Easy Summer Tomato Pie

As every gardener understands, you have a love/hate relationship with tomatoes. They don't trickle in so you can use them up. You simply go from not having any tomatoes to having more than you can ever use. You eat sandwiches, can them, freeze them, make salsa, make spaghetti sauce, give them away, and still find yourself at a loss of what to do with them now. 

Our suggestion is this beautiful tomato pie. There is nothing better than this simple little recipe. It is just so yummy.
Easy Summer Tomato Pie
Pillsbury Pie Crust
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Basil (Fresh or Dried)
3 or 4 Tomatoes- (depending on size)
  • Roll out Pie Crust & Preheat oven to 350°
  • Slice tomatoes thin and lay out on paper towels to absorb extra juice.
  • Dry out crust in oven at 350° for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix 1 Cup Mayonnaise with 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar.
  • Sprinkle bottom of pie crust with a little flour.
  • Spread thin layer of Mayo/Cheese mixture on bottom.
  • Layer tomato slices, sprinkle with flour and dried basil, then repeat step with another layer of tomato, flour, and basil.
  • Top with the remainder of the Mayo/Cheese mixture.
  • Bake at 350° till golden brown, approximately 30 minutes.
  • Allow to set at least 5 minutes before trying to slice.

A Stress Free Brunch Party

Have you ever noticed how stressed people get when they think about planning a party?
I was asked to host a party for a friend's small business. She said I didn't need to do anything special, just coffee and donuts would be great. Of course, I wanted to add a couple extra touches to the gathering, but all-in-all, it worked out great. Plus, I loved the time. We invited people to arrive around 10 am, which helped it not take up the entire day. People could come, snack, spend some time getting to know each other, and then, they had the rest of the day to go about their business.

So, informal it is! Of course, I spent the evening before cleaning the house up a bit. Just the standard, dust, vacuum, and de-clutter. I went on a quick donut run to my favorite Krispy Kreme donut shop. (Yes, I did eat a hot one as soon as they handed it to me)
Then I went by the grocery store to pick up some fruit, juice, and the ingredients for 
sausage palmiers. (recipe here)
This morning, I got up at 6:30. Ran out and cleaned the coop and did morning chores. Then came inside, got dressed, made the sausage palmiers, set up the fruit, and juice and coffee bar. I finished with a few minutes to spare. Everyone began arriving around 9:45.  We chatted and ate, and everything went great. We were done around 12:00. I put up the left-overs, washed dishes, and we are done by 1:00. So, basically, a little prep work the day before, and a trip to the store. One homemade dish, to add a personal touch, and everything else that was purchased was inexpensive, but tasty.

How to Make Red Wine Vinegar- Donna Huggins

Time Flies When You’re Making Vinegar or Like Children, Vinegar Needs A Good “Mother”....

By: Guest Blogger, Donna Huggins

When my acquaintance from France returned from a visit to his Motherland with a gift, a beautiful piece of crockery, my quest began. In fact, it was a vinegar maker. As luck would have it, my husband had been a wine collector for a number of years and I was blessed with an unending supply of wine, so; why not?

Does one brew, grow, nurture,(since there is a mother) harvest or simply make the vinegar?? Research is on my high list of things to do..so Google had a lot to do with my new seed crop.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar "With the Mother?"

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

Organic Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an incredible tool to use for both your health, and the health of your animals. It seems like everyday there is another story on the news about something that ACV has been found to treat or cure.  Now, while I don't buy into all of that, there are definitely benefits to adding it to your diet, and giving it to your animals.

Everything from a reduction in blood sugar, anti-inflammatory properties, weight-loss, acid reflux reduction, digestive issues, poison ivy, and so much more have been reported by people doing independent studies of Apple Cider Vinegar.

"The Mother"

However, I was always a bit confused when people would say, 'make sure to get the one with the mother in it.' Usually, they were referring to the brand Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, raw and unfiltered.

Simply put, 'the mother' refers to the fact that the Apple Cider Vinegar is organic, raw, unfiltered, and un-distilled. True ACV will have been allowed to age in wooden barrels. When it is bottled, you can see the strings or web-like strands (amino acids) in the brown, cloudy liquid. This liquid is a very powerful anti-biotic, pro-biotic, and anti-septic. Its healing properties have been documented for thousands of years. The normal ACV you find in the store is actually dead. The process of distilling the vinegar kills all the beneficial bacteria.

Best Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Yourself:

A great way to add these benefits to your daily diet, is to make a sort of tea and drink that in the mornings. This has been said to greatly reduce cases of acid reflux and other digestive issues.
Apple Cider Vinegar/Honey Tea
1 Cup Hot Water
1 Tablespoon ACV (With the Mother)
1 Teaspoon Raw Honey

Apple Cider Vinegar/Honey Salad Dressing
1/2 Cup ACV (With the Mother)
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
2-3 Tablespoons Raw Honey

Best Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Poultry:

My experience with ACV is limited to poultry and rabbits. I add a tablespoon to each gallon waterer a few times a week for the poultry and maybe a teaspoon to my rabbit waterers. (However, I do not add the vinegar when it is really hot outside). It is believed that the addition of the ACV into poultry waterers helps to increase calcium absorption in birds. Also, increasing the PH level of the water, even slightly, will help keep harmful bacteria at a minimum.

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