Sweet Potato Pie :: Make This for Thanksgiving

pie*This is a repost from last year. I just love this dish and I hope you will too.*

Okay, I have to admit I use to abhor sweet potatoes until a few years ago when I retried sweet potato pie. I was pleasantly surprised how much it tastes like pecan pie. You can serve this dish with a meal or as dessert, I prefer to do both. Nothing like cutting to the chase with dessert during dinner right? Make this for a special holiday meal or just because.

Here is my own personal recipe. The ingredients:spuds1spudsnuts1/2 stick of butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs; slightly beaten
6 1/2 oz sweetened condensed milk
3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mash all of the ingredients together and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Then add the topping:
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup of pecans
1 cup of cornflakes
1/2 cup of brown sugar
Mix the topping ingredients together and spread on top (I always make extra topping because it is so delicious). Then bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool, serve and enjoy!

Warehouse Winery

SignHey there! I’m writing a quick post to tell you all about a neat little place I recently found in St. Louis Park called Warehouse Winery. If you like wine, eating, and a cool, eclectic atmosphere, then this place is for you.

Tucked back in an industrial section of St. Louis Park, Warehouse Winery, an event space and partial winery, is unassuming and imaginative. Once a month (every second Wednesday) you can attend the event space’s official wine tasting aptly named Wine Down. Fifteen bucks gets you 4 tastings and a full glass at the end of the wine you enjoyed the most. If that’s not enough, you can buy an additional glass for $6, or like I did, an entire bottle for $17.WineBottlesBe sure to get there early so you can enjoy some light appetizers. I snacked on bruschetta, hummus, and cheesecake bites. (I was the gal that went back to the cheesecake station four times but who’s counting?). Additionally there’s usually a live band kicking out some tunes.Inside

If you end up breaking your wine glass (wine down!), instead of getting kicked out, you might just get to meet the manager and take an unofficial tour of the back room. I learned all about the proprietor and winemaker, Billy Smith, and got to check out some great art installations he’s currently working on.

The next Wine Down event takes place this coming Wednesday, November 11th from 6-9 pm. Check out the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/989446251078234/ I’ll see ya there.

P.S. There may be some secret wine hooch behind the counter but you didn’t hear it from me.

Warehouse Winery

6415 Cambridge Street

St. Louis Park, MN


It’s Neeeil Haaaamburger!

neil1Have you heard of Neil Hamburger? Triple points go to you if you have. Brian and I went to see him a few weeks ago at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis and had a blast. Neil Hamburger is the dryest of dry comedians and he’s definitely an acquired taste. Here are some photos from the evening. neil2neil4 neil3neilandme neilandbrianAnd as an added bonus, we were blessed by an appearance by Tim Heidecker, of Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric, as well. tim1tim2timDo you have a favorite comedian?

Feeling Uninspired? Try this.

blogyeeeeHey there. We all get those days, weeks, maybe even months, where the inspiration just does not come. I’ve put together a handy little list of tips and tricks to get that inspiration back and into action.

  1. Change your surroundings. Get up and get moving. Go for a walk, take a trip to the grocery store, or even go on a mini vacation. Wherever you go, look around you, you’ll never know what might inspire you.
  2. Try something new. Always wanted to try your hand at ceramics, cooking, or Kung Fu? Whatever you’re curious about, take a class. Learning something new is inspiring in itself.
  3. Get the blood pumping. Go for a run or a bike ride to get your blood pumping and those endorphins flowing.
  4. Spend some time with nature. Go for a swim, lay in the sand or grass, or go for a hike. Breathe deep and take in the smells and sounds of nature.
  5. Get coffee or a drink with a friend. Talk to your friend. He or she may have some good advice for you or they may be going through the exact same thing.
  6. Doodle. Sketching is good for your brain and it helps you formulate ideas and work out problems. Your doodles don’t have to be masterpieces, just have fun.
  7. Focus on the good. Think about the good things in your life and shut out the bad. Draw inspiration from something good in your life.
  8. Organize your work space. Take a moment to tidy up the space in which you work. Take out the trash can, put your papers in a neat pile, and put away unnecessary distractions.
  9. Take a shower. I’m a firm believer that everyone does their best thinking in the shower.
  10. Take a nap. It may sound like a weird thing but while you take a nap your brain is still working. You just may wake feeling refreshed and inspired.

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired?

Howdy, Chattanooga

*This is part three in a series. You can access Atlanta here and Asheville Day One and Day Two here.*

The final leg of our trip was Chattanooga. Of the three cities, Brian and I knew the least about Chattanooga. When we booked the trip, we knew we wanted to visit at least three cities and Chattanooga seemed like an interesting place. Plus, by visiting Chattanooga we were visiting three different states as well. chattanoogaDriving to Chattanooga from Asheville is gorgeous for about the first hour. You cut back and forth through the majestic Smoky Mountains and the eye candy is great. If you get car sick at all I recommend popping a dramamine for this drive. Once you leave the mountains, the drive is a little less scenic.hotelAfter about a four hour drive we arrived in Chattanooga and checked into the Read House, a beautiful hotel located right downtown. From there we decided to explore downtown and get a bite to eat. flyngsquirrelOur first stop was the Flying Squirrel bar for a beer and a bloody mary. They had an impressive bar with a menu to match. Unfortunately most Chattanooga businesses are either closed or close early on Sundays. We made it to the Flying Squirrel forty minutes before they closed up shop and luckily were able to get a few recommendations on where to eat from the bartender. bridgeWe decided to explore a bit more before eating dinner and walked the entire strip of downtown and over the Tennessee river.ChalkalleyOn the other side of the river is a cute little neighborhood with some record shops, book stores and vintage stores. Additionally there is Chalk Alley with this awesome Where the Wild Things Are mural. bridge2After doing a little shopping, we walked back over the bridge to downtown to find something to eat. stairsIf Chattanoogans aren’t cooling off in the Tennessee River, then they are definitely cooling off at the Tennessee Aquarium. Right outside of it is a super neat stair waterfall installation. statueRecommended to us by the bartender at the Flying Squirrel, we trekked to The Bitter Alibi for some sandwiches. We ordered the Italiano and Seouful sandwiches along with some broccoli. Everything was delicious. muralRight outside The Bitter Alibi was someone working on the above mural. (I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like.) After dinner, we wandered around a bit more, but the trip began to catch up with us and we decided to call it an early night and head back to the hotel where we relaxed on crisp white linen sheets. foodThe next morning we had a couple hours to make it back to Atlanta before our flight so we went out for breakfast at Maple Street Biscuit Company before leaving town. Oh my goodness, this was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a long time. If you find yourself in Chattanooga this is a must stop. And of course I had to have grits on the side. Yum!

Vacations are great, and this one was no exception. Each city we visited was unique and exciting in its own way. As I type this post, I’m planning the next vacation because, hey, that’s what life’s all about right? Travel.

Where are you going on your next vacation?