Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 186 + URBAN HOMESTEAD MEAL PLAN!

In this week's meal plan (which is a photo of our menu board in our kitchen), you'll find several homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. Of course, there will be a few repeats throughout the week since we try to eat in-season and lots of leftovers for lunch. Breakfast is usually a smoothie or steel cut oats; something that can be prepared quickly in the morning. 

Anyway, on to the party:

Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

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Salads don't need to have lettuce: The Santa Fe Bean & Corn Salad

When I am in the mood for a culinary luxury, I head to the deli cooler case at my favorite food co-op. They have so many fresh salads and side dishes, as well as heat-and-serve main dishes. Because our local co-op uses fresh, local, non-gmo, organic ingredients we know we are consuming the best quality foods that also taste amazing. (Read their Quality Standards here)

So, yeah, I'm sure you can see why this is a 'culinary luxury' for us. We are a frugal couple, which means these treats aren't in our budget each week. 

One of my favorite side dishes from our food co-op is a Sante Fe Corn and Black Bean Salad. We can purchase a pint (or so) for about $7. This is a little steep for me, but it's sooooo delicious. Spicy, savory, fresh, and with enough fiber to fill us up. 

Beautifying our Porch with Clover's Garden Mosquito-Repelling Plants.

Friends, it's almost time to celebrate: School is almost out for the year! I have about 2 more weeks until summer break, which is just about as much as I can tolerate right now. To keep my stress level down I often start my day with breakfast and my daily devotional on my front porch. It's such a peaceful spot to start my day, especially now that we are adding more edible landscaping and flowers to our front yard. 

Over the weekend a special package from Clover's Garden arrived at my door, and it contained a trio of plants that repel mosquitos. You know me and my aversion to applying chemicals to my body (or food, or home, or pets…), so when I found a better, all-natural way to protect us from mosquitoes and get more flowers, I was all ears.

Let's get some education first. 

Mosquitoes hate these plants: Citronella Geranium, Lemon Grass, and Lantana. I love them, though, because they’re easy to grow, fit into most any landscape, and thrive from early spring to late fall. Each plant should grow large and bush out to up to four feet. The thick, lush foliage makes a great backdrop for containers or patio edging and their leaves give off a lemony, citronella-scent.

I received three Mosquito Plants, three Lemon Grass, and three Lantana; they'll fit in just perfectly around our front porch. All three plants’ leaves give off a lemony, citronella-scent that repels mosquitoes. Just rustling, crushing, or cutting the leaves releases the scent.

You can buy the Mosquito Trio by going to this link, and all mosquito-repellent plants can be found at their website. You can also get a FREE ebook version of the Clover's Garden book, including access to all of their gardening ebooks (Mosquito Repellent Plants, Guide to Growing Peppers, Guide to Seed Starting, Maple Tapping) by going to this link.

Because natural alternatives to chemicals, including pest control, are so important to John and I, we partnered with Clover's Garden to offer a giveaway! Here's what you need to know, including the Rafflecopter link below:

This Mosquito Trio giveaway includes each of the plants plus Clovers Garden’s exclusive book, Mosquito Repellent Plants. 

(You can also buy these plants individually at the Clovers website. If you’d like a FREE Mosquito Repellent Plants ebook, sign up for their gardening newsletter and you’ll get instant access to the book, just visit this link to sign up.)

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