Friday, July 17, 2009

The best pesto you will ever eat in your life

I have a brilliant plan for this week. I'm going to make the following pesto sauce, and then we're going to eat it all week:
Monday: pasta with pesto sauce, broccoli, grilled or baked fish (tilapia I got on sale)
Tuesday: grilled cheese sandwiches with pesto spread on 1 of the slices of bread, carrot sticks
Wednesday: leftovers from ... last week...
Thursday: hamburgers with the neighbors before they move
Friday: grilled chicken sandwiches with pesto, lettuce, tomato, and onion
Saturday: pesto pizza (spread pesto on the pizza dough, then add red onion, feta cheese, whatever else you want, and mozzarella cheese), salad

So this pesto recipe is from my friend Rena. It is TO DIE FOR; you will hear angels singing when you eat this stuff:
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 Tbsp pressed garlic (9 cloves)
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (washed and dried thoroughly)
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups olive oil
a food processor
1 cup freshly grated parmesan (the Kraft kind is not good enough for this recipe)
To clean basil, remove the leaves, swirl them in a bowl of water, and then spin very dry in a salad spinner. Place walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 15 seconds. Add basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the parmesan and puree for a minute. Use right away or store in the fridge or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Prepare your eyes for pure glamour

First of all, make sure you're sitting down. Then, prepare your eyes to see me as you've never seen me. It is purely glamourous and beatific. In other words, I look darn good. I haven't looked so good or felt so pretty since my own wedding.
This is me in Chad's sister Amanda's, wedding. Chad was an usher, I was a bridesmatron (which is a truly horrible word; it sounds so matronly), and the two boys were ringbearers. The wedding was fun and the kids did great. We were very impressed. It was fun to have my hair done and my nails done and have fancy make up.
Okay, here it is. Are you ready? Ta da!
Do I not look AMAZING?
And here is the lovely bride Amanda with my two adorable children:

Thursday, July 2, 2009


No one appreciated my latest blog post?? I'm offended. I'll have to try harder and be better.