Giveaway: 3 Readers Each Win The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food

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The gardener's guide

One of the questions I get asked all the time is Mavis, what is your favorite gardening book? So today I thought I offer a giveaway for 3 copies of my all time favorite gardening book: The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Foodby Tanya L.K. Denckla. I was given this book a few years ago at Christmas time and have been using it every year since.

The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food is packed with 6 big chapters covering everything from vegetables, fruits and nuts, herbs, organic remedies, and allies and companions. The book is easy to read, and there are tons and tons of organic remedies included to prevent or help control plant diseases and garden pests

In a nut shell, this book rules, and I love it.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let us know: What’s your favorite day of the week and why?

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends Sunday, February 10th, 2013 @9 pm PST and the winners will be announced in the February 11th, 2013 edition of Mornings with Mavis.  You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours the books will be donated to my local library.

Good Luck!  I hope you win!

 

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Mavis Mail – Melinda From Portland, Oregon Sends in Chicken and Garden Photos

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Melinda form Portland

Check out these photos Melinda from Portland sent in of the garden she grew last summer. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sharing all your pictures. Seeing is believing and anyone can do this. If you have pictures to share {and want to earn a $20 Amazon gift card see how to submit your photos below}

Here is what Melinda had to say:

My husband and I bought our house almost 2 years ago in Portland, OR.  We are on a small city lot and have transformed the front and side yard into food farms. Our other side yard houses our chicken coop for our egg laying hens.

raised garden bed

We put in raised beds and around the perimeter of our yard we built a fence which we grow peas, beans, and cucumbers on.

raised garden beds

We grow vertically as much as possible since we are on a small plot.  Last summer we also carved out space in the street strip (area between sidewalk and street) for 8 artichoke plants and a fig tree.

raising chickens in portland

All of the grow areas are amended with homemade compost rich with nitrogen, thanks to some help from our chickens.

city chickens

We start everything from seed in either newspaper rolled cups (formed from the end of a tabasco bottle) or in re-purposed plastic containers   So far I have saved seed from favas, sweet peas, spinach, sunflowers, radish, and hot peppers.  I look forward to saving more seed this year.

garden fresh vegetables

Our favorite goods from the garden are beer battered squash blossoms, bacon wrapped asparagus and garlic scapes, sauteed fava beans, winter squash with fried sage, Greek salad, and fresh eggs.

Way to go Melinda! Your garden is awesome and thanks for sharing your photos.

~Mavis

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.

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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Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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reclaimed produce pictures

Apparently everyone and their brother bought fruits and vegetables for Super Bowl party platters over the weekend because there were only 2 boxes of “chicken scraps” this week.

However, I was pretty hopeful when I saw the 2 reclaimed produce boxes. Once I started going though the fruits and vegetables though,  I noticed the lettuce was all wilted, the grapes were soft and the majority of the pears were super mushy.

how to find free food produce

But, on a positive note, I scored some free celery, apples for the kids lunches, a few pears for snacking and a good sized bowl of firm red grapes. Beggars can’t be choosers, and I get that. So I was happy with what I was able to get for free.

australorp chicken

Black Fatty and her crew on the other had are no so picky.

backyard chickens

Wilted lettuce, mushy pears, and overly ripe cantaloupe are right up their alley. I keep telling myself with all the fruits and vegetables I plan to grow this summer, I’m going to need a pig. But I’m not sure if Black Fatty and the others would approve. After all, they are the most spoiled chickens in suburbia. And if we brought home a Mr. Bacon, all his rooting noises might just be to much for them.

Well see.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 10 months?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

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Mornings with Mavis – Zaycon Chicken, Free Kindle Books, Big 5, Laptop Bags, Menchie’s, Coupons

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mornings with mavis{Zak Designs Mixing Spoons}

Happy Tuesday! What do you think? Is it going to be a happy day, or an “Oh No! I want to go back to bed” kind of day? Hmmm. I haven’t quite decided yet. Anywho here are a few deals I spotted for you. If you like chicken, check out the Zaycon chicken deal below. I’m totally going to get it.

free kindle books

Free Kindle Books

Herbs That Heal. Shocking Health Benfits of 30 Spices & Herbs
Saving for Retirement
A Fat Man’s Guide To Getting Healthy
Clicker Training For Dogs: A Beginner’s Guide
How To Make Amazing Appetizers
Stunning Portrait Photography – Posing and Lighting! 

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

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Zaycon Foods is offering boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.79/lb and it’s great way to stock up on chicken when this deal comes around. The chicken is sold in 40 pound cases for $71.60. I know 40 pounds sounds like a lot of chicken {and it is!} but this is a great way to fill your freezer and you can always split a case with a neighbor {I’ve done that before with my neighbor Girly Girl}.

