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Things I Love Thursday…Fresh Basil Pesto

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in food, Things I Love | 1 comment

I was scanning through my Twitter feed yesterday, and I came across someone (for the life of me, I can’t remember who) looking for a pesto recipe that uses walnuts rather than pine nuts. Well, I am allergic to pine nuts (both the cost and the oils) so a couple of years ago when I had a gigantic basil plant, I tracked down a recipe on simplyrecipes.com that uses walnuts and tastes fantastic!

So, even though that person who needed a recipe will probably not see this…and even though my basil plant this year is wilted and eaten by our rabbits…I couldn’t help but post it for Things I Love Thursday over at The Diaper Diaries!

Fresh Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese (or Parmesan)
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Pulse walnuts a few times in a food processor. Combine basil with nuts, pulse a few times more. Add the garlic, pulse again. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the cheese and pulse until blended. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Extra tip: If you want to freeze the pesto, omit the cheese (it doesn’t freeze well). Line an ice cube tray with plastic wrap, and feel each pocket with pesto. Freeze and then remove from the ice cube tray and store in a freezer bag. When you want to use it, defrost and add in grated Parmesan or Romano.

Things I Love Thursday…Clif Mini Energy Bars

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in food, Things I Love | 0 comments

Over the years, I have had a love/hate relationship with breakfast. I went through a phase where I did not eat breakfast because I was “saving my points” (I know some of you have been there). Once I started having kids, I at breakfast more consistently…when I wasn’t sick to my stomach. I recently went through a phase where I ate two pieces of toast with butter, cinnamon and sugar slathered all over it…every day. I had to put an end to that because I didn’t want to go back to phase #1…counting points again.

So a few weeks ago, when I was trolling the aisles for something “breakfasty”, I came across…(drum roll please)…a box of Clif MINI Energy Bars.  I had eaten Clif bars before for breakfast, but they always seemed a little too filling, so I was instantly intrigued. There were 18 to a box, three different flavors (chocolate chip, crunchy peanut butter, and chocolate brownie), and they were only 100 calories each. Perfect!

Fast forward a few weeks, and I am still hooked! They are the perfect little energy boost at the start of the day, especially because we eat lunch pretty early around these parts. I’ve also grabbed one for snack time…for the kids and myself…a lot better than the sugary snacks that I would usually snag!

Here’s to my new breakfast treat…and thanks once again to The Diaper Diaries for inspiring this “Things I Love Thursday” post!

Things I Love Thursday…my Dansko “no I’m not a nurse” shoes…

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Things I Love | 3 comments

Last month, I set off on a quest. Yes, forsooth, a quest for a new pair of shoes. My everyday shoes, a scuffed up pair of black Born shoes, were way past being embarrassing, so I headed off to DSW to pick up a pair (or two).

Two hours later, I came home. Without shoes. After trying on at least 30 pairs. I was annoyed and frustrated, but after thinking long and hard about my “shoe issues” (of which there are plenty), I decided that my main problem is that I can’t hack the current shoe trends. Tall boots…ballet flats…it just doesn’t suit this thick ankled, too-muscular calved girl.

A week later, I went shopping with my sister, and she suggested that I look at Dansko shoes. She is a nurse practitioner, and she told me that they are a big deal for people who are on their feet all the time and are super comfortable. So we found a store that sold them, and after explaining to the salesperson that no, I’m not a nurse or a teacher, but yes, I would like to try on a pair, I slipped my feet into my first pair of Danskos.

I was surprised how supportive AND comfortable they were. Shockingly so, actually. I could wiggle my toes…I felt like I could walk for hours…and they were really cute.  And yes, I have been wearing them constantly ever since! What do you think?

Thanks Sis for helping me move past my battered Born shoes…my feet thank you! And thanks to The Diaper Diaries for inspiring this “Things I Love Thursday” post!

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