MAKING A PINEAPPLE PLANT

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I do have to note that this is only the fourth one that I have done.  I recently took the one my son and I did at his house and brought it to my house . It was far too large for his space so I planted it in my garden. It is even bigger now and flourishing in the Florida sun.  I know for any of them to fruit they need to be pollinated. I’m not a gardener per say, I dabble here and there to find info I want to learn. The rest, let’s say I wing it. Lol. I am hoping by planting this other one that maybe they can be pollinated and one day bear fruit.   And I pray Monsanto hasn’t  gotten to our pineapples . Monsanto crops only bear fruit once. Plus they have pesticides. That’s a whole other blog that I will post one day on my companion site georgiogiavanni.wordpress.com. Anyway, I love pineapples.  Here’s how to make your own pineapple plant.. Hope you’ll give it a try. Fun for children because it is successful 100% of the time. No dying plants to discourage young gardeners. Or old gardeners for that matter! 🙂

YOU WILL NEED:

A grocery store pineapple

Water

Eventually, a good potting soil

Large clay pot or ceramic pot with drainage hole.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Take your hand and put it at the base of the top greenery and hold firmly.

2. Twist the bottom of the pineapple as far as you have to, until the plant part comes off.

3. Take each bottom leave and pull toward the bottom till it falls off. Continue doing this all the way around until you have pulled off five to six rows of leaves.

4.Place the plant in a container with only enough water to cover the part without leaves.

5. Keep an eye on the water level as it soaks up water pretty easily. Change water daily.

6.Once you have good roots, place in a large clay pot.

NOTE: In a few days you will see roots. If you buy a very ripe one or let it ripen well in your home before you twist the plant off, roots will already have started growing. The picture I have posted is after two days in water. I twisted top off after pineapple was yellow and many roots were already growing. Have fun! If you want them to bear fruit, be sure to plant a few in your garden so they can be pollinated. In this ever worsening economy, it’s going to be good to know how to grow our own foods. If you don’t have a garden, even potted, it still is a great looking plant!

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JEANETTE’S FRUIT COCKTAIL

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I don’t care for pears so I really don’t care for canned or jarred fruit cocktail. I do love fruit though, so when the children were small I decided to invent my own fruit cocktail so they wouldn’t have to eat pears either. Now that I’m older, I realize that just because I don’t like something didn’t mean they wouldn’t have. However, I think mine tastes better. You be the judge. It’s a literal ” Dump it all in” easy recipe. Perfect for barbecues  and days you have no desserts in the house or just feel like some fruit. Aside from slicing the peach slices into thirds and the maraschino cherries in half there’s really nothing else to do. Of course if you like pears you can throw a can in. 🙂

YOU WILL NEED:

1 -16 oz. can of sliced peaches in heavy syrup ( I do cut each into thirds so they are easy to eat with a spoon)

1-20 oz can of pineapple chunks (Packed in pineapple juice)

1-10 oz. jar of maraschino cherries. Cut cherries in half and add to bowl.

Add about 20-25 seedless green or red grapes or both

1-15 oz can or jar of mandarin oranges

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Place all juice from peaches into  a large bowl

2. Cut peach slices  in thirds or fourths  and add to bowl.

3. Put entire can of pineapple chunks into bowl .

4. Add as many grapes as you want. Usually 20-25 is good. You don’t really need to count them. Use the smaller ones of the bunch or can cut big ones in half.

5. Take cherries out of their juice. Cut cherries in half and put in bowl. If you don’t mind red fruit cocktail you can put that juice in there too.

6. Put entire can of mandarin oranges in and stir.

7. Chill well and serve.

VARIATIONS: I  have add diced bananas , melon or cantaloupe cubes if I have these in the house and they are getting overly ripened. If you choose to make this for a party , skip the bananas. Many  children are allergic to bananas. And of course, those of you who like pears can dump a can of pears in the mix.  Whatever you have, really, if you like it, by all means, add it. Enjoy!

JEANETTE’S FRUIT KABOBS

Having a barbecue and need a colorful way to serve your fruit? Need to keep the children busy so you can get your cooking done? This is a perfect solution for both of those things. Just assemble one the way you want it and ask the children to copy what you have done. Have the children wash their hands. Set them at a table and  they’ll stay busy for a while and be proud of what they’ve done. My granddaughter Mariah loved making these. And they are the perfect size, so that you aren’t throwing away a lot of plates with uneaten fruit at the end of the barbecue.

YOU WILL NEED:

Green seedless grapes or red grapes or both if you choose

jar of maraschino cherries halved

Cantaloupe cubed into pieces the size of your grapes

A can of Dole pineapple chunks

Honeydew melon cut into cubes

Strawberries cut in half

Bamboo or other type wooden skewers

INSTRUCTIONS:

After an adult cuts and washes all items, place each fruit in a separate bowl. Pick a pattern of colors that you like and have children place in the same order on bamboo skewers. Place all on a serving platter . Cover and place in refrigerator to chill.

VARIATIONS: You can use kiwi , star fruit, blueberries, raspberries too if you wish. I found personally, watermelon often falls off the skewer easily. Bananas I do not use because many children are allergic to them and they do turn brown, ruining the beauty of the entire skewer. I have used raspberries blueberries and mini marshmallows for a fourth of July barbecue. These skewers are always a big hit at any  party I’ve brought them to and so easy,  a child can do it.

FANCY FRUIT SLICES

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YOU WILL NEED:

Oranges (this also works with lemons and cucumbers as well)
Potato peeler
Knife

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Hold orange with fingers touching stem part and bottom of orange

2. With potato peeler, from stem to bottom, peel off rind of orange evenly spaced all the way around orange. You should have an orange with the pith showing in a striped design.

3. Slice orange in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Arrange on plate.

Have a blessed day!