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5 Ingredient Healthy Pumpkin Cookies
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3 Ingredient Candied Jalapenos
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My Baby Only Takes 45 Minute Naps
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100 CALORIE Single Serving Brownie
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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread
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Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling
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Cheap Dinner Recipes for $5 or Less
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What’s Growing Now In Our Vegetable Garden
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Mini Coffee Cake Muffins
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How To Freeze Fresh Green Beans Without Blanching
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Italian Ham and Turkey Sliders
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Diced Tomatoes Recipe
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No Butter Homemade Pancakes
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Outer Space Crafts for Preschoolers
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Crockpot Salisbury Steak
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Roma Tomato Sauce

5 Ingredient Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

EASY to make 5 Ingredient Healthy Pumpkin Cookies recipe! These soft Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are sugar free, instead using maple syrup!  Make sure to add chocolate chips on top to make them extra delicious! 

Fall is the best time of the year!  The chilly weather is coming in.  Apple picking is thought of as a weekend exercise (hello apple waffles!).  Apple Juice is a appropriate drink any time of the day.  

You can put skeletons in your front yard.   You can have as many pumpkins in your house as you want.   Fall is all about the best recipes too, that’s why I love these 5 Ingredient Sugar Free Pumpkin Cookies!
Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

With pumpkins ranging from munchkins to pie to giants in our house right now (all from the garden!) I have been baking a few at a time to preserve and enjoy the pumpkin inside of each.   As we’re nearing the end of September I think it’s time we dive right into pumpkin season with a pumpkin cookie that is delicious and light on the calories.  

How to Make Easy Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are so easy to make and only require 5 ingredients: pumpkin, quiak oats, maple syrup, peanut butter and pumpkin pie spice. They’re all healthy, simple ingredients.

You’ll add your 5 ingredients to a large bowl and use a hand mixer to blend for about 30 seconds. Then you’ll form the dough into tablespoon sized balls, that you will press down to form a cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

That’s it! This simple cookie recipe makes 18 cookies!

EASY to make 5 Ingredient Healthy Pumpkin Cookies recipe! These soft Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are sugar free, instead using maple syrup!  Make sure to add chocolate chips on top to make them extra delicious! 

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3 Ingredient Candied Jalapenos

EASY 3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make refrigerator candied jalapenos!  Use these as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning! 

Candied Jalapenos

These 3 Ingredient Candied Jalapenos. Oh goodness gracious.  Don’t ask me how many I ate over the past few days.  Ok, don’t ask me.  Seriously don’t.  Ok I might have eaten a entire jar already and made another today. I said don’t ask me!

Candied Jalapenos Recipe

Honestly, I have no self control with these.

Cowboy Candy

Some people refer to Candied Jalapenos as Cowboy Candy because of how addictive they are to eat!  They’re sugary just like candy, but also spicy due to the jalapenos.  

They’re sweet.  They’re spicy.  They’re just right. They are the perfect combo of sweetness with a kick.  They are amazing on crackers with a little piece of cheddar cheese.  The cheese balances out the heat with a little coolness.    

They’re also perfect chopped up and thrown in hamburger meat for the perfect homemade hamburger.  Try them on top of tacos or nachos too! Oh and they are just the most delicious on top of some pulled pork.  

EASY 3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make refrigerator candied jalapenos!  Use these as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning! 

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My Baby Only Takes 45 Minute Naps

Support and laughter for parents who have babies and toddlers that only take short naps. This is a first hand experience on how I dealt with it.

Hello Sleeping Baby.

Or maybe I should say close to sleeping baby, because first you need your bottle of milk.  Milk always makes you tired.

Sometimes milk will make you fall asleep.  But usually, even though you’re exhausted,  you will fight me for every single nap.

My Baby Only Takes 45 Minute Naps

Ok, now you’re asleep.  It’s time for Mom to work. I will do some house work. I will answer some work emails. I will treat myself to a hot lunch in the kitchen.

Support and laughter for parents who have babies and toddlers that only take short naps. This is a first hand experience on how I dealt with it.

