tiny sprouts

1 year + 2 days ago I was at an organic farm in San Diego for Carrie + Justin’s farm wedding. I went home with a tiny packet of organic basil seeds to plant. Well, I didn’t exactly get around to planting them right away. Crazy life, a 2 year old and my tired pregnant self were to blame. I also have what my husband so lovingly calls a “brown thumb”.  Okay, so I’m a bit challenged in the growing of green plants of any kind department. I blame it on the heat in Texas where we lived. Yep, that was it. The heat. Not the fact that I always forgot to water the plants. {Can you hear my husband laughing?}

But these seeds were special. I wanted to give them a chance to really grow. You see, I LOVE basil. And Carrie is a pretty special friend. So not planting them or *heaven forbid* killing them would just not be acceptable. What to do then? Just hold onto them until I could figure it all out. Well, insert a big move from Texas to Florida a few weeks later and a lost packet of seeds. Not exactly what I had planned.

Fast forward to 3 weeks ago. I was cleaning out the car {okay, the minivan…} and guess what I found. Yep, the basil seeds!!! I was excited to find them but worried that all this time in the heat of our car {um, minivan} would render them useless and ungrowable. But you never know. So, I found one of my mom’s empty pots and filled it with dirt. Quinn helped me sprinkle the seeds and cover them with more dirt. I am convinced that he has the magic touch because a we now have tiny sprouts!!! And maybe, just maybe it has something to do with my mom’s constant watering and green thumb that helped these tiny sprouts make their appearance.  Either way, I’m thrilled to see them growing.

I’m already dreaming of the yummy pasta dishes I will cook with this most delicious herb. Perhaps I’ll recreate one of the amazing recipes from Carrie’s wedding…

left: Nikon D300
right: iPhone

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Carrie - I love your sprouting basil! It meant so much to Justin and me to have you and Mark at our wedding. This is such a fitting tribute to our first anniversary. You (and Quinn!) have green thumbs after all. xo

Dawn Turner - Ok, I hate to throw more salt in your wound, but basil is the only thing I can keep alive in the hot TX summer with my brown thumb…..And it is growing like mad on my back patio!! But I do love the sprouts and the fact that the experience will mean much more to Quinn now than it would have back then….Miss you and your brown thumb TONS….OH, I should also tell you that Kevin has re-potted the green plant you gave us when you moved(for all reading, yes it was GREEN and healthy when she moved!) and it is doing fantastic….

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