Oven Braised Chicken with Tomato and Olive Sauce

Happy Autumn Equinox! Mother Earth decided to bless us by sending our first real Fall day.  The temperature dropped from the upper 90s down to 72 and breezy in just a couple days.  The wind smelled wet and cold.  It blew strongest in the afternoon and the dust was so thick in places that visibility was… Continue reading Oven Braised Chicken with Tomato and Olive Sauce

Apples, Blackberries and Tomatoes, Oh My!

Its been a little more than three weeks since my last garden update and boy does a little fertilizer and new soil go a long way!  The tomato plants have tripled in size and the leaves are a perky rich green.  They’re even growing new little tomatoes!  Our cherry tomatoes have been ripening for a… Continue reading Apples, Blackberries and Tomatoes, Oh My!

In the Garden: Roasted Tomato Soup

This morning I smacked the snooze button on my alarm and snuggled under the blankets for a few extra minutes.  It’s the first morning where I felt like it was going to be cold when I took off that blanket.  It was, thanks to the rain that fell last night and there is more planned… Continue reading In the Garden: Roasted Tomato Soup

Photo Friday – Freezer Tomato Sauce w/ Recipe

No story for today.  Just a favorite recipe and my first instagram post.  Yes, I bought an iphone this week.  Its my first big gift to myself in a couple of years, since I bought my camera, and I deserve it.  Let me tell you, this thing is awesome.  I’ve been posting lots of pictures… Continue reading Photo Friday – Freezer Tomato Sauce w/ Recipe

Our Backyard Vegetable Garden

My first vegetable garden was grown out of necessity.  Tom and I had just moved 350 miles from our So Cal hometown to UC Santa Cruz’s family housing.  We were broke.  Flat broke.  Eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches broke.  Typical starving students.  After a few months of chicken drumsticks, PB&Js and bananas I decided… Continue reading Our Backyard Vegetable Garden