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100 CALORIE Single Serving Brownie

100 CALORIE Brownie is a healthy single serving brownie recipe! This easy microwave recipe makes a fudgy chocolate brownie for one!  These low calorie brownies are perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth!

100 Calorie Brownie

I’m obsessed with this 100 Calorie Single Serving Brownie! If you’re like me then when you make brownies, it’s a batch. There’s 2 of us who live here and the cats can’t eat chocolate, so what do I have to do? Ok, I have to eat them all.  Remember these black bean brownies? Yeah, I would eat them all if they were nearby! 

I mean if not, they go bad and we wouldn’t want that.  I mean, ok, I could share with friends, but I could also not share with friends and just eat them all myself.  This is great, but also very bad. 

Healthy Brownie Recipe

So what do you do when you want a brownie but you don’t want to make a entire batch to prevent the guilt? You make single serving 100 calorie brownies! You microwave them and they’re done in a minute.  

These will hit your chocolate craving without the guilt – isn’t that the best?

A few more facts on these brownies:

They are really good.  Last winter these were our post dinner, dessert favorites.

These are made with applesauce, no oil.  I recommend my home applesauce recipe here.  Yum!

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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread

This Sugar Glazed CUCUMBER Bread is delicious and so moist!   It tastes just like zucchini bread, but it’s made with 1 cup grated cucumber.  The healthy dessert recipe is easy to make and is a great way to eat your vegetables!  A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked! Everyone in my family LOVES it – even toddlers!

This Sugar Glazed CUCUMBER Bread is amazing and super moist! It tastes just like zucchini bread, but it's made with 1 cup grated cucumber. The healthy recipe is easy to make and is a great way to eat your vegetables! A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked! Everyone in my family LOVES it!

This weekend there were many surprises in the garden. The monster pumpkin plant just won’t stop growing.  There was pounds of potatoes waiting for us under the soil.   Carrots were pulled.   Jalapeno peppers were picked.   Cucumbers were spotted.  

These are all vegetables I was hoping for, but maybe in a few weeks…. but in typical garden fashion, they make their own rules and showed up to the party early.  I couldn’t have been more happy to see them!

I saw a few baby cucumbers growing on the vine last weekend but somehow those babies transformed to multiple large cucumbers in just a few days, ready to be picked and enjoyed.    My Half Sour Pickle recipe and Cucumber Tomato Salad is a favorite way to use cucumbers, but I was trying to figure out how to bake with them.  

Baking with Cucumbers!

This Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread was created because of that!  This bread is similar to Zucchini Bread, but instead is made with grated cucumbers.  After the bread cools, a delicious powdered sugar glaze is poured on top to make it really special.    This is our new breakfast recipe that I’ll be making weekly until the cucumbers finish in the garden.

This is one of my family’s favorite cucumber recipes – perfect for Mom and Dad, but also perfect for toddlers and kids! Even my 1 year old loves a piece of this for breakfast in the morning!

Now let’s get baking!

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Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling

HOW TO make the BEST Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling- my most requested Thanksgiving dessert! This delicious homemade Pumpkin Roll recipe is easy to make and walks you through the steps on how to make it.  The roll is so moist and delicious!    Includes how to make video!

The first time I made a Pumpkin Roll years ago I was ecstatic.  There was so much preparation and fear in the roll.  For those who have made a roll I think you can all remember your first time, whether it was a success or a flop.  I researched it profusely online watching rolling videos, looking at step by step blog posts, very intimidated by the rolling process.  

Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe

How was I supposed to roll the cake without cracking it? How was I supposed to add the cream? What is cheesecloth?  And how was I supposed to get the cake out of the cookie sheet without having it stick at all losing big points in presentation and pretty factor (we all want a pretty roll). 
HOW TO make the BEST Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling- don't worry it's easy!  This delicious homemade Pumpkin Roll recipe is easy to make and walks you through the steps on how to make it.  The roll is so moist and delicious!  My family considers this the best pumpkin recipe and it's always requested for Thanksgiving! 

