Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

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Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

This past weekend The Girl and I decided to take a quick road trip to Portland, Oregon. One of the places we decided stop in and check out along the way was Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store.  The store features pretty much EVERY Bob’s Red Mill product–even the hard to find ones.  It doesn’t hurt that you can smell freshly baked goodness throughout the entire store either. ;)

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

You can also take a tour of the manufacturing facility and check out the whole stone grinding process.

Their claim to fame is that they still use traditional quartz millstones to grind their grains at cooler temperatures.  It is supposed to protect the nutritional value of the grains.  They are also leaders in the gluten free game.  They dedicate separate packaging and equipment just to ensure that their products are safe.

bobs red mill picture

Bob’s Red Mill got its start in the mid 60′s when Bob Moore, the founder, read a book about stone-grinding techniques.  He originally started out in California, but when he and his wife decided to retire to Oregon and he stumbled upon a mill for sale and Bob’s Red Mill as we know it was born.  He’s been totally committed to preserving that idea of providing healthy trust-worthy products and doing the right thing by people.

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

In fact, on his 81st birthday, instead of retiring and selling the company, he announced that he was leaving the company to his employees.  He split the shares and now they all have an invested interest in the company.  Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

We stopped off at the cafe {because let’s face it, it’s the right thing to do} and the food was great. So if you are ever in the area {it’s only about 10 minutes from Portland}, you should totally stop in.

~Mavis

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222
{503} 607-6455

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How to Prevent Potato Scab

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How to Prevent Potato Scab

After growing potatoes in the same location for several years, last year a couple of my potatoes had potato scab. It’s a good thing I decided to rotate the crops this year or I’d probably end up with a whole bunch of them this time around.

In case you don’t know, potato scab is basically a bacteria that builds up in the soil and then causes your taters to have gross lesions.  The worst part about potato scab is that usually you don’t even know your potatoes have it until you go to dig them up.   The good thing, is that preventing potato scab is pretty easy to do if you’re paying attention {unlike someone I know, ahem}.

Testing the pH Level of Soil

The bacteria really only thrives in a pH level above 5.5, and taters like it between 5.0 and 5.5–so, while I’m not a mathmagician, keeping your pH level at about 5.0-5.2 will go along way in making a really inhospitable environment for the bacteria.  Testing the pH level of your soil will help you to know how to ammend it to achieve the perfect balance.

Another way to naturally manage potato scab is moisture.  The bacteria thrives in dry conditions, so a weekly irrigation of your potatoes really ticks off the bacteria.  (Just make sure not to go overboard, or you will have rotten potatoes.}

Why Crop Rotation is Important for Healthy Soil

If you do get potato scab, it is essential that you rotate your crops.  It can survive in the soil for years, and without a host plant, it obviously can’t do any harm.  Your best bet is to plant a cover crop that will replenish the soil while the bacteria dies off–corn, rye and alfalfa are not susceptible to the bacteria, so they make good cover crop choices.

If you really want healthy dirt, plant a cover crop in the location for at least 3 years while you wait out the storm.

I know a lot of people don’t reuse their potato dirt at all once it has shown signs of disease, but I think with the cover crops I planted last fall and by simply rotating my crops I’ll be able to nurse my soil back to good health.

What have you done in the past to prevent potato scab?

~Mavis

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Giveaway: 2 Roo Garden Aprons

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roo apron giveaway

A few months ago the good people of Roo Aprons sent me one to try {Roo Apron, like kangaROO pouch. Get it. Clever, right?!}. Even though I was a bit skeptical that an apron could be as cool as they claimed, I gave it a try. I used it for the first time when picking apples and let me tell you Bob, it was the coolest thing ever. Way easier than lugging around a bag or box to collect them in. I didn’t have to carry anything else around except myself. How awesome is that?

roo apron

Well I fell in love with the thing so I told you about it {I even gave a few away during the 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways}, and so many of you bought them and fell in love with them too. If you’ve never tried the Roo apron, here are a few reason I think you’ll love it:

  • It’s made from industrial strength cotton so it’s tough as nails.
  • It has a water resistant nylon storage pouch so nothing will leak through to your clothes or poke you through the apron.
  • The plastic hooks allow for easy release of the pouch.
  • It has self adjusting straps that make for a comfortable fit for all sizes.
  • I can throw the apron I’ve dirtied into the washing machine with all my other laundry!
  • The Roo is very affordable!

