Sunday, November 24, 2013

Festive Sweet Potatoes

Back in the day before I had one super cute little child and another one on the way I used to post recipes more than once every six months.  I also used to get more sleep and have a much cleaner house, free of tripping hazards!  So in honor of Thanksgiving I am posting what is probably my favorite recipe for this holiday.  It has enough butter in it to make the Paula Deen greatest hits list.  It also comes highly recommended by the Nutrition Nazi's inner fat kid, as well.

Festive Sweet Potatoes

For the Potatoes
3 Cups Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Peel, Boil, Mash)
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Butter, Melted
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs, Beaten

For the Topping
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Flaked Coconut
1 Cup Pecans
1/3 Cup Butter, Melted

Combine all of the ingredients for the potatoes and put into a sprayed baking dish.  Then mix together all of the ingredients for the topping, and pour over sweet potatoes.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.   In the pictures below I doubled the recipe.

This is the sweet potato layer before the topping layer.  Please excuse the rushed photography.

With the yummy top layer after baking!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.  
(More on this photo in another post)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Maybe Next Year

I didn't have very high hopes for Little Pope trick-or-treating this year, but still we went out with the hoards of kids in our neighborhood.  My main goal was to get him to wear the costume and not rip it off.

This was the best picture of his costume I took all night.  He refused to wear the fireman hat from the start.  His hi-top converse completed his ensemble nicely.

We went to Uncle Bret and Sarah's for a pre-party, and Little Pope spent a lot of time feeding Paw Paw chips.

And then we attempted to trick or treat.  At our neighbor's house he was more interested in their gardening equipment in their garage than the candy.

We continued on a little further, but it was very clear this was not going to be the year he fell in love with Halloween for the candy explosion.

He was much more interested in playing in his car while Gramma followed as the safety police.

On a different note Little Pope is test driving daycare as our schedules allow.  He is starting daycare in January, but we are trying to get him used to his new surroundings to hopefully minimize the potential separation anxiety.  It is a little grainy, but take a look at how he faired.