I’m a huge fan of pasta… if it weren’t for the whole I’d get pretty fat if all I ate were pasta… well I’d probably eat a lot more pasta…
Anyways, this is a simple yet delicious recipe (aka the best kind!). I’m always on the look out for things I can make up for dinner pretty quickly.
-1/2c sun dried tomatoes (in olive oil)
-1c cooked chicken breast cubed.
-1/4c fresh basil chopped
-2 cloves of garlic minced
-2c cooked pasta (I used home made!)
Like I said, this one is super easy! Heat up a bit of the oil from the tomatoes, and saute the garlic in it. Add the rest of the ingredients (except pasta) and cook stirring occasionally until it’s all heated through. Now serve over the pasta and enjoy!
So if you’ve been reading my posts lately you’ll know that I’ve been rather busy. Well. Part of that is the fact that I have moved! That’s right. I’m out all on my own now!
I am so excited to have found the apartment I did. It’s in the exact area I wanted, for a price I like, and it’s pretty much just an awesome space! So having said that, I figured I would show you guys a few photos of my new living quarters…
The entry. <3 my bike.
Thrifted owl figurines!
Dream catcher I made.
Table cloth from a vintage shop!
Sign I made.
Vintage apron. (it was my grandma’s)
Rug in the kitchen.
This is of course a work in progress… (hence why there are no photos of the bedroom.. it’s very much still in progress). There’s tons of windows and hence natural light, and super high ceilings. Plus its located in the historic Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati, Ohio. This area has a not so great history, but recent efforts to revitalize it are going well. Very well. Some of my favorite bars and restaurants are here as well as a super cute vintage shop.
Well that is that. I’ll be posting updates and little home projects on here as I work on my space, so be on the lookout for that!
So it is now time for my monthly photo series! I decided to title this month ‘June in Bloom’ partially because (like usual) I have a lot of flower shots, and partially because it sounds kind of nifty…
This month there are a lot of daisies in the field by my house. I enjoy this. Daisies for sure make me think of summer.
Honeysuckle is also in abundance. I love honeysuckle. It smells so sweet and reminds me of my childhood. Have you ever tried honeysuckle nectar? Its fantastic. I used to spend a lot of my time pulling apart honeysuckle blooms in order to get to the sweet nectar.
Lots of lilies have been blooming in our flower beds.
I bought a basil plant a few weeks ago. It’s doing well and that makes me happy! It reminds me of the origins of this blog…
I have a recipe today! Its a pretty important one…. that’s right. Pizza sauce.
A jar of this is just about always in my fridge. I maybe eat pizza a lot…. but hey, who doesn’t enjoy a good pizza?
Homemade Pizza Sauce:
This is a super simple recipe! Of course if you want to be super fancy you could use fresh roma tomatoes… but that takes much longer… I don’t usually have time for that. I feel this is a great (and much quicker!) alternative!
First coarsely chop your basil. You could really even tear it if you don’t feel like chopping… and also if you don’t mind your fingers smelling like basil all day. It’s probably one of my favorite smells, but not on my fingers.
Now just go ahead and throw everything into a pot on the stove top. Turn the heat to medium and allow to simmer. (Tip: use a wooden spoon to prop a lid over the pot while its simmering. This will prevent any splattering that’s bound to occur when simmering.) Let this go on for as little as 10 minutes or as long as an hour or so. The longer it simmers the more the flavors infuse together, but if you don’t have the time don’t worry. It’s still tasty! When you are satisfied with the simmering time, transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until its a sauce-like consistency. Be sure to be careful. It will be hot!
Now all you have to do is use it on your pizza! I store the rest in a mason jar in my fridge. It will last for some time! (Though mine always gets used up rather quickly!)
So I finally got to put my herb garden to use! [The basil at least!]
