|Salt Lake City|
Originally posted: September 25, 2009
Here are a few guidelines for roasted tomatoes:
Give them a rinse. I don’t like snail giz on my maters so I take the time to do this, though it’s not necessary.
There’s 5ish? pounds in the tub below and you’ll use that many for two to three pints of tomatoes. (ymmv. I use the smallish Romas for this recipe)
Add generous amounts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, garlic, kosher salt, cracked pepper, rosemary, basil, and a touch of oregano or thyme. This fresh stuff is readily available in my back yard right now, but dried herbs work.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. I’m positive you can’t go wrong unless you burn them.
Don’t skimp on the garlic. Or the rosemary.
Make sure to swish the ‘maters around in the oil/herb mixture so they get a good coating. Flip so the flat side is down and let them sit for 20-45 minutes to marinate.
The second roasting doesn’t take long so be on the lookout.
Set aside to cool and put them the storage container of your choice. They keep in the freezer for months. I add a little extra olive oil for preservation (I don’t know if it actually does anything), and use mason jars because they store well in the freezer.
I’ll have to file this one under: Things I never considered doing after the age of 35.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I make less money than my 18-year-old daughter who works for Wal-mart. Unlike my 18-year-old daughter, I’m loving the work and the experience is worth every penny I’m not making to be there.
What am I doing?
I’m mostly sucking-up air and burning dead dinosaurs while I fiddle around with web design and research (and sometimes write about) things related to the Jordan River, water management, planning, and riparian restoration. Laura, my boss at the Jordan River Commission, was kind enough to give me the title of Outreach Coordinator.
Technically, I’m an Americorps Volunteer placed by the Utah Conservation Corps with the Jordan River Commission. It’s complicated and I’m not totally sure I understand how it works.
I’m a volunteer. I’m performing service. I’m an intern. I’m compensated.
Leave it to the guvmt to distort definitions.
Confusion aside, I’m pretty excited about the next year and all that I’ll be exposed to. I have ideas about what I’d like to accomplish. (read: things I’m can do for the JRC. See, I’m not totally selfish). How cool is that? I don’t know that I’ve had a
job volunteer gig that allowed me explore and implement ideas that can benefit the organization. If you experience that in your workplace, consider yourself lucky.
In the coming months, I hope I’ll be doing a little more writing and/or linking to things that I’ve written for the JRC blog. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about rivers and wetlands and beavers, oh my!
P.S. I’m a little embarrassed to be labeled The 40-Year-Old Intern?
Feeling ambitious and downright disgusted with the basement, I figured I might do a few things to make it livable again. Instead I did a lot of things and got the space 90% completed.
Actually, that 90% only applies to the master bedroom portion of the space.
I still have to: redecorate Belle’s room
remodel the bathroom
build a wall
sew some curtains
and a few other odds and ends to make the space look nice. For now, N and I are happy to see the cherry laminate flooring for the first time in 3 years.
Let it be known that I vacuumed, organized the toiletry cabinet, cleaned the jute rug, swept the livingroom and kitchen, and cleaned Bodie’s kennel area in the last few days. I even got a few loads of laundry washed.
Does my house look any different? Hell no. I’ve got a long way to go.
Today I organized the pantry area and cleaned off a few shelves in the kitchen. I’m making space to sow my babies for the spring. I’m also slowly mustering up the energy to remodel (on a teeny budget [read: no money]) the kitchen.
Open shelving will force me to reduce the clutter and keep the kitchen clean and free of dust. Plus, it’ll make the tiny space look bigger for a potential home sale.
Welcome to the newest member of our household, Suvi Tuuli Franti. She’s an Aussie Cattle dog mix (Aussie Shepherd?). She’s damn smart, dang cute, and loves people, bikes, and snow.
She’s potty trained, walks well on a leash, knows the important commands and hasn’t destroyed anything in the house.(Chew toys, conststant supervision and a kennel, folks. I can’t stress it enough.)
Suvi’s (Summer in Finn) a pro at retrieving balls (knows to sit after returning the balls) and loves, loves, loves to go for long rides on the bike.
I adopted her for my DH who’s in need of a mountain bike/hiking buddy since Bodie isn’t up to the challenge anymore. I swore I would never have a puppy, but Suvi’s ears in her profile picture made me melt. The cinnamon freckles (DH calls them roost stains) and black button nose didn’t hurt either. I’m a sucker for a cute face. Plus, she reminded me of a cattle dog mix I fostered a couple of years ago that I never got over.
Suvi is already showing signs of being a lil ripper. We can’t wait for warm weather to take her mountain biking.
Hey, It’s another year. That means I’m now in my late 30s. ^&$%^$ you universe! Another year older. More gray hair, more back problems, more lines in my face…ugh
Oh yeah, follow through…
Remember last year when I started the Clean365 project and promised to become a real grown up and try to keep my house clean by cleaning one thing every day for the next year? Then remember when I went to the
Armpit of the US Arkansas to spend time with my dying grandmother and the project went out the window? The trip really just expedited the inevitable. I would have given up and quit the Clean365 project in February or March anyways ’cause I just suck at resolutions and follow through.
I’m pretty worthless folks. Don’t be fooled by how I look. I’m a mess.
Anyways. I’m sitting here thinking about how much I suck (thanks Chandelle for your recent post on Chicken Tender to remind me how worthless I am) like I do when there’s so much shit to get done and it’s just so effing overwhelming, and whining to myself (and now you) about this neglected blog, my other neglected blog, the piles of shit I have to sell on ebay, and the 11 months of accumulated dust in my basement, and I’ve decided to give the Clean365 another go.
It may seem silly to post my cleaning projects online but I need the support [read: validation] and I’m sure a few of you can use the encouragement, too. If you’re like me and live an *organic lifestyle, chores don’t always take priority over the fun stuff, like running, bike riding, and napping.
So here’s round two of Clean365 (now clean 355) the 2012 edition. The rules are the same: I clean one thing or take on one small project a day but this time dishes count. Some days that’s the best I can.
What about y’all? Did you accomplish your NYRs?