Saturday, September 20, 2014

Inspirational Quote - Moving On


Making Homemade Tomato Sauce




It's sauce making time!  I spent last week-end making homemade tomato sauce and I have to admit it was delicious.  I canned 7 jars, but I'm minus one already.  I used a jar for chili!  I just couldn't resist.  I think it was my best batch to date.  

I was able to use my garlic and fresh herbs from the garden.  See those white pieces in the sauce below, that's my home grown garlic.  I used the following ingredients to make 8 quarts of the sauce:

  • 30 lbs of tomatoes (I used a combination of Roma and regular beefsteak)
  • 12 gloves of garlic
  • 2 white onions
  • fresh basil, parsley, and seasoning to taste
  • 2 cups of sugar or a little more to cut the acid in the tomatoes
  • 2 cans of tomato paste to help thicken the sauce




Remove the skin and seeds from the tomatoes. If you have a sauce maker, now is the time to use it.  I don't have a sauce maker, I make my sauce like my grand mama.  I remove the skin from the tomatoes by blanching them, place them in a large bowl and squeeze the tomatoes into small pieces. Seeds and all. Yep, that's my clean hands in the bowl (below) squeezing those tomatoes into pieces. Wear gloves if your allergic or feel more comfortable, but I mix my sauce and potato salad in this manner.  I do this for several reasons with sauce, it cooks the sauce down faster and keeps the sauce from getting too thick. I like a little movement with my sauce. I can always thicken it later with paste depending on what dish I am preparing.  I'll show you how to make your own paste in a later post.  

Once you have the tomatoes squeezed, place a colander over a large bowl or pan, place cups of the the sauce mixture into the colander and press the sauce down with a spoon until the seeds and juice run out of the mixture. The holes in the colander will be large enough for it to pass through. Place the tomato mixture that you have in the colander into another bowl. 

To remove the seeds from the juice you will need a fine, wire, strainer. One where the juice can run through, but small enough to hold the seeds.  Pour the juice into the strainer to remove the seeds.  Once you get a rhyme going, it doesn't take long.  Add the juice back into the tomato meat and repeat until you have the majority of the seeds removed from the juice and meat of the tomatoes.  You won't be able to remove 100% of the seeds, but that's okay,  The seeds enhance the flavor and you won't even know they're in the sauce.  That's why I don't have a sauce maker, I am the sauce maker as grandma used to say! 





Chop the garlic and onion into fine pieces. If you have a chopper use it, it will save you time. Cover the bottom of the stock pot with light Extra Virgin Olive Oil and heat until it's hot.  Add the garlic and onion, cook until tender, 2 -3 minutes.  Be careful not to burn it, it will ruin your sauce. Mix it constantly.  Homemade sauce is about the garlic, onions and fresh herbs. Besides the love that goes into it, it's what separates it from the grocery store sauces.  Yes, I said it.  I'll go up against Ragu anytime.  Pour in the tomato mixture and bring to a boil. 

Once it boils, lower the heat and add in the paste, fresh herbs and sugar.  Cover your pot and simmer it all day, stirring constantly.  You want to make sure the garlic and herbs don't fall to the bottom of the pot and stick. The longer you cook it, the thicker the sauce will become. You will want to taste the sauce throughout the cooking process to determine if you want to add more herbs, sugar or additional paste to thicken it. I don't like my sauce too thick.    

Since I want to use the sauce over the winter, I placed 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt in the bottom of my quart jars, hot packed then with the sauce and water bathed for 45 minutes. It's ready for the pantry.  

I save money by using this sauce for chili and pasta dishes during the winter.  If you don't have a water bath canner, you can freeze it.  The sauce is work, but so worth it.  Do you make home made sauces?  What's your favorite sauce?    

