Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Charles made some awesome ham and sweet potatoes for dinner.  He mashed the sweet potatoes today but stayed with a savory flavor; I loved it!

  • 2 large sweet potato ~ peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Place sweet potatoes in pot and cover with water; add half of the salt, half of the pepper, thyme, marjoram, and crushed red pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until tender.  Drain and place in mixing bowl.  Add butter, milk, remaining salt and pepper, and cayenne.  Beat together until smooth.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Homemade Toffee Bites

I was flipping though a Betty Crocker cookie cookbook the other day and thought I’d adapt a toffee bar recipe to make a sweet treat for Charles and me.  I scaled down a bar cookie recipe and made a few adjustments to create these toffee bites.  Mini muffin liners worked perfectly to make the bite sized treats.

The most interesting thing I did find in this book though was the emergency substitutions chart.  The “best substitution ever” was there; to substitute for one whole egg use two egg yolks …. now I hate to point out the obvious but if I haven’t an egg to begin with where on earth will I get the yolks in an “emergency”!

Homemade Toffee Bites

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips ~ more or less if desired
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans ~ or nuts of choice; as with chocolate chips use more or less if desired

Mix together brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and egg yolk. Stir in flour.  Divide batter into about 2 dozen mini muffin paper liners; I just placed them on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Immediately after removing from oven divide chocolate chips between crusts; sprinkle nuts on top and press down gently with back of a spoon to firm in place.  Allow to cool on wire rack and refrigerate if desired.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly