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Sweet Potato Souffle {Picture Tutorial}

11 Jan

 

I remember when I was a child, my aunt would bring sweet potato souffle to Thanksgiving dinner each year. It scared me. It was orange. And, a sweet potato. Who eats sweet potatoes? So, it never went near my plate. It wasn’t until last year at Thanksgiving {after what 20 years?} that I actually tasted the sweet potato dish. Holy dessert! I had no idea it was sweet and tasty … like cheating and eating dessert while eating dinner! Ever since, it has been a staple on my holiday menu {ok. one Thanksgiving and one Christmas} but it will be a staple from now on! I made it for my family on Sunday for our “Second Christmas Dinner” and, in the mad dash to wrap up the meal, only got a few pictures … but I think you will get the idea! So, here we go:

 

Sweet Potato Souffle {Simple, Easy, Delicious}

{Serves Approx 6}

{Adapted from: Cooks.com}

 

You will need:

Two 16 oz cans of Sweet Potatoes (I only had one large can, and it worked just fine)

1 cup brown sugar

Approx 2/3 TBSP salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs beaten

1/2 cup butter

1 pkg of small marshmallows

 

And, here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease casserole dish with butter. Mix all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Place half of mixture in dish. Place a layer of marshmallows on top. Top with the other half of the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with layer of marshmallows. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until marshmallow topping is lightly browned. Serve.

{Top of plate} Of course, I didn’t get a picture before it left the dish.

 

This truly is an easy, delicious, classic dish. I hope you enjoy & as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear all about it! Night Ya’ll. {for real this time}

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

 

Merry Christmas! I hope you all {whomever you are out there} had a wonderful day and took some time to celebrate and enjoy your family. Our house was nice a quiet for most of the day. We all slept in, then mid-afternoon sat down to watch Julie & Julia. What a great movie! It really was inspiring. I loved the idea of cooking and blogging your way through a whole cookbook. {Mind you, I’m not sure Julia Child would be the first thing I attempted to tackle} In a way, it reminded me of my own blogging, and how good it feels to share recipes and things I enjoy with others. Even though I don’t know all the people who read me, I feel like they’re out there. Even if it is just a figment of my imagination, {and there is really no one reading me} how good it feels to be able to ‘share.’

 

Christmas dinner was wonderful. Not the traditional Turkey like I am use to though, tonight it was Prime Rib Roast. It turned out quite well paired with some garlic mashed potatoes {I’ll share a secret for these one day} and some corn shaved from the cob with butter and salt. And don’t forget the vino and bread! I was so consumed with cooking and eating that I didn’t even take any pictures of the meal like I had been meaning to do. So {readers} there is no visual stimulation for you tonight. A shame I know.

 

Brownies are in the oven. Vanilla Bean ice cream in the freezer. Blueberry streusel muffins for breakfast tomorrow.

I LOVE HOLIDAY FOOD!

Night ya’ll!

Christmas Traditions

24 Dec

 

Many years ago my grandmother taught me how to crochet. I can remember being really young and sitting around my grannies house watching her crochet blankets and scarves, especially during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas where there really wasn’t much to do except sit around and ‘just be’ with everyone. I remember her only knowing one stitch {maybe it was that she only taught ME one stitch} but that one stitch made the most beautiful and cozy scarves and blankets. It also was a great way to pass the time.

 

Since I’m not home with my family for Christmas yet, I thought a great way to “feel at home” would be to make a blanket. Why a blanket? Because, I’ve always said I was making a blanket and then stopped short at a scarf!! So, last night at nearly 8:00 pm, I decided I needed to run out to the craft store and get some yarn immediately. And, thats just what I did. One day down, and I’m about 20 rows into my blanket. Looking good if I do say so myself!

 

I got a comment yesterday that I was the “Stiletto Queen,” and that picturing me sitting down making a blanket was like a paradox. Personally, I think it’s great to surprise people. There are lots of things I can do that may be surprising. Perhaps a tutorial on how to change your cars oil is in order, cause you know I can do that too!!! Merry Christmas Eve, Ya’ll!

 

Christmas, can you wait a week?!

23 Dec

 

Don’t get me wrong, I am really looking forward Christmas. I’ve said it a hundred times, I can’t wait to get home to see my family… but I have so much to do between now and then. I’m starting to feel like that lady at the circus who balances plates on her head. I’ve always said that when I get stressed out like this, I can’t seem to pick one plate to take down and tackle for fear that the whole lot of them will come crashing down on my head. Thats how I feel right now. Too much to do, and not enough time to do it. Unfortunately, this may mean Christmas will come a week late for me. But … if I remind myself, Christmas isn’t about the actual DAY (religiously, yes – but in terms of celebration with family, no) it’s about celebrating the holiday with loved ones. So, if mine is a week late – it’s a week late.

 

On a brighter note, it’s amazing how much I enjoyed a simple sandwich today. You know, like a brown-bag sandwich. White sandwich bread, mayo, turkey, cheese and lettuce. So simple, yet so good when you haven’t had one in a long time. Paired with the Oatmeal Raisin cookies I baked the other day… and I was a happy camper.

And, no … I did not eat ALL these cookies {tempting though}

 

Well, nothing else highly entertaining to talk about. While all of you are out picking up last-minute presents, wrapping, baking, and singing Christmas songs by the fire … I’ll be sitting here, staring at the computer, expanding my brain and hoping it all comes to an end in time to spend some quality time with my family.