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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe #tasteofhome

I’ve been making homemade spaghetti sauce yearly with the tomatoes that I have been getting from Emily Rae’s tomato patch, but this year I decided to change my recipe up a bit (for this batch only). As much as I love red pepper flakes in my sauce, the kids don’t. At all. If you missed making the trip to Ashburn, Georgia to get the best tomatoes in the world (I have to say that because truthfully they are and also because little Emily is my niece, lol) then you are out of luck for now because it’s closed while they wait for the next round of tomatoes to ripen. Be sure to click on the above link to add them on Facebook so you’ll know when they are opening the patch back up in the next go round.

I got my homemade spaghetti recipe out of the taste of home canning & preserves magazine, 2012. It’s been a hit since (with us big kids, again, the kids don’t like the zip the red pepper flakes creates but all that means is that I have to make two batches instead of one). I don’t know if you can still purchase this canning and preserving edition (maybe on ebay or somewhere?) but if you can find it, buy it. I’ve made so many of the recipes in this edition from candy apple jelly to pepper jelly. I tried to find it on shoptasteofhome.com but no luck. Mine is getting worn and I need a new copy so if you see one for sale anywhere, PLEASE let me know.

The recipe is pretty simple to follow. I’m going to give you the ingredient list straight from the magazine and let you decide if you want to add the red pepper flakes. Save this recipe in case you can’t find the magazine :(.

1. It takes 25 pounds of tomatoes which equals 1 box at Emily Rae’s tomato patch (about 16 large tomatoes if you have to buy them at the farmer’s market).

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

2. You will need 4 large green peppers seeded. I also got my peppers from Emily Rae’s tomato patch so I used half and half. The color really doesn’t matter. I’ve used just about ever color of bell peppers there are.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

3. The recipe calls for 4 large onions but this time I used 3 (because that’s all I had on hand). It did not change the flavor.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

4. 4 6 oz cans of tomato paste (or 2 12 oz cans), whatever works for you and you have on hand.

5. 1 cup Canola Oil (I use Olive Oil, it’s just a preference).

6. 2/3 cups of sugar. The first time I made this sauce, I thought sugar was a strange ingredient to add but you’ll see how well everything blends in to create the best ever homemade spaghetti sauce.

7. 1/4 cup of salt. I used canning salt last year but this year I used iodized because it’s all I had on hand. Can you tell I don’t like to shop on the weekend when everyone else is running into the back of my heels in their mad hurry to get back home?

8. 8 garlic cloves (peel, peel, peel).

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

9. 4 teaspoons dried oregano. Last year I used all fresh herbs but this year due to moving (and in case I haven’t already said this a thousand times before, I am truly enjoying living in this little town, I wasn’t happy being alone all day, living in the middle of nowhere), I was late planting and my basil is the only herb I had luck growing.

10. 2 teaspoons of each of the following: parsley, basil, crushed red pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

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11. 2 bay leaves (I use them in so many of my dishes).

12. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice. You can either squeeze your own juice or do as I do and buy bottled.

Go ahead and gather all of your ingredients while I take a coffee break.

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Next you will need to wash your tomatoes really well and place them 1 at a time in boiling water for 30 – 60 seconds so you can remove the peeling. Or, do like I did and put half of them in at a time lol.

Alyssa was sweet enough to wash mine for me. <3 them grands.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Add your garlic, bell peppers and onions in your food processor. A food processor is one of those products that no kitchen should be without. If you don’t have one, make the investment and you won’t be disappointed. Let me just give you a suggestion. I chop my garlic first then add each of the other ingredients, one at a time. There’s no reasoning behind this, it’s just the way I do it.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Now, be prepared for the most amazing smell in the world. Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT the lemon juice, and simmer uncovered for 4 to 5 hours. STIR OFTEN.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Stir…..

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

5 hours later…

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Go ahead and get your canning jars and lids ready. I wash mine in super hot water right before adding the sauce to them. Boil the flats.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Add 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice to each of the jars and ladle your sauce on top leaving 1/2 inch headspace.