Zaycon chicken is 100% natural with no hormones, no antibiotics, and no additives or fillers whatsoever. This deal typically sells out quick so Head on Over HERE and sign up for this event. It will go live sometime this morning.

Go HERE to get your Zaycon Chicken

Menchies free frozen yogurt

Did you know Wednesday {Feb. 6th} is National Frozen Yogurt Day? Oh yes it is!  And to celebrate, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt shops are offering up a coupon good for one 6oz FREE Frozen Yogurt and topping’s. Wahoooo! I love frozen yogurt. Go HERE to print your coupon.

Amazon has a set of Totally Bamboo Spoons on sale for $5.88 right now.

nesco food dehydrator coupons

Holy Canolies! If you have a Nesco Food Dehydrator {if you don’t Amazon has the best deal for $30.22 shipped}} Totsy has a set of 2 fruit leather trays on sale right now for $3.50, drying screens for $4 and additional trays {2-pack} for $7! What a steal. These prices beat Amazon by quite a bit. Go HERE to see this deal!cute funny baby onesies

Know someone who is having a baby? Zulily onesises on sale with some pretty adorable sayings. Go HERE to check them out.

childrens flatware vegetables

Looking for a fun way to get your toddler to eat their vegetables? This Dr. Sears Flatware Set is for toddlers who are learning to self-feed. How cute.cool laptop bags

6pm has some super snazzy laptop bags on sale right now. I’ve been looking for a new laptop bag and these ones caught my eye.

Dakine – Ella {Tartan} $36.99 shipped.
Dakine – Ella  {Black} $39.99 shipped.

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Today is National Pancake Day. Head on over to IHOP today and you can gobble up 1 free short stack of Buttermilk Pancakes {per person} for FREE! Wahoooo! This offer is good at every IHOP in the country from 7 am to 10 pm today {2/5} only! Go HERE for more details.

Join Big 5 E-Team today and get 10% off your next in-store purchase.

New York Photo Customers can purchase customized Valentine Mugs for just $1.00 each, plus shipping costs. You will also get 40 free York Photo Prints when you register.

Create your customized mug and use Coupon Code 1MUG at checkout. Go HERE for this deal.

$1.00 off ONE package of OREO Grab & Go Cookies$1.75 off any (2) Nature Made product$2.00 off any (1) Nature Made Vitamin D product$0.55 off Welch's Reduced Sugar Squeeze 18.8oz$1.00 off any ONE (1) Wrigley's Gum Car Cup
There is are new coupons available for Oreo’s, Vitamins, Welch’s Jam and Orbit Gum.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

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

♥ Mavis

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Comfort Food – Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

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Chicken pot pies are on the dinner menu tonight. If you’ve never made a homemade chicken pot pie before, not only are they super easy to make, but they taste 10 million and 1 times better than those frozen ones you can find in the frozen food section of local grocery store.

Here is my no fail recipe with tons of pictures.

Ingredients

3 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
1 can of corn kernels, drained
2 medium potatoes, cooked and cut into chunks
1 jar Heinz chicken gravy {or homemade}
1 egg {for egg wash}
1 homemade double pie crust
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large bowl combine chicken, corn, potato, gravy, salt and pepper and combine. Scoop mixture into individual pie plates or large ramekins. Cover with pie crust and brush an egg wash over the top. Bake at 350 until gravy bubbles and pie crust tops are a nice golden brown {about 30-45 minutes}. Cool slightly and serve. Yield 4 servings.


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Free Amazon Kindle Books – Gardening, Cooking, Self Help, How To, and Children’s Books

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Cookbooks

Quinoa Recipes: The Complete Cookbook For The Grain Free Diet
The Mexican Food Cookbooks – Quesadillas
Mamma Rosanna and The King of Cheeses
Tasty Paleo Salad Recipes
25 Marvelous Microwave Desserts – 25 Delicious Recipes Made Right in Your Microwave
Fresh Fruit Pies, Tarts, and Galettes – Every Recipe has a Gluten Free Alternative

free kindle books gardening

Home & Gardening Books

Grow your own food
Weekend Homesteader: January
How to Sprout Raw Food
Simple Emergency Food Storage
free kindle books kids
Children’s Books
The 25 Weirdest Animals in the World
Spiders! – A Fascinating Children’s Book Looking Into the World of Spiders
Howly Hoo Hoo
Horse Facts for Fun
free kindle self help books
How To & Self Help Books
42 Days to Fit
Burst Productivity: How You Can Get It Done Now
The Character Triangle Companion: A 30-Day Kick Start to An Even Better YOU!
The Rules of Parenting

See more FREE eBooks


Don’t have a Kindle? No worries. You can have access to this from any pc or mobile device using Amazon’s FREE Kindle application.

