03 February 2012

Prize Garden

With this unusually warm winter weather in the air, gardening has been on my mind.

First let me admit that I have never had a green thumb.  I have tried growing many a plant who sprout out of the ground green, and then eventually, no matter how much I water them, melt away in the hot summer sun.

My biggest achievement was a "lucky bamboo" plant that I purchased from Ikea, which lived until it was eaten by my cat.

I have given up on having a prize winning garden for now, but what I would love is a nice large patch of basil that I could use to cook with.  Making homemade pesto is one of my favorite dinners, and I can't always find the fresh basil that I need at the grocery store.
Fresh Pesto Recipe

2 Cups Basil
1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
2 tbsp Minced Garlic
1/4 Cup Olive Oil - you can add more to get your desired consistency if needed.

Throw everything in the food processor and blend well.  We don't have a food processor so we use our Ninja Blender to do the job.  It doesn't chop as smooth as a food processor would, but it does the trick.  This fresh pesto is great on bread with some goat cheese or with pasta. 

I am thinking I will try to grow some in a pot on the back porch once I am sure the weather will not turn cold again.  I have visions of a large healthy plant, but we will see what this year brings.

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  2. @Lady - Pesto is so easy! Once we made it the first time we wondered why we ever bothered with the canned version!

  3. Stopping by from the Friday Hops to say hello. Have a great weekend!

  4. I don't have a green thumb either.

    I'm coming by from Blog Hop 'Til You Drop and following via GFC.

  5. I've always wanted a garden to make veggies and herbs. Right now, I'd be happy if the weeds would just stop growing. Lowered expectations! lol.

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  6. This sounds yummy!

    Found you in the blog hop new GFC follower, hope you will follow back!


  7. @Carli - I'm glad I am not the only one! I just added you to my G+

    @Eldarose - I love the Dora Party on your blog right now - so cute! From the looks of that party I bet you could put together a fabulous garden!

    @Allison - I am on my way over to follow you back.