Praline Sweet Potato Bake

As my mom can attest, I kind of have a thing for sweet potatoes. They are just fabulous, especially when you add brown sugar! This Praline Sweet Potato recipe is on my to make list every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This is also a great make ahead recipe. Bake the sweet potatoes in their skins the day before and put them in the fridge. When they are cold, the the sweet potatoes shrink in their skins which makes them super easy to peel. Believe me I have burned my fingers trying to peel sweet potatoes more than once before. It’s totally worth baking them the day/night before, plus it saves prep time the day you are cooking your meal.

Guest Post at Choosing Wisdom: 5 Takeaways From Failure

Today’s post was written for Lori Jackson’s blog Choosing Wisdom.

My friend Amanda Jensen is starting her health and fitness coaching business and invited me to join her September Accountability group. I was excited to join because getting healthier has been on my mind now for quite some time.

Unfortunately, I have allowed other things to distract me from taking care of myself physically. I am growing exponentially spiritually and intellectually, but I have been seriously neglecting my physical body.

Ready for a Change…

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Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston S. Churchill

Choosing Wisdom


References

  1. Choosing Wisdom. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.choosingwisdom.org/5-takeaways-failure/

Pumpkin Pancakes

Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. The temperatures cool down, the leaves turn colors, and it’s time to break out pumpkins!

I always stock up on canned pumpkin now while it’s available, and pull it out throughout the next year. You can totally make your own pumpkin puree, but this is one thing that I find isn’t worth the effort to make at home. Canned pumpkin is readily available and cooks/bakes very nicely.

Mini Cherry Pies

... in a Jar

When I lived in Virginia, my cute neighbor’s husband was at the store one day and saw some Mini pies on a stick, and asked me to make some for him.  Specifically cherry.

It sounded like a fun idea, but I wasn’t feeling confident enough in my abilities to make pie on a stick that wouldn’t go all over the place and become pie on your lap… Small individual pies I could do, pie on a stick, not yet. Maybe I will come back and tackle that project another day… 

Servant-Leader, An Oxymoron or the Key to Transformational Leadership?

When you think of the leaders that you have encountered over the course of your life there are good and bad ones, hopefully some great ones, and almost always some really bad ones. Sometimes the ones that truly stand out in our minds are the bad ones, you know the ones that demand the spotlight, take all the credit, and have no problem throwing everyone under the bus.

I’m sure we can all think of qualities from past leaders that we don’t want to emulate: being self-absorbed, arrogant, and condescending to name a few. These are exactly the things we want to avoid as a leader.

Favorite Pie Crust

When I was just starting to learn how to cook for my family, I wondered who ever came up with the expression easy as pie?? Had they ever actually tried to make pie? I was really good at making a crumbly mess, or something that looked ok but tasted awful. Why was this so hard?

I tried a myriad of different recipes and since I wasn’t a huge fan of pie crust anyway… I probably wasn’t the best judge to begin with. Miss Suzette served her recipe for pie crust with me about 15 years ago, and it was the first time I actually ate the crust instead of leaving it untouched on the side of my plate. Thankfully she shared her recipe.

Strawberry Freezer Jam

A Childhood Favorite

One of my very favorite childhood memories is watching my Grandmother make jam. Every year at the end of summer, my Grandma would make several batches of homemade raspberry and strawberry freezer jam. She would collect mountains of fresh berries, wash them, and lovingly fill container after container of full of sweet scrumptiousness for us to enjoy throughout the year.