Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hey it's Good.....

....to be back home again!  That old John Denver song always goes through my mind when we've been away.  Just a quick post here to let you all know we arrived home safely yesterday afternoon.  I feel bad for Idahoan's statewide.  There are so many fires up and down the state.  Driving west on Highway 12 was like driving through thick fog only it was smoke and the air quality was probably off the charts.

Thanks to those of you who have inquired as to Mr. Squash's well being!  He's doing much better thanks to antibiotics!  He's looking forward to eating this Red Bartlett that I just picked off our espaliered pear tree! 
Another tomato bounty awaited our arrival home!  I think this batch will be spaghetti sauce.  Also, one of the wives of the Peace Corps group - who is a quilter as well - gave me a great tip.  Place tomatoes whole and unpeeled in a freezer bag.  When they thaw, the skins come right off!  Of course too many would take up a lot of room, but I really like the suggestion and will try it!  Thanks, Pam!
I wanted to show you this wonderful, Art Deco glass bowl we picked up in Helper, Utah at an antique shop!    Won't it look great with Christmas ornaments inside - or a yummy, but salad?

I'll be busy the next few days getting everything around the house back to normal.  I should be caught up with posts by then, too!  I really appreciate those of you who kept up with us on our trip!

12 comments:

Stephanie said...

I love John Denver and am ALWAYS glad to be back home again. That pear is picture perfect. I've removed tomato skins by blanching them in boiling water then putting them in ice water. Skins slip right off. A beautiful bowl for many uses.

Sue said...

Glad you made it home safely How scary all of those fires ! It always feels good to come home :-D

AnnieO said...

One of my favorite John Denver songs--I always get the chills at the part where he says "you felt the baby move just yesterday", thinking how sad he died too young.

I missed where Mr. Squash was ill. Glad to hear he is on the mend.

Smoky Idahoans sounds like a great potato dish. All kidding aside, fires are horrific and terrifying no matter the size.

Enjoy those tomatoes!

Mary said...

What a bounty of tomatoes. sounds like a great trip was had by all.

Libby said...

Oh that pear looks DELICIOUS! I can't wait to hear all about it *s*

Houseelf said...

Welcome home Candace! Sorry to hear about the fires. Have fun tomato processing.

pratima said...

Glad to know that Mr.squash is feeling better and you had a safe trip home! Beautiful home grown tomatoes! Sauce would be so yummy with them! Pretty find for the Christmas ornaments :)

Lisa D. said...

I'm glad to hear you and Mr. Squash are home and feeling much better. Happy to have you back. Wow - look at all those tomatoes. Wonderful!

Carrie P. said...

Glad you both got home safe and Mr. S. is doing much better.
Oh, that pear is perfection.
That is a neat tip about the tomato and what tomatoes you have!

Michelle said...

I have not heard that about the tomatoes and will have to try it. Are you going to the Walla Walla quilt show? My friend, Cathy is vendoring there...she got in two weeks ago when there was a cancellation.

Michelle said...

I have not heard that about the tomatoes and will have to try it. Are you going to the Walla Walla quilt show? My friend, Cathy is vendoring there...she got in two weeks ago when there was a cancellation.

Laura said...

Candace - I have to tell you - I tried this on Sunday and besides how good my house smelled while they were roasting, the sauce came out great! What an easy way to make fresh sauce - thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Laura