Process in a boiling water canner for 40 minutes.

That’s it. I want to note that it takes me 2 days to make this sauce because of my back injuries. Standing for long periods of time is just too painful.

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If you try this recipe, please let me know how well your family loves it (and they will) & or what adjustments you made to suit your family.

New ATTITUDE ® by Bio Spectra

I know you have seen me complain on here about Abigail’s allergies, for quite some time now. We have to keep epipens (Epinephrine autoinjector) on hand at all times. We also have to keep benadryl on hand at all times. If Abby brushes against someone who uses certain dryer sheets in their laundry, she breaks out instantly. My brother picked her up one time and before he had a chance to put her down she was one big welt (dryer sheets). She used to frighten me silly if I took her outside. If the grass touched her skin, she would break out in welts. I had make sure she was completely covered and when I took off her clothes, I had to make sure the outside of them did not touch her skin. Her allergies can be frustrating sometimes but it was the hand she was dealt and we do our best to deal with it. I am happy to say that she is doing better with some of her allergies. I’ve tried a couple of new baby laundry detergents and one brand in particular really stands out. ATTITUDE ® by Bio Spectra.

ATTITUDE laundry detergent and fabric softener

Because Abby is doing better with laundry detergents, I decided I wanted to try an Attitude bundle; ATTITUDE laundry detergent and fabric softener – pear nectar. I felt pretty confident that she wouldn’t have a reaction to the laundry detergent and fabric softener, after reading the feature of it which I have included in a screen shot for those of you that are looking for a safe baby laundry combo. Both the detergent and the fabric softener are hypoallergenic. And SAFE!

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I really like the suds the laundry detergent produces. I want to see bubbly when I do laundry, otherwise, I feel like my clothes are not getting the clean I want them to. Especially with the kids clothes. They are covered in dirt when they come indoors. Georgia clay is so hard to get out of clothes, so again, I love that the laundry detergent bubbles up nicely. It is clear in color and I took some photos to show what it looks like and how well it works. And my what a lovely scent. Please note, I used less than a quarter of a cap and added some water. Just adding the water made the detergent bubble up nicely. It rinses clean and clear and I’m really pleased with the way it cleans.

A little demo for you…

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The fabric softener is milky white in color and smells as delightful as the detergent does. I used one capful in Abby’s laundry which was a medium load and her clothes are truly soft. I was pleasantly surprised and she’s happy that her clothes are NOT “scratchy” as she calls them.

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This bundle has given me a new attitude about the kids (and especially Abby’s) laundry.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Back to School Supplies Mystery Gift Pack Giveaway #backtoschool

Here in Georgia we have been busy getting ready for school to start back (kids go year round here) and I’m guessing you are too even though your school might not start as soon as ours does. Kathy, Vicki and I wanted to give one of you the chance to win some awesome items to help get your child ready for school. Every little bit helps, right?

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That’s not all we decided to do because we can’t leave mom out, right? Mom needs a little pampering when the little ones start back. It’s not always easy to have me time when we are caring for our families and putting others first. So, like I said, we have a little something for mom as well. I will give you a hint as to what it is, wait, no I won’t. Never mind, no hints. You’ll just have to wait and see.

Sound like a winner? One of you will win so please enter using the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is self sponsored by the above mentioned bloggers and is not associated or affiliated with facebook or any other product, brand or company. Although it’s not required, I’d love to see who is entering the giveaway from my site so please leave a message if you have the time and let me know the ages of your school age kids (will help in future giveaways).

Because of the cost mailing the package, this giveaway is restricted to participants in the US only.

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New love in my life

The new love in my life is not the guy who showed up on a first date to ask me if I knew how to remove a virus on his computer that he got from looking at p..o..r..n.. .. “gosh darn it a guy can’t even look at p..o..r..n.. without getting a virus….” Now say that with a Georgia accent. Say it again. Nope. It’s not him.

