{Weekly Wrap-up} End of Summer Distractions

I made a big batch of tomato sauce this week. When I was little, every Sunday we would go to my grandparents place (Grammie and Granpy) and we would have spaghetti. She made hers with steak. My mother made a similar recipe and she put some hot sauce and hot sausages in it. We used to tease them about who made the best sauce. My sauce is vegetarian. I make a lot and it’s not just for spaghetti. Here is the recipe.

Vegetarian Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

Kerry’s Big Pot Tomato Sauce

2 tbsp olive oil
4 onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 large stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
3 tbsp Italian seasoning, or to taste
1 heaping tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp honey
2 bay leaves
4-28 oz cans diced tomatoes with liquid
2-5 oz cans tomato paste
1 cup water

Heat the olive in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until the onion is soft. Stir in seasoning, garlic and honey and cook for three more minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, water and bay leaves. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves. Cool and freeze.

We’ve been trying to have fish on Fridays.

Here is an easy and delicious recipe for fish that I make with this tomato sauce. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place five large fillets of frozen fish into a large casserole dish. Pour 2 cups of frozen peas over the fish. Sprinkle with the juice of half a lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Cover with about 4 cups of tomato sauce. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Serve with boiled potatoes.

If I have lots of pan sauce left over from making this fish recipe I make tomato and bean soup.

Add equal parts vegetable broth to the pan sauce. Stir in cooked kidney beans or navy beans and heat to boiling on the stove top.

In other news…

Everything seems slow after our vacation with Grandma and Grandpa. We’re inclined to follow leads to all kinds of fun diversions that pull us off schedule. Even though we’re trying to finish a few lessons before the end of the month, we keep getting pulled away by end of summer distractions.


Last weekend we drove to Lunenburg to see the aquarium.

We stopped at our usual picnic spot in Mahone Bay. A concert happened to be taking place when we arrived in Lunenburg. June is generally not interested in loud noise or crowds, but she couldn’t resist the folk dancers. We sat on the floor at their feet. I think the show was about an hour, but June loved every moment. The lady next to us had a helper dog with a purple mohawk. I think that was a contributing factor.


On Wednesday we went to the dentist.

dentistfall2016June is afraid of the dentist so it’s a big deal that we got through the cleaning and check-up. No cavities! There was one momentary melt down, but the dentist gave June a rubber glove balloon and all was well.

We’re all excited to start a new year in September. There is a scheduling calendar and June can see the first day of school, tennis and children’s ministry. She is really looking forward to science, too, especially the volcano kit that her grandparents got.

We drove to Michael’s with a specific purpose in mind, but when we got there Bob had to go home to get his wallet. June and I browsed all the pretty beads, which were 50% off. We bought some glass dolphins, fish and faux-bonfire glass beads in denim blues. I had wire, findings and extra beads from a kit that I didn’t use. We spent Thursday morning making this necklace. Here is a tutorial.

dolphin necklace

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5 thoughts on “{Weekly Wrap-up} End of Summer Distractions

  1. Your recipe sounds amazing!

    Pinned and tweeted!
    Thanks for joining us for the Merry Monday link party!
    We hope to see you next week!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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