Try it Tuesday: Crispy Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes

This is a keeper recipe I just discovered from Cafe Delites for crispy garlic butter smashed sweet potatoes.  There’s a little more effort into these than just baking sweet potatoes, but trust me they are so worth it!  As Mr. Bee and I were eating them with our grilled salmon, I suggested they would also be a great appetizer because they hold up so well as a finger food.  I can image a platter of these along side pork or beef tenderloin sliders. In the recipe you will see there are two options for cooking the sweet potatoes — boiling or roasting.  I chose the roasting option.  The recipe said to cut the potatoes into quarters, but I just sliced the raw sweet potatoes evenly into 2 inch thick slices and baked them on an oiled cookie sheet.  Then, I picked up with the recipe where it says “smashed.” Allow … Continue reading “Try it Tuesday: Crispy Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes”

Pillow Talk: Fun Stuff About Mrs. Twist

Just fun stuff you may not know about me… First paying job:  I can’t remember which happened first, but the two jobs I remember were working at the Ice Cream Palace at Six Flags Over Texas.  I worked at the cash register ringing up customers.  I hated it, because I can’t make change that fast.  It was intense.  And the uniforms we had to wear were horrid.  So I quit, telling HR something dumb like my dad got a transfer to California and they didn’t tell us until that morning we were leaving town.  Sketchy. Or, it could have been the Shrimp Bucket.  It was “the” place to eat for seafood.  Casual, but a fun place to go on a date.  I was the hostess.  I liked my job, but it annoyed me that when I called the name to be seated, “Jones party” I’d get no response.  Crickets.  I’d have … Continue reading “Pillow Talk: Fun Stuff About Mrs. Twist”

The Soles of Spring: Comfortable and Fun!

Yesterday, I dished about my aging feet here.  It doesn’t have to leave you depressed though, because I am back today with hope!  I’ve done some personal shopping for you with cute and comfortable shoes for this spring. My favorite places to shop for shoes are DSW, Kohl’s, Target and Sole Society. Aerosoles Wedge Sandal from DSW.  Comes in white, black and red.  These are so comfortable.  I own this black pair.  I love the jute detail and the sole is really cushiony.  I have worn these with skinny and cropped jeans, and a denim pencil skirt.  But, I would not wear these with a maxi and midi skirt because I think they would be too frumpy.  In my opinion, you need a heel for both those types of skirts. These Vince Camuto mules are chic and would look fab with a midi skirt. From Sole Society, the “Franine” comes in this pretty … Continue reading “The Soles of Spring: Comfortable and Fun!”

Tending to Your Sole

Be careful of making fun of your older parents or friends who say things like, “I just can’t wear heels anymore, my feet hurt!”  Or, “can you pick up a pack of corn pads at CVS while you’re out?”  The latter always made me a little queasy when Mother would shout this sentiment as I was clicking out the door in my 4-inch heels, or when I would find a corn pad in the carpet… But, here I am.  52.  I’ve had surgery on both feet, twice for bunions (thanks, Daddy).  And I know I have at least two of the “7 Weird Things that Happen to your Feet when you get older” an article I found from Prevention magazine. Fat Vanishes.  I don’t need it to vanish from my feet!  Can’t I trade it and move my abdominal, butt and hip fat to the bottoms of my feet?  Mother nature provides humans with … Continue reading “Tending to Your Sole”

What Would Holley Wear: The Mod Squad Edition

Each week I think Holley can’t possible out-do the previous week’s post.  But, this may be my all-time favorite!  You know I love retro and the 60’s is my decade!  It’s got something for everyone.  Have fun! My first memory of the mod look dates back to the 1960’s when Twiggy became the first super model.  And then there was the 70s television show, The Mod Squad.  Do you remember how cool they were and how mod their clothes were?  And really…what girl did not want to be just like Peggy Lipton? Two things you need to know about me: I was obsessed with the Mod Squad when I was in high school, …but truthfully, I was more “The Brady Bunch” type. Yeah, baby!!  Yeah!  Anyone with a sense of humor can’t forget Mike Meyers as Austin Powers! Talk about the ultimate throwback to the 60’s! A current mod look … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: The Mod Squad Edition”

