Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad w/ Feta

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rainbow heirloom tomatoesI’ve been harvesting tomatoes like crazy lately, so when I stumbled onto this tomato salad recipe over on Williams Sonoma’s site, it seemed like the perfect way to use them up. And it looked dang easy too. And I’m all about easy. I’m all about taste too and man was it delicious. It is the perfect light and refreshing summer salad. I gobbled it up.

heirloom tomatoes

Ingredients

4 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
1/2 large red onion, sliced paper-thin
Salt and pepper to taste

Feta vinaigrette

Feta vinaigrette
1 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup red wine vinegar, or as needed
Salt and pepper to taste

Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad w Feta

Directions

In a blender or food processor, pulse together all vinaigrette ingredients until combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomato, cucumber and onion to a bowl or platter. Season with salt and pepper, and then spoon dressing over the top. Enjoy.

 

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Canning 101 – How to Can Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

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If you have never tried jalapeno pepper jelly before and are not exactly sure what the heck you would do with it… I like to serve it with a block of softened cream cheese and fancy crackers.  It’s great to have on hand for entertaining for an easy peasy, no brainer appetizer.

This particular recipe made 3 1/2 pint jars of jalapeno pepper jelly.  If you want to make a few more jars, just double the batch.

Here is a picture tutorial for you.

Ingredients

6 oz jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
1 cup cider vinegar, divided
3 cups sugar
1 3-oz pouch liquid pectin
3 drops green food coloring {optional}
3 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

Directions

Bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

Chop off the stems, remove the seeds and chop the jalapenos {wearing gloves of course}.  Once you’ve done that, toss the peppers in a blender with 1/2  cup cider vinegar and puree until smooth {I like mine to have little chunks}.

Next, combine the puree with remaining 1/2 cup cider vinegar and add sugar in a heavy pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add liquid pectin, and continue to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat. Add food coloring, and skim any foam.

Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. {Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.} Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary}.

Looking for more canning recipes?  Check out Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.  Amazon currently has it on sale for only $12.62.

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 33 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:

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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. We finally figured out where all our towels were hiding, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird’s room!!! Yep, she had a dozen towels stuffed in that big ole’ closet of hers. What a stinker!

old jeans

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house. I lost the jeans! I was going to try them on yesterday but I couldn’t find them. Weird. Maybe it’s a sign. I found them. :(

Voodoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

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 Victoria B.C

Giant Head of Abraham Lincoln, Laramie, Wyoming{Random roadside attraction in Laramie, WY}

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done!

The Girl and the HH left for their epic 3,000 mile road trip to college a and would you believe it, I have not cried yet. Seriously, how did that happen?  Maybe I’m tougher than I think I am or maybe I’ll lose it one day standing in line at the grocery store. Who knows, but I am so proud of her and excited for all that awaits her and her freshman year. Life is good.

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5. Get 3 new teeth. – I like my new dentist. A lot. Sure, she found 5 cavities, and one of them was so big that I’m going to need a crown {good times}, but her staff is great and it’s really close to our house. If all goes well I should have all my teeth filled and in place before Christmas.

volvo wagon

6. Pay off my car. Done!

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done.

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. Monkey Boy and I watched a documentary on JFK. Does that count?

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

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress.

11. Secret Plan #3

colonial willliamsburg

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a house on the east coast. {I’ll share more about this in a few weeks}.

burpless cucumbers

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. 

The weather here has been really wacky lately. We had a very humid week with temps in the upper 80′s and the past 2 days there’s been rain and thunderstorms.  I’m not complaining though because the garden is happy, and I’m happy I’m not stuck out there watering it. :)

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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Does Shopping at an Outlet Store Really Save You Money?

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Does Shopping at an Outlet Store Really Save You Money

Do you think shopping at outlet stores really save you money?  Back in the day, outlet stores were a chance to snag slightly defective items at a pretty hefty discount.  Now, though, they have new items {made at a lower quality than the store’s originals} and a lot of times, they are still expensive.

Sure you can get the occasional off-season item or defective item at a discount, but wading through the racks to find them is sometimes just kind of exhausting.  Since school shopping is right around the corner, I was kind of curious what you peeps thought–outlet shopping or no?

