Sweet Potato Crisp

This weekend was great outside.  It was almost 60 degrees outside and it was perfect weather to start grilling and pretending it was spring.  When I came across a recipe for Sweet Potato Crisp in a church cookbook — the same one where I found the drop cookies and m&m oatmeal cookies.

Looking for some more recipes for the blog. #yum #recipes #churchcookbooksarethebest

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This recipe for Sweet Potato Crisp sounded great and like a nice change from other sweet potato recipes.

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Golden Potato Soup

A couple weeks ago I had the flu.  Not the “I-don’t-feel-well-it-must-be-the-flu,” but the I-went-to-the-doctor-and-he-ran-a-test-for-influenza-flu.  It knocked me out.  For three days I don’t know what happened.  In fact, I had  a couple moments where I had to call people and ask what we had discussed on the phone while I was sick.

When I finally started feeling well enough to sit upright again, I started looking through recipe books for a few things to make and came across this recipe for golden potato soup in one of my church cookbooks.  I thought this might be worth making, since it would provide warmth.

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Roasted Asparagus

To help with our Easter meal on Sunday, I volunteered to make a vegetable.  Wanting to make sure that I made something that had an appropriate nod to spring, I took note of the sales the grocery store was having on asparagus, and I could not think of a better thing to make.  I looked online for some different recipes and came across this one from Food, Faith, and Fitness.  I followed the instructions on the dressing for the asparagus, but decided to make some adjustments to cooking the asparagus itself.

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Hoppy Easter

Happy Easter!  Today my dad showed me a photo of something he had seen in a magazine and suggested we recreate it for our Easter lunch table.  So, below you will see our bunny rabbit made from fruit.

It wasn’t too challenging to make, so I’m not going to write out the instructions.  Suffice it to say, core the pineapple, slice it, and spread fruit around it.

So, if you celebrate Easter, I’m wishing you a happy one!  If you don’t, and need a rabbit for a party, check this out as well!

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My First Tote

I am a quilter.  I know people sew things that are much more complicated that quilts, but that’s not me.  I can do wonky stars, wonky log cabins, match corners to perfection, but if you want me to move into the three-dimensional, I run hiding.  And, not for a lack of desire to want to make things that are differently complicated.  Instead, I buy the pattern and the fabric, make the plans to create a purse, and then get nervous and don’t make it happen.

So, last week when I went to purchase fabric for the binding for the baby coin quilt, I asked if there were any purse classes coming up for which I could sign up.  It was in this process that I found myself in a tote class at Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids.  I was joined in the class by a young girl whose mom was taking another class and then another young woman who was in elementary or middle school.  So, the three of us spent two hours together sewing our first tote bags.

I’m pretty happy with it and look forward to future sewing classes.  Better yet, I think I am willing to try sewing another (and slightly more complicated) purse in the future.  The Joel Dewberry fabric was a great collection to make my first tote!

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