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Vegetarian Times magazine subscription deal

DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Vegetarian Times Magazine for only $5.49 when you use code 7707 at checkout.

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This magazine is a must have if you have a vegetable garden!

*This special rate will be live through midnight  2/11/13 {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.

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DIY – How to Build a Compost Bin Out of Wood Pallets

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How to Build a Compost Bin Out of Wood Pallets

Today, I decided to make a compost bin out of wood pallets.  Since I’m going double or nothing and trying to grow 4000 lbs. of fresh produce this year, I figured I better get serious about making every effort to keep the soil healthy.  Plus, composting is FREE, and once you have the spot for it, pretty much a piece of cake {an old rotting piece of cake, ha!}

clean wood pallet

I chose to make it out of wood pallets because they are so easy to come by.  In order to make one, you will need:

  • 4 – Wood Pallets {5 if  you are going to build a floor/bottom, instead of just using the ground}
  • 14 Gauge Wire
  • 2 – Hinges
  • 1 – Latch
  • 2 – Landscape Pole or Long Stick of Wood

You can pass on the last two, and just use the wire if  you want a square box, but it might making getting to the compost a little trickier {read:  a big fat pain}.

14 gauge galvanized wire

First, you want to configure your pallets.  You’ll need to decide if you want to set the pallets long ways or short ways–one will give you a smaller deeper bin, while the other will give you a larger more shallow bin.  You can also mix and match, making the sides long and front and back short.  It’s completely up to you and how much space you have.

galvanized wire

Second, cut the 14 gauge wire into segments, approximately 18″ long.  Strap the sides to the back of the pallet by wrapping the wire through both pallets and twisting tight {Don’t twist too tight or the wire might break}.  Two lengths per corner should do it.

How to Build a Compost Bin Out of Wood Pallets DIY

Third, hammer a landscape pole into the ground about 12″ deep on the hinge side corner of the box {on the inside}.  This will help support the swinging weight of the compost gate.

screwdriver

Finally, add the hinges.  Before screwing the front gate onto the hinges, you can add a spacer on the bottom using scrap wood or a leftover piece of the landscaping pole to provide some ventilation for the bottom of your compost pile.

DIY How to Build a Compost Bin Out of Wood Pallets

That’s it!  Easy, cheap and effective.  If only everything in life could be that way!

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 7 of 52

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raised garden bedsWeek 7 of 52 – Mavis’ Backyard Garden Plot

I feel like my backyard garden is one giant heaping mess of unfinished projects right now. My goal is to have all of the projects finished by the end of the month. It may take a lot of ibuprofen, but I’m determined to stay on schedule.

The good news is, the rocks have all been relocated and now I can add some additional raised garden beds to the 16 we already have.

garden against fence

The plan is still sunflowers and zucchini plants along the fence, but I’m still not sure what I’ll put in the corner beneath the tree yet. Maybe some hostas, I hear they love the shade.

future garden space

This is the future sight of my salad garden. Hopefully the next time I show you this area I’ll have it set up.

bean teepees

Bean teepees. Still not sure if they are going to stay put or if I’m going to move them.

raised garden bed with logs

I think I might expand this garden bed. I was walking around it yesterday and I think I could gain about 5 feet in the front and another 5 feet on the left side if I move the logs and add more dirt. We’ll see.

garden in the woods

Last fall I tossed a bunch of rotting pumpkins between the trees with the hopes that a volunteer pumpkin patch will sprout this summer. If not, there are poppies and some other perennial flowers in this area, so either way, there will be color.

magnum glass greenhouse

The glass greenhouse is still waiting for tables.

wood pallets

Ah ha! Anyone want to guess what I’m going to do with those pallets?

wooded backyard

I know everyone thinks I am crazy for covering the back area with landscape fabric, but I have a plan. I do. I promise.

garden path

Here is another unfinished project. Eventually I’ll have dirt behind the rocks, a mulched path, and plants in front of the downed tree.

cascadia delight raspberry plants

Raspberry patch. Geez. Looking at all these pictures of my unfinished projects is a little depressing. I still need to fix the poles at the end of the rows, and roll up that stinkin’ hose!

raspberry patch

The area to the right is where I’ll have my container herb garden. So far I have mint, oregano, sage and rosemary. I also have chives planted on both sides of the greenhouse and will be starting plenty of herbs from seed this spring as well.

It’s taking a while to get everything up and going this spring, but I’m excited for this years growing season and to try and grow 2 tons of fruits and vegetables in our backyard garden.

To everything there is a season, and right now, all I want to do is play in the dirt.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, enjoy the day.

~Mavis

mavis and her boyfriend ryan botanical interests seeds

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company.  You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my {online} boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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Breakfast Recipes : How to Make Bacon Pancakes

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recipe bacon pancakes

The Handsome Husband came home the other day and told me about Harold {one the guys at work} and how he had bacon pancakes for breakfast. In fact, the Handsome Husband is always coming home and telling me about what Harold had in his lunch, and how his wife is an amazing cook and YADA YADA YADA she packs him the best lunches ever.

