Around The World Trip With My Family, And How To Freeze Tomatoes

 Around the World Trip With My Family, And How To Freeze Tomatoes

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Before I get into freezing tomatoes I have exciting news.

My husbands works at Color Me Rad.   He travels almost constantly for half of the year. So we have LOADS of frequent flyer miles, and now that all our races are done, we have a few months off.  So we decided to do what sensible people do and spend the fall in Asia.

When we were booking the tickets, we found out that an around the world ticket (did you know they sold those?)  with frequent flyer miles was only a few more frequent flyer miles. So we booked an around the world trip, and we are leaving in a month!!!  I would be lying if I were to say I wasn’t a little, or a lot, nervous about the long flights.  In fact every morning when I wake up, I have been visualizing my kids happy and getting along on the plane — ha ha hope it works!

Here is the itinerary:

  • Madrid, Spain
  • Sicily, Italy
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Sydney, Australia

We come home December 10th.  I won’t bore you with trip details but I will blog from time to time about it.  We are staying at a working farm in Sicily with a cute Italian grandma that teaches you how to make pizza and ricotta cheese. We are staying at a little farm in Spain as well.

Wish me luck! If you have been to any of those places leave a comment below and let me know what we should go see or do.

Isaiah and Skye in the garden

Ok on to a more stable topic like tomatoes!

Tomatoes all come on at once and though we make our fair share of salsa, eat them plain with salt and pepper, and make sandwiches with them.  I have too many to use.  So we give some away and then the others I freeze.

I used to freeze them raw, just chop them up, put them in a Ziploc bag and freeze them.

BUT I found a better way.

Quick Tip: How I Freeze Tomatoes

1. Now I chop them in half and put them on a cookie sheet.  Make sure they don’t touch.  You should have plenty of room so they can roast and not steam.

2.Then I drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on them.

3. Roast them at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

4. Let them cool completely, you don’t want melted Ziploc bags.  Then put them in quart-sized bags and freeze.

5. Throughout the winter I will pull them out and make this soup with them.  Or make spaghetti sauce with them.  I have made the soup all the way then froze it too. But I like that it is broken up this way and seems like less work.

For the sauce this is one of my favorites.  When I roast them I half the olive oil, it is rich.  You can add any veggies you like.  Sauce is a great place to dump in veggies.


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6 Responses to Around The World Trip With My Family, And How To Freeze Tomatoes

  1. Jenny H says:

    When you go to Bangkok, if you have time for a day trip, take the train to Ayuthaya and rent bicycles and ride around (if your kids are old enough…). It’s the ancient capital of Thailand and the ruins are really cool! Also if you have time for a multi-day side trip, go to Chang Mai on the overnight train and take a Thai cooking class. Best Thai food I’ve ever eaten, and I made it myself! You’re going to have so much fun!

    • admin says:

      Jenny- Oh that sounds like so much fun to rent bikes. My kids are tiny they are 5, and 2 but it does sound fun. I have been to Chang Mai on my honeymoon and took a cooking class. I agree seriously the best food ever!!! I am going to take some cooking classes in Sri Lanka too.

  2. Jana Norman says:

    I am so super jealous of your around the world trip!!! What an awesome adventure for your family – especially your kids to see so many places and get a taste of other cultures at a young age. Although long flights with kids are a challenge, not going to lie!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Jana! I know I am seriously nervous for the flights. We are taking melatonin and giving them a present on each plane ride that is something they can play with.

  3. Christy says:

    Hey Desi-
    I took my family to Bangkok for Spring Break this year. It is AMAZING! You will love it. The Green Onions there are so yummy! I love Thai food. We ate most of our meals on the street for almost nothing. (.70 cents for a meal) It is fresh and cook it right in front of you. I wanted to be sure that you knew about this place before you went. It was the highlight of the trip.
    We hired a driver to take us to a floating market and the Tiger Temple. We also saw the River Khwea while there too. We did a driver vs a tour because we wanted to be sure we had as long as we wanted at the Tiger Temple.
    Sydney is amazing too. It feels a lot like New York. Have so much fun. That is my kind of three month break!

    • admin says:

      Hi Christy! You took your family-how was the flight with your kids? How awesome!! Oh I want to go to the floating market. I have never been there. I have been to Thailand twice and LOVE it. Where did you get the private driver. The roads are so crazy I would like to hire one for our family. Oh Sydney sounds fun. What did you do there? Thanks for the help!

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