A Day of Remembrance

September 11, 2011

remembrance roses

I find it hard to believe that ten years have passed since that horrible, horrible day.  It’s gone by quickly, but also feels like it was yesterday.  I’ll never forget how wonderful a morning I was having on 9/11/01 and how differently I felt a few hours later.  My thoughts today keep wandering back to those who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones on that day.  In reality, we all lost something.  Apart from sadness, I feel incredibly grateful for those who work every day to keep us safe.  From the soldiers here and abroad, to the police, firemen and EMS workers, to all the people gathering intelligence and fighting terror in ways we don’t even know about.

May we never forget, always remember, and continue to learn.


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A Recipe and September Goals

September 5, 2011

I have been meaning to get to the September Goals post for a couple of days.  Every morning when I walk I run through them in my head, but I haven’t put fingers to keys to get it in writing.  But first, I’m super excited about some tomato sauce that Bill and I made.  We’ve tried to make tomato sauce, or spaghetti sauce, a couple of times, but with no great success.  We had a bunch of tomatoes from our garden begging to be used so I grabbed this recipe I had ripped out of one of my magazines.  This is the best tomato sauce we have ever made and it was super easy!!

Roasted Tomato Sauce (adapted from Country Living Magazine September 2011)

Makes 3 cups, Working time 10 minutes, Total time 1 hour 40 minutes

2 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, quartered
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons fresh oregano

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  In a 9×13 inch baking pan, toss together everything except the basil and oregano.  Roast for 1 hour.  Remove pan from oven and fold in basil and oregano.  Cook for 30 minutes more.

In a food processor, blend vegetables until pureed.  Use immediately, refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze.

Of course I made some modifications because we had more tomatoes, probably closer to three pounds.  I used an onion and a half, and two red peppers, a bit more olive oil, salt and red pepper, and quartered four cloves of garlic.  I also used a little black pepper and omitted the oregano because we didn’t have any.  Our tomatoes were super juicy so there was a lot of liquid in the pan.  We spooned out the vegetables and left the juices and that made for the perfect consistency once the veggies were pureed.  If yours is too thick, you still have the juices to thin it out a bit.  The sauce was delicious!  And did I mention how easy this was?

roasted tomato sauce

Okay, so now onto my September Goals:

  1. Finish Julia’s quilt!!
  2. Baste, quilt and bind my mystery quilt.
  3. Read 4 books.
  4. Finish my String Theory Scarf that I just started.  (Rav link here)  (I have been obsessed with this pattern every since I found it about three weeks ago.)
  5. Finish Sunshine Day Afghan.
  6. Finish (?) my needlepoint project.  (This is wishful thinking.)
  7. Make 2 baby gifts for friends.
  8. Make a Christmas gift.
  9. Sew a new top for myself.

This is an insane list.  Things have been a little hectic here, and my brother-in-law is visiting so I haven’t been very focused on my projects so far this month.  Hopefully things will settle and I can focus a little better.  Let’s hope!!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a photo of my babies behaving in my craft room.  See how nicely they are sharing the bed?  I think it was more a battle of wills than a desire to get along.

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