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Daisy’s Italian Pasta Sauce

Garden Tomatos
Garden Tomatoes

This recipe was sent in from Daisy who had FIVE extra pounds of tomatoes from her Garden along with massive amounts of Herbs so she invented her own Home Made Italian Pasta Sauce!  It was delicious and we ate a great pasta meal during the Broncos game.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds of fresh Garden Tomatoes (cut up in chunks or puree)

  • ¼ cup garlic infused Olive Oil (with Italian spices)

  • 1/8 white onion, diced

  • 1/4 red onion, diced

  • ¼ of Garden Jalepeno, diced

  • 3 big cloves of fresh elephant Garlic, finely minced

  • 1 carrot (1/2 should be grated and added to saute, the other half should be added at the end of cooking and then removed)

  • ⅓ cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme leaves (or ½ tsp dried)

  • 1 sprig of fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)

  • 2 sprigs of parsley (or 1 tsp dried) {if using sprigs then remove when done}

  • 2 bay leaves (remove when done)

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon honey (or more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Pour the garlic infused olive oil into a large frying pan over medium heat.

  2. Add diced onions, garlic, Jalepeno and grated carrots.

  3. Saute for 6-8 minutes or until onions are translucent and tender.

  4. Add tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, oregano, thyme, bay leaves, parsley, sea salt and honey (optional – add honey in the end).

  5. Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours or until cooked down and starting to darken.

  6. Add carrot piece for the last 30 minutes to absorb acidity. Add more honey if too spicey.

  7. Remove sprigs of herbs, bay leaves and piece of carrot.

  8. Use fresh or store in the fridge up to 1 week (freeze leftovers or can)
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Reuse stretch cords

stretch-cords(hint sent in by a fan of the site)

I’ve discovered that the stretch-cord which is used as wrapping around Xmas presents is useful to use as elastic. One is on my tablet to hold it in place. One is around a pair of silk Long Johns. I will look for some on sale to use on lots of other stuff. The elastic I put around stuff like form mattress etc. always break, but I think these Xmas stretch ties will last a long time.

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Cleaning Fruit

cleaning-fruitWe all have the frustrating experience day after day on how quick the fruits perish after purchased and taken home! For this reason, you and your family will treasure this simple but important piece of information.

Vinegar is so great for many things, from fungus infections in the ears, tusch, feet, etc. It’s great to clean windows , mirrors countertops, bug bites and bee stings. Not to mention that it will give food a ‘salty’ flavor so you can use less sodium. Also good to use as a finial hair rinse to remove any excess shampoo……….

Who would know that it has so many uses?

This will also wash away our fears and doubts about the pesticides and chemical covers on the various fruits.

~ Idea from BuzzFeed ~

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