Monthly Archives: December 2012

Sweet potatoes

Somehow I’d convinced myself that sweet potatoes were more complicated to cook than white potatoes. I guess since I’d only really had sweet potatoes as some sort of complicated sweet potato with marshmallow topping or mashed or pie or hash, I figured they had to be highly manipulated before being edible. Then we got somewhere between 10 and 20 small sweet potatoes from our CSA boxes, and they were piling up so I looked into sweet potato recipes.

I know that I’m probably the last to know, but apparently you can bake sweet potatoes the same way you bake white potatoes: scrubbed, poked and in the oven for a while. I did make myself an amazing hash with the smaller CSA sweet potatoes, carrot, apple, bacon and apple cider, but I just baked the larger ones, smushed out the inside and mixed it with some butter.

For some dinners, I do a really simple variation of meat chunk (pork chops, chicken pieces, whatever) and potatoes in the oven, salad, rolls and maybe another veg (green beans or maybe some root veg in with the meat chunk in the oven). Recently, I hadn’t really been into the white potato so I hadn’t been making one for myself, but now I’m making a white potato for Andrew and a sweet potato for myself.

I know it’s a simple thing, but it feels good to become more comfortable with a greater variety of ingredients. I’ve been eating way more sweet potatoes this past couple of months than usual. I’m also open to try any other sweet potato recipes, if you’d like to share.

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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in food


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Story Idea for Monsters Inc. 3

We’ve been watching Monsters Inc. pretty frequently lately, and I’ve been doing quite a bit of overthinking. How does Boo draw so well for a 2 year old? The thing that’s so wrong about Randall’s machine is that it’s basically torture and the difference between scaring and his machine. How Roz closes her desk window when the CDA comes and is that foreshadowing or just an expected response to the CDA? What does the juxtaposition of the one guy saying he and George are like brothers and then him calling a 2319 imply? See?

Anyway, with the next movie coming out as a prequel, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to see as a sequel to the original story. What I’ve come up with is that somehow a parent finds out about the monster world and a kid (or a few kids) team up with Mike and Sulley to show the parent that they shouldn’t be afraid of the monster world and that they shouldn’t tell other parents/authorities about it either. Perhaps it’s Boo as an older child (older elementary school age, maybe) as one of the kids showing the parent around OR maybe it’s Boo as a parent and Mike, Sulley and Boo’s kids have to remind her about how much fun she had in monster world and how she changed everything for the better.

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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in mama


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