Wow, thank you for all of the wonderful support and heartfelt words of encouragement for the Tuck-Away Blanket tutorial. I am so glad that you love it! I loved putting it together, too. I had such fun participating in the Blog Hop and I can't wait until the next go round.
I want to let you know about what else I've been up to lately: tomatoes! Lots and lots of tomatoes! Remember when I gave you a little tour of my garden? Well, that lone tomato plant was quite industrious and turned out an impressive harvest these past few weeks. Between my garden, what I received in my CSA box, my lovely friend's and neighbor's contributions, and a few trips to the local farmer's market, I was able to put up a nice assortment of tomatoness for the coming season. The idea of eating fresh garden tomatoes in the middle of January has me giddy with anticipation. It is the simple things - for sure! I made this sauce, and I've already gotten into my stash. It is so flavorful and talk about multi-purpose, a real workhorse!
I made this paste to use in things like Salsa!
I used the salsa recipe from Amanda Soule's book, The Rhythm of Family. It is the best salsa I've ever eaten! And I live in Los Angeles, so that is saying something.
And just last night, I did a batch of crushed tomatoes for the freezer. I used the process in the book, Canning For a New Generation by Liana Krissoff. What a super pretty book loaded with recipes and canning tips, tricks and knowledge. For instance, I discovered that if you push all your messy tomato discards (peels, seeds, etc.) through a fine mesh sieve you'll get fresh tomato juice! Brilliant!