I found this fabric at the thrift store over the winter. It's not often that I am able to pick up this much yardage secondhand. The design is funky--slightly tribal, slightly 80s, and totally drew me. I had the idea to make it into a long summer dress right away. The pattern was one of the rare new patterns I've picked up in the last several years, but purchased during the fabric store's regular $1 pattern days. So, once again, aside from my sweat equity, the materials cost me very little.
|Can't believe the yardage I found!|
|If only I could plan to fill this top out like the "model."|
|It was a tricky pattern at times. Whew, glad it's over.|
Broccoli Basil Pesto
I've been using this pesto in wraps, on bagels (with cream cheese, avocado, and sprouts), and will likely dip some raw veggies in it by week's end.
1 c. chopped broccoli florets (or leftover stems), cooked in preserved lemon juice (optional) or steamed
2 T. vegetable broth
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 c. tightly packed fresh basil leaves
1 T. toasted pine nuts or almonds
1-2 T. grated Parmesan
Pinch salt and pepper
Put all ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning as needed. Refrigerate or freeze in portions.
I'm hoping that everyone's finally getting a wee bit of rain this summer. We've had slightly more balance between heat and wetness lately. Enough to keep the rain barrels full, but I know there are many farmers outside of our region of the state who are struggling to make this season productive. It breaks my heart. I try to remain positive on the homefront at least. Lack of rain has kept mosquitoes down and the insect pressure of our garden has been slightly less...although it's just in time for the rain to bring humidity to support powdery mildew among other diseases that may eventually do in my summer squash. Hoping this season won't be a total wash.