Homemade Tomato Sauce

First you go out into the garden and get your fresh tomatoes.  The plants are grown from a single tiny seed and with sunshine, water and a little luck you will get many tomatoes from your plants.  This is a true gift and a magical miracle from mother nature that you can watch happening right in your own back yard.  We watched the “lemon boy” tomatoes in the garden until I realized that they were meant to be yellow when ripe.

Next make up your own favorite recipe.  I like to peel the tomatoes and chop them before I add them to the pot.  Onion, garlic, carrot, some mushrooms and Italian sausage will surround the tomatoes with extra flavor.  I add olive oil and red wine, a little scoop of herbs and some hot pepper flakes.  Simmer until the whole house is filled with the aroma of love and homemade tomato sauce.DSCN3044

Cook up your favorite pasta noodles and bring out the fancy dishes.  If you like – toast up some crusty bread and remember to have a big hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano to add a perfect finishing touch of flavor.  This creation does take some time to put together and really it is worth every minute – especially when you have made enough for more than one meal and can put a few containers in the freezer for a delicious and easy dinner later.  Cooking is art – and this is my homemade tomato sauce piece. DSCN3046

Summer Nights

To the songs of the crickets & the vivacious trickle of a water’s fountain beneath the chaos of starry night lights the warmth of the Summer night creates a magical place which brings a healing calm to the heart and soul.  I have always loved summer nights.  DSCN3036

Summer time

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Once upon a time folks made their own ice cream in the summertime and on special occasions at home.  Today I got all of the ingredients together and dug the new-fangled ice cream making machine off the shelf where it has been hidden in the laundry room for years. Ancient as it is – “Thank Goodness” it has an electric motor, instead of the old fashion hand crank.  Children line up excited to turn the dasher – alas I am no longer a child.  The Ice Cream is delicious!

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Happy Independence Day!


God Bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God Bless America,
My home sweet home.

— irving berlin


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This lady just received an offer for a funded four year PHD in geography!  She already has a BA in Political Science and a MA invandeGraafhair1 Environmental Science and Natural Resources with a focus on climate change.
She was paid to do a paper for NASA – did I mention she knits and does quilting too and that she has been accepted into Law School.   I think she is awesome!

Very Cool!