Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/2/2014

Happy September, Friends! I can’t believe fall is officially on the way. Out here in Eastern Iowa, the corn is turning golden and the beans are too. The weather is just beautiful – so unlike a normal end of August, beginning of September BUT I’ll take it. And I’m swimming in tomatoes – I’ve been busy canning Roasted Tomato Sauce, Crushed Tomatoes, Pizza Sauce, and Salsa, and we’re eating sliced tomatoes and my delicious Mediterranean Tomato Salad with most every meal! I think BLTs are in order very, very soon.

Typical for me at this time of year.
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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/02/14

From your host this week, Jami @ An Oregon Cottage:
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Mediterranean Tomato Salad & #BlakesPairing Giveaway

Thank you to Blake’s All Natural Foods for sponsoring this post, inspiring me to share my recipe for Mediterranean Tomato Salad, and providing coupons for the #BlakesPairing Giveaway. All opinions are mine.
Mediterranean Tomato Salad #BlakesPairingIf you’re swimming in tomatoes like I am, this Mediterranean Tomato Salad recipe may be just the thing you need to serve today! This gorgeous salad is not only beautiful to look at, it’s a delicious addition to most any meal. The flavors of garden-ripened tomatoes, fresh feta cheese, and kalamata olives blend together perfectly and the salad comes together very quickly – making it an easy side dish for busy nights.
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Free Amazon Kindle eBooks Round-Up

Here’s my weekly round-up of free Kindle ebooks on Amazon! I found many more books: for cooks,  kids, and then miscellaneous books I’m interested in {and since I am a crunchy mama…I’m calling them books for crunchy people!}

If you don’t have a kindle, but have a computer, ipad, or smart phone, head on over to download a Free Kindle App. Or you could go here and buy a Kindle ! Make sure you check the prices as they change quickly on Amazon. While everything was free when I posted, it’s highly likely that they will change!

Free Amazon Kindle eBooks & Andriod Apps Round-Up

Free fiction ebook roundup

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How to Can Roasted Tomato Sauce #foodpreservation #prepping

One of my new favorite home canned foods is Roasted Tomato Sauce. This tomato sauce is an easy, delicious, and versatile sauce. It’s great for quick pasta night meals – fabulous in lasagna, spaghetti, over ravioli or tortellini.  I came up with the idea for this sauce last year thanks to many other awesome bloggers, but this is the first year I have canned it. Last year I froze the extra I had and it was really nice to pull a bit of this out of the freezer for a quick meal. We loved it so much, that I decided I must can it this year. Even though I liked it frozen just fine, I just don’t have the freezer space for as much as I need. I have a lot of shelf space though!  So far, I have canned 26 quarts of this delicious roasted tomato sauce. Here’s how you can to!

How to can roasted tomato sauce

How to Can Roasted Tomato Sauce

tomatoesFirst, make the sauce. Start with a good amount of tomatoes. I grew San Marzano tomatoes this year from seeds I purchased at Baker Creek. This is the first year I have grown them, and I am very impressed! I will grow them again next year for sure. I also throw in any cherry or grape tomatoes I have, as well. First, wash tomatoes thoroughly. Cut off any bad spots and the stem and bottom end if you want. You do not need to peel them. Scandalous, I know. I never peel tomatoes I can – it takes too much time and I am a lazy canner. :-) I have to find ways to reduce my time commitment.
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