Fire Alarm Goes Off in Mavis’ Hotel Room

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As I mentioned a little a awhile ago in this mornings edition of Mornings with Mavis, I was in San Francisco, California over the weekend for a gardening conference. My buddy Harriet and online boyfriend Ryan from Botanical Interests was there, as well as about 75 other garden enthusiasts.

After taking a photography class and touring 5 gardens yesterday, Harriet and I got back to our hotel room late and were getting ready to go to sleep when the fire alarm went off.

I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve been in a hotel and a fire alarm has gone off {too many!} but this was Harriet’s first “emergency”experience so she was a little freaked out. Me? Not so much.

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I think over the past 3 days, I’ve gotten a combined 10 hours of sleep. So to say I was a little out of it when this video was made, would be the understatement of the year.

My life is crazy. I can’t sit still. I drink too much tea and I don’t get enough sleep.

But you know what? I can sleep when I’m 80.

Life is what you make it.

So get out there and have some fun.

Even if it does mean you’ll end up forgetting to put your bra on before walking down 8 flights of stairs, and then talking to strangers in the street.

~Mavis

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

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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.

 Mavis

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How to Run Your Best 5K

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How to Run Your Best 5K

Okay, so now that I have walked a marathon, I feel like I am pretty much an athletic authority on the old fun run/walks.  By authority, I naturally mean that I know nothing, but for the sake of this post, I am going to pretend I do.

Most of the walks for this or that cause are 5K.  For those of you who may or may not have had to look that up {not me, of course:}, that’s 3.1 miles.  So, how do you make the most of 3.1 miles?

First, training.  For my training, I like to buy running shoes.  That’s it.  It’s really more of a mental game for me.

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The night before the race, get an awesome nights sleep.  Forget about the fact that you will probably have to get up at 5 a.m. to make it to the race by 9 a.m.  {Yep, after dressing and breakfast, that will leave you 3 1/2 short hours to park, ride a bus to the start location, get your number, and then stand, packed in like sardines, waiting for the race to start.}  You’ll also want to account for the fact that you will be obsessed with the fear that you might not hear your alarm–which will mean less overall sleep.   I’m not a wizard at math, but by my calculations, you will need to go to bed by no later than 6:30 p.m. the night before .

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Next up, breakfast.  Your mama was right, you know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  The morning of the race, choose ANY recipe that has the word “power” in the title.  Power smoothie, Power Bars, etc.  Also, it needs to have spinach in it.  I didn’t make up these rules, people, they are tried and true, by serious athletes such as myself.

Okay, now get to the race and stretch out.  Don’t be shy here, own your space.  Really get into it.  I find it relaxing and it gets into the other racers’ heads.  Intimidation is key when it comes to fun runs/walks.

5k race runners

Once the whistle blows, keep your eye on the prize.  Keep your head up and fixated 30-50 yards ahead of you.  {Seriously, though, this one will actually keep you from  falling over.}

Finally, make sure to stop at all of the hydrating stations for a bit of water.  Fun run or not, dehydration makes it hard to cross the finish line and greet your adoring fans {or just the neighbor who you bribed to hold a sign that you made yourself with your kids’ school markers}.

Now get out there and get your fun run on!

Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Destini From Port Orchard, Washington Sends in Her Chicken Coop Photos

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I don’t know about you, but I love seeing peoples garden and chicken coop photos. It’s like snooping, but with permission. ;)  Destini from Port Orchard recently sent in these photos of her awesome chicken coop and run.

Here is what she had to say:

Hey Mavis,

I had wanted chickens forever. My boyfriend always said no way. I begged and pleaded and begged some more at every chance I got. Well in February of 2012 he finally said YES!

baby chickens

The next morning I was at the feed store picking out my 5 chickies. I was so excited. We did not have a coop or any supplies. I bought what I needed for a brooder and a feeder and a heat lamp. I got the babies home and set up in my garage. I had to act quick before he changed his mind.

2 of my 5 babies did not make it. I went back and got a lone week old chick and had 4. I wanted more so 2 months later I found someone who had 2 month old chicks and bought them. I had 8. Well due to some illnesses and just a couple sudden deaths over night after we had the coop built I now have 4 adult hens.

