Mondays With Mavis…

Dig! Dig! Dig!

Two weeks without doublers?  What’s a girl like Mavis to do? Ha Ha Ha.  I think I could get used to a schedule like this.   Hmmm.  I wonder if there will be any doublers this week?  Have you heard anything yet? My scissors are feeling a little neglected. 😉

I stopped by my local produce stand and stocked up on fruit & veggies, plus made a few quick trips into Fred Meyer and Winco.  Lately I haven’t been doing much grocery shopping because I am trying to empty my freezer to make room for this years expected garden harvest. Dinner time meals around my house are starting to get a little interesting.

For instance, I found a tube of frozen chorizo circa 2010. What the heck is it? Where did it come from? And how am I suppose to use it? Does anyone know?

I’m actually really starting to get excited about eating our way to the bottom of the freezer. Why? Because I know if I put a lot of time into my garden this spring and summer, it will pay off later in the year when my freezer is full of homegrown goodness and I only need to stock up on basic pantry items like milk, butter, rice and pasta and spices.

Wahoo!  Are you planning on growing any of your food this summer?

Here is a re-cap of my two “big” shopping trips I made this week:

Fred Meyer $11.53

Go HERE to view this Fred Meyer shopping trip.

Winco $6.68

Go HERE to view this Winco Shopping trip.

Total Spent This Week $27.86
Total Spent This Year $331.85
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds & Supplies $339.38


Master Craft Eight-Piece Garden Tool and Tote Set


  • Jennifer

    I’m curious: Do you can or freeze most of your garden bounty? I am planning on planting a large garden if/when we finally get moved into the house we are trying to buy (cross those fingers for us girls! 😀 ) I plan on canning as many of the tomatoes as possible to get us through the winter but wonder if freezing things like carrots and other veggies might be better? Thoughts?

    • I like to freeze mine personally because it doesn’t get mushy. We layer onions, celery, and carrots in a food saver bag and freeze it this way for soups. We do the same with a combination of other vegies for stir-frys, different soups and frozen veggies for side dishes. They only thing I can as far as veggies are tomatoes (left whole), spaghetti sauce, corn, green beans, and pumpkin chunks. Good luck!!

    • Mavis

      Yes, I freeze a bunch of my garden produce. 🙂

  • Jaime

    You can freeze tomatoes ‘whole’ Just wash and pull off stem and throw in frezer bag. To use, run hot water over and the peel will fall off, throw in stew. This is a good way to preserve tomatoes when in a hurry. Also, you can throw the whole corn cob, hush and all in the freezer, throw it in the microwave and cook for about 3-5 min.–the whole thing the hust allows it to steam, really really good that way. Just some ideas I have learned from some of the older and wiser ladies I know.

  • Julie

    Chorizo is a spicy sausage (spanish style)

    • Mavis

      Thanks Julie. 🙂

    • Candace Brady

      You can use the chorizo for breakfast, i do it one of two ways and both are equally good. I peel and chop up potatoes and fry them up with the chorizo then make breakfast burrito’s out of it which you can also wrap up and freeze for hectic mornings, or you can cook it up with some eggs and cheese and serve with tortillas.
      I grew up eating that stuff for breakfast all the time. I grew up in a Spanish home. Anyway hope you like it as much as i do!

      • Letty

        I cook it the same way too! Served for breakfast or dinner. You can make tacos out of it cooked w/ the eggs and potatoes and serve them with salsa (chile) on top. I love eating eggs w/ chorizo and chile for dinner.

  • Lee

    I’m assuming you have ground Mexican Chorizo. Cook it up for breakfast and add eggs and jalepenos. Scramble the eggs till their are cooked and serve in a tortilla with cheese and salsa on top. Delish!

  • Casey

    Another way to use up Chorizo if you don’t want to use it for breakfast is sometimes I will mix it with ground beef to use in tacos, it adds a lot of flavor to the tacos. I also mix it with ground beef when making Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup) one of my most favorite soups!

