Hello!!! Happy late summer to you. If you’re here to learn more about the giveaway, you’ll have to scroll down a bit!
We are currently drowning in bright, beautiful, delicious tomatoes. It’s incredible! Every year I look forward to tomato season – there’s nothing like a vine-ripened summer tomato… They taste like long, warm days with intense flavor baked in by lots of sunshine. Last year I wrote an entire content series on tomatoes called Tomato Week! We’ve gotten a total of 185 cherry tomatoes from our plants this year (featured in the above and below pics!) and our garden is just getting started on production.
Each week I make a plan for what we’ll eat for dinner and it’s usually focused on what’s fresh and in season (like these tomatoes). We typically plan to eat at home Monday through Thursday, but I’ll obviously plan around any special events or circumstances. My process is usually this:
- Look at our schedules and decide how many dinners we’ll need
- Browse the latest issue of Bon Appétit, my favorite blogs, cookbooks and Pinterest for recipe inspiration and write down what we’ll have each night that week
- Create a shopping list for each of the recipes, taking into consideration what we already have any any substitutions I’d like to make
- Re-write the shopping list based on where items are located in the grocery store, usually grouped by PRODUCE, MEATS, DRY GOODS and DAIRY (I know, I’m crazy)
Four steps seems like a short list, but as you probably know, it takes a long time! The thing is, I LOVE doing this. It’s part of my Sunday ritual and my whole week feels flustered and out of whack if I don’t set time aside to plan this way.
So, in order to celebrate this gorgeous tomato season and say I’m sorry for my lack of recipes, I’m hosting a giveaway over on my Instagram. The prize is a full week’s worth of meal planning, complete with a shopping list and recipes! All you have to do is (1) follow me, (2) like the picture and (3) comment with your favorite summer meal. Check out my post for more details and to enter to win! I’ll be randomly selecting a winner on Monday, 8/1 at 2:00 pm.
[UPDATE: the random winner is: @marylondon!] . . . . . GIVEAWAY ALERT! 🍅🎉 to celebrate this gorgeous tomato season i'm hosting a #giveaway of a FULL WEEK's worth of meal planning, complete with a shopping list & recipes! to enter: 1. follow me 2. like this picture 3. comment with your fav summer meal OR tag a friend winner will be randomly selected & announced monday, 8/1, at 2pm… can't wait to hear from you guys! 😘👍🏼 #tomatoseason #homegrown #foodblogger #cuhomegrown