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August 18, 2008

Let’s see, what did we do this weekend…

On Saturday we ran some errands and generally puttered around the house and yard.

We’ve been so happy with our butterfly bushes out front – we’ve had lots of butterfly visitors, and even a hummingbird stopped by last week!  (We’ve been lurking with the camera ever since, in case it returns.)

Anyway, when we saw butterfly bushes on clearance at Home Depot (2 for $10!!) we bought another pair for the other side of the front yard.  That’s one of them on the right, next to a new lavender plant we bought to replace one that fell victim to the porch rebuild.  These new butterfly bushes are pretty small, but they’re perennials, so they’ll fill out over time.

The Peep likes to “walk the plank” on the wall out front, too.

Oh, and our basil plants are out of control, we aren’t even coming close to keeping up with them.  So I made some basil cubes and froze them.

This was my first time doing it, and it’s the easiest thing ever!  Now that I have a better sense of volume, next time I will make enough to fill a whole tray, rather than just half.  This recipe doubles the amounts I used.

Basil Cubes
4 cups basil leaves, stemmed, rinsed, and dried
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1/2 cup olive oil

Throw the basil, garlic, salt, and about half of the oil into the food processor and process until it’s a coarse paste, adding more oil as needed.  Divide into an ice cube tray until frozen, then pop the cubes into a ziploc bag for later use.

You can use them to start a pesto sauce (just add pignole nuts and parmesan), or add to a sauce, stew, or cacciatore.

I used a piece of bread to mop out the food processor bowl…heaven!

On Sunday we went to the swimming hole at last.

We were there for about two hours, which is just about long enough for a two-year-old.  Since it’s a five-minute drive away, it’s just about perfect for our needs.  The pass is $25 a year, which is kind of steep considering this is the first time we’ve been there; hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll get there a couple times more this year.

Lastly, I finished the baby sweater yesterday (Ravelers can see it here), and tonight I’ll start on a little something to match.   I’ve got at least two more baby projects after this (no blankets, though), and I still feel confident that I’ll get them all done by Labor Day.

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 18, 2008 2:47 pm

    Great idea for the basil cubes!! I am all about freezing and cubing food. You didn’t happen to make baby food did you???


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