Classic Meatloaf Recipe

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Meatloaf and potatoes, does it get any better than that? When I make meatloaf I like to use a mixture of pork and hamburger meat {or buffalo if I have it}. I don’t know about you, but I could totally live of of this stuff. Plus, have you ever had a meatloaf sandwich before? Oh my word it’s awesome.

Here is my simple recipe.

Ingredients

1lb ground Pork
1.5 lbs ground Buffalo or Hamburger
1 cup Saltine Crackers
1 Egg
1/4 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup Homemade Salsa
Salt & Pepper to taste

awesome meatloaf recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Pour into a loaf pan, shape and bake for 50-60 minutes.  Drain fat from pan after 30 minutes of baking and again when meatloaf is finished cooking. Cool slightly, slice and serve.

meatloaf pan

 

Don’t like to make meatloaf because it ends up swimming in fat? Check out this Non Stick Healthy Meatloaf Set. Just make your meatloaf like you normally would, and then once it’s done cooking, carefully life it out pan, and all the fat stays at the bottom.Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Craigslist Joe

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A HUGE thank you to Monique who let me know about the documentary Craigslist Joe. We watched this documentary last night and LOVED it.

“Armed with only a laptop, cell phone, toothbrush, and the clothes on his back – alongside the hope that community was not gone but just had shifted – Joe lived for a month looking for alms in America’s new town square: Craigslist.

For 31 December days and nights, everything in his life would come from the Craigslist website. From transportation to food, from shelter to companionship, Joe would depend on the generosity of people who had never seen him and whose sole connection to him was a giant virtual swap meet.”

craigslist joe

Amazon Instant Video has it for $3.99 if you want to watch it.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

 

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How to Grow Artichokes {Start to Finish}

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I started my artichoke seeds this morning under grow lights and I am super excited. The Handsome Husband LOVES artichokes, and I think it’s one of the most beautiful vegetables in my opinion.

Brief description: The Artichoke is a thistle-like plant, grown for it’s nutritious edible flower {which must be eaten before it blooms}.

Where to Plant the Artichoke:  In colder climates, start indoors 12 weeks before last predicted frost date.  In milder climates, sow indoors in early fall and transplant outside 6 weeks before first frost.   Once transplanted outside, choose a somewhat sheltered location where they can get full sun most of the day.

artichoke seeds picture botanical interets

Planting Seeds:  Plant seeds 1/8″ deep, with 3-4 seeds every 4-6″.  Keep rows at least 2-4′ apart.  These guys really like their space.

Growing Tips:  Fertilize once a week with a liquid fertilizer and make sure they have proper drainage.

artichoke

How to Harvest:  Harvest when buds reach full size, but are still closed {otherwise they will be like chewing on dried out leather}.  Cut off the buds within 2-3 inches of the stem.

Artichokes Stewed in Olive OilArtichokes Stewed in Olive Oil Recipe

Remember when I stumbled into the French Laundry Gardens last June?

The French Laundry Garden Tour Napa Valley, California

artichoke plant

Ever since then, I’ve wanted to recreate parts of that garden.  Growing these artichokes ought to do it.  I mean, how hard could it be?  I’ll hammer it out by the fall and move onto world peace.  Peace. Of. Cake.

Looking for artichoke seeds? Head on over HERE.

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Leftover Candy Canes? Save Them for Valentines Day

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If you have extra candy canes and are thinking about tossing them because Christmas is over, HANG ON TO THEM and use them for Valentines Day instead.

Valentines-Day-Candy-Cane-Heart-Lollipops{photo credit}

 Have you ever used candy canes for Valentines Day before, or am I just weird?

~Mavis

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Fitness Friday – Tacoma Marathon 2013

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one Hundred dollars a month

Back in the fall of 2009, I was walking downtown and lost my car keys. So I retraced my steps to try and find them. After a 2, maybe 3 hour search, I threw in the towel and called to my neighbor Girly Girl to pick me up.

