Whole Wheat Pasta With Fresh Vegetable Sauce








This was dinner tonight….Whole wheat pasta with a tomato and chickpea sauce, with zuchinni; yellow squash; corn; and also added some fresh garlic; thyme; organo; and basil.  I thought it was pretty good…I think it could have been better.  Mike ate it but I don’t think he really liked it that much.  I thought it was okay for a meatless alternative…But I need to work on this recipe.

When I perfect this recipe and it’s awesome I will share it.


Tomatoes Everywhere

I really went a little crazy with the tomatoes this year.  I started over one hundred plants from seed I had saved from last years crop in the hopes of maybe sellling some of the plants and making a little extra.  Well I started the seeds way to late so everyone around me bought their plants at the local walmart etc.  I now have over 53 plants planted throughout my garden, my second garden and everywhere else I could find a space.

Well what am I going to do with that many tomatoes… make everything that I can that calls for them haha.  Anyway in browsing for recipes that will use tomatoes I came across this one at Canning Homemade, and it sounds delicious, has great reviews, and looks pretty too.  I am sure it will be wonderful and when I make it I will write a follow up on how it turned out.










Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

by SB Canning on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce(Adapted from Better Homes and Garden Canning Magazine)

6 bulbs of garlic

3 T. olive oil

4 med. red, yellow, and green peppers halved and seeded

12 lbs peeled tomatoes

3 T. packed brown sugar

2 T. kosher salt

1 T. balsamic vinegar

1 t. ground pepper

2 cups snipped basil leaves

1 cup assorted fresh oregano, thyme, flat leaf parsley

6 T. bottled lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees peel away the dry outer layer of the garlic bulbs. Cut top off and leave bulbs intact. Place cut side up on a casserole dish and drizzle with one tablespoon of oil. Cover casserole and arrange peppers cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Brush with remaining 2 tablespoons of oil.

Roast garlic and peppers for 40 -50 minutes or until the pepper skins are charred or the garlic cloves are soft. Cool garlic on a wire rack until cool enough to handle. Pull up foil to enclose the peppers. Let peppers stand for 15 to 20 minutes or cool enough to handle. Peel off skin and discard. Set aside peppers.

Remove garlic by squeezing the bottom of the bulbs. Place garlic cloves in a food processor and add cut peeled tomatoes into chunks. Add some of the chunks to the garlic in the food processor. Cover and process till chopped. Transfer chopped garlic and tomatoes to a 7-8 quart stainless steel heavy pot. Repeat chopping the remaining tomatoes in batches in the food processor. Add all the tomatoes to the pot.

Add brown sugar, salt, vinegar, and black pepper to the tomato mixture. Bring to low boil and boil steady for 50 minutes stirring often. Add chopped roasted peppers to tomato mixture. Low boil for 10 to 20 minutes more or until mixture reduced to 11 cups and reaches desired consistency stirring occasionally. Remove from heat stir in basil and assorted herbs.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of bottled lemon juice into each of the hot sterilized pint jars. Ladle hot sauce into jars with lemon juice leaving a ½” headspace. Wipe jar rims, adjust lids. Process jars for 35 minutes in a water bath at a full boil. Makes 6 pints.

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One Body Fitness.

I just wanted to share with you my daughters FB page..I am so proud of her, she is full of inspiration and information.  If you like being healthy, or are planning to get that way soon please visit her page and get a dose of healthy.

Milk Free Mom » Vegan Quinoa & Sweet Potato Chili

Milk Free Mom » Vegan Quinoa & Sweet Potato Chili.

Oh wow!!  This recipe sounds so good and the picture makes my mouth water.  I love Chili and this one is definately going into my fav recipes. This will be great this winter.  Thank You Milk Free Mom for this wonderful image and recipe.

one 29 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
one 6 oz can tomato paste
32 oz vegetable stock
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
1 cup dry quinoa
salt and pepper to taste
avocado, cilantro for garnish (optional)

Heat the oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium low heat. Add onions, and cook until soft and they start to turn brown (about 10 minutes). Add the garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the beans, stock, and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper . Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the quinoa. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until quinoa and potatoes are cooked and the chili has thickened. Add a bit of water if the chili becomes too thick for your liking. Top with avocado and chopped cilantro. Scrumptious!

My Top Ten Fav DIY/Crafts

I have been wondering what kind of post I could start off with for the new year, and I thought this would be a great start.  My ten favorite diy/crafts I found this year on the internet.  The internet is a wonderful tool, I can not imagine life without now.

I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time looking for great ideas…somtimes more time than I do actually making them.  I can’t help myself I just love doing it.  So here is ten of what I put in my favorites this year.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

1. Geninne’s Art Blog: Uppercase!  I love this Blog…If you love stamping..this is a must read.  She has put together a great tutorial on how to make your own stamps as the above pic shows.  Cheers for you Geninne and thankyou so much for sharing this with the world.

2. Rebecca’s Soap Deli News  If you love to make soap this is a valuable site I love her blog.

3. The Mother Huddle   I found the prettiest rose tutorial here among many other great tutorials ..great blog.

4. Two Girls Being Crafty   Really cute idea for a scrap paper tree with real branches…love it..very cute blog.

5. Craft And Creativity  I love how this blog is  writen in english as well as her language..its a beautiful blog with lots of inspiration and the paper stars are adorable.. great as ornaments.  Her picture below.

6. White Life  I found this blog different and very inspiring and the post about recycling old CDs is really cool and creative.  I am definately saving my old ones now.

7. foodgawker   I absolutely love this site..I find the best food recipes there.

8. craftgawker  I love this one too….great ideas etc.

9. dwellinggawker  And this one ….fantastic inspiration.

10.  Pinterest  And of course my most favorite of all …where I spend most of my time now, Pinterest.  I can’t imagine life without Pinterest now.

If you want to check out my boards on Pinterest please feel free, and make sure to follow me so I can follow you as well.

Been Awhile

I am so sorry…It’s been awhile since my last post, for reasons due to health. But I am back and ready to share what I have been doing lately…So look for posts to come.

Thanks Bunches


A Little Memorial To My Son

William Daniel Scates





This is a picture of my son, Danny, William Daniel Scates.  I named him after Daniel in the Bible, Daniel was a brave and corageous man, and so was my son.

Danny was killed on his third tour of duty in Iraq , he was a Sargent, and he told me before he went back that he did not think he would make it back.  He was a dedicated young man and believed it was his duty to go back and be with his men.  He had a beautiful wife and two beautiful young daughters.  We all miss him very much.

He was truely an American Hero.

The carry bag.Comfortghan

Some time ago I was fortunate enough to come into contact with a woman named Karla Biggs.  I don’t even remember how we came into contact with each other, it does’nt really matter I suppose.  Anyway the point is, she is a wonderful lady and is affiliated with Heartmade Blessings, an organization consisting of a group of women all over the world who make Comfort Afghans as well as other things to comfort people who are grieving.  Its a wonderful group full of wonderful ladies.

This morning when I went to the post office to pick up my mail I was so surprised and touched by the package I found waiting for me.  Inside was one of the Comfortghans they make.  I lost my son, Danny to the war in Iraq on his third tour of duty over there, he was in the Army.  This Afghan so touched me and truely is a comfort to know people in this world care that much.

Thank You again ladies of  Heartmade Blessings.

Welcome To My Online World!

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the web.  Here you will find all sorts of interesting ideas, recipes, crafts, etc., if I like it, I will post it.  I have many hobbies, ideas, wishes, and wants and will share all that with you.  So pull up your chair and get comfortable and I hope you find something you like too.

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