One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 5/2/2015

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Friday Night at the Movies – Fed Up

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Friday Night at the Movies – Fed Up

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I have wanted to watch Fed Up since it came out last year.  I totally forgot about it, though, until it popped up as a suggestion on Amazon.  Luckily for me, even though I forgot, Amazon knows how to entice me with its suggestions.  It’s a food documentary looking into our sugar consumption and the obesity epidemic.  I love me a good food documentary–though, I feel terrible when I eat a licorice rope while watching them {it doesn’t stop me, but I DO feel terrible about it}.

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Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, Virginia

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, Virginia

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, VirginiaWhile I was visiting Monticello and Polyface farm this past week I stopped at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia.  Frontier Culture MuseumThe museum’s basic function is to celebrate the diversity of the early colonial immigrants–and to show how their backgrounds {English, German, Irish, West African} all contributed to the success of the colonies.

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, VirginiaHoly canolies people, this place was cool.

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, Virginia

The museum has several buildings, each reproductions of different backgrounds of the colonists.

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, VirginiaIt’s pretty rad to see how the architecture each immigrant brought with them totally shaped what we think of as “American” today.

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Outside, the museum has two separate areas they refer to as The Old World Exhibits and the America exhibits.

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The Old World exhibits show what rural life would have been like BEFORE the colonists made their way to America–it’s the lives they left behind.

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The America exhibit shows a little bit of what their lives would have been like once they got here.

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, Virginia

I wonder how many bugs {or protein as my grandfather would call it} flew into the soup when it was cooked outdoors? Yikes!

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, Virginia

In the America exhibit, it is pretty cool to see the difference between the 1740 settlement and the 1850’s American farm.

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, Virginia

Americans came A LONG way in just 90 short years–in what amounts to about 2 generations.  Our ancestors had to work crazy hard so that we could live the lives we have today–and I have to be honest, it seems like they left quite a lot behind to come to America. 

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in Staunton, Virginia

If you get a chance, the reproductions are very well done–I would totally recommend stopping by and checking it out. My only suggestion is to pack a picnic lunch though.firepit

Even though this place is huge and you can spend hours there, the gift shop only sells souvenirs, fudge, beverages and ice cream. Maybe I’m weird, but I could have totally spent all day there.The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia is the perfect spot to bring kids for the day.  Learning {and wearing kids out at the same time} is AWESOME.

~Mavis

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Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Road
Staunton, VA 24401

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May Home Maintenance and Garden Chores

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thinning radishesMay is my favorite month to plant!  It’s when all I harden off all of my seedlings, get them in the ground, and FINALLY gardening is in full swing.  Again, I’ll be gardening on both coasts this month, so I’ll get double the time to get my fingers in the dirt {and only 1/2 the time worrying about what the HOA is going to say about it.}  :)

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Seeds to Start Indoors in May

I’ll be moving pretty much everything I’ve started indoors out this month, and since that will free up the grow light, I think I’ll start a boat load of sunflowers indoors to transplant outdoors next month.

tomato plants organic gardening

What I Plan to Plant Outside This Month

I plan to get my tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and beans into the ground this month.  I always wait to plant pumpkins and other squash until the middle of June because the harvesting works out better timing wise for me.  If  you have peppers, you can also get them outside later this month.  If you plan on planting an herb garden, you can direct sow most everything this month.  If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to sow carrot and lettuce {cabbage too} seeds directly outside.

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Vegetables to Harvest This Month

I’ll have lettuce coming out of my ears this month–which is good, because we are still having quite a few salads around here.  I hope to have Kale ready by mid June so The Girl can make her favorite Blueberry Kale Smoothie}.  We’ll have spinach to add into our salads as well.

Houseplants and Indoor Bulbs

Houseplants should be awake now.  If you haven’t recently, re-pot them with fresh potting soil.  Give them a diluted fertilizer and make sure they get plenty of light.

