Sunday, July 29, 2012

Basil Salt

I found a recipe for basil salt in my new Food Network magazine & got very excited because I have a lot of basil growing on my patio! (sorry about the sideways pictures. For some reason the way I loaded them won't let me rotate)

 So I went to work on the little bush of basil & picked 1/2 a cup of leaves. And my wonderful man had given me pink Himalayan rock salt for Christmas so I thought that would look very cool, pink salt with green basil.

 Unfortunately, I have very little muscle & only got through 2 small chunks with my mortar & pestle before I gave up & decided just to use regular, coarse, white salt. Adding my 1/2 cup of basil & 1/2 cup of salt to a food processor, I started pulsing it until the basil was all chopped. That salt was in small chunks but I think that's the way it was supposed to be. I spread it out on a pan & stuck it in the oven @ 225 for 20 minutes. The recipe said 30-40 but my stove cooks fast.

This is before it's cooked. So pretty, right?! After baking it goes back in the food processor and is pulsed until it becomes a fine powder. My little machine can't handle that so it's only mostly a powder & some salt chunks. And the basil turned an almost whitish green color & smelled like spinach. But guess what it taste like...............salt, just plain salt. 
I started out very excited about my homemade basil salt & now have a jar of pale green plain ole salt. Oh well, it was kind of fun to attempt even though the outcome was a disappointment =) 

Monday, June 11, 2012


I interviewed at the Oxford School day care today & was offered a sub position! She said she has a lot of staff out on vacations so it will basically be full time! Very excited! Thank you Lord =)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ohio Life

Well since it's been 5 months, suppose I should post!

Alex graduated in May & took an internship at the Columbus Zoo. We've been living in Ohio for just about a month now. It has brought about some good times & some trials.

It took me about 3 weeks to find a job, only God can explain how we made it through that with no income. Finally got a job at a local garden center. I worked there for 2 weeks & was unexpectedly let go just a couple days ago. It was quite the surprise blow. I am still not sure the reasoning behind it. All I know is that the owners were not very organized or helpful or really I can't think of anything nice to say about them but I'm trying not to hold a grudge. I got a call at 8:30 Friday night, a day I didn't work, and was told it wasn't working out & not to come into work on Saturday (also wasn't supposed to work that day anyways). On a good note though, I didn't really enjoy the job or the owners or the heat! I wasn't too upset to lose the job but very worried about paying bills since Alex only makes $50/week & only gets a pay check once a month so I spent a few hours with a lot of comforting from my amazing husband. Finally, after pulling myself together, I remembered I had checked a daycare to see if they were hiring & the director gave me her business card & said to send a resume. I never did because I got the garden center job. But there was the business card still sitting there. 10pm, I sent in my resume. 11pm, got a response & have an interview Monday morning! The ironic thing is it is directly across the street from the garden center. The way God works blows my mind. I would love nothing more to be able to work with kids again so I'm really hoping this goes well. But just in case, I also applied at 6 places in a nearby mall & have a group interview at Charlotte Russe on Tuesday. Alex also has an interview at an animal shelter coming up and while it would mean him working 7 days a week I think he's really hoping to get it & a little bit of extra cash. Which again it still amazes me that we've made it 9 months of marriage on 1 minimum wage income plus1 month of unemployment. We are so blessed.

Also there has been some trouble finding a church. Since Alex works on Sundays we've been looking for a church that has Saturday night services. I've only found 2! You'd think in this big city there would be more. I've checked out 1 of them & it's just not the right fit for us, unfortunately. I attempted to check out the other 1 this morning but Alex had the GPS & I somehow can't follow directions so I ended up taking a 20 min drive that should have been 8 min (according to google). I didn't find the road I was supposed to take until I had given up & headed back home after the service had started 1/2 hr ago. So I just came home, made myself a cup of tea, turned on WayFM, & spent some time doing devotions. My own home church for today. Well worth it, I found a perfect verse.

'Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it?' --Isaiah 43:18, 19 (Message)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Need To Find My Picture USB!

I have a few things to blog about but since I don't know where my USB/SD converter is I can't post pictures so then I forget to take them so then I just don't blog. But I did something pretty cool tonight so I feel like I should blog regardless of not having pictures to prove it. But first my backed-up blog items.

1. I made my own dried orange peel. Yeah, it is very simple but I felt super homey making it myself & putting it in my own little spice container. All you do is peel an orange, cut off as much as the white pithy stuff as you can, cut the peel into small pieces, & then bake it! Voila! Dried orange peel =)

2. Nutella cupcakes. Pretty much enough said. Except I used wheat flour (all I had) so they turned out more like muffins but it was nutella so still delicious.

3. Tonight I made a delicious dessert that is sure to have me labeled, once again, an alcoholic. (Thanks, mom) For real though, there is only like an eighth of a cup of alcohol in this. Chocolate Tequila Mousse (with some added orange peel ;) ) It was soooooo good. Now this turned out pretty awesome but still not the cool thing that gave me the drive to blog......

4. I crafted a scarf out of a tshirt =) Pretty proud of myself, also disappointed I didn't take pictures but trust me, I did it. And although it kind of short, still turned out to look good. Even Alex was a tad bit impressed and offered me some of his old tshirts =) This is the link I used.

And that's all I've got for now. Except to say I had a phenomenal first holiday season as a married lady and that my husband rocks my heart, literally. See what I did there, saved the mushy stuff for the end so you wouldn't stop reading too soon =)

Reading--Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children; Ransom Riggs
Listening--Alex playing Madden 2012........Not going to lie, sometimes I play this one