Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 32 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:

apple coffee cakeBreakfast Ideas 

Apple Coffee Cake - Enjoy a lazy Sunday as you flip through the back-to-school ads with this yummy coffee cake.  {Pin for Later}
Hawaiian Egg Bread – I know, it doesn’t really seem breakfast-y, but it is.  I promise.  Slather this fresh out of the oven bread with some butter and jam, or a bit of honey.  It’s heaven, I tell ya.  {Pin for Later}
Strawberry and Nutella Crepes with Bananas – Crepes are really pretty simple, but make breakfast feel like a decadent event.  {Pin for Later}
Sausage and Apple Cheddar Biscuit Bake – This is one of those hardy, stick to your ribs sort of breakfasts that will fill your kitchen with the most amazing smell.  {Pin for Later}

Freezer Meals - Breakfast BurritosSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Slow Cooker Pear and Ginger Applesauce – I could eat this stuff all by itself for lunch–it is delish.  {Pin for Later}
Chili Verde Soup - With peppers on, this soup is a must.  It makes for a great lunch.  {Pin for Later}
Black Bean Taco Soup – This recipe combines my love of my crock pot with my love for freezer meals.  You make it in the crock pot, and then freeze some for later.  {Pin for Later}
Breakfast Burritos – If you have kids headed back to school in the next couple of weeks, you’ll be so happy you made these.  They make the morning rush a breeze.  {Pin for Later}

Savory Garlic and Herb CornSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Strawberry Focaccia with Balsamic Onions – Strawberries will be on soon, this is a great alternative way to use them up.  {Pin for Later}
Savory Garlic and Herb Corn - Corn is on, and if you have kiddos with braces this is a yummy way to still enjoy it.  {Pin for Later}
Maple Soy Chicken Thighs – These are easy and tasty.  A winning combination, if you ask me.  {Pin for Later}
Butternut Squash Pasta – If you grew butternut squash in your garden, you should try this pasta.  It is nutrient packed goodness.  {Pin for Later}

double-chocolate-zucchini-brownie-recipeCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies – When you put zucchini in brownies, it’s basically permission to eat two helpings, several times of day.  It’s basic food pyramid stuff :) {Pin for Later}
Zucchini Hummus – Are you noticing a theme here?  Zucchini is probably taking over your life if you have a garden, so here is another tasty way to use it up.  {Pin for Later}
Lemon Ice Cream – This ice cream tastes exactly like a creamsicle.  It is heaven and your mouth will thank you.  {Pin for Later}
Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate Chips & Peanut Butter Chips – These are sweet and salty in the perfect combination.  They. Are. Awesome. {Pin for Later}

dehydrated-carrots-how-to-dehydrate-carrotsCanning Recipe of the Week

How to Dehydrate Carrots – Ok, so this is not exactly canning, but it is preserving.  If you grew carrots, this is a great way to store them for the produce-scarce months. {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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How to Get Rid of White Powdery Mildew on Squash Leaves

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How to Get Rid of White Powdery Mildew on Squash Leaves

I’ve received a bunch of questions recently from people wanting to know how to get rid of that awful powdery mildew on their squash leaves lately, so I thought I would go ahead and repost this cool trick reader Veronica sent in. 

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After I told you all about the powdery mildew on my pumpkin patch, reader, Veronica, wrote in about her success in getting rid of powdery mildew.  {I would totally try this if my pumpkin patch wasn’t so big, it would take hours to apply!}, but I thought it was an AWESOME tip that I would share in case some of you are dealing with powdery mildew.

