Coffee and avocados.
This is a common snack for me.
When we have avocados. We went on vacation and emptied our house of all fresh produce before we left, so nothing would go to waste. And then we didn't go grocery shopping for like a week after we got back.
But alas, I got some avocados on Monday evening (today is Wednesday) and all of them at the store were hard and bright green. A few days yet until they would be ripe. No matter- they were a good price so I loaded up. Me and baby boy love them.
I put about 5 in a lunch bag so they'd ripen faster, and the other 5 I set on top the bananas in the fruit hammock. I had heard that you should put a banana in the brown bag with the avocados to get them to ripen up, but I was afraid the banana would turn brown and be wasted, so usually it's just avocados alone in the brown bag. This normally works fine. When I'm a normal-amount of patient, and not avocado deprived, and starving.
I kept testing them, off and on throughout the day whenever I'd get hungry. I would even squeeze them through the bag so as not to let any of the precious ethylene gas slip out. We need all of it so those avocados would hurry up already. They're still hard. Still another day or two at least.
On a whim, however, I tested one from the bananas.
This one was ripe!
So. All that to say they ripen even faster outside the brown bag and sitting friendly with the bananas. So I will be ripening them in the fruit hammock from now on. Good thing too, because my brown bag has really seen better days. An avocado a day since the boy was born (14 months ago) and me in and out of the bag... you can just imagine what kind of shape it's in.
And just because I had a friend ask me hows the best way to get the pit out of the avocado, and I'd spent the first 6 months or better of my daily avocado-eating just eating around it til it popped out until I learned this trick, I'll share it with you as I did him.
Slice around the avocado. Hold each side and twist them in opposite directions. If your avocado is ripe, it should just pop right apart, with pit attached to one side.
Then gently but firmly press the knife into the pit. I have tried firmly smacking it, but have often ended up with an unsightly slice where I missed. I'm too OCD for that, so I just press it in.
Then rotate the knife, mimicking the motion you made when you opened the avocado. The pit should pop right out.
There you go! Grab a spoon and the salt-shaker and enjoy.
Or top your salad or sandwich or whatever with it.
Or feed it to your baby.
Key word: enjoy.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
1 823 Tiny furrowed brow as Daddy reads
824 vine ripened tomatoes
825 Almost all of my mugs have a sweet face attached to them. This one came from my sweet friend
So it makes coffee time all the more precious.
2 826 Chatter on baby monitor
827 Text from friend
828 Laundry basket and socks
3 829 Clouds race across predawn sky
830 Serving with hands
4 832 Sister good-mornings
833 Flock of birds rise in unison
834 Cookies for my men (and the new Scentsy warmer I scored at a garage sale today!!!)
5 835 French vanilla coffee
837 Barbie sighting
6 838 Curls, coffee and online church
840 Wrestling on the floor
7 841 Pink jeans
842 The daddy who teaches his girls how to be girly is the best kind of daddy. Thanks to my daddy who taught me how to paint my nails.
843 Amber glow of sunset on neatly cut harvest rows
8 844 Homemade applesauce! No sugar added, just the way we like it... only wish it would've made more. This was a whole bag of apples
845 Mr. Boy thought he was pretty big stuff at the Library. He got himself out of the stroller and helped himself to the books.
846 God makes such pretty things. Another #nofilter sky.
9 847 Little boy footprints in sand
848 Boy with red balloon
849 “chance” meetings at the park
10 850 Boy hair static from playground slide
851 Baby chatter and belly laughs
852 Ivan and daddy make pizza together
11 853 Passing baby off to mom – love being the mom in this situation finally
854 Cleaned pantry
855 Grocery shopping with my guys. I actually do love this
12 856 Russian tea and Beth Moore. Perfect morning.
857 Tiny hands in prayer
858 Legacy & news
13 859 lovely leaves
860 sigh of sleeping baby
861 knock of wind
14 862 Baby steps
863 Scent of fireplace
864 French toast
15 865 my Beth Moore lesson from yesterday... there was so much info I decided to go back over it today before I jump in on this weeks homework. (And a sadly unmarked page in my Bible- guess I'll need to spend some more time in 1 Kings)
866 Isaac’s Storm – a favorite that was recommended to me years ago by an old friend. Picked it up again this summer. I *will* get it finished before it goes back to the library!
867 Jesus Storybook Bible
16 868 happy sounds coming from the baby room
869 thank you cards
870 spaghetti and small group
17 871 golden sun on scarlet leaves
872 moon large
873 one thousand birds
18 874 blond hair poking out from under hat
19 877 Sharing Bible books
20 880 new words
881 birds on the roof
882 row of geese
21 883 cilantro
885 splash of late evening sun
887 family dinner
23 889 gathering
891 opening our home
24 892 breathtaking autumn
896 Antique store and garage sales
26 898 Saturday adjustment
27 901 sunrise over frost
903 Bible and Beth Moore with the sunrise out the window. ♡
28 904 cows at twilight
905 drops of rain
29 907 eating crackers on the floor
908 soup picnic
909 lazy Tuesday morning
30 910 happy birthday to a friend
911 new words and rain
31 913 washing tables
914canopy of rain