With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Baked Sweet Potatoes and a Week with the Kids

Monday, April 21, 2014

Baked Sweet Potatoes and a Week with the Kids

simple * delicious * nutritious
I can make a meal of a baked sweet potato.
Oh, when the sugars ooze from the cuts in the skin, I know they are just perfect.
Cut open and give a squeeze to fluff, then top with a little butter, salt and (lots of) pepper and sprinkle of brown sugar.  So delicious and satisfying.  I love the skins too!

Sweet potatoes are a Native American plant.  These tuberous roots rank very high in nutritional value. They are packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C, and have a high  fiber content,

 To dress up sweet potatoes I do just a little bit more.

You could peel and cut the sweet potatoes and boil in water, but I think it is easier to bake them.

Lightly Candied Sweet Potatoes

  • Begin by scrubbing and drying the sweet potatoes.
  • Arrange on a silicone or foil covered shallow baking pan.
  • Apply a light mist of baking spray or rub each potato with shortening or olive oil.
  • Using a sharp pairing knife, poke through the skins on the top of the potatoes.
  • Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 30 minutes (depending of the size) until just barely tender.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool until easy to handle.
  • Make a small slit in the skin; remove and discard.
  • Cut each potato into uniform slices.

  • Heat a large frying pan (or two if making a large amount as I did) over medium heat.
  • Melt a teaspoon of butter; add the potato slices and cook until the the edges get a nice browned edge and are tender but not mushy.
  • Reduce heat; season with salt and pepper, grated nutmeg and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Add a splash of orange juice and gently turn until brown sugar is melted and potatoes have a thin glaze.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and top with snipped parsley.

If you like a thicker glaze with more juice coating your sweet potatoes, you can add additional butter and brown sugar.

 Last week flew by!  Jill and family were here and left for home on Friday.  I did managed to gather a few photos from the week.

 Jamie & Josh with their children
No, it was not warm enough for a sleeveless top but this summer/beach-loving mom cannot wait for hot weather ~ She soon put her sweater back on.

 AJ and Erin went to Longwood Gardens for the day

 Abbey went with Keri on a school trip this week

 Brad and Jill relaxing a moment

 Ryan's birthday is earlier in April but we always celebrate here during his Easter visit

Shaela, Ryan and Brenna just being silly


Terra said...

Your recipe sounds so delicious I made a new folder "recipes" on my computer and this is the first recipe in it. The photos make it look yummers, and your family is a happy and handsome group.

Cranberry Morning said...

Love sweet potatoes! And such sweet family pics. Looks like a wonderful weekend. Great blue eyeballs!! (or as my 3 year old grandson calls them, 'eyebulbs.') :-)

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Love, love sweet potatoes. I make a mean casserole that has a million calories per serving, no doubt.

Your family pics are wonderful, all those smiling faces. We had a wonderful and warm day here, just perfect.

Have a blessed week, Lorraine.

Debby Ray said...

Oh my, Lorraine...I just wanted to slurp those sweet potatoes right off the computer screen! Sweet potatoes are one of my faves...any way you prepare them. Great family photos!

Ann said...

I've been eating a lot of sweet potatoes lately. I love them. My favorite way to make them has been baked sweet potato fries.

Pondside said...

I love the way you describe preparing and eating the sweet potatoes at the start of this post. Makes me hungry!
We too have spent Easter with grandchildren. We'll soon head for the airport and our flight back to the coast. Isn't it hard to say goodbye to the little ones?

mr. pineapple man said...

Looks like you had a fantastic day!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Sweet potatoes are some of my very favorite foods and yours look amazing! So does your ham!
Bless your heart, you must have been so busy the last week. The pictures are beautiful! The smiles of each one, are heartwarming.

podso said...

What a joy filled post! The kids the most, but also your love for sweet potatoes! You describe them being ready to eat so well. Yum.

NanaDiana said...

That ham looks good enough to eat, Lorraine!;>) I have never made sweet potatoes that way amd will have to try it!

Your family is just beautiful. You are so blessed and I know that YOU know that...just as I am blessed.

I hope you have a wonderful week-it will be a bit quieter there as it is here, I bet. xo Diana

Debbie Petras said...

Happy Easter! Of course, I had to pin those sweet potatoes. They looked so good. I am teaching Culinary Camp this summer to 7-11 year old children so I'm on the lookout for recipes. I will be checking your blog for sure. :)

You are always so creative in how you post your photos. I learn much from you Lorraine. I use Picmonkey and I think I can do some of these things with that application but will have to try.

Blessings and love,

Susan said...

The photos are great, LDH. Beautiful family.

Sweet pototoes look good, too! Susan

lindsey said...

My mouth is watering just looking at those recipe photos. I love your family photos, your daughter and her husband and all those children is wonderful!

Blackberry Lane said...

Wonderful family pictures.
I have always loved baked sweet potatoes. Like you, I could make a meal on just the potato!
Your ham is reminiscent of mother's too.
Hope you are having a nice week.

Laurie said...

I was drawn to your post by the sweet potato recipe, (seen on Pinterest), but I was delighted to see the photos of your dear family. What a joy it must've been to have them all there for Easter. We had a beautiful, warm day on Easter and we also had our daughters and their families over. Even though they live nearby, it is always such a blessing for all of us to get together.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love Sweet Potatoes! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!!

Your Family photos are wonderful!
It sounds like you had a wonderful Easter celebration.

Heather said...

You have such a beautiful family! It must be so amazing for you to look back at pictures from earlier in your marriage and then to look now and to see how beautiful it has bloomed. God is Good!! I am a sweet potato nut I eat them all the time. I like to spiralize them :) ~Love Heather

Heather said...

You have such a beautiful family! It must be so amazing for you to look back at pictures from earlier in your marriage and then to look now and to see how beautiful it has bloomed. God is Good!! I am a sweet potato nut I eat them all the time. I like to spiralize them :) ~Love Heather


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