Pesto Preparations

Here’s how I spent a good part of my afternoon, determined not to let the last of the garden’s bounty go to waste: These raw ingredients…

….turned over the course of an hour (most of which was spent picking individual leaves off the basil plants culled from the vegetable garden) into these, which promptly went into the freezer for use during the winter months:

Finished a new project in the last couple of weeks, from Interweave’s book Scarf Style, the “Midwest Moonlight” scarf by Ivy Bigelow, which began life in Barbara Walker’s second book of knitting patterns. I used Mountain Colors Mountain Goat in color Northwind, a lovely semi-solid that shifts from sky to ocean blues:

When some knitting friends came to dinner recently, I arranged the table flowers in an assortment of the brown and white transferware pitchers I’ve been collecting for years. Something about this arrangement, in spite of the spring-y tulips and lilies, said “Welcome to fall” to me:

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