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Oven-Dried Tomatoes Recipe


I’ve been canning tomatoes … pasta and salsa … this is looking like a great idea … because there are still MORE tomatoes!!!


Oven-Dried Tomatoes Recipe.

Oven-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

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Oven-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

© 2011 Lindsey Carrasco, licensed to, Inc.



Take those extra tomatoes from your garden and dry them in the oven. It is easy to do but will take some time, so plan ahead.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 2 cups


  • 5 pounds (2.5 kg) Roma (oval) tomatoes
  • Fine sea salt


Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. (100 degrees C.; gas mark 1), or the lowest setting possible. Remove the oven racks.

Trim and discard the stem ends of the tomatoes. Halve each tomato lengthwise. Arrange the tomatoes, cut side up, side by side and crosswise on cake racks set on the oven racks. Do not allow the tomatoes to touch one another. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

Place in the oven and bake until the tomatoes are shriveled and feel dry, anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. Check the tomatoes from time to time: They should remain rather flexible, not at all brittle. Once dried, remove the tomatoes from the oven and allow them to thoroughly cool on cake racks. (Smaller tomatoes will dry more quickly than larger ones. Remove each tomato from the oven as it is dried.)

Transfer the tomatoes to zipper-lock bags. The tomatoes will last indefinitely.

Yield: 2 cups (500 ml)

Recipe Source: Patricia Wells’ Trattoria by Patricia Wells (William Morrow)
Reprinted with permission.
Oven-Dried Tomatoes Recipe Photo © 2011 Lindsey Carrasco, licensed to, Inc


You are you. I am me.


I have been dealing with this issue for a very long time.  And it’s hard for me to admit … So maybe i won’t just yet.  But as i sit here waiting to get one of my sweet boys for school and I stare at this beautiful view I’m reminded that GOD has a reason for giving me the trials that he gives me.  So I’m going to make this public declaration again… I trust my God with everything I have.  No, I don’t get to understand the whys or how’s.  But I’m choosing to trust Him anyway.  Ecclesiastes 3 is why I believe so strongly on this subject.  Go read it at least through verse 11 and I hope it will encourage you to trust Jesus with everything you have to.  Let me know what you think!

The oil cleansing method face cleanser



I have been using this as my facial cleanser on and off for a while now. I originally found it at It seems odd at first – I mean cleaning with oil? My face? But this combo actually bonds with the oil and impurities in your skin and works great … and it’s cheap!! I have pretty good skin that can be a little dry and I mix mine half and half. Half Olive Oil Half Castor Oil. Just massage a small amount into your skin before before bed for a minute or so and then rest a hot wet washcloth on your face for 30 seconds or so then wipe clean with said washcloth! Your face will feel fabulous! The beauty of the mixture is that if you are more prone to oily skin or blackheads you just switch up the recipe and put it in more castor oil than olive oil and vice versa!!!


If you’re like me … you need a plan … flying by the seat of my pants just isn’t cutting it anymore!  I’m loving this site for meal planning!!

Plan to Eat”

Did I mention, its easy!!  My favorite part is that I can import this calendar to my Google calendar and my meal is ALWAYS EASY to get to – especially if you use Google Calendar on your phone!!!

Hello world!


I’ve never seen myself as a blogger.  However, I’ve managed to urge my sister and sister in law into the blogging world this week so here I go, too!  I place to rant and rave, right?  I don’t actually intend to do that!  My life is changing though (maybe I’m finally growing up!)  and I find myself learning so much.  Most of which is about me and who I really am.  I keep finding myself saying “as it turns out” and that seems to be my theme lately.  But now since the winds of change are blowing and I’m feeling like a dandelion dancing through the air just waiting and praying to see how it will all turn out I’m hoping this blog will capture the journey of my craziness along the way!

Follow me if you’d like … or don’t … that’s up to you!

I have started with an “About Me” page … check it out if your interested!  I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about “blogging” and putting “me” out there for the world … but I guess we’ll see how it turns out!!