Getting Stung by Bees, Doggie Treats, Geese, and That 17 Pound Restoration Hardware Catalog

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getting stung by bees

My neighbor Hulda came down yesterday to pick raspberries and ended up getting stung. Not once, but twice. Eeek! The Girl got stung picking raspberries later in the day as well. :( Do bees make hives in raspberry patches? I’m allergic to bees so I think I’ll have the HH investigate this weekend for us.

I sure hope there isn’t a hive in there… I need more berries!

feeding canada geese

An early morning walk on the beach. The Canada geese around here are way to relaxed if you ask me. restoration hardware catalogs 2014

Did you receive a 17 pound stack of Restoration Hardware catalogs last month? Oh my word! I’ve never even ordered from Restoration Hardware before so I have no idea why they sent catalogs to me.  Do they really think I’m interested in a $5,000 sofa?

Maybe if they didn’t send out 17 pound catalogs they could lower there prices a wee bit.

mud bay dog store

Doggie treats. Lucy is in L.O.V.E. with Paragon Whimzees Dental Chews. She carries her little chewy around with her throughout the house, half playing with it and half gnawing on it. It takes her about a week to go through one of them and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever to watch.

needle punch thread

The kids and I were at the thrift store the other day and a bag full of Needle Punch thread was calling my name. 30 spools for $3.99. Just one goes for about $2.50 at the shops so I think I made out pretty good.

Of course I have never needled punched anything in my life before… but it’s on my craft to do list. ;)

zaycon foods dishtowel

Hey! I checked my P.O. Box for the first time in 3 months and found some kinds notes, scrapbooking cutouts, a free dish towel from Zaycon Foods, and a Mama Kangaroo from Australia. Pretty neat if you ask me. Thank you friends from the internet, its always nice to get stuff in the mail.

Unless of course you’re that guy from Kentucky who wrote me that long love letter. That was awkward.

oak leaf lettuce pictures

Oak Leaf Lettuce. Ain’t it purdy? Think how much money brides could save if they walked down the aisle carrying bouquets of fresh vegetables instead of flowers.  If I could do it over again I’d totally do this.

But then again, I’m a little odd.

Have a great weekend everyone,

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Horse Head Mask, Tactical Pens, Amazon Deals, Coupons, Recipes and More

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a three dog life

Have you read any good books lately? It’s been about a month since I’ve read a book so I ordered a Three Dog Life. Have you read it? What did you think? I haven’t started it yet but plan to this weekend. I have this horrible habit of opening a book and then reading it the whole way thru in like 24 hours so I want to make sure I have time to sit and do nothing but read, read, read before I open it up. :)

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that!!

Have a great weekend everyone,

Mavis

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Tactical Pen

Last Christmas the HH gave everyone in our family tactical pens. I thought it was a little weird at first but they are actually great to carry in your purse for personal safety and right now the Vktech Tactical Pen aviation Aluminum Anti-skid is on sale for $8.60 with great reviews.

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Here are a few Amazon Deals I spotted:

horse head mask

Okay, so I did it, I just ordered a Horse Head Mask for my daughter. :) Everyone needs one for college, right? I have no idea how or when she’ll use it but I plan on sneaking it into her dorm room when we are unloading her stuff. HA!!!! :)

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Tomatoes and Cucumbers

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growing lettuce in gutters greenhouse

Do not attempt to grow lettuce in a greenhouse when the temperature outside is in the mid 80′s. It won’t work out too well. Not that I would know anything about that. ;)

seattle greenhouse garden

Yesterday was greenhouse clean up day. It’s been awhile since I did anything out there but water or harvest vegetables, so I thought I better hop to it and get something constructive done while the weather was nice. Oh, and no, you do not need to adjust the color on your computer monitor. I am really that pale. But, if you look closely at the next photo, you notice my forearms are much darker. So there is hope for my farmers tan. I think.

mavis garden blog greenhouse tomatoes

Snacking on cherry tomatoes, is one of my favorite pastimes. growing sungold tomatoes

A rainbow of happiness. Anyone else growing Sungolds this year?green heirloom tomatoes in a greenhouse

I have no idea what these ones are but I can tell you one thing, as soon as they ripen, I’m going to eat them! And I won’t even feel bad if I don’t share. growing cucumbers in a greenhosue

Gardening, it’s pretty rad.

Wouldn’t you say?

~Mavis

You can see more greenhouse photos from this year in my Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse Series.

