We recently found an apartment to be our Castle (saga to come when Doug has time to write it). As part of the moving in process, I wanted some plants for our kitchen window. Since succulents are super popular on Pinterest–and they’re pretty difficult to kill–I decided to get one. That quickly turned into 6 pots, which is 10 or so plants. In addition to the plants, I also had to find a windowsill-sized planter and some gravel. (Thank goodness the pet store stocks pretty things; it made it super easy to color coordinate.)
The basic steps to making a cute succulent display are as follows:
- Buy succulents. Buy a cactus or two as well because they’re cute and tiny and may double as anti-theft devices.
- Wander around several stores until you find a planter that meets your needs. (We found our adorable planter at Target!)
- Head to the pet store for pretty gravel that matches your decor.
- Lay out all of your supplies on a (messy) table and try a few different arrangements in your empty pots.
- Fill pots approximately a third of the way with gravel. You want a base to put the roots and dirt from the starter pots on so you can see them and they can get some sun.
- CAREFULLY place your plants in the planter and fan out the dirt loosely with your fingers. When it comes to placing the cactus, I recommend NOT using your hands.
- Holding the plant steady, fill around it with gravel almost to the rim of the pot.
- Place on a windowsill and give your succulents a little water. They may be hardy plants but they still need love!
In addition, I also have some broken pieces from the cute little cactus floating in a bowl of water to see if I can regrow them. If that is the case, there may be a baby cactus or two for a lucky reader.
This is the first recipe we decided to work on for the blog. Of course, I decided that I would like to attempt something from a crazy idea–an invention, if you will–and it wasn’t quite perfect on the first try. The recipe posted below is of yet untested, based on feedback from the initial attempts. As many a foodie has been known to suggest, more cheese is always the answer.
Blue Corn Nacho Casserole
A delicious, gluten-free snack-meal designed to add some cheese and some spice to your life.
- 2 blocks hot habanero cheddar cheese,
- 1 block extra sharp cheddar cheese,
- 2 small bags blue corn tortilla chips,
- 1 can sweet corn,
- 2 small brown tomatoes (Kumatos),
- hot sauce (to taste).
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
- Shred or grate cheese. We shredded our into fine curls for ease of melting.
- Layer the first bag of tortilla chips in the bottom of your casserole dish. Then layer a little less than half of your grated cheese. This does not have to be exact; just ensure that there is sufficient cheese.
- Add some of the canned corn on top of the layer of cheese. Once again, there is no right or wrong way to do this.
- Layer the second bag or tortilla chips. Then layer on the rest of the grated cheese and canned corn.
- Place casserole dish in oven and bake for 10 minutes or so. For a crispier cheese ‘crunch’, bake a little longer.
- While the casserole is baking, dice the tomatoes.
- Remove casserole from oven and divide onto plates. Add tomatoes and hot sauce to taste.
This recipe, as written, is vegetarian. We chose to serve ours with chicken but the options are endless. Beef, tofu, fish, beans, shrimp, veggies, cheese cubes… It’s up to you! If you try something truly amazing, please let us know.