:: Basil Harvest
The leaves have been waiting there for months, hoping to be picked and thrown in a pesto sauce, salad, or marinara sauce. In all the business of the last few months, I've failed to make proper use of the harvest. Recently, I have found a quick way to use up the spicy leaves. Chop up a handful of basil, half a clove of garlic, a good squeeze of lemon juice, a 1/4 cup of mayo, a tablespoon or two of sour cream, salt and pepper to taste, and whirl it all together in the mini food processor. Instant basil mayonnaise. Or, if you're fancy, basil aioli. Mmm, mmm, mmm. Excellent on a veggie sandwich. It also happens to turn an ordinary grilled chicken sandwich into "the best homemade chicken sandwich ever," according to my husband, who happens to be quite discriminating about such things. Score.
:: Boxes etc.
There's just so much to be done these days. We're moving next Saturday, and with it comes the stress of packing and the thought of future unpacking/organizing/setting up house...things I've done far too much of in the last few years. Yesterday I laid in bed while Karis napped. I had hopped in bed hoping to catch some rest myself. Instead of sleeping, I laid there and let my mind wander to the ginormous to-do list. Nearing levels of hyperventilation, I determined it was best to get up and begin. Begin doing something. Anything, really. And so, like a good warrior in the heat of battle, I came up with a plan of attack. What I hate most about moving is packing. I don't use space well in the boxes. I don't have a mind for organization. So here's my plan: call up friends and systematically ask each of them to donate some time over the next two weeks to help me pack. Even if they just stand there and tell me "Yes, that will fit in that space" or "No, that will break" or even "You are quite bad at this," it will be better than me doing it by myself...hyperventilating.
I guess I need secret weapons to help me pack. My strategy for surviving the move from California two years ago involved a bumbo seat and listening to Ray Charles. This time around it's the help of friends. But, with any luck, there will also be some Ray Charles.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
:: Basil Harvest
Posted by Alina at 2:38 PM