This weekend the temps finally dipped back into "normal" range for Michigan's fall.  We were rocking the 70's & low 80's for almost two weeks!  Love those Indian Summers.

But we knew it wouldn't last and was just a tease.  Our heat has kicked on and the sweaters have been pulled to the front of the closet.  The 40's, 50's and low 60's are back again.  Until their cousins the 10's, 20's and low 30's enter around December to pave the path for snow, snow and more snow.

You walk outside and it's like a blanket of cold wraps around you, stealing all warmth you once had.  Which makes this the perfect season for slow cookers, warm soups and comfort stews!  I love making the house smell yummy and warm it up all at the same time.

I put together a wonderful slow cooker recipe I found online, Sun-Dried Tomato Slow Cooker Sirloin Tip Pork Roast.  It turned out fantastic and was super simple to make!  I added the California Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienne Cut with Italian Basil from Bella Sun Luci

I was sent a package of several products they proudly make to review and share!  I've been making a few recipes here & there to get the full spectrum of what these little nuggets of gold offer!  The health benefits of sun dried tomatoes are amazing!  Sun Dried Tomatoes contain Lycopene a phytochemical and proven antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body.  Ounce per ounce sun dried tomatoes have 12 times the amount of Lycopene than a raw tomato!  Recent studies show that a tomato rich diet is associated with a reduced risk of certain conditions including; Prostate cancer, digestive disorders, breast, lung and cervical cancers, and heart disease.

Mooney Farms began in 1987 as a family owned kiwi farming operation. Products were sold at the farmer’s markets in Northern California by the family members. With the addition of sun dried tomatoes, their first sale to Price Club South San Francisco changed everything. The family’s Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herbs sold out in a record 4 hours! Sun dried tomatoes had become mainstream and the Mooney Family had the winning recipe!

It took a while to figure out the best recipe for each item they sent but the challenge was fun and yummy.  One of my favorite products are the sun dried tomatoes in the oils.  I LOVE that I can use the oil they are packaged in to cook them as well.  The flavors are already in the oils, adding extra flavors to the meal. 

I tried the Tomato Halves with Italian Herbs in an omelet and instead of pouring the oil I use to cook in the pan, I just poured some of the oil already in the jar. I loved how the eggs took on the tasty Italian flavor the oil was packed with.  I also threw some of the California Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienne Cut with Zesty Peppers in a quiche I made, just softened them up a bit in a pan and tossed it in the with mix of other goodies.

I searched their site for some recipes ideas and tried the Mediterranean Green Beans as a side dish for a pork loin we grilled outside.  It was SO simple and so tasty!

Check out how easy this Sun Dried Tomato Cream Soup is to make. Spoiler alert! It's also very tasty!  Recipes like these prove how easy it is to add this treasure to your everyday meals.

Bella Sun Luci would like to share their amazing product with you & your family.  Perfect for the upcoming holiday season where I know I will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen making dishes for my family & friends. 

Bring the amazing flavor of Bella Sun Luci Tomatoes into your home by purchasing any of their products on their website

Enter to win the same mix of products I was sent by entering below!  Drawing ends at 12:01 AM on Saturday November 5th. I’ll draw the winner, via, on Saturday, November 5th. I will send an email to the winner & you will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Please be sure to read the rules!

Use the Rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it - click on the title of this post. Otherwise email me at tarah716[at] for instructions on how to enter.


I wasn't paid or swayed to write this post, I was sent the above mentioned products and asked to provide an open and honest review and giveaway!


kayte71 said...

I think the Tomato Pesto Sauce would be a fantastic base for sauces &soups!
kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

barbara.montyj said...

I like this one - Picnic Pasta Salad.
Thank you.
barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

California Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienne Cut
vmkids3 at msn dot com

clc408 said...

I'd love to try the Greek Potato Salad

Mary said...

I'd love to try the pesto pizza.


Kathleen Conner said...

I want to try the Cactus Salad

Kathleen Conner

klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

skkorman said...

I'd love to try the Sunny Artichoke Salad!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Helen Keeler said...

I'd love to try the Spinach, Ricotta, and Tomato Artichoke Lasagna recipe.

naturegirl said...

The recipe I would love to try is the Spinach, Ricotta, and Tomato Artichoke Lasagna. It combines so many of my favorite ingredients.

melissa said...

Gourmet Stuffed Avocado

PAIGE said...

Cactus salad. Mmmmmm

sweetsue said...

I would like to try the recipe for Warm Artichoke-Spinach Dip.
smchester at gmail dot com

Nancy said...

The Spinach, Ricotta, and Tomato Artichoke Lasagna looks delicious!

Ruth said...

I like the Greek Potato Salad

schmidt01 said...

Pesto pizza!

debbie said...

sausage saute recipe

Amanda said...

i would love to try the California Summer Salad recipe

sweetlikecandy1688 at gmail dot com

marcia goss said...

I'd like to try the California Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

llinda29 said...

I want to make Summer Salmon Cakes with Lime Aioli

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I'd love to try the Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Cake!

stormraven at gmail dot com

Justin said...

I'd love to try the sun dried tomato paealla


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