Roasted Tomato-Basil Sauce {Recipe}


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Sometimes in just browsing the internet, you stumble upon some amazing recipes.  Participating in link parties has narrowed down the search.  It's even better when what you find coincides with what you need to make from what you have on hand.  Aldi's had a sale on grape tomatoes.  I had fresh basil.  I keep garlic and olive oil at all times, and so making this recipe was a real easy task.  I've not done much roasting of vegetables, but this Roasted Tomato-Basil sauce recipe had me roasting away and has given me a new found love for roasted veggies.

I think I'll show you the photos first and then the recipe.  Changing up things a little bit.

Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil


Fresh basil (smells sooo good!)


Roasted Tomatoes with Basil Atop


Then there's some cooking and pureeing, but I didn't photograph that.

To see the entire step-by-step process as well as this super easy recipe, visit here.  And you know I had to pin it so I could remember to make it.





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This gives me another alternative to the typical simmer all-day-long spaghetti sauce.  :-)

Bon Appetit,



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It's Here! It's Here!


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Who gets all excited when a 45mm Skip Stitch Blade arrives in the mail?  Me!!!  I've got work to do.  Thanks Kay.  :-)


I couldn't decide, so I just showed you all of my photos of this blade in it's glory.  Running to the fleece blanket now!

Happy Crafting,


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Slimkicker: Level Up Your Body


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I was contacted some time ago by a designer of a team that was working on a diet/fitness website and app.  When the site was up and running, they informed me of this and I've been checking it out ever since.  No, this is not a sponsored post, but just my own opinions of their program.


So what is SlimKicker and what does it have to offer?  As mentioned before, SlimKicker is a fitness app, but what I love about it, is that it is incentive-based.  As an educator, I have a deep appreciation and understanding of how incentives work. 

When you first enroll in SlimKicker, you decide what your fitness/weight loss goals are this program helps you to reach them by giving you points.  You can achieve points by logging in your food choices, participating in challenges, and exercising.  In order to proceed to the next level, you must obtain a certain amount of points and then you can treat yourself with the incentive of your choice.


As noted here, you can see that I am on Level 3 of this program and when I reach my goal, I can treat myself with a bookcase from IKEA.  SlimKicker provides incentive choices or you can upload a photo of your own choice.


You can also see that I have participated in 5 Challenges so far.  There are so many challenge options like "A Salad a Day" or "No Snacks After Dinner" or you can make up your own.

In addition to these incentives, if you so choose, you can participate in groups with like minded people who are there to encourage and support you.  And the best thing is, it's FREE!

If you'd like to learn more about SlimKicker, visit their About page or their Facebook page.

To better health!


Life As I Know It - Weekly Update #14


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Get ready.  I've got a lot to say....

Part I:  It's Getting Hot Up in Here

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Last week and the beginning of this week started out with me having no A/C in my car.  Then, last Saturday I attempted to go to a craft show, overslept only a little bit, but enough to cause me to know that I wouldn't be able to get there on time.  And then, my car did a number on me - it started overheating, spitting steam like nobody's business and meanwhile the thunderstorm of a lifetime was on it's way.  I literally prayed to make it to a gas station in town.  And I made it.  Yes, just in time for the heavens to open and the power outages to start.  The gas station clerk had to close the store and lock us both in until either the power came back on or someone came to rescue me.  So basically the appointment I had scheduled for Monday to fix my A/C turned into a please-just-fix-my-car appointment.

So on Monday, my dad used his old school tactics of adding water to the radiator, keeping the top off, and turning on the heat (which the fan wasn't working anyways, but apparently that doesn't matter).  These were his tricks to keep the car from overheating and it worked.  Doing those things lowers the pressure, he said.  In the end, the car was fixed in total even though my dad had to take a trip to the salvage center (but what we call around here "the junk yard") to find a wire that had burned out in my car.  Since when did having a 1999 car mean that you were driving something obsolete?

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I'll admit I was kind of bummed about my car.  Sunday I had to catch a ride to church, but when I got home, I realized that it was hot in my house.  An unusual type of hot.  And let me tell you, I can stand a little heat and I'm not one for having a frigid cold house.  Something was wrong.  I left, came back and my house was cool again.  But Monday, in between those trips to the auto repair shop, it happened again.  So, I had to call the heating and cooling people.  They came on Tuesday.  The verdict?  Lightning ran through and burned out some piece, a mouse is living underneath my house having a good old time (so can we say Pest Control?), and wasps had decided to build a nest in my air condition unit. *Big sigh*

In the end, they did a sneak attack on the wasps (good thing I had a jug of that bug spray and they had on long sleeves), the air conditioner unit has been serviced, the new part has been ordered and since my unit is under warranty, I only have to pay for the shipping fee.

Life goes on.  :-)


Part II:  Moving On

So, if you wondered why I had so many recipes posted lately, all of the above will give you insight on what I could manage to do during all of this drama.  As soon as both the car and house a/c were fixed I decided to get out of town.  Run, Forest, Run!!!

I decided to visit some family and do a little cooking there.  You want to know Thursday's dinner?  Parmesan crusted tilapia, green beans with tomatoes, and coconut rice.  A very light dinner, but they liked it.  Sorry, no pictures. But, the recipe for the Parmesan crusted tilapia can be found here.

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Traveling to the city always affords me the opportunity to explore international food markets.  I enjoyed going to the Grand Asia Market.  And guess what?  Having a cell phone where you can gather a picture quickly is a blessing.  Why?  Because in that market it's hard to find anyone who speaks English, but I knew that what I was looking for was sold there because it was a bean from China.  And yes, even though the man working there was nervous because he didn't speak English (I could see it in his body language and eyes), when I showed him the picture, his eyes lit up and he quickly ran to the back to get the beans.  Sometimes you've got to love technology!

I know we all have dreams and sometimes we tend to dream big.  You want to know another thing I'd like to do?  I'd like to pull out a map of the world and learn to cook something from each part of the world.  I don't mean everything their cuisine has to offer but a dish or two that I would enjoy.  I would call my experience "Cooking across the Continents."  Apparently I'm not the only one with this idea.  I just found a website where a girl is doing that same thing:  Global Table Adventure.

What is the newest spice currently on my mind?  Ras el Hanout.  Never had it, sounds amazing, and meanwhile my brother found it at a superfantabulous international market in his area.  So we have agreed that he will ship me spices I can't find and I'll ship him the old fashion spices and mixes that can be found here.  Win-win.

Well, that was a mouthful, and that was my week in a nutshell!  Oh yeah, they'll be even more recipes on next week.  Like I said, cooking was about all I could manage to do.  :-)

BTW, in my haste of scheduling posts before I left (that's why you haven't heard from me), I scheduled yesterday's for 8 p.m. instead of a.m.  If you missed it, it's a recipe for spiced blueberry oatmeal.

p.s.  Going to do some fast cleaning up now.  I've got dinner guests arriving soon...


Until next time,