Seeing as how I love my Roo so much, it just made sense to have ANOTHER Roo Apron Giveaway! So TWO lucky readers will win a Roo Apron of their very own!

the roo apron

But before we get to the nitty gritty of the giveaway, I wanted to share an awesome coupon code you can use if you just can’t wait to get your hand on your very own Roo!

roo apron

Just hop on over to The Roo Website and use code MAVIS20 for a 20% discount! This discount is good until April 27th, 2014 at midnight.

And now onto the giveaway…

WHAT YOU WIN:

1 of 2 Roo Garden Aprons in your choice of turquoise or red.

HOW YOU WIN IT:

Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here. You have FIVE ways to enter: 1 required and 4 bonus entries. That means you can leave a total of FIVE comments below for FIVE awesome chances to win.

1. *REQUIRED ENTRY* You get to choose between turquoise and red. What color would you choose if you win? Leave a comment below letting us know your answer.

2. *BONUS ENTRY*  Do you like/friend/follow me yet? Pick one or all and like me/follow me/subscribe to me via one of these forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PinterestYouTube and/or Google+! Leave a comment below with the name of the site you followed, ie. “liked you on Facebook and Instagram.” Only 1 comment/entry regardless of if you follow me on all 6 sites. Which you totally should anyway.

3. *BONUS ENTRY*  Start spreading the news. Share this giveaway with your peeps via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or Google+! If you don’t do the social media thing, just send out an old fashioned email about this awesome giveaway. Leave a comment below letting me know how you shared it.

4. *BONUS ENTRY*  Head on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on one of the posts or pictures there. Come back here and leave a comment below letting me know which post or picture you commented on.

5. *BONUS ENTRY*  Subscribe to my daily emailed newsletter. It’s an easy peasy way to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Plus, I’m way too busy gardening to spam you, so your email address is safe with me. Leave a comment below letting me know you subscribed.

roo apron

THE FINE PRINT:

5 entries per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway is only available to US residents.

This giveaway ends on April 27, 2014  at 6pm MST and the winners will be announced in the April 28th, 2014 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. Prize will be forfeited within 48 hours.

Good Luck! I hope you win.

Peace Out Girl Scouts!

Mavis

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 15 of 52

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albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $3.21

I didn’t plan on being a lazy shopper his past week, it just sort of happened. I only popped into the grocery store once for a lime, a bunch of cilantro and one can of sweetened condensed milk for a pie I’ll be making later this week. For the second week in a row, I forgot the Easter ham.

Let’s hope I remember to get it this week, or we’ll be eating oatmeal for Easter dinner instead.

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery $11.16

Who knew being a shut in was so easy. If it weren’t for the milkman and UPS guy I would have had a really boring week.

vitacost shopping order

Vitacost – Free

I had some Vitacost credit so I stocked up on snacks for the monkeys and coffee for the HH. Vitacost was having a buy 1 get 1 half off sale last week so I was able to get some really good deals.

empty chest freezer

So, what was I doing all last week instead of shopping? Well, cleaning out and reorganizing the freezers.

We have 2 big chest freezers in the garage and each summer they get filled with homegrown fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden. By the time fall rolls around I have both those babies stuffed full of not only produce, but a gazillion freezer meals as well.

full chest freezer

We still have a lot of berries {especially blueberries} rhubarb, peppers, jams as well as a few pans of meatloaf and beef pot pies to go through, but pretty soon this freezer will be empty as well.

freezer meals meatloaf

I guess that can only mean one thing. I better get out there are start gardening.

Yee- Haw!

How is your freezer looking these days? Do you still have a lot of last summers fruits and veggies to get through?

