Monday, December 8, 2008


We have recently joined up with a few friends to form a produce co-op of sorts. Every Friday for $20 we all get a very large box of a variety of produce. It changes every time and you never know what you're going to get. It's always a bit exciting to see what we will be eating for the next week. We often get a number of grapefruit which isn't so great because we're really not into that but we can pretty much find a way to eat everything else. We get grapes, fresh spinach, asparagus, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, green beans, celery, apples, oranges, bananas and more!

This week we had a pineapple in our box of produce! I'm not a big fan of pineapples but I have several kids who like them. I also just came across a recipe for Hawaiian chicken which calls for pineapple so we'll try that out. Since I never buy pineapple whole, we've had a good time with ours today as I was cutting it up for the chicken.

First we discussed why it might be called a pineapple (which I've never really contemplated before) and came up with a pretty good explaination. They observed that it looks a bit like a pine cone on the outside and tastes a little bit like an apple. Works for me!
We also had a chew on the middle of the pineapple to see why they always cut that out. Some little person snagged a bit of the scraps and seemed to enjoy that:

We also found The Pine Apple Story on youtube ( and listened to that. It's an excellent true story (close to an hour) about a missionary who wasn't really able to reach the people he was trying to share the gospel with until he turned his possessions over to God. I highly recommend the story. Turn it on while you're doing a little cleaning or something. Now I need to go chop up the chicken for tonight!

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