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Working Outside the Home Vs. Staying at Home – Which is More Stressful?

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Working Outside the Home Vs. Staying at Home

I know that working outside the home versus staying at home is an age-old debate.  There are always two camps, each firm in their beliefs.  In light of an article I just read, I wanted get your opinion from a different perspective on the subject.

The article stated that a recent study found that mothers that worked full time {as opposed to part time or not at all} were actually healthier, both mentally and physically, than those who didn’t.  The study tested participants’ {men and women} saliva throughout the day, looking for elevated cortisol levels {the stress hormone}, and found that they were higher during home life than work life.  The article suggested that perhaps the lower stress at work comes from a defined set of expectations and the idea that you could always quit if things got too bad {whereas quitting family life is usually not an option}.

I’m not really interested in starting a debate over which choice is “right,” I really just wanted to hear what YOU thought about the idea that work is a bit of escape from the stresses of family life.  For those of you that work full time, do you find it is a stress reliever?  Do you find you are less stressed when you get home after working versus the days where you are at home all day long with the kiddos and hubby?  I can totally see how having something of “your own” would lead to a more fulfilled human being, but I also have always wondered how working moms manage to get everything done without pulling their hair out.

So, what do you think?  Is work a stress-reliever?  I would love your honest opinions!

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Timex Watches, Amazon Deals, Mad Libs for Campers, Sports Bras and More

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lucy the puggle dog

Someone was a naughty dog.

Yesterday I spotted Lucy the puggle dog nibbling on one of my t-shirts and lucky for her all I had to do was show her the spray bottle and she put the shirt down. I don’t know who it was who suggested it, but using a spray bottle has really helped to curb Lucy’s naughty behavior. :)

Have a great Thursday everyone, I think it’s suppose to be in the mid 70′s today.

Mavis

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Blueberry Peach Crisp Recipe

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blueberry peach crispI try to think of cobbler as an oatmeal with fresh fruit combo, so when I gobble down much more than I’d care to share, I can justify it. Cause give or take some butter and sugar, I’m practically right, right?! And holy cats was this “oatmeal with fresh fruit” combo delicious. I normally just make a regular blueberry cobbler, but the addition of peaches was sheer genius. Totally took the cobbler to the next level. Yum.

blueberry peach crispIngredients for the filling

6 cups fresh or frozen blueberries {I used frozen}
2 cups of sliced peaches {I used frozen}
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped into bits
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for the topping

2 cups old fashioned oats {I used quick oats}
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, melted

blueberry peach crispDirections

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine blueberries, peaches, butter, flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Pour into a 9×13 buttered baking dish.

Place the ingredients for the oatmeal topping in bowl and using a fork, work the ingredients together for a minute or two until they are nice and crumbly. Sprinkle over blueberry mixture, cover with foil and back for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook an additional 20 minutes or until the juices are bubbling.

Serve warm with ice cream.

For more rustic recipes, be sure and check out Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More. I own a copy of this cookbook and I love it!

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Lancaster Central Market – Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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Lancaster Central Market

I almost forgot to tell you about our trip to the Lancaster Central Market.

Oh my word it was cool!

Lancaster Central Market produce stands

After an amazing homemade breakfast at our friend Zoë’s house, The Girl and I headed off to the Lancaster Central Market in Pennsylvania  for some lunch supplies for our drive to JJ’s house in Virginia last month.

Lancaster Central Market  bakery

The Lancaster Central Market is basically the hub of Lancaster.  In fact it’s the oldest ongoing farmer’s market in the country.  It. Is. Huge.  If you can’t find something to eat there, seriously, you aren’t hungry.

You can piece together a meal out of fresh produce, baked goods, cheese and deli meats, or you can sample a pretty wide array of international foods {German, Greek, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Slavic, etc}.

Lancaster Central Market flowers

The market began in the 1730′s.  It was chartered by King George II in 1742–making the the country’s Royal Market town {a title the residents took quite a bit of pride in}.  The market buildings were put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Lancaster Central Market Milk

Each week, about 3000 people visit the market.  Most of them are locals stocking up on their weekly food stuffs {which makes the market waaaay less of a tourist trap and a bit more charming}.

Lancaster Central Market Produce

We gave it 4 thumbs up. Go there. It’s awesome.

How about you, what is the best market you’ve ever stepped foot in?

