December 8, 2007

Rummaging and Blending.....
Yesterday I went to a local library sale and found a few bargains.
I usually head straight for the foreign language books as Im always guaranteed to find children's books from the 60's/70's... i love the sweet illustrations.
I also found these small but beautiful red leather bound novellas with gorgeous gold detailing for only 20 cents each...stunning! they'd be perfect for altered book projects - they had quite a few and I just wanted to grab more but Im trying really hard to declutter so I cant give every book a second chance.

Last night I made some pesto sauce...there's something exciting about making things from scratch and since i have plenty of fresh basil I thought Id give it a try - it was so easy!! and so tasty!!
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
3 Tablespoons pine nuts ( i didnt have any so used cashews - just as creamy)
Blend until a smooth paste
Stir in 2-3 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
Add to pasta - I boiled up some gnocchi and you can add some pasta water to thin the sauce out! The gnocchi was from an Italian deli - not made from scratch...maybe next time....


  1. Hi Anastasia,

    Thank you so much for stopping by :)
    This is my first time visiting your blog and wow I had fun looking around. I too am a big fan of childrens book illustrations. Especially of the vintage variety. I have a small collection of cards and fairytale books that i've bought from flea markets and vinnies.

    Anna :)

  2. I can't resist a children's vintage book either. That pesto looks great, I'll have a go when my basil takes off!

  3. I love library sales. You found some great books. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I need to plant some basil. It grows so fast here.

  4. Looks like that first book is illustrated by Alain Gree?
    And i used to love the books by Enid Blyton!
    Lucky you with those amazing bookfinds!

  5. Great bargains you found! I love pesto sauce, it's so easy isn't it, no cooking or waiting or boiling, just whack it all in the food processor!

  6. What great finds! I love those red books!

  7. Your books look so cute, great buys (the leather bound ones are gorgeous)!

  8. ohhhh yes! it is Alain Gree illustrations
    how cool! and at 20cents
    what a find!

  9. homemade pesto is one of my absolute favorite things... i always intend to make a big batch and freeze it to get me through the winter but i never do! alas... a few more months :) xox


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