I am a procrastinator. It is one of the things that drives me a bit crazy, about myself. My basil is outside my front door. It is easy to access, right on the edge of the path, so why haven't I picked it yet? I have no idea. When I went out one day last week to find all the tops a deep purple, due to the frost, I was pretty aggravated with myself, but still didn't bring it in. Well, today I finally brought it in, and salvaged what I could. There was enough to make 5 little jars of pesto base. It's pesto base and not pesto, because it is missing the parmesan cheese and the pine nuts. I've been told that omitting those ingredients keeps the basil flavor stronger for longer. We'll see. I will probably be making some "alternative" pestos this winter, as 5 meals of pesto doesn't seem nearly enough. Maybe some arugula...hmmm.
I'm whiddling away at the fruit that has accumulated in my life. I processed about 75 pounds of pears today...managing to also slice my finger pretty badly, eek. I felt a shock sensation, so figuring a nerve might have been involved. It's feeling okay right now, and did not bleed very much, so I think I may have narrowly escaped a big problem. Note to self, do not talk on the phone while slicing fruit.
So has anyone every canned apple slices. I don't want to make pie filling, and as you probably know, freezer space is tight around here, so I thought canning the slices would allow me to use them in pies and baked goods, like the frozen apples do, but I didn't know if they just get too mushy. All kinds of people online say you can can them, but no one really expounds upon how good they are when you go to use them. Any thoughts on that would be greatly appreciated.
The Baby has quite a few garments handed down from Mini, but many of my knitted goodies still fit Mini, just as a little shorter. For this reason, it seemed necessary to make an outfit for The Baby that was all her own and could grow with her, as well. I love this set, and there are little ruffle pants to go with it that are not in the pictures. The Sweater is made with a linen blend yarn, and has mama made buttons. The dress is a super soft cotton blend. All yarn from Spinning Yarns in Dover, of course.