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Garden '17 Plans

20 February 2017

For the past 2 years we have had an okay size garden in 3/4 different raised beds.  Our first year, the garden was overrun with pumpkins...
And we ate through pretty much everything we grew as it was harvested. 
Last year, I started a lot more of our garden from seed...
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But in the end we were able to grow a good amount of food.

We had an over abundance of pickling cucumbers and my pantry is still stocked with jars upon jars of all different kinds of pickles.

I also canned tomato sauce for the first time.
Which leads us to this year's garden.  I want more tomato plants.  And more corn.  And potatoes.  So,  we are going to go bigger (and hopefully better?) with the garden and till a plot for the garden.

It actually will probably stay in the same spot, since it works well.  

We plan on tilling a roughly 30' x 35' plot.  

My goal is as follows:

Potatoes (3 Different varieties); 3 x 16' rows = 48' total
Onions: 2 x 16' rows = 24' total
Carrots: 16' row
Tomatos: 2x16' rows = 32' total; 20 plants total
Peas: 4x16' rows = 64' total
Pumpkins: 16' row; 6 plants
Peppers, Hot: 10' row
Peppers, Sweet: 10' row
Spinach: 10' row
Celery: 10' row
Corn: 4x10' rows = 40' total
Pickling Cucumbers; 6' row; 3/4 plants total
Watermelon; 6' row: 4 plants
Herbs; 18' row
Sunflowers; 20' row
Marigolds/Nasturtium/Calendula/Petunia: Surrounding the garden as best as possible. 

I ordered seeds recently so in the next few weeks, I will be starting some inside.  

I seem to post more garden updates on Instagram so follow along...

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Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

17 February 2017

I hate to the wish the week away, but its February, we have about a foot of snow and have been without hot water and a furnace since last Friday.  So, yeah, I am wishing to forget most of this past week and focus on only being cold for a few more days. 

This week, I thought I would share 5 kitchen gadgets that I am loving right now. 

1. KitchenAid Mini Food Processor - I bought this with some extra Christmas money last month and it has been instant love every since.  I have a big ole regular food processor from when we got married 10+ years ago, that I have been using and its been fine.  But to chop just a couple cups it's a lot of clean up.  I saw this small food processor and was instantly sold.  It works perfecting for small amounts and the clean up is fairly simple as it is only 3 pieces total.     

2. Ground Beef Chopping Spatula - I may be really late to the game with this one but how did I never know something like this existed.  I have always used a wooden spatula to break up ground meat while it was cooking.  This spatula works much better and makes nice small little pieces. 
3. Reusable Muffin/Cupcake Cups - I have been using reusable muffin cups for year.  I used to use square ones to make bento style lunches for Reid when he was in daycare years ago.  Now, I use them for a lot of dessert muffins and such.  

4. Ziplock Bag Holder - This has been another, how didn't I know about that, item.  I have been using this ziplock bag holder at least weekly since I bought it last fall.  I try to make a batch of soup/chili weekly and then will portion the leftovers into quart freezer bags before freezing them flat for lunches.  

5. Scoop Strainer - I make the kids frozen veggies for lunches.  Which means that I was using either a slotted spoon or a large colander pretty much daily.  Now I just pour, strain and distribute without adding bulk to the dirty dish pile.  
6. Clear Refrigerator Bins - This one is a bonus and not really a kitchen gadget but its a huge favorite.  I don't know why I held out so long on the refrigerator bin storage but I am very very sad that I did.  It is so much easier to find and gain access to those long forgotten jars or 

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Being Prepared - On the Go with Kids

15 February 2017

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We have just recently entered the evening activity phase around here.  Before now we had afternoon swim lessons but were still home well before mealtimes.  Now between swim lessons, gymnastics and soon to be t-ball, we have evening activities a couple nights a week.  Some days it feels like we spend all day in the car.  

I am mostly good at being prepared for anything with the baby... Diapers, wipe, food pouches, bib, extra set of clothes, etc.  The diaper bag has it all.  

But with Reid being involved in more activities and being more active outside the house, when he gets in the car there have been a few hunger fueled 5-year-old meltdowns.  I try to keep a few snacks in the car but am always looking for more. 
Recently we tried the new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks that I picked up at Walmart and now I have a new go-to snack to help prevent some tears and fill some bellies.  

I love that the TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or no artificial colors and are easy to find in the cookie/cracker aisle.  Of course the lovable bear-shape made them a lot of fun to eat.  
Cute Story: When I was taking these pictures and the kids were coloring on the floor in the dining room, the UPS guy knocked on our door.  I just took the picture above with the whole TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snack on the napkin and when I came back from the door, I saw this below... I asked Reid what happened and he blamed it on his little sister.  Upon further questioning, he admitted that it probably fell down while skiing and broke his leg.
So head over the Walmart and pick up a package of the new TEDDY SOFT  BAKED Filled Snacks for on the go (or at home!).  On 2/23 there will be an in-store demo,  as Teddy Grahams has partnered with GoGo Squeeze and the PRD display.  Also, you can earn cash back with the free Ibotta app on the purchase of TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks.  So moms always be prepared!

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