Ask Mavis- We’re Talking Dishwashers, DIY Raised Garden Beds and More

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It’s that time again. You ask, and I pretend to know things and answer your burning questions. It really is so much fun to open my inbox and see the wide variety of questions you guys have. Reminds me that my readers are so diverse and pretty dang awesome. So keep those questions coming and I’ll keep racking my brain for answers.

boschMavis – respect your opinion…need a recommendation on a new dishwasher? I hope you have time to answer this. Thank you.

~Mary

This one is a no brainer for me. Bosch ALL THE WAY!!! We had one in the last house and it rocked my world. For an appliance that is used and abused, Bosch is worth the extra money!

holding-lady-bugsHi Mavis! I’ve recently discovered your site and I’ll admit I’ve become a bit of a stalker! I am setting up my own veggie garden for the first time and just love all of your posts! My question is, here in Las Vegas, most of us spray bi-monthly for pests (I use a professional company). How close/far away should I have them spray? I’m using all smart pots, so I assume not TOO close, but how close is too close? Thank you!!

~ Tina

We accept stalkers here! But as far as your question goes, it really depends on the type of pests being sprayed for and what chemicals they are using. Typically, you just want to avoid direct contact. Some airborne misting should be okay. Any chemicals that would drain into your garden’s water source should be avoided. But you’re pretty much good to go otherwise.

Please tell Angela, the person with the question about peaches that she must not “boil” beans if she means to process in canning. Beans must be pressure canned. Don’t let that slip by.

~ Carol

Thanks for the reminder, Carol! Here is my post on How to Can Green Beans {in a pressure cooker!}. That’s why I love these Ask Mavis posts! I get such great feedback and reminders from my readers. Thanks!

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Will you show us how HH builds the planter boxes? I have one that needs help so would like to see the right way to do it! Thanks!

~Linda

I have big plans to tell you all about them as soon as they are both in place and planted. I’m going to whip up a little step by step guide, so stay tuned so you to can build some of the coolest planter boxes!!

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An Ask Mavis question. Have you ever considered looking into fostering a dog friend for Lucy? So many rescue groups need foster homes and it is SUCH a rewarding experience. After a day or two of settling in, they are almost no extra trouble. And most rescue groups will provide crates, food, vet care, flea/heartworm meds, and only require your time. Have a great day!

~Heather

I have thought about this a lot, but my problem is I wouldn’t be able to give the dog back because I know we’d become too attached. Then I’d end up with more dogs than we had chickens and the HH would probably leave me if the HOA board didn’t send us a nastygram about how you can only have 2.5 dogs or some nonsense like that first. However, we’ve thought about adopting a playmate for Lucy in the near future. So stay tuned!

~Mavis

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Oh Happy Day!

The fence is up, the first garden box has been planted and Lucy the Puggle Dog has her freedom back!! I don’t think it gets any better than that.

Have a wonderful and SAFE weekend everyone,

Mavis

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Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

I’ve had good potato salad. Really good. And I’ve made good potato salad. Really good. But this sweet potato salad is out of this world good. Like the best potato salad I’ve ever had good. Like eat the leftovers for breakfast straight from the fridge good. Like go make it now good. {Seriously, what are you still doing here? Get to the store and get your ingredients already!}.

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Ingredients

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 ear sweet corn, husked
1 {15 oz} can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red pepper, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 avocados, pitted and chopped
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Toss the sweet potato slices with olive oil and then salt and pepper to taste. Place the sweet potatoes on a grill over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes or until tender. About 5 minutes before the sweet potatoes are done, place the ear of corn on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes, turning to evenly char the corn. Let both cool to room temperature before cubing the potatoes and scraping kernels from the cob.

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and gently toss. Squeeze the lime juice over the salad, season with salt and pepper and stir until combined. Enjoy.

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

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Fill Garden Containers with Buckets to Save Money on Potting Soil

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Fill Garden Containers with Buckets

One of the ways I save money when I do container gardening is to fill the bottom of my containers with left-over food grade buckets and potting containers.  That way, I don’t have to fill the ENTIRE container up with expensive potting soil.  I know I saved a boatload with these stock tanks, because hole-e-moly these suckers are deep.  Even with the buckets, there will still be plenty of rooms for my tomatoes to develop nice deep roots.

Fill Garden Containers with Buckets

I didn’t really have a method to my madness, I just tossed the buckets into the bottom of the tank and then started shoveling dirt over the top of the them.

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Even after digging holes for the tomatoes, I didn’t even come close to un-earthing one of the buckets. Now I have potting soil left-over to plant even more containers.  Hmmm, this tip could end up back-firing on me. Ha 😉

~Mavis

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DIY – How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

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Social Media and Your Marriage

Social Media and Your Marriage

Social Media and Your MarriageI’m sure every generation has it’s “something new” that they have to deal with that previous generations didn’t even have to think about.  It’s like our generational cross to bear–for better or for worse.  For us, I think it’s technology. How do we balance it?  How do we use it to our advantage, but not become self-destructive with it?  That sort of thing.

