Homemade Pesto

If you’re anything like me, you love Pesto but have always been afraid to make it on your own.
I used store bought for years and finally caved and bought a basil plant a few weeks ago in an attempt to keep it growing and finally make Pesto from scratch.

It is incredibly easy and cheaper than store bought and you can even substitute the pine nuts for chopped walnuts since pine nuts aren’t very easy to find.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves (No stems)
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts or chopped walnuts
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

Combine basil leaves, pine nuts or walnuts, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese in a food processor or food chopper.

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Once everything is blended and combined, add salt & pepper to your liking.

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Store in jars and seal tight and keep in the fridge if you are storing for later or use as sauce for pastas, flatbreads, pizza, or toss in pasta!

With love,

-R. Vargas

Indoor Tulip Tutorial

Spring is right around the corner and soon flowers will be blooming!

Tulips are perennials, meaning they return year after year when planted into the ground but if you are not able to plant them in the ground and still would like to grow them, this is a perfect tutorial for you.

All you need is a vase, decorative gems or pebbles, water and of course tulip bulbs.

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Place a few gems or pebbles in your glass vase and set a few aside. Next take your bulbs and position them so that the pointy end is facing up.

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Take the rest of your gems or pebbles and align them around the bulbs to help set them in place.

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Take 1/2 a cup of water and pour into your vase until the water reaches right under the bottom of the bulbs. Try and keep the bulbs as dry as possible while pouring the water in the vase.

Place in a sunny location indoors and after a few days, you will notice the stem start to sprout and the bottom of the bulb will take root into the water. The roots will look like thin white strings so if you start to see this after a few days, your tulip is growing!

I will update pictures over the next few weeks but this easy tutorial will help you to get started!

With love,

– R. Vargas

 

Outdoor Fall Decor

Fall has been upon us and while I’ve been crafting and decorating at home since September, I decided to share a few of my outdoor decor ideas.

I had a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch I went to in October and saved it for a planter idea I had in mind.

Along with my pumpkin, I had pansies and a small carving set.

I simply carved the top of my pumpkin and removed the seeds and scraped the walls.

Before I removed my pansies from the planter, I measured it with the lining of my carved pumpkin to make sure it would fit.

I transplanted my pansies in the pumpkin and threw in a few small scarecrows for décor.

How do you decorate for the fall?

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

Transplanting Succulents

If you know me personally, you know that I love succulents.
Many people think they are really hard to maintain or that they always end up dying but with a little TLC the plants can grow and thrive for years to come.
I took it upon myself to post this quick tutorial of how I care for and transplant my succulents and cactus.

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I gather my plants, pots, soil, Miracle Grow Succulent Plant Food, and even some colored pebbles for decor.

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I fill in the bottom with soil so that the plants can be leveled then I place the plants in the pot. (You may need to use tweezers or gloves so that you do not stick yourself if you are transplanting cactus.)

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Once they are positioned in the pot, I place more soil on top and on the sides.

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Once my plants are potted, I give them each two shots of Miracle Grow Succulent Plant Food and then water them.

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Be sure to give them enough sunlight and water and feed them every week. Not everyday but every week to help them grow and last a long time.

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

Out and About in the Garden:

If you know me personally, you know that I really enjoy gardening.
But that wasn’t always the case.

As a little girl, I constantly noticed my mother in her garden. I believe she spent most of her time in her garden and in the kitchen. But she existed in the garden.

It actually used to bother me that she preferred spending time with her flowers more than she would spend time inside with me.
I laughed at her year after year when she would skip around in the garden and not only talk to her flowers, but also sing to them.
I thought it was all so silly at the time.

Not until I got older did I realize all the hard work and dedication my mother put into her garden.
Now older and more appreciative of things, even small things, I really appreciate my mothers love for flowers and I carry that with me today.
Just like my mother, I now talk to my flowers while I plant new seeds, I sing to them, I even skip around our several rose bushes.

Gardening is a huge stress reliever and it has taught me so much about being patient.
It proves how your hard work pays off with time, effort, and a great amount of love.
Through patience, you watch something beautiful come to life.

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Xoxo,

-R. Vargas