Mt. Hood Roasted Tomatoes

Earlier this month we were in Oregon visiting family. It has become one of my favorite places to visit and we try to go at least once a year.

There is so much to see and do. This year we stayed on the coast for a few days followed by a few more days right outside of Portland. I’ll share more in the coming weeks. Megan just so happened to be in Oregon the same time we were so naturally we’ll have a vlog over on Long Story Short documenting the whole trip.

Two summers ago our annual trip included a visit to Mt. Hood. We have some close family friends who have a gorgeous home there. On their property includes a beautiful garden. My daughter and I spent an hour each day picking blackberries, zucchini and tomatoes amongst six-foot tall sunflowers.

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Our hosts made the most delicious roasted tomato “jam” – for lack of a better description – while we were there. I like tomatoes but they certainly aren’t something I always opt for. Slow roasting tomatoes totally intensifies their flavor and it was so super delicious. We ate this with crackers and a freshly sliced baguette.

I will always equate Mt. Hood with roasted tomatoes.

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To make this wonderful Mt. Hood Roasted Tomatoes recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Place whole cherry tomatoes in glass dish or sheet pan.
3. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft.
5. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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This mostly dairy free girl has been craving goat cheese lately and this roasted tomato and goat cheese sandwich keeps popping up in my Pinterest feed. I just wish I had a tomato plant to pick.

Hello

Well, hello there. Remember me?

In my last post, I said I would be back the week of the 12th but I needed more time. And I’m the boss around these parts so what I say goes.

So, are you at all interested in what I’ve been doing while not blogging? It’s totes OK if you’re not and I wouldn’t be surprised because my stats suggest that my readers are only interested in ideas for a Wreck It Ralph party and getting off anti-depressants. Truth.

Oregon – Portland & Hood River

We headed up to the Pacific Northwest for a few days to visit some fam and a little R&R. It was a great trip with beautiful weather, good food, and a nice slice of heaven in the form of a gorgeous home with gracious hosts. I fell in love with the home owner’s garden and left thinking I could totally do the same thing in my backyard. Naturally, I’ve started a Pinterest board.

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Fitz & Olivia

I am a huge fan of watching TV. I know that people don’t usually admit that kind of thing – and I’m almost embarrassed to because it suggests that I am intellectually stimulated by crappy reality television. While this might be true, I also love a really well written drama. Peeps, Scandal delivers.  Download seasons one and two, like, right now and get to know President Fitzgerald Grant, Olivia Pope, David Rosen, Huck, Cy, Harrison, Quinn and the others. That’s my official PSA on the matter before they revoke my Queen of TV card.

Scanxiety

An x-ray, a DEXA scan and an ultrasound all in the last two weeks. Cancer is freaking awesome!

Sleep Challenge

Oh wait…sleeping is not my challenge. Waking up hard to do, yo. I don’t understand why I have such a hard time getting out of bed. I’ll be writing more about what I’ve learned at the end of the month. Oh my gosh though…the shit I’ve got from my friends about this.

Freelancing

I got myself a couple of paying writing gigs. They are coming down the pike and will be featured on the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau in the coming months. In my first assignment, I’m covering some behind the scenes stuff but it’s still under wraps. And by wraps I mean armor. More on that next week.

So, friends…all three of you. That’s what’s up. That’s what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks.