Overnight Oats Failure

I make overnight oats one or two times a month. I usually make a batch that includes 1 cup of dry oats and it lasts me a few days. We have only been keeping Steel Cut Oats in the household lately. I had a craving for overnight oats so decided to give it a go with the steel cut oats. What I found is that the steel cut oats do not soak up the moisture like the rolled oats. The end result was a chewy mess. Recipes online say to heat up the oats before serving to make them smoother. I tried heating them but it still was not smooth as I like it and I prefer my oats cold. Additionally you lose the benefits from the active cultures in the yogurt when you heat them. Next time I will pre-cook the steel cut oat or use rolled oats again.

Spring Broccoli

We are definitely having an unseasonably cold spring because we came back from vacation and there is still broccoli growing, and with no flowers in site.

It is starting to warm now; and bugs are returning; but I am interested to know what other surprises will occur while we continue through spring.

Ladybugs dig dill

I was out collecting dill seeds this afternoon and a noticed a lady bug chowing down on some pests on my dying dill plant. I spent ten minutes taking photos and all I got was these two blurry ones. The lady was like “chill out iPhone paparazzi” and then flew away. I like the photo with the big white eyes staring me down. Also below is a photo of some of the seeds collected.

Dill Seeds

The dill plants are producing seeds. This is one of many seed producers in the garden. The first attempt at storing seeds became a moldy mess and I had to throw them out. The next batch was left to dry out on paper towels for a couple days before storage. Another batch was just thrown into the summer garden (an update on a later date about that). The only say I can say is that I did a terrible job at spreading the seeds. It is one big clump of dill. There are still more to collect and I will be doing that the next couple of weeks.


In October 2010 I purchased a pineapple plant sold at a plant sale for the UCF Arboretum at the University of Central Florida.

For over two years I have managed to not kill off this plant (unlike past pineapple plant attempts, which I thought I blogged about but apparently never did).

But the plant just sat there in the yard and did nothing.

When we returned back from our lovely two week trip in the United Kingdom (more details later) I was excited to find that the pineapple plant was actually producing, well, a pineapple.


The more I garden, the more I am finding that plants do better when I leave them alone. Survival of the fittest backyard garden style.