Marinara Sauce

Yesterday I found a recipe online for a crock pot marinara sauce.  I used that idea and tweaked it a little bit.  The recipe called for canned crushed tomatoes.  I wanted to use all those frozen tomatoes from the garden.  My mom had told me if you run frozen tomatoes under water, the skins will loosen and come off, just like if you dunk them in boiling water.  It worked!  She’s so smart!  I used a colander and just ran the tomatoes under hot water until the skins loosened.

Since the tomatoes were frozen, after I took the skins off, I put them in a bowl of hot water to defrost a little bit.  Then I put them in the blender with some of the water the tomatoes had been soaking in.  (Yep, forgot to take a picture of the blended tomatoes, so all you get is the empty blender…)

I dumped the tomatoes in the crock pot.  I did leave a few whole tomatoes in there for texture.

Then I added about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, a tablespoon of minced garlic, a couple tablespoons of brown sugar, a can of tomato paste (I know, I shouldn’t ruin homemade sauce with paste, but I like the thickness it adds, along with the added flavor.)  I added a good amount of dried basil and italian seasoning.  It was also the first time I used my dehydrated onions.  They were crunchy enough I didn’t need to cut them with a knife.  I just crumbled them up with my fingers.  Some were a little more chewy, so I just left them in bigger pieces.

Ready for a stir…

Ready to turn on the heat

I cooked this on low for about 7 hours, then I was starving and wanted to eat dinner, so I scooped some out.  It was delicious, but still a little runny, so I left it cooking for another 4 hours, then put it in the fridge over night.  Oh, the dehydrated onions turned out perfect.  They re-hydrated and looked and tasted just like a fresh onion.

This is what it looked like this morning.  I put it in some freezer jam containers and put it in the freezer.

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Laundry Soap

I’ve been making my own laundry soap for over a year now.  It’s the liquid kind that the recipe has been floating around for a while now.  The one with Fels Naptha, washing soda and borax, then you add water.  I’ve been fairly happy with it, but Kyle said it wasn’t getting the grease out of his jeans.  He was right, it wasn’t, even when I added Oxi Clean.  My answer was to stop getting grease on his pants.  His answer was that I should buy some Tide.  He won.  I hate paying 10-20 dollars for laundry soap.  Especially when one day’s worth of work clothes is a load.  I found a recipe a few weeks ago on Pinterest, yes, I love pinterest….For a powdered form, with some different ingredients.  So far, I’ve been really happy with it.  I am putting it to the test this morning with a pair of jeans I found in the laundry room.  When I find them in the laundry room, I know they’re bad.  That means he didn’t even want to wear them in the house!  I think he crawled in a pipe in them.  Yes, literally, a pipe with mud and water.  I should have taken a picture of them for your viewing pleasure, but I don’t usually think about taking my camera out to the laundry room when doing laundry.  If it leaves the residual mud in the washer that it often does, I’ll take a picture for you.  Some day, I will have two washers and dryers.  One for him, one for me.  I am tired of having white shirts with brown stains on them!

Anyway, I’ll let you know how the laundry soap does.  If it is successful, I’ll post the recipe.  If it works, I may just cry a little though, as I just bought a new bottle of Tide….

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