One of my big plans for our backyard is to have three (LARGE) raised beds full of vegetables! I’m working on introducing more and more veggies into every meal; sometimes even “hidden” in places my husband would not expect, ha! (Do you have to do that, too?!)
However, I’m still working a full-time job, running my own business on the side and doing this lil’ blog…so I don’t have all the time in the world to cultivate a huge garden right now. And I’m really good at overwhelming myself with too much to do! So I wanted to start VERY small – see what grows well in our yard and in our climate…and, let’s face it…see what I DON’T kill!
So, as of right now, I have three things growing. Yes, just three! But they’re all growing WELL, so that’s the idea, right?
1. Tomatoes – There are SO many of them – just clusters and clusters! I can’t wait to slice these up with some fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar!
Well, I’m only 11 days late re-capping last month this time. That’s better than 16 days late, right?! One day I’ll get it done within the first three days of the month, I can feel it!!! But until then…here are the top five posts for the month of May here at The Road to Domestication! (In no particular order.)
1. Cleaning by Week, Month & Year with Free Printables – Did you see this one? If you’re one of the ones who keeps “meaning to do some Spring Cleaning…” THIS POST IS FOR YOU!
We LOVE fresh fruit at our house, and one of our favorites is pineapple! Actually, pineapple is good for much more than eating, too! Did you know that pineapples…
- Help to fight off colds
- Help strengthen bones
- Promote good gum health
- Aid in digestion
- Prevent hypertension
I’m sure there are many other uses, too…but those are the ones I can spout off the top of my head! (OH! The pineapple is also a symbol for hospitality!)
But the one thing about pineapples are that they are pretty hard to “get to”. The fresh ones, that is. And I’m referring to slicing them. Now, I’ve been slicing them up for years, but the other day, my friend saw a fresh pineapple I had sitting on my kitchen counter, and she informed me she would never buy a fresh one because she had no idea how to cut it. I was a bit surprised, and then I started to think, how many people don’t know how to slice one? Hence, this post!
So, you need a pineapple (I know, I’m hilarious), a cutting board (pineapple is actually good for keeping up wooden cutting boards, so I grabbed my bamboo one) and a very good knife.
This was a first for me – I’ve never before made a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! (Probably hard to believe, but true!) However, this year a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake was what my sister requested for her birthday. I had to stop and think about that one, because I normally do “layer cakes” for people’s birthdays. But why not?
I found a recipe online that I liked, purchased all the ingredients for it, and the day it was time to make the cake, I pulled up the recipe and realized that it called for an iron skillet.
I have no iron skillet.
Durn the luck.
What was I to do? (My first thought was to go to Walmart and buy one…but then I decided I didn’t want to leave the house in the monsoon that was happening outside my kitchen window.)
Thankfully, the internet is a wonderful place, and I found another recipe which did NOT call for an iron skillet. And used almost all of the ingredients I had purchased! (Except for the actual pineapple juice, which my husband rejoiced over, since all he wanted to do was drink the bottle of juice, anyways.)
So here we go.
Welcome to my kitchen!