Canning 101 – How to Can Green Beans

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Well, I did it. I succesfully canned green beans in a pressure canner, and I didn’t blow up the house either. I totally feel like Olivia Walton right now.  In fact I might even go cut up some fabric and sew me a quilt this afternoon too. Ha Ha Ha!

So because I am a visual learner, I decided to take a boatload of pictures for you just in case you want to give this a try too.

Step 1 – Fill a pressure canner with 4 inches of water, place the rack in the bottom of the canner, and then place the canner on the stove and bring the water to a boil over low heat.

While the water in the canner is heating up, wash and cut your beans.  I used just under 8 pounds of beans and I ended up with 12 pint jars of green beans.

Fill clean, dry, sterilized jars 1 inch from the top with cut green beans.

Cover the beans with boiling water within 1 inch of the top of the jar and remove any air bubbles.

Carefully place the jars in boiling water, on the bottom of the canner rack. The water level in the canner should be at 3 inches by now.  If not, add more boiling water until you are at 3 inches.

Raise the temp to med- high and place the lid on the canner.  Set a timer for 10 minutes to allow the steam to escape. DO NOT put the weight on the canner yet.

After 10 minutes of venting, tighten the side clamps.

Put the 10 pound weight in place and make sure any openings are now closed and allow the pressure to build to 11 pounds.

Once the pressure canner reaches 10 pounds, set your timer for 20 minutes {see chart below}.  You may need to adjust the heat {I did} to maintain 10 pounds of pressure.

Once the 20 minutes are up, turn off the heat.  Walk away, go find something to do until the pressure in your canner drops to zero {my canner made a “ping” noise when it hit zero.  Do not attempt to open your canner until it is at zero.  Big No No!

Once the pressure in the canner has dropped to zero, remove the clamps, and remove the lid. Carefully place the jars in a draft free area {I always place my hot jars on a towel}.

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 Check seals {they will be indented if you canned the beans properly} and after the jars have fully cooled down, wipe clean and store in a cool dark pantry {or cupboard} away from heat.

Viola!  That is how you can green beans. See, I told you it was easy.

 

Christmas of 2008 my Mother in Law gave me an All American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner.  Now, I’m all about saving money, but a pressure canner is not something I would buy used.  But that’s just me.  So you do what you like.  But if you are interested in getting a new one,  Amazon has a ton of different sizes to choose from and the All American company has the highest ratings.

 * I am not a pressure canning expert, this is simply how I canned my own green beans. Can at your own risk.

 

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 28 of 52

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Costco $8.49

A big thanks to Nicole who shared last week Haagen Daz ice cream bars were $3.00 off at Costco. The HH was so happy! The vanilla chocolate almond bars are his favorite! :)

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Target $5.89

I tried a new recipe last week that called for V-8 juice, it’s not something I normally buy the my husband likes it so I figured why not? Remember the Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips I made last week? Well luckily I can get a few more batches out of the bag peanut butter chips I bought at Target because man are those expensive!

tyson chicken breast tenderloins

Target $11.98

Chicken! I had to buy chicken. :( Let me tell you Bob it’s always a sad day around here when I run out of my bulk order of Zaycon chicken. I have plenty of chicken freezer meals I can use but we are officially all out of single chicken breasts and the next Zaycon deal doesn’t come around to my neck of the woods until around the middle of October. Boo!

chicken stir fry dish

During the summer months we probably eat stir fry about 2, maybe even 3 times a week. I mean really, how can you go wrong with fresh veggies, rice and a little meat? It’s the easiest dinner ever if you ask me. {Get the recipe for my chicken stir fry HERE}

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Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery - Sponsored

I realized I needed to add butter and whipping cream to my milk delivery but the cut off time to change your order online for the next days delivery is 6pm. Luckily the old school way of leaving a note in the milk box still works. Yay!

With the garden in full swing now I’m not having to stock up at the grocery as much as I usually do during the winter months which is pretty sweet if you ask me. How about you? Have you seen a dramatic reduction in your grocery bill? Or are you sending those extra dollars in ice cream like me? ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $26.36
Total Spent This Year $1,011.22 {Eeek! I’m way over budget!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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Free Kindle Books, The North Face, Luggage Set, Puma Clothing Deals, Coupons, Recipes and More

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Happy Monday everyone I hope you had a great weekend. The weather here in Western Washington was ridiculously muggy this weekend but despite the weather we were able to get a bunch of projects done around here.

I can’t believe we are already half way thru summer… can you?

Holy cow man!

