Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sweet Potato Pie Adventure



Where to start... I love sweet potatoes. I didn't always like them, but as an adult I love them. I had two in the fridge and was afraid they were going to go bad before I could do something with them, so I cut up and fried one with butter and brown sugar for lunch and decided I wanted to try something new with the other one. Even though I love sweet potatoes I don't really know much about different ways to prepare them so I decided to search for recipes. I came across a recipe for Sweet Potato Pie, which sounded so yummy, so I decided to give it a whirl. Reading through the recipe pages I learned a couple things about Sweet Potatoes that I never knew, one of the BIG things being "Don't refrigerate raw sweet potatoes, or they will develop a hard core and their flavor will deteriorate." GO figure, I never knew this and always put mine in the fridge!
I found this information as well as the recipe on Allrecipes.com
Ok, on to the actual recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 pound) sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Directions

  1. Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
  2. Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.
My Sweet Potato Pie BEFORE baking
 A couple things to note... I had never boiled a whole Sweet Potato, skin included, before so I had NO idea that the skin would actually peel off after you boil it and rinse with cold water... it literally peels right off in big chunks, which I found SO cool and kind of fun! Something I forgot while I was getting my crust ready... I had a box of two Pilsbury unbaked pie crusts in the fridge that I decided to use, however, I forgot that they need to be room temperature BEFORE you try to unroll them, ended up murdering the first one trying to unroll it into my pie pan, so I threw the pieces out and waited for the second one to get to room temperature BEFORE I tried to unroll it into my pie pan. The second one turned out much more successful however when I poured the Sweet Potato filling in it went right up to the edge so was HOPING that it didn't overflow..

Halfway done in the oven and no overflowing.
As if making something for the first time isn't an adventure enough in itself, I'm pregnant and I have a 19 month old running around as well. So, my daughter was taking a nap through the boiling process, but woke up just before I got to the part where I needed to take the Sweet Potato out of the water, rinse, and pull the peel off. I get the peel off, break it apart, get the butter in and start the mixer. Along comes my baby girl asking for some "Goo" which is juice in her baby language. So, I stop the mixer, get her a cup of juice... normally I pay attention a little better, but I grabbed one of her sippy cups that isn't "spill proof" BIG mistake. Sometimes she is good with them, most times not. So, while I'm getting the other ingredients together and then starting to beat them with the mixer, my sweet angel is walking around the house shaking her juice upside down all over the floor. When she rushes past me in the kitchen I see her in the corner of my eye and instantly stop the mixer and dash to grab her cup. I picked her up and noticed her bum was soaked. She had made a nice little puddle in front of the TV and sat in it... fun! So, off to her room we went to strip down, wipe off, and get a new diaper on. I grabbed a towel from the bathroom really fast and walked it around the kitchen and living room to get the juice up off the floor. SO glad I don't have carpet! After I get my girl cleaned up and the floor dry I decided to finish up the pie really fast before anything else happened... which luckily it hasn't, yet... but I still have to mop up the floor, its a little on the sticky side. :o)
Finished product, SUCCESS!

Well, I hope you enjoy the recipe and my story! Have a great day dear followers!
Kelsey

Monday, February 07, 2011

My Baby Leg Warmer Pictures as Promised!



Okay, so tonight I realized that I had promised photos of my little girl in some of her homemade Baby Leg Warmers.

Without further ado, here is my baby girl sporting a Zinnia bumGenius 3.0 One Size Pocket Cloth Diaper with Hook & Loop Closure and her newly made (2/6/2011) Rainbow Leopard print Baby Leg Warmers made from Women's (Shoe Size 4-10) No Boundaries Knee-High Socks that I bought from Wal-Mart.

If you missed my post on how to make your own Baby Leg Warmers, have no fear, read it here!

Now that I have the process down I believe this pair took me all of 20 minutes to make yesterday. I have another pair of similar print, the only difference is that the top of the sock cuff is black instead of grey, that I plan on making into Baby Leg Warmers and use them as a giveaway on my blog... in hopes of bringing in more followers! I'm not by any means an expert at sewing, they aren't perfect, but do function very very well as Baby Leg Warmers... surely there are moms out there that would want free Baby Leg Warmers right? :o) As soon as I have them made and take photos they will be up for grabs on this blog, so keep you eyes peeled! 

I hope you all have a wonderful night dear followers!
Kelsey

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Rockin Green ROCKS!



Okay, so my last online order I made was on Diapers.com. I had a $10.00 store credit so I decided use the credit to buy some Rockin Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent. I had read great reviews about it and I've been just DYING to try it! I bought the Classic Rock scented with Rage Against the Raspberries. When my shipment came in I put it with my other laundry detergent, but it wasn't until a couple days ago that I decided to give it a try. It is mainly used for cloth diaper laundry, however it is great for adult laundry as well. I used it on our bed sheets, covers, and a couple loads of my laundry. My hubby didn't know that I had changed our detergent and I was surprised when that night after we got into bed he commented on how great the bed felt. I was in awe that he actually noticed a difference. He didn't know what I'd done, but could tell that the bed seemed softer. I have to admit as well that our sheets were softer and they just seemed lighter, which tells me that we were getting a lot of build up in our sheet from our regular laundry detergent.

When I was doing laundry I was pleased by the scent, it was not too strong but smelled SO yummy. I also like the texture of the powder. It was super soft and fluffy and seemed to dissolve in the lukewarm water pretty fast. It did seem to bubble a little bit, but not much. I did an extra rinse cycle on the first load and then skipped it the second load. Once dried, I couldn't tell the difference from the first load to the second so I don't think that the extra rinse cycle on the first load really mattered. My laundry came out of the dryer with no smells what so ever. With some detergents I can still smell the scent on the clothes after they come out of the dryer, while means they left some build up while others just don't get out the stink.

Over all I am super impressed with Rockin Green! I definitely want to stick with it and would prefer to use it for ALL of our family laundry!

Cost: Classic Rock $13.95 per bag (45/90 loads) or $0.31 per load in top loader/$0.155 in front loader


Where to Buy: You can buy Rockin Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent on their website:
as well as Diapers.com! Click the banner below to save on your first order and help me gain some store credit!
Diapers.com discounts
use code:DREA3545
New Customers Only. Restrictions apply.
Baby Items
Diapers.comBuy Baby Items at Diapers.com


My Rating: A+ $$$

Rockin Green is also on Facebook and Twitter! Check them out, they do TONS of giveaways for their fans! Tell them Rural Mama's Sandbox Sent you and encourage them to send us some Samples for giveaways!

Have a Great Day dear followers!
Kelsey

Disclaimer: I purchased the Rockin Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent with my own money. I was not compensated for this review. This review details my personal opinion and experience using the product.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...