  • Melissa

    Since you are a gardening enthusiast, will you keep us posted on good sales at local stores for gardening items, like the tools you show in your article? I started couponing in the fall so I don’t know what kind of deals are out there for gardens.


  • Corey

    Melissa, see if your town has a feed & seed store. I’ve found far better deals on tools there (and far better quality) than at places like Home Depot or the garden center at a place like Walmart. They often have sales, and you can get a great quality tool for not too much out-of-pocket.

    Our town has D&B Supply, which is pretty darn good. One piece of advice: trowels take a lot of abuse, so look for one with a good sturdy connection between blade and handle. If it just looks like a shaped piece of sheet metal (bent down the center with a handle stuck on) it will be too weak to last a long time. Look for one that has a solid “stem” from blade to handle.

    This style tends to last longer, in my experience: Ames True Temper Best Hand Trowel 1983500

    I’ve bent (and broken) a lot of trowels in the clay soil around here… and spent far too much replacing cheap junk just to save a buck. 🙂

  • Julia

    Mavis: I love your MOndays with Mavis and I would love to get some helpful tips on growing onions. I tried last year with a start from a store and it was in the ground for months and it ended up being small cloves looking like garlic but they were red onions. I want the big bulb onions. 🙂

    • Shay

      do you use pintrest? There are a lot of really good gardening sites that are for onions. Try searcxhing for them there.
      I always get great onions, I do purple and white. I start with onion sets. They are just little onions, I plant them right before the last frost, cover them if it is going to freeze, and water them regular. Keep the soil moist. The soil should be slightly sandy, not clayish. They need room to grow. you can let them sit in the ground until after the first few freezes, just make sure to cover them. When you pick them, set them in the sun for two day, turning each day. To store, get old panty hose, put one onion all the way to the toe, tie a know, then put in the next one. Know in between each onion. Hang them in a cool dark place. Then when you need an oninon, start at the bottom and cut below the knot! I have good onions all year round direct from my garden!

      • Heidi

        I’ve been chopping, slicing, dicing my onions for years and keeping them in baggies in the freezer. They freeze well and all I need to do is grab a handful for whatever recipe I might be making. I don’t even thaw them out. Super quick and easy.

    • Mavis

      I would go to your local nursery and pick up a few bundles of onions. The staff at a nursery will know what you need to plant for the area you live in. 🙂

  • Mavis, how do you estimate how many plants you need for preserving? Are there any good resources out there? I planted strawberries last year and did not harvest enough for canning. 🙁 So, I ended up buying a flat at the farmers market.

    • Mavis

      I planted 500 strawberry plants this year. That should give us plenty to eat fresh, can and freeze. I would say 100 plants per person if you are a strawberry fanatic like I am. 🙂

  • Shay

    use chirizo in jambalia with left over chicken chunks from the night before! YUMMY!!!!!

  • I had a lot of chorizo in spain. It’s delicious mixed with cooked lentils and chunky tomato sauce over pasta or rice. Protein rich! It’s somewhat spicy.

  • Debbie

    You do need to know if you’re looking at a Basque/Spanish style chorizo, or Mexican. Two very different things. If it’s Mexican style, my husband’s favorite is Migas … fry up pieces of corn tortilla with the ground meat and scramble eggs with it. You can add diced tomatoes and onions, too.

    If it’s a Basque chorizo, boil it or fry it up like a regular sausage you would put in a bun. Those are the ones that you leave in the casing …

  • Lynn

    How do you can pumpkin chunks and what do you use them for?????

  • Sheila

    You can freeze zucchini too. It works really well to add fiber to smoothies if you shred it and freeze it in muffin tins, then put it in freezer bags. I have been told that it makes zucchini bread moister when you freeze it this way too.

  • Sharma

    I have a great recipe for Mexican pork stew that calls for mexican chorizo. I always try to have at least one or two chorizo in my freezer.

  • Debbie T

    I know this is off subject, but I would love to see a post on what you plan on doing with doubles this weekend at albertsons. You do such a FABULESS job. Thanks for all your hard work

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