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I also have 15 babies that are 8 weeks old in a new large brooder in the garage. (my boyfriend loves chickens as much as me now.)

We built an amazing barn coop and I hope you like it. I do. I do!

red chicken coop design

Our Hens give us fresh eggs daily. I wish I had a garden like yours instead I have a single 4×8 raised bed and some gutters and a strawberry pallet. I also have potted container plants too.

Oh and the picture of the black and white (splotchy) chicken is actually my pullet that is not a pullet but a cockeral. UGH!. I guess I never should have said anything about Pablo when I thought he was a rooster. I got one too.

fancy chicken coop design

Thanks Destini for your great photos! I wish I had an enclosed run on my chicken coop like you do. And hardwoods floors? Wowza! You are spoiling your birds! ;)

~Mavis

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!

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Heather’s Chicken Coop – Made from Recycled Wood Pallets!

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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

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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The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

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Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

brown slug

Mornings with Mavis 

Strawberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Recipes

How to Make Kool Aid  Tie Dyed T-Shirts

Tips and Tricks

ask mavis

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Grilled Peaches

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We had a few peaches left over after we froze peaches the other day and we decided to grill a few for dinner. I came across this easy peasy recipe for grilled peaches last year and my family absolutely loves it.

If you have never tried grilled peaches before, you don’t know what you are missing!

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Ingredients

3 ripe peaches, halved, pits removed
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. brown sugar

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Directions

Preheat grill {I used the medium setting}.

Brush peach halves with olive oil and place them on the grill face side down.  After about 3 to 4 minutes {when the peaches have grill marks} turn them over and sprinkle the peaches with brown sugar. Remove peaches from the grill after the brown sugar has caramelized a bit {2 minutes or so} and serve warm.

Have YOU ever grilled peaches before?  Do you have a secret recipe you’d like to share?

Mavis

Grillin’ with Gas: 150 Mouthwatering Recipes for Great Grilled Food

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Friday Night at the Movies – Winged Migration

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Tonight my buddy Lola and I  plan on watching Winged Migration.  It’s a documentary that took nearly 3 years to film and follows several species of birds on their migrations.  It doesn’t just show the migration, though, it also follows them before they head off, while they look for food and prepare their babies for the journey.  It’s supposed to be a really beautifully done documentary.

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Amazon Prime Members can watch Winged Migration for free.

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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Top 10 Things to Pack for a Day Hike

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Top 10 Things to Pack for a Day HIke

After a winter and spring of rain and cold, I can’t wait to get outdoors, and what better way than a hike?  I am lucky to have tons of options for awesome day hikes in Washington—and even luckier that the The Girl and Monkey Boy are willing to go with me.

If you plan on heading out to the great outdoors, here’s a must-have list to pack in your daypack:

  1. Camera.  I’m sure it goes without saying, but chances are, you will see some pretty cool stuff out there.  And, as the old adage goes:  ”Take a picture, it’ll last longer.”
  2. Water.  If you are going all minimalist and don’t want to carry a backpack, do yourself a solid, and carry a bottle of water.  You’re going to work up a sweat and you’ll need to replenish.  Enough said.
  3. Sunscreen and Bug Spray.  I love the summer, but the elements will turn on you.  Don’t underestimate the sun’s ability to peek its way through a tree canopy.  Sunscreen good, melanoma bad.  Also, if you get anywhere near the water, the mosquitoes will show no mercy.  Best just to lay down some cover fire.
  4. Snacks.  Okay, the thing is, sometimes you feel snackish and packing something is just a pleasant way to suppress your appetite.  Other times, you take a wrong turn and find that a 3 hour hike turns into a 6 hour one–here’s where that snack becomes a really happy little treat.
  5. First Aid Kit.  It may seem like overkill shove all of this into a backpack, but blisters, scrapes, etc. can really ruin a perfectly good afternoon.  Better to be prepared.
  6. A lighter.  No, not for your Marlboro’s, but in case something goes wrong and you find yourself hunkering down for a night in the wilderness.  Seriously, this could be a life saver and takes up hardly any space.
  7. A knife.  There are about a billion ways a knife could come in handy on a hike.  It is a simple must-have.  I always throw a leatherman into my backpack.  It basically does everything.
  8. Hiking boots.  I know this one really doesn’t go into your pack, but I consider it a must-have for one reason:  snakes.  Snakes hiding in the grass will typically strike at feet and ankles–a protective layer around those two body parts seems like a no-brainer.
  9. Map and/or compass.  Face it, getting lost sucks, whether it’s in the city or in the out-of-doors.  A little prevention goes a long way.
  10. Garbage Bag.  A garbage bag is like a multi-purpose tool in the day hike world.  Best case scenario, you have a handy little garbage can for your wrappers from that snack.  Worst case, you have a make-shift rain poncho.

