Thursday, April 24, 2014

It's Thanksgiving Dinner-Summer Style!

Are there a few holiday dishes that you love so much that you crave them throughout the year? What if you could make a smaller "summer" version of a holiday dinner?

I love candied yams. Or sweet potato pie. Or any of the many ways sweet potatoes are doctored up and served as a side dish during the holidays. In our house we especially love them with toasted marshmallows on top. It can be a big production cooking it from scratch though. And it makes a massive amount. I wanted to try making it in a small amount and in less than 10 minutes, while incorporating our favorite part of the dish...the crunchy topped ooey gooey marshmallow topping.

I picked up 2 of these cinnamon brown sugar steam-able sweet potato bags at the grocery store this week. They come pre-sweetened and seasoned. I decided to try making a mini sweet potato side dish like the kind we enjoy at Thanksgiving.

It is ridiculously easy, beautiful to serve, and absolutely heavenly to eat! And just the right size too! One bag of sweet taters feeds 4, as a side dish. It's very rich and luscious, with little fat and calories (yes, they are high in sugar but if you eat it with turkey and salad I figure it's THE carb of the meal). And honestly, this isn't even a recipe. It's a cheat that looks fancy and tastes homemade. So just enjoy the pretty pictures and go easy on me if you're a foodie. :)

I plan to serve it with sliced roast turkey and a big fresh crispy spinach salad, sprinkled with pecans and cranberries. Hmm...maybe a maple vinaigrette dressing would be good? Feel free to add you recommendations! 

Once I add the beautiful salad and some juicy turkey's Thanksgiving Dinner-Summer Style!

~Random picture of a bluebird over the back yard. Just to add to the springy-summer-ish ambiance~

Here's the "Recipe"...haha

Candied Sweet Taters

•One bag of sweetened steam-able sweet potatoes, found in the frozen veggies section of the grocery store.

•1 teaspoon of butter

•10-12 large marshmallows

Steam the taters. In an oven safe dish mix the cooked taters with the butter. Cover with marshmallows. Broil 5 minutes on low.



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Entry Way

Spring is here, glorious glorious spring!

I don't remember ever being this excited for it before. 

I've been working on a project all day and I'm really excited to share it with you. You all know how I love to rummage through my own closets and rediscover items I forgot I had, and then give them new life! A few of you may remember this big chunky antique frame. It used to be gold and brown, I used it in a fall tablescape when I had just started blogging here).  And although I still love the look of the patina it had, I've been yearning for decor that is a brighter...crisper...springy-er palate.

I've been having a love affair with the mixture of crisp white and cottage colors lately, like what you might see on vintage floral tablecloths, jadeite and old flour sacks. I found this one at an antique mall this week. I wish I had a frame twice as long, because the feed sack is huge and full of great advertising graphics!

I decided to paint the frame, distress it a bit and add the feed sack. I just tacked it all around the edges to the back .

Together with my old yard birds...

And this chippy old metal bin full of greenery...

And a basket of colorful pillows made from vintage tablecloths...

It makes for a brighter, fresher spring scene in the entry way!

Can't beat a project that's "cheap-cheap-cheap"

Thank you for looking♥


Friday, March 14, 2014

Let's talk about spring baby!

Let's dwell on springy things!

Spring is ...

Green! Fresh! Floral! 

The sun is out here in Houston and in the warm dirt bulbs are pushing through. I've been checking the flower bed and after a bit of cold rain last weekend, POP! Green tender shoots peeking up through the mulch.

Soon the smell of honeysuckle and cut grass will fill the yard. 
Ahhh, I love it.
My little girls (who aren't this little any more! Sniff,sniff) and my yard last spring.

And I can't talk about spring without mentioning Texas storms. Scary, exciting and dramatic. Oh how I love a nice afternoon thunderstorm. You can smell it moving in. The roiling clouds make such beautiful and mesmerizing shows in the southern skies. And then when the storm passes it feels like everything has been washed and refreshed. The sky is so clear, the birds all come out to play and the greenery perks up. I just love lazy spring days ending in showy thunderstorms.

Here is a pic of a Texas stormy sky from last spring...

I just had to rearrange the hutch in my office and get out the jadeite. I feel the need today to be surrounded by bright sunny colors and sunlight.

Is it warm yet where you are? What is it you look forward to in the spring?

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