Unfortunately, pictures are not from our garden produce.
This is the first summer we haven’t had enough tomatoes for me to can. In the winter I love having my own jars of juice, tomatoes and homemade salsa. It’s easy and fun to can your own tomatoes. There is great satisfaction in stirring up chili on a cold winter day with tomatoes from your summer garden. And if the taste of your grandmother’s spaghetti sauce recipe weren’t enough incentive, studies show that the yummy red stuff is a major cancer deterrent, too.
Your risk of developing certain cancers (like prostate, GI, skin, or breast cancer) decreases significantly when you eat 10 or more tablespoons of tomato sauce per week. Spaghetti, anyone?
Many scientists believe that the active ingredient responsible for the cancer protection is lycopene, a carotenoid known for its antioxidant properties. All tomato products contain lots of lycopene, but it’s more available to your body when it’s cooked.
While you’re at it, add some cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, to your sauce. They contain chemicals that prevent cancer, too — so you get double protection. Tomatoes help keep your mind young. Thank goodness, I LOVE tomatoes.
Sigh. Maybe next year I’ll have tomatoes to can again.
What I’m Reading: A Super Romance I bought at Wal-Mart - Matthew’s Children by C.J. Carmichael. I’m enjoying this romantic line with a mainstream appeal. This is a first time I’ve read a book by Carmichael. I plan on reading more books written by her.
WRITING PROGRESS: I’m getting to the end of “Marrying Mallory” - woohoo! I also got started on the discussion questions which are always at the end of inspirational/Christian romances, but need to write a few more.
Sara is on break this week so Tom and I took her out for breakfast yesterday to get her birthday off to a great start. Even though we already had a bigger family celebration for our two August birthdays, I decorated brownies for her special day. Sara and I shopped at Kohl’s for her present. We purchased two tops and a pair of capris on sale.
LINK: A friend told me about this site with book trailers. They produce the videos, then post them on their site.
Back tomorrow with writing workshop! Soon will announce new blog contest! Enjoy your day.