Wednesday, October 18, 2017

100lbs Romas, a Gaggle of Garlic, a Dozen Onions.. ..

 Summer Tomatoes and Sauce Time 
  
        The  Romas are finally ready! Its sauce time and that  means get out the aprons, towels, every sauce pan and large bowl we own. I keep asking my husband if it time to cut back but, "NO!!" Conscious of the nutritional value of foods less processed, we're committed to making more in our own kitchen. I recently read that tomatoes are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. According to a good read in Live Strong article :  https://www.livestrong.com/article/522521-the-advantages-of-tomato-sauce/  Vitamin A promotes the "maintaining low-light vision and for building connective tissues under the skin."
Vitamin C, the Sunshine multi duty vitamin plays many roles in our good health. Vitamin K , the blood coagulating vitamin. Tomatoes also have potassium and manganese for bone strength, Not to mention the mighty tomato is filled with Lycopenes which help protect free radical damage in the body. We are fortunate to have an abundance of tomatoes and should eat them often!

                                     
                        To get the most from our tomatoes, we pressthem 3 times. (Above is first press)

Second press

                               
                                   Third press, see how the schmootz is getting smaller? The remains are sometimes used in the garden and sometimes offed to friends with chickens, who seem to love it. 

Strong arms are a requirement. 




Cooked down to a rich pasta sauce and in recent years, some become  tomato basil soup, to be served on a frosty evening with a grilled cheese sandwich. .

Onions, garlic, basil, oregano, brown sugar, sea salt, and ground pepper,.  After sauce is cooled, its placed in serving size containers and frozen. Depending on our mood, meat, or spices like ginger, are cooked in before eating.










Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Breathing life into DUSTY OLD THINGS

Inspired by recycled old bicycles and a love for flowers, I began to look for one of my own. There were posts everywhere, people selling bikes, old ones, new ones, vintage, which I learned is different from old ones...the prices were insane. Prices ran into the hundreds! My husband and I went antiquing in Ohio's Amish Country and at the last stop,BOOM , there she was. Leaning on an old fence in the rain...with a broken chain. She was messy,  but not as much as the rust bucket leaning next to her. 
I was guessing that she had lived a productive life by her rickety chain, flattened tires, and rust spots. However her frame was in great shape! She cost me $24.00. 
Returning home, I ran to the hardware store for Rustoleum Cornflower Blue spray paint. After cleaning the rust, she was given 3 coats all over. 

I also picked up an old basket for the handle bars, sprayed it as well. The seat was sticky and breaking down from being outside. I covered it and the basket in blue gingham. Found a basket to for the back and she was ready to go.
 Leaving the chain adds something.
I decided to name her...JUDY,      JUDY THE BEAUTY! πŸ˜‰

                                                                    
  
There it is , another Dusty, Old Thing repurposed . 







Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

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I'd be in remiss if I didn't start by being grateful for this day, this celebration. Independence Day isn't just about fireworks, food, and fun. It is also the day to remember and be grateful for our Country's  freedoms. On this day we celebrate independence from the oppressive demands being made upon them from across the the sea. 
Happy Fourth of July to you and your family. 



Thoughtful family  and friends  contribute special surprises like the festive strawberries and mixed berry pie.



Mason jar root beer floats.



Two of the same macaroni salads?? The younger generation prefer it made with mayo , no onions...and the mature prefer Miracle Whip with onions. 




Monday, April 17, 2017

Piggy Bread

Easter 2017 

Piggy Bread



Piggy Bread, my version of an idea featured on Stehanie's fun blog: Girl Vrs Dough.  Creators of the piggies are from blog PASS THE COCOA (Caroline and Monica)Very cute!
 Piggies are stuffed with breakfast sausage, kielbasa, or Italian sausage.



 My family and friends love these easy to make rolls!
Cook your fave sausage, allow to cool.


 Rhodes Dinner rolls (frozen dept of local store) Cooked sausage. Peppercorns for eyes. Egg white for wash. Toothpicks
Rise dough balls in greased muffin tins cover with sprayed plastic wrap, per pkg instructions. Make a round patty of dough in your palm. Place sausage inside and pull up ends of dough to seal. Save a small amout dough to make ears, curly tail, and snout.  Place snout on face area, use toothpics to hold .See pic below  Ears are small shaped triangles. They will stick to the body. Place peppercorns for the eyes, ans roll a tiny curly tail. Add to backside.  Gently egg wash the dough. Bake 350 apx  14 minutes. Cover and  Refrigerate any leftovers. Reheat 10-15 seconds in microwave.