Veronica wrote:

My zucchini plants got powdery mildew this year and I got rid of the mildew! As directed by my mother, I combined a tsp of baking soda with a quart of water in a spray bottle; shook it up real good so all the soda dissolved. Then sprayed each infected leaf each morning until the spots when away. My plants are now back to producing (albeit slowly) zucchini. I live in Mukilteo, WA, so it should work for you too, if you want to spray your pumpkin plants each morning. Good luck with that!
That’s awesome that you were able to save your plant, Veronica.  And thanks for sending in the tip!
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As a sidenote, powdery mildew can overwinter too, so make sure to clean up all the leaves and plant debris out of your beds in the fall.  Also, in the interest of prevention for next year, avoid overhead watering {i.e. sprinkling the leaves} and try making plant spacing less dense to increase air circulation.
Does anyone else have this problem? How did you get rid of the white powdery mildew on your squash leaves?
~Mavis

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Blackberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

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Blackberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Some of my very favorite muffins are these Strawberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping. Seriously the best strawberry muffins on the freakin’ planet. So since it’s the height of the blackberry season, I decided to fiddle with it and use blackberries instead. Good job me. It did not disappoint. Since I’m going to freeze both strawberries and blackberries, I’m going to have a heck of a time choosing which one of these recipes to bake all year because these were just as good! Decisions, decisions.

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cup blackberries, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

crumb topping recipe

Crumb Topping

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Blackberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line muffin tins with baking cups or grease tins with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add oil, egg, and milk and stir until there are no lumps. Fold in blackberries and set aside.

In a separate bowl mix together the ingredients for the crumb topping with your fingers {or a fork if you don’t like to touch your food} until nice and crumbly.

If you have major OCD like me, use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop to fill your muffin tins. But if you’re like the normals of the world, just fill the tins 2/3rds of the way full and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

Cool slightly and serve warm.

This recipe makes approx. 12 muffins, and these freeze exceptionally well!

Blackberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

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Buying Meat in Bulk: Why Zaycon Rocks

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zaycon-foods-chicken-across-americaI’ve said it before and I’ll say it over and over again: buying in bulk rocks. And when I buy meat in bulk, I like to use Zaycon Foods. They have super high quality meats that cook up delicious. Their prices are crazy good, plus, they are just a great company. They have excellent customer service and their events are well organized.

Zaycon-ground-beef-eventWhile I was on their website, I noticed they have so much more than just chicken and ground beef. They sell fruit, seafood, pork, and even raw honey. And you guessed it, they’re all at wholesale prices. Zaycon is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to save money by spending money. I know it sounds weird, but when I buy in bulk I not only get a good price, but I make all sorts of meals & cook a bunch of meat in advance. So I’m not only saving money on the meat, but time. And since time is money, well, you get my point.

Right now they have some great events going on all over the country:

Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast {40 lb box} $1.89/lb

Frozen Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets {25 lb box} $8.49/lb

Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey Breast Roast {20 lb box} $4.29/lb

Meaty Back Ribs {36 lb box} $3.99/lb

Smoked Pulled Pork {20 lb box} $4.99/lb

Italian or Tomato Basil Mozzarella Chicken Sausage {12 lb box} $4.99/lb

Find out where the nearest Zaycon event is to you HERE. Trust me you won’t regret it!

Here are some helpful hints on how to prepare your bulk Zaycon purchases:

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How to Process and Prepare Your Bulk Chicken
Cooking-Ground-Beef-in-the-Crock-PotHow to Cook Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

I love having a freezer stocked full of high quality meat! How about you?

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 8/16/2014

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I try to share a picture a day in 2014.

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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FREE Amazon Prime for Students

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Capture4Pretty soon, my kids will be enrolling in college {excuse me while I have a small panic attack}. I’m not looking forward to paying for tuition, overpriced text books or cramped dorm rooms. Know what I won’t be paying for? Amazon Prime. Because they’ll be getting it FREE with Amazon Student.

Amazon Student is a feature offered to college students with a valid .edu email address. They’ll get Amazon Prime FREE for 6 months and then have the option of continuing that membership for 50% off {so only $39/year for students!}!

Here are all of the cool perks they’ll get:

FREE Two-Day Shipping: Wait until the last minute and avoid the lines with FREE Two-Day Shipping on textbooks and tons of other stuff.

Earn a $5 credit: Receive a $5 credit for referring friends via email and social networks with no limit on the number of referrals made.

Unlimited instant streaming: Watch 41,000 movies & TV episodes on your laptop, phone, tablet, & gaming console.