I  don’t know whether to be offended {because he thinks Harold’s wife packs better lunches} or to feel sorry for him that he has to live vicariously through this guy and his food stories until the one day when his wife finally gets the hint and steps it up a notch in the recipe department.

Who knows.

But what I do know is that Harold’s wife is on to something with these bacon pancakes. Holy pork and beans people, these were GOOD! Especially with syrup.

bacon pancakes picture

Ingredients

4 cups prepared pancake mix {I used Bob’s Red Mill 10 grain mix}
12 precooked slices of bacon

Directions

Heat up your griddle or frying pan, add a little butter and pour pancake batter into 12 x 3 inch strips. Carefully lay cooked bacon slices in the batter and wait until the pancake edges are cooked, then flip them over and finish cooking. Add a little butter and syrup and dig in!

bacon pancakes

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Mornings with Mavis – Win a Chicken Coop, Herb Scissors, Coupons, Linens, Free Kindle Books

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mavis butterfield one hundred dollars a month{Mavis and Black Fatty}

Good morning everyone. I hope you are having a great and productive weekend. Here are a few deals I spotted this morning. Enjoy the day!

Free kindle garden booksFree Kindle Books – Gardening

Growing Plants Indoors
Easy Orchid Growing: 7 Simple Steps To Growing Your Own Exotic Orchids
Gardening Secrets
Organic Gardening Made Easy
Garlic – Herbs and Spices (All About Garlic)
Vegetable Container Gardening

free Kindle Cookbooks

Free Kindle Books – Cooking

Top 19 Dump Cake Recipes
Canology – A Modern Guide 
Juicing Recipes for Beginners 
Vegan Possible: The Hows, Whys and What to dos of a Healthy Eating Lifestyle
Brewing Beer: Tips 
Healthy Kids, Healthy Diet

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

herb scissors

Have you ever tried Herb Scissors before?  They’re pretty awesome.  I own a pair and use them all the time.  Amazon has these herb scissors on sale right now for $9.95.

Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Country Scent, 2 – 24 Ounce bottles $3.57/$1.79 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.

Clara Clark Goose Down Alternative Double Fill Comforter

Looking for a new comforter with great reviews? Right now you can get the Clara Clark Goose Down Alternative Double Fill Comforter {Queen} on Amazon for $39.99 shipped. Stock is limited, so if you want one, you’ll need to hurry.

Pinzon Basics 100-Percent Egyptian Cotton 6-Piece Towel Set $19.99

We have these towels and LOVE them!

  • 6-piece oversized and extra-heavy towel set includes 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 washcloths; imported
  • Woven with over 4-1/2 pounds of 100-percent Egyptian cotton for softness, absorbency, and durability
  • Available in an array of colors to easily accessorize with home linens
  • Machine washable and dryable
  • Bath towels measure 30 by 56 inches; hand towels measure 18 by 30 inches; washcloths measure 13 by 13 inches

Go HERE to see all the color choices available

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

Amazon currently has the best selling Lasko Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat on sale for $23.98.

amazon local

Amazon Local is offering Free Voucher Worth 50% Off DecalGirl Skins for Kindle and Kindle Fire devices {$50 Maximum Discount}.

  • Free voucher worth 50% off select DecalGirl skins for Kindle and Kindle Fire devices
  • Choose from a wide selection of vibrant artwork and graphics
  • Perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone (or yourself)
  • DecalGirl offers skins for Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and all your Kindle Fire devices

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

Vibram FiveFingers

6pm has Vibram FiveFingers shoes on sale for up to 38% off.

new balance running shoe

Joe’s New Balance Outlet has the New Balance 411 Woman’s Trail Running Shoe on sale for $24.99. These are super cute!

mother earth news sweepstakes chicken coop

Do you have chickens or are you thinking about getting a few this spring? Enter to win the Mother Earth News Chicken Coop Sweepstakes and you could win 28 bags of chicken feed, a flock of chicks, a $100 gift card and a brand spankin’ new coop! Go HERE to enter! * Thanks Julie for the heads up.

$1.00 off any 1 LISTERINE Mouthwash 1L or larger$1.00 off TWO Welch's Refrigerated Juice Cocktails$1.00 off ONE (1) VELVEETA 32 oz$1.00 off ONE package Johnsonville Italian Sausage$3.00 off 2 Starbucks packaged coffee
There is are new coupons available for Listerine, Velveeta, Welch’s Johnsonville Brats and Starbucks.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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See What’s New on the One Hundred Dollars A Month Pinterest Site

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one hundred dollars a month pinterest

If you haven’t stopped by yet, be sure and check out the One Hundred Dollars a Month Pinterest page and look around, there are tons of great ideas over there.

I must admit, my favorite board is Gardening, followed by Trash to Treasure and then all the recipe boards. It’s fun to look back and see pictures of our backyard garden in all different stages and to see all the yummy recipes we’ve made from the harvests.

Don’t forget, you can also follow One Hundred Dollars a Month  on Facebook and Twitter too.

Have a great weekend, and stay warm!

 Mavis

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Biggest Chicken Egg in the World?

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A Big thank you to Polly S for sharing this video with me. What fun!

