Easy Kids Crafts – DIY Bird Feeders Ideas

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toilet paper bird feeder{photo credit - Cocktail Mom}

star bird feeder{photo credit - Sweet Paul}

pine cone bird feeder{photo credit - Kate’s Life}

bird feeder homemade 1
{photo credit - Spoonful}

teacup bird feeder{photo credit - Intimate Weddings}

old light bird feeder{photo credit - The Art of Doing Stuff}

Have you ever made a homemade bird feeder? Did it work? Did your feeder attract a lot of birds? Above you’ll find a few cool ideas and links. Simply click the link to go visit the original source and find out how to make these.

I love the Star Feeder, but I think I am going to stick with the basics, and attempt the toilet paper roll one instead.

~Mavis

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Baked Potato Casserole Recipe

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baked potato cassarole

I made this baked potato casserole last night for dinner and it was so stinkin’ awesome, I’m making it again as soon as I get my hands on another head of broccoli.

The Handsome Husband had 3 servings and couldn’t stop talking about how good this dish was. Simple food baby, that’s what I’m talking about!

baked potato cassarole picture

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 head broccoli, chopped into small florets
3 sweet sausages, sliced { I used Aidells chicken apple sausage}
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Monterrey jack cheese, shredded {thanks Francisco!}

recipe Baked Potato Casserole with Sausage and Broccoli

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Butter a 9×13 casserole dish and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Toss in potatoes and boil/steam for 5-7 minutes or until softened. Add broccoli and boil/steam together for 1 minute. Drain water and place potatoes and broccoli on a large cookie sheet.

Saute sweet sausage in olive oil until browned. Place sausage on cookie sheet with potatoes and broccoli. Sprinkle spices and garlic over the potato/broccoli/sausage mixture and toss together.

Place mixture in a buttered 9×13 casserole dish and cover with shredded cheese.

Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and serve.

casserole recipe book

Looking for a few more awesome possum casserole recipes? Check out the book The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever. Amazon  currently has it in stock, and ready to ship.

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 2 of 52

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raised garden beds picture

This past week I worked on cleaning up the garden beds, pulling weeds, laying landscape fabric down near the chicken coop, and cleaning out the greenhouse.

Because there was a burn ban this past week, I wasn’t able to get the  stumps burned in the backyard like I had hoped, but I was able to get start some seeds for the 2013 garden.

Believe it or not, this is my favorite time of year in the garden. There are so many possibilities, and the glimmer of hope that comes with every packet of seeds and their ability to grow into something amazing just warms my soul on these cold January days.

Week 2 of 52 – Mavis’ Backyard Garden Plot

bean teepee

raised garden beds seattle

wooded garden setting

magnum glass greenhouse glass gardener tacoma

wooded garden setting pictures

future garden setting plot

omlet claire chicken coop eglu

local raspberry plants washington raspberry patch

costco pots

botanical interests seeds seed packets

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company.  You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Garden Clean Up

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raised garden beds

10 months from now if I ask you if I should spread straw all over my whole freakin’ garden, please tell me no. Because yesterday I spent half the day cleaning up our 16 raised garden beds. Of course there wouldn’t have been so much work to do had I not spread straw all over the garden beds last fall, but I’m a sucker for punishment.

I had intended on growing vegetables in the raised garden beds over the winter, but after I reached my goal of 2,000 pounds, I decided to needed a break, and stayed inside and got caught up on House reruns instead.  So unless I’m going to fully commit to growing vegetables in the backyard all winter long, I think laying down straw is  just plain silly {and a HUGE waste of time}.

worm

While I was raking up all that straw, I also found a few worms for Black Fatty. When I’m out working in the garden and the chickens are “free ranging,” Black Fatty will often come over to where I am and just stare at me until I dig her up a few worms. It’s cute, for the first few minutes or so, but when she plants herself there for a half an hour it gets a little old. But a few worms, hey, no problem.

heirloom beet

And holy crack people. Beets.  Winter beets! The chickens had devoured all the tops so they were hard to detect under all that straw, but man oh man, guess what’s for dinner tonight. Just don’t tell the Handsome Husband though, if he finds out I’m feeding him something that was previously gnawed on by chickens he probably wont eat them.

rainbow swiss chard

And last but not least,  I also dug up 4 the large clumps of Rainbow Swiss Chard. I was going to toss them so I could start from scratch, but decided to transplant them to another area in the garden instead. I may not be a fan of Swiss chard, but the chickens sure do love it. And hey, anything that gets me closer to my goal of growing 4,000 pounds of food this fall, works for me.

