Cinnamon BS Sweet Potatoes

Hi Friends 🙂
First of all, check out this tulip:
It just keeps growing and growing! I just can’t bring myself to trim it yet, I like that (for once) I am able to keep flowers alive in my house! I usually have such rotten luck with plants.
Thanks for the compliments on the Cupcake Hat Katie did such a nice job on it! Yesterday a stranger stopped me in the mall and told me she liked my hat — how nice!
I was getting more holiday shopping done last night and had a short amount of time to throw some dinner together. We had some leftover ham slices and I had bought sweet potatoes to go with them — but I really didn’t want to wait an hour or so for them to bake in the oven (even though an oven baked sweet potato is one of the most glorious things on the planet!). I opted for sliced sweet potatoes — which would roast much quicker than a whole one.
After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, I scrubbed, peeled and sliced one large (LARGE!) sweet potato. I tossed it with some canola oil and threw it in a dish. After 10 minutes in the oven I tossed the slices, and then baked for 10 minutes more. Then, sprinkle on some brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and pepper:
And after 10 more minutes, voila!
Delicious roasted sweet potato pieces. I know, I’m not reinventing the wheel here, but just a few ingredients really make the flavors pop! (The more I look at the pictures, it looks like an apple and not a sweet potato, but please take my word for it) 🙂
These are called Cinnamon BS Sweet Potatoes because they have Brown Sugar on them, but also because this recipe is pure BS. But not as bad as this:

 

I’m sorry, I don’t remember where I saw someone else post this recipe, but it is hilarious! And yes, it is on the Food Network site!
Yep, this is a quick post — busy weekend for me coming up and I’m trying to get a thousand things accomplished before then. (For the millionth time, bloggers who post daily or more than once per day truly have better time management skills than me — I don’t know how you do it!)
Enjoy your day — and tell me about your favorite-quick-and-healthy-meal.

Pumpkin Butter Sweet Potato & Craigslist Success

Hi Friends 🙂

How was your weekend? I slept in yesterday morning and took it easy all day – no time for blogging. It does feel good to disconnect once in a while. I don’t know how some of you daily bloggers (or multiple posts per day bloggers) do it!

Another flower in my bouquet opened up:

These are just so beautiful. I’m glad Jason likes to buy me flowers once in a while. They sure do brighten up my kitchen. Here is where I blog by the way:

Excuse the stuff all over the counter. Yes that is a rubber mallet next to the vase. I don’t know why it is there! (And can you find my beaded orange bat???)

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The biggest change for us over the weekend:

YES THAT IS MY CAR IN THE GARAGE!!! We had a couple come and pick up our old washer/dryer set on Saturday and as soon as they left I pulled my car into the garage. We bought my car back in June and Saturday was the first day I put it in the garage. In case you “forgot”, here is what our garage has looked like for months:

We used Craigslist to sell a lot of things: dining chairs, washer/dryer, dishes, glassware, computer parts, old cell phones, curtains, patio furniture, our old grill, old tires, etc. It was sometimes a hassle to set up times to meet with potential buyers, but it made us some money and you can’t beat that! Here are some of my Craigslist tips:

  1. Post pictures in your ad. People want to see what you are trying to sell, and no matter how many words you use, a picture is so much easier.
  2. Don’t post your phone number, name or address in the ad. Use landmarks to give buyers an idea of where you live: a nearby mall, museum, lake, etc.
  3. Be specific in your ad. If you only want to accept cash, say so. If your price is firm, say so. If you’ll take the best offer, say so.
  4. Try to meet buyers away from your home: at a coffee shop, mall, grocery store parking lot, etc. Bring someone with you and tell at least one person where you will be going to meet with a buyer. If the buyer has to come to your house (for example, Jason and I were not going to load up the washer and dryer to meet someone) – make sure someone else is home with you. Meet in your front yard or garage. Don’t let the buyer in your home unless you have to. This isn’t to make you paranoid or nervous about buyers, but you need to have some common sense to protect yourself and your belongings.

Any other tips I am forgetting? Have you had any success selling on Craigslist?

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And as promised in the title:

Pumpkin Butter Sweet Potato:

Take in the glory:

A large sweet potato, baked, and topped with drizzled peanut butter and a big ole blob of Pumpkin Butter. It was like eating dessert for lunch 🙂

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And, this is my 100th post 🙂 Thanks everyone who reads, comments, links back to me, etc. I truly do appreciate it and I look forward to what the next 100 posts will bring!

*Any Craigslist success/horror stories to share?

*Any good news/fun stories from over the weekend?

*What is your favorite Holiday and why? What do you enjoy about it?