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One of my favorite things ever are homemade sweet potato fries.
I love the sweet and salty mixture!!
I would like to share my own version of sweet potato fries with you!!

:: Sweet Potatoes ::
:: Olive Oil ::
:: Cinnamon ::
:: Salt ::
:: Brown Sugar ::

Set the oven to 400°.  Thinly slice as many sweet potatoes as you need.  Throw them in a bowl.  Drizzle olive oil on them and mix until they are coated evenly.  Put the sliced potatoes on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle cinnamon over the fries.  Bake for about 30-45 min or until tender.  A bit longer if you like them crispy.  Once out of the oven, put them on a plate and sprinkle generously with brown sugar.  Add a dash of salt for taste.

These sweet potato fries always come out perfect and wonderfully delicious!!
They basically melt in your mouth!!  My entire family loves them!!



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There is something you should know about me.  I am a pretty good cook and an excellent baker…however, I’m not great at recipes.  I rarely measure anything and I never follow a recipe to it’s exactness.  In my opinion, recipes are just wonderful ideas in which you should always improvise!!  If I could sum up my cooking, it would be:  Get your basic idea and then use at least 4 or 5 different recipes and make it one!!  Yep, that’s about it!!!

I do make a mean egg salad sandwich.

Doesn’t it look yummy?!?

Again, I never measure anything, so I had to improvise for you.

:: 2 boiled eggs ::
:: a dollop of mayo ::
:: a squeeze of mustard ::
:: 2 dashes of red wine vinegar ::
:: a smidge of pickle juice ::
:: 1 tsp-ish of sugar {to cut the vinegar} ::
:: salt and pepper to taste ::
:: 3 sprinkles of curry ::
* yields 1 *

My secret to perfect boiled eggs is:  let them boil 8 min then cool.  I’m sure everyone knows that though!!  Peel the shell off the eggs.  Cut eggs into pieces and put in a bowl.  Mix all the ingredients together.  Serve on toasted bread with lettuce, tomato and pickle on the side.

Okay, so, I’m not supposed to eat bread…LAME.
I actually gave the bread to my dog and ate it wrapped up in the lettuce!!
Which, it’s good like that too!!

Egg salad is also good as a dip with crackers or chips!!

{I’m the only one in the house that likes curry, so I have to add it just to mine!}

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I grew up eating turkey burgers.  I didn’t even know there was such a thing as ground beef for a long time! It’s true.  I am now serving them to my family.

Zucchini Turkey Burgers 100_0681


1 Zucchini (shredded)
1lb Ground Turkey
1-3 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
1 Egg
Splash of Worcester Sauce
(BBQ sauce, ketchup, soy sauce)
{whichever flavor you are wanting}

Mix all together.  Form burgers and cook in hot skillet.

We top ours with:
Sauteed Mushrooms

Our family loves them and don’t knock it till you try it!!!  🙂


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We went over to our friends, the Hubatka’s, house for dinner the other night. It was SO MUCH FUN!!!  They have 4 girls, plus mine made 7 little girls running around and we had a blast.  My girls are still talking about it!!

I was supposed to bring dessert and was going to make boring brownies.  Just because they are classic and almost everyone likes them.  So, it would def be a win.  Hubby decided that I should make his favorite cake instead of brownies.  He was so convincing that I caved and made it. Okay, it didn’t take much!! 🙂



I found the recipe for this several yrs ago online and have it memorized.  I don’t know the name of it though. We just call it Heaven.

Boxed Chocolate Cake Mix
1 can of Condensed Milk
1 jar of Carmel (ice-cream) Topping
Cool Whip
Chopped Candy Bars 

Bake cake according to direction on the box.  When you pull it out of the oven, poke holes in it using the end of a wooden spoon.  Pour condensed milk over it as well as the jar of carmel.  Put cake in fridge until you are almost ready to serve. Frost it with Cool Whip and then cover with chopped candy bars.  I used Butterfinger, Crunch, and Baby Ruth. I use different candy bars every time.



{ Come on over!! }


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I made Pumpkin Spice Pancakes for dinner tonight!!
They were DELISH!!




2 cups Biscuit Mix
2 tablespoons Packed Light Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 cup Undiluted Carnation Evaporated Milk
1 teaspoon Ground Allspice
1/2 cup Libby’s Solid Pack Pumpkin
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract



In large mixer bowl, combine biscuit mix, sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Add evaporated milk, pumpkin, oil, eggs, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup batter (depending on size of pancake desired) onto heated and lightly greased griddle. Cook until top surface is bubbly and edges are dry. Turn, cook until golden. Keep pancakes warm. Serve with syrup or honey.


Okay, so I NEVER follow a recipe.  I get IDEAS from a few recipes and come up with my own thing.  I added most of the above ingredients, but I can’t tell you exactly how much or what really went into my batter. 🙂

{ I know I added ground cloves.  LOVE cloves in pumpkin recipes!! }


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