Borrow FREE Kindle books: Choose from more than 350,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates when you join Amazon Prime for $39/year.

Get more info on Amazon Student HERE.PicMonkey Collage5

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Tips for Buying Produce From a Roadside Stand

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sun-gold-tomatoesAre you a sucker for a roadside produce stand like me? It’s like I’m a magnet and just can’t pass them up. This week in my latest eHow post, What to Look For When Buying From a Roadside Vegetable Stand, I cover some helpful tips you can use the next time you happen upon one.

I was driving home the other night and noticed someone down the road from us had put up a little makeshift roadside vegetable stand to sell garden produce and eggs.

I don’t know what it is about roadside vegetable stands, but they sure bring a smile to my face every time I pass one. The tiny little mom-and-pop stands are my favorite, mostly because it’s pretty clear growing and selling the food is a labor of love and it has all been grown on the people’s property.

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Chocolat

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Amazon just added Chocolat to their list of free movies Prime members can stream.  If you have never seen it, let me tell you, you really should.  It is about a woman who moves to a small village and opens a chocolaterie.  First of all, it’s about chocolate.  I really shouldn’t have to say more.  But, it is also a great story about the little french village and the people in it.

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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?

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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!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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How to Care for Succulents

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How to Care for Succulents

I LOVE succulents.  If you maintain them, which is super easy to do, they always look great.  They make great centerpieces, for pretty much any occasion, they are excellent house plants, and here in my neck of the woods, they look great in outdoor landscaping.  {Does it sound like I am running for the Succulent Promotion Council?  I am having cards made up as we speak.  It’s all very official :) }

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Like I said, maintaining them is a piece of cake, once you know what you are supposed to do.  Here’s the 411 on caring for succulents:

  1. Water.  Succulents have unique watering needs.  During their growing season {the warmer months}, they actually need consistent watering.  Allow them to dry out completely between waterings.  In the cooler months, cut back watering to just once a month.  They will go dormant, and just won’t need tons of water.
  2. Light.  Because cactus are actually a type of succulent, some people think all succulents love direct heat and sun, but not true my friends.  Afternoon sun can actually burn them.  They do, however, enjoy plenty of light.  How is that for conflicting information? :)  Your best bet is to place them in a south facing window, but move them back quite a bit in the dead of summer.  If you plant them outside, plant them in spot that they aren’t exposed to direct afternoon sunlight.
  3. Temperature.  If you only have succulents as houseplants, you don’t really need to worry about this one.  They are happiest in a range of about 50-85 degrees–which is actually a pretty significant spread, if you ask me.  Outside, they can tolerate higher and lower temperatures, but you may notice some signs of stress.sedum and succulents living wall frame
  4. Soil.  Because succulents tend to grow naturally in very sandy well-drained soil, make sure to choose a potting soil designed for cactus and/or succulents.  If you can’t find any, you can mix regular potting soil with perlite, to encourage drainage.
  5. Pots.  If you will be potting your succulents, make sure your pots have sufficient drainage holes.  This is pretty much a standard rule of thumb for all potted plants, but I thought I would mention it anyway.

That’s it.  If you take care of those 5 little items, your succulents should stay pretty happy.

~Mavis

Need a creative way to showcase your succulents?  Try making a succulent terrarium or you can try a  succulent living wall planter.

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Weekly Garbage Expose

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Remember awhile back when I told you about that woman who decided to take the plunge and create a zero waste home?  It was a mind-blowing concept–which obviously would take a crazy amount of commitment, but it is still totally commendable.

The garbage we generate must be on a lot of people’s minds because a recent series of pictures by photographer Gregg Segal features families and individuals with the garbage they generated over one week is sweeping the internet.

The photographer wanted to show what the amount of garbage we generate over one week would look like.  He had the people lay in their garbage, and then snapped a photo.  You can check out a couple of his pictures on treehugger.   It’s actually pretty interesting to see the amount of stuff {and what kind of stuff} people throw away over 7 days.

What do you think?  Would you be embarrassed to let someone see you laying among your garbage?  What packaging is in your garbage that you KNOW you could cut back on?

~Mavis

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