It’s also not the “aggressive” uniformed individual who I finally broke down and let come to a cookout for two reasons; 1. I’d be surrounded by friends who would make sure he kept his 20 hands to himself 2. It would get him off my back and I wouldn’t have to worry about being pulled over every-time I drove through town. After arriving with a suitcase and handcuffs which he took out to show everyone, he was escorted to the door wearing the with visions of a bloomin onion dancing in my head*. The one who ordered his meal and told the server to bring an extra plate so he could give me one of his “poke chops.” I do have to give him credit for giving me a sliver of his baked sweet potato too. Wasn’t that “sweet” of him?! It’s not him. no. it’s. not.

It’s not the big spender who took me to Pizza Hut and used coupons to pay for more than half of the meal; although I should have asked him for coupon advice. I would love to learn extreme couponing one day. Of course, the coupons meant we could only order what he had coupons for. No salad for me thank you very much. I’m all for thrifty being nifty, but a first date? Come on… No sirree. He is not the new love of my life either.

And it really isn’t the guy who loved the F word and by that I don’t mean FABULOUS. “F’in yeah, you look good enough to eat” would have been better received as, “you look fabulous tonight, where would you like to go out to eat?” F’in idiot. That stands for fabulous idiot BTW.

I know I know, my list of rejected Georgia boys is growing, and I admit I may be a little too picky, but, I’m not from Georgia originally and I just can’t seem to mingle well with the “available” good ole Georgia boy hunks (choke) without wanting to punch them for one reason or another. But, I’m a lady and I wouldn’t do that although I have not had a problem with showing them to the door.

Now that I’ve cleared up who is not the new love of my life, I guess you are wondering about this new love in my life..

His name is Charlie and I could just hug and hold with this little suggar buggar 24/7. This is Kathy at reviewingforyou.com‘s first grand child/grandson and he’s the reason I want another grand child although my kids refuse to grant me this wish. I don’t care how many times they tell me this, 5 IS NOT ENOUGH. :) Unless I have to babysit them all at one time. Then, 5 is plenty.

Charlie

Head on over to Reviewing For You and tell Kathy what a lucky grandma she is and congratulate her because grand child #2 is on the way. Isn’t Charlie the cutest little thing? Love that pout, reminds me of grandma Kathy when we were growing up and she didn’t get her way about something ha ha ha.

The end.

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle does the work so I don’t have to #MrCleanMorePower @SheSpeaksUp

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Mr. Clean.

I don’t mind cleaning, but in all honesty, I don’t have much time for heavy duty cleaning. Plus my back injuries make cleaning a painful chore. I’ve used Mr. Clean products in the past and I was always pleased with the results so I decided I wanted to review Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle. Using someone else’s muscle to clean is right up my ally. When you have the name of Liquid Muscle and Mr. Clean, you pretty much know that the results are going to be amazing.

But still… I’m stubborn and had to see for myself how little effort or how much effort it would take to clean my dirty surfaces and floors. When you have kids running in and out, pets sliding through the house with muddy paws and a dirty fellow who hasn’t learned to take his shoes off at the door, the results can be pretty icky at the end of the day.

On top of the normal dirt coming in, we can now throw in a week of rain and red Georgia clay. Not only did I have a chance to use Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle on my floors, the walls needed a good scrubbing down as well. So did our white doors. I don’t know what it is about kids and mud, but the two seem to go hand and hand here at Terri’s Little Haven.

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle multi-purpose cleaner

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle multi-purpose cleaner

Some noteworthy pluses. I love the light meadows and rain scent. It’s not overwhelming but it gives the house a nice clean smell after use. I really like how well it suds up with just a little of the multi-purpose cleaner in my bucket of water. The small size and 2.5X power lets me store it in a smaller area. 16 ounces = 40 ounces. The bottle might be small but it delivers a large clean with little to no effort on my part.

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Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle Meadows & Rain Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Febreze

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle Meadows & Rain Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Febreze

I’m definitely happy with my nice and fresh smelling house thanks to Mr. Clean. My back is especially happy that I didn’t have to do any scrubbing to get the results I wanted.

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