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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

Too Many Tomatoes! 
 
Jun. 26, 2010 4:12 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2010 11:01 am

How many tomato plants can you grow on a sailboat? I'm not sure, but I have a lot! A few weeks ago I planted 2 full packages of tomato seeds in containers, one was a jelly bean variety and the other something larger. Well, every single seed grew! I have been busy transplanting them as they have grown, have given 12 plants away, and still I have a bunch. Since space is an issue here, I have always been interested in the upside down tomato planters, but they don't look very pretty to me. So, being a glass artist, I made my own! I cut the bottoms off of a couple of bottles and drilled some holes for the hangers. I very gently wrapped a tomato plant in a coffee filter and fed it through the bottle neck, then filled it with potting soil. So far, they are thriving...I will update as to whether they produce fruit or get too heavy. For now, they sure look pretty hanging on the boat!
 

We had nothing exciting enough to eat this week to photograph, but we did come in almost $23 under budget (budget is $105 for the week), and this is what we ate:
Sunday: Pork chops with stuffing and broccoli
Monday: Pork fried rice and stir fried vegetables
Tuesday: Tomato soup with loaded baked potatoes
Wednesday: Chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli
Thursday: BBQ chicken pizza
Friday: Flatbread sandwiches with chicken, bacon, avocado, and tomato
Saturday: Omelettes with bacon and tomato

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!
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Jun. 26, 2010 4:19 pm
Those are so creative and unique! Love it!!
 
Jun. 26, 2010 4:48 pm
So clever! I hope you get lots of tomatoes. They are the prettiest plants I've ever seen.
 
Amy C. 
Jun. 26, 2010 5:16 pm
Good luck with your tomatoes. If nothing else, they look great!! :)
 
Jun. 26, 2010 5:33 pm
Love your tomato planters!
 
Jun. 26, 2010 6:07 pm
Barbara, you are a Genius! Really pretty! Nice job and good blog too:) You should sell them! I would buy a couple.
 
Jun. 26, 2010 6:15 pm
Gorgeous! Who cares if they grow tomatoes- they are just beautiful! I would totally buy them :)
 
Jun. 26, 2010 6:56 pm
Beautiful planters!! I *love* blue and blue bottles are just gorgeous!
 
Jun. 26, 2010 9:15 pm
Great tomato planters. Love to see every one's planters.
 
kylee 
Jun. 26, 2010 9:43 pm
Did you use just a regular drill to make the holes??
 
Jun. 27, 2010 7:53 am
A dremmel, but you must have a diamond bit. And the glass can shatter easily, so goggles and gloves are a must!
 
lechef 
Jun. 27, 2010 8:09 am
Quite clever. I hope you get lots of tasty tomatoes. They are the best!
 
Jun. 27, 2010 12:36 pm
What a great idea! Hope it works out :)
 
Jun. 28, 2010 6:04 am
Those are great tomato planters! Love 'em! Your menu for the week sounded great, too!
 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:59 am
Great tomatoes, Barbara! I want to say that $105 for a week isn't a big sum. I have lived in some countries and spent $200 or more for a week. And I didn't eat caviar or truffles with an expensive wine.
 
Jun. 28, 2010 10:33 am
Even if your tomatoes don't do well the bottles look really neat. I'd buy a couple for my garden just for decorations!
 
BEBBIE 
Jul. 16, 2010 9:57 pm
Barbara, Is everything all right with you? Haven't seen a blog from you for a few weeks and wondered if something came up or if you are giving up on your blog. I thoroughly enjoyed the ones I read and hope we haven't lost you.
 
BEBBIE 
Jul. 16, 2010 9:59 pm
Barbara, Is everything all right with you? Haven't seen a blog from you for a few weeks and wondered if something came up or if you are giving up on your blog. I thoroughly enjoyed the ones I read and hope we haven't lost you.
 
BEBBIE 
Jul. 16, 2010 10:09 pm
Barbara, Is everything all right with you? Haven't seen a blog from you for a few weeks and wondered if something came up or if you are giving up on your blog. I thoroughly enjoyed the ones I read and hope we haven't lost you.
 
Jul. 16, 2010 10:49 pm
You live on a sailboat!?! This is sooo romantic! I read some of your posts and they are enchanting... I love your budget week menu and your beautiful "tomato idea" -hope they will grow for you :) Best wishes.
 
Jul. 17, 2010 11:01 am
Barbara where are you ????? I miss your posts!!! Hope you are OK!
 
 
 
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Barbara K

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South Bend, Indiana, USA

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Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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About Me
I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
My favorite things to cook
I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
My cooking triumphs
My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
My cooking tragedies
There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
 
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