Ariel was sent home after her contractions stopped and her situation stabilized. Baby has decided to stay put for the time being. Ariel will be on bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy, which is hopefully a very long time. Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts! They meant a great deal to the couple and me.
Something else happened recently: This little girl turned 1. ONE! Ah!
I wanted to share a quick idea for preserving fresh herbs in oil. We got a freeze recently so I had a bunch of fresh herbs in the garden that I didn't feel like taking the time to dehydrate. (Also, some, like basil, don't dehydrate well anyway.) So I pureed them with a couple roasted tomatoes and a lot of olive oil. It made a really thick and fragrant paste, which I spooned into an ice cube tray, froze, and then stuffed into a freezer bag. Over the winter, we'll throw these into pasta or quinoa, or melt them for dipping with crusty bread.
1. Hot Red Pepper Jelly by Lightly Crunchy. "I had a few people ask about the recipe for the pepper jelly, so here is my version."
2. 3 Simple Tips To Plan Your Successful Garden Now For Next Year by "The Farm" Old World Garden Farms. "-It's the perfect time to plan next year's garden. Why now? Because everything is fresh in your mind."
3. Crazy Quilt by Simply Homemaking. "When I began, since I am NOT a quilter, I somehow thought that making a crazy quilt would be easier and faster than making a quilt from a pattern."