I still prefer online shopping, but if I do decide to try my luck at the Outlet Malls, here are couple of things I’ve learned:

  1. Not everything is a deal.  In fact, very little of it is actually a deal.  Sometimes, I will throw the item in a search on my smartphone and see what they are selling for at the actual store.  A lot of times, the price is the same, but the quality is different.  If it isn’t a great deal, pass on it.
  2. A lot of retailers have started making brand new products specifically for their outlet stores–so you might think you are scoring 50% off a pair of boots, but really, they are just a lower quality designed specifically for the outlet.  So, check for quality–what is the item made of {i.e. synthetics vs. leather}, does the stitching seem good?  It may turn out that the “knock-off” is totally worth it, just make sure to inspect it.
  3. Don’t fall for the price-tag trick.  Outlet stores love, love, love to pretend that the clothes have their “original” price-tags and then they slash through them and write a new price on them.  That is a marketing ploy–yes, a shirt might be 80% off retail, but if it still is $50, it might not be a good deal.
  4. Join email lists.  A lot of times, outlet stores offer coupons through their email lists.  The coupons, combined with lowered prices can actually result in a pretty decent deal.
  5. Don’t feel obligated to buy.  Outlet malls are usually located right on the edge of the earth, so you feel like you have to pack a lunch just to get to them.  With that commute, comes the feeling that you have to make your trip worth it by buying.  Not true.  Resist the urge to buy unless you find a fantastic deal–which may mean you leave empty handed.

So back to my original question:  will you be hitting the outlet malls for back to school?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Enter to Win a New Car, Vanilla Beans, Recipes, Online Deals and More!

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Lucy the puggle dog

Happy Wednesday everyone! The puggle princess has decided to hit the snooze button this morning and is now sleeping peacefully at my feet. I LOVE THIS DOG!!!! :) :)

Have a great day today, and get out there and have some fun.

Mavis

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The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Brother Easy Handheld Label Maker

Amazon has the Brother Easy Handheld Label Maker on sale for just $9.99 and ships FREE with Amazon Prime. My daughter bought one of these to label all her college stuff an really liked it.

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I’m in my laundry room way more than I’d like to be, so I like to keep the chaos in that room down to a minimum. Check out my Tips for Organizing a Laundry Room or Pin it for later. Find more cool tips on my Organization Pinterest Board.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Cookbook Digest Magazine for only $9.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/13/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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These Oatmeal Rolls are perfect if you’re looking for a dinner roll with a little something extra. The oatmeal changes the flavor and makes me love bread even more. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

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Groupon has Copper Comfort Compression Elbow, Knee, or Ankle Braces on sale for $12.99. Over 5,000 have been sold already so grab one if you are interested!

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DIY Emergency Car Kit Ideas for College Students

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DIY Emergency Car Kit Ideas for College Students

In an effort to make sure The Girl is prepared for college, we have been racking our brains to come up with every possible ”kit” we can put together to make her transition easier.  I’m not going to lie, making sure she is prepared distracts me from the inevitable and puts my mind in a semi-state of peace.

Depending on where your student plans on going, they may or may not have a car, but if they do plan to take some wheels with them to campus, here’s a quick reference guide for making sure they are prepared:

  1. Jumper cables – I think every car should have these.  Maybe it’s because when the kids were little they would go retrieve something out of car and leave the dome light on.  I would wake up the next day to a dead battery.  With jumper cables, though, they will be back in business, no matter what the circumstance.
  2. Bottled Water – In the event that your student is stranded for any length of time on the side of the highway, a bottle of water just makes sense.emergency blankets
  3. Emergency Blankets – If it is cold, a blanket can be a life saver, literally.
  4. Road Flares - Obviously, if you need to get someone’s attention, road flares will do the job.seatbelt cutters
  5. Seatbelt Cutter/Window Breaker - Heaven forbid your student is in an accident, this one little tool could provide peace of mind and genuine safety.
  6. Snacks – Again, if your student is stranded for any length of time, or even just waiting for a tow truck, clif bars, granola bars, snack packs will provide a level of comfort.solar cell phone charger
  7. Solar Cell Phone Charger – If the car isn’t working, charging a cell phone {which is pretty much your gateway to help} is impossible.  A solar charger will be helpful in countless situations anyway.
  8. Coffee can, newspaper, matches.  Yes, it’s a bit old school, but if your student is headed off to a colder climate, being able to build a fire to keep warm is just smart preparation.DIY Emergency Car Kit Ideas for College Students
  9. Flashlight.  In the event something bad happens at night, being able to see to get out of the car, up a hillside, etc. is essential.
  10. Whistle.  I know we are dealing with worse case scenarios here, but if your student is hurt, and needs to get someone’s attention {particularly if they slid off the road and out of sight} a whistle takes minimal effort.