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Basic Yard Maintenance

Lawn mowing will be a regular occurrence this month {sorry, Monkey Boy}.  Fertilizers and weed/bug killers can be laid down this month if you use them.  If you have a sprinkler system, get it up and running and check out all of the sprinkler heads to see what damage winter did.  You can dead head any bulbs that might be done flowering, but just cut off the flower and leave the rest to die back on their own.   I have to get a wasp nest off the roof {somehow}, and I have been mostly dreading it.  The HH plans to pressure wash the driveway.

DIY-Window-and-Glass-Cleaner1Home Maintenance Inside

May is another good month to clean windows inside and out {or hire someone to do it}.  You can take down all of the screens, hose them off and let them dry in the sun.  It’s also a good month to have carpets cleaned–as you can leave windows open {without heating up the house too much like you would in the dead of summer} and they will air dry faster.  If you have them, I would dust the ceiling fans {and don’t judge yourself for what comes off of them like I always do} since they will probably be on pretty constantly starting next month.

As always, most of my advice is geared around the Northwest, but you can find your garden zone HERE and tweak my suggestions as necessary.

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Singer Sewing Machine $99.99 Shipped, Orange Juice Coupons, Crystal Light and More

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averseWord of the Day: Averse Definition: Opposed, having a dislike, unwilling Used in a sentence: He is averse to war even though he is an excellent soldier.

Happy Friday everyone! Man oh man I am ready for the weekend! It’s been a challenging week updating the back end of the blog but we’re almost there. The print button is back, as well as the search bar, and the pin it tab {you can hoover over an image now if you want/need to Pin something}.  We are still working on the recipe links but I’m confident we’ll get the bugs works worked out this weekend. Ahhh blogging. It can be a challenge sometimes. 😉

I hope you have a great weekend, take care!

Mavis

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We’re about to plunge into berry season {yippeee!}, so I thought this tip on How to Remove Berry Stains From Hands might be helpful! Find more great tips on my Easy Kitchen Tips Pinterest Board.

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A few Printable Juice Coupons just popped up

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Brybelly Complete Bingo Game Set

Perfect for family fun night… Amazon currently has the Brybelly Complete Bingo Game Set on sale for $15.99. Everything you need is included. 

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Nordstrom has the JLA Home Micro Corduroy Reversible Throw on sale fro $26.13 shipped. Perfect for the home for for a gift. 4 colors are available.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Hobby Farms Magazine for only $9.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 5/1/15 at midnight EST.

Strawberry-Shortcake-Skillet-CobblerThis Strawberry Shortcake Skillet Cobbler combines two things I love: cobbler and strawberry shortcake. Yum! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Strawberries Pinterest Board.

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Amazon has the 44 count tub of Crystal Light On The Go Drink Mix, Variety Pack for just $5.67/$0.13 shipped when you use the Subscribe and Save option.

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Zaycon Foods is now taking orders for their upcoming events. Below are their offerings and prices in my area.Go HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69/lb $67.60/case
  • Fresh Ground Beef, Lean {93/7} – 40 lbs $4.49/lb | $179.60/case
  •  Carvemaster Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham $3.79/lb | $83.38/case
  •  Meaty Back Ribs $3.79/lb | $136.44/case
  •  Bacon-Wrapped Pork Fillet $4.69/lb | $46.90/case
  •  USDA Choice or Higher Chuck Roast $5.79/lb | $208.44/case
  •  USDA Choice or Higher Patio Steaks $6.49/lb | $214.17/case
  •  Smoked Pulled Pork – 20lb $4.49/lb | $89.80/case

Check out the post on how we process so much Zaycon meat at one time.

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Growing Shasta Daisies From Seed

shasta daisy flower bouquetShasta Daisies are an excellent perennial flower.  They are super easy to grow from seed, great for bouquets, and they multiply like crazy.  So, basically, all you have to do is set it and forget it to reap the reward for years to come.

