Sweet Potato Home Fries

Did you make too many sweet potatoes last night? Here is the perfect solution: Sweet Potato Home Fries. They are savory, sweet, nutritious, and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 baked sweet potato
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp good olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add sweet potatoes and garlic and cook until edges begin to crisp.
  4. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper, and parsley.

Acorn Candy

With graduation quickly approaching, I made these little acorn candies in honor of Elon. They are so adorable, delicious, and were a big hit! Elon’s symbol is the acorn, so it was the perfect graduation treat.

Elon’s beautiful campus

There are only three ingredients in this candy: Nutter Butter Bites, Mini Chocolate Chips, and Hershey Kisses.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Nutter Butter Bites
  • 1 bag Hershey Kisses
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring until the chocolate has melted.
  2. Remove wrapper from Hershey Kiss and dip the flat side into the chocolate.
  3. Adhere onto the nutter butter bite.
  4. Take a mini chocolate chip and dip into the melted chocolate. Place onto the other side of the cookie.

Lattice DIY Dresser

Hello all! I have not written for over two weeks and I apologize… I have been busy finishing up my last year of College. It is a bit bittersweet but I must say, I am excited to be (almost) done!  Lately, I have brought my focus to decorating my bedroom in my new apartment in Raleigh, NC.

Last summer I purchased a rather boring dark brown dresser from Big Lots. It was inexpensive, durable, and could hold a lot of clothes so I figured it was a smart purchase. With my new room, I decided I wanted all white furniture so I set out on the venture of repainting the boring dark dresser. With my first attempt, I thought I wanted a rustic look. I sanded and painted the dresser but was not happy with the results. Unfortunately, I think I bought the wrong paint because it started peeling off.

Attempt #1

With my second attempt, I purchased a beautiful Lattice stencil from Hobby Lobby along with spray paint, spray adhesive, acrylic sealant, and acrylic paint from Michaels. I highly recommend the Martha Stewart craft brand. The stencil spray adhesive worked beautifully. It kept the stencil in place while being repositionable without taking off what I had already painted. I tried it out on one section (above) and decided that it was definitely worth trying with my second painting venture.

Supplies

After a lot of sanding and a couple of coats of spray paint, I stenciled the lattice using a foam brush. It was not difficult to do and only took about an hour in total. I tried to make the paint look like wood to add more of a natural feel. Once the paint dried, I applied two coats of acrylic sealer. I also painted the handles with the same brown paint but I would like to replace them eventually with something more exciting. All in all, I am thrilled with how it turned out!

Attempt #2

Close Up

Feta and Tomato White Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

There is something about the warm weather that pushes me back to craving clean and healthy foods. This salad is so delicious, fresh, and easy to make! The best part about salads is that you can use whatever you have around! I bought these amazing mini heirloom tomatoes from Trader Joe’s. They are so sweet and cute like candy, plus they are multicolored… making one beautiful presentation.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz can of white beans; drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 can favorite olives
  • 1 cup tomatoes – chopped or halved into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup light Champagne Vinaigrette
  • 10 leaves fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor or a knife, chop the fresh basil leaves into small pieces.
  2. Mix the chopped basil with the champagne vinaigrette in a large bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and toss with the vinaigrette.