Mavis wants to know. :)

Total Spent This Week $14.37
Total Spent This Year $550.22
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $11.50

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Free Kindle Books, Tomato Cages, Easter Candy Coupons, Golf Deals, Beach Towels, Martha Stewart Living

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mt st helens trail

Happy monday everyone! The Girl and I got back home late last night from our mini spring break vacation. I’ll tell you all about it in a little bit, but for now, here are a few deals for you.

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up To 70% off Haggar Suit Separates & Dress Pants

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

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

Chicken-Casserole-with-Mashed-Potato-Topping

I think I’m going to make a Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping for dinner tonight. If you want to make one too you can get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

tomato cage

Amazon has the 3 – Pack of Gardener’s Blue Ribbon Ultomato Tomato Plant Cages on sale for $27.57. These offer great support and are extremely popular.

butterfinger fun size candy coupon

Have you bought your Easter candy yet? Hurry and print a coupon good for  $1.00 off TWO (2) NESTLE or WONKA Fun Size Bags before they run out.

the best golf productsI noticed the HH cleaning his clubs the other day so here are a few golf deals:

diy shampoo and conditionerTired of wasting your money on Shampoo? Check out my DIY Make Your Own Shampoo Tutorial.

Magna-Cart-Ideal-Hand-Truck

Amazon has the Magna Cart Ideal Hand Truck available for $24.88. The cart is perfect for lugging boxes and other essentials around. This hand truck has great reviews and folds flat for easy storage.
beach towels

Zulily has Beach Towels on sale for up to 55% Off.Tommy Bahama, Nautica and more.

martha stewart living magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Martha Stewart Living Magazine for only $15.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/14/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

vneck tee shirt

Jane has their Favorite V-Neck Long Tee on sale for just $4.99 and it’s available in Heather Grey, White, Black, Fuchsia, Aqua. Now’s he time to stock up!

angel soft

Get 48 Double Rolls of Angel Soft Toilet Paper for just $19.89 shipped when you clip the $1.00 off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

colgate coupons

Got teeth? Here are a few dental coupons:

Find More Printable Coupons

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 14 of 52

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Weekly Meal Plan , Menu Plan IdeasEven though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. I know this week is going to be a bit crazy for me, so I’m focusing on freezer meals and casseroles as main dishes and then pretty simple sides.

Here are a few recipes for you to choose from:

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas breakfastBreakfast Ideas 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas main dishMain Dish and Freezer Meal Ideas 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas saladsSides and Salads 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas snacksCookies and Snacks 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas dessertsDesserts 

Canning Recipe of the Week
Fresh Tomato Sauce - Once you start canning your own tomato sauce, it’s pretty much impossible to go back to the jarred variety. {Pin for later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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How to Save Money on Amazon: 10 Secrets to Saving Big

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How to Save Money on Amazon 10 Secrets to Saving BigIf you’ve spent more than 5 minutes on my site, you’ve probably noticed I have a small love affair with Amazon. And really, what’s not to love? Their prices are competitive, their customer service is exceptional, their selection is freaking awesome and I don’t have to shower or brush my teeth to go shopping {cashiers everywhere are thankful for that!}.

So what do you do when your Amazon shopping habit becomes a borderline addiction? Short of starting an Amazon Anonymous support group {which I’m totally looking into}, you simply learn to shop smarter. Here are the easiest, and my favorite, ways to save on Amazon:

amazon-prime-membershipAmazon Prime: If you are going to be a serious Amazon shopper, YOU. NEED. THIS. Amazon Prime is the bomb dot com. You get all sorts of VIP perks which will make you feel like Amazon royalty. My favorites of course is FREE 2 -Day Shipping! {Sometimes my stuff even arrives the next day} I can even order an item and have it shipped to my mom {or anyone, anywhere else} for FREE! I also get a junkton of FREE movies and FREE eBooks! Holy cats it’s awesome!

