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Simple Dinners: Summer Garden Meals

My summer garden has been very productive this year. I have tomatoes coming out of my ears! I love tomatoes, and so do my kids. So I try to incorporate them in to a lot of my meals. However, during part of the summer my niece and nephew were visiting and they are not huge fans of tomatoes. So I had to try and use them in a way that would make them still want to eat. They love spaghetti, so I thought of making that and using my tomatoes to make sauce. But it is still so hot here and I hate to be int he kitchen using the stove for so long. So instead I found this amazing summer fresh-tomato spaghetti recipe by Martha Stewart that actually impressed everyone in my house.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 1/4 pounds unrefrigerated ripe tomatoes 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti or spaghettini
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

What You Will Do:

  1. Finely chop tomatoes, basil, parsley, and garlic, and mix together with oil (or pulse ingredients, including oil, in a food processor to blend).

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and toss it in a serving bowl with the raw sauce. Transfer to 6 shallow bowls, and drizzle with oil. Serve with cheese.

    This dish gave that perfect little taste of Italy without the heat of the stove in my kitchen. It was great for a quick meal, and it used up a LOT of my tomatoes. My niece and nephew even sat there and ate their entire bowls. We added some bread to the side and the kids used their bread to pick up what was left of their tomatoes. It was a perfect night.

Fall Crafts: Bean Mosaics

Bean Mosaic

Fall is a great time to begin doing som fun and creative indoor crafts. As the weather changes outside you have more time inside, and more inspiration from all those beautiful changing colors! This month we want to share a colorful creative craft that will surely add some beauty to your home!

Fall also brings great new food with the changing of the seasons. Beans are a great fall staple and come in a beautiful array of colors and sizes. Red beans, pinto beans, split pea, and many, many more! So why not use these beautiful beans to create some amazing mosaics. Martha Stewart has a great tutorial for some incredible mosaics. You can make turrets for your hot plates, decorations for the kitchen, or just a Great Wall hanging! Your kids can create amazing tiles that will be as unique and creative as they are.

What You Will Need:

  • Pencil
  • Canvas boards
  • Small paintbrush
  • Craft glue
  • Dried beans
  • Ruler

What You Will Do:

1. Begin by drawing your design or pattern in pencil on the canvas board. Be creative draw a pattern, portrait, or landscape.
2. Use a small paint brush to paint a thin layer of glue on the canvas board. Then use your beans to fill in the areas of the picture, use a different color for each section.
3. Use your ruler to ensure your beans are edged well.
4. Complete steps 1-3 until picture is completely filled in.
5. When pattern is completely filled in with beans allow it to dry for 1 hour.

Enjoy your beautiful bean mosaic!