January 1-2


Here's a New Year's photo of the kitchen windowsill.  Basil growing in water from last summer's crop.  This is kind of my favorite way to "preserve" basil.  So easy, smells great, and looks beautiful!  I just snip stems of basil from the plants growing outside (in summer), and put them in water to root.  If you change out the water every so often, and keep the water topped up in the container, the basil continues to grow...even as you snip cuttings from the tips.  Great to have on hand to add freshness to salads and pizza!

Sure looks gloomy out that window!  I need a day of pure sunshine to brighten things up.  

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