You may have heard that the basil is back.

Mike and I felt a lot of pressure to go to the Farmer’s Market this morning. I mean, if we were featured in an article, we had better be there. Since we are going on vacation, we didn’t need very much, but . . . it seemed wrong not to go at all. And so here is our booty:

One yellow zucchini ($1.25, and the flavor on these is CRAZY GOOD – we had it grilled for dinner tonight), two bunches of basil ($1.00/each), one bag of beans ($2.00 – for dinner we roasted them in the oven in olive oil and spicy seasoning – kind of like green bean fries), and one basil plant ($5.00). Total for the week: $10.25. And also we get to keep our street cred. Added bonus for you: You can kind of see some of our kitchen in the background. Do not be alarmed. It will all look very different soon.

Above you can see the herbs Emily gave me for my birthday. Mike planted them, the basil, and some other herbs he bought at The Home Depot today while my mom, my aunt, and I worked on painting the trim in the sunroom. Three of the four walls are done, and . . . about a quarter of the final wall is done, too. Please don’t ask me why we aren’t finishing tonight. I just cannot get up on that ladder one more time. (Unexpected benefit of painting: I do not need a stairmaster.)

(I have been trying to blog every day . . . this is cutting it kind of close for me.)

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