Saw-weet Pah-tay-toes and Keen-wah

Hi Friends!
 
After a long week of work, it is finally the weekend! Today Jason and I are going to my niece’s 3rd Birthday party – we are having a Tea Party (with 40 people, eek!). I can’t wait to see her. She is such a sweetheart.
 
Seeing my niece (the daughter of Jason’s brother and his wife) immediately makes me think of my sister, my brother-in-law and their two children. They all live in Oklahoma (we live in Minnesota). I so wish I could see them more often, but it is a 14 hour drive and there are no direct flights (ok, no CHEAP direct flights) from MN to Oklahoma City. I stop and think about those kids every once in a while – Flora and Henry are so incredibly adorable and sweet.
 
As silly as it sounds, I always think of Flora when I have a sweet potato. My sister has a book about making your own baby food, and it shows pictures of the different vegetable and fruit purees you can make. When I saw Flora last June, she kept asking me to read her that page. I would read one, and then she would repeat it. She would enunciate each syllable. It was so cute.
 
Me: mashed potatoes
 
F: mashed Pah-Tay-TOES
 
Me: sweet potatoes
 
F: Sah-Weet Pah-Tay-TOES
 
Me: Parsnips
 
F: Pow-Snips
 
SO UNBELIEVABLY ADORABLE.
 
Last night I had a sweet potato with dinner and I immediately thought of Flora and I can’t keep my mind off of her. I love her so much!
  

I enjoyed my sweet potato with some quinoa…
 

 
QUINOA BEAN BURGERS
 
Click here for the recipe at Beth’s Journey. I followed it exactly, except I used a smaller amount of cumin and added some garlic salt instead (I’m not a huge cumin fan)

Beth is so amazing – I have been reading her blog for a long time. And when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it! Beth they turned out fabulous, thanks for sharing that recipe with us! Jason loved it — he said “I don’t know if these took a lot of time, but we need to eat more of these” – thankfully they were easy to put together, I think it took 35 minutes total from start to finish!

February Goal: Make at least 2 new recipes each week:
 
Recipe 1: The Non-Dairy Queen’s Salmon Patties on Thursday
Recipe 2: Beth’s Quinoa Burgers on Friday
 
Goal completed for this week! Woohoo!
 
*Did you make any new recipes this week that I *need* to try next week? I’m up for a challenge, so let me know!
 
*What are your plans for the weekend?
 
*Does your family live near you? Or do you have to travel often to see family members?

Have a great weekend!  ~Holly