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Pesto recipe idea inspiration

* 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

* 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese

* 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

* 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

* 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced

* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

* Special equipment needed: A food processor (Check Amazon.com's sales on Cuisinart food processors)


1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on January 24, 2010 at 10:07pm — 5 Comments

An inspirational thought i was sent!


Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent...and so very appropriate.

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on August 7, 2009 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

Chicken tractor

We recently befriended an elderly couple that we met at church, they are moving house and need a hand to move some things and were gifted about 18 cans of old wheat that have been packed with dry ice since 1982, i wasnt exactly sure what i was going to do with it all but it has worked out great as they gave us a big hutch as well. We have been given three cool chickens from a friend out at kaukopakopa, we had been talking about it for a while and everything has fallen into place really well,… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on March 20, 2009 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Hammer accident

I finally pulled my finger out and started digging out to put in another bed to grow some more vegetables and had a rather unfortunate accident and wacked my middle finger with the hammer, and before you ask it bloody hurt! my finger has swelled up and has gone a funny colour under my nail has gone black and for the first two days was really painfull i hope the pleasure was worth the pain. The bed is still sitting there in the garden nearly finished but not quite. i hope i can muster the… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on March 18, 2009 at 4:57pm — No Comments

East coast beaches awesome for sea weed!

We drove over to the east coast on the north shore, as its just as easy to get there as it is to the west coast beaches, we stopped off at murrays bay and the whole beach was covered in sea weed, next time i will take my trailer and load it high, while we were there an elderly couple were there getting a trailer load for there garden, we had bought a roll of bin bags with us in case we saw some, but we ended up taking four bags home with us, i pilled it up on top of the compost heap, and within… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on March 2, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

storm damaged Squashed broccoli

I had a panel of plaster board come off the garage, we had stuck it over a hole and we had it stuck down with no nails, the wind must have got in underneath and popped it off and now my broccoli plants are a bit flat looking, i have firmed them around the base of the plants, but have resorted to sticking five canes in to keep them upright, anyone who is contemplating doing a similar job should know that nails are an easier option, and are stronger than glue we did have to seal the top with… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on March 1, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

beach treaking

I spent an hour scouring the beach for seaweed i didnt find much as we were out at Cornwallis beach and its quite open out there found about a carrier bag full there was some bull kelp neptunes pearls and a black leafy one i added this lot to my barrel to rot down and act as a fertilizer.

Added by Daniel Andrews on February 23, 2009 at 9:49pm — No Comments

sunday vegetable swapping and peach tree planting

We had a quiet day and were taking it easy after church and i received a call from k mac about swapping vegetables i had intended courgettes but my wife Mandy gave a few to our friends yesterday so we made up a little basket of goodies from our vege patch there were carrots beetroot courgettes broccoli and tomatoes and we gave some bunches of grapes from off of our grape vine. We swapped for a whole bucket of peaches and a heritage peach tree i cant remember the name she even gave me some… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on February 22, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

saturday bed building at adams house

Spent the morning at home looking after peter my son and pottering in the garden as Mandy went out to a relief society activity every job gets a little bit harder when you have to lug a baby around and he moans when you put him down the grass was a little damp so i will have to give him that. i sorted out burnable rubbish from behind trees at the back of the garden and picked a few more tomatoes and courgettes.

i spent the afternoon building an identical bed to mine at my friends house was… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on February 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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