The Story and Celebration of Saint Patrick

As a LifeWay Women Ambassador , I am sharing this story today directly from a beautiful post on the Lifeway Women site.  It’s the story of Saint Patrick, a missionary in Ireland.   ‘We don’t know a lot for sure about saints throughout history. What we do know is usually clouded and overshadowed by legends and myths passed down for generations. Today, we celebrate Saint Patrick. Many of us in America faithfully don green clothing and maybe eat corned beef and cabbage. We don’t think a lot about the man behind the holiday. Like most saints, the stories of Saint Patrick abound. He has been said to have driven all the snakes from Ireland, his fingers turned into some sort of flashlights on a dark night, and he turned an evil ruler into a fox. Or so the stories go. Blarney? Maybe. What we do know about Patrick is that he was a missionary in Ireland. … Continue reading “The Story and Celebration of Saint Patrick”

Sister’s Strawberry Bread

Spring and summer says strawberries.  Storm Farms in Arlington is a great place to pick your own berries.  And this link from DFW Child lists all the local farms for other produce and “farm to fork” inspiration. I love this recipe from my sister for Strawberry Bread.  It’s the perfect pink color, affords just the right touch of sweet to a salad plate, and is lovely with a cup of coffee or tea.  And, since this recipe makes two loaves, you can share with a friend to make a beautiful gift wrapped in cellophane and a bow. Strawberry Bread 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 cups sugar 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups thawed, sliced frozen strawberries (a one-pound bag) 1 cup vegetable oil 1-1/4 cups chopped pecans (optional, I usually omit because I’m not a nut-in-my-bread person) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together the … Continue reading “Sister’s Strawberry Bread”

What Would Holley Wear: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Holley is definitely your lucky charm today for rounding up some beautiful, pin-worthy ideas!  Seeing that it’s the Pantone Color of the Year, green is also popular in the home decorating realm, too.   We can’t wait to see what inspires you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Remember “green” making my short list last fall as one of my favorite colors?  It’s back on the list again for spring, and what better time to celebrate green than a few days before Saint Patrick’s Day!  Two things I discovered about Saint Patrick’s Day: There is a legend that wearing green on this day makes you invisible… …and leprechauns can’t pinch you because they can’t see you! Here’s the deal….if I’m wearing green, I don’t want to hide.  Because there are so many beautiful and bold green choices this spring.   So to that, I say…bring it on, leprechauns! So, what will Holley be … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: St. Patrick’s Day Edition”

Using Pinterest to Get You Motivated to Exercise

I have been going to the gym since the 70’s.  Of course, then it was me tagging along with mother so she could workout and I stayed in the kid’s playroom.   I have vivid memories of her wearing black tights and unitard bodysuit and going with her to the Ramada Inn.  The hotel must have offered memberships to the community to use the gym facilities.  The room I got to “play” in consisted of a glass enclosed closet so I could see all the ladies using the equipment…just like this photo of the “Sears Beauty Spa.”  I used to also watch Mother workout with Super Human Jack LaLanne. My love affair comes and goes with exercise.  It’s like sex…you know you need to do it, but you’ve got to put on gym clothes, get in the car, drive to the gym and after about the first 10 minutes it’s a chore, but once … Continue reading “Using Pinterest to Get You Motivated to Exercise”

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad

Since we are clearly not going to have a winter here in Texas, the weather has been so nice for evening meals on the patio.  I love the smell of meat cooking on the grill whilst sipping a good glass of wine.  I’m sharing a recipe I found on Pinterest for Grilled Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad.  The recipe originates from Cafe Delites and if you don’t follow her blog you should.  In fact, I am sure you have already seen many of her recipes on Facebook. The best thing about this recipe is that the marinade is also the dressing for the salad.  You prepare it, then use half for the chicken and pour the other half into a bowl or dressing bottle. While the chicken marinates in lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh herbs, I prepared the salad.  Instead of plating everyone’s portion separately, I … Continue reading “Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad”