I spent my first weekend out of town this summer. By weekend, I mean Sunday. One day away was enough though. It was gorgeous. The sun was shining, and I saw my family for the first time in about a month. We chat a few times a week, so I hear from them regularly, but it was nice to spend a day together. And I missed the dogs, so it was good to see them too. We went to Grand Bend area for the day. Shopped at a flea market where I got the cutest two tea cups. I feel the need to invite someone over to have a tea party. I want a reason to bring out these gorgeous cups.
Then off to a park where my dad and step-mom camp every weekend during the summer months. We went down to the beach for a swim. The water was gorgeous! I didn’t take my camera there, I wanted to swim as opposed to sitting on shore watching. Then back up to the campsite for a short rest. Dad and I then took the dogs out to the field to play frisbee.
Both dogs love chasing the frisbee, but Rebel always gets there first. He’s much faster than Rascal, for now.
Rebel loves this game. He loves to run. He loves to please you by bringing the frisbee back. He’d play all day if we let him.
Rascal, on the other hand, will chase the frisbee a few times and then gets tired. Half way through or so he decided to come sit in my lap while I took pictures of Rebel.
We took a short walk just before dinner to an overlook.
We had a fantastic dinner of steaks, baked potatoes, and Nana’s homemade coleslaw.
However, I didn’t get any pictures of dinner, so I’m going to share homemade pizza sauce. Last week I bought some ready made pizza crusts and some delicious toppings. I was all excited about the pizza I was about to make for lunch, opened the fridge, and realized that I was out of tomato sauce. I didn’t really feel like making a second trip to the grocery store, so I searched the Internet instead, hoping the find a recipe that would allow me to use the ingredients I already had at home. Many recipes called for tomato paste and canned tomatoes, which, oddly, I didn’t have on hand that day. I had fresh tomatoes, surely that would make a tastier sauce?
Anyway, I was very happy with the resulting sauce. It took longer to cook than I would have liked, but I think I was just being really impatient. I was hungry and had expected to make a quick lunch. Instead, it took closer to half an hour before lunch was ready. If you have the time, this sauce is well worth the wait!
When making homemade pizza, do you make your own sauce or use a store-bought sauce?
Adapted from New York Style Pizza Sauce (seriouseats.com)
- 2 ripe tomatoes, diced – approximate cost $1.00
- 1/2 red onion, diced – approximate cost $0.50
- 1 teaspoon olive oil – approximate cost $0.10
- 2 garlic cloves – approximate cost $0.20
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning – approximate cost $0.10
- Pinch of cayenne pepper – approximate cost $0.05
- Pinch of sea salt – approximate cost $0.05
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend for about 20 seconds (trying the keep the sauce a bit chunky).
- Pour the sauce into a medium-sized pot.
- Cook on medium heat until the sauce is reduced and thick (about 20 minutes), stirring once in a while to make sure it doesn’t burn.
- Remove from heat.
- Spread the sauce over pizza crust.
Makes enough sauce for a 6-9 inch pizza (approximate cost: $2.00).
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