How was your Saturday? Did you do anything exciting?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Clothes Dryer, Mason Cash, Birkenstocks + More

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mornings with mavis

Happy Sunday!

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 books

Free Kindle Books
Weekend Homesteader: July
Cold Night Warm Belly: 35 Game Day Recipes For The Slow Cooker
Lively Gluten Free Recipe Book 
How to Grow Potatoes: Planting and Harvesting Organic Food From Your Patio, Rooftop, Balcony, or Backyard Garden 

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

Mr. Clean Erasers

Amazon currently has the 8-pack of Mr. Clean Erasers on sale for just $6.64 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. I LOVE these things! Go HERE to get this deal.

Collapsible Indoor Tripod Clothes Dryer

Amazon has the Household Essentials Collapsible Indoor Tripod Clothes Dryer on sale right now for $16.75. It can hold up to 36 garments on hangers. When not in use, it can be folded for easy storage. No tools are required for assembly. Go HERE for this deal.

mason cash cookware

If you are a fan of Mason Cash cookware, you’ll want to hop on over to Zulily and check out the Mason Cash Cookware deals today.

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

Birkenstock shoe deals sale

6pm has Birkenstocks, Birki’s, and Betula shoes on sale for up to 60% off, plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

head massager

Amazon has the SODIAL- Scalp Head Massager back in stock for $0.97 shipped.

canvas people photo canvas deals

Canvas People – 85% off sale

Did you take some awesome photos over the holidays {or have a gazillion stuck on your computer like I do}? Canvas People is having a HUGE 85% off sale going on right now. Wahoooo! Keep in mind you do have to pay the normal shipping fee, but 85% off on a canvas? What a deal!

8×10  Canvas $7.50 + Shipping
16×16 Canvas $12.30 + Shipping
18×24 Canvas $15.45 + Shipping <<<My favorite size

Go HERE to Get Your Canvas

Chili's Free Chips and Queso

Are you a Chili’s fan? Sign up for their email club and score a free order of Chili’s delicious Chips & Queso.

weight-watchers-magazine-

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code 9458 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 1/6/2013 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

amazon kindle sweepstakes

Amazon is giving away 500 Kindles HD’s. Yee- Haw. Enter to win by when you “like” Amazon Student on Facebook. Good Luck. I hope you win. Go HERE to enter.

$1.00 off Starbucks packaged coffee$1.00 off any one Orbit or 5 Gum Grab & Go Pack$1.00 off any 3 Campbell's Healthy Request soups
A few new coupons for Starbucks, Orbit Gum and Campbell’s soup popped up. Go HERE to print.

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

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

♥ Mavis

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New Printable Coupons – Reach Toothbrushes and Floss, Listerine, Johnson’s Baby Oil and Bubble Bath + Desitin

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$1.00 off any two (2) REACH Toothbrushes$1.00 off any 1 LISTERINE Mouthwash 1L or larger $1.00 off any two (2) REACH Floss Products $1.00 off any JOHNSON'S Baby Oil product$1.00 off any JOHNSON'S Baby Bubble Bath$0.75 off any DESITIN diaper rash product

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Garden Sphere | Tacoma, Washington – Reserve Your Chicks Now!

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garden sphere tacoma chickens

If you are a local, and are interested in ordering some spring chicks this year, you’ll want to give my friend Lisa over at the Garden Sphere in Tacoma a call. Garden Sphere GUARANTEES their chicks to be hens and they even offer classes for first time chicken owners.

garden sphere tacoma chicken hatches

Will YOU be getting chicks this year?  If so, what variety are you thinking about?