~Mavis

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Canning 101 – How to Can Peaches

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Canning peaches is one of my favorite things to do each summer so I thought I would go ahead and repost this handy dandy tutorial on how to can peaches for those of you who have never done it before, or just need a quick refresher course.

For this batch I used about 10 pounds of peaches and it netted me 12 pint jars.

All you really need are peaches, sugar, water and a little Fruit Fresh to prevent your peaches from browning.

The following is a recipe excerpt from the Complete Guide to Home Canning by the United States Department of Agriculture.  I have added pictures and side notes for you.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comment section below.

PEACHES — HALVED OR SLICED

Quantity: An average of 17 1/2 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 48 pounds and yields 16 to 24 quarts, which is an average of 2 1/2 pounds per quart.

Quality: Choose ripe, mature fruit of ideal quality for eating fresh or cooking.

Procedure: Dip fruit in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds until skins loosen. Dip quickly in cold water and slip off skins. Cut in half, remove pits and slice if desired. To prevent darkening, keep peeled fruit in ascorbic acid solution. Prepare and boil a very light, light, or medium syrup or pack peaches in water, apple juice, or white grape juice. Raw packs make poor quality peaches.

how to can peaches

Sugar Syrup - 10 cups of water and 5 cups sugar.  I bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes before packing my jars with fruit, and then pouring the syrup over the peaches.

Hot pack — In a large saucepan place drained fruit in syrup  and bring to boil. Fill jars with hot fruit and cooking liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Place halves in layers, cut side down.

Raw pack — Fill hot jars with raw fruit, cut side down, and add syrup, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.

Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process.

Find more of my Canning Recipes HERE


If you are new to canning {or just looking for more recipes} I highly recommend the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. It’s filled with 400 recipes and it pretty much rocks in my opinion.

And if you are looking for a canner, I used the Granite Ware 11-1/2 Quart Covered Preserving Canner with Rack to can my peaches. If you need a tool kit, I use one similar to this one.

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 29 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

packing for college

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room. This week The Girl and I are going through all her clothes and putting the ones she plans on taking to school in bins and all the others in a giant bag for the Goodwill. Purging is fun! :)

elliptical screen shot

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house. Monkey Boy cleaned out the garage over the weekend and for some strange reason I was inspired to hop on the elliptical machine. 30 minutes! I thought I was going to die. Gaaaa. Not sure if I’ll be trying that again.

pink geraniums in flower garden

3. Travel.   So far this year The Girl and I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and now Victoria B.C.

Would you believe my next little mini adventure is already planned? It will be more work than adventure, but I’m still hoping to sneak in a little fun.

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. I’m good. Really, I am.

crappy british teeth

5. Get 3 new teeth. – I went to the oral surgeon and got the GREEN LIGHT to go back to my dentist and get my new teeth. Wahoooo!

6. Pay off my car. Done!

lucy the puggle dog

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done. When I started I had no idea I was making a rug for Lucy. ;)

anne nicholls thanksgiving turkey rug

I started another rug, it has a turkey on it so I’m hoping to get it done in time to set out for Thanksgiving. We’ll see. I placed an order for some more wool {bad Mavis!} so I’ll probably be busy hand dying wool next week and then list the extras in my Etsy store.

boy looking into car engine

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. Monkey Boy got his licence this past week and so Sunday was spent negotiating driving times with him. Ahhh boy and cars. It’s a magical thing, isn’t it?

I don’t remember being nearly as excited to drive when I was a teen.

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it at the end of the month.

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress.

11. Secret Plan #3

wood flooring samples

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. I was at The Home Depot yesterday and somehow wandered over to the flooring section. I had a nice chat with the flooring lady and ended up going home with a few free samples of wood. You know, for our house in Colonial Williamsburg that we don’t have yet.

When I asked the HH which one he liked best he just got this bemused look on his face and then wandered off. Our 20th anniversary is coming up and I keep hinting…. we’ll see how it all pans out. ;) I believe in miracles, don’t you?

mavis butterfield picking kale

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. Sweet mother of all things good in this world, my dog likes kale. Can you believe that? So lately I’ve been sauteing a little bit for breakfast and mixing the leafy greens in with a few eggs for her. No wonder she now refuses to eat canned dog food. What a life.

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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Free Kindle Books, Shower Caddies, Seven7 Jeans, Free Audiobook, Meatloaf Pan, Recipes and More

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Have a great wednesday everyone. :)

Mavis

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