Basil + Garlic + Olive Oil = Yum

Every few months, I will buy a package of fresh basil.  I love fresh basil.  But, honestly, who can eat more than a few leaves at a time?  To make sure none of the fresh herb goes to waste, I will take a moment to process that basil to prepare it for future marinara use.

After stripping and rinsing all the leaves, it is a simple task to drop them in the food processor with a few cloves of garlic and some olive oil.

First, measure the basil.  Then calculate (yes, using math) the amount of oil and garlic you need.

Basil

In this instance, I had 2 cups of fresh basil.  My favorite marinara recipe uses about 1/4 cup of olive oil and 6 garlic cloves per cup of basil.  So, I added .5 cups olive oil and 12 garlic cloves for 2 cups of basil.

1c Basil/.25c oil = 2c Basil/x.  Just solve for x.  Thank goodness for algebra.

Basil, Olive Oil, Garlic

Everything into the food processor.  Process until the garlic and basil are chopped, of course.

Basil, Olive Oil, and Garlic Processed

Done.

If you are going to use my favorite marinara recipe adapted from Mom on a Mission, divide based on the number of cups of basil.  In this case, there were 2 cups of basil in my processor, so I divided it into 2 equal portions.

One half went to make marinara right away.  The other went into the FREEZER.

When you add garlic to olive oil, you MUST freeze, cook, or eat immediately.  DO NOT just stick it in your refrigerator for later use.

Garlic + Olive Oil + Basil + Freezer= Yum.

Garlic + Olive Oil + Basil + Time in the fridge = Botulism Poisoning!

Seriously.  Freeze, Eat, or Cook.

If you freeze, then the next time you want to make some marinara, you have half of the ingredients all ready to go!

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Ombre Butterfly Art

Our newest addition is a girl!  She’s an amazing little one with a big personality and bigger lungs.  To pretty up the nursery, I created two ombré butterfly pictures.  The first featured blue to pink butterflies and the second was blue to yellow:

Butterfly pink-blue

Making these is pretty easy.

First, collect paint chips in your chosen color palette.  I chose to focus one frame on a blue to pink color scheme and the other on a blue to yellow color scheme.  You could choose to go light to dark in one color or use the full rainbow.  There really is no wrong way to do this.  I picked up paint chips from local hardware stores over the course of a few weeks.

Next, find a nice calm morning and collect  your supplies – a butterfly punch, double-sided tape, and poster board.

Supplies

Use the punch on the paint chips to create lots and lots of butterflies.

Arrange the butterflies however you want.  Be sure to make the arrangement prior to applying them to the paper with tape.  When you are happy with your placement of the entire picture, use the tape to adhere the butterflies down, working from one side of the picture to the other.

Arrange Butterflies

I allowed the butterflies to hang over the edges of the poster board and then cropped them off when I was finished.

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Pop the whole thing into a frame and enjoy!!

Butterfly blue-green