Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Personal Sweet Potato Pies



Every year in the fall, I look forward to whipping up a batch of sweet potato casserole.  It's my go-to dish for family gatherings and always a hit with guests - even picky kids! This year, I decided to put a little twist on this classic dish, by creating personal sweet potato pies.  How cute are these?!


While the ingredient list and directions may look daunting, I promise - sweet potato pie is really hard to mess up! Don't be intimidated! My go-to recipe is below (adapted from Southern Living).

Ingredients:
  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (or 1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • As many mini marshmallows as your heart desires!
Directions:
  • Wash and dry sweet potatoes and place on foil-lined baking sheet. Bake potatoes at 400 degrees for about an hour (or until you can easily slide in a fork).  Remove from oven and let cool completely (about 40 minutes). 
  • Once cooled, peel sweet potatoes and mash in a large bowl until smooth. 
  • Add 1 stick of softened butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup 2% milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Beat with a handheld mixer until your filling is smooth and fluffy!
  • Grease ramekins with cooking spray, and fill about half way with your sweet potato mixture. The potatoes will expand a bit while baking, so make sure you leave enough room for our cornflake topping and marshmallows!
  • In a separate bowl, mix crushed corn flakes, 2 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and chopped pecans.  Sprinkle atop your personal sweet potato pies.
  • Place ramekins on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.  Add a layer of marshmallows and toss back in the oven for and additional 7- 10 minutes.  Before removing from oven, I like to turn the broiler on low for a moment to get the marshmallows nice and toasted...seriously, do not look away while broiling! Those little marshmallows can go from brown to black really quickly.

Serve alongside smaller matching ramekins filled with mini marshmallows and brown sugar for added sweetness!


I hope you give these personal sweet potato pies a shot! What are you looking forward to making this season?



Love,
Aly

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Sausage Veggie Wrap



Happy Tuesday, friends!

Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite go-to recipes for an easy sausage veggie wrap.  A few months ago, my husband and I took a trip down to Florida to relax on the beach for a few days.  I was hoping to avoid fast food on the drive down and was so excited when I saw a roadside sign for a healthy dining option.  We stopped at Blue Moon Cafe in Eufaula, AL - where I tried a delicious goat cheese veggie wrap that I had to recreate at home.  I like to add in a bit of sausage for more substance - hope you give it a try!

  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
    • 6 baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
    • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
    • 1/4 link of sausage, sliced (pork, turkey, chicken...whatever your heart desires!)
    • Garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper
    • A handful of spinach leaves 
    • 1 spinach wrap
    • 1 tablespoon pesto sauce
    • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
    • A few crumbles of goat cheese
  • Directions:
    • In a small pan, heat coconut oil over low-medium heat. Season with a few dashes of garlic powder, onion power, salt and pepper.
    • Once coconut oil has melted, toss in sliced mushrooms, tomatoes and sausage.  Stir occasionally, until sausage is browned and veggies are tender.
    • Add in a few pieces of spinach and continue cooking for another minute or two.  Remove from heat.
    • Spread pesto sauce thinly on spinach wrap and top with sliced black olives. Layer on sausage and veggie mixture, then sprinkle with a bit of goat cheese.
    • Enjoy!

Hope you give this easy recipe a shot! What's your go-to meal during the work week?

Love,
Aly

Monday, November 3, 2014

On Trend: Edgy Earrings


While I'd consider my style to be quite girly, I do like to incorporate edgy accessories into my outfits.  Lately, I have really been loving pairing tougher jewelry pieces with more feminine looks and have put together a few of my favorite earring trends.  When purchasing super trendy pieces that I may only wear for a season or two, I love checking out Bauble Bar - they have such cute stuff and the prices are great!


I've been eager to try the ear cuff trend for a while, and this set from Bauble Bar is the perfect first piece... a gateway cuff, if you will.  I love how delicate this set is!


I own a simple pair of earring jackets that I picked up at H&M, but am excited to try a more intricate pair.  I love the idea of earring jackets, because the detailed portion that sits below your ear lobe is actually connected to the back of the earring - allowing you to swap out the post for any others in your collection!


Another earring trend I can't wait to try, is the 360 stud.  These pave spikes from Bauble Bar have just the right amount of edge! 

What are some jewelry trends you are eager to try? And where is your favorite place to shop for affordable pieces?

Have a great week!

Love,
Aly