It was a super busy month with all kinds of things going on....basketball for the twins consumed most of my time. I have so many new recipes and reviews to share for March...hopefully if softball doesn't take out my schedule..lol!
Oh....this is so yummy goodness! I LOVE tomatoes...anyway that I can get them, but roasted tomatoes....I can't even begin to describe the pure delight they give me. My children are the same way. I have two that don't like raw tomatoes at all, but they will eat roasted tomatoes with crackers and cheese. I keep a jar of this delightful goodnes in the fridge...to be at my beck and call when I need a fix! I have used it in sauces for pasta and it takes my homemade sauce to another level...no lie!
I discovered this recipe while watching Martha Stewart. She had a guest on that was making a Roasted Roma Tomato Lasagna, that I have since made. The lasagna was consumed in one sitting and everyone was full and happy. I have to say, I think that the lasagna has become my favorite....it is a meatless wonder! I will be posting the recipe for the lasagna soon so you too can enjoy the goodness.
In the meantime, please don't deny yourself the yumminess of these roasted tomatoes. You will thank me for bringing it to your attention!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place ingredients in a large bowl, mix to combine. Spread tomato mixture evenly on a large baking sheet and transfer to oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and mash, using a potato masher or back of a spoon. Return pan to oven and continue to bake until soft and juicy, about 15 to 20 minutes more.
Makes about 6 cups.
Look at those tomatoes....bathing in olive oil, salt and
freshly ground pepper....
Let's not forget that garlic...you can imagine how it is going to carmelize.....
After 20 minutes, they are begging you to mash them and release their juice....
After an additional 20 minutes, you have this most delightful goodness!
Go ahead and sneak a taste...try with a cracker....oh yes...you can thank me now....
I found an adorable new blog that I just had to share with you. Introducing Brianna and her blog, Lilies and Dandelions! While she has not been blogging that long, she has been an avid blog reader, like me. She has a wonderful new post about a natural cleaner using lemons and lavender. She also just recently posted about a soap makingexperience and shares some instructions.
To introduce her blog, Brianna is having a giveaway and I must say it is fabulous! She is giving away a lavender package from Dreamy Whites that includes:
(Photo by Dreamy Whites)
1~ 10" x 12 1/2" bag filled with 3/4 pound of dried organic lavender,
which can be used to refill your sachets
6~ 3"x 4" lavender dryer sachets
(Photo by Dreamy Whites)
1 bundle of dried organic lavender
(Photo by Restoration Hardware)
And from Restoration Hardware,
the France Post Large Lumbar Tarp Pillow Cover (measures 16"x 28")
When I saw this recipe posted on one of my favorite blogs, Glorious Treats, I knew that I would be making them for our teachers for Valentine's Day. Do not let the cute heart shape fool you....these are pure sin! OMG....you can never go wrong with white chocolate and cranberries...am I right?
This recipe is a keeper and I will be pulling it often! I was in a hurry to get these packaged and ready to take to school, so check out Glory's blog and see her beautiful pictures of these little gems.
1/2- 2/3 cup dried, sweetened cranberries, chopped 2 ounces white chocolate, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the two long sides- this allows the bars to be pulled out of the pan after baking for easier cutting. In a medium bowl add the flour, powdered ginger, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set bowl aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, and orange zest and mix well. Gradually add the flour mixture and blend until combined. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate. Pour the batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 25-30 minutes, until edges are light brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Prepare frosting by beating the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and orange extract. Beat about 1 minute until fully incorporated. Assemble dessert by spreading the frosting onto the baked and cooled bars. Sprinkle additional cranberries on top. Drizzle melted white chocolate on top as desired.
To make the bars heart shaped, use a heart cookie cutter.
If you love cranberries (like me!), here is another awesome recipe to try:
I am always looking for breakfast recipes that I can make for my kids during the rush of getting out the door for school. When I saw this recipe from Prairie Story, I knew that I had to give it a try. If you love oatmeal, then you will love these cookies. They are not very sweet, have a crunchy edge and soft inside. While my kids were not crazy about them, the adults in the house definitely loved them. They were all gone within 24 hours. I will keep this recipe in our family cookbook simply because I loved them!