I can't believe we are still harvesting tomatoes. Everything else in the garden is pretty much done except for a few beets, and a bit of celery and parsley. But the tomatoes are going strong. It will be fun to see how long we can keep them going inside the greenhouse.
After canning many jars of chopped tomatoes, I have been making "sun-dried" tomatoes in my trusty tried-and-true Ronco dehyrator. I've had this unit since the Mister and I were married over thirty years ago. It's awesome for drying and preserving all kinds of things. Dried tomatoes can be kept in jars for up to a year before they begin to lose nutrients and flavor, but they rarely last that long in our house. We've already been using these in our pasta dishes. If you want to learn more about drying tomatoes, this site has lots of good information.
Crockpot marinara sauce was also in the works, with thyme and rosemary picked fresh from the herb garden outside my kitchen door. So good.
There's nothing quite like homemade sauce (or soup) simmering in the kettle to turn a cold, gray day cozy. My modern-day "kettle" is a crockpot. It does all the work. I just toss ingredients in and by days end, we have a nice nourshing meal and usually leftovers to reheat for a hot lunch the next day.
Of course, cold lunch is good too.
I'll be back soon with an update on the stitching side of things and will show a little more progress I'm making on the Scottie quilt. Me-oh-My, is it really November already?