Wishing all of you a fun & safe New Year’s! I spent this last day of 2014 playing with graphics & making FB cover photos. Help yourself to thses two if you like them. They’re FREE!

Happy 2015!

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Ending the Holiday



I absolutely love the Holiday Season that falls between Thanksgiving & Christmas.

Love it.

But now it’s over.

Time to pack away our Nativity. The advent candles have melted down. Holiday wreaths will go back to their bags & hang for the next 11 months in storage. The stockings have been pulled down & packed away. The tree is undecorated, holes & gaps being exposed from the lack of ornaments, just waiting to be unplugged & put away. Nick nacks & holiday things are all in the appropriate tote.

Usually I feel kind of sad at all of this end-of-season business. But, as I sit here in the last evening of Christmas tree glow, I don’t feel even the tiniest bit of regret that the season is over. I just feel grateful. Grateful for any & all things. Grateful for the experiences of the year, for the blessings, for the hardships. Grateful for the year to come, mixed with hope & eagerness & a touch of apprehension.

Homemade Tomato Sauce


Today I’m re-posting my recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce. Since it’s one of my most popular posts, I’d thought I’d share it again to make it a little easier to find.

I found the original recipe in a magazine years ago, but I changed it up to suit my family’s taste. I’d like to tell you where I found it, but I don’t remember. I just know it was simple enough that I could remember the ingredients without writing it down. It’s soooo good. It’s also cheap, healthy, & freezes well. So make a ton of it & freeze it for a busy evening.


HomemadeTomato Sauce

All the ingredients you need for this AWESOME tomato sauce.

Chop the onion & bell pepper. Cook in about 2 Tbs. of olive oil.

Chop the onion & bell pepper. Cook in about 2 tbsp. of olive oil.

I like to add a couple of spoonfulls of garlic to the onion & pepper. You can add more or less, whatever you like.

I like to add a couple of spoonfulls of garlic to the onion & pepper. You can add more or less, whatever you like.

I wish you could smell this!

I wish you could smell this!

Add the 3 cans of crshed tomatoes. Now bring on the HEAT! Be careful not to add too many red pepper flakes. I've set this sauce on fire by getting a little too generous.

Add the 3 cans of crushed tomatoes. Now bring on the HEAT! Be careful not to add too many red pepper flakes. I’ve set this sauce on fire by getting a little too generous.

Add about a Tbsp. of oregano.

Add about a tbsp. of oregano.

This sauce is about to get "SAUCEY!"

It’s about to get “SAUCEY” in here!

Turn the heat to low & let it simmer. Stir occasionally.

Turn the heat to low, cover & let simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.

I use this sauce for spaghetti, ravioli, homemade lasagna, & dipping my garlic bread in the extra. YUM!


Please remember that I don’t normally “measure”. 

Homemade Tomato Sauce


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper I like to use red, yellow or orange.
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2-3 tbsp. minced garlic Adjust this to your taste. We love garlic around here.
  • 3  28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes Again, adjust to your taste. I’ve added way too much & set my mouth on fire! A little goes a long way.
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano


  1. Heat the olive oil up over medium high heat in a large cooking pot. Add the onion & bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or so, then add the garlic. Stir. Cook until veggies are soft.
  2. Add the crushed tomoatoes, red pepper, & oregano.
  3. Stir it all up, then put the lid on & let it simmer over low heat for about an hour.

Note: Sometimes I like to add chopped mushrooms to the onion & bell pepper.

Another Note: I’ve cooked this sauce for as little as an hour & as long as 3 hours. I can’t tell any difference. My stove burners cook hot, even on low, so I stir the sauce every 15 minutes or so to keep it from scalding on the bottom. After it cooks for an hour, I turn the heat off & let it sit. If I’m not using the sauce right away, I put it in gallon freezer bags & refrigerate or freeze. 

Tipsy Tuesday-Don’t Leave Your Olive Oil In A Freezing Car When Polar Vortex Is Visiting


Yeah-it should be obvious to not leave anything liquid in a vehicle when temps are below freezing. But, I did. And I have to believe that I’m not alone in doing something so ridiculously air-brained; because I would feel truly stupid if I were alone in that. I’m blaming this stupid Polar Vortex that is freezing my brain cells.

The good news is that the gargantuan bottle of oil didn’t explode. That would have been messy & hard to clean up. And The Hubs wouldn’t have been too happy since I left the oil in his truck. The interesting thing is, I had a gallon size of worcestershire sauce in there too, but it didn’t freeze at all. I haven’t bothered to drag out the frozen bleach wipes to see how they held up.  (Obviously we visited one of those big ol’ warehouse stores to stock up on some stuff.)

wpid-20140211_102310.jpgwpid-20140211_102319.jpgAnd there you have it. 67.6 ounces of pure, frozen-solid, olive oil fatty goodness.  I’m really hoping it isn’t rancid & is still useable.  Guess we’ll find out when it finally thaws out.

Had Enough



I am so sick of seeing/hearing my son’s “friends” throwing the N-word around like it makes them look cool.

It doesn’t.

It makes them look like uneducated , scared little biggots, who think skin color makes them superior.

To them I say:    Before you say or post that word, you might want to think about how it makes you appear to the world. The world is made up of all sorts of people. Some will love the use of that word, but most will look down at you, and you will become the outcast.