Wednesday, August 12, 2015

One Mighty Basil Plant, DIY Pesto & Pinterest Poser Challenge

I've always wanted to be one of those people that could say "I made this from my garden." Problem is, I wasn't blessed with much of a green thumb or the patience to garden.  But I still have daydreams of huge, lush gardens in my backyard like my grandpa had.  Or even a small container garden full of tomatoes that produce many that I start canning and giving them to friends and neighbors. 

Over the years I've tried, and failed. BUT this year I have one plant that I bought at a farmer's market, a basil plant.  It just won't quit on me, even when I forget to water it or I pull off too many leaves to make a tomato basil salad.

Yeah that's right I'm making things from my garden of one mighty basil plant in a pot.  

I'm making salads and and putting basil on my pizza and in pasta dishes and EVEN MAKING MY OWN PESTO! Whaaaaat? Yeah, my own pesto. Today's Pinterest Poser Challenge* is DIY Pesto. Check it.

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week-ish I detail a new project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

Based on this pin on Pinterest from Gimme Some Oven, I made my own pesto and THEN made a pesto pasta that the whole family loved.

For the Pesto, here's what you need and what you do:

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3-4 cloves garlic 
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan ( I used Kraft, nothing too fancy here)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • In a food processor or blender, blend together basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese. Pour in oil and then add in salt and pepper. Remember to scrape down the sides in between blending to make sure it's well-blended.

It seriously only took me about seven minutes!  

Then for dinner, I cooked up some gluten free spaghetti noodles and boiled some chicken breast and tossed it all together with the fresh pesto.  Boosh! Dinner!

Totally gluten free and delicious.

I think what this post is all about is not giving up on your dreams.  Sure my garden is just one mighty basil plant in a pot, but I just made part of my dinner with it and now I'm bragging about it on the Internet just like I dreamed when I was a little kid. Who knows? Maybe next year I will have two plants or three!  

How is your summer going so far? Are you an amazing gardener? Got any tips? Any recipes? Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest lately? Let me know in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Here are some of the Pinterest projects I've done/made/attempted:

DIY Map Craft- click here
Homemade Chalk Paint- click here
A Flower Crown- click here
The Rainbow Challenge- click here
DIY Trundle Bed- Click here
DIY Artemis Costume- click here
Taking Pictures of Your Kids- click here
Gluten Free Pretzels- click here
Cinnamon Sugar Doughballs- click here
Painted Lockers- click here
Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelet--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalkboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here


  1. I grow basil too! I love being able to walk outside and just grab a few fresh leaves. :) I will have to try your pesto recipe - looks delish!

  2. I had a basil plant once. It didn't end well. It definitely didn't end with a delicious salad or any pesto pasta.