Also, please imagine me saying this in my best mom voice:  make sure to tell someone where you are going.  It’s a simple way to make sure that should you get lost, someone would come looking for you.  {Maybe I should have suggested telling someone who likes you, to ensure they will actually come looking for you.  Ha.}

What have you learned to throw in your pack?

~Mavis

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How to Dehydrate Kiwifruit

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Remember all that kiwi fruit I scored from the chicken scrap boxes last week? Well I certainly didn’t want it to go to waste and since there’s only so much kiwi I can force my family to eat before it goes bad, I dehydrated it. And man were the results tasty! Now I can throw these in a trail mix or use them as a quick healthy snack on the run.

Did you know that a kiwi fruit has more vitamin C than an orange?! Too bad the pirates didn’t know about this, I bet it could have prevented a few cases of scurvy.

kiwi fruit sliced

How to Dehydrate Kiwi

Wash kiwi, trim the brown peel from the outer edge, and cut into slices 1/4-1/2 inch thick {an egg slicer makes this step super easy!}. The thinner the slices, the quicker the kiwifruit will dehydrate.

how to dehydrate kiwi fruit

Arrange slices in a single layer on the dehydrator tray. Cover & set dehydrator to 135 degrees.

how to dehydrate kiwi fruit
Check the kiwifruit slices after six hours. Dehydrated kiwifruit slices will not be crisp like banana chips but bendable and a wee bit chewy. They can take anywhere from 6-12 hours to dehydrate.

Have you ever tried dried kiwifruit before? The Girl Who Thinks She’s a bird really like it. But then again, I don’t think there is a dried fruit she doesn’t like. ;)

~Mavis

Looking for more yummy things to dehydrate? Check out how to dehydrate:

Apples
Mushrooms
Carrots
Watermelon
Tomatoes
Swiss Chard
Strawberries

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Are you a dehydrator rookie? Well this book and this dehydrator are your 1st step to becoming a dehydrating master. You can thank me later.

The Dehydrator Bible: Includes over 400 Recipes

Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator

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Pallet Gardening – Planting Swiss Chard

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The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I worked in the pallet garden the other day placing new Ruby Red Swiss chard transplants from the greenhouse in to the pallet that used to be growing spinach.

Ruby Red Swiss Chard

The Swiss chard was started in the greenhouse about a month ago and now that it’s starting to heat up in there, were decided to move it on out.

pallet gardening celery

The celery we started from seed back in January under grow lights is doing great. As long as I can keep it well watered we should be harvesting celery by the end of summer.

pallet gardening beans

Remember the dried beans I planted? Well this pallet is doing pretty good.

pallet gardening fail

This pallet, not so much. Clearly it was attacked by evil slugs. I spread a bunch of Sluggo down and replanted the pallet though so with any luck, we’ll get some beans in about 60 days.

pallet gardening strawberries

The strawberry pallet garden is rockin’. Look at all those runners it’s putting out and if you look real close, you can flashes of red berries beneath the leaves.

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Here’s a view of the entire pallet garden from the potting bench. :) The Swiss chard is still a little droopy from transplanting but it should perk up soon.

Did you plant a pallet garden this year?

How is it doing? Are you happy with the results?

Mavis wants to know.

heat treated wood pallet

Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

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