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my name is monica but now i'm better known as nana. i have recurring dreams about faraway places and wild animals running free. i love to create with paper, food and yarn and i love to share snippets of my life.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Harvest Time.....





I can't believe that summer is almost coming to an end. I went out to check on our tomatoes and they're just about ready and I need to harvest my herbs so I think I'll make some yummy pesto so I can enjoy a taste of this summer sunshine in the middle of winter.
Pesto Recipe from my dear Italian friend Teresa
1 large bunch of basil, leaves only, washed and dried
3 medium cloves of garlic
bunch of parsley leaves
one small onion
roughly 3/4 cup Parmesan, loosely packed and FRESHLY GRATED
A few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

Start chopping the garlic, onion and parsley along with about 1/3 of the basil leaves. Once this is loosely chopped add more basil, chop some more, add the rest of the basil, chop some more. I scrape and chop, gather and chop. At this point the basil and garlic should be a very fine mince. Add half of the Parmesan, chop. Add the rest of the Parmesan, and chop. In the end you want a chop so fine that you can press all the ingredients into a basil "cake" - see the photo up above. Transfer the pesto "cake" to a small bowl (not much bigger than the cake). Cover with a bit of olive oil, it doesn't take much, just a few tablespoons.
You can set this aside or place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it or freeze it or saute it in a pan and blend in the blender. Just before serving give the pesto a quick stir to incorporate some of the oil into the basil.
Use as a pasta toping.
Makes about 1 cup.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - August 26/09

On this episode I create a simple Birthday card using the Big Shot and some circle punches.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The wedding of Sheena and Curtis







The wedding was storybook perfect in every way! There are some amazing things that I learned after 3/3 successful marriages of our children.
1. Never under estimate the power of ritual, tradition and the opportunity to celebrate your family both old and new, friends and loved ones.
2. Take time as the parent to rest in between the ceremony and the reception not only to regather yourself, but to also reflect on the beauty and wonder of the day.
3. Cherish your family and friends and be sure to tell them how much they mean to you
4. Offer guidance to the couple wthout taking control of their wedding...this is their day to be shared in the way they want it ot be.
5. ....and the most important of all Accept help for the preparations, rehearsal dinner etc.from those who offer.
I know it made all the difference for my enjoyment. I had a fantastic time! Thank you to my wonderful friends and family!
Congratulations Sheena and Curtis! We love you!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - August 19/09

On this episode I create a unique sized thank you card. Visit me at: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Winner Announced! Scrapbooking At Monica's Place - Episode #25

I announce the winner for the Christmas mini book kit. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - August 12/09

On this episode I create a card for a expectant momma!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday Aug. 5/09

There is nothing like two peas in a pod! On this episode I create a really cute baby card for twins. Visit me at: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

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