Subscribe and Save: Here’s the low-down on how Amazon Subscribe & Save works and why you should be using it:
1. You can save up to 15% on your entire order when you commit to purchasing an item on a regular basis {diapers, anyone?!}!
2. You get free 2-day shipping on every Subscribe & Save shipment.
3. You’ll be charged for each order only when the item is shipped. The amount charged each time will reflect the price of the item on the day the order is processed minus the Subscribe & Save discount.
4. You select the frequency that you want to receive new orders, and they’ll automatically send your subscriptions by your monthly Subscribe & Save delivery day. You can change your subscription schedule, quantity and/or frequency online at any time. Easy peasy.

Amazon Student: You’re probably too busy searching the couch cushion for change to buy some Ramen to be reading this, but if you happen to catch it, you’ll be glad you did. Amazon Student is a feature offered to college students with a valid .edu email address. You’ll get Amazon Prime FREE for 6 months and then have the option of continuing that membership for 50% off {so only $39/year for students!}. Plus, you can receive a $5 credit for referring friends via email and social networks with no limit on the number of referrals made.

amazon momAmazon Mom: Amazon clearly understands that being a mom is freakin hard sometimes! So they’re making your life just a little bit easier and rewarding you for being a cool mom {or dad, or grandparent or caregiver}. Amazon Mom is a membership program geared towards moms {etc} of newborns through toddlers. You save up to 20% on all sorts of baby related stuff {think diapers and wipes} and then they ship it right to your front door for free! New members even get 3-months FREE!

Warehouse Deals: I think this is one of Amazon’s best kept secrets! You can score deep discounts on open-box, like-new, and pre-owned products backed with Amazon’s A-to-Z guarantee. That means all products are thoroughly tested and shipped right from Amazon. Plus you’ll get Prime or FREE shipping where available.

Amazon Outlet: The Amazon Outlet store is another hidden gem! You can find crazy low prices on markdowns, clearance items, overstocks, and more. And unlike the Warehouse Deals, all outlet items are brand new. Some of the best deals I’ve ever scored are from the Outlet Store!

free kindle booksFreebies: There’s no such thing as a free lunch? Amazon doesn’t think so. Okay, so they won’t be serving up free subs and chips anytime soon, but they do offer so many freebies. And FREE is really hard to beat!  They offer free e-books, free music and MP3 downloads, free aps, free instant videos and more. I’ll often just sort by price when I’m browsing a category to see what Amazon is offering free that day, because their freebies change daily!

Super Saver Shipping: If you don’t shop on Amazon enough to justify an Amazon Prime membership, but you don’t want to pay shipping {what crazy person does?}, the Super Saver option is for you. Throw $35 worth of qualifying items in your Amazon cart and your entire order ships for FREE! It’s like constantly having a free shipping coupon without having to mess with typing in a code.

Amazon Coupons: Amazon has coupons? Who knew! You can save a ton by simply using an Amazon coupon. To redeem a coupon, simply click on it and then add the item to your cart. The discount will be automatically applied when you check out. There are coupons for everything from electronics to baby wipes to household cleaners.

ebates-logoEarn While You Shop: You’re shopping anyway, why not get paid to do it?! You can earn 3% cash back when you shop through Ebates, or Amazon gift cards when you use SwagBucks. It’s really the easiest way to stretch your dollar and make your money work harder for you!

And there you have it. 10 ways to save while you spend. I’m basically helping you feel less guilty for being an Amazon addict! You’re welcome.

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 4/13/14

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pallet garden

Happy Sunday everyone, how is the weather where you are? This past week has been spectacular up here in the Pacific Northwest and as a result our backyard garden is really starting to take off.

The potatoes we planted a few weeks ago are starting to pop through the soil {second garden box from the front on the left} and before too long it will be time to set tomato plants outside {my favorite thing to grow}.

pallet gardening

The pallet garden is coming along nicely. Later this week I hope to transplant a few more lettuce starts to our pallet garden. {I’ll be sure and take some close up photos when I do}.

espalier pear tree

Check out our espalier pear tree we having growing alongside the house.

pear flowers

Aren’t the blooms gorgeous? I wonder if we’ll get pears this year? This particular tree has 6 different varieties grafted to it, how cool is that? raised garden beds

