Last year we bought a tomato plant to test out our gardening skills on a very low scale. 😉 We were SO excited to have fresh tomatoes at our fingertips. There’s something to be said about growing your own food. Seeing the progress, feeling the accomplishment, and tasting the goodness of real and wholesome food. The plant started off slow and only produced a handful of tomatoes a week. Right as we were getting discouraged, the plant went crazy on us and provided more little red beauties than we knew what to do with! As always, it was a blessing in disguise. After using tomatoes in every recipe possible, we decided to try drying them to preserve them. The result? Amazingness! They are great as a soup topping, salad topping, on a charcuterie board, or even by themselves. 😉
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (For packing, optional)
What to do:
Preheat oven to 175 degrees F. (Your oven is going to act as a dehydrator). Cut all the tomatoes in half. Scoop out all the seeds. Place on a baking sheet with the cut side facing upward. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Place in the oven until shriveled. This will take about 8 to 10 hours.
You can fill a mason jar with the tomatoes and fill the remaining space with extra virgin olive oil for packing purposes. Keep in refrigerator. They will last about 2 to 3 weeks.
I’m a sucker for a good recipe. One that can’t be messed up and is easy to remember. I love healthy and flavorful recipes. Most of all, I love talking to people about food and seeing what combinations of flavors they mix and match.
I have followed Lindsay over at Seven Layer Charlotte for a while and have loved getting to know her. When I stumbled upon her Peanut Butter Banana Blender Muffins, I was convinced she was a genius. I have made several of her recipes but two of my favorites are the Peanut Butter Banana Blender Muffins and her Winter Vegetable and Falafel Bowl. The muffins are perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. The Falafel bowl can easily be adapted with any seasonal vegetable and bursts with so much flavor! I love a great recipe, but I love a great recipe that comes from a person with a heart and passion for healthy living and real food.
If I we’re stranded on a deserted island with Shay and Erika, I’d most likely be laying in the sun (using some of my medicine cabinet items) and reading one of these three books!
The Flavor Bible: I got this as a gift and love it, I just haven’t had the chance to read all of it. If I’m stuck on an island, I will definitely have plenty of time to read it, and maybe it would give me some inspiration of how to make a great concoction from something on the island?! My hopes are too high.
The Bible: In all seriousness, there are so many wonderful and powerful things about God’s word but if I’m stuck on an island, you better believe I’m clinging to every verse about hope!
Bittersweet: I’ve talked about this book several times and how much I could read it over and over again! It would definitely make the list of books I would bring if I were stranded on an island.
I can’t wait to read your list of books and add some to my summer reading list! 🙂
I love summer but what I love even more, are summer clothes. Light and airy with a touch of color and class on sun-kissed skin. I wouldn’t have it any other way. When I’m not at the pool wearing this or this, you can find me in my comfies during the day and a dress in the evenings. I love wearing comfortable clothes equally as much as I enjoy getting dressed up. I like to add classic pieces to a wardrobe so they last more than just the duration of the season. Here’s to summer, shopping, and style. Happy Tuesday friends!