Category Archives: Sweet Potato

They Grow Like Weeds

What a great weekend!  Full of friends, family, food, relaxing…. and weeding!

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Admittedly, this overgrowth of weeds is a little embarrassing.  There were some spots where the weeds climbed about 3 feet high!

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AND to make matters worse, they were the prickly kind!  But in our defense, the majority of these things popped up in a matter of about 2 weeks and we finally took care of them so I’m not feeling too bad anymore.  😉

Here’s a few before and after shots to get a visual of how wild these weeds were:

before and after weeds 1a


before and after weeds 2a


before and after weeds 3a

Crazy, right?  I now have a full appreciation for the expression, “Kids grow like weeds!”  I mean, one second they’re tiny (or non-existent) and then before you know it, they’re 3 feet tall!

mac kong

Mac kept himself occupied with his kong for part of the afternoon.

mac kong lick

Unfortunately, he had to stay on a leash so we didn’t have another MIA episode like last time.  But hopefully very soon, we’ll have a brand new fence put up so he can roam free in the backyard!

Despite many hours of back-aching work, we still need to get our hands on the weeds on the side of our house.  Dave and I were both really sore, so we finally called it a day once the main back patio area was finished.

Once the weeds are good as gone, project #2: mulch!  Exciting stuff, I know.  The perks (?) of owning a home…


In other news, Dave and I grilled an amazing dinner this weekend.


Zucchini, sweet & regular potatoes, and Mexican Flank Steak.  This meal was absolutely delicious and the marinade for the flank steak is TO DIE FOR.  (Recipe coming soon! 🙂 )

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I also baked a rather large batch of cookies, which lasted all of about 24 hours or less.  I mean, they were just THAT good and no one could stop eating them until they were completely gone.  (Yet another recipe coming your way!)


Hope you had a fantastic long weekend!  I’m looking forward to a short week ahead of us!


Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes – CPC #10

Gooooooooood morning!

I’m in an awfully good mood today! Most likely because a) it’s Friday, b) it’s March 1st (meaning one more month closer to Spring, even though it certainly doesn’t feel like it this morning) and c) I already have a sweaty 6 mile run under my belt… I’ll take it all! Before I get to my final crock pot recipe, I have one honorable mention from Thursday to discuss first.

Thursday’s Delciousness

My body was a little sore from a recent workout this week and was craving sleep, so I listened to it and skipped my morning workout yesterday in favor of an extra hour of sleep.

Let me tell ya, it felt AMAZING. Plus I took the opportunity to make a hot breakfast.


Ho-ly. Cow. I know it doesn’t exactly look appetizing, so it’s a good thing my goal wasn’t towards visual appeal but I had to share because this was incredible!


I sauteed onion, browned turkey breakfast sausage, scrambled in two eggs, stirred in avocado at the end and added a dollop of roasted garlic & pine nut hummus and a few dashes of Cholula hot sauce.

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I really wish my weekday mornings allowed for a little extra time to prepare eggs because they are just so darn tasty! Although my taste buds generally are in the mood for breakfast on the sweeter side, this little concoction may have changed my mind.

Mmmm mmm mmm!

Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes

I have to preface by saying this isn’t exactly a “recipe”, but it is most definitely noteworthy… especially if you happen to love sweet potatoes AND are a busy bee like me! 😉

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4 medium sized sweet potatoes


1. Wash sweet potatoes thoroughly but do not dry. Put at the bottom of a dry crock pot.

sweet potatoes raw crockpot

2. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours or overnight.

sweet potatoes crockpot

3. Prick with a fork or give one a squeeze to see if they are soft to your liking. Another good check is to see if any of the potatoes have any carmelization going on (see bottom right.)

sweet potatoes cooked crock pot

4. Cut a slit lengthwise in the top and squeeze to open up. Top with anything your heart desires!

sweet potato coconut butter

I chose to sprinkle cinnamon and drizzle melted coconut butter over the sweet potato. OMG, that’s a little slice of heaven right there!


I’m excited to get through the rest of the day because Dave and I are off to the Blackhawks game tonight. Hopefully they continue their incredible streak of no losses! Go Hawks!


What are YOUR plans this weekend?