One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/27/2014

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How to Grow Garlic

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How to Grow Garlic

Is it already time to plant garlic bulbs again? Where does the time go. It seems like it was just yesterday and I was harvesting garlic from our garden. Is it just me, or are there more things to do in the garden in the fall than in the Spring?

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Growing garlic is very simple and straightforward. For starters you want to try and find certified garlic bulbs {most local nurseries have it in stock this time of year}. Some people just buy garlic bulbs at the grocery store, but a lot of times produce {even bulbs} can be sprayed to slow growth, so I like to buy certified garlic bulbs so I know exactly what I’m getting. Botanical Interests and Territorial Seed have a great selection.

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To plant garlic, first break the bulb apart and inspect the cloves for any damage.  Toss any cloves that are brown or have decay on them. Next, plant the garlic about 2″ deep and about 6″ apart in loose, well drained soil. Cover the bulbs with soil, water and walk away. Mother Nature will take care of the rest until spring. Unless of course you live somewhere where it never rains during the fall and winter months. If that’s the case, then be sure and give your garlic bed a drink every now and again.

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Once the garlic begins to sprout in the spring, I like to cover my garlic patch with a couple inches of leaf litter to help insulate the garlic bulbs a bit from the cold {if you live in a warmer climate you don’t need to do this}.

how to grow garlic shoot

I don’t know about you, but I use garlic practically every day in my cooking, so it’s really nice to be able to grow it in my backyard each year for a nice stash when I need it.

How to Grow Garlic

  • Plant cloves 6 to 8 weeks before a hard freeze so the roots have a chance to get established
  • Do not break cloves until you are ready to plant
  • Plant cloves 2″ deep with the root end down and the point side up
  • Space cloves 4″- 6″ apart {depending on size}

elephant garlic bulbWill you be growing garlic this year?

How many bulbs do you usually by each year and when do YOU plant your garlic?

~Mavis

Looking for more information in growing, cultivating and enjoying garlic?  Check out the book The Complete Book of Garlic By Ted Jordan Meredith.  Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship.

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 37 of 52

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Costco $22.98

I had only one thing on my mind when I went grocery shopping last week…. Buy stuff The HH and Monkey Boy will actually eat while I pop over to the east coast for a few days to get some projects done on our vacation house. It’s true, buying chicken that has to be baked in the oven {rather than tossed in the microwave} might be a bit of a challenge for them, but I’m hoping they can pull it off. We’ll see.

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QFC $ 22.05

Canned soup, chips, yogurt, cereal, candy and a little orange juice for good measure. I’m sure they’ll survive just fine until I get back home. ;)

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Amazon order

We were over at Mrs. Hillbillys house about a month ago and Lucy the Puggle Trouble gobbled up their dogs food so we decided to buy a bag. And now she is in love with Natural Choice. :) What a nut!

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Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Milk, it does a body good. And butter? Well, just go ahead and staple it to my love handles… because that’s where it’s going to end up anyway. ;)

How did you do this week?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $45.04
Total Spent Year to Date $1255.83
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/20/2014

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 37 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

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1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room.  Yep. My house is still as clean as a whistle.

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2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house.

Making progress, I think. I told you last time I was giving myself until the end of September to fit into my old jeans. And I’m sticking to it. There’s no point in depriving myself cookies and cake during the holidays just so I can fit into a silly old pair of jeans.

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3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and Victoria B.C

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done! She’s having a blast and lucky for me she likes talking/texting daily. :) Life is good.

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5. Get 3 new teeth. – Do I want teeth… or a new laundry room? Decisions, decisions.

6. Pay off my car. Done!

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7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done.

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. We watched the Seahawks play of course!

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it at some point.

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress… 13 days to go. 

11. Secret Plan #3

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12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a vacation house on the east coast and we LOVE it. But that doesn’t seems to stop the peeps at Colonial Williamsburg from sending us note cards and calendars about every 6 weeks. ;)

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13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  This past week we harvested beans, zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage apples and kale from the garden. It’s been busy! Things should start to slow down here pretty soon and let me tell you Bob, I’m ready for a break.

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 36 of 52

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Costco Shopping Trip – $22.22 {for the food}

Same story different day. I went into Costco to buy socks and came out with egg rolls, a sack of Pirates Booty and giant baked potatoes and sour cream. You’d think after all these years I’d just walk into that place with a pair of those giant sunglasses older people wear so I couldn’t see out the sides. Tunnel vision. It’s a good thing!

lunch snacksTarget – $6.57

Crappy Snacks for Monkey Boys lunch. {I have NO IDEA what I was thinking buying that applesauce!!}

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Zaycon Turkey Event – Free

I had some Zaycon credit so I ordered a 20 pound box of Zaycon Seasoned Turkey Breast Roasts for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and there were 6 roasts!!! We devoured one and popped the other 5 in the freezer for later this fall. I don’t know about you, but turkey and mashed potatoes are my favorite “comfort food” this time of year.

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Fresh Corn from Farmer Ted – Free

Farmer Ted gave the HH 2 boxes of the sweetest corn on the planet this past Saturday. I cooked up a few ears for dinner and them froze the rest of the corn to use this winter in my favorite corn chowder recipe.

homemade applesauce

Homemade Applesauce 

We are enjoying a bumper crop this year and there are still a ton of apples to harvest. If you’ve never canned applesauce before it’s super simple and I love that you can adjust the sugar to suit your needs. I used a few Weck canning jars with this first batch because I intend to give those away as gifts and used my regular old canning jars for the rest.

  • 4 Quarts
  • 14 Pints {I gave one to my neighbor Hulda}
  • 4 Quarts Cloudy Apple Cider {I’ll post the recipe later this week}

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Monkey Boy sure is loving his weekly chocolate milk delivery now that The Girl is away at school and we don’t have to buy whole milk. :)

How did you do this week? Find anything spectacular?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $28.79
Total Spent Year to Date $1210.80
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/13/2014

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Easy Tips for Extending Your Growing Season

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tips-for-extending-the-growing-seasonAre you starting to freak out that gardening season is fading fast? Think again! It’s not almost over. In my latest eHow article, 9 Proven Tips for Extending the Growing Season, I’m talking all about how to keep that garden churning out produce!

Just because the kids are back in school and our sunlight hours are fading doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up the garden tools just quite yet. Although we may not be able to grow bushels of tomatoes during the fall and winter months, there are plenty of vegetables we can grow and many ways to extend the growing season.

Read the full article HERE.

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 35 of 52

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Albertsons $7.86

Talking about an easy peasy shopping trip! $0.49 a can for beans and $0.99 a bag for 3 pounds of granny smith apples? Heck yeah I’ll stop by and pick some up. No problem.  I was hoping to get 12 cans of black beans but they were all sold out, so I just picked up what they had and got a rain check for later. I don’t know what it is about black beans, but I’m totally addicted to them.

QFC shipping trip

QFC $9.73

Monkey Boy’s dreams came true last week. :) Captain Crunch, Cheetos, Ritz crackers and chili. Giddy up! The HH was in Alaska for business for a few days so it was just the two of us. I ate freezer meals for lunch and dinner and enjoyed vegetables from the garden while Monkey Boy was on a 4 day preservative high. We should all be so lucky. Ha!

Oh, and I totally did not intend to buy REDUCED FAT peanut butter!! Grrr, I hate when that happens. Would it be weird if I took it back and asked to exchange it? Have you done that before?

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Now that we’re going through less milk around here my plan is to stock up on butter for the holidays.

Life is good.

How did you do this week? Find any deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.59
Total Spent This Year $ 1182.01
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/6/2014

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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