Wednesday, July 1, 2015

{Recipe} Healthy, Homemade Marinara Sauce

Usually Mr Click and Miss High School make a huge batch of spaghetti sauce in the fall and we freeze it in Ziplock bags.  It gets us through the winter but by summer, it's all gone and I'm back to buying jar sauce.  Making my own, small batch version seemed like a good plan once I started reading the labels of the jarred stuff. 
It was also a lot easier than I thought it would be.  
So if you want a quick and healthy marinara, this is for you too!
Ingredients: (6-8 servings)
1-28 ounce jar of crushed tomatoes
1-14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped (I used red)
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced *see note below
2-4 TBS tomato paste (see my easy frozen sliced storage method for tomato paste here)
Spices: Chopped, fresh (or frozen) basil, oregano, salt & pepper
*My garlic cloves were huge so I only used two.
Saute the chopped onion and minced garlic on medium heat until soft (you can use olive oil or cooking spray or just "sweat" the veggies like I did.
Add remaining ingredients and spices to taste.
Add 1-2 bay leaves.  
Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered on low for about 15 minutes (or longer).
I made eggplant parmesan with some of the sauce.
Yum!
I had enough left over for another small jar of sauce to keep in the fridge (keeps 3-5 days in fridge or can be frozen for longer storage).
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Monday, June 29, 2015

I've been away...

Blog posts should be returning to their regular schedule very soon.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

{Link Party} Friday Favorites #114 & Features

Happy Friday!
Please link up and/or visit the links and check out our features from last week.

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EMILY'S FAVS
Our Second Hand House shows these diy floating shelves she found over at On Bliss Road.
 
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Kim from Made In a Day shared her Darth Vader Sharpie Mug & Free Printables, perfect for the Star Wars loving dad!
Shannon at Heart Captured painted this Do It Yourself: City Skyline in her son's super hero bedroom. You really need to check out the entire room!

MICHELLEFAVS
Behind the Seams Sewing created this festive American Flag Pillow. She includes a pillow cover tutorial if you want to make one yourself!


LAURAFAVS
Ramblings of a Small Town Girl made this corn casserole dish
Loaded Corn Casserole. Fresh corn, bacon, and chives take this traditional favorite to a whole new level. Small Town Girl Blog.

STEPHFAVS

Stephanie's favorite is this awesome DIY rope wall art by Laurie from My Husband Has too Many Hobbies. This is such a versatile project as it can be changed to meet any color scheme and made in a variety of ways simply by adjusting the size of the circles.



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nordstrom Finds For Summer

It's not all thrift shopping all the time for me (though I do love a great buy at the thrift store!)
Nordstrom had their annual summer sale recently and I scooped up a few deals for summer.
This woven swing tank by Frenchi had been recommended by a few different fashion blogs and had really good reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars). The price dropped down to $15.90 so I bought it in three colors.  
Basic black for Miss High School.
This pretty color, Teal Angel for me.
And Rose Water that ended up going to College Girl who looked way better in this color than either of us did.
Miss High School loves maxi skirts but it pretty particular about them.  I ordered her two of the Sun & Shadow Print Woven Maxi Skirts and she loved them both.  This color is black royal ethnic print.
This one is teal border.  They are a summer wardrobe staple for her.
I got this Soprano Print Halter Maxi Dress in multi/orange for myself and I've already worn it two events (yes, they were on the same day but it worked for both!). I think I can dress it up or down.
I love Nordstrom's free shipping and free return policy. It makes shopping with them so much easier.
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