I’m not sure when the last time I showed up to someone’s house with a rope was {okay, never} but the kids had a great time and hey, whatever keeps them amused, right?

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you have a great day.

 ~Mavis

what are amazon coins

If you own a Kindle Fire, you’ll find a little unexpected something in your account right now — 500 Amazon Coins, worth $5. You can use the coins to buy apps and games, as well as items inside apps and games. And if you want to purchase additional coins for yourself or your family, you get to do so at a discount.


 Looking for a vegetable steamer? Amazon currently has the Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer on sale for $29.88 shipped and it has great reviews.

teva sandals

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is Teva Flip Flops for only $12.93.

Perky Pet Hummingbird Pinch Waist Glass Bird Feeder

 

I love looking out my window and seeing hummingbirds! Amazon has the Perky Pet Hummingbird Pinch Waist Glass Bird Feeder on sale for $10.28. Be sure and check out my recipe for Homemade Hummingbird nectar.

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Maidenform is having a Special Buy More & Save Event {be sure and check out their $15 bras}! Spend $50 – Save $10, Spend $75 – Save $20, or Spend $100 – Save $40 through 5/14/13.

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Check out these cute dresses! These would be perfect for a prom dress and they are only $36.99 shipped! The reviews on these dresses are great too!

ShopPerk makes smart shopping easy. Compare stores in your area to find the best selection and the biggest savings. Find recipes and ideas that leave you more time, more money and more energy to spend on what you truly love.

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Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save 50% on Select Koss Headphones – Now only $9.99!

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“Like” Entenmann’s Doughnuts on Facebook and enter to win free doughnuts for a year with the National Doughnut Day Sweepstakes. My son would totally LOVE to win this!

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6pm has Crocs on sale for up to 50% off today. These are great for the beach!

Cardstore.com is having a site wide 20% off sale. Use Code: CWG3511, at check out to score the discount. This deal is valid through 5/15/13 11:59pm PST.
$0.55 off Joy Ice Cream Cones $1.00 off (1) small DIGIORNO Pizza Dipping Strips $2.00 off (1) Excedrin 100 ct. product or larger $1.00 off ONE Excedrin 24 ct. product or larger $1.00 off any ONE (1) Mott's For Tots JuiceFind More Printable Coupons

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Andi From Mt. Vernon, Washington Shares Her Garden Photos

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greenhouse garden photos

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

Check out these greenhouse photos Andi from Mt. Vernon, Washington sent in. The photo above is what her greenhouse looks like right now. This year she planted 21 tomatoes, 4 tomatillos, mature lettuces and greens, and a silly number of starts of everything from squash to quinoa, marigolds to hibiscus.

Greenhouse garden pictures tomatoes{Photo of Andi’s greenhouse last summer}

Here is what Andi had to say:

We built the greenhouse last summer from windows and doors from remodeling the house. It is 14’ long and 3 ½’ wide. I grow everything from seed, starting them indoors for the earliest possible bloom and crop. I started the tomatoes on Feb. 8, I just couldn’t wait.

wildflower cottage garden

We are on a large city lot and have no lawn; everything is garden. We have a huge willow, thirteen fruit trees, lots of berry and currant bushes, several lilacs, wisteria, and bunches of other trees, bushes, and plants. The greenhouse is in the front yard, but we’re building a second in the back. {No way all 21 tomatoes are going to fit in the first one!}

dogs in the garden

We have two dogs, the other one Max, is all black and didn’t want to be in the pic. This one is Wellie.

I am also a full time fiber artist {www.andishannon.com} and when I need a break from the sewing machine, I go out and work in the yard. A good balance as each fuels the other for inspiration.

Wow Andi! I couldn’t agree more! Your garden is beautiful!

~Mavis

fiber art black bag with red roses

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts – Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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