“Secret Ingredient” Pizza Sauce (GF & V)

Friday night is Family Movie Night! Boy-O says the highlight of the evening is our Pizza Picnic. We were given an awesome picnic mat that is tightly woven and easy to clean. Little One takes her job of rolling it out very seriously, it has to be just right so everyone can see the movie. Boy-O just wants to get to the eating part, and I don’t blame him!

We don’t eat just any pizza, it’s homemade! Sometimes on fresh crust, sometimes on sliced bread from the local bakery – but regardless the crust used, everyone knows the sauce is the most important part. Through the past year I have played and tweaked my sauce recipe, and it wasn’t quite right until I added the “secret ingredient” on a whim. It was just what was missing! What is this miracle pizza sauce enhancer?

Pure Maple Syrup.

I know what you are thinking. Syrup? With tomato sauce? Try it, I promise you will not be disappointed.

“Secret Ingredient” Pizza Sauce

1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes (Sub Tomato Puree for a smoother sauce)
2 6oz cans Tomato Paste
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
2 tsp Minced Garlic (Double for Garlic Pizza Sauce)
3 Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp Basil
Salt & Pepper to taste (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once heated through turn on low and simmer, covered, for an hour, stirring occasionally. The sauce can be refrigerated and keeps for weeks! Makes enough for 2 to 4 pizzas, depending on how saucy you like it.

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner

Boy-O loves to clean the bathroom. Believe me, I know how lucky I am! He started at 4 and hasn’t stopped.  What Mom wouldn’t let their kid step in for this decidedly icky chore? The problem, of course, is the chemicals involved.  Moderation certainly isn’t part of his vocabulary.  He follows the “more is better” philosophy of cleaning.  If I am not worrying over the long-term effects of the chemical exposure, I am fussing over the bleach spots on his clothes.

One of my friends introduced me to this simple homemade cleaner and I can’t help but share it! It cleans toilets, sinks, mirrors, counters, tables, ovens, microwaves, and whatever other non-porous surface you can think of.

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Supplies:

1 TBSP Borax

4 TBSP White Vinegar

1 TSP Liquid Dish Detergent

Water

32 oz Spray Bottle (I reused one from an old cleaner that I washed out)

 

Put some warm water in a pourable container (I used a liquid measuring cup) and dissolve the Borax in it. Stir in the vinegar and liquid detergent. Fill spray bottle halfway with water than add borax mixture.  Fill the rest of the way with water – The less you have to add at the end the better, it can get bubbly. Swish around until combined and VOILA! You are ready for cleaning.