Monday, September 23, 2013

How to Dry Basil--A Pictorial Tutorial

My basil was about done, so I decided to get some use out of it and not just watch it die.  I decided to pull it all up and dry it.  Here is a picture of it--nineteen plants in all.

Step 1.  Pluck all the leaves off the plants.

Watch out for bugs.

They hop.

Step 2.  Rinse the leaves.

Step 3.  Spin the leaves in a lettuce spinner.

Step 4.  Preheat the oven to as low as it goes.

Step 5.  Lay the leaves out on pans.

Step 6. Put the pans in the oven.

Step 7. Cook the basil for 2-3 hours or until the leaves are very dry and crispy.  They should crumble easily.

Step 8. Crumble the dried basil by rubbing it between your hands.

There!  All done.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ripples on the Allegheny

This was a song that my great-grandmother played for her children. They would volunteer to do chores if she would play it for them! Laura learned it this summer to play at a family reunion.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, Becca!

We enjoyed celebrating Becca's birthday this past weekend.  I'm not quite sure how it is that my little sister is turning 17; it doesn't seem like long ago at all that I was 17!

We had John's and Katie's families over to make ice cream in the old hand-crank ice-cream freezer that we brought home from Grandma and Grandpa's house this summer.  We had lots of help filling it with ice.  James taste-tested every cube before he put it in!

Peter gets the first turn.

Getting stiffer.

This is so exciting!