So I'm going to stick to the Basil theme for today, and it's going to be short and sweet - we are meeting friends for dinner tonight!!
For those of you that are mosquito bait...try cutting a Basil bunch, or place a basil plant in your bedroom or other areas that they bother you. Basil is a natural mosquito repellent!!
Yesterday I made Basil Infused Olive Oil and Basil infused Vinegar - Really easy!!
1 bunch basil (about 15 leaves)
1 cup either Olive Oil or White Vinegar
1 - 2 Pint Jars
Pinch of Salt
1.) Pour either Olive oil or Vinegar into pint jar
2.) Submerge Basil leaves in liquid
3.) Top with a pinch of salt
4.) Shake everyday for a week and store in the refrigerator
5.) Once the week is up, strain the leaves, and reserve the liquids
6.) Can keep for up to 1 year. (Vinegar - stored in a cool dark place, Oil - stored in refrigerator)
*When making pizza dough, or breads, substitute the oil for your flavored oil!! It will add a surprising flavor to the crust/bread!!
*DO NOT store Basil Oil at room temperature, as it could create botulism!!!
On a different note: Our chicks are due to arrive on Tuesday!! This weekend we'll be finishing the brooder and getting ready for their arrival! Stay tuned for pictures and tips!! Did I mention that I'm afraid of birds?!?! - This could get interesting!!