~Mavis

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Valentine’s Day Recipe – Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

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Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

Looking for something simple to make this Valentine’s Day? Well if you know someone who loves peanut butter cookies, this is about as easy as it gets.

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter {I used creamy JIF}
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
1 teaspoon baking powder
additional granulated sugar {for rolling cookies in}
2 bags of heart shaped chocolate candy

foil wrappers

Directions

In large bowl, combined the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and eggs until nice and smooth.

Mix in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, and drop 1 inch cookie balls on to a plate of  granulated sugar and roll until covered with sugar.

Place cookies on a lined cookie sheet {I use silpats} and bake at 375 for 8 – 10 minutes. Carefully remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press 1 unwrapped chocolate heart into center of each cookie.

Cool, then transfer to a cookie platter or store in an airtight container.

Looking for a great cookie book? Amazon currently has Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cookies in stock and ready to ship.

Looking to get your cookie fix? Check out more Cookie Recipes.

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Mavis Mail – Garden and Beehive Photos From Connecticut

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Check out this recent email I received from a reader in Connecticut:

Hi Mavis,

I wanted to join in on the gardening feature because I’m an avid gardener that got on the organic, sustainability, gardening bandwagon years ago. Here’s a little about my garden adventures.

I live in suburban CT, zone 6b, and grow as much as I can squeeze into my 1/4 acre backyard.

Using the companion planting approach, in my 6 raised beds, I grow tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil, peppers, green beans, peas, lettuce, spinach, asparagus, pumpkins, zucchini, butternut squash, watermelon, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, and nasturiums. I build frames for the vine plants to grow vertically and this allows more space for other plants below.

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Outside of the enclosed beds, I grow broccoli in pots and strawberry plants in window box planters so the chipmunks can’t get to them. Last year, I put in a medicinal herb bed with lemongrass, sage, thyme, fennel, calendula, comfrey, dill, lovage, stevia, feverfew, and bay. This year I’m going to expand the growing space and put in a culinary tea bed and more edible flowers, such as amaranth.

Interspersed around the property are 3 apple trees, that are plagued by apple rust so I might take them out, 2 Red haven peach, 1 Bartlett pear, 1 D’anjou (to cross pollinate the other pear), 2 Brown Turkey fig (grilled figs are yum!), 2 Paw Paw, 1 Nectarine and 1 apricot tree. In winter, I wrap the figs with burlap and frost blankets to protect them from the cold and it looks as if I have ghosts haunting my yard. Under the fruit trees, there are delicious thornless blackberry, raspberry, and 8 blueberry bushes.

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Along the property line on one side, there are legacy grapevines that were there when I bought the house. I’m not sure what kind of grapes they are, but my goal this year is to trim them back and turn them into a useful food rather than a privacy screen. Usually the leaves are harvested for making stuffed grape leaves. Along the shed, I have Kiwi vine growing.

backyard chicken{Eagle the Ameracauna chicken}

We have 9 chickens and 6 ducks, that make the most delicious eggs possible. They live in “The Girls with Feathers” coop I designed and then expanded to fit the ducks in there too. I keep the fowl in a chicken yard, but I let them out to forage near the chicken run in the Summer. Along two sides of the run, I grow hops, to provide some shade for the chickens and to produce hops for my eventual beer brewing that I will begin experimenting with this Fall, and lots of sunflowers.

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I fertilize the trees with rabbit manure from our adopted rescued Angora rabbit. (She grows the most wonderfully soft fur that I’m going to have spun into yarn.) In the basement, we have a vermicompost bin and use the worm castings to fertilize the veg beds. Because I don’t want to risk ecoli contamination, there are separate compost bins allocated specifically for the coop shavings. Every now and then we go down to the beach to clean it up after a storm and carry home buckets of seaweed for the compost piles.

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To pollinate the backyard, I have two beehives, one with Italian and the other with Carniolan bees. In a few weeks, I’m adding two more hives. I bartered 2 ducklings for a top bar bee hive on craigslist and recently acquired a Warre hive. Since everything in this backyard is an experiment of one kind or another, I want to find out if the hive body design effects how robust the bee colony is.

The bees have done an amazing job pollinating my gardens and I love watching them early in the morning from my kitchen window as they fly off in search of pollen and nectar in the Summer. The honey they produce is another plus because I use that instead of sugar. I also have 5 mason beehives spread throughout the garden to encourage the solitary bees to hang around.

There’s a lot of trial and error that goes on in this 1/4 acre, but that’s what makes it a challenge. I know I have written way more than many of the garden posts you’ve featured and I haven’t even gotten to my seed starting plans for the year. ~~*~~

All I can say is WHAT A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN! What an amazing job you have done and your love of gardening really shines though in your pictures. Thanks for sending in your photos.

~Mavis

{Sara from Fox Island’s Garden Tour}

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 & Craft made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.

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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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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microgreens book how to grow

Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

The gardener's guide
Giveaways

1 month 4 weeks artichoke seedling

Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

mornings with mavis

Mornings with Mavis 

Easy Crock Pot Recipes - Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Recipes

10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide money saving tips
Tips and Tricks

how to find free food produce

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Snow sculpture colorado

Travel

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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