Easy Recipes for Kids – Popcorn in a Bag

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Easy Recipes for Kids  Popcorn in a Bag

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but making your own popcorn at home is not only way cheaper but so much better for you than buying that crapity crap in a bag that’s filled with all sorts of fake butter and chemicals.

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird is our chief popcorn maker and she has been using this recipe for as long as I can remember. Perfect for Friday Night at The Movies or any other day of the week.
easy recipes for kids Popcorn in a Bag

Ingredients
1/4 cup good popcorn kernals
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Paper lunch bag
Stapler

paper bag

Directions
Measure popcorn and toss it into the bottom of a plain brown paper bag. Add salt and olive oil and give it a good shake. Fold the top of the bag over and staple the corners closed.

Place the  paper bag in the microwave and microwave on high for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, or until there are a few seconds between pops.

Easy Recipes for Kids  Popcorn in a Bag

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Garden Tips – How to Thin Seedlings

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how to thin seedlings

Every time I see little green sprouts start to pop up in my seed trays, I get excited.  Which is why I am always sad when the day comes that I have to thin my seedlings.  I know I have to do it, but each time, it is hard–like I am being forced to choose a favorite child.  Do you feel this way?

If I don’t thin them though, they will compete for water, nutrients, etc.  So, I have to suck it up and face the cold hard facts of gardening.  Ha.  If it is time to thin some of your seedlings {check yourseed packet for when to thin}, there are two basic ways to do it:

radish seedlings

You can pull out the excess seedlings, much like you are pulling a weed,  {if you choose this method, be very careful not to disturb the root system of the plant you are trying to keep}.  Occasionally, with plants like peppers and tomatoes, you can replant the pulled seedlings in a new location, but in all honestly, with varying results.

tomato seedlings under grow lights

The easiest way to thin seedlings is to use scissors.  Just trim the excess seedlings off at the base of the plant, as close to the soil as you can get.  The roots will die back and leave your remaining seedling undisturbed.  If you are growing your seedlings in trays, make sure to remove the trimmings and toss them {if your seedlings are already in the garden bed, you can just leave the trimmings in the bed}.

So how do YOU thin your seedlings? Do you pull, or cut?

~Mavis

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 4/17/2013 Garden Tally

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How to grow your own food{Summer 2012}

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

*******

Well, it was another snooze fest {harvest wise} in the garden this week. Chives and eggs. That’s it baby. The weather is starting to warm up though so we will be direct sowing seeds soon as well as setting out more broccoli, cabbage and lettuce  starts. I love working in the garden this time of year, even when it’s sprinkling outside.

Will you be planting seeds this week? If so, what?

Mavis wants to know.

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:


beets

Beets - 14 ounces

carrots

Carrots – 3 ounces

chives growing in spring

Chives – 4 ounces


fresh eggs

Egg Count – 722

Last week we collected 82 eggs. We are giving them away to the neighbors like crazy these days. It’s kind of fun too.

microgreens
Lettuce
– 6 ounces
Microgreens 5 ounces

potatoes

Potatoes – 2 pounds 9 ounces

grow your own sprouts

Sprouts -11 ounces

Rainbow-Swiss-Chard-picture

Swiss Chard 11 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 6 pounds 6 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 722

Get out there and grow!

~Mavis

Urban Homesteading Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living

Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Bon Appetit, Frozen Yogurt, GoldStar, New Balance + More

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garden gnome sitting

 Happy Wednesday everyone!

~Mavis

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Homemade Change FREE
Preparing for Off-Grid Survival $2.99
Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook $4.99
The Lemon Book – Natural Recipes and Preparations FREE
Weekend Homesteader: May $0.99
Fish & Game Cookbook FREE

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

kindle covers

Amazon has the Marware Atlas Kindle Case Cover on sale for $14.99. There are 4 colors to choose from and the reviews on these cases is great!

frog boots ladybug boots

Zulily is having a great Western Chief rain boot and rain coat sale. These boots are very well made! My kiddos had the frog and lady bug boots when they were little.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

gnome of the day

Looking for a garden gnome?  This garden tree gnome looks like he might be fun to bring along on a summer road trip to St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee.

goldstar ticket deals

Amazon Local {Seattle} is offering a $20 voucher to Goldstar for only $10. We’ve used Goldstar before and LOVED our tickets!

