How To: Can Tomatoes

The other day I was down at my grandma’s and she made a comment that really kind of stuck with me. As you know I started a garden this year. This is my second attempt but first successful attempt at a garden. That’s cool, right? I planted green beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers (assorted), and carrots. At my house, we really don’t eat many raw tomatoes, so I called my grandma up and asked her to help me can them. She agreed. So what exactly did she say that stuck with me? That she was proud of me for learning how to do this because it is becoming a lost art. Wow! It was one of those things I thought of but never really made note of.

How to: Can Tomatoes

Midwestern at Heart: How To: Can Tomatoes. This is my Grandma's tried and true method of canning tomatoes so you have fresh tomatoes from your summer garden all year long.

The first thing you want to do is decide what you think you’ll use these tomatoes for. I told her I was going to use these for tomato sauce or pasta sauce eventually. Keep that in mind when trying this method!

I have a mixture of Beefsteak and Roma tomatoes in my bucket.

Midwestern at Heart: Bucket of Tomatoes

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Chichén Itzá

If you would have told me that this year I would see one of the 7 Wonders of the World, I’d have laughed in your face. Not because I don’t want to, but this is the closest I’ve been to seeing one….

In 2007 Chichén Itzá was added to the list of the 7 Wonders of the World. The Mayan people were simply outstanding people who I swear had to be high as a kite. Unless you are a history buff, I would highly recommend getting a tour guide if you ever come here. There is way to much that you would miss out on information wise otherwise! Holy Cow though, this place is amazing.

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Dream Big but not too big

One of my new favorite movies has got to be My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. I remember when the first one came out, it was cute but I never thought it was nearly as funny as everyone else did. When I was in grad school we learned that your perceptions of the world are changed over time due to age, learning, experiences, etc. Now I like the first one, too, but I still think this is the better one. Normally it doesn’t seem like seconds and thirds of movies are as good as the first, but I believe this one is and I hope that there are more.

Let’s ponder one of those above thoughts… life experiences change how you perceive things. Hmmm… why would I pick that to focus on? Simple… a couple weeks ago I spent the week at my aunt and uncle’s in southern Oklahoma with Tbug. She’s 14 now. How in the world did that happen, she’s just 6, right? No, unfortunately she has moved on to those teenage years.

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Cozumel Mother’s Day Part 2

About half of our group or so stayed an extra few days in Cozumel. 3 different families brought their mothers/fathers/daughters and we wanted to play “tourist” with the additional family members. One of our excursions were to jump on the ferry and travel across to the mainland. Our destination… Chichén Itzá.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to Cozumel, I’d definitely suggest taking the ferry across to the mainland. It was about 45 minutes. The cab driver that dropped us off at the ferry station recommended to buy a one way ticket since there are multiple ferry companies that travel back and forth and they won’t accept another ferry companies tickets. It just keeps you from getting stuck for 3 tickets when you only need two.

So this is a real pirate ship that travels around Cozumel but it is actually a dinner cruise from what I’ve researched.

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Cozumel Mother’s Day Trip Part 1

In May we headed to Cozumel Mexico. By the time we left I think we all needed a vacation. It was hubby, Abug, my mom, my MIL, and me who were able to go this year along with some other people to round out our trip. It was a lot of fun and after the way my day started I’m ready for some more Vitamin D and Vitamin Sea until my attitude changes!

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Quilt Block 25 & Putting the Quilt Together

To tell you the truth, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get this quilt put together. I have loved every minute of it, but I’m truthfully not a put it off for 6 months kind of girl. Now okay, I’ll admit, I didn’t start this challenge the first week it was out there… in fact I don’t think I got started until February some time but dang… it’s been going on for a while. Last week I thought I had all the quilt blocks done until I realized there were 25 not 24. I ran out of time last week to get number 25 done so here…

Here is Number 25. I absolutely LOVE it!

Monday I started trying to put it together. It required 167 2.5″ squares. HOLY CRAP! That’s a lot of squares. It took quite a while. Normally you sew strips together and then cut the strips and it goes faster…. but not in my case. 1) I couldn’t decide on just 2 colors for the blocks. 2) When I did decide on the colors to use, there was no making strips. So putting this thing together was going slow!

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Quilt Block 21, 22, 23, & 24

Monday’s happen to be one of my favorite days of the week these last few months, and that’s because my squirrely girly and I have gone down to sew with my grandma. A few weeks ago though, grandma had knee replacement surgery and wasn’t able to sew for a couple weeks. Sad day, but at least her knee is feeling better. Last week, Thursday became my new favorite day… I should mention at this point I’m not crazy about Thursdays. Most people think I’m nuts, but they are just a reminder that it isn’t Friday. I know… pessimistic side in deed.

Being as though we haven’t sewn in a few weeks, we had a lot of catching up to do. Now, grandma couldn’t stay up in the sewing room the whole time because her knee was hurting at one point, it was lunch time, and she ahd to do physical therapy… but that didn’t stop us! Nope, in fact, I cut out and sewed together 4 quilt blocks. I’m missing 1 block and then we can slap this baby together… oh… and 167 2.5″ squares. Boy that seems daunting!

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Distinctive Characteristics

The other night I was watching Dancing with the Stars. Yes, I know, it ended a few weeks ago, but I was on vacation so I DVR’ed it. I finally got caught up and I”m soooooo happy with the final results. I might have been a bit shocked as the order of 2, 3, and 4, but 1 was who I wanted to win.

Anyway, I wanted to see Emma Slater and Rashad Jennings win it, mainly because I wanted to see Emma win a season. I always tend to root for someone who hasn’t won in the past, that is when it comes to the Pro Dancers. Obviously, unless it’s a come back show, the stars haven’t won the mirror ball :).

Again… moving back to the topic I started with… I keep getting side tracked…. For some reason the evening that I was watching I started paying attention to Emma’s face. Something about her facial expressions reminded me of Kate Winslet. Then I started thinking about other English actresses and Kiera Knightly popped into my head, that’s the reason for the three photos up above. The more I contemplated and debated, the more I realized that these 3 women had similar features.

Now I know, I know, there are a lot of women out there who are English, these are just the three that popped in to my head. But it made me start thinking… different nationalities have similarities in their looks, right? Does it make it easier to distinguish if someone is this nationality or that nationality without ever hearing them speak.

I’m not sure I’m being very eloquent with my words right now…. But I guess what I wondered is, do American’s have similarities in their looks? Something that distinguishes them from other nationalities, or is it just the pompousness that I hear we have about us. I prefer to think I’m not arrogant, but I sometimes wonder if I don’t have that pretentiousness about me too.

Just random thoughts for this Tuesday. Now back to regularly scheduled programming. ha!