Thursday, July 27, 2006

Wow

Things happen so fast. I cannot believe we are going to be moving in a few weeks. I am already in pack mode. Most of the kitchen is packed and slowly things are disappearing into boxes. Fill a few boxes here and there and then you are moving. Once at the new house I will stay up late and get up early and all will be put away in a few days. I spent tonight cutting back the yard. The lemon verbena that has crept up in every corner has been cut down. I wish we were moving in the spring when the yard is green and the bulbs are blooming then our landlords would see how well we took care of the yard. As it is we are moving while the grass is brown and all the plants around the yard are dead looking and dry. It's just not the season for them even if we did water the grass every night and every morning.
While I was walking Miles tonight there was a yard with it's irrigation going. Usually he would go around it but tonight he just walks into it and stands in the middle of the grass letting the water go all over him. I guess he was hot.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Move

We are moving.
We found a place this weekend. After driving around all parts of Portland- and looking at a lot of dumps we found a great place. Just 45 blocks East of where we currently live.
As for Craigslist- I usually don't bother looking at anything if there is not a picture... but a few of the houses sounded so good I figured why not drive by... once getting there I understood why there was no photo. I do have to say that the house we ended up getting did not have a photo???
We are excited. When we first decided to move I was not for it. I love my yard and I love the neighborhood. We just realized that we did not want to have another winter with our landlords, we are done living on an alley and living in a house that needs work done. Our new place is great.... the best thing is it has new windows. I don't think I have lived in a place in OR that has had good windows. Landlords think you are to blame when the windows are moist and moldy...."just turn up your heat", they say - No get some good windows. The landlord is willing to put the time into the house to make it livable- she said if she wouldn't live there why would she expect anyone else to live there. I would like to see our landlords hangout in our house for a bit.
I will send off new address info soon. We should be settled in by the 3rd week of August.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Pesto Update

So I didn't use the pesto receipe noted earlier. I went with Betty Crocker's version- which is basically the same just a little less on the pine nuts, cheese and oil. I used my mini prep cuisinart- which I still have thank you Andrea- and it turned out perfect. I whipped up two batches... one I made into a pasta salad with chicken and the other batch is in a jar waiting in the fridge to be turned into something yummy. I was surprised to see a Pesto receipe in the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I cannot imagine my mom or my Grandma making Pesto. I wonder what my Grandpa would think of Pine nuts???

I cannot believe how much I cooked today. It helped getting everything preped this morning. Now we just have to make sure we eat it and it doesn't go to waste.

I forgot to mention I found a huge zuccini on my plant. I shredded it and am going to make some zuccini bread in the next couple of days. One thing bad about summer and all the great fruits and veggies is it's to hot to have the oven on to bake.


While shopping at New Season's today I tried some basil limonade- I wasn't sure if I would like it, but it's so refreshing and good. Here is the receipe

Start with Simple Herb Syrup
2 cups water
2 1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 bunch of fresh herbs- basil, rosemary, thyme

combine all ingredients, bring to a simmer and cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain. Transfer to bottle or jar and refrigerate. Keeps for several months. Makes about 3 cups.
adapted from Food Day July 27th, 2004 (The Oregonian)


They had taken a bottle of Santa Cruz organic Limonade and added some of the syrup and some fresh basil as a garnish. It was so good.

I need my plants to grow some more leaves so I can make this. I have a bunch of rosemary but am not sure if I would like it as much. Rosemary is a bit over powering.

Basil= Pesto



Pesto Recipe

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Olive oil
3 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts
3 garlic cloves, finely minced



Place basil leaves in small batches in food processor and whip until well chopped (do about 3/4 cup at a time). Add about 1/3 the nuts and garlic, blend again.
Add about 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese; blend while slowly adding about 1/3 of the olive oil, stopping to scrape down sides of container.
Process basil pesto it forms a thick smooth paste. Repeat until all ingredients are used, mix all batches together well. Serve over pasta. Basil pesto keeps in refrigerator one week, or freeze for a few months.

This is what I have planned for today, along with making some potato salad. I got some nice new potatoes from the farmers market and need to use them up.

I spent yesterday cleaning up the yard. I mowed the weeds because that is about all that's growing this time of year. I pulled the dead pea plants up and weeded through the veggie garden. It looks kind of bare right now. It's sad because I was planning on planting the cool weather veggies again in August so there would be a batch of stuff to eat in the fall, but I think we are going to be moving. Not quite sure when- it depends on how fast we find a place. We love our house and location- it's our landlords we are not fond of. We figure if we get into a cheaper place then we can start saving some money to buy. We are thinking a townhouse- they seem to be something that is in our price range. First step is to get myself into the bank and see exactly what they will give us so we know where to begin. I have that on my to do list for the next week or so.

Blueberry season is getting close to being over. I was able to go picking twice and have a freezer full of berries for this winter. I'm thinking I need to make a cobbler with the fresh ones in the fridge. I would like to go one more time. It's so fun and so cheap to pick yourself. The place I found is organic so you can eat as many as you want while picking.

Lots of sun in the forecast. I just saw that next weekend it's going to be 100... ugh!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Girls

July 1... sunny gorgeous, farmers market to kick off the day- lots of fruit- blueberries, still cherries, peaches, apricots, and lots of other berries. (going on the 4th to pick blueberries- cannot wait).

Mid afternoon head over to 6 year old birthday party- jump around in balloon Disney castle. Lots of fun, but what a work out. How do kids do it?

Dash off to the zoo for an amazing night with the Indigo Girls. First I had to work (the reason I was there)- did a wine tasting from 5-7pm- wrapped up grabbed a burger, a bottle of Clay Station Pinot Gris and found my friends in the lawn that had been saving me a space. Settled in while the opening band played and then the night started with "Closer to Fine" and ended with "Galileo". What an evening. They are so amazing just the two of them, their guitars, and the great outdoors.

Thanks ya'll!