A Productive Day

  Today I went to the garden and picked basil leaves. My husband and I love basil leaves, especially when it is cooked in a meal I made. The problem we found was that these plants make a lot of leaves and it’s hard to use them up before they go bad. We tried drying them but the dried basil doesn’t taste as good as the fresh basil from the garden.

My mother in law gave me a book from the 70’s called Stocking Up and in that book I found a way to preserve my basil and have it taste like it’s fresh from the garden. All you have to do is rinse it and steam it for 1 minute then put in freezer. Once it is frozen you can put in freezer bags and enjoy all year long. I use my rice cooker since it uses steam and it works great. This picture is after I have steamed the leaves and laid it in the freezer. I lay the wet basil on wax paper so it doesn’t stick to the pan. It also turns the leaves a differnt color, that’s why some look darker but trust me, it doesn’t effect the taste at all.

  My mom called and asked if I could help my dad pick peas, so I went down to help. They let me keep what I picked so here I am podding peas. It was one of the worst jobs to do as a kid.
My mom would plant so many peas we would be podding 5 gallon buckets full of peas during our summer break. It’s still not my favorite thing to do but I love the taste of raw peas so I don’t mind as much, I can snack while I work.

 As I was leaving my parents house I noticed their dill is huge, I decided to pick some and hang it to dry. There is a lot more so I plan on going back and getting more to dry. I love the taste of dill, my mom used to make the best homemade dill pickles, it make my mouth water just thinking about them.

All in all it’s been a very productive day. Not to mention I need to go out and pick more mulberries, I don’t have a picture of them but they will have a post of their own because there is more I want to show you about them. 
What were some of the worst jobs from the garden you can remember as a kid?


About Mimic Nature

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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3 Responses to A Productive Day

  1. sallieolson says:

    OMG, My Mother used to plant these HUGE gardens and then it was up to us kids to keep them weeded. I hated it. Weeding is still one of my least favorite jobs, although as an adult I have learned it’s easier to spend a few minutes every day than it is to let it go and have to spend a whole day at it, like we did as kids. LOL!

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