Amazon kindle book prices can change at anytime. If you see something you like grab it quick.

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Money Saving Tip – 10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

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10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide money saving tips

If the only place you keep hydrogen peroxide is your first aid kit, you may want to check out these cool and thrifty uses:

  1. Clean sponges.  Soak sponges for 15 minutes in an equal parts mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water to eliminate stinky odors and sanitize.  Rinse thoroughly after soaking.
  2. Clean wood cutting boards.  Create a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar and clean wooden cutting boards.  Rinse thoroughly when finished.
  3. Get rid of yellowed armpits in white shirts by creating a paste of 1 part dish soap to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide.  Let mixture sit on shirts for an hour before rinsing off with cold water.
  4. Use as a disinfectant.  Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to disinfect toilets, sinks, counter tops and to clean the fridge.  Just spray and wipe clean.
  5. Let toothbrush soak in hydrogen peroxide to disinfect.  Rinse well afterwards.
  6. Use as a mouthwash and tooth-whitener.  Again, rinse well afterwards.
  7. Use as a bleach alternative in laundry. Use 1 cup in a standard load of laundry.
  8. Use to mop the floor.  Combine 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 gallon of hot water.  Moppity-mop and no need to rinse.
  9. Spray on houseplants to prevent fungus.
  10. Remove yellowing from white lace or white table cloths.  Soak in a sink full of cold water and 2 cups hydrogen peroxide.

What do YOU use hydrogen peroxide for?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Repotting Artichoke Seedlings

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artichoke seedlings 1 month 4 weeks

This morning I re-potted my artichoke seedlings I started on January 4th. I tried direct sowing some artichoke seeds late last summer, and they were off to a good start until the chickens gobbled them up. Bad chickens.

I have high hopes for this batch though, and if all goes as planned, I’ll have an entire 8×4 raised garden bed full of gorgeous artichoke plants by the end of the summer.

1 month 4 weeks artichoke seedling

If you have never transplanted seedlings from a flat to individual pots before, here is how I do it.

For starters, I try and re-pot the seedlings once they have a couple true leaves {which is actually their second set of leaves, not the first set that emerge from the soil}.

When re-potting your seedlings try and avoid touching the roots as much as possible to avoid stressing them out too much.

how to transplant seedlings potting soil
Place a bit {about an inch or two} of potting soil in the bottom of the new container, place the seedling in and and enough potting soil to cover the roots. Press the soil gently around the plant to hold it in place.

artichoke plant seedling 1 month

Give the plant a drink.

artichoke seedling picture

Even though these artichoke plants were ready to move to a larger container, they are not ready to be transplanted outside until after the last spring frost date {around April 15th in Western Washington}. Since I am going to be running out of space soon in the office, I plan on purchasing a small heater for the greenhouse this week so I can slowly start to move my seedlings out to the greenhouse one at a time.

artichoke seedlings

When I’m ready to move my starts out to the greenhouse, I’ll start with leaving them out in the heated greenhouse for an hour the first day, then two hours the next day, and then a few more then a few hours, until they are ready to reside in the greenhouse until mid-april when I’ll be able to plant them in the raised garden beds. It’s a process for sure, but a fun one at that.

Has the garden bug hit you yet? Got any dirt under those fingernails?

~Mavis

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

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This past week was a pretty boring one in the grocery department. Mainly I stayed home and did a lot of baking and made a bunch of crock pot meals from what we had on hand so I could spend my time in the garden rather than in the kitchen.

Grocery shopping is funny, some weeks there are a ton of deals and it’s seems like you are buying everything under the moon, and other weeks you just feast off the contents of your pantry.

I think popping into the grocery store several times a week is so  ingrained in our culture, we can’t imagine what it must have been like for the pioneers {or the Ingall’s} to have shopped only a few times a year for their groceries.

But then again, they were buying real food, in bulk, and harvesting all their vegetables from their backyard gardens.
QFC Shopping Trip

QFC – $7.35

QFC has an awesome Mega Sale going on right now where you can pick up 2 free can of S&W Beans this week plus extras for $0.29 a can {go HERE to find out how} as well as Hunt’s diced tomatoes or tomato sauce for only $0.49 a can.

lays potato chips

QFC – $10.58

Did you buy chips last week for the Super Bowl? Well, the HH and Monkey Boy were complaining that we had no “good” food in the house. While I was out buying milk, I picked up 2 bags of Lay’s so they could devour them like a bunch of wild animals in like 3 minutes flat. I don’t mind picking up chips for when I can get them for free or even $0.50, but when I have to waste $4 on them, it makes me a little crazy.

harbor greens market

Harbor Greens Market – $2.99

We are all out of potatoes so I picked up a 10 pound bag for $1.99 and some avocados for $0.50 each so I could make guacamole dip for the boys.

how to find free produce

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE 

Lettuce for BLT’s and tacos, apples for snacking, bananas for smoothies and peanut butter banana bread, and I dehydrated all the mushrooms and plan to use them later in a soup. Free produce rocks people! You can read about how I am able to pick up free produce each week HERE if you don’t know how I do it already.

