Lettuce Bowl


Have you ever made a lettuce bowl? I decided to make a lettuce bowl by reusing a plastic food container with Eco Compost and my favorite Rocky Top Lettuce mix from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Unfortunately, because the windows are tinted where I was trying to grow this lettuce it got spindly and didn’t end up working out. BUT this method did work great with spinach seeds. And I was able to plant those little spinach plants into the garden.

I have always had GREAT luck with Rocky Top Lettuce Mix from Baker Creek. I put down a layer of compost on the ground and then sprinkle the seed on top. Lettuce needs light to germinate, so I don’t cover the seeds with dirt.  I keep the ground moist and usually harvest the lettuce as baby greens. I have had huge yields from this lettuce seed. And I have planted it in the garden again this year.



Prime Pantry Review

I decided to get an Amazon Prime Pantry box when I got some credits from Amazon to try it. I ended up getting about $20 in credits from Amazon that I used toward my Prime Pantry box.

I ordered personal care items, home items, and groceries.

I checked and double checked most of the items to make sure it was a good price. For some of the items they were significantly cheaper than I typically spend, some were about the same, and some were slightly more. Some of the things I originally had in my cart were much more expensive than I could get at a normal store, so I changed to a different brand that had a better price, or just removed the item from my cart.

I filled my box almost to 100%, so I didn’t know how big to expect the box to be. I knew that since I had ordered 24 rolls of toilet paper and 6 rolls of paper towels it would probably be pretty big.

The box showed up on the day they said it would. It was large and weighed 33 pounds. I was really impressed with the packaging. When you opened the flaps the side flaps had handles for carrying. Everything was packaged efficiently. They did a great job of packing it. Nothing was damaged even though I flipped the package up on it’s side for awhile. There were some air packing bubbles at the top, but mostly everything was snuggly placed together.

On all the perishable foods the dates were far out, which I appreciated. The only thing that was a little disappointing was the size of the paper towel rolls. I ordered a 6 pack of paper towels, and I must normally get extra large rolls, because the regular size rolls seemed really small to me.

I stocked up on personal care items and home items for probably 4-6 months, so Prime Pantry definitely isn’t something I would be doing on a regular basis. I basically tried it because of the novelty of trying something new, and because I had the credits from Amazon.

If I want a grocery box, I would typically use Azure Standard. Which my family does once a month.

Because of how efficiently the box is packed I think Prime Pantry would be excellent for a family vacation. If you ordered a Prime Pantry box before you left it would probably take about ¼ of the space as if you had the same items loose and in grocery bags to pack.

Here is an idea of some of the things you could put in your Prime Pantry box if you If you ordered all of your non-perishable food items (chips, nuts, condiments, napkins, sunscreen,  etc), and other things you might need (foil, plastic wrap, zip-locs, napkins etc) it would be a really great way to pack for a vacation.

What you could “pack” in a Prime Pantry box for a week long vacation at a vacation rental:

  • Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonaise
  • Chips
  • Other Snacks
  • Cookies
  • Drinks
  • Napkins
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sunscreen
  • And more…

Eek I have a Whole Coconut

P1000079I got an Organic fruit & veggie box from Azure Standard and it had a whole brown coconut in it. It was a pretty cool novelty, until I realized I didn’t know exactly what to do with it. So I googled it of course. I found a pretty helpful post from Food 52. And then later I looked in “Joy of Cooking” and found out how to open and use a whole coconut. Now I knew how to open it, but I still had to decide what to do with it.

I made about 4 cups of coconut milk.

I used the coconut milk to make a sweet potato curry. It was delicious. I didn’t use a recipe, but it went something like this.

Heat oil in a large cast iron enamel pot and then put in 4-5 cloves of minced garlic until just brown, add 1 chicken breast and cook partially. Add in 5 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped, 1 large red onion cut into thin wedges, 2-3 Tablespoons of red curry paste, 2 Tablespoons of grated fresh ginger, 4 cups of coconut milk, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 30+ minutes until sweet potatoes are soft. Serve over rice with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Cracking and peeling a coconut is a lot of work. Definitely not something I would too all too often, but it did result in delicious coconut milk.