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Roasted Tomatoes: Preserving for Another Day

Gardening in the Inland Northwest can be risky. Especially if you are growing tomatoes.

We have had years with abundant, wonderful red tomatoes to harvest, and then we’ve had years with abundant green tomatoes that have frozen on the vines. More often than not, we have the latter. Such a waste.20131003_123852

That’s fall in Eastern Washington. We go from the heat of summer to the frosty mornings of early winter with just a quick flash of fall colors in between.

Fall here can be as short as 4 weeks.

This year I wasn’t going to let the tomatoes go to waste. The news said we were due for frost in a couple of nights, so I decided we would save those little gems and pick them before the frost. 20131003_122834

The boys and I picked every last tomato, from the smallest grape tomatoes to the biggest beefsteaks.

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A friend came to my rescue when I was trying to figure out what to do with all of the ripe ones and deal with the green ones as they ripen. She told me how roasting tomatoes is one way to preserve them.  After talking with her, I also searched online for recipes and although they differ, the methods are similar.

I didn’t use a recipe. I just added what sounded good at the time. :)

Roasted Tomatoes: Preserving for Another Day

  1. Wash and cut cherry and grape tomatoes in half and put them in a 9×11 baking pan. Cut larger tomatoes in quarters or in 1/2” rings.
  2. Sprinkle with olive oil, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and garlic salt and stir well to coat. Ideally you will only have one layer of tomatoes, so if you have more than that, use a second pan.
  3. Roast in a 350* oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove when your kitchen smells heavenly and the tomato skins have become wrinkled.

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I truly have never tasted anything like these! I added half of the tomatoes to a pasta dish and put the remaining ones in the freezer for another meal. They may be added to any hot dish that sounds good to you, or stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These can be pureed (remove the skins first) and canned into tomato sauce also.

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite thing to do with tomatoes?

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Dawn (24 Posts)

Dawn is still happily homeschooling after 16 years. She teaches her two sons, 13 & 11, enjoying every minute of "the second time around". She lives in Eastern Washington with her husband, the youngest 2 of their 6 kids, and an assortment of barking, squeaking, and clucking critters. She writes at her homeschool/parenting blog The Momma Knows and her new chapter, Dawn Marie Perkins. You can also find her on Twitter @DawnMPerkins, , and Pinterest.


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Top Ten Favorite Easy Dishes

Top Ten Favorite Easy Dishes

Are you trying to finish up your school year? Maybe you are busy planning and packing for a family vacation? I’ve been so busy sitting outside enjoying the lack of winter weather that I forget to plan dinner early.

I asked the Team and some of our friends to share some of their favorite Easy Dishes. Here are our Top Ten:

  1. Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup from Laurie.
  2. Poblano Chicken Enchilada Casserole from Sprittibee.
  3. Chicken Pasta Salad (warning: not gluten or fat free… but yummy!) from Dawn P.
  4. Homemade Pizza from me
  5. Panera Copycat Spinach Power Salad from Daniele at Domestic Serenity
  6. E.H.M. Daddy Mac (a real macho mac and cheese) from Jill at Enchanted Homeschool Mom
  7. Baguette Slices Topped with Goat Cheese and Sweet Roasted Peppers from Marlene at A Diligent Heart
  8. Connie’s Taco Soup (low fat and low sodium) on her blog The Daisyhead.
  9. Shepherd’s Pie from Judy at Contented at Home
  10. Gluten Free Quinoa Greek Salad from Sharla at Chaos and the Clutter

What is your favorite go-to easy recipe? Please share it in the comments!

Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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Top Ten Favorite Educational Shows on Netflix

We have run out of Top Ten Blog lists to share with you from last year’s award season. We have enjoyed the Top Ten List posts, so we are going to stick with that format for a while and bring you some of our favorites.

This week, we bring you our Top Ten Favorite Educational Shows on Netflix!

Top Ten Favorite Educational Shows on Netflix

Our team is large and diverse, so of course we had a hard time narrowing it down to just ten. So I divided them up into two groups: The Younger Crowd and The Older Crowd. This week- The Younger Crowd.

 

Ten Favorite Educational Shows on Netflix for the Younger Crowd

  1. Blue’s Clues-Designed for Preschoolers, this series uses live action and animation to increase memory, inspire creative thinking and promote problem solving as Blue leaves clues to help her friend Steve complete challenges.
  2. Dora the Explorer- Dora and her friends, using English and Spanish, show you how to get things done focusing on understanding sequence of events and problem solving.
  3. Leap Frog – multiple videos for Preschoolers teaching shapes, letters, numbers, phonics and more!
  4. SuperWhy –Teaches the fundamentals of reading with interactive adventures through classic children’s stories.
  5. The Color Crew-Animated crayons introduce the preschool crowd (and younger) to the colors of the rainbow and help teach the names of everyday objects and animals.
  6. Tillie Knock Knock- For the 2-4 year olds, Tillie plays a game of guess who, teaching kids about animal names and sounds.
  7. Guess with Jess- Empowering kids to ask big questions, Jess the cat begins each episode with a big questions. This leads to more questions and testing different ideas to find the correct answer.
  8. Frannie’s Feet-At Franny’s Grandfather’s shoe shop, Franny tries on shoes that were brought in for repair. Each pair sending her on a magical world adventure!
  9. WordGirl- Becky might appear to me your average fifth grader, but she’s an alien superhero with a monkey sidekick set to fight crime and enrich your vocabulary.
  10. Jeff Corwin Experience- Follow Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin as he gets up close and a little too personal with some of the most interesting animals our world has to offer.

Do you have a favorite Netflix show?

Have you checked out the Homeschooling with Netflix Facebook Group?

Come back next week to see our The Older Crowd list!

Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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