How Much Water Does it Take to Make Food?

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So, until I ran across an article on Huffington Post about the relationship to water and food production, I literally had NO IDEA that it took so much water to make food.   Seriously, mind blown.  I mean, looking back on the information logically, it totally makes sense, but I never really gave it much thought.

Basically, the article broke down how much water is needed to make food and drinks that most of us consume regularly.  They calculated how much water it takes to produce a pound of each item.  The article put it in a sort of competition framework:  coffee vs. tea, chocolate vs. vanilla, chicken vs. beef, etc.  But, seriously, it all takes quite a bit of water.  Honestly, since I don’t live in an area that has huge drought issues, sometimes water conservation isn’t on my mind, but holy buckets people, when you get down to it, we use a lot of water we don’t even realize we are using, just to eat our favorite foods.

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Here’s the breakdown {this is to make a pound of the food or drink, and I am not listing all of them, so check out the article for a more extensive list}:

Tea takes 108 gallons.
Coffee takes 1,056 gallons
Chicken takes 518 gallons
Beef takes 1,847 gallons
Rice takes 299 gallons
Pasta takes 222 gallons
Oats take 290 gallons
Almonds take 1,929 gallons
Broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts take 34 gallons {that seems like a ton on it’s own, but when you compare it to the others, it seems like a pretty good choice}
Olive oil takes 1,729 gallons
Chocolate takes 2,061 gallons {Yikes, my beloved chocolate is one of the worst as far as water goes}
Cinnamon takes 1,860 gallons

Seriously, the list goes on. Does this surprise you?  I am totally aware as a gardener that it takes water to grow my produce, but this is a lot of water.  Next time I cook up a pound of taco meat, I’ll totally think about how it took 1,847 gallons of water just for us to have tacos.  Crazy, I tell ya.

Does this surprise you the way it surprised me?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Halloween Loot, Orange Juice Coupon, Sports Bras, Recipes and More

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Hello Wednesday!

Yesterday Chino the Handyman stopped by to measure for my new laundry room cabinets. After hauling our clothes to the laundromat a few times I am looking forward to this room the most. Well, and the kitchen too. ;)

It’s a little gloomy outside today so be sure and bundle up. Have a great day,

Mavis

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How can something simple be so good? Go make these Salt Potatoes and you will see. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Stew with Pumpkin and Spinach

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Vegetarian Lentil Stew with Pumpkin and SpinachI’m trying to remember a time I threw pumpkin into my crock pot for any recipe and I can’t. I’m not sure why though because this stew was awesome. It’s hearty and the flavors just meld altogether into the most delicious taste. And the pumpkin just gives it that extra something. I tasted it and was all ready to heavily salt it but I realized there wasn’t a big need. It was already totally amazing tasting.

Ingredients
3 cups lentils, rinsed
1 cup chopped pumpkin
1 cup {packed} chopped spinach
1 cup frozen corn
1 can green beans, drained
1 onion, minced
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 quarts vegetable broth {homemade vegetable broth recipe}
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Top with fresh cilantro. It totally doesn’t get easier than that!

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10 Non-Edible Treats to Pass Out on Halloween

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10 Non-Edible Treats to Pass Out on HalloweenWhen I was little, candy was a treat.  So, Halloween candy wasn’t that big of a deal.  It wasn’t like I was going to get it for standing in line quietly at school, and it certainly wasn’t in a steady rotation in our pantry.  It seems like kids get candy everywhere, daily, now though, so it’s a bit hard to feed the problem when it comes to Halloween.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the volume of candy, but don’t want to give up the fun of the holiday completely, here’s 10 non-edible treats you can pass out instead:10 Non-Edible Treats to Pass Out on Halloween

  1. Mini Play-Dough.  Every kid loves brand new playdough {who am I kidding, I love it too}.
  2. Glow sticks.  Glow sticks can be used right then and there-or they can save them and use them later.
  3. Stickers.  They are cost effective to buy in bulk, but still get the job done.
  4. Temporary tattoos.  You can always find pretty cool temporary tattoos in bulk around Halloween.
  5. Hit up Oriental Trading and get little novelty items to give out {crazy straws, cards, bracelets, etc.}.
  6. Bubbles.  You can never have enough bubbles, plain and simple.
  7. Halloween themed toys:  plastic fangs, rubber eyeballs.  The kids seem to think the grosser the better.
  8. Sidewalk chalk.  Enough said.
  9. Little jars of slime or goo.  Kids love them.  Parents will hate you.  All in a days work.
  10. Mini Water Bottles.  Over the years, I’ve seen the kids sprint from house to house like their life depended on it.  By the end of the night, they are parched, the water won’t go to waste, I promise.

Do you have any ideas to add?

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

~Mavis

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Painting with Puggles… It’s an Art Form

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Since we started remodeling the house Miss Lucy the Puggle Dog has had her fair share of days at doggy daycare. And although I know she has a blast when she’s there, I still miss her every single minute she is out of my sight.

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That’s why when I know a contractor is just going to be here for a few hours {as opposed to all day} I keep her home, behind closed doors with me working on some random project.

painting with puggles

Lately, we’ve been working on painting my new office space.

removing shelving

I keep telling myself it’s going to be totally RAD when it’s done.

lucy the puggle dog painting

But it’s taking me a little longer than I thought to get the place painted. ;)

wet puggleAhh puggles, they’re so much trouble.

But so much fun.

~Mavis

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How Much TV Do You Watch Per Week?

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How Much TV Do You Watch Per Week

T.V. is one of those fantastic little time-suckers.  On one hand, if you find a show you like, it offers genuine enjoyment, but on the other, it really can become a waste of time.  Besides my weekly Friday Night Movie ritual, I’d say I probably don’t even watch an hour of t.v. per week.  Crazy, I know, but it has just never really held my attention for long.  I’d rather be doing other things.  I totally get that I am the odd ball, though.

