Saturday, October 30, 2010

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasonings
1 Tablespoon Oregano
1-2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon canola oil

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine tomato sauce and paste. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring contantly. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cool. Pour into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Freeze for up to 12 months. Yield: about 4 cups

Use the sauce with crust and toppings of your choice to make a pizza; 1 1/3 cup sauce will cover a crust in a 15x10x1-inch pan.

I love this recipe. I usually make a double batch and after cooling place 1 and 1/3 cups in a pint freezer bag. I like to freeze in the bags because they lay flat and you can thaw the sauce quickly.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Halloween

Wishing everyone a wonderful Halloween!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Early Morning Visitor

As I've posted before we have all kinds of critters visiting our country home. This morning Rich went out to put his lunch in the car and was greeted by a Billy Goat. It seems he had broke his tether and decided to visit around the neighborhood. He was very friendly and wanted attention. We knew there was a Billy Goat down the street that was usually tethered in the front yard. So we tied up Billy Goat and Rich was going to see if the people were up yet......remember it's only 5am. Rich was going to call me and let me know what he found out. Rich called and it wasn't their goat....he was still in the front yard.

So I called Animal Control......the dispatcher said she would have a Sheriff's Deputy call me when they had time. A Deputy called and asked me questions about the Billy Goat. I told him that we had him tied up to our porch...we were afraid some of the dogs in the neighborhood would attack him. He told me that South County wouldn't arrive until 7am and he would relay the situation on to them. They would contact me.

UPDATE: I just went out to check on Mr. Billy Goat and he was gone. Seems he got loose and took off. Hopefully he went back home!

Awwwwwww........the joys of living in the country!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Fall Baking

Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

It's been a while since I've felt like baking. I decided to try a new recipe I found for Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Cookies. They turned out so good. They are so soft. I bought a large can of pumpkin and there was enough pumpkin for 3 batches of cookies. I only made one and measured out the pumpkin for 2 more batches of cookies and put in the freezer for another baking day.

I love making Cinnamon Rolls. Rich doesn't like them with raisins so I leave them out. I use my bread machine to make the dough. Rich bought me the bread machine before I had my carpal tunnel surgery. I love to use the dough cycle for my bread making. I make loaves of bread by placing the dough into the pans and letting rise....then bake like a regular loaf of bread.

I'm in the process of making a Spicy Apple Crumb Pie this afternoon. Rich found the recipe in a Cooking magazine that I get in the mail.

Well, my pie dough has chilled long I'm off to finish the rest of the pie and bake.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Sunday I received a package from Gina at CaT nAp PrimITiVes. I had ordered one of her Halloween pillow from her Etsy store. It is the Halloween Kitty. Rich decided he wanted it placed where he could see it from his he placed it on one of the shelves of the entertainment center.

The Wolf eyes block and the POW/MIA block were a complete surprise for me. Gina said she was inspired from reading my blog about the Memory Quilt I am making that she made the blocks for me. It is so wonderful to have such a thoughtful blogger friend......this wasn't the first time she has surprised me with little extras!

The baskets of apples are ones that I recently made for myself. They are handsewn. I found the sticks for the stems when we was watching the Pioneer Days parade in August. Rich helped me cut them with the garden shears into the proper lengths for my apples. I also have some pears that I'm working on...hope to have them finished soon.

You can find Gina's blog on the side of my blog. She has oodles of goodies to look at and you can find the websites for the various sites she sells her crafts.