As I was talking to Girly Girl on the car ride home,  I realized I had just walked 12 miles and thought, hey, I bet I could walk a marathon.  So as soon as I got home, I went online and searched for the soonest marathon I could find. I quickly paid the fee before I chickened out and set my eyes on the Seattle Marathon. The fact that the marathon was only 90 days away, didn’t deter me one bit. I mean really, how hard could walking 26.2 miles be anyway, I had just walked 12 trying to find my freakin’ car keys. Right?

To make a long story short – My training consisted of fast walking {but not in a freaky sort of way} and slightly jogging around town and on the treadmill up until the marathon. My husband and parents thought I was crazy, but I ended up finishing in 5 hours 25 minutes. Not a great time, but also not a bad one for an idiot who thought all she had to do was throw on any old pair of shoes and “Just Do It.”

asics running shoes

So yesterday I found myself in the local running store getting fitted for a pair of shoes. When I had done the 2009 Seattle Marathon, I walked in a pair of old shoes that were not made for running or walking any sort of long distance. They were everyday shoes, and I was too cheap to buy new ones.

If you have never been fitted for a pair of athletic shoes by someone who actually knows what they are selling, you should . Because yesterday, I found out that I have been wearing the WRONG SIZE SHOE.

Apparently our feet continue growing and widen as we get older. WHO NEW? I suppose the tip off should have been my feet hurt anytime I wear a pair of shoes for a long period of time, but nah, who would of thought I was wearing the wrong shoe size? I mean, I’ve been the same size since I’ve been like 12. If anything, aren’t we suppose to shrink as we get older?

Holy Crack!

tacoma marathon 2013

If you think I am a runner, or some sort of Sporty Spice, you are totally wrong. I dislike running immensely and cannot run 1/4 a mile without stopping. Remember that 5k Turkey Trot I did on Thanksgiving? It took me like 38 minutes to finish. So ya, running is not my specialty.

I need to get into shape for the 2013 growing season and this is how I am going to do it. Hauling wheel barrows full of dirt and weeding takes muscle power and endurance, and I can’t think of a better way to get into shape than walking around town for the next 4 months to get fit.

Plus, setting goals, and marking them off a list as I finish them {hello OCD}. is one of my favorite things to do on the planet. So I’m in it to win it. Well, not WIN it, but cross the finish line in the same amount of time {or better} than last time.

tacoma marathon elevation map 2013

And look, this course is almost all downhill, so how bad could it possibly be?

~Mavis

A word of caution – Get medical advise before starting any sort of strenuous exercise. Know your limits.

 

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Mornings with Mavis – Le Creuset Pie Birds, Free Museum Admission, Pom Wonderful, Birki’s Sandals + More

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wake up be amazing go nack to bed

Repeat after me – Today is going to be a great day!

Here are a few deals I spotted for you. As always, I’ll update this list as I find more deals throughout the morning so be sure and check back.

free kindle booksFree Kindle Books

How To Make Homemade Bread
35 Slow Cooker Soups & Stews: Recipes To Warm You Up!
More Than Water: Tasty Low-Fat Beverages, with and without alcohol
Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisanal Farms from America’s Heartland << Still available!

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Samsung Series 9 13.3-Inch Premium Ultrabook  for $699.99 shipped.

Le Creuset pie birds

Amazon has Le Creuset pie birds on sale for $4.95 each and they have several colors available.


Amazon has Baker’s Secret 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Rack, {Set of 2}on sale for only $5.31

asics woman's shoe sale discount coupon

Zulily is having a rad sale on Asics running shoes and clothing today. The clothing deals are super hot, so if you are a workout mama, head on over their and get some loot.

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

birkenstock shoe sale discount

Tanga is having a sweet sale on Birki’s Clogs & Sandles.  

welch's juice pom juice coupon

There are 2 new coupons available: $.75/1 Welch’s Grape Juice & $2.00 off {1} 48oz Pom Wonderful Juice. I found these under the beverage category  Go HERE to Print.

If you are a Bank of America account holder and have a Bank of America debit or credit card, {Alaska Airlines Credit Card?} you can score FREE ADMISSION to more than 150 museums this weekend!

All you have to do is show your photo ID and your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch card to get a free ticket!