I kinda wondered what the national average is for watching t.v.–which I should clarify as “screen time,” because YouTube and other mobile device viewing counts in my book.  I found a couple of different numbers {here and here} that suggested kids watch between 24-32 HOURS of t.v. per week, while adults are coming in as high as 5 hours per day–um, what?!  Holy buckets that seems high.  I flat out don’t have 5 extra hours per day, and I honestly don’t think I could find enough to watch during that time if I did.

One of the links above even broke down the viewing time per week by age:

2-11: 24 hours, 16 minutes.

12-17: 20 hours, 41 minutes.

18-24: 22 hours, 27 minutes.

25-34: 27 hours, 36 minutes.

35-49: 33 hours, 40 minutes.

50-64: 43 hours, 56 minutes.

65-plus: 50 hours, 34 minutes.

So, my here’s my question, how much t.v. do YOU watch per day {or week}?  Are the numbers I found an accurate representation of our television habits?  {Make sure to include all screen time–Netflix on your computer, YouTube on your phone, etc.}

~Mavis

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Lucy the snuggle puggle says GOOD morning! She has been such a trooper through all the moving and renovating…I bet she can’t wait for everything to calm down and get back to normal again {Me too!}. 

Here’s hoping you have a great day,

Mavis

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Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

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Candy Corn Rice Krispie TreatsDon’t you think these Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats  would make the perfect treats for a school or harvest party?

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

9 cups Rice Krispies cereal
11 ounces mini marshmallows {1 bag}
6 Tbsp butter + more for greasing the pans
Yellow food coloring
Orange food coloring

Candy Corn Rice Krispie TreatsDirections:

Start by buttering {2} 8″ round cake pans and then set them aside. Melt butter in a microwave proof bowl. Add marshmallows, stirl and microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth.

Divide melted goodness into 3 bowls. Add orange food coloring to one, yellow food coloring to another and leave the third one plain {white}. Stir until combined. Add a few cups of Rice Krispies into each bowl and stir until coated.

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Divide the yellow rice krispies mixture between the two greased cake pans and press the yellow Krispies up against the inside of the cake pan. You want about a 2″ ring.

Next press the orange Krispies against the yellow, leaving the center open for the “white” ring of Krispies.

 

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

You should have a “rainbow” of yellow, orange and white Rice Krispies now.  Allow the treats to set for about one hour, then flip them out of the cake pans onto a cutting board.  Cut the circles in half, then in quarters, and then cut each quarter in half.

Cute, right?

~Mavis

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Kids and Homework

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Kids and Homework

I have to admit, when the kids were little, and homework came home, I totally felt like it was more “mom work” than anything.  They weren’t really equipped to do it on their own {obviously} and I certainly wasn’t all that equipped to teach them {gracefully} how to do it.  I kinda came to resent it in a way.  As they got older, they became completely independent with their homework, and although they would disappear into their rooms to do it each evening, it wasn’t really my problem.  Now, I can say, we have basically survived homework for better or worse.

BUT, that doesn’t mean the debate doesn’t rage on.  I found an article on the Washington Post that tries to summarize some of the research done on the benefit of homework.  The article clearly states that summaries on research studies aren’t all they are cracked up to be because a lot is lost in translation, but that is totally not going to stop me from trying.

Basically, research on the benefits of homework have shown that there is very little correlation to homework and overall academic performance.  Say what?!  I wasn’t personally sure what to think of that.  I mean, even though I kinda hated homework when the kids were younger, I consoled myself with the thought that at least it was reinforcing their learning.  Apparently, NO research has ever shown a positive benefit to assigning homework in elementary school.  As students move on to high school, the correlation between academic performance and time spent on homework is sketchy at best.  That’s pretty much the best I am going to do at summarizing–so pop over and read the article first hand, because holy buckets, my summary does not do it justice.

Article aside, I kind of came to conclusion that the benefit of homework really probably comes down to what kind of learner you are.  I am more of a hands on learner…and I am sure all kids learn differently, some probably like the quiet reinforcement that homework provides.   Still, I’m super curious what you all think.  Do your kids have too much {or too little} homework?  Do you feel like the homework helps them?

~Mavis

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Mavis’ Remodel Blog Day 13 – Walls are Going Up!

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office remodel

Over the weekend drywall guy came and “hung” our new walls and let me tell you Bob, things are starting to look a lot better around here. :) Over the next few days drywall guy will be taping the walls, adding mud, sanding, and lastly adding texture to our new walls {as well as repairing a few spots around the house}. According to Chino, I’ll then have about a week to get everything painted before the exciting stuff like cabinets, flooring and appliances get installed. Wahooo!

The photo above is what the office/ laundry room combo looked like before the remodel.

office remodel pictures

And now we have an office with 4 walls, imagine that! new laundry room diy remodelThe old laundry room with french doors off the office area has been moved, and the new laundry room will have more of a mudroom feel to it. {I’m very excited about this space!!}

new family room DIY remodel

Behind the sheet-rock box is the new laundry room. If you look closely you can see the lines on the floor where the old wall was. By simply adding a wall to the office and having a mud/laundry room area off the garage, we were able to gain 5 feet in the family room. Yay!

corner fireplace remodel

New fireplace area.

My Ugly and Outdated Corner Fireplace Gets Demolished

Old corner fireplace and family room set up.view from the kitchen remodel

The new view from the kitchen.

kitchen demo before and after photos

Old kitchen with dated sofet, counters, cabinets and pantry.

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New kitchen area {cabinets should be installed at the end of the month}.

sweeping subfloor

We are getting there. Now, if I could just keep these sub-floors clean!

~Mavis

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