So I made the roll, I had it timed, I had my supplies ready and the first time – it was a success.  My heart was racing during that very short time frame from getting the cake removed from the cookie sheet (hot!) almost immediately out of the oven, onto damp cheesecloth and roll it (hot!).    

After it was rolled, I let out a big sigh of relief. I might have even fell on the kitchen floor in victory.  Actually that’s probably what I did, I am very dramatic when it comes to baking success.  I’m just so darn happy.

Pumpkin Roll Video

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How to make a Pumpkin Roll from scratch!

-Don’t let the cake stick to the pan when baking it. This is a big important factor.  You have a very short time when you remove it from the oven and flip it upside down to flop onto the cheesecloth. If it sticks, the cake will fall apart, a little or completely.  What saves this? PAM.  Pam is my hero.  What a great name too, right? 🙂  
HOW TO make the BEST Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling- don't worry it's easy!  This delicious homemade Pumpkin Roll recipe is easy to make and walks you through the steps on how to make it.  The roll is so moist and delicious!  My family considers this the best pumpkin recipe and it's always requested for Thanksgiving! 

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Cheap Dinner Recipes for $5 or Less

50+ Cheap Dinner Recipes Ideas for $5 or Less.  This is the ultimate list for easy recipes for families on a budget! Also provides tips on how to grocery shop for dinner on a budget and save money! Bookmark this page!

50+ Cheap Dinner Recipes Ideas for $5 or Less.  This is the ultimate list for easy recipes for families on a budget! Also provides tips on how to grocery shop for dinner on a budget and save money! Bookmark this page!

Cheap Dinner Recipes

Can we have some real talk?  

Who doesn’t need a budget nowadays?

With rent, health insurance, student loan debt and childcare costs on the rise – does anyone actually have money to save nowadays?  With living costs increasing, but salaries not on the rise, we all need to be crafty with dinner recipes.     

If you’re looking at starting to budget your dinner meals, then you’ve come to the right place.  Maybe you’re looking for a full week’s worth of cheap dinner recipes, or maybe you’re just looking for 1-2 recipes a week. Either way, these recipes will save your family money!

Make sure to also check out my post 25 Cheap Meals for Large Families for under $10 if you are feeding 6 or more people!  And check out my Cheap Chicken Recipes – all under $10!

How to Make Cheap Dinners

Here are some tips on creating dinner recipes on a budget:

  • Always look at what’s on sale.  Look at your grocery ad online before you head to the store.  
  • Improvise your meals depending on what’s on sale.  If the recipe calls for broccoli and it’s not on sale, but cauliflower is on sale, use cauliflower instead.
  • Make a list.  Decide before going to the store what supplies you need.  Don’t go off the list.  
  • Buy in season fruits and vegetables.   If they’re out of season, they will cost a lot more.
  • Visit farmers markets or vegetables stands for better deals.   
  • Buy in bulk if at all possible.  If you use rice often, buy a 15 pound bag of rice instead of buying small bags.  The same goes for beans, soaking beans overnight is going to save you lots of money instead of buying canned beans.
  • Think about leftovers.  If you’re cooking for a family of 2 or 3, can you make enough to last you 2 meals?  Maybe you need to buy a $2 loaf of French bread to last you the additional dinner (and you can freeze bread for later meals!).
  • Grow your own food, if at all possible.  For a pack of tomato seeds that cost $1, you can can enough tomato sauce to last you a year!
  • Buy vegetables in bulk and freeze them! If green beans are on sale, buy a few pounds and freeze them!  Here’s how to freeze green beans.
  • Buying meat in family packs is significantly cheaper than buying 1 serving.  I always buy the family pack of meat and freeze in individual bags once I get home from the store. 
  • Learn to love your slow cooker!  The crockpot can provide cheap and easy meals for families! 

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What’s Growing Now In Our Vegetable Garden

We’re in the middle of August – what are we growing and picking in the garden? Well I’m glad you asked! 

What we’re picking in the garden!

Here’s the main cast of characters in August – tomatoes, peppers, kale, beans and onions!