Are there any other must-have items YOU can think of?

~Mavis

DIY Emergency Car Kit Ideas for College Students

 

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Mavis Mail – Heidi From Vancouver Island Sends in Garden Photos

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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!

Check out the incredible garden Heidi from Vancouver Island is growing:

1I am a long time gardener. We live on a 1/2 acre and have super sandy/gravelly soil, so after fighting with this for years, we started building raised beds. My husband put in automatic watering with soaker hoses and some mini sprinklers, so it is nice to not have to worry about watering all of the raised beds located all over the yard. The garden in the front is doing well because of our decision to use fall rye for the past 3 years, so we will leave this one as an in ground garden. I can’t believe what a difference it has made to the soil to put the fall rye in.

We have a fairly large family {5 kids} and are growing our own produce because we love to garden, but also because it costs a lot to feed 7 people with organic produce.

You can see from how dry the lawn is that we have very poor soil and a lot of trouble keeping things watered. This is one of the main reasons we started making raised beds.

Pictured above is the back garden that we converted into raised beds. There is a fence because we have very friendly rabbits in our neighborhood. Our newest friendly creature is a raccoon that ate all of our Beauty Plums! We have a live trap, and have relocated 3 raccoons this spring, but the last one doesn’t seem to want to go! In this bed, we have lemon cucumbers, spaghetti squash, onions, leeks, celery, peas, bush beans and Warba potatoes that I am going to harvest any day now! Surrounding the garden is a jungle of raspberries that love our soil {I think that they are the only thing that loves our soil}. This was an excellent year for raspberries!

3We built some raised beds 2 years ago so that we could have asparagus {which is the big fern looking thing in the second bed}. We also have brussel sprouts just coming up in the closest bed, and beyond that there are zucchini, carrots and peppers. On the left is my herb garden, and behind that is a garden that my girls have planted.

4Our raised beds, phase 2 have New Zealand Yam, Swiss Chard, and in the back that big plant is Jerusalem Artichoke. Beside it some kale that is just getting big enough to harvest. The Jerusalem Artichokes have been banished to this planter that is made out of cement because I hope that it will contain them. They took over in the last place that I had them, and I have spent many hours digging them out… I am still digging them out! The garbage can with the piece of plywood is full of my comfrey tea that is almost ready to be used as a fertilizer.

5This is my most exciting plant of this year…Watermelon! I put trays under the pots yesterday with the hopes that more access to water will result in bigger watermelons.

6This is the garden in our front yard that we will keep as an in-ground garden. In it we have potatoes, tomatoes, beets, cabbage and pole beans. We also put some everbearing raspberries in here as well. The big bush in the middle on the right hand side is a huckleberry bush. It was there when we cut down the trees and made the garden, so we decided to keep it because we love huckleberries! The beets are being attacked by a leaf miner bug, but I can’t decide whether I should do something about it or just leave them.

7These are my strawberry beds, and my neglected flower garden in front!

8The spaghetti squash plants have gone crazy! I tied them onto poles so that they would have more room, and they must have about 10 squashes per plant. One of the poles broke from the weight of the plant, so it’s kind of a mess back there!

We also have a bunch of fruit trees, some more berries like blueberries and currants, and have recently planted blackberries and kiwi. This year I am trying some winter gardening. I showed you the Brussel sprouts, and have also started cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower and a flat of peas for a fall crop.

And, that is my garden! Thanks again for the inspiration, Mavis,

Heidi

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  • 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.
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10 Tips for Living in a Dorm

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10 Tips for Living in a Dorm

Do you have kids headed off to college this year?  It’s so weird to imagine your kids going from your house to a small 15×15 room that they share with a stranger…maybe that’s just me being on the brink of an emotional breakdown talking?  Even if it is, your student is going from having their own room {or sharing with siblings} to sharing with someone they hardly know.  The are also putting their life into half of a small room…it will be their kitchenette, study, sleeping quarters, living room all wrapped up into a tiny space.