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 51% Off Select Filtrete Healthy Living Air Filters

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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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Get the 2 Piece US Traveler Rio Expandable Carry-On Luggage Set for as low as $39.99 shipped {blue}. The reviews are great and there are 4 colors to choose from.

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School is just around the corner {where did summer go?}. Check out these awesome chalkboard paint jars for easy school supply organization. Find the craft HERE or Pin it for laterFind more cool crafts on my Kids Stuff Pinterest Board.

The North Face RDT Momentum Jacket

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Men’s The North Face RDT Momentum Jacket 50% off

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Okay, so maybe I’m getting old, but these Bedside Storage Mattress Book Caddies look kind of cool They are only $8.89 and look like they’d come in handy.

pantene-pro-v-shampoo-conditioner-coupons3 new Pantene Coupons just popped up!

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Calling all wine lovers! Take the Palate Profile Quiz from Club W. They’ll ask you 6 simple questions about the flavors you like, and then based on your tastes, Club W will recommend wines just for you. No credit card required unless you want to have those recommendations shipped right to your house {you’ll pay for 2 bottles and get the 3rd FREE!}. Take the quiz HERE to get started!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Natural Health Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/21/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

puma clothing deals

6pm has oodles of Puma Clothing and Shoes on sale right for the whole family. Here are just a few of the deals for kids I spotted:

earthwise tiller

Amazon has the Earthwise  11-Inch 8-1/2 Amp Electric Tiller/Cultivator on sale for just $72.25 shipped and the reviews on this are crazy good! This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen this before so nows the time to grab it if you’ve been thinking about getting a tiller for your garden. :)

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Fire up that grill and throw these Garlic & Herb Beef Kabobs on it. So easy, so yummy. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 28 of 52

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Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

baked oatmeal recipeBreakfast Ideas 

Blueberry Cinnamon Buttermilk Waffles – These are a perfect way to enjoy fresh blueberries while they are in season. {Pin for Later}
Strawberry Banana Muffins – This is a great way to use up some of those over-ripe bananas.  {Pin for Later}
Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries - I love that oatmeal sticks with me all day, top that off with some blueberries and it’s the perfect breakfast.  {Pin for Later}
Savory Crepes with Ham, Spinach, and Egg - These are an awesome Sunday morning treat, and a great break from “normal” breakfasts.  {Pin for Later}

Hobo Bean and Bacon ChiliSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Crock Pot Honey Baked Chicken – Serve this on a bed of rice and you have a whole meal with very little effort. {Pin for Later}
Slow Cooker Hobo Bean and Bacon Chili - I think about this chili for days sometimes after making it.  {Pin for Later}
Ground Beef Pot Pie Freezer Meal – Now is the perfect time to start stocking up the freezer for back-to-school meals. {Pin for Later}
Chicken with Rice Pilaf - Make some to freeze and some to eat this week.  {Pin for Later}

Long Grain Rice SaladSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

General Tso’s Chicken – This is a great lighter weeknight meal.  {Pin for Later}
Roasted Chicken Salad w/Cranberries – This salad makes a great lunch or dinner, and is a light meal in the dead heat of summer. {Pin for Later}
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Spinach Quinoa - It’s too hot to cook indoors sometimes, so fire up the grill and throw on these kabobs. {Pin for Later}
Long Grain Rice Salad – This goes great with simple grilled chicken.  {Pin for Later}

blackberry cobbler recipeCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Raspberry Sorbet – The raspberries are still comin’, so I think a batch of raspberry sorbet is in order.  {Pin for Later}
Blackberry Cobbler – These individual desserts will knock your socks off.  {Pin for Later}
Lavender Lemonade – This stuff is soooo refreshing, and it is a great twist on your standard lemonade.  {Pin for Later}
Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookies – These combine two of my favorite things:  peanut butter and nutella…into a cookie.  I really shouldn’t need to explain any further. {Pin for Later}

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Canning Recipe of the Week

Green Beans – Don’t let pressure canning scare you!  Canned green beans are a great way to put up your harvest.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Joy From Michigan Sends in Pictures of her Garden and Garden Shed

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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!

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Remember that time my friend Amberlina and I survived the Tacoma City Marathon with our favorite soldier, Nick?

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 Well his grandmother, Joy, is an avid reader from Michigan and today she is sharing pictures of her adorable garden. I’m totally in love with her cute garden shed!

joy5She is just beginning to enjoy her homegrown veggies.

joy3Check out this picture of her flower garden. {I mean tell me you wouldn’t absolutely love the view from Joy’s chairs! That is like the perfect relaxation spot.}

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Joy- I have total shed envy! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your cute garden.