Full Guide on what vegetables you can pick and grow in your vegetable garden in August. This guide is for Northeast USA gardens.

Matthew decided it was time to pick all the onions from the garden so we could plant a 2nd crop of sugar snap peas in that space.  This weekend we made Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions which is one of his favorite recipes!  
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Mini Coffee Cake Muffins

Easy recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins that taste just like Coffee Cake!  Add a cinnamon sugar crumble on top! They are so quick to make!  My family loves them for breakfast and dessert!   Recipe makes 16 mini muffins. 

RECIPE for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins that taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form!  They are so easy to make! You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too!   Recipe makes 16 mini muffins. 

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How To Freeze Fresh Green Beans Without Blanching

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

If your garden is anything like ours right now you might be picking pounds and pounds of green beans.  And if you’re anything like me, you really don’t want to turn on your stove to boil water to preserve your green beans during the Summer.

 Last year I started to freeze our fresh green beans this way and they stayed extra fresh, keeping their bright green color and crunch.   These frozen green beans last up to a year in the freezer making them a easy and economical way to save your green beans. 

You can also use them year round in my favorite cabbage and green beans recipe!

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

Can you freeze green beans without blanching?

Yes!  You can freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  The method below saves time because it doesn’t require blanching the beans.   You’re just going to trim the ends off, chop into desired sizes, wash them and freeze!  It’s that easy!

This is my tried and tested method that I’ve been using for years with our green beans!  

How to freeze green beans

Step 1: Take a step back and admire your green beans because god damn, you’re amazing, you just grew green beans!
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

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Italian Ham and Turkey Sliders

ITALIAN Ham and Turkey Sliders with ROASTED Vegetables on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls! This mini sandwich recipe is so easy to make and makes the perfect meal for dinner, potlucks and party finger foods!  

You’re going to love these Italian Ham and Turkey Sliders with roasted vegetables!  They are the perfect mini sandwich for dinner, potlucks and picnics!  
ITALIAN Ham and Turkey Sliders with ROASTED Vegetables on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls! This mini sandwich recipe is so easy to make and makes the perfect meal for dinner, potlucks and party finger foods! 

Our family loves sandwiches, especially Italian Sandwiches.  For dinner I wanted to do something fun with sandwiches, so I grabbed a pack of Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls and created mini sandwiches with ham, turkey, cheese and roasted mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes!
ITALIAN Ham and Turkey Sliders with ROASTED Vegetables on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls! This mini sandwich recipe is so easy to make and makes the perfect meal for dinner, potlucks and party finger foods! 

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Diced Tomatoes Recipe

HOW TO MAKE diced tomatoes recipe from fresh tomatoes.  Step by step instructions walk you through the beginning all the way up to freezing or canning them. This is a great way to preserve your garden tomatoes!

Diced Tomatoes Recipe

How to Make Diced Tomatoes

It’s raining tomatoes still.  A ton of them!  It’s time to make my favorite Diced Tomatoes Recipe!

Right now we have a explosion of cherry (hello cherry tomato sauce!), roma (hello roma tomato sauce!) and beef tomatoes of all sizes currently occupying our counter.    I love seeing a kitchen full of fresh vegetables but it also gives me a slight overwhelming fear of anxiety because I know I have to go to work on them and start preparing our tomatoes to last the next few months.

We pretty much only buy tomato sauce or tomato products during the months of May and June.   July, August and September gives us fresh tomatoes by the basket full while October-April supplies us tomatoes that were canned or frozen months prior.  

It’s always a special feeling when its a cold Wintry day and you can still enjoy some fresh tomatoes you grew months prior when the garden wasn’t covered in snow.

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No Butter Homemade Pancakes

NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes recipe are fluffy and so easy to make!  They’re so good you won’t miss the butter at all, that makes them more healthy too!   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best!  Dairy Free/Vegan option too!

How to Make Pancakes From Scratch

Don’t have any butter?  That’s ok.  Today we’re going to make some Homemade No Butter Homemade Pancakes.  They’re just as delicious as butter made ones… maybe even better!   We love these pancakes so much in our house that they became our #1 pancake recipe!

NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

How to Make Pancakes With No Butter

No Butter Pancakes Recipe

I wish I could say these pancakes were created because suddenly I wanted to make healthy pancakes and do without the butter, but the truth is that we were out of butter.    Do you often run out of butter too?
NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

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Outer Space Crafts for Preschoolers

Easy and educational Outer Space Crafts for Preschoolers! These simple projects are sure to keep children of all ages busy while having fun!   The collection includes paper rockets,  paper plate UFO flying saucers, space shuttle paper crafts, pom pom solar system mobiles and much more!   

Outer Space crafts 

With a daughter named Enceladus, you can bet we love outer space.  In wanting to keep her active, and to educate her about the  exciting world of space, here are some of the best Outer Space Crafts for Preschoolers!

These are easy projects to do with your child, mostly ranging in the 2 to 6 years old age range, but honestly,  I’m 34 years old and I have fun with these too!    They are great projects to do for daycare, preschool, or at home (these are usually weekend projects for us!)

Space Crafts for Preschoolers

Easy and educational Outer Space Crafts for Preschoolers! These simple projects are sure to keep children of all ages busy while having fun!   The collection includes paper rockets,  paper plate UFO flying saucers, space shuttle paper crafts, pom pom solar system mobiles and much more!   

The collection includes paper rockets,  paper plate UFO flying saucers, space shuttle paper crafts, pom pom solar system mobiles and much more!    All of the projects can have a emphasis on learning and story telling.   

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Crockpot Salisbury Steak

EASY Crockpot Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This Slow Cooker recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It’s made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

I hope you had a great weekend!  This past Sunday we cheered the runners on outside our apartment during the NYC Marathon! The weather was chilly and the raindrops were falling so I knew we were going to have a comforting slow cooker Sunday night meal!  

I made this Crockpot Salisbury Steak with Cream of Mushroom Soup and it was the perfect dish to say goodbye to the weekend with. This Slow Cooker meal is creamy, comforting, hearty and just warms the heart in the way that home cooked meals should.
EASY Crockpot Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This Slow Cooker recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It's made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

EASY Salisbury Steak Recipe

Salisbury Steak has been one of my favorites since I was a child but I wasn’t in the mood to do a baked salisbury steak, instead I wanted something to throw in the Slow Cooker and make dinner easy. 

 I love creamy slow cooker meals, like Meatball Potato Casserole, and Sweet Potato and Ham Soup, so I gave this a extra creamy gravy made with cream of mushroom soup! 

The actual Salisbury Steak patties are easy to make.  Throw ground beef, dry onion soup mix,  bread crumbs and milk in a bowl and mix around with your hands, and then form the patties. 

Salisbury Steak Made With Ground Beef

A helpful hint: use lean, less fat ground beef.   If you don’t use a lean beef, it’s going to make your creamy gravy more on the greasy side.  This can totally be made with non lean beef, but I think it overall tastes better with a 90/10 blend.   After you shape your steak patties then roll around in a dusting of flour.
EASY Crockpot Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This Slow Cooker recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It's made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

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Roma Tomato Sauce

Roma Tomato Sauce recipe that requires no peeling or blanching! This is a easy creamy sauce that’s perfect for growing garden tomatoes! Serve on pasta, or use later by canning or freezing.

It’s August so you know what that means, right? Our tomato plants are giving us pounds of tomatoes to pick every day! Usually I collect the week’s tomatoes and spend hours in the kitchen on the weekend making sauces and stewed tomatoes.  And of course Fresh Tomato Salsa – what would be a August be without salsa?

Fresh Roma Tomatoes Cut Up For Sauce

My go to favorite tomato sauce is Cherry Tomato Sauce, but this year we only grew Roma tomatoes so I wanted to create a recipe that was 1) easy 2) delicious 3) let the roma tomato taste shine!    Let me introduce you to Roma Tomato Sauce!
Creamy Thick Roma Tomato Sauce

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