If you have a student whose about to transition into dorm living, here are a couple of tips to help make it an easier:

  1. Don’t bring too much stuff.  There just isn’t space and it will make a cramped room seem even tighter.
  2. If you have planned to room with a friend, make sure you have really talked through your expectations.  {Anyone that has been married can tell you how difficult it can be to cohabitate–and that’s in a house, not just a single room}.  Living together places strains on the relationships {especially for girls}, so make sure you understand each others habits and will be compatible.
  3. Again, because space is limited, call your roommate to-be and agree on “shared” items.  Maybe one person can bring a mini-fridge and the other a microwave.
  4. Set a password lock on your computer.  You computer houses your private information, there is no reason roommates or other dorm inhabitants need access to it.
  5. Work out a schedule with your roommate and be flexible.  Study times, t.v. times, etc.  Those will all have to be compromises.
  6. Study in the library or common areas of the school when roommates are getting on your nerves.  Tensions can run high when people are in tight quarters and/or have school deadlines.  Avoiding spending every waking moment in the dorm room will give each party a break.
  7. If homesickness sets in, prop open the door and force yourself to get to know other people on your floor.  It’s hard to start over, but the sooner you feel like you aren’t alone, the better the homesickness gets.
  8. Take move-in day seriously.  College is demanding.  Move in day is for actually UNPACKING everything and getting settled.  If you put it off, you will be forced to dig through boxes when you should be working on a term paper.
  9. Bring headphones–like good ones.  Headphones are courteous–because your roommate may not want to listen to your music, BUT they can also block out minor annoyances.  Can you say heavy breather or the sound of nail biting, anyone?
  10. If you have friends over to your dorm room, make sure they adhere to “house rules.”  {i.e. Don’t let them raid your roommates snack stash or invite them over when the roomie is already asleep.

Do you have any dorm room tips?  Or worse, any dorm room nightmares that you had to learn to deal with the hard way?

~Mavis

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Ask Mavis – You’ve Got Questions, I’ve Got Answers

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The questions keep on rolling in and so I’m going to, once again, pretend I’m smarter than I am and attempt to answer them. Keep in mind my answers are not scientific, are my own opinion and might, in fact, confuse you more. You’ve been warned.

Of course if you are an expert on any or all of the subjects covered in these questions, pretty please, for the love of Frank, pipe up in the comments below and share your knowledge with the masses. I’ve always said my I have smartie pants readers. Now’s your chance to prove it to me. And go…

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Hi Mavis, I am interested in the pedometer that you use. How long does the battery last? I’ve searched Amazon to find an answer and I can’t find anything consistent. I thought I would ask the expert! Is there anyway I can give you credit when I purchase it through Amazon? I love your blog!

~ Julie

So I haven’t had my pedometer long enough to see how long a battery would last, but I read in the reviews before I bought it and many said about 2 years. As far as giving me credit, all you have to do is use my Amazon link HERE when you purchase and they’ll throw me a few cents for referring you! Easy peasy {and a huge thank you for asking. So kind of you!}.

how-to-freeze-shredded-zucchiniI have a question for you since you garden and can. I have a ton of zucchini and I am going to make some relish (when I can find the time). Can I chop up and freeze the zucchini for canning later? I thought it would probably be OK since it is going to be cooked down in the canning process, but just curious if you might have any info. I have looked online and can’t really find any info about freezing before canning.

~Robin

I freeze zucchini all the time {cubed, diced, sliced, shredded}! When it grows like crazy and I can’t keep up, my favorite way to use the excess is to shred it up in 2 cup packages and freeze in my extra freezer. When winter comes and snow covers the ground, I thaw it out and feed it to my chickens.  They love it.  Or if I get overly ambitious, I make zucchini bread.

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Do you think it’s possible for a mother of 4 to leave an office job and survive solely from my suburban back garden (yes the property is paid for except for monthly taxes and municipal fees). I am dying at my desk – literally. I sit the whole bloody day, pushing around paper – creating more pollution which I’m totally against. No exercise – too tired when I get home, and/or I think of excuses not to exercise. I’m totally anti-materialism and anti-capitalism. I SO WISH I had a backyard-mentor.

~ Magda

This is such a loaded question. On the surface, yes I do think it is possible. Do I think it’s worth it? Hmmm. You see if you love love love gardening and you convert that hobby to a full-time gig, that love might be lost and it might begin to feel like an awful chore. If you are just trying to feed your kids with your garden by consuming and/or selling/bartering your produce to buy other staples {rice, oats, wheat, meat, etc.}, it’s certainly doable.

