Thursday, September 9, 2010


Well I know it's been a couple days since tomorrow was supposed to happen but here are the pictures of my Basil leaves. I also wanted to make the announcement that since I last weighed myself as part of the wellness at work thing I have lost 10 lbs! I am very excited by the weight number actually going down. YAY!!

So this is both plants after the stems had been cut off. They need some water but definitely need to be brought in too. I am just not sure if they will get enough sun light in my home.

Here is a single layer of the sorted leaves. They have already been frozen for a couple days but they didn't feel as cold or hard as I anticipated. Guess you learn something new everyday.

An finally here are the leaves just in a storage bag lined with parchment paper. I don't know if the leaves will need it but I thought a little added protection couldn't hurt.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


I can't believe it is September already. This has definitely flown by like crazy. I don't know if I've put this in writing yet or not but I am working 3rd shift at Price Chopper as part of the grocery stock crew. I do like it a lot. I have been sweating my ass off almost every night and especially on load nights. Although I have not lost any weight I have notice a difference in the way my clothes fit and Rj has noticed how much more he can wrap his arms around me when he holds me. I am super excited by this. I haven't been walking since I started this shift but I know if I got back into it I know the weight would drop like a ton of bricks. The only problem is I am exhausted and very hungry every morning after work so I go go home eat food (usually some sort of meat dish) then relax for a couple of hours and go to bed. That is another thing that has been getting better also. Minus a few sleepless days I have been getting 8+ hours everyday and yesterday was my day off and I slept for 14ish hours. This is awesomely crazy. I really do hope this change becomes permanent.

The real reason I wanted to type today is because I am super excited about my basil. I just picked about 6 stalks of basil from my 2 plants. I plucked the leaved, sorted out the bad ones, cleaned them and laid them in single layers on a cookie sheet. I use parchment paper in between the layers and put everything in the freezer. I know most people dry and grind their basil but I was researching the best way to store basil and other herbs and for basil and parsley the best method of storage is freezing. Whether in whole leave form or as a pesto like blend, most of the sources I looked at said these two herbs hold their flavor best when frozen. I found that very interesting so that's what I did.I can't wait til they are solid and I can put them all in a freezer bag. The next thing to do is to research some tricks to keeping the basil plants alive and healthy inside over the winter since it is not a hardy plant.

I will have to get back on here tomorrow and post pictures of how they look.