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postheadericon Basil Beer Bread Recipe

Basil Beer Bread Recipe at Red Barn Blue Skies

While I do grow most of my basil from seed, I sometimes can’t help myself and MUST buy a beautiful plant when I see it. I recently snagged two gorgeous basil plants while out shopping. I was pleasantly surprised when one of them had the following basil beer bread recipe printed on the plant marker. Because I had all of the ingredients on hand and just reading the recipe made my mouth water, I tried it. And I loved it….So here it is…

Baked Basil Beer Bread at Red Barn Blue Skies

Basil Beer Bread

Basil Beer Bread Recipe


3 cups self-rising flour

3 tbsp granulated sugar

12 oz warm beer

1/2 cup finely chopped basil


In large mixing bowl , mix all ingredients together.

Pour mixture into a well-greased loaf pan or dish.

Place loaf pan into an unheated oven.

Turn oven on and set it at 350 degrees.

Bake for 50 minutes or until lightly browned on top. (Oven temps vary so keep an eye on it.)

Remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool.


***I think I would leave it in the oven for a few minutes longer and just keep a close eye on it.  This first loaf didn’t get quite as brown as I would have liked.


The basil smell alone was enough to get the hubby wandering into the kitchen to find out what I was up to.  I  sliced it up while still warm and used some of this overly delicious herbal butter that I had made up the day before.  I followed the recipe I found at my idol Nancy aka The Lemon Verbena Lady‘s blog.  (Be sure to visit her site for great recipes and herbal wisdom.)


It was a huge success as we skipped dessert and opted for another piece of bread instead.  Needless to say, this will be a recipe that we’ll use quite a bit in the coming months.  Many thanks to the lovely Nancy for the awesome herb butter recipe 🙂

Red Barn Blue Skies Basil Beer Bread Recipe

postheadericon Friday the 13th Woes and A Recipe

Friday the 13th has not usually been a day of bad happenings for me.  Or if it was, I  just didn’t put my troubles and the date together..

This one was completely different.  I was in the middle of my shower, head full of shampoo..when the water quit.  As in, there was no more.  AT ALL!  I was so ticked.  I was already running late to get Dad to a doctor’s appointment but I managed to get most of the suds out of my hair, not all.  The Scottish-Irish temper overflowed in a hurry that morning..To make an extremely long story short, we had no water ALL DAY as the pump company had to come out to drop the pump another 100 feet.  Lovely!

Since I had been dealing all week with the fact that the well WENT DRY at the ranch last week, I was not in the mood to mess with it here as well.  Mr MoonCat dealt with them quite nicely so we did have water by Friday night.

~~They’re starting to drill a new well at the ranch tomorrow to the tune of about $10,000 that we don’t have laying around BTW!  Thank goodness for wonderful neighbors and friends.  My dad’s closest neighbor Adolph had his well go out about 6 years ago.  Dad had him hook up to our well until they could get his new well drilled (took them 2 months due to the rainy season).  So when Adolph found out what happened, he immediately grabbed Dad and told him he WOULD be hooking up to his well until it was taken care of.  We are so grateful to him.  If he hadn’t have stepped up, we have been hauling water in several times a day for all of the horses and cattle, etc.  Good neighbors are more precious than gold!

The absolute worst part of Friday was that when hubby went out that afternoon to help the pump guys, he found one of our little Barred Rock babies dead.  She was laying outside of the chicken run area near the garden.  We never have figured out how she got out as the entire area is fenced and covered.  Personally, I think she may have squeezed through the ONE section that has chain link with no chicken wire and couldn’t find her way back in.  We are remedying that now, but I was so sad and upset.  I have grown way too attached to the little feathered fiends.

About the only good thing we DID have on Friday was this for dinner:

Can we all say YUMMMM?
This was so easy and quick. Did I also say DELICIOUS??? I pigged out. The tomatoes, basil, and chives are from my garden. It took me about 5 minutes to prepare (the cheese was already sliced). I don’t recall what it is called as I had it scribbled down on an old receipt. But here goes:


  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped chives
  • Sea salt to taste
  • White pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
Slice the mozzarella and tomatoes into 1/4″ slices. Alternate the cheese, tomato, and basil in a circular pattern around the side of a serving platter (or a quiche dish works very well!). Sprinkle the chives, salt and pepper over the top. Just before you are ready to serve, drizzle the olive oil over the top of the dish. Serves 8.
While not required, I served this with fresh French bread – still warm. It was outstanding. Try it!
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postheadericon Refreshing….

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I wrote something. I really do have a lot to say… We have been extremely busy here in our own wee (and we) little world. It seems that we are outside until after dark most days just trying to keep up with all of the tasks here at home. Lots of herbs, veggies, and fruits needing tending to. Not to mention the critters and their needs/demands/wants.. Then when I am inside, it’s time on the sewing machine (which I must confess I love) and all of the other little chores before bedtime.

Today we’re going to my mom’s to have a bbq. I’m in the experimenting mood (sometimes good, sometimes sorta scary) so I am going to take some of my herbs that I harvested this morning and try to create something yummy. I’m thinking my theme is going to be “Refreshing”. One of things I’m trying is the following recipe for Lavender Lemonade. I’ve had something similar at a bridal shower & have wanted to try my hand at it for a while:

Lavender Lemonade
  • 1/3 cup dried lavender ( be sure it’s food grade)
  • 1/13 cup sugar
  • 14 lemons
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 trays of ice cubes
  • 10 cups cold water or to taste

Put ice cubes into a large pitcher. Place dried lavender in a bowl and add the boiling water over the top of it. After about 10-15 minutes, strain the lavender out (with a strainer or a coffee filter will work). Discard the lavender. Add the sugar into the hot lavender water. When the sugar is dissolved, pour over the ice cubes in the pitcher. Squeeze as much juice as possible from the lemons into the pitcher. Add the cold water to the pitcher. Taste and adjust lemon juice or sugar as desired. To continue along the “Refreshing” theme, I am going to make an Avocado-Cilantro soup. I love chilled soups and this one just sounds wonderful. (I am sorry that I don’t know where these recipes originally came from so I can give credit. I have a habit of copying great ones down & not always getting their origins documented.)Avocado-Cilantro Soup

  • 4 avocados, diced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth, cold
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tequila (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

    Combine avocado, shallot, chicken broth, tomato paste, hot pepper sauce, lime juice and tequila in a large food processor. Add about 1/2 of the cilantro, saving some for garnishing. Process until mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a large bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours, covered.
    When ready to serve, place the mixture into four chilled soup bowls. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and the remaining cilantro.

And lastly, on my creative front, I will make this lovely Pesto Butter/Dip. YUMMY! It doesn’t necessarily go along with the Refreshing bit, but it’s awesome and I picked the herbs specifically for this so here it goes.. (Now I just need to con Mom into making her Rosemary Bread..)Pesto Butter/Dip

  • 2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2tbsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp dried garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

    Grind together all ingredients except for the olive oil. Place the herb mixture onto a small plate and cover with a very thin layer of olive oil. Serve with warm bread or breadsticks.

Mom just called to tell me that she did make fresh bread so great minds are definitely on the same wavelength!!! Now just to fill in the rest of the meal. I’m thinking some grilled chicken breasts and strawberries for dessert……I’m hungry!