Mornin’ ladies and gents! I hope your weekend was fine and dandy. Mine was packed full of pumpkin and a heck of a lotta un-motivation. Because that’s a real word.
Despite the fact that I know I love my long runs, I also like sleep. The colder and shorter days have made me accept a lot more rest days than I planned for. While I’m not exactly happy about it, I’m all about staying positive and letting it go. I guess my body just really needed to watch Barefoot Contessa make creme brulee and roasted vegetable soup. How easy was that?!
On Saturday night I was finally able to find these gems.
I can’t lie they were pretty good. Especially on top of a 2 ingredient pumpkin cookie that I found on Julie’s blog. Yes, they are technically not vegetarian because of the gelatin, but I play by my own rules. Please forgive me.
They were definitely tasty, but were more spongy than I thought they were going to be. I guess I should have expected as much when it starts with a box of cake mix. Please ignore the horrible lighting and enjoy all this pumpkin goodness.
The rest of the night was spent carving a pumpkin with Mike, burning pumpkin seeds, and watching Halloween. We (aka Mike) decided to attempt carving Batman by drawing it and cutting with a bread knife.
I know, we almost had our own horror movie carving with a bread knife which I’m glad Mike handled. I wouldn’t have hands to type this if I was left up to it. After further examination and inside jokes later, we decided that Batman more resembled Rosie O’Donnell with flappy dog ears. Don’t ask.
Last night Papa John and I took our annual haunted road trip down this creepy back road that is off of a lake that looks exactly like Camp Crystal Lake for all my Friday the 13th fans out there. We narrate why there is never a soul outside due to the haunted nature of the area, completely complimented with a horror movie soundtrack.
We always finish the ride with a trip to Blood Cemetery. It’s a graveyard where a family with the last name Blood is buried. My dad would tell me stories that when he was a teenager people would say that the gravestones would glow at night, and cars would mysteriously not start after they trespassed into the cemetery. We have been taking this annual ride since I was about 13 and is one of our traditions that I look forward to every year.
With Thanksgiving coming around faster than I care to think about, I was feeling inspired to play around with different recipes to try instead of the usual collection. Of course being a fan of any orange-hued veggie, I started with the beloved sweet potato. Usually they are loaded with marshmallow, brown sugar, and butter which let me remind you these are called sweet potatoes for a reason. I decided to do a cross between the classic sweet potato casserole and a a twice baked potato. The result, genius.
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp granola or chopped nuts
- 1 pumpkin spice marshmallow, chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Wash sweet potato and poke with knife to allow for steam escape.
- Bake sweet potato in microwave for 5-6 minutes, or until tender but not mushy.
- Cut off ¼ of potato lengthwise. Scoop out flesh into a bowl, leaving a thin layer still in skin.
- Mash potato with maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice.
- Return mixture to potato skin.
- Top with optional marshmallow pieces, granola/nuts, and a sprinkle more of pumpkin pie spice.
- Bake in oven on baking sheet for 10 minutes, or until heated through and topping is browned and crispy.
- Drizzle with additional maple syrup.
While there is still sugar in this recipe it is a fraction of the amount typically in a sweet potato casserole, and has no added butter. These healthy twice baked sweet potatoes give you all the flavor you love without the guilt!
I only made one since I prefer not to resemble an oompa loompa from all the sweet potatoes and carrots I eat, but it can easily be increased to serve more.
I know some are against eating the skin, but I’m a no waste kinda gal. So you can do the polite way and eat this with a spoon or fork, or make it a bit more sinful and eat it the Emily way.
Either way. No judgement. I may have slipped some pb in there as well. Just maybe.
Are you a fan of sweet potato casserole?
Do you eat the skins of potatoes?