Friday, August 17, 2012

School = Quiet Jessica

It's 8:15am and the house is quiet.

Kids are back in school and I should be folding laundry, or cleaning my kitchen or going on a run....but I'm going to just sit here and enjoy the silence for a few more minutes.

I made oven sun dried tomatoes yesterday.

Before you start thinking that I'm so industrious and got it pulled together (ahem, hello mamawana peeps) I'd also like to add that yesterday I also:

 - Neglected the 10 loads of laundry that need to be folded.
 - Took a totally conked out, paralyzed and unable to open my eyelids nap in the afternoon that caused me to not study at all for meeting.
 - Didn't pick up the clothes off the floor of my bedroom.  The pile of clothes that have been moved from my bed to the floor to the table to my bed to the floor over and over again since we got back from Alaska.  How about washing them?  or maybe just put them away?
 - And the very worst thing of all - forgot to pick up Anya at school and they had to call me from the office to come get her.

But with that said, I did accomplish the very important task of processing a huge pile of small black plum tomatoes into sweet, chewy, caramelized little nuggets of sun dried tomatoes.  I think it will be the perfect topping for over salads, pizza or rehydrated in soups & stews.

I cut the tomatoes in half, placed on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven at 200° for a really long time.  Mine took about 10 hours and some of the big ones even longer.

Justine and I chit chatted about various other ways of drying tomatoes and she'd heard of someone drying them in a BBQ (on a really hot day....brilliant idea) and another who put them in her car...(now that one sounds super odd, and Zack would kill me if he got in the car and there were trays of semi-dried out tomatoes hanging out).

Anyone else have a favorite "I've got loads of tomatoes and have to do something with them" recipe?

Or maybe has anyone else forgotten to pick up their kid? ...on the first day of school? ...when you reassured them you would be right outside the door when school was over?  {sigh}

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