This is a great way to inject a little culture into your life. Last year we went to the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum for free! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Go HERE for a full list of participating museums.
jamba juice coupon

If you are a Jamba Juice Fan you’ll be happy to know there are 3 new coupons for $2 {16} ounce smoothies. Go HERE to print.

propel sticks

Like Propel on Facebook and get a FREE Propel on the go stick HERE.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Readers Digest Magazine for only $3.99 a year when you use code 8109 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 1/4/2013 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

honda disneyland sweepstakes

Want to win a Honda Accord and a trip to Disneyland? Head on over HERE to chance to win an all-new 2013 Honda Accord, plus a 2 night vacation package for four to Disneyland Resort including one night in the Disneyland Dream Suite.*

Alright, I’m off to go make some toast.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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Downton Abbey Is Back!

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Season 3 Trailer

Darling, our butler Hans informed us the much anticipated third season of Downton Abbey starts this Sunday, January 6th, on PBS {check your local listings for times}.  If you have not watched this series before, I highly recommend you STOP EVERYTHING and catch up on seasons one and two immediately.   Amazon Prime members can catch up on the series for free {non-members can watch it for $1.99 an episode}.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about {because you live in a cave}, the show depicts an English aristocratic family and their servants in the early 1900′s.  The characters are delightfully flawed, and the attention to historical detail is awesome.

downtown abby

If you are a fan, what’s your vote, will Matthew and Mary live happily ever after? Will Mary’s meddling sister Edith get in the way? Will they finally hire someone to plant a few flowers in the front of the castle so we have something more to look at than a gravel driveway when guests arrive?

Ahhhh I can’t wait!

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake Recipe

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If you get your hands on some Meyer Lemons, I highly recommend this Meyer lemon pudding cake recipe. I found the recipe printed on the back of the lemon box, and to tell you the truth I was a little nervous to try it at first. Would it be good enough? Did I really want to use 3 lemons to make a recipe I had never tried before? Well, it was a tough choice, but I’m sure glad I did. This luscious lemon dessert was Da Bomb!

Ingredients

2 Meyer Lemons
3/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
3 large Eggs, separated
1 cup Milk at room temperature {I used 2%}
4 tablespoons Butter, melted and cooled

meyer lemon cakeDirections

Preheat oven to 300 degrees, and butter a 8×8 baking dish.

Finely grate 2 teaspoons zest and then squeeze 1/3 cup juice from lemons; set aside.

Combine dry ingredients. Whisk together yolks, milk, butter, lemon zest and juice; add to flour mixture; whisk to combine.

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Stir 1/3 egg whites into batter to lighten; gently fold in remaining egg whites {batter will be thin}.

Pour into your prepared baking dish; bake until golden, 34-40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Recipe Credit

Looking for more recipes using lemons? Check out Luscious Lemon Desserts By Lori Longbotham. Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship.

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Unique Chicken Coops

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Modern Coop{photo credit}

Thinking about getting some chickens this year? I hear all the cool people are doing it these days. Here are a few coops I think are pretty awesome.

I think the 3rd picture is my favorite. It looks like a little playground for chickens. Weeee!

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Huge Chicken Coop{photo credit}

Hobbit Hole Chicken Coop{photo credit}

Car Coop{photo credit}

Egg Coop{photo credit}

If you have a garden and are thinking about getting some chickens, you might want to read Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly YardBy Jessi Bloom.  Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship, and the book is full of chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running.

Yee-Haw! Now we’re farming!

~Mavis

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Is My Chicken a Rooster?

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silver laced wyandotte rooster

Okay everyone, I’m pretty sure Pablo is a rooster, but after 16 weeks he still has not made any crowing sounds or behaved in an ungentlemanly like manner. Picasso follows Pablo everywhere and all the other hens love him/her.

silver laced wyandotte rooster tail feather and hen

Picasso is on the left and Picasso on the right.

We made a quick video this morning so those of you with rooster knowledge can weigh in. We’ve never had a rooster before, but I’m pretty sure Pablo is a roo, even if he hasn’t made noise. Is it possible to have a nice rooster that doesn’t crow? Have we spoiled him that much?

Let us know what you think.

~Mavis

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