This past weekend, I was up in Saratoga, NY with some friends. While I was walking around I saw two cool quotes that I found to be vey interesting and relatable.
This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends–they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything–they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also, remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And have, most of them, actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soul mate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about!
I love reading quotes! What are some of your favorites?
Sweet potatoes are fantastic.
They can be prepared so many different ways and I pretty much love them all. I don’t know what I was thinking when I was little and wouldn’t touch them. My Mom used to bribe me and tell me that they tasted like candy…and still, I wouldn’t listen. Now I eat them all of the time. In fact, whenever I have a baked sweet potato, I eat the whole thing, skin and all, and leaving nothing behind.
Some of my other favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes are: Lime and Cilantro Sweet Potato Wedges & Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup with Ginger.
Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries (from How Sweet It Is)
I am always making sweet potato fries. This is a great recipe to add some variety to the same old sweet potato fries that I typically make. The technique of cooking the potatoes on a wire rack really allows the fries to cook on all sides so they are nice and crisp. I like to dip these in ketchup, but you can also enjoy them plain or with creamy feta dip.
- 3 large sweet potatoes, sliced into thin 1/2-inch (thick) strips
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 garlic cloves finely minced or pressed
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
- 3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
- 3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray. Set aside. Heat butter in a small saucepan (or the microwave) until just melted. Remove from any heat and then add in garlic cloves, stirring well.
- Rinse sweet potatoes well with water then pat completely dry with towels. Add to a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic butter, salt and pepper. Toss very well to coat.
- Spread sweet potatoes out in a single layer on the wire rack. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and toss, then bake for 15-20 minutes longer. Sometimes I check within 10 minutes and toss again, and occasionally after the 15-20 minutes, I give them another 5-10 or so. I know using a wire rack can be a pain but it really helps crisp all sides. Try not to crowd the sweet potatoes and if necessary, use a second sheet/rack.
- Remove and let cool slightly. Remove the wire rack or place on a large plate and cover in parmesan and fresh herbs, tossing and tossing to coat. If needed, season a bit more too. You can even add some more garlic butter if you wish. Dip in creamy feta!
Hope you enjoy them! What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes?