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Monday, September 9, 2013

Dehydrator "Sun" Dried Tomatoes





So many of these tasty morsels are now packed away in our freezer for brightening up the colder days to come. I had to hurry and squirrel them away before they all flew down my gullet as they were so sweet and tasty and bursting with that wonderful concentrated flavor of tomato that I could not stop popping them in. 

Have you been preserving any garden goodies recently? I'd love to know. And any ideas for keeping young ones busy while you work in the kitchen are much appreciated. Someone isn't so keen on hanging out in the carrier for long stretches these days, but I do have plans for child-safe magnets and an eventual chalkboard painted door for when she is a bit older. Right now there are toys on the floor and cabinets to explore and a mama who works in short speedy bursts.

Sara 

8 comments:

  1. We did really well occupying the Kid with wooden spoons at that age. If you can stand the banging, a pot or pan is good too.

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  2. mmm those look delicious! For keeping our girl busy in the kitchen, I keep our tupperware and stuff within her reach which she enjoys stacking and emptying and filling with things. We also got her a play kitchen for her first birthday that we were somehow able to squeeze into our already small kitchen space, with toy food and little dishes. Magnets do work great too, we have some animal ones that she loves. Even with all that, sometimes it's hard to keep her entertained for the amount of time it takes to prepare dinner!!

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  3. Kim Corrigan-OliverSeptember 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Oh those look so good. I am not sure I had that much time in the kitchen when my little man was Izzy's age. The carrier wasn't a place he wanted to be, wooden spoons and other kitchen things kept him busy for a little bit, but in the end I did most of my kitchen work when there was an extra pair of hands to entertain him. It was hard.

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  4. She's kind of over the spoons by now, but I haven't yet broken out a pot for banging. We only have a tiny set, but I usually have one that isn't in use at least, or at least a muffin tin or something. Thanks for the idea. :)

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  5. They are a bit addictive. :) It IS hard isn't it. It seems like each activity will only entertain for so long and when you are cooking from scratch it just takes longer than a small kiddo wants to wait. Maybe we can find some toy food and dishes to keep in the low cabinets we cleared for her. Good ideas.

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  6. I couldn't stop eating them, but thought I better tuck them away for the winter. I might have to make some more though if we have enough. Why does it not surprise me that Reece wouldn't want to be in the carrier either? :) Our particular little ones sure keep us on our toes. E doesn't get home until supper time so if I want us to eat together things have to be pretty close to ready so that can be a challenge, but we are trying. :) Bit by bit and with a little forethought.

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  7. Lauren @ crumbbums.comSeptember 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Oh, man, could we have used one of these this summer! We have had luck with tomatoes and now I don't know how else to consume them. What a great idea!

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  8. I'd highly recommend one. Ours is some fancy schmancy one from my days of dabbling in raw foods but I think they make some pretty affordable basic ones that would do the job just as well for these sorts of things. I'm with you in the tomatoes. Last year we didn't have much luck at all and this year we pick full baskets of them every other day. There have been lots of sundried tomatoes, batches of salsa and tomato, avocado and homemade pickle sandwiches for me.

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