A Tribute to my Garden Fresh Tomatoes …. til Next Year

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If I HAD to choose only one vegetable to plant in my garden, {I would be very sad if this was a real scenario} BUT if it was for real and I did have to choose just one it would be a tomato for sure. I  L O V E homegrown, garden fresh tomatoes and I am so sad to see them go. Anyone else with me on this?

At the first of summer’s  tomato season I seriously ate 2, OK sometimes 3
Tomato Sandwiches a day. Seriously! Some days that is all I ate. They are so simple and good I can’t help myself. When my obsession did get under control and satisfied I did taper off to about 1 a day. I did get a few friends hooked on these as well and I have gotten a text or two cursing me at the amount of cheese and bread they have been going through.
Sorry – Not Sorry. 🙂 They are so good!

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Here’s what you need

  1. Toast – 2 slices of Multi-Grain Bread
  2. Spread Mayo on toast
  3. Cheddar Cheese (pref. good sharp cheese)
  4. Garden tomatoes sliced
  5. Fresh Basil &/or basil essential oil

 Normally in all my past years of my tomato sandwich obsession it was just mayo, cheese and tomatoes – that simple, but oh so good. I’ve always loved it just like that. Until one day I was standing there eating my sandwich staring at the basil growing in my kitchen window and decided to throw some on my sandwich – Wow!
That was so good. I kind of surprised myself how much basil I felt I needed on my sandwich. Then using the fresh basil made me think to add my basil essential oil to my mayo on my next sandwich and that was so crazy good as well.    TIP – You only need 1-2 drops per CUP of mayonnaise – I  made that mistake of putting a couple drops right on my sandwich and that was crazy strong. I wouldn’t suggest that. 🙂

If you want to still give these a try without the prime garden tomatoes – I do feel Costco’s tomatoes usually are the closest thing to a decent tomato in the off season.

And of course you cannot beat Fresh Homemade Salsa

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I like to puree a lot of the tomatoes, garlic, onion, jalapeno’s and fresh cilantro and then add more fresh chopped tomatoes for the perfect salsa.

I also grew the most perfect, sweetest orange cherry tomatoes I have ever had in my life. They were  Sun Sugar Tomato.  Add this to your planting list for your garden next year.

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This is my tribute to my garden tomatoes –  saying I miss you already and I can’t wait to grow you and eat you again next summer!

Much Love & Wellness
XO – Amy

My Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Here’s another recipe I have “made up”  from taking a peak at a few different recipes for brownies and then doing it my own way. I love to do that. I am definitely not a strict follow the recipe kind of girl. I’m always adding in my own ingredients and leaving out others – That could be partly because I rarely have all the ingredients I need for what I’m making.
My neighbors would be nodding their heads right now and saying “Yah we know!”  🙂
But I do have to say these turned out sooo Good – Thick and Fudgey!!!! Um…. Yum!!!
And the flavors of the chocolate with the peppermint – Come on . The perfect balance.

And they’re not TOO bad for you!?!  Maybe a little? – Could be worse?  Here’s the recipe.

My Chocolate doTERRA Peppermint Brownies

My Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 3/4 Cup Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 8-10 Drops Peppermint Oil (Only use high quality essential oil)
  • 3/4 – 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
    1. Preheat Oven to 375
    2. Combine in a mixer – Sugars, Butter, Coconut Oil, Eggs and Vanilla.
    3. Then add the Flour, Salt and Peppermint Oil. Mix well
    4. Fold in the Chocolate Chips.
    5. Spread in a oiled  9X13 Pan
    6. And you will have some serious love in 35-40 mins

    I encourage you to go for a run today ….. to the kitchen and go make these now.

    I Would love to hear what you think. 🙂

    To find out which essential oils I recommend email me at amypond127@gmail.com.

  • Much Love & wellness
    XO
    Amy