8.19.2014

How to Make Classic Fresh Basil Pesto

Fresh pesto is one of the joys of summer.

 With the warm summer days winding down and not much rain, a number of my plants are starting to show its effects, including the basil plants.  So, I decided it's time to clean up some of the garden.  Yellow and brown leaves depress me.  :)  I cut all the remaining good looking basil leaves and made enough pesto for several meals in the colder months.  Fresh pesto is so easy to make and did you know it is high in antioxidants and considered one of the most nutritious herbs, rich in vitamin A and C?

Look at all that goodness!!  Isn't it gorgeous?!!

I don't use anything fancy to make the pesto, just a small nut/veggie chopper.  I have also done it all by hand on a wood chopping block.  The house smells fabulous.

and there it is, the simple classic basil pesto

I froze this batch in small plastic containers.  After putting the pesto in each container, I top it off with some more olive oil and plastic wrap before attaching the lid.  In each one is enough to mix with pasta for a supper of 2. Fast and delicious when time has run out and you're tired from a long day.   Enjoy!  P.S.  I also sprinkle more fresh parmesan and pinenuts on the pesto/pasta.

Until next time.........
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8.12.2014

Imagine That! ~ Bird Cage Wind Chimes

Added a new page to my blog recently, Re-imagined.   Just high-lighting a few of the projects I have done the last two years or so. It's an easy way to find them instead of using the "search" tab on the sidebar.  Hope you'll check it out.  So on today's blog post, I thought I would show you some things I have done around our home, re-purposed or re-imagined if you will.  :)

I use an old restaurant menu holder as a way to display pretty cards that I receive in the mail.  I can't bear to just toss them out.  This way I can enjoy the card for a while 'til another comes.  This one happens to be from a dear customer of  mine. :)

This was an old standing ashtray at one time.  The base was broken off so I just stuck it down in the soft dirt.  It now functions as a bird feeder.  The birds think the scrolly design and chippy, rusty paint is wonderful.  How do I know?  Well, ......the birds and I have a wonderful conversation every morning.  :) They told me so.

 An old carpenter's tote, re-imagined as a "by the sink" holder for those everyday boring essentials.  Makes it ever so much more interesting, don't you think?  I especially love the old white and red paint and that little holder on the side, now holding my "have to have" straws. 
 

A piece of old tin.....normally just tossed.....made a cute sign for my front porch.  ( no one pays any attention to it!)  :)

Old ironstone turned into art work.  Old pieces that are not sound, such as having a major crack, work well for this project.  My friend made this piece and you can imagine how much I love it.

So many of us use books as risers, but why not make them more interesting by covering them in old papers.  These I did with old sheet music that has that gorgeous old, mellow patina.  These were some of my old college books.  Probably getting more use now than they did years ago. :)


Storage....no matter how big the house, it seems we all need more storage.  I use big and small old trunks as well as suitcases.  This stack fits neatly under my old, small farm table and makes a great place to stash magazines and all my notes I am forever making,  without  cluttering up the family room,


I am fond of keeping the silverware out of the drawer and stored on the counter top.  It seems so Frenchified.  :)  non?  Here I have them plunked down in a white, rusty caddy.  So easy to get to.

A vintage European canister I recently found, not an entire set, but just this piece.  Makes a fabulous flower vase.  This old piece will be going on The Vintage Nest website for sale.  Love it!!

Always be on the look out for unusual pieces that can be re-imagined and displayed as art work.  This antique store front sign is one of my most prized possessions because it has New York and Chicago in cool graphics at the bottom.  A lot worn off and hard to see in this photo, but these two cities are where my sons now live.

Perhaps one of our biggest endeavors at re-purposing and re-imaging is our chic hen cottage.  It was once a hand made child's gingerbread play house.  Made by their grand-father for two little girls, who are long ago grown up and sold by the parents who were moving and down-sizing.  Our chicks love their home.

Old bird cages, with missing parts, can be re-imagined all kinds of new ways.  This hangs in the old dogwood out back.  Now a cottage cute wind chime.  Old tea cups, tiny vintage vases, a china bird, candle votives and beads all chime together to make the sweetest sound.  

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Want to hear what the birdcage chimes sound like?  (sure hope  this works, ..... never done it before :)  Be sure to turn up the sound on the video clip.  Have a wonderful week....see you soon.  P.S. I am marching down town this week to look at new computers.  This one is giving me fits!  :(
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7.29.2014

Baa Baa Black Sheep

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I cannot believe it's almost August!!  Why is it that January, February, and March just crawl by and then boom.....April hits and time just flies?    It's been a busy, busy summer with a family reunion, family visits, beach time, lots of yard work and lots of hunting and gathering for The Vintage Nest on line shop and physical presence.  Just recently I returned from a trip to the mountains.  A respite from the heat and humidity was so refreshing and invigorating. My sisters and niece and I chatted and chatted and chatted and covered a million subjects and when I got home I still thought of things I wanted to say  :)  And you know some antiquing and junking was on the menu too, not to mention lots of good food and did I mention chatting? :)  We stayed in a log cabin, with all the amenities, the sheep being our closest neighbors and the nearby scenic New River.  It was so peaceful and idyliic.

Who knew sheep were so many different colors under all that wool?


Sunrise over the mountain and the New River

the scene to one side of the cabin
the scene from the front of the cabin...... idyllic isn't it? My sister enjoying a quiet moment

the weather during the day....perfect! at night it was chilly enough for a fire pit fire.....can you say s'mores? :)   and great sleeping weather too!

A local mountain top winery we visited (and bought a few Christmas presents )  Thistle Meadow Winery.  Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a family owned business.  Their tours included tastings of grapes grown around the world. 

 Oh yes, we're having fun now!! 

the gentleman beside me was the owner.  He was such a character and so much fun. My favorite wine was called Horse Stomp Red.   Our hostesshad us taste this wine,  nibble a few dark chocolate bits , take another sip and swallow the wine and chocolate at the same time.  Oh my!  The taste and aroma of raspberries was loud and clear.  Another favorite was a mix of bananas, pineapples and Viognier......also known as a "cheap trip to the beach."   :)

 One of my mountain treasures I found.  A very large handmade church bird feeder....all shabby and weatherized for perfect patina

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