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Easy Pesto Sauce

Easy Pesto Sauce
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Gluten-free angel hair pasta with homemade pesto sauce, topped with halved grape tomatoes and shaved parmesan cheese

While Mike was holding down the RV last week, I was doing a tour of Spain, enjoying all the sights, sounds and food of the country. I never knew I liked pesto until I had it freshly made and served on the side in a gravy boat at Los Alfonsinos in Barcelona. As soon as I got back to the States and our coach, I knew I had to make it for Mike.

The two primary ingredients in pesto offer a lot of health benefits. Basil’s flavonoids and volatile oils have unique anti-bacterial properties and health-protecting effects on cell structure. Olive oil protects against heart disease, lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood clotting, and benefits insulin levels and blood sugar control.

To make this super easy, super healthy meal a snap, I used the RV-sized Magic Bullet Blender to make my own pesto sauce. I love, love, love the Magic Bullet because it handles all of our blending needs without taking up valuable countertop real estate. It also makes the perfect amount for two people.

Because Mike is slightly gluten-intolerant, we used gluten-free angel hair, but you could make this with any kind of pasta or even ravioli. I left out the pine nuts, but feel free to add a couple of tablespoons if you like. A little pesto goes a long way, so this batch should be enough for a half box of angel hair, cooked.


  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  • Place all the ingredients in your Magic Bullet or blender.
  • Process to a paste.
  • Stir through cooked pasta and top with sliced grape tomatoes and more parmesan cheese.

DIY: A hostess gift on the fly

DIY: A hostess gift on the fly


We hadn’t planned to see Lori and Julian and meet their little girl Shayla, but suddenly, we were having dinner with them the next day.  It was wonderful that we happened to be in the area when she and her family happened to be free.

I was super excited to reconnect with my friend of 22 years and for Mike to meet her.  I just wasn’t as prepared as I would usually be for such a get-together.  Back in Vegas, in our stick house, I had a craft room with a corner devoted to gifts: trinkets, baubles and edibles, containers, wrapping, embellishments.  The whole shebang!


In the RV, we just can’t afford to waste space on that kind of stuff.  I now have a craft box, and it has to meet all my DIY needs, including gift-giving.  I also need to be more mindful of expenses now that Mike’s the only one with a big income.  I thought fast and created a hostess gift on the fly: four chocolate-covered pretzels accompanied by a small bottle of red wine.

I simply stacked the pretzels in the tissue paper (securing the edge with clear tape), tied the ends with raffia, and added the label.  It was a an easy but appealing way to thank Lori for sharing her home with us – without breaking our budget.  And we could focus having  a great time at our reunion!