I was inspired by a local business downtown Cincinnati, OH where I work called Steetpops that makes gourmet popsicles and sells them out a little cart at the Flea market and other events. They have great flavors such as Strawberry Mint, Peach Ginger, Chocolate Chili Pepper, and of course my favorite, Avocado! I liked the idea of mixing fruit and herb, so I searched the internet for exciting recipes I could make with my herbs. The one I picked was Watermelon Basil. I did however tweak the recipe. The original wanted me to simply put all the watermelon and basil in a blender, but the maker stated that most of the watermelon pulp ends up at the bottom of the popsicle. The popsicles also had pieces of basil leaves frozen in them, and I wasn’t too fond of the idea of leaves being in my treat. So instead, I decided to make a Basil Simple Syrup, and I also crushed the watermelon to extract the ‘juice’ so there wouldn’t be pulp. The result? Delish!
WATERMELON BASIL POPSICLES 2 cups watermelon juice
1/2 cup basil simple syrup [bring a handful of muddles basil leaves, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Strain out leaves and cool.]
Mix ingrediants, pour into popsicle molds or paper cups and freeze.
Thats all there is to it!
It is past time for an herb update! I have been rather lazy this week!
I am pleased to inform you that I finally got around to using one of my herbs just a few hours ago; watermelon basil popsicles! They are currently in the freezer, and I will definitely be posting about their outcome, so be on the lookout!
So I am going to do what I did last week and simply just post the updated pictures of my garden and skip the detailed captions.
I don’t know if you can see, but a new sprout has randomly appeared in my rosemary section… I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I am keeping my fingers crossed!
Well there you have it. Week 8 complete.
Hello there :] tis time for an herb garden update.
It is now week 7 of my herb garden growing experience. Everything seems to be going well so far, so I believe I will leave out most of the discriptions of progress and just post the pictures if thats ok with you? yes? ok.
I do have one thing to say about my single ‘rosemary.’ Yes, I am an idiot. I have seen rosemary before, so why did it take me so long to figure out that my ‘rosemary’ is not rosemary at all. In fact it is another basil plant that somehow made it into the rosemary/dill bowl. Now I am rather upset at the fact that instead of just one rosemary, I indeed have none. :[ Sad day in my heart.
Well, that concludes my herb garden update.
Hello all! Welcome to my blog! :]
It is now week six for my herb garden, and time for an update. I have been watering my herbs several times a day as of late due to the hot summer weather.
Of course the basil is still doing very well. My only concern is a few leaves that have appeared to have been munched on by evil little bugs!
The catnip is also a hit. Not being able to wait any longer, I plucked a few leaves to present to my kitty. She seemed very interested, so I rubbed a bit on her scratching post. She rubbed all over it and laid next to it for about an hour!
The cilantro and oregano are coming along. They are still growing slowly, but growing nonetheless.
The cilantro and chives are also coming a long well.
Well, the dill is doing decent. I still have one rosemary. One GIANT rosemary. It has gone through a major growth spurt recently and now towers considerably over the dill sprouts. Speaking of dill, I recently have been going through an egg salad phase having discovered [and tweaked] a great recipe! Of course this recipe uses dill, so I am most anxious to try it with fresh dill rather than than the dried I have been using.
Well, there you have it. Be sure to check back next week for a new update!
It is now week five for my herb garden! time for an update! I decided to move my garden onto the porch due to this excessive heat wave! I feel that being out in the sun all day was starting to have a rather negative effect on their health, and they seem to be doing better in the partial shade anyways.
Basil is still doing ridiculously well as expected. I am very pleased with the results I am getting from the basil.
The catnip has recently gone through a major growth spurt! Last week it was much smaller.
The parsley and oregano are certainly coming along. The parsley has taken off very well since last week, but the oregano are still tiny little sprouts. I am sure they will start growing soon though.
So I have given up on seeing any more rosemary plants sprouting. I’ll have to make due with just one. The dill is doing better than last week though. It looks a lot healthier.
The chives and cilantro are doing alright. I wish that there were more chive plants growing, but like the rosemary I think I will just have to deal with what I have. I am pleased with the condition of the existing plants though.
Well, that is the end of my update for week five! Check back next week for a new update!