Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole

I fell in love with this recipe from the moment I first tried it.

Ingredients

  • 5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter, divided
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup, divided or subbed sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Directions

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes and cook for 10-15 minutes until fork-tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add two tablespoons of butter and maple syrup, to the pot with the sweet potatoes.
  3. Stir in the vanilla, one teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Mash until smooth. Adjust salt to taste. Transfer to a baking dish.
  5. In a small bowl, toss the walnuts with the coconut flakes, coconut oil, remaining butter and syrup, and teaspoon of cinnamon.
  6. Cover the sweet potatoes with the walnut topping.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the walnut topping is golden. Serve warm.
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Goody Potatoes

goody potatoes
goody potatoes

 

I’m not entirely sure where this recipe comes from but my Mom has made it for years. Now it’s a must have for Holiday meals around here.

 

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2lb Bag of Hash Browns
  • 16 ounces of Sour Cream
  • 1 Stick (2 cups) of Melted Butter
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 chopped Onion

Topping

  • 2 Cups of Crushed Corn Flakes
  • 1 Stick (2 Cups) of Melted Butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Take hash browns out of freezer, keep in bag, set aside.
  3. In microwave, melt 1 stick of butter in large bowl; mix in sour cream, cheese, onion and cream of chicken soup.
  4. In large bowl combine hash browns, sour cream, cheese, and soup/cheese mixture.
  5. Spread into 9×13 pan (sprayed with cooking spray).
  6. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and then combine with crushed cornflakes until well coated.
  7. Spread corn flake mixture on top of the other ingredients.
  8. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown on top and cheese is bubbling.
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Green Bean Casserole Without the Cream of Soup :)

Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans French style green beans, drained well
  • 4 ounces mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced, separated into rings
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced small
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup diced cheese (optional & your choice of cheddar, jack, pepper jack, cream)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Frenches Fried Onions (This is optional and the amount is your call).

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet and sauté the onions, celery and mushrooms until soft (about 7 to 8 minutes).
  3. Mix the mayonnaise and cream.
  4. Mix everything together in a casserole (I also add some of the fried onions in the mix and reserve some for topping).
  5. Bake covered, for 30 minutes.
  6. Uncover, top with Frenches Fried Onions if desired & brown.
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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce

I grew up eating Cranberry sauce from a can, but then I made this, and I never went back!

Ingredients

  • One 12 ounce bag of fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • 1 Cup of Sugar are Sweetener Equal to 1 Cup
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 strip orange or lemon zest

Directions

  1. Put cranberries in a pot on the stove, and pick through to remove soft and/or brown ones.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  3. Stir frequently. The cranberries will pop, and then release their “gel” — and the sauce will come together like magic.
  4. Cook until the sauce is the consistency you want, about 5 to 10 minutes.
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Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…

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On November 05, 2017 at 08:51AM Mark Said…

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We need Healthcare..

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

Normally I don’t get upset and go on Rants, but today I’m going to. Right now, my 61-year-old Mom is sick, she’s at home with a fever. She’s not sure what’s causing that fever and she can’t afford to find out, because she doesn’t have health care. WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL. People shouldn’t have to choose between paying the bills and going broke because they are sick. I’m in my current condition because I couldn’t afford health care before we had the Affordable Care Act, and I ended up not being diagnosed for a very long time, then when I was I couldn’t afford to keep getting my bloodwork drawn and meds Adjusted. Now a bunch of people want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act instead of improving on it. I personally would gladly pay higher taxes to ensure that others never must suffer through making the tough choice of going to the doctor or paying bills.

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I hate pain…

Sinta Kitty Sleeping in the window
Sinta Kitty Sleeping in the window

So today I woke up in so much pain I was in tears. Luckily Mark was here and quickly came to rescue with tiger balm & advil, but damn it was bad. Also here’s an adorable picture of my fur baby sleeping in the window adore

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School Stuff

College clip art
College clip art

So today I have good news, I received both my admissions letter for the Medical Administrative Assistant Technology program at Cincinnati State, as well as my financial award letters. So I called today and set an appointment with my academic advisor for Monday the 18th. I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling.

I thought long & hard before deciding that I didn’t want to go into IT. Basically it boiled down to not wanting to hate computers. As of right now I love working with computers and enjoy learning new things about them but I know if I were to make a career out of it I would essentially end up hating it & I really don’t want to do that. Also by going this route within a couple of years I can have an Associate of Applied Business degree and then continue on to a Bachelor’s degree if I want.

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