  • $10 for $20 to spend on tickets at goldstar.com
  • Great offers (often 50% off or better) on live entertainment
  • New events added every day — get access to an exciting variety of entertainment every time you visit the homepage
  • Theater, music, concerts, family events, dance, and so much more

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

living social

Living Social has some sweet deals, here are my favorites:

Paint Zoom Paint Sprayer $50
Steak Knife Block Set $20
Menchie’s $20 to spend on frozen yogurt for $10
Brown Bear 10 Car Washes for $49

6pm online deals

6pm has Skullcandy, Hurley and Oakley on sale. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

bon appetit

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 7119 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/17/2013 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

new balance womens 470 running shoe

Joe’s New Balance Outlet has the women’s 470 running shoe on sale today only for $19.99

Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift?is less than a month away. Canvas People is offering a FREE 8×10 canvas or $50 off any order {you do have to pay shipping}. I’ve ordered from Canvas people before and love this deal!

$2.00 off TWO Right Guard Total Defense$1.00 off Any One (1) Caress 6ct Bar or Larger $1.00 off any (1) Garnier Fructis Styling Product $1.00 off any 1 LISTERINE Mouthwash 1L or larger $2.00 off any ONE (1) NUTRISSE Haircolor

Find More Printable Coupons

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1 Year Subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine Only $4.99!

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bon appetit

DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine for only $4.99 when you use code 7119 at checkout. This magazine is AWESOME!

*This special rate will be live through midnight  4/17/13 {EST}. You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. You can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts! This is such a wonderful magazine at an amazing price.

Did you know with the Amazon Prime Membership you can watch all of the The French Chef with Julia Child episodes in their original broadcast format? Bon Appetit Baby!

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Spinach, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Strawberries and Tomatoes

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Magnum glass greenhouse

I snapped a few pictures of the greenhouse over the weekend and thought I would share.

daffodil flowers

The tulips and daffodils are still looking good. I’m been trying to decided what I’ll plant once the flowers die back. Ideally I’d like to have something tall in the flower pots. Something that will last all summer long.

What do you think would work well?

grow food in gutters gardening

Check out the gutters. Don’t they look cool with all those veggies growing in them?

spinach seedlings

Spinach seedlings.

swiss chard seedlings

Swiss chard {I’ll have to start thinning these soon}.

lettuce seedlings

Mesclun salad greens. They should be ready to harvest in about a month or so.

romaine lettuce

The heads of romaine lettuce are doing AWESOME. I was going to transplant these outside, but they are doing so well in the gutters I think I’ll leave them in there until it’s time to harvest.

grow strawberries in gutters

The strawberry crowns I transplanted into gutters are thriving as well. If you’ve never tried growing strawberries in gutters before it’s a piece of cake. Just remember to make sure they have plenty of room to spread out and you’ll be fine. If I remember correctly I planted the strawberries about a foot apart.

strawberry blossom

First strawberry blossom of the season.

Chinese cabbage seedlings

Even though the Chinese and purple cabbage is thriving in the greenhouse, I think I’ll plant the starts in the main garden this weekend. I need the room. My goal over the next week or two is to re-pot all the tomato plants we have growing inside under grow lights and move them out to the greenhouse.

Typically I plant tomato plants outside in the main garden around Mid-May. They need a week or two to harden off and placing them in the greenhouse for a few weeks should help with that.

How about YOU? When do you plant your tomatoes? Do you grow them for seed or are you happier buying tomato starts instead?

~Mavis

 

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How to Make Vegetable Stock

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When life hands you more free vegetables than you can eat, make vegetable stock I say. If you’ve never made your own vegetable stock before,  trust me, it’s super easy. You can totally do it!

Ingredients

  • 14 quarts water
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 carrots, large, broken in half
  • 5 celery stocks
  • 10 mushrooms, halved
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Directions

Place everything in a large stock pot, cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Strain.

Once the vegetable stock has cooled, use a funnel and place the stock in mason jars until ready to use.  The vegetable stock should keep for 5 days in the refrigerator or up to one year in the freezer.

Have you ever made vegetable stock from scratch before?

Do you add anything special, or just use what you have on hand?

