Does your house have to be perfect to invite others in? No! More tips and a delicious way to enjoy Roasted Garden Toamtoes.

House Perfect? and Roasted Garden Tomatoes

You have more confidence in yourself when you can succeed and accept that it’s okay to fail sometimes, even in your own home! I gave up the idea that my house has to be perfect before guests arrive. Now don’t get me wrong, if I’m having a dinner party and I have the time, I do plan my time accordingly and try to get my house clean. I find I enjoy myself more if my “ducks are in a row.” But I’ve loosened up when guests show up unannounced.

House Perfect? and Roasted Garden Tomatoes

We have a traditional progressive dinner with the same 4 couples twice a year. These are our dear, down-to-earth, best-friends-in-life kind of friends! About a month ago we had our fall dinner and discussed whether a woman feels better if her house is clean before guests arrive. The women all agreed it is important to them – the men said it didn’t make sense.

What do you think?

I roasted my last crop of TOMATOES from our garden tonight. The house still smells of basil and garlic. Here is my recipe (no need to skin your tomatoes!):

Take a large pan with a 1 inch lip (I use the Pampered Chef Bar pan)
Cut your tomatoes in 1 inch chunks
Cover with fresh basil, chopped finely
Press or chop about 12-15 cloves of garlic
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste
Drizzle olive oil over the top
I take my hands and mix it all together
Drain off juices
Roast at 450 for 1 hour? Or until juices are gone
Take the tomatoes and puree (I use my Cuisinart)
Freeze in Ziploc bag!!

Bye-bye to canning tomato sauce! In my opinion, this is a superior way. Thanks to my friend Camille who shared the recipe with me this summer.

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