A Lil’ Garden Update!

One of my big plans for our backyard is to have three (LARGE) raised beds full of vegetables! I’m working on introducing more and more veggies into every meal; sometimes even “hidden” in places my husband would not expect, ha! (Do you have to do that, too?!)

However, I’m still working a full-time job, running my own business on the side and doing this lil’ blog…so I don’t have all the time in the world to cultivate a huge garden right now. And I’m really good at overwhelming myself with too much to do! So I wanted to start VERY small – see what grows well in our yard and in our climate…and, let’s face it…see what I DON’T kill!

So, as of right now, I have three things growing. Yes, just three! But they’re all growing WELL, so that’s the idea, right?

1. Tomatoes – There are SO many of them – just clusters and clusters! I can’t wait to slice these up with some fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar!

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New Product Review: Dei Fratelli Tomato Products!

**PLEASE NOTE: While Dei Fratelli DID provide me with these products to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Some time ago, a company I was unfamiliar with contacted me and asked me if I would like to review their products! Tomato products, they said. Sounded good to me – I enjoy cooking with tomatoes, so I agreed. Not long after, a lovely box appeared on my doorstep.

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As you can see, these were no dinky winky sample sizes – these were the full she-bang! Quality right off the bat!

Before I worked with the products, I did a bit more research on them. I found out that Dei Fratelli’s offerings are premium, all natural and gluten free! Picked at the peak of freshness, nutrients are sealed in the canned tomatoes only hours after being taken from the farm. Dei Fratelli canned tomatoes, tomato products and sauerkraut are manufactured by Hirzel Canning Company & Farm, a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company founded in 1923. Oh how I love a family-owned and operated company!

I decided to try the Italian-style chopped tomatoes in olive oil and herbs first. The color and consistency right out of the can? VERY impressive!

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I mean, doesn’t that look amazing?!

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