I have read tons of articles about how handheld devices are affecting kids, but until I ran across an article about social media and marriage, I hadn’t really given much thought about how technology could be sabotaging our intimate relationships.  First, I better go on record and say that luckily I don’t have to worry about this because the HH isn’t into social media.  The article covered a survey of 2000 adults, of those 2000, 1 in 7 admitted that they have thought about a divorce as the result of their partners social media usage {Facebook being the biggest culprit}. The reasons ranged from contacted ex’s, to posting inappropriate pictures to just flat out spending too much time on it.

I guess I’m wondering what you think?  Do any of YOU feel like you {or your spouse} spend too much time on social media sites?  Has it caused problems in your relationships?  What have you done to fix it?  If it hasn’t caused problems, do you have personal rules in place to prevent it from becoming an issue?

This is such a new aspect of our culture, I am super curious how everyone is dealing with it…

~Mavis

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Word of the Day: Perfidious Definition: Treacherous, violating faith Used in a sentence: The perfidious wretch did not dare to meet his benefactor.

Happy Thursday everyone!!! Today is going to be an AWESOME day around here. The fence is 2/3rd’s of the way done am I excited to let Miss Lucy Puggle loose to run free tonight once the fence is totally finished and the gates are installed. Fun stuff!!!

It’s the stuff dreams are made of I tell ya.

Have a great day,

Mavis

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My 10 Favorite Memorial Day BBQ Recipes

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Memorial Day BBQ RecipesThis Memorial Day, I’m preparing so many tasty recipes I’m going to have to wear my elastic-waist pants. That’s appropriate at a neighborly gathering, right? Right?! The problem is the sides. There are so many good options you can’t just put one on your plate, you have to a little of like 12 different ones. And that might be okay if dessert wasn’t part of the BBQ package. So this year I’m limiting our feast to 10 options. Here’s what I’m cooking:Garlic-Herb-Beef-Kabobs1
1. Garlic Beef Kabobs: Anything on a stick just tastes better. That’s so true with these kabobs! {Pin it for later}

Peach-Ginger-Glazed-Grilled-Chicken-2. Peach Ginger Glazed Chicken: I’ve had a lot of grilled chicken through the years and most of it was pretty BLAH. Combine the flavors of peach and ginger and BAM. Holy flavor power punch. {Pin it for later}
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3. Bacon Wrapped Corn on the Cob: I have a family full of fresh corn on the cob lovers, so I was nervous to fiddle with their beloved corn. But bacon never does me wrong. This recipe is no exception! {Pin it for later}
Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Chives4. Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Chives: The most requested side dish at all of my BBQs now. Hands down. {Pin it for later}

Kentucky fried chicken coleslaw recipe5. Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw: If you are a sucker for a good coleslaw, this one will hit the spot. {Pin it for later}

Slow-Cooked-Boston-Baked-Beans6. Slow Cooked Boston Baked Beans: I’m not sure a BBQ is a true BBQ unless someone brings baked beans. If you are going to be that someone, these are the beans you should be bringing. Yumm-mmy! {Pin it for later}

Dijon-Potato-Salad-with-Green-Onions-Recipe17. Dijon Potato Salad with Green Onions: What looks like a simple potato salad packs a pretty powerful flavor punch. {Pin it for later}

broccoli-pasta-salad_opt8. Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Carrots, and Sun Dried Tomatoes: One of my very favorite pasta salads. A rich combination of so many flavors I love! {Pin it for later}

red-white-and-blue-cupcakes_opt9. Red, White and Blue Cupcakes: It’s pretty handy when festive collides with delicious! {Pin it for later}

red white and blue ice-cream-sandwiches10. Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches: These little guys are so simple, you can pass the whole project off to your kids and they’ll have them done in 5 minutes flat- I know this from experience! {Pin it for later}

Find more great Memorial Day Recipes on my Red, White and Blue Pinterest Board.

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Creative Way to Give Money for Graduation – Water Bottle Full of Quarters

Fun Graduation Gift Idea, Water Bottle Full of Quarters

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a WHOLE YEAR since The Girl graduated.  That saying, “the days are long, but the years are short” really couldn’t be more spot on.  Last year my neighbor, Hulda, suggested filling a water bottle with quarters as part of The Girl’s graduation gift.  It was such a clever idea, I thought, and The Girl ended up agreeing.

Turns out, quarters really are a must for every college student.  The Girl used hers mostly for laundry and occasionally to feed the vending machines.   Plus, she got one of her favorite water bottles out of the deal.

If you have someone graduating this year, and were planning on giving money, I promise, this one will be a hit.  Just be aware, if  you go with the bigger Camelbak water bottle like I did, it will take about $100 to fill that sucker up with quarters!

Pretty cool, right?

~Mavis

Having a graduation party this year?  Check out these super Easy Candy Graduation Caps for dessert.

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