I just moseyed by the blog to have a look around since I haven’t visited, written, messaged, posted a pic or anything in quite some time. I love that people are still finding recipes & reading posts even if I haven’t posted in a while. Please keep coming back to visit. I hope to be back to writing soon.
My kids don’t know it yet, but all fun yet unnecessary technology will be exiting their lives for a few days come this evening. These card games are my solution to “I’m bored.” If they don’t like it, they could always take interest in exploring the unknown science projects growing beneath their beds. My guess is they’ll opt for some old-fashioned family fun, despite their exasperated eye-rolls.
Thanks to Mother Nature’s mood swings, we actually enjoyed 3 days of not having to go anywhere this week.
It was blissful.
But everyone was too “connected.” Including me.
I sure am going to miss all the nervous chatter, cheering, yelling, butterflies in the tummy comraderie with my fellow wrestling moms. And I can’t wait for next year.
But now, for a few precious days, I get to catch my breath with my kids & just be.
‘Cause baseball & softball season is peaking around the corner…
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.
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
- 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.
- Add the crushed tomoatoes, red pepper, & oregano.
- 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.
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.)
I am so sick of seeing/hearing my son’s “friends” throwing the N-word around like it makes them look cool.
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.
Today, I start training for my first 10k race. To say I’m intimidated would be an understatement. However, intimidation & admittedly, a touch of fear, will not stop me from running this race.
I wrote about wanting to live better in my 2014 Resolutions post. Running is just one tool that I am using to improve my health & change my lifestyle.
I accidentally became a runner. I started out walking. I was craving a little more of a challenge, so I jogged a little. Then I wanted to see how far I could go. I was mortified by how little distance I was able to cover, so I set small goals to run a little further each week. All of a sudden I was running 2, 2 1/2 miles, then 3 miles. 3 MILES! Holy cow! I couldn’t even run a HALF MILE when I started. 3 miles suddenly seemed to be my standard & I wanted to push for more. 4 miles. Yep. 5 miles. Accomplished. Then a friend & I completed an 8 miles journey. Sure, we walked 1 1/2 miles of it, but we covered 8 miles! Never in a million years would I have ever believed myself willing, let alone capable of an 8 mile run. Yet, I did it & it felt so good to accomplish that goal!
Keep in mind that I am not in buff shape. Have I seen some pounds come off? Sure, but somehow, the scale seems to matter less. Forget the scale (at least for a little while). The change appears in how I feel after a run. I feel healthy. I feel good. I feel invicible…like Super Woman. Like I can conquer the world…or the mound of laundry waiting for me in the house. Or bills, budgets, or bossy toddlers. I feel fulfilled & capable.
And that’s what I’m changing in my life. I don’t feel quite so overwhelmed with life’s punches. Running has given me a better version of me. Isn’t that all any of us really want? Not to be like this person or that person, but to be the best version of ourselves. We can wish for something all day long, but until we are ready to train ourselves to be better, to take action, it just won’t happen.
So today I start to train for the changes that I want to see in my life.