How did you do this week? Did you come across any super awesome deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $20.92
Total Spent This Year $371.78
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $81.90 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree!}

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Jewelry Tree, Memory Cards, Mattress Pad, Strawberries

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Hello Monday, only 5 days to go until the weekend!

Here are a few deals I spotted for you. As always, I’ll update this list as I find more deals throughout the morning so be sure and check back.

Sculpted Jewelry Tree

Do you give Valentines Gifts to your children? Well if you have a teenage daughter this Sculpted Jewelry Tree is awfully cute and it has great reviews. I like the sturdy wood base for rings and pins. Go HERE to see this jewelry tree.

SanDisk Ultra 32 GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory CardToday’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is 60% Off SanDisk Storage and Memory Products. You can pick up the SanDisk Ultra 32 GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card for $20.99. Head on over HERE to see all the SanDisk Memory Cards on sale today.

free kindle books

Free Kindle Books

Weekend Homesteader: January
31 Gluten Free Cake and Frosting Recipes 
Artichoke Recipes
Juicing Tips – 50 Juicing Tips For Beginners
Saving Your Way to a Better Life
25 Best US Cities to Visit: Where to Travel in America

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

ArmorAll AA255 Utility Wet Dry Vacuum

Amazon has the ArmorAll Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum on sale for $40.49 shipped. The reviews on this are excellent!

  • Picks up wet and dry debris
  • 2.5 gallon storage tank and 2 horsepower motor
  • Includes 6-foot hose and 10-foot cord
  • Auto shut-off prevents overflow
  • 32.7-Inch x 15-Inch x 15.4-Inch

Deluxe 100 Cotton Damask Stripe Mattress Pad

Looking for a new mattress pad? Amazon currently has the Newpoint Home Deluxe Queen Mattress Pad on sale for only $14.88. The reviews are awesome! Go HERE for this deal.

Cuisinart Mesh Strainers, Set of 3

Amazon currently has my favorite Cuisinart Mesh Strainers on sale right now for only $12.99 for a set of 3. The reviews are rock solid! Go HERE to get this deal.

flowers in vase valentines day

Amazon Local is offering $30 to Spend on Flowers for Valentine’s Day from 1-800 Flowers for only $15. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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

shari's berries chocolate dipped strawberries

Living Social has a $30 dollar certificate to Shari’s Berries for only $15! This is an awesome deal. I have ordered Shari’s berries for my parents, in-laws and other peeps before and they are they best chocolate dipped strawberries on the planet! Go HERE for this deal.
taste of home magazine
Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Taste of Home Magazine for only $3.99 a year when you use code $4307 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 2/4/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

H R Block dreamfund sweepstakes

Enter to win the H&R Block Dreamfund Giveaway for your chance to win $20,000 cash. Wouldn’t that be nice! Go HERE to enter.

botanical interests seed packets curtis mavis ryan

A big thank you to everyone who entered the Botanical Interests Seed Giveaway. Here are the winners:

Gourmet Greens Seed Collection Winner – Rae who said: Wow, those gourmet greens look amazing. I would love to win those- greens are something I know I can grow well.

Chef’s Herb Garden Seed Collection Winner – Diana who said: I would love the herb collection. I am passionate about cooking fresh food so I enjoy having a wide variety of herbs. I love growing beets the most as they are so fun to grate in a salad, roast in the oven, or add to my juicer!

Heirloom Tomato Seed Collection Winner - Annette who said: Definitely the Heirloom Tomato Collection. I love to can and put up my favorite sauces so tomatoes are the plant I love to grow in my garden. I’m currently reading one of your Amazon Free Kindle Books on how to get 20 plus pounds of tomatoes per plant and happily anticipating this years garden.

You will be notified via email shortly and then have 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours these seeds will be donated to a local community garden.
$0.55 off 2 StarKist Single Serve Pouch Products$1.00 off 1 Slim-Fast Product
There are new coupons available for StarKist Tuna and Slimfast.

Alright, I’m off to go make some breakfast.

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

♥ Mavis

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