I'm also putting together some fig newtons for supper. Hubby had to work today and when he comes home to those baking in the oven he'll nearly drop over in ecstasy!!!
I've put the lamb stewing meat on and am preparing it for barbecue. I've got some leftover spinach in the frig and some tomatoes have ripened so I thought for supper tonight we'd have barbecue sandwiches and a salad with cookies for dessert.
I was going to plant garlic but it's too wet today. I also need to go through all my books and magazines this evening and get together some recipes on essential oils for using in oil diffusers and burners. During cooler weather the house stays closed up for longer periods of times and I like to use an oil diffuser or burner to clean the air and add healthy, uplifting scents. Last year when my nose got a little stuffed I added 2 or 3 essential oils together and put my soapstone diffuser in the bedroom at night and it cleared my sinuses right up. Sometimes if I can't sleep I'll add a little lavender oil and boom! I'm out like a light. I also use essential oils to cleanse the air. I don't use them all the time or for long periods of time, and you shouldn't, but they are extremely useful and beat any old spray product you could buy at the store which will be laden with unneeded and unhealthy chemicals. Some of those lovely scented candles only add to the chemicals floating around in your house and to the allergies that may cause headaches or agitation to your emotions. Obviously, I am negligent in writing down or at least compiling all of these recipes that I've used in the past so my “list” informs me that this is one of those items I need to be doing posthaste. My son has been requesting a few anyway so I need to get on it.
I got busy and started cooking up the tomatoes that had ripened out on the deck, but only about 1/3 of them, so they are on low heat cooking up on the stove. I put a couple spoonfuls of the tomato sauce in my barbecue but I have 2 quarts left for the freezer. Maybe I'll use it for spaghetti and more chili in a couple weeks but we don't need to be eating anymore ground beef right away.
Well, it finally stopped raining and I was on my way out to the herb garden!! I got a little sidetracked under the pecan tree by a squirrel that jumped from the pecan tree to the wild cherry tree. I had spooked him; but it was also a reminder that I'd better pick up pecans while I could, so there I was in the middle of the yard stuffing my pockets full of pecans. I can't even imagine what a picture that made!! I had my shears and huge pan for basil in one hand resting on my hip and the other was cramming pecans into my pockets, while the tree was dripping water from the rain all over me. What an amazing life I live even if some do think I'm nutsy.(TeeHee, nice play on words, huh?!)
I did get some of the basil cut and there's a picture of it below so now it's time to make pesto!!!!
I love to put it on roasts, toss potatoes in it before roasting, put it on pizza, in green beans, make bruschetta with it, put it in cheese balls and last but not least in pastas, oh my!!! I'm such a nutty person, I love to just eat it straight out on crackers!!