But if you are thinking of growing a garden large enough to sell your produce to make  a living, that’s another story. It would require a lot of work, and then I’m not even sure you’d be able to support your family by doing that. So I guess the answer is, what you want to do is commendable but I’d need more info to give you a more definite answer.blueberry jam with mint recipe

So about 4 years ago I planted two small mint plants that I got from the local farm store. One spearmint and one apple-mint, and now they have taken over the herb garden!  What can I do with all this mint!?  Can I dry it for recipes or am I just doomed for the mint to continue to take over?  Now that it has flowered and the bees are dropping seeds I am sure it will come back bigger and badder next year!

~Jen

Oh man, mint plants are such aggressive spreaders! They’ll totally take over unless you show them who is boss! As your new mint seedlings grow, you will need to thin them, removing the weaker plants and allowing only the strongest to remain.
The best time to thin mint plants is when they reach 6 inches tall. You’ll want about 18 inches between them to help keep them from spreading {although they will anyway, so you have to be vigilant!}. You will probably need to go in there and cut a bunch out if you want your other herbs to survive! Oh and mint can totally be dried.

can you mail a peanut butter jar

Hey Mavis, I sent you an unusually shaped piece of mail and a regular card (to determine how much longer, if any, the unusually shaped piece of mail takes). The card came back to me today, undeliverable. Hope the non-card makes it to you. A regular piece of 1st class mail from Wisconsin typically takes 4 days to Seattle.

~ Jann

I got the unusually shaped piece of mail and it totally made my day. All I could think about was how long it took you to clean out that peanut butter jar! Ha! I so wish the letter would have arrived as well, because that would have been fascinating to see the difference in delivery times. Thanks for the fun surprise!

broody-chicken

What is causing my hens to lay eggs out in the compost.  I do not have a rooster and just 2 hens.  All of a sudden they won’t lay in their hen house.   This is the second time I had to hunt down their nest.  How can I get them to lay in their box?

~Linda

I’ve heard this is fairly common. Try plastic eggs or golf balls, because those are really handy for encouraging hens to lay in certain places.

Also, keeping your hens closed into the coop for a few days to get them used to laying inside again can be the answer {if weather permits, etc}. From everything I’ve read, they’ll probably just go back to laying in their nest on their own, if you have the patience to wait it out!

carrot cake jam

I noticed an orange tint to the water when I poured it out that I had used to sanitize and then can your carrot cake jam in. Turns out it was rust from the canning rack. Do you know if the jam is still safe to eat after sanitizing in this water with rust in it? BTW the jam is very, very good! Thanks.

~ Diane

Rust is really just iron oxide, a rather benign substance in small quantities. You probably shouldn’t eat a pound of it though! ;) But your jam should be just fine.

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Well today got off to a crazy start. Apparently Comcast internet is down in my area. :( Yikes! I almost had to take the day off from blogging because I couldn’t get the blog to load. It took me a good 30 minutes before I realized I have a Verizon hot spot. Ha! 

Technology. Ain’t it funny?

Have a great Tuesday everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - HP 14-Inch LED Chromebook in Coral or Turquoise (Certified Refurbished)

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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How to do you organize your days? Are you terrible at time management? Check out these tips on How to Improve Your Time Management Skills or Pin it for later. Find more helpful tips on my Organization Pinterest Board.

laundry deals

Deals for the Laundry Room

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Get Hanna Andersson Clothing and Accessories for up to 50% off on Zulily today.

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Women’s New Balance W580 Road Running Shoes $34.73 {Great Deal!}

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Amazon currently has San Francisco Bay Coffee Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Breakfast Blend, 80-Count on sale for $27.55 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. {Get the for as low as 24.65 if you order more than 5 Subscribe and save items a month}.

the clymb sale

The Clymb is having a HUGE 2014 Warehouse Sale and everything is 60-90% off through August 15th. My daughter shops this site all the time and now I can see why, the deals are AWESOME! Go HERE to Sign up for The Clymb and check out their deals.

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Looking for some new workout gear? Fabletics has an awesome introductory offer where you get a full workout outfit {top and bottoms} for only $25 SHIPPED! Not too shabby. Head on over and get your Fabletics offer HERE.

shop smart magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to ShopSmart Magazine for only $14.96 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/12/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

scraf holder

Amazon has the InterDesign Axis 18-Loop Scarf Holder on sale for $7.49 and it ships free with Amazon Prime. What a great way to keep all your scarves organized.

Long-Grain-Rice-Salad

This Long Grain Rice Salad is like rice on crack. Not that I’m promoting crack, but it’s pretty dang addictive. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

Mini Babybel Cheese coupons

Check out these New Printable Coupons:

Find More Printable Coupons

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