Category Archives: breads

Time to Make the Pesto!

I only planted one basil plant this summer.  Thankfully, I put it in a pot that could by moved, since Boss, my rescue dog, thought it was a fabulous place to relieve himself.  Now it sits on a bench, well out of his range.  And I have more basil than I could possibly use, so it’s time to make pesto and freeze it for the winter.  Consider this a head-start on your homemade Christmas gifts!


  • 3 cups basil
  • 4 tsp chopped garlic (about 8 cloves)
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  1. Mix everything except lemon juice and oil in blender or food processor.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Add olive oil and lemon juice and mix to combine.
  4. Will keep in fridge for 2-3 days, can store frozen through the winter.

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These are the jars I like to use for basil.  Nice wide mouth, but not such a large amount that it starts to brown before you can use all of it.

I’m linking up with The Mommy Club Resources and Solutions and Whatever Goes Wednesday.

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Banana White Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

For some reason I always buy too many bananas. Then I feel guilty when they start turning brown and I can’t talk anyone into eating them. I like the occasional banana with peanut butter, but not every day. So, anyway, there were these mostly brown bananas sitting on my counter and I knew I had banana bread and plain bananas in the freezer already, so I starting looking around on Pinterest for something to do with them. This is what I found:


The problem was that I didn’t have any wheat flour or applesauce in the house, and I was really more interested in using up what I had lying around that being uber-healthy about it . . . so I changed the recipe. If you want the healthy original click on the Pinterest link, but here is what I ended up doing:


3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients well.
Spray mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray.
Fill each tin completely full.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Yield: 24 overflowing mini-muffins (and we all know anything “mini” has so few calories they’re hardly worth counting, right?
I may or may not have scarfed down all five of these muffins right after I took the picture.

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Oh, and here’s my favorite mini-muffin pan:


I’m linking this up to Oh, How Pinteresting, The 52 Weeks of Pinterest Challenge, Works for Me Wednesday, Whatever Goes Wednesday, and The Mommy Club Resources and Solutions.  And since it’s actually a recipe (I’ve been slacking in the recipe department lately) I’ll also link up to The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap, Tastetastic Thursday, What’s on Your Plate, and Foodie Wednesday.

Priced at just $4.99, it is now available in every format your little heart could desire at Smashwords, or, if you prefer, it’s also for sale in a Kindle version at Amazon or a Nook version at Barnes and Noble!


E-Books, Bangs, and Monks – What’s on Your Mind Today?

1.)  I’ve written an e-book.  It’s called Tight Budget, Tiny Kitchen, and No Time: How to Eat Well in Your First Apartment.  Writing it was fun, but formatting it is about to drive me over the edge.  This is not something someone who can concentrate for no longer than 15-30 minutes at a time was meant to do.  But I’m going to do it.  My goal is to have this sucker up for sale by October first.  Obviously I’ve lost my mind.

2.) I can’t seem to get anything done.  My to-do list just keeping growing (like “format the damn book”), and I’m home all day every day.  I should have a spotless house, be cooking gourmet meals, and have learned to speak fluent Italian.  I mentioned this frustration to my friend Dianna yesterday and she looked at me like I had two heads and said, “But you’re in pain.”  Which, yes, is the whole reason I’m home all day rather than at work, as well as the reason I can’t concentrate on anything longer than that dog Dug in Up: “SQUIRREL!”  I just am not adapting very well, cannot seem to bring my expectations into line with reality.  I’m working on it.

3.) I can’t remember the last time I did anything with my hair.  After my shower I dry my bangs only because my hairdresser forced me to swear I would never let my bangs air dry all curly and ick before she agreed to cut them.  I got up the morning after neurosurgery and dried those damn bangs – I take a vow seriously.  But the rest of it just air dries and goes in a clip on top of my head or just hangs there.  This week I actually went to a doctor’s appointment and a therapist’s appointment with my hair like that.  I figured they’d seen worse and they both knew I had bigger issues than my hair anyway.

4.) The people who do the interviews for long-term disability ask some rather odd questions.  My favorite was, “Have you ever taken a vow of poverty for a religious organization?”  I guess if you’re a monk or a nun and you’re disabled you’re just SOL.  That doesn’t seem fair.

5.) I love the cooler weather.  Having a cool breeze blowing through the open windows, not minding having the big furry dogs in bed at night, looking forward to watching Aaron play in his college marching band.

6.) I made rice bread for supper last night.  That’s all I made.  There were leftovers in the fridge, some pork, a little chicken, some roast beef.  I made tiny little rice bread rolls and told the guys to just heat up what they wanted and put it on a bun.  They won’t die from one night without vegetables.

7.) I’m going to noon Mass today.  We keep trying to hit the 5:30 Saturday Mass on the weekends, but it just hasn’t been working out for us.  And I miss it.  So I’m going today.  Unfortunately, there’s no music at the noon Masses, and I always feel like something’s missing.  Yes, the congregation sings, but I want a cantor.  And a choir.  And an organ.  And, ideally, a harpist – every church should have a harpist.  But I’ll go early and join in the rosary, and maybe that will make up for it.

Stop by Conversion Diary today and share what seven things are in the forefront of your mind.  They can’t be any more random than mine!



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