Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Projects Getting Checked Off The List

I have finished a couple of my projects so far this week.

The commissioned mosaic piece is finished. 

I made the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and it is in the freezer.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

1 (8.5 ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
2 garlic gloves
1/2 (packed) fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

In the bowl of a food processor, blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil with the basil, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic just until the tomatoes are finely chopped.  Transfer the pesto to a medium bowl, and stir in the cheese.

This pesto will last one week if stored in an airtight container in the fridge.  I put mine in ice cube trays and freeze.  Then pop them out of the trays and store in a freezer bag.

This pesto is a great topping for sauteed or grilled fish and is perfect over penne pasta.

The big project seen in my last post, is still in the works.  Off to do some major sanding!
Welcome Home,


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

The cross is stunning and I am getting ready to copy your pesto recipe!

Thanks for shaaring!


Vee said...

Your commissioned piece turned out so beautifully. How large is it and do you know how it'll be used?

I imagine that you always have a project list loaded with things to do. That's why you get so much done!

PAT said...

The cross is beautiful, Penny!

I've not tried making sundried tomato pesto. Sounds wonderful.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

The cross is just beautiful, Penny! The pesto sounds pretty good, too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The cross is exquisite! It's really beautiful! Love your pesto recipe, too! Sounds so good right now! ♥

Darla said...

You are a busy lady!! Very nice.

Becky said...

Love love the cross, so beautiful!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Penny, the cook side of me has taken a powder, I'm afraid! But it's so nice to see what others suggest and I KNOW would taste SO good. What's wrong with me? Do you suppose it was all that cooking I did for 7 children and a ravenous husband all those years?? Do you suppose that's what it is?
I LOVE Penne pasta...this I just might try...sounds SOOO good!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Penny....Your mosaic cross is beautiful! I am sure someone will be very happy to have that! Yummy Pesto! I have never made that before....I should!~Hugs,Patti

Vanessa said...

I absolutely love that mosaic piece you did! I was thinking about what a wonderful gift that would be for a baby shower! You are incredibly talented!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
Your heart is lovely, is it for "The Katillac Shack" make over project...
I just read about it from Sherry at "Country Wings in Phoenix".
What a sweet and thoughtful project to be part of!..
You have been a busy girl finishing things up. Your pesto looks so good really it does..I need to try new things for dinner for Gary. I think this is one dish I will have make for him on a weekend...
Have a sweet day and big hugs~Elizabeth

Sherri said...

Penny, that cross came out so beautiful! I also think you pesto making looks wonderful-I can smell the basil now....! Enjoy!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Penny, being able to check things off of a project list is one of the most satisfying things a person can do. The cross turned out great and I know the pesto tastes like summer time.

Julie Harward said...

I love pesto..this looks yummy! Great work are so good at this! :D

Pondside said...

I'm sure that the ends of your fingers must be smoking!

Brenda Leyland said...

What lovely items to have been working on. That mosaic is gorgeous!

And I can IMAGINE that the pesto will take wonderful!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That cross is just outstanding Penny! Beautiful!
And the pesto looks yummy!

Terra said...

The cross you created is purely lovely and the pesto recipe with the sun dried tomatoes is one I will use some day.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That cross is beautiful, Penny.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

The cross is over the moon beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous!

You have done it I am so hungry and it's not even close to dinner time here on the west coast! I will be trying this recipe this weekend. Thanks!

Busy As Can Be said...

I love pesto! Thanks for the recipe!

Susy DeLucca said...

I love the sweetness of the cross - simple composition and gentle colors. And the pesto looks so fresh and tasty.

Beverly said...

You've been a very busy lady. I like your idea for always having pesto in the freezer.

I'm heading out the door to work. Just trying to sneak in a few extra minutes to enjoy the quiet of the morning.

see you there! said...

A really beautiful mosaic, I'm sure the owner is going to be very pleased.

I love basil and ours didn't do very well this year. It is so expensive in the produce market. Send me an ice cube or two, LOL!


Melissa Miller said...

Oh Penny the cross is gorgeous! I have a mosaic rose tiered stand that is a perfect match to it. Lovely! :)

Charlotte said...

Your mosaic work is absolutely gorgeous. I'm wondering as Elizabeth and Gary if it is for the Miracle Makeover Party this weekend. I'm working on a post for Spiritual Sundays and was wondering if I could add a picture of the cross to the post.
Hugs & Blessings,

Charlotte said...

After I made the above comment I revisited the Katillac Shack and see she has a picture of the cross posted there. I want to thank you for your generous contribution to this cause. Whoever gets it will be thrilled.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Penny,
Your mosaic cross is stunning; a very generous gift! Someone is going to be very happy receiving it.