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You recognize what SUCKS? Being inept in relation to expertise and attempting to function a elaborate digicam. Or a weblog. Or a podcast, for that matter. I’m having my share of hardships on ALL fronts up to now few weeks and I’m getting just a little PO’ed to say the least.

My DSLR is actually consuming the photographs I take. I {photograph} these stunning meals, VERIFY that the photographs have been captured on the digicam, go to add to put up and……nothing is there. Somebody assist – how is that this even attainable? If it occurred solely as soon as, I’d definitely think about the potential for person error. However this has occurred a number of instances, all not too long ago.

Whereas I curse out my digicam and check out to not lose motivation to put up, the remainder of my crew is hungover. Not actually, however they’re whipped from spending ALL day yesterday on the seashore. I imply, we have been there ALL day. We watched individuals come and go. We practically stayed for the SECOND seashore marriage ceremony of the day.

It’s a superb factor my brother confirmed up with a large tent to shade us from the solar – it was fierce. After all my little mermaids wished nothing having to do with sitting nonetheless or being within the shade, so we furiously reapplied sunscreen…usually. Okay, Mark reapplied their sunscreen usually. I did a poor job final weekend and so they ended up just a little crimson and thus, I used to be demoted.

For sure, everyone seems to be sleeping (Mark included) whereas I get a weblog put up up and subsequent, a podcast episode up. My home hasn’t been this quiet in a very long time. The one noise is my keyboard clicking away and the dishwasher operating behind me. GLORIOUS! Contemplating how productive I’m being, I could even get in 2 minutes of studying earlier than all of the little monsters stand up! Right here’s hoping.

Our different exercise this weekend was making our first batch of pesto for the yr. I’m undecided what precisely Mark does to get our basil to develop so properly, however I’m guessing it’s not natural. J Oh properly. It’s native from our yard and oh my heavens, the smells! With as a lot basil as we produce, I needed to begin doing issues on a budget. As in, make pesto with out pine nuts. Little question about it, pine nuts are prime canine in my thoughts in relation to pesto, however a combined nuts (maintain the peanuts) model shouldn’t be a protracted shot runner up! Get pleasure from!

Simple & Low cost(er) Basil Pesto


Prep time: 

Whole time: 

Serves: Four cups



  • 1 cup combined nuts (pistachios, pecans, walnuts, and so on – no peanuts)*
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 bulb garlic (about 12 cloves**), peeled
  • eight ouncesfresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Within the bowl of a meals processor fitted with the blade, pulse collectively the nuts, cheese, salt, and garlic till finely floor, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the basil, gently urgent down to suit. Run the processor whereas including the oil in a gradual and regular steam; course of about 1 minute.
  3. Use instantly, retailer within the fridge for as much as Three days with plastic wrap positioned instantly on the floor to stop browning, or freeze in ice dice trays or plastic freezer luggage.


*sunflower seeds work nice, too!
**when you do not LOVE LOVE LOVE sturdy garlic taste, cut back by half.

Vitamin Data

Serving measurement: ¼ cup Energy: 303 Fats: 31.6 Carbohydrates: 3.0 Sugar: 0.3 Sodium: 302 Fiber: 0.6 Protein: 2.4 Ldl cholesterol: 3


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