The garlic is really beginning to fill out the boxes.
lasagna garden beds

I think I’ll turn the lasagna garden into a sunflower and pumpkin patch. Now all I need to do is wait another 6 weeks to plant the seeds.
rhubarb and poppies

Poppies and rhubarb. flowering rhubarb plant

Two of my rhubarb plants have giant flowers coming out of the center. I think this happened last year as well so I’m not too worried. Once the rhubarb stalks get a little bigger I’m going to pick a few and make a batch of Vanilla Rhubarb Jam.magnum glass greenhouse

The greenhouse is still pumping out gourmet lettuce leaves by the bowlful. daffodils and raspberries

Daffodils and raspberries. You probably can’t see it {unless you squint real hard} but the first round of tulips are beginning to pop up. The daffodils are dying a slow death and should be done blooming by next week, but the tiny grape hyacinth are still hanging in there.

periwinkle in bloom

And last but not least, the backyard is bursting with tiny vinca {periwinkle} flowers. These bloom twice a year, in the spring and fall, and are great plant for growing on a hillside.

Ahh Spring, I love you.

~Mavis

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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How to Freeze Eggs

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Now that the chickens are producing like mad again I decided to try and freeze some of their eggs. Did you know that you can freeze eggs?  Well, as long as you freeze them properly, you can freeze them for up to 4 months! How cool is that?

How to Collect, Clean and Store Chicken Eggs

Here’s some freezing basics, if you want to give it a whirl:

Whole Eggs

To freeze whole eggs, crack them into a big bowl, blend them up, and then transfer the blended eggs into an airtight container and freeze.

eggsEgg Yolks Only

Egg yolks can get too gelatinous to work with if you don’t store them right, so to freeze them, you need to take an extra step.  Beat 1/8 of tsp. of salt or 1 1/2 tsp. sugar or corn syrup per 1/4 cup of yolks into the mixture before transferring to an airtight container and freezing.

Egg Whites

Break and separate the eggs.  Pour the whites into an airtight container and freeze.  If you need to be able to measure whites out more easily, try freezing them individually in ice cube trays, then moving them into an airtight container.

Hard Boiled Egg Yolks

While they aren’t tasty just on their own, hard boiled egg yolks can be frozen and then used in soups and/or as salad toppings.  Just hard boil the eggs, remove the yolks from the whites and place them into an airtight container.

how to freeze eggsWhen it is time to use the eggs, here’s a quick guideline on quantities:

2 Tbsp. thawed egg whites = 1 large fresh egg white
1 Tbsp. thawed egg yolk = 1 large fresh yolk
3 Tbsp. thawed whole egg mixture = 1 large fresh egg

Do you freeze your eggs?  Would you be willing to try it?

~Mavis

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Dye Eggs With Natural Ingredients

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how to dye easter eggs naturally

Easter is right around the corner so I thought I would re-post this easy How to dye eggs naturally post.

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Did you know you can dye eggs with natural ingredients?

Since my chickens lay brown & green eggs, last year I decided to splurge and buy 2 dozen white eggs at the store and give it a try.  I was worried if I used the brown eggs the dye would not be as vibrant, and in the end, I’m glad I went the white eggs {even if they were not as fresh as homegrown laid eggs}.

vinegar

The process is surprisingly easy. Here are the simple directions:

Blue Eggs: Combine 2-3 cups chopped red cabbage, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark blue eggs}.

Yellow Eggs: Combine 2 teaspoons turmeric, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 2 hours {less time if you don’t want dark yellow eggs}.

Red Eggs: Combine 1 cup shredded beets {2-3 beets} , 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark pink eggs}.

blue eggs

*Keep in mind that the longer you keep your eggs in the colored water, the deeper your eggs shells will turn out.

naturally dyed easter eggs

Dry your eggs on a cooling rack.  Once the eggs have completely dried, use a paint brush to brush away any extra bits. See, I told you it was easy.

how to dye easter eggs naturally

Have you done this before?  What did you think?  Pretty easy huh?

Looking for the ceramic egg rack featured in this photo? Amazon has it HERE.

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