Hey all. Just checking in quickly. Brad and I have had a very busy weekend; making hay while the sun shines, so to speak. And shine it has for the past couple of days (after seemingly unending weeks of rain). Yesterday and today have been magnificent- sunny and warm with a great breeze to keep the bugs at bay while outside. I got up early yesterday morning and walked Jasper and then went to the local farmers' market. I made only two purchases: fresh garlic and 4 bunches of basil. I'm sure those of you who've been reading for a while know what I did with those purchases! You got it, more pesto! I made two batches this morning; one for the fridge and one for the freezer, so we can have a little taste of August some cold December day. I've got two batches frozen so far and may try to sock away another couple before the season ends. I also made a blueberry pie yesterday, which Brad claims is the best I've ever made! I had a tiny sliver and do admit, it's pretty gall darn good.
Last night and tonight as well we dined al fresco on the back deck. On offer last night was local corn on the cob (which I claimed was the best I've ever eaten) and Swiss chard (with blueberry pie for dessert). Tonight, it was pasta and pesto with a little canned tuna and some of Brad's homemade pita bread. Yum! I really have to start taking more photos!
Brad has been in the kitchen from noon on and he's still there as I speak, making pickles. Dilly green bean pickles, beet pickles, pickled carrots, etc. He'll be pickling away for most of the evening, as well, I think. Smells amazing, and I definitely will take a couple of pics of the finished products!
Oh, and then Brad cleaned all the downstairs windows yesterday and I mowed the back lawn today. Like I said, a very busy summer weekend!
Here are some basil/pesto pics. Cheers!