The Girl is already talking about how she is going to sneak a few Blue Cochin’s chicks past her dad this spring.

WAhoooo!

~Mavis

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Easy Apple Recipes – Apple Pie Jam Bars

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recipe apple pie jam bars

A few days ago my friend Mama JJ posted a recipe for cranberry crumble bars that made my eyes grow big. I decided right then and there to make a batch. But when I went to freezer, I realized I had used all our frozen cranberries over the holidays. So I improvised.

Armed with her recipe for a rich and buttery crust, I went to the pantry and grabbed a pint of apple pie jam.

These apple pie jam bars were so incredibly delicious, I know I’ll be making them again real soon. Perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you’ve got it.

Apple Pie Jam Bars RecipeIngredients

3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2 sticks butter, sliced thin
1 egg, beaten
1 pint apple pie jam

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place all the ingredients except the apple pie jam in a food processor or mixer and combine until nice and crumbly. Divide the crust mixture in half. Put half of the crumb mixture into a parchment paper lined 9×13 pan and spread the mixture out evenly over the bottom of the pan. Using your fingers, make a firm crust.

Spread apple pie jam over the bottom crust and use the remaining crumbs to cover the jam. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the jam is bubbling and the topping is lightly browned.

Cool, slice, and serve.

Missed out on the recipe for Apple Pie Jam? Head on over HERE for the recipe.

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Laguna Beach California – Laguna Nursery

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laguna nursery laguna beach california

If you ever find yourself in Laguna Beach, California you should make a trip to Laguna Nursery.  It’s about a mile and a half from Main Beach and oh boy is it an eclectic oasis of garden goodness.

citrus trees

The Girl and I stopped by the store while we were on our mini Christmas vacation and spotted tons of different citrus trees and cactus’s around the back of the store. I totally wanted to buy on of the lemon trees and bring it home.

Do YOU have a lemon tree? I totally want a Meyer Lemon tree, BIG TIME. I wonder if I could overwinter it in the greenhouse, or would I have to bring it indoors? The HH would freak if he had to walk by a lemon tree every morning on his way to make his coffee.

native plants to southern california

Does anyone know what kind of a plant this is?  I LOVE it! I neeeeeeed it.

white orchids

Spotted orchids.

black and white clock

Art and Antiques.

rain gutters copper

Copper rain chains. {Super cool if you ask me}

abalone shells

Abalone shells.

water fountain

They even have antique sinks for the backyard garden if you have an extra $23,000 laying around.

stuffed badger

Oh and stuffed badgers. We can’t forget about those, I hear they are all the rage these days.
wooden box tulip bulbs

And let’s not forget, tulip bulbs. No respectable nursery would be without bulbs.

I LOVE THIS PLACE! Even if it’s a wee bit out of my price range.

Laguna Nursery
1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949 . 494 . 5200


Looking for a cool garden book to read this winter? The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers: Based on the New York Times Column Garden Q & A is awesome. I own it, and Amazon currently has it in stock.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Getting the Greenhouse Ready for Spring

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cleaning gutters

When we had the greenhouse installed last spring, I originally thought I would be growing food year round in it.

glass greenhouse

But growing 2,000 pounds of vegetables can be exhausting, and by the end of the season I found myself needing a break. So I threw in the towel, cleared almost everything out of the greenhouse, closed the doors, and didn’t look back.

mavis garden blog

Until yesterday. I had gone outside to feed the chickens, and before I knew it, I found myself scrubbing the glass walls, removing pine needles from the tiny gutters, and emptying the giant feed tank I used to grow my green zebra tomatoes in. Today I plan on scrubbing down the breathable fabric flooring.

galvanized tub

Some how, some way, I’ve got to figure out how I’m going to grow 2 tons of food this year. I want to be able to maximize my 10′ x 14′ glass greenhouse it it’s maximum potential, but I’m not too sure where to start.

Right now I’m thinking about growing tomatoes and peppers in there during the summer and early fall months, and lettuces in the spring. But beyond that, I don’t have a clue.

Have YOU ever grown anything in a greenhouse before? Do you have any suggestions?

~Mavis

 

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