29.3.16

Hippity Hoppity Easter

This past weekend was a fabulous time home with my family. We got to take in one of my nephew's baseball games to start our weekend off right and then on Saturday we caravanned (sp?) it up to Scottsville for some delicious lunch, walking around downtown and then hitting up a quaint bakery before ending our day at a local winery. It was so nice just to be together. 

I may only live two hours from home, but I still miss the doing the everyday business of life with them.  So any time I get to spend a fun filled day, much less weekend,  I am over the moon. 

Sunday we went to church and listened to a great service, Easter is most assuredly my favorite holiday. It is the cornerstone of my faith, after all. Not the bunnies and the eggs, even though they are an added bonus. 

That niht we had hunt with my niece and nephews, followed by a delicious meal with my favorite people. it is these simple pleasures of life I used to take for granted but with my husband and I living away from each of our families, I appreciate them so much more now. 

My parents yard was in full showing off mode and I snapped a few pictures of it in its glory. I do love Virginia, it will always be my home!

The one added shot is of our dessert in Scottsville, it was a deep fried french toast ice cream sandwich, I have now officially lived;)










9.3.16

Sweet N Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

I do love a recipe challenge, almost as much as I love bacon. Ergo, today's recipe is one of my favorites. I am participating in a bi monthly recipe challenge and this months ingredient is potatoes. I love me some potatoes and I will have 40 some recipes to look through and make these next few weeks. 



When I was deciding what to create,  I went round and round with a few ideas and then remembered I had this recipe post in my drafts from a long time ago. I looked it over and ,after gasping in horror, once I spied my photos, I decided this was definitely the recipe I wanted to go with and it was also the perfect time to practice my food photography on one of my first recipes. Slowly, I am getting better at capturing good shots. 



I am still learning as I go with my cameras and interestingly enough, I preferred the ones I took with my phone (galaxy 6) and so I went with those for this post. I hope they do justice to this simple appetizer because I promise, it is simple, yet delicious! This is also a recipe that you can play around with the spices to perfect it to your taste. 

Ingredients
2 medium/large sweet potatoes
1 package bacon
1 1/2 tbsp bourbon
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp chili powder

preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut the potatoes somewhat thin, in rounds. Cut each slice of bacon in 3rds. ( if your slices are little thicker, you can cut your bacon in half) wrap the bacon around the slices and place on the baking sheet.  

In a small bowl, combine the bourbon, brown sugar, and chili powder. ( if you want it more sweet or more spicy, adjust the spice amounts to your taste. also, if you do not want to use bourbon, use melted butter) Once combined, using a basting brush, brush the mixture onto the bacon. 

Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip potatoes over and repeat the basting process. 

Cook for 15-20 minutes or until done. 


These are great for a dinner party or get together. I also sometimes use prosciutto basted in olive oil and sprinkled with garlic salt and pepper. This is a dish that you really cannot go wrong with and can make completely to your taste. 

Now, try not to spend so much time salivating on all of these other posts that you get nothing done today. I can see that happening to me!