It’s that time again. You ask, and I pretend to know things and answer your burning questions. It really is so much fun to open my inbox and see the wide variety of questions you guys have. Reminds me that my readers are so diverse and pretty dang awesome. So keep those questions coming and I’ll keep racking my brain for answers. As always, please pipe up if you have any input or are knowledgeable when it comes to any of the following questions:
Okay, so not really an Ask Mavis question, but I thought it might be something good to address. We buy processed food sometimes. I don’t try to hide it or deny it. I know that processed food isn’t ideal, but in our family and in our lives, I seek balance.
Maybe I don’t do a good enough job of showing all the homemade food we eat each week, but trust me when I say it’s a majority of what we put in our mouths. I cook from-scratch meals at least 5 nights a week, often more. I normally cook 3 from-scratch meals a day on weekends. I know my family eats healthy a large majority of the time, so I have no issue buying Monkey Boy some Doritos or a box of sugary cereal every now and then.
We are a healthy, active family and I’m completely comfortable with the food balance we’ve created. Might not work for some, but it sure works for us!
Right now the puggle princess is eating a 50/50 mix of Nutro Lamb and Rice Small Bites and Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream Dog Food. I will typically buy 15 pound bags and pour them into a large bin and mix them together. When we get near the bottom of the bin I mix in a new variety of dog food a little at a time to ease her into a new variety.
To keep mealtime exciting, I also mix in small chunks of meat, vegetables, broth, and sometimes a little rice to her dry dog food as well. 😉
You have probably been asked this already a long time ago, but where do you get the freezer meal containers that you use that have the cardboard top that you can write on? I have been to 3 stores in my area and all I can find is either no lid or plastic domed lids which will create more airspace in the container and take up more room in my freezer. Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
I’ve been buying them for years at the Costco business center. They sell them in bulk with about 250 per box. Might seem like a lot, but if you are doing a freezer meal group or bulk cooking, you’ll probably go through them quickly. They also last forever if stored right, so you may never have to buy more for years. If you don’t have a Costco business center near you, you might want to try a restaurant supply store.
Hi Mavis, I saw your picture of Lucy sprawled on your bed and it reminding me of this cartoon. Check it out HERE. I LOVE seeing photos of Lucy. And I love your website. I look at it every day, even though I don’t cook or have a garden!
First, thanks for the praise. I’ll keep writing as long as you guys keep showing up! Second, I love taking photos of Lucy, so I’m so glad someone enjoys seeing them! 🙂 Those cartoons are so cute. Thanks for sharing!
I’m putting a post together on the step-by-step process since we just built raised beds from scratch when we moved, so keep an eye out for that. You can check out this post on How to Build Raised Garden Beds for a few pointers. I LOVE raised garden beds. It’s my favorite way to garden!
I LOVE me some Pumpkin Pie Puree. We cook up pumpkins every year using sugar pie pumpkins. Not sure what type of pumpkin you’re growing, but the gist is the same either way. Hope those tips help!
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