Sunday, August 7, 2011

Holy basil!

Basil has taken over the homestead.  It is all you can smell, it covers every surface, and soon, it will have to end up in every dish we make.....'cause that may be the only way we can use it all....

Yesterday, upon arriving home from the lake party we attended at mid-day, I cowgirled up and headed out to the garden.  If I didn't act fast, the basil would completely bolt....and then, I had no idea what to do with it.  At the end of the hour, I had three huge grocery bags full of basil, and another bag filled to the brim with kale, rainbow chard, cucumbers, and zucchini. 

After nearly two hours in the kitchen yesterday evening, I had washed, chopped, and put up one bag of the basil.  The rest would have to wait for today.  I was exhausted!

And now, it is today....I have not yet started on the harvest, and am a bit curious of what else might be waiting on the vine this morning....  The edamame is getting closer to pick-ready every day, and I can't wait to snack on those pods.  With a little luck, I might even get the kids interested.  Well, maybe....

It is going to be one of those crazy-busy days, I know...  We have four other kiddos coming over for a play date with my two.  On top of that, my house is screaming for attention.  Someday, I will install a big hinge on the side, so I can just open the whole thing up, shake it out and hose it down with a garden hose.  Until that day...well, the cleaning must be done.

But to start, I will get off the couch and grab those bags of basil.  And, if I get a big burst of energy, I may even travel down to the store this evening for some garlic and pine nuts.  We may have pesto afterall! 

But first, we must start with the basil...

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