Before this summer, I had lived alone for over 6 years! (Well… some wouldn’t call living in a dorm living alone but I was the only one who slept in my space). I decided in the spring that I needed another living thing in my apartment so I thought I’d try my hand at gardening. We have these wonderful south facing windows in our apartment that let in a ton of light and I figured it would be perfect for growing plants. I went to Home Depot, bought some seeds and dirt and hoped that there would be directions somewhere.
This beautiful basil plant has been through a lot! I planted the little sprouting seeds in the pot in May and soon after left with Grant to spend the summer in California. I figured they would surely die inside and that there may be enough rain or humidity to keep them alive outside. When we got back from the wedding we had so much basil! Unfortunately, we left the following day to go on our honeymoon and when we returned the basil bush was scorched from the sunlight and lack of rain. I thought it was surely doomed but after some pruning it has come back to life. (As you may notice, the pot next to it of other herbs did not fare so well.)
Now that we have basil around, we can enjoy homemade pesto! Yum. And thanks to the Taylor’s, we learned to freeze the pesto in ice cube trays so they are perfectly portioned out every time we want to use them!
As for my other cooking adventures this weekend… I found myself craving apple pie. I have yet to make a good tasting gluten-free pie crust but I was feeling inspired to try it again. The Gluten Free Pantry Perfect Pie Crust mix worked pretty well, although was extremely difficult to roll out. The result, a pie crust that looked like a patch-work quilt. This is my pie before:
This is the pie after:
I think it looks delicious… but what pie wouldn’t in this beautiful pie dish that Grant’s parents gave us!
This blog really isn’t meant to be a food blog, but I suppose it is one of the more creative parts of daily life for us.