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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Roasted Tomato Sauce

This is such an easy homemade recipe, wether you have left over tomatoes from your garden or like to eat clean, this recipe is delicious.

1/3 cup of olive oil
3 1/4 lbs of fresh heirloom, cherry, vine and plum tomatos, seeded and coarsley chopped
8 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 1/4 cups (about 1 pound) yellow onion, chopped
3 Tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped, to taste (optional)
3 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped, to taste (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Use a little oil to coat a 9x13 inch baking dish. Spread tomatoes evenly across the dish. Mix garlic, onion, oregano, basil and 2 tablespoons olive oil and spread evenly over tomatoes. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and toss. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about an hour. Let cool, then blend tomatoes to a rich puree in a food processor (I left mine a little chunky). Wait to adjust the sale and pepper seasoning until you are ready to use the sauce.
**You can freeze this sauce in a sterile glass container or freezer bags, it keeps for about 6 months. (Makes 4 cups)
Natural Home Magazine July/August 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

BOSU Classes

I am the type of person that always needs a new activity to keep me motivated. Recently I tried a new class our gym was offering called BOSU Challenge. This class was a blast, I literally left smiling..... but was dripping in sweat! The BOSU meaning "both sides utilized" can actually be used on both sides, either the dome or platform. Its a great workout that engages all muscles (especially your abs) as you try to maintain balance and coordination.

Check to see if your local gym offers these classes or pick up a DVD and a BOSU to get started!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Natural Home Magazine

The more active of a lifestyle I lead the more and more I look for ways to care for our environment. Living in the heart of a major city proves "being green" a difficult challenge. Recently I have found the new magazine Natural Home. Its a great read that provides simple ways to make small Eco friendly changes around the house.

We all know laundry detergent is very expensive and this magazine gives a great do it yourself recipe for a detergent without chemicals.

Simple Washing Powder
16 cups baking soda
12 cups borax
8cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes (try Sun Feather Natural Soap Company)
3 tablespoons lavender, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil

Combine baking soda, borax and soap flakes. Add essential oil and mix with a whisk. Use 1/8 cup per load. This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of four for one year.

**This is my first project, I cant wait until my old detergent runs out. I found some of the ingredients on and I cut the recipe in half since there are only two of us!
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