How many of you would like me to start doing videos for these type of posts? I'm visual, I like to see things as they're happening and I'm sure many of my readers are too.  Let me know what you think.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Inspirational Quotes - Helping Others


When Was The Last Time You Blessed Someone




I received a message from one of nephews last night asking for a contribution toward 3 pairs of shoes for 3 of our local school children.  He explained that the children were in middle school and they were being bullied because they had holes in their shoes.  He wanted to help them, but needed financial assistance since it was 3 children in need.  Of course, my sister and I jumped at the opportunity to help.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday - Week 52

We are celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday's birthday too! And we are so happy to have you here with us to celebrate...and connect...and grow!
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Mila chose How to Make Fall Scented Paint from My Big Fat Happy Life. "This idea is a stroke of genius and a fun thing to do with kids! Just imagine all the fall scented masterpieces your kids will create!"
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Rachel chose Life Lessons of a Nurse from Crazily Normal. "I chose this post because my mom is a nurse and I know how they often observe and learn through the biggest examples of life's frustrations, sorrows, and joys. Her post is inspirational and reflective."
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Tara chose Buffalo Hummus Dip from 3 Little Greenwoods. "Love hummus and especially love Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce, so when I saw this recipe it caught my eye! Can't wait to try it! Also with Football in full swing, I think this would be the perfect dip to make for a football or tailgate party!"
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Jessica chose 5 Simple Tips for Squeezing Writing Into Your Everyday Life from Georgia Lee - Writing to the Sound of Legos Clacking. "I truly needed Georgie's post! I am suffering from writer's block due to an upcoming dissertation I need to write. Quite frankly, I am brain-dead! Ick!!! I love her suggestion, especially #1 - write something everyday. Honestly, this is good practice tha I need to enforce on myself with the dissertation writing AND to keep up with blogging. Thanks, again! 15 minutes a day of writing, here I come!!"
Jillian chose this post. "I chose this post because I am looking for ways to get more writing into my day. I just never seem to have time - but this post reminds me it isn't about finding extended time, but a few minutes here and there would be just fine."
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Meghan chose Mommy Moments, I Must Confess from Winks and Eyerolls. "I really loved reading this post. Even though it was only 10 months ago that my little girl was the same age as the poster, it feels like so long ago. I was able to relive every moment with her...and it made me want another little one!"
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Cathy chose Saving Memories from Life with Peanut. "Megan shares an amazing idea to help you capture and remember all of the little things that your kids do that as time passes you forget about. My kids are in elementary school and Megan's idea is the perfect way for me to someday reveal to them the moments of their childhood! I am starting tomorrow! :-) Check out Megan's blog to see exactly how she is saving memories!"
Tenns also chose this post. "I love this idea! This is such a creative way to keep track of memories. I'm not great at documenting things, because it's so hard to keep up with how fast littles grow. I'll definitely keep this idea in mind as I document memories and keep track of things with my son."
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April chose Great Learning Games for Preschoolers from Life's Little Projects. "My two year old, Bee, has already conquered letters, numbers, colors and shapes, yet then I got stuck on what to teach her next. As this school year starts, I wanted to give her a lesson plan too, but what to do next? Well, Amie Jo had several answers to my problem to keep her moving forward. I'm starting to get excited about this new year."
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Mari chose Chewy White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies from Born to Bake Forever. "I chose Megan's cookies because it married al I love. Chewy, white chocolate chip and cranberries. The moment I saw the picture I fell in love and went to the market this weekend to pickup the supplies to make it for my Birth Day so thanks Megan for my b'day treat :)"
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Becky chose A Super Easy Snack: Tortilla Rollups from The Most -- of Every Moment. "I love this because it's easy and tasty. I often forget about making these!"
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Stacey chose Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Bakewell Junction. "Oh these look wonderful! The cookies sound like they are delectibly chocolatey and the filling sounds absolutley amazing! Thank you so much for sharing and I can't wait to make these! Maybe a Halloween treat with the kids!"
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Kelly chose Minecraft for Moms – What You Need to Know from Sunshine & Hurricanes. "My kids are crazy for Minecraft and sometimes I have no idea what they are talking about."
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Chelsea chose Homemade "Uncrustables" from Making More... "I loveeee uncrustables! It's brings out the little kid in me, so to see a way to make them at home (cheaper, healthier, AND I can make my own variations) it was like a match made in heaven!"
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Natasha chose How to get your 4 year old to take a nap from Just a Touch of Crazy. "I love this post! Although my son is 3, it takes a wish and a prayer to get him to take a nap. He sleeps so easily at school, but when's he home - it's a whole different story. Leilani's list is a perfect depiction of what I have to do for naptime and for bedtime. It's a wonder I'm still sane!"
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