Basil Pesto

Summer Fest 2010

I am joining the fun with my favorite food blog, Pinch My Salt, for a cross blog event that she and her fellow foodies are hosting!

This week’s theme: Herbs, Greens, and Beans.

My contribution is Pesto Sauce.

I have tons of basil in my garden so a friend of mine shared with me how she prepares her Pesto.


2 cups fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup pine nuts

2 medium garlic cloves

salt and peppper to taste

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan-reggiano cheese

In a food processor process the basil, pine nuts, and garlic cloves.

Stream in the olive oil.

If eating fresh then boil pot of pasta and drain.

Add pasta to pan with a little bit of olive oil. Toss in pesto sauce and parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

If not eating right away. Do not add cheese.

Pour into canning jar. Add a little olive oil to the top and seal tightly. Freeze until ready to enjoy.

The other jar is a can of whole tomatoes. My contribution to next week’s Summer Fest.

Thanks Pinch My Salt for the fun event and thanks Liz for sharing your recipe!



My brother in law and family recently moved back to the East Coast.  We are so excited!

Not only because we want to hang out with them but mainly because we want our girls to hang out with their girls.


We are having so much fun with them.

We are happy that they will get to be closer and spend more time together. Sleep overs and playdates.

Recently I watched all 4 of them. I setup 2 stations of art. I setup the swimming pool and put out some snacks.

They played for 3 hours. It was awesome!

Looking forward to more outings. I am thinking a sleepover and s’mores night next!


Things that make you go hmmm?

My niece, Nat-Nat, stayed with us for 33 days this summer. It was so nice to have her here.

My girls loved being with her and so did I. It was nice to have the company. It was nice to have the help.

She is a doll. Super smart, funny. Loves to read. Loves to laugh.

She is a very talented little artist. She enjoys drawing. I took her to the museum and we had a great time.

But she also loves to ask a million questions. I forget what it’s like to be around pre-teens.

Some of the questions really made me look at her sideways, some actually made me go hmmm?

Here are some of the “things that Nat questions or says”…….

Nat:  If you add veggies to a turkey burger does it make it a veggie burger?

Nat:  If you took the largest natural river in the world and man added to it, would it still be considered the largest, natural river in the world?  Hmmm…good question. Anyone know the answer?

Nat:  If you eat 3 lbs of steak, will you gain 3 lbs of fat?

Nat:  Auntie, I want to go home and check the mail, I am expecting a letter from Kelli.

Me:  Oh, it’s Sunday, the mail won’t be there today.

Nat:  Your mail doesn’t run on Sundays?

Me: No, does yours?

Nat: Yes.

Me: Hmmm….I don’t think so.

Nat:  If you eat seafood and you get sick, are you sea sick?

She is also very matter of fact. I love that.

I wish I would have wrote them all down. There were a ton more.

These silly ponders just make you love her more. Her personality shines through.

Thank you Nat-Nat for an amazing trip. We were sad to see you get on that airplane but look forward to having you back.

Thank you for all your hardwork and help.  Good luck at TJ!


Adventures in Gardening: Chickens are Growing up

Inadvertent Farmer

My baby chicks are no longer baby chicks. They are teenagers. And they have moved outside to their new home.  I am pretty sure they love it. Although they are still little enough to fit through the semi-private fencing we have. I have to watch them closely to make sure they don’t venture on through it, which they have done before and like to do.

They mainly like to play in this area. I think they like confinement.

They play nicely. And when I tell them it’s time to go back inside. They listen. It’s weird. I will try and video it one day.

They are like little behaved dogs.

We love them.

Except the cleaning the poop out their coop part. I don’t love that so much.  But a necessary thing to be done.

Into the compost bin it goes. I can’t wait for the spring to see how great my compost looks.

All in all, it’s really an EASY adventure so far. Every morning honey-do let’s them loose in their run. (Yes, he participates. I secretly think he likes them but he would never admit it.)  Anyhow, I come out and give them fresh, clean water.  I check on them later in the day. More water. And at night when they head back in to roost, we close up their door and call it a night. Easy peasy.

Now isn’t this enough to make you want to get some?