Happy Monday, guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. It was Valentine’s day, after all. We had a very special Valentine’s day, complete with a 7.5 mile run in the morning and cleaning the house afterward. Suuper awesome. And I’m not actually joking! It was the first day in a while that both AJ and I were home all day long, and it was great! He spent a lot of the day setting up my brand new computer set-up, complete with dual monitors, a terabyte of storage, and all the Adobe programs my little heart desires. Let’s just say I’m stoked.
Oh and that run I mentioned? 7.5 miles! Whatever happened to my little half marathon training posts, hmm? Well, I had a busy weekend, then I had a bridal shower, then… it’s just really difficult to find the time! Someday I’ll be this amazing blogger that consistently keeps up with all the things I promise, but until then you’ll just have to take what you can get. But speaking of the run, things are going well. I took last weekend off (for the most part, bar a 3 mile run with my mom and a friend!) and was worried that it would make this weekend’s run that much more difficult. But, it turned out fine! We even did a bike ride the night before, and I still felt okay. Dedas was a very tired puppy after accompanying us on both those adventures, but she’s a trooper.
Soo we are kind of on track for our half marathon, and definitely on track to get married in a month (holy crap, only a month?!). It’s coming up so quickly and there is still so much to do! I am so, so thankful for my mom, sister, mother-in-law(to be), aunt-in-law(to be) and my bridesmaids for helping with everything. It would not be happening without them! But still. Things to do. I’ve still been making enough time to cook recently, but some things just keep slipping through the cracks, like the bananas sitting on the counter waiting to be turned into bread or the granola I’ve been needing to make for a month. I really just need to work a part time job to keep up with all my other things. Life’s rough.
This oven dried tomatoes recipe almost fell to the wayside in all my busyness, but thankfully I got to them before they went bad. I bought the big container of grape tomatoes from Costco with this recipe in mind, and I would have really hated to see them go bad! The funny thing is that I kept putting it off thinking it would take too much time, but it was really the easiest thing in the world to do. They do take a while, but they can hang out in the oven while you make dinner, prep for the next day, eat dessert, and get ready for bed. Just a few hours later and you’ve got some uuber tasty dried tomatoes on you hand, perfect for some asparagus risotto (coming Thursday!). All you need to do for these guys in cut them in half, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and pop ’em in the oven for a couple hours. Then stuff them in a jar, cover with olive oil, and you’re golden.
It’s recipes like these that make me still love cooking. Maximum flavor for minimum work – just what I need in these busy times.
Oven Dried Tomatoes (v, gf)
The easiest and most delicious oven dried tomatoes recipe ever – made in your own oven!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
- cherry tomatoes
- sea salt
- olive oil
- Turn your oven to 200ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
- Rinse the tomatoes, then cut them in half lengthwise through the stem. Place side-by-side on the baking sheet, then sprinkle with sea salt. This isn’t an exact recipe, so just make sure each tomato gets a little love.
- Place baking sheet in the oven and cook for about 2 hours, rotating halfway through, until shriveled but not blackened at all. If you notice any starting to blacken, immediately remove the whole pan or just the suspect tomatoes from the pan and continue cooking, if necessary.
- Allow the tomatoes to cool on the pan, then transfer to a jar. Pour in olive oil until it just covers the tomatoes.*
- Refrigerate to store.