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • 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.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Raspberry Buttermilk Muffins

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Raspberry Buttermilk Muffins

I’ve eaten a few raspberry muffins in my day. I’ve experimented with different recipes and baked {and sampled} quite a few varieties through the years. But this recipe, mmmm mmmm good. I think it’s the buttermilk that makes them so moist and gives them just a little tang to offset the sweetness of the raspberries. It just might be the perfect muffin.

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Ingredients

1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/4 teaspoons nutmeg, divided
2 1/2 cups flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 cup buttermilk {How to Make Buttermilk}
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups raspberries

Raspberry Buttermilk Muffin recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease or line muffin tin with muffin cups. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and sprinkle muffin tins with sugar mixture. Set remaining sugar mixture aside for muffin topping.

In a separate bowl or stand mixer, mix 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, salt and remaining 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg together. Using the paddle attachment {or two knives if not using a stand mixer}, cut in butter on low speed until butter is about pea-sized.

In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, eggs and vanilla together. Add wet mixture and dry mixture and stir just until combined. Lumps are expected.

Add remaining 1/4 cup flour to raspberries and toss to coat. Carefully fold raspberries into batter. Fill muffin tins almost to the top and sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.

Bake 15 minutes and rotate pan. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Enjoy.

Raspberry Buttermilk Muffins

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/19/2014

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instagram mavis butterfieldMavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I try to share a picture a day in 2014.

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Garden Updates

zucchini waffles

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

Should I Remove the Rings From My Canning Jars

Tips and Tricks

Clever Way to Keep Bugs Out of Your DrinksWeekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Friday Night at the Movies – Land Girls

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Easy Milk Carton Concrete Planters

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These planters are a little bit funky, super simple and just plain cool. I’m showing you how to whip them up for your very own porch or backyard in my latest eHow article, Cool Concrete Garden Planters Made From Milk Cartons.

If the summer boredom blues are happening at your house because the kids are out of school and “have nothing to do,” well, then, have them dig through the recycling bin, because I’ve got something fun (and slightly messy) for them to make.

Go HERE to read the full article…

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Friday Night at the Movies – Land Girls

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I just started the series Land Girls.  I’m only 2 episodes in, but I LOVE it!  It’s about a group of women who were members of the Women’s Land Army {women who worked on British farms during WWII}.  The series follows the women’s lives through just about everything you might expect.  It’s awesome.

Netflix has it for free, if you are a Netflix member.

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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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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!

 

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Getting Stung by Bees, Doggie Treats, Geese, and That 17 Pound Restoration Hardware Catalog

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getting stung by bees

My neighbor Hulda came down yesterday to pick raspberries and ended up getting stung. Not once, but twice. Eeek! The Girl got stung picking raspberries later in the day as well. :( Do bees make hives in raspberry patches? I’m allergic to bees so I think I’ll have the HH investigate this weekend for us.

I sure hope there isn’t a hive in there… I need more berries!

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An early morning walk on the beach. The Canada geese around here are way to relaxed if you ask me. restoration hardware catalogs 2014

Did you receive a 17 pound stack of Restoration Hardware catalogs last month? Oh my word! I’ve never even ordered from Restoration Hardware before so I have no idea why they sent catalogs to me.  Do they really think I’m interested in a $5,000 sofa?

Maybe if they didn’t send out 17 pound catalogs they could lower there prices a wee bit.

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Doggie treats. Lucy is in L.O.V.E. with Paragon Whimzees Dental Chews. She carries her little chewy around with her throughout the house, half playing with it and half gnawing on it. It takes her about a week to go through one of them and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever to watch.

needle punch thread

The kids and I were at the thrift store the other day and a bag full of Needle Punch thread was calling my name. 30 spools for $3.99. Just one goes for about $2.50 at the shops so I think I made out pretty good.

Of course I have never needled punched anything in my life before… but it’s on my craft to do list. ;)

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Hey! I checked my P.O. Box for the first time in 3 months and found some kinds notes, scrapbooking cutouts, a free dish towel from Zaycon Foods, and a Mama Kangaroo from Australia. Pretty neat if you ask me. Thank you friends from the internet, its always nice to get stuff in the mail.

Unless of course you’re that guy from Kentucky who wrote me that long love letter. That was awkward.

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Oak Leaf Lettuce. Ain’t it purdy? Think how much money brides could save if they walked down the aisle carrying bouquets of fresh vegetables instead of flowers.  If I could do it over again I’d totally do this.

But then again, I’m a little odd.

Have a great weekend everyone,

~Mavis

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