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To start Shasta Daisies from seed, you have two options:  start them indoors or direct sow outdoors.  They both have pros and cons.  If you start them indoors, you need to start them 6-8 weeks before planting.  On the upside, though, when you do plant them, you’ll be able to see where you are placing them a heck of a lot better.  Starting them outdoors means you don’t have to use potentially precious grow light space and grow medium, and since they are pretty easy to direct sow, you’ll probably have a pretty good success rate.

shasta daisyEither way, to start them from seed, you need light.  They require good quality sunlight {or a grow light} to germinate.  Gently lay 3-5 seeds on the top of the dirt and lightly press them into the dirt.  Resist the urge to cover them with soil, they do not need dirt over the top of them.  It will take about 2 weeks for seedlings to emerge {sometimes less, especially indoors}.  When they are about 1″ tall, thin them to every 1′-2′ {I know that seems like a lot, but really they will spread and have a clumping appearance quickly enough}.  If you decide to direct sow them, you can do so about 2-4 weeks before the average last frost.   You can direct sow them anytime throughout the summer, so long as you do it about 2 months before the first predicted frost of fall.

shasta daisy

The best part about daisies is that they have continual blooms–which means flowers all summer long.  So you can pick them with reckless abandon for vases, and rest assure you will still have plenty blooming in the garden.

Do YOU grow daisies?  Which are your favorite variety?

~Mavis

 

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Seattle Tilth Spring Plant Sale: May 2nd-3rd

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unnamedThere is another Seattle Tilth Plant Sale coming up and I’m so excited about it!  If you’re a gardener in the state of  Washington, you need to check it out. Not only is their selection incredible (you’ll find vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers), but they have the best deals. So many perfectly priced plants, so little time. Plus, you’ll find seeds, supplies and information needed to grow food

A big warning before you go, the sale features over 50,000 organically or sustainably grown plants that are specially chosen by Seattle Tilth’s experts because they are well-adapted to thrive in our Pacific Northwest climate. So knowing that you’ll have tens of thousands of plants to choose from and they’ll all grow like mad in our area, I’d totally suggest driving a U-Haul there! Seattle tilth plant saleYou’ll be able to get your dream gardens growing with:

  • More than 350 plant varieties for your summer garden, including rare and heirloom varieties
  • Summer crops that love full sun such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and melons that can be planted at the end of May or in early June
  • Plants for beginning gardeners such as lettuces, Asian greens, kale, chives, arugula, strawberries, culinary herbs and edible flowers
  • Exotic flavors and colorful vegetables such as sweet chocolate peppers, bulbing fennel, Thai basil, lemon cucumbers, Purple Erdine eggplants, tarragon and striped tomatoes

Seattle tilth plant sale long linesIf you want to avoid the lines,  Gardens to Go can be ordered online in advance. These trays contain an assortment of plants that are pre-selected around different themes. Options include Summer Hits, Container Gardens, Organic Gardening 101 and Edible Plants for Kids. Swing by Meridian Park for a quick pick-up during the sale.

Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale

The May Edible Plant Sale takes place on May 2nd and 3rd, from 9 am-3 pm at Meridian Park {4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103} and is FREE to attend.  Get directions.


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The Vegetable Garden at Monticello in Spring

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Monticello path

Monticello. It’s my favorite place on earth.

Some people like sitting on a beach or going to Disneyland, but if I could be anywhere in the world 365 days a year, it would be in the vegetable garden at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate.

Monticello garden

Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter it wouldn’t matter. fava beans

I think I’ve happily handed over the $25 admission fee 6 times over the last 2 years.chives

I just can’t get enough. Monticello gardenWith every visit I learn something new.
Monticello cabin

I’ve even thought about applying for their summer apprentice program. How wild would that be? Maybe once the kids are gone I’ll take the summer off from gardening in my own yard and spend a summer tending the vegetable plot at Monticello. Do you think they’d let me bring my own costume?pea trellis

I could spend my days wandering the property collecting twigs and making little trellis’ for peas and beans.
strawberry plants

I could pick berries. planting vegetables at Monticello

And plant artichoke plants like this AWESOME woman. speckled lettuce

I could collect the vegetable seeds they sell in the gift shop from vegetables grown in the garden.
Monticello vineyard

I could crush grapes into wine.monticelloBut most of all, I’d get to spend 8 hours a day looking this magnificent view.

A girl can dream, right?

~Mavis

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