WHAT TO DO WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF PARSLEY

I grew parsley from seed for the first time this year, and as I was harvesting armloads of it over the weekend, it was a bit of a head-slap moment. It was so easy I can't understand why I haven't been growing it from seed all along.

Harvesting parsley
The big end-of-season parsley haul.

I really like parsley. I think it freshens up every kind of food (well, other than sweet things which deserve a helping of mint, in my mind) like no other herb can. And I grew way more than I could possibly use over the course of the summer. But there was no way I was going to let all that summer goodness go to waste.

I pulled all my parsley plants, roots and all, as frost is most certainly coming our way very soon. I plucked the leaves—well, as many as I had the patience for— and gave them a really good washing in my salad spinner (how did I live before I had a salad spinner?).

Then I just packed them as tightly as I could in the bottom of a large Ziploc bag, making sure to roll out all the air. I made three logs in this manner and popped them all into the freezer. When I need parsley, I can just pull out a log and cut off what I need.

Frozen parsley logs
Frozen parsley logs.

I did this with basil several years ago and it worked great, although you are limited to using frozen herbs on cooked items (it doesn't really work fresh in salads or anything). That's fine especially with parsley because that's what I use it on most anyway.

Margaret Roach has a slideshow on how to do this if you really need step-by-step instructions on this, but seriously, it's as easy as it sounds.

Parsley pesto frozen in ice cube trays
Parsley pesto frozen in ice cube trays.

I also made a small amount of parsley pesto (well, sort of pesto: just parsley, garlic and olive oil) which I froze in ice cube trays and popped out the cubes to store in a plastic bag. I can see this being really good in soups.

I'm not a big preserver of food. Canning still scares me because I'm afraid I'm going to kill someone by not sterilizing or sealing a jar properly. But I can freeze stuff and I love to eek out the last bit of goodness out of the garden.

Did you save any of your home-grown produce this year?




FRIDAY FINDS

How to make beautiful, delicious (and chemical free) colored sugars with edible flowers.

Autumn container
Deborah Silver photo
Deborah Silver (who I like to call the Queen of Containers) never fails to disappoint. Look what she did for autumn.

Rusted steel in the garden is such a great look.

I like fashion but I am not a fashionable person and to be honest, my style motto is generally "Try not to look like a slop and be dressed at least somewhat appropriately for the occasion." Accessorizing befuddles me. Yet this time of year is when I start thinking about updating my wardrobe a little bit (or at least replacing jeans that have unwashable dirty knees). I like to consult a few fashion bloggers before I spend any money. I'm a fan of You Look Fab because you can find advice for an age, shape or style and it's not overly trendy stuff.

Since I won't be getting my arm workout via weeding, paddleboarding or sailing during summer, maybe I'll give this series of exercises a try.



Newfoundland puppy

This little guy (whose name is Odin; I don't think we had decided on a name when I first mentioned him on the blog) is now 4.5 months old, 50 pounds, mostly fur, very sweet and starting to be plenty naughty. His sister Rita is still not thrilled with the new member of the family, which may have something to do with his habit of attaching himself to her ear and pulling. There have been a lot more walks for the whole family, which is a good thing (the whole household was getting pretty lazy before Mr. Energy came along) and Rita is discovering the liberal treating policy in the house to be working to her advantage as well.

SCOURING SKYMALL FOR GREAT PRODUCTS

I was traveling last week for work and by the time I got home on the weekend, I didn't feel like doing much. It's funny, the garden is actually looking pretty good these days. Although I know there will be a ton of work to be done getting it ready for winter, I'm not ready to stop enjoying what it is right now, even though I know it means I will be spending some very cool weekends making up for lost time later.

One bit of housekeeping before I get to the fun. I've updated all of the 2014 Gardener's World television show links on the Favorites page. One of the youtube posters I was getting them from started taking down the older episodes so I had a few bad links in there. Hopefully he'll stop doing that and as of now everything should work. If you've been too busy in your own garden to watch, maybe now's a good time to catch up.

So I don't have any gardening information for you today (although I did take a few pretty pictures while I was in Annapolis that you can see on my Instagram feed). What I have instead is a plane ride's worth of hard blogging work, also known as ...

LET'S MAKE FUN OF STUFF IN THE SKYMALL CATALOG

"Sure to become a family heirloom." Yes, just imagine the whole family gathered around the Christmas tree with all the kids begging to be the one to hang the ornament that looks like it might be crazy Uncle Bob's ear from that time he channeled Vincent Van Gogh.


Waiting to finally be beamed up to the mothership.


 I beg of you, please DO NOT add a "touch of outdoor whimsy" in the form of a faux stuffed and mounted squirrel.


"Looks like a fireplace ... " Nope, it doesn't really look anything like a fireplace. It looks like an alarm clock that will wake you up by burning your fingers.


Because nothing says glamour like a beheaded anorexic woman from a 1990s cocktail party.


And this is why some day dogs will revolt and take over the world as revenge for dressing them in things like this.


I don't even know where to start with this, but I particularly liked the suggestion that a flask would be a good thing to keep in this special garter.



Does anyone else think that the second photo looks like a boob job gone wrong?



Since when do they sell boats that cost $85,000 in Skymall? And really, you know that the fun lasts exactly one time when you scare the crap out of someone and end up on youtube. Then you're just left with a very uncomfortable and possibly unsafe boat. "Discounts do not apply." Damn, and I had a Skymall coupon!




 



FRIDAY FINDS

Kylee's video of a monarch butterfly eclosing (hatching, sort of) is so cool.

Deborah Silver is recommending that gardeners in cold climates apply an antidessicant to their boxwood this fall.

The change of seasons always makes me want a clean an uber-organized house. This roundup of fabulous pantries is making me very jealous.

North Coast Gardening image
After all this time gardening, it never occurred to me to make my own organic fertilizers. Gen from North Coast Gardening hooks us up with a bunch of recipes that I will definitely try.

Don't miss this damp but beautiful garden tour on one of my favorite blogs, Tone on Tone.

That's it for this week! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I've been traveling for work this week but I'll be home for the weekend. It's the first weekend in several months that both Mr. Much More Patient and I will actually be home, which means there may even be a chance of us getting started on the garage pergola that we've been talking about for more than a year!