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Basil and Garlic Pesto

This recipe was taught to me many many years ago (like 3 or 4) by my friend Sarah. The only difference is that we never used a recipe, so here’s my attempt at measuring! Don’t worry, I did test it out and make changes, and I like these amounts best. Obviously you can adjust it to your own taste, but it never hurts to have a guide!

I really like super garlicky food, but I toned this one down for normal people. When I make it, I tend to double the recipe, seeing as how my family is insane and eats more than one would consider humanly possible. It doubles well, but you might have to adjust the amount of oil or garlic depending on your tastes.

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Mushrooms, sage, basil, and maybe more!

2 new mushrooms in the parsley! This time I made sure to quickly get pictures before they died (good thing too, because I took the pictures yesterday and they already died by this morning). Is this a normal thing to happen? I have no idea.

A couple days ago I planted some more basil seeds, since there isn’t all that much going on in the pot, so hopefully I can see those start to grow soon! Today I plan to go to Home Depot to get some sage seeds to plant next to the parsley, and maybe some other herbs too. Whatever strikes my fancy while I’m there is what will be planted next! It sucks because I want to grow tons of herbs and plants, but I don’t really have the space for it, and I would also probably need to buy more grow lights (and I’m way too poor for that!). Oh well, we’ll see how it goes!

Isn’t the mushroom incredibly random?

Quick Basil Marinara


This marinara is fantastic to use in lasagna, pizza, or even just as a dip for Italian bread. It’s quick, simple, tasty, and easy to adjust to your own personal taste. You can always add some oregano for an extra pizza flavor, or add some spice, or meat. Play with it and you’ll come out with amazing variations.
The sauce can be used immediately or stored in the fridge. When I’m using it the same day, I usually keep the heat on very low after it’s done simmering, while preparing other ingredients, then store any extra sauce left behind.This recipe is inspired by, and adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’s Quick Marinara recipe.

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Mushroom Mayhem

I swear I did NOT mean to grow mushrooms. I have no idea how this happened. I went to check my basil last night, got all excited to see some extra life, looked closely, and there it was: a mushroom. It did make me feel a little better, since at first I thought it was an albino basil or something to that effect. So I think I’ll leave it alone for now and see what happens. I have no idea if it’s from the soil, or the seeds, or cosmic weirdness, but it’s at
least interesting. Whatever, that was last night. Today i discovered another basil bit! At first i thought “oh no, just more random musrooms”, which, to be fair, is usually the first thing I think when something happens. However, as usual, I was wrong! It’s more basil! I’m not a basil failure!

The parsley is a veritable forest. However adorable and miniature, it is still a forest. I didn’t even realize I planted that many seeds! I hope they don’t get too overcrowded. I might be exaggerating a little, but compared to the basil the parsely is growing crazy fast. Oh, and  what have we here? Of course, a mushroom has come to visit the parsley as well! I’m just going to go aead and assume it’s completely harmless, and most likely from the soil. It is cute, and adds more character to the planters, so for now it can stay. The second it becomes unappealing and icky, it will get ripped out and destroyed. With glee.  

Update: Mushrooms quickly died before I got a chance to take a picture! What’s that all about?

Here’s my basil and parsley thus far!


Grow Faster!

Basil, why so sad? There’s still only one bit of basil to be found in this vast pot of soil. Granted, it is a LOVELY bit of basil, but I thought that once it started then more would surely join the party. Maybe it’s way too soon, and the one piece that is there is actualy a freak of basil? I don’t know! I have no idea how long these things take, but everyone tells me I need to be patient. How lame is that?

My parsely, however, loves me. It’s very obvious. I discovered it was growing on Jan. 30th, right? Well, by the end of that day, there were already two more growing! Now there are a thousand! Not literally. Calm down, I’m not that amazing. My basil is being completely lame right now, but at least my parsely gives me something new everyday. They’re getting kind of tall and wicked thin, is that normal? Grown parsley is like that, so I guess it makes sense. But it’s so long and weak looking, like an awkward, gangly kid.


Finally! I see something! One little parsley and one little basil! Little tiny green buds. I hope to see many many more of them soon. I’m just glad all this effort is actually turned into some gain. How lame woud it be if i got all excited about growing plants, and making a website, and then nothing happened? I guess I would have to run out to the store and buy some grown plants and hope no one noticed. But now I have them actually growing, and pics to prove it! Hopefully they grow nice and pretty and tasty, and soon become useful to me. Progress is awesome.

 Look to the bottom left! You can see the baby parsley!


After a long day at work (I’m currently substitute teaching, and I hate every second of it) I eagerly ran to my herbs in the hopes of seeing some green. Of course there was nothing. I understand it hasn’t even been a week yet, and they will probably take at least two weeks to grow, but still I dream. If nothing else, my hands are at least getting stronger from all the misting action I deliver to the soil. Maybe some day soon I will have at least learned how to rip an apple in half like my grandma use to!

Grow Light

It’s been a couple of days since I planted the seeds, and the waiting is boring as hell. Obviously it’s not going to have sprouted yet. But I still dutifully check a few times a day, and mist them with my fancy water misting thing. Today I made my dad dig through the garage to find a grow-light that he mentioned we might possibly have. Luckily we do, in fact, have one. So he rigged it up with some wire hangers and electrical tape to hold the light above my plants. It’s kind of rickety and stupid looking, but it’ll do the job and that’s all that really matters for now.