Friday, September 25, 2009
work: crazy does not begin to describe...
home: what's that? haven't been there much this week...
life: where is the e-brake? anyone?
hope to have several posts coming up, including a few tutorials and some revamps i'm working on, AND... da, da, da! a recap of my first half-marathon!!!!
i leave tonight after baby brother's football game (homecoming) and run early in the morning.
my goal... to finish the darn thing!
(though i would like to come in under 2 hours but i think that is wishful thinking)
my motto... run til you die or finish the race whichever comes first
(yes, its a little long for a motto)
my shirt... says "my first half marathon, please pray!" across the back
wish me luck and i'll let you know how it goes.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
place in oven (preheated to 325) and cook for 2 1/2-3 hours, depending on the size of your tomatoes. keep an eye on them after about 2 -2 1/2.
when the juices have dried up and the tomatoes start to get dark around the edges they are good to go.
so good... smell good, taste good, look good (well maybe that's pushing it), taste good... smell good, taste good...
freeze em, eat em, cook with em, puree for a spread...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
shouldn't the caution sign be hanging in view
not laying on the ground covered in leaves?
where my bike landed after i bailed... don't worry i landed on my feet... and sister got the opportunity to bail too!
some parts of the trails were pretty intense... this ramp, at the end of the bridge in the photo below, would launch a rider a good five feet in the air... cr-a-zy...
we made it... despite no helmets, gloves (you would be really surprised how important they are, definitely not just for looks), knee or wrist guards, water, or much common sense...
i wish this picture really showed all the dirt, scrapes, and bruises we received from our morning adventures...
roast tomatoes about 30 minutes, in oven preheated to 375F, until skin begins to pull away at X. remove from pan and let cool...
when cool enough to handle, core each tomato and peel away skin, working over a nonreactive bowl to catch the juice...
while peeling tomatoes, saute in olive oil: 6 to 8 garlic cloves thickly sliced, 1/2 cup torn fresh basil, and 2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar...
add cut or crushed (with hands for fun) tomatoes to pot, add 1 teaspoon sea salt and ground black pepper, and simmer for one hour... you can't imagine how good this smells... if i had a smell widget for my blog i would let you smell it... heavenly...
when cooled, puree in food processor. label clean glass jars, freezer boxes, or bags. fill 2/3 full and freeze for up to 6 months...
summer goodness all winter long!
*if sauce is too acidic, add a little brown sugar to taste, just a pinch at a time
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
we left the house at 9:00am, sweated profusely, went back to mom's house and the day just kept rolling on.
i did not get to take a shower (really), i did not go to the store later in the day still mud covered and smelling less than fresh, i did not stop till 8:00pm when my feet started itching (really), i did not have feet and ankles covered in seed ticks, how gross!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Print out name as a "mirror image".
Make sure it's the right size for the bag and you check the "mirror image"
setting on your printer preferences.
iron on "Wonder Under" fusible web (found at any fabric store – in a package or also by the yard) to wrong side of chosen applique fabric.
i drew out my rocket design (not worrying about it being backwards or not)
Place appliques on bag and seal with a hot iron.
*make sure for a project like this (using heavy fabric) that you use heavy duty Wonder Under or sew around appliques.
here is boy's finished pac-pac
and here is boy ready to go... he doesn't seem to mind that its 8 o'clock at night.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
then we cut more tomatoes, cause our garden decided to bless us with LOTS of late tomatoes.
add a little onion, cilantro (yum), jalapeno, and seasoning...
i'm thinking of doing my first blog giveaway... tomatoes anyone?