I feel like I’ve been abnormally busy this summer maybe you guys can relate. I’ve been painting lots of furniture both for the booth and for my childhood home. The floors are down and we are ready to start hauling furniture and decorating all of the bedrooms. I’ll show you more of what we’ve been working on next week. After months of planning, the rooms are really starting to come together.
Because I’ve been in and out of town so much I’ve noticed something that doesn’t happen very often in my refrigerator. We’ve been eating out a little more which means we haven’t had a chance to use up all of the fresh fruits and vegetables we bought at the produce stand. Wasting food drives me bananas. Most of the time, I’m very aware of how long we’ve had a piece of produce and I’ll have lots of smoothies that week so nothing goes to waste.
The other day, I got out the strawberries and while they were just past the smoothie stage they weren’t quite to the fur stage. You know what I mean? The very same day, I noticed a bunch of basil that had gotten way too much water and was starting to develop dark spots. Not wanting to waste the strawberries or the basil, I created an easy summer simmer pot.
The ingredients you’ll need are strawberries, basil and lime juice.
Fill a small pot with ingredients and add enough water so that it almost reaches the top of the pot without spilling over.
add a bunch of basil
cut 4-6 strawberries depending on how much you have on hand
then add 1 tablespoon of lime.
Bring the contents of your pot to a boil and then turn the heat down to low. Allow the contents to simmer for a few hours, add water as needed and fill your home with the smell of sweet summertime.
These flavors are also a great gift to give to a friend or neighbor. Place strawberries, basil and lime juice in a clean mason jar. Next add water until you reach the designated fill line of the mason jar. Screw down the lid. Place in the refrigerator and allow ingredients to infuse. It will keep approximately one week. Once you’re ready for the simmer pot, empty the contents of your mason jar into the pot, bring to a boil and once boiling turn the heat down to low. Allow the contents to simmer for a few hours, make sure to check on the simmer pot and add water as needed.
I hope you all have a restful, relaxing weekend. We’ll be back in my hometown celebrating my Granny’s 85th birthday so it promises to be a fun weekend.