~Mavis

 

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Succession Planting – Grow More Vegetables in Your Garden

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Succession PlantingDo you do succession planting in your garden?  If not, it is totally worth the bit of extra planning.  Succession planting is basically staggering your plantings so that you get a continuous harvest of a particular fruit/veggie, rather than all at once and then you’re done.  It’s also a great way to fill those spots that previously harvested food left behind {i.e. in the transition from early spring crops to summer crops}.

burpless-cucumbers

When it comes to getting a continuous harvest from a particular type of veggie/fruit, certain plants work better than others.   Here’s a basic guide on succession planting for a continual harvest:

Green Beans – Plant every 10 days
Beets – Plant every 14 days
Cucumbers – Plants every 3 weeks
Kale/Colloards – Plant every 3 weeks
Lettuce – Plant every 10-14 days  {this is my favorite thing for succession planting.  It’s impossible to eat it all at once, so having different types of lettuce that will produce every couple of weeks is perfect}.
Melons – Plant every 3 weeks
Radish – Plant every 7 days
Spinach – Plant every 7 days
Summer Squash – plant every 6 weeks
Sweet Corn – Plant every 10 days
Carrots – Plant every 2-3 weeks {as weather allows, stop when it gets too hot and resume in late summer/early fall}
Cauliflower – Plant every 2 weeks {as weather allows, stop when it gets too hot and resume again in late summer/early fall}
Turnips – Plant every 7 Days

dinosaur-kale

If you decide to try square foot gardening, succession planting is an awesome way to make sure you get the most out of your space.

What are your favorite crops to stagger planting?  How do you space them?

~Mavis

vegetable gardening
Vegetable Gardening: From Planting to Picking

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10 Cool Uses for Coffee Filters

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10 Cool Uses for Coffee Filters

The HH is the only one who drinks coffee at my house, and since we now have a fancy new coffee maker with a reusable filter, I have left over coffee filters lying around.  I couldn’t stand just letting them go to waste, so I decided to figure out some ways to put those babies to use.

Here’s my top 10 ways to use coffee filters for something other than brewing coffee:

  1. Clean windows/mirrors.  They are lint free and don’t break apart when wet.
  2. Lay a couple on a plate and use them to soak up excess grease when cooking bacon, homemade fries, etc.
  3. Cover plates/bowls with coffee filters when microwaving to prevent splattering.
  4. Use to apply shoe polish.
  5. Prevent soil from sneaking out of the bottom of planting containers.  Place a coffee filter over the holes in the bottoms of your pot, plant as you would regularly.  The plant will still have proper water drainage, but you won’t lose any soil.
  6. Use to protect nice dishes.  Place a coffee filter in between stacked dishes you don’t use very often to protect them from chips, scratches, etc.
  7. Use them to filter used frying oil.  Wait for the oil to cool and pour it through a coffee filter.  You will be able to reuse the oil next time you are frying.  How amazingly frugal is that?
  8. Put some baking soda into a coffee filter and set it in the heel of shoes to get the odor out.  ”Oh, Monkey Boy!  Where are you?!”
  9. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments to protect them during storage.
  10. Use as an alternative to paper bowls for snacks.  They are way cheaper and hold snacks like crackers and popcorn perfecto.

If you had a bunch of extra coffee filters laying around, what would YOU do with them?

~Mavia

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Food Waste In America – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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food waste in amercia

This week there were 2 boxes of chicken scraps to pick up from Mr. Produce Guy.  At first glance I wasn’t sure there would be much to reclaim. But after I lifted up the bags of grapes and knew I had hit the jackpot.

box of tomaotes

Mama Mia! Holy tomatoes batman!

We did have to toss a few tomatoes but we made several batches of homemade tomato sauce with the rest.

lettuce blend

There were also lot of of salad greens but strawberries and other veggies were tossed into the leafy greens. Instead of digging through them we decided to give the entire box of salad to the chickens.

organic girl super greens

2 tubs  of Organic Girl super greens were free because of the sale date stamped on the container.

red and green grapes

Fresh grapes! We LOVE grapes around here and the kids especially love to pack them in their lunches.food waste in america

A huge box of tomatoes, organic salad greens and grapes. Not to shabby for free if you ask me.

Have YOU been successful trying to get your local grocery to give you their scraps? Does your store donate their extra produce or is it tossed in to a dumpster?

Mavis wants to know.

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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