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Rome wasn’t built in a day …

… and neither was our garden.

The organic garden we just installed is not exactly as I had dreamed it would be when we bought our house, but its a work in progress. It has given me plenty of ideas of what would make gardening easier and ultimately more fun. I’ll have to wait a little while before I start adding major landscape elements though. For now I am happy to have just a little plot of land to dig in and put down roots.

Starting to take shape

Here’s a little recipe to get you dreaming about fresh Roma tomatoes.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp good olive oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 4 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
  • 3 Tbsp red wine
  • 28 oz. of fresh Roma (plum) tomatoes
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat (do not use a non-stick pan). Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent about 5-7 minutes. Deglaze with red wine and add the tomatoes crushing them with the back of a wooden spoon or with your hands as you add them. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the basil leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer for a bout 20 – 25 minutes. Adjust the seasoning if needed.

Makes 3 cups. You can freeze this sauce for up to 6 months.

dig in … for a change

So it’s been 19 days since my last post, ‘what gives‘ you might ask? Well since this is a blog about my exploration of health and wellness, and it includes the good, the bad and the ugly, I will tell you what’s been going on.

Over the last two months I’ve been experiencing some changes to my nest, and I don’t know about you, but change sends me into a place where I should pay MORE attention to my overall health and wellness. Change in one area of my life usually has a ripple effect on the other areas – exercise, my food choices, sleep patterns and the list goes on. Well these last couple of months I haven’t been exercising, I definitely have been eating way too much fat and sugar (and boy have I seen the ugly side of sugar) and my sleep has been effected. Change if I’m not careful (and I haven’t been) digs into the things I love like cooking, writing and living life to its fullest.

I have been shooting pictures and documenting the organic garden (a new blog on the garden will be out in a couple days) as well as documenting the food I have managed to cook lately. It’s important to focus on the positives – what I have been doing vs. the negatives – what I haven’t been doing.

So I leave you with these beautiful images to enjoy, and these few thoughts:

  • There’s never a better time than today to make a change.
  • Change happens one step at a time.
  • So what if you’ve fallen off the bike, pick yourself up (check for broken bones) then get right back on there because today is a new day!

The Spanish Steps in April, Rome Italy 2010