Thursday, October 31, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
It's chilly but nice enough and your tot is having major meltdowns. As mamas we know they need to be outside but we're at a loss for quick ways to be out and back in before we all freeze. This fall activity is quick, easy, and free.
Take your toddler on a walk. Let him lead you around the block. Find fall things like leaves, acorns, mums, bugs, feathers, ext. Collect the items in your tots Halloween pail.
Come home and glue their findings to some cardstock or construction paper. Enjoy your fall colors.
Hope you have fun. Use the things they find to talk about colors, textures, shapes, and more.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
You will need:
10-15 medium sized fresh tomatoes (jet stars are what I had grown) ripe
1 lb ground beef
1 can sliced mushrooms
1-2 cans of tomato paste
Italian seasoning (or basil, oregano, garlic mixture)
Start a large pot of water to boil and add several tomatoes to fill one layer in the pot with water nearly covering. When tomatoes begin to peel or get soft remove tomatoes to a cold water bath.
Gather another large pot and add some olive oil, about 1/8 cup or so.
Peel each tomato, use a paring knife to remove the cores, and rinse out the seeds in each pod area. Then take each tomato and hand crush them into a pot. They don't need to be finely crushed just a quick squeeze in the hand should do. You may use a strainer to strain off the juice from the seedy portions, but you will want to use that juice as well as the meaty portions, this just helps to get some of the extra seeds out.
Once all the tomatoes are crushed into the pot with the olive oil return to the stove over medium high heat. Begin to stir as it cooks and add the tomato paste to thicken as needed, and add all seasonings, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, extra basil if you like, garlic, onion flakes, mushrooms, and cooked and seasoned ground beef. (Ground beef seasoned with onion flakes, garlic, Italian seasoning and the grease drained off).
Let the sauce thicken and cook until it's a consistency of a traditional pasta sauce.