Start with a block of softened cream cheese.
Chop a small handful of basil and mix it into the cream cheese.
Spread the mixture on a plate.
Top with pesto (homemade is best, but store bought will do just fine).
Dice up a few sundried tomatoes and spread those over the top.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.
We served this dip with Pita chips and it was pretty yummy. One of my hubby’s coworkers asked for the recipe and I was truly embarrassed at how easy this was.
The mint brownies we brought to the party took quite a bit more work, so at least I didn’t feel too guilty!
I’m linking up to Fertilizer Friday to share my herbs!
I had quite a few clay pots to store, so the potting bench was the obvious spot for them. I replanted my strawberry pots with herbs and moved them over. I hung a few of my favorite antique garden tools too. Oh how I wish I had a cute antique watering can! That would look so much better than my green plastic watering can.
It’s no big secret that I love to garden. Herbs are definitely my favorite things to grow. I use fresh herbs all the time in my cooking. Last year I ran across a chocolate mint plant at the garden center. CHOCOLATE MINT, friends! I decided to plant them in planters on my deck for a couple of reasons.
1. Mint will overtake everything! I knew it needed to be in a container so it wouldn’t get out of control.
2. It would smell wonderful, in the summer, when we’re sitting on the deck.
3. Anytime you brush up against fresh herbs, you can smell them.
4. It’s a very sunny spot on my deck.
(Side story: Since we’ve moved into our house, the tree directly behind us has gotten huge. It’s not our tree, so I can’t cut it down. It would be so nice to have that tree gone because my garden is not getting nearly enough sun! At least the pots on my deck still get plenty of sunshine!)
Back to the chocolate mint…
I infused the milk and the melted butter for this recipe with the chocolate mint, and let them sit for about an hour. I made a big batch of the minty milk so that I could use some later in milk shakes. The recipe for this came from Six Sister’s Stuff, although I did not use peppermint extract. I just used the herbs from my garden to add the flavor.
We took this platter to a party over the weekend. Served with vanilla ice cream is definitely the way to go!
Just so you’re prepared, this recipe calls for 6 eggs! Yes, you read that correctly. It also requires several sticks of butter, so stock up!
I woke up pretty early on Saturday morning. The sun was out, so after a shower, I headed for the garden. We didn’t need to leave the house until about 10:00, so I knew I’d have a few hours of quiet time to get a little yard work done.
I absolutely LOVE having a garden. Herbs are probably my favorite things to grow. I have several areas of my garden devoted to herbs, but this little box, on the deck, usually houses geraniums. Well, I decided to shake things up a bit this year and plant herbs right by the back door. It’s a pretty small box, so it wouldn’t fit too much. I planted basil, parsley, and a few purple basil plants (which I have never tried before).
My mom gave me this box several years ago, as she was moving out of her house. She found it in the back of the garage and knew I’d love it. She was right! I love cool old stuff. (My hubby tells me that it’s just someone else’s junk that they didn’t want, but I’ll stick with calling it cool old stuff.)
This was my last little project before cleaning myself up and heading out to do a few errands. My whole garden had been weeded, new dirt had been added, and a few veggies had been planted Ahhh, the peace and quiet of spending time in the garden.
The peace and quiet was suddenly broken by my son threatening to shoot his father with his Air Soft gun, and his father threatening to soak him with the hose. Long story short… one got pelted with plastic air soft pellets and the other was so wet that he had to change his clothes. Good times!
(By the way, I’m the mom that was NEVER going to allow guns in her house. Ever. Now the boys run around my yard shooting each other and cracking up laughing about it. Who wants to nominate me for Mother Of The Year?)
Happy peaceful gardening, friends.
Well, today was one of those rare Seattle days where the weather man said it would be cloudy with… wait for it…. sunbreaks! I don’t know if sunbreaks is a term used in other parts of country, but if you aren’t familiar with this, I’ll explain. You see, we dress in layers around here. Today was a capris, t-shirt, and fuzzy sweatshirt kind of day. Most of the day I needed a fuzzy sweatshirt, but once in a while the sun would break through the clouds (thus the name Sunbreaks) and I would happily take off my sweatshirt and soak up the vitamin D. Then the clouds would come back and I’d put the sweatshirt back on.
Well, since the forecast was for temperatures in the 50’s and sunbreaks, I decided it was time to tackle a little spring yard clean up. I usually don’t have Tuesdays off, but my teaching partner asked if I could swap.
I spent most of the day weeding. Ugh. I don’t think anyone really loves weeding, do they?
I took a few minutes to snap a few tulip pictures. (No need to drive an hour North to the Tulip Festival! I have 2 or 3 in my own garden.)
If you aren’t from around here, and don’t know what the Tulip Festival is, it’s really an amazing sight. There are rows and rows of tulips, as far as you can see. The colors are stunning.
So, my 3 little tulips really don’t compare.
I played in the yard until it started raining (so much for sunbreaks) and then took a break and went inside. When my kids came home from school, the sun found its way out again, so the kids helped in the yard too. My son mowed and my daughter helped plant a few cold weather seeds, lettuce starts, and potatoes in the garden. I usually begin the yard clean up and cold weather planing in March, but this year the whole kidney surgery thing set me back. (And then I had to spend a week recouping in Maui after that!) It’s late, but we’re off to a good start.
I guess I need to have my dog sit in front of the shed and maybe add a few more flowers.