Monday, August 25, 2014

Let's Share! | Baked Sweet Potato Fries

It has been a long, fantabulous, busy summer. It's so nice to see you again! Let's chat over a delicious pile of fries, shall we?

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
You will need:
3-4 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or whatever seasoning blend you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
*1 teaspoon corn starch optional
* salt optional

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine oil, garlic, pepper and seasoning. Set aside.
  3. Slice sweet potatoes in half, lengthwise. Then into strips, no more than 1/4" thick.
  4. Place cut potatoes in large bowl, drizzle oil mixture over top. Carefully mix to coat.
  5. Sprinkle corn starch over potatoes. Carefully mix until incorporated.
  6. Spread potatoes in a parchment paper lined baking sheet, in a single layer. You might need two pans.
  7. Bake for 24-30 minutes (depending on how crispy brown you like your edges!), turning over once halfway through cooking.
  8. Allow fries to rest five minutes.
  9. Enjoy with ketchup or your fave dipping sauce!
This recipe makes four servings at about 290 calories per serving... or throw caution to the wind and keep the whole batch for your own greedy little fingers. I won't tell, if you won't.

 Gordon Ramsey would be less than pleased with my less than uniform pieces.
 Already smells like snack paradise!
 Potato, meet your date.
 The corn starch helps these babies get extra crispy.
 Sweet and savory magic!
 Prepare for liftoff...
 Yes, I'll share!

So tell me, Dear Readers, how was your summer? Mine was full. I have so very many things to blog about in the coming weeks. I worked on my guitar playing, took a trip to the aquarium and a few historic sites, played in the sprinkler, read a book in the hammock... typical summer mom stuff.

Did you have any notable adventures? Post a link in the comments, so I can check them out!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Day Vanished

For the first time in an eternity, I completely lost a day. Honestly. I was thoroughly convinced that today was Wednesday. Even when someone I am working for mentioned tomorrow as the day to settle her debts (Friday), it didn't click.

This week has flown by, leaving me so exhausted that even as I type this, I am too sleepy to make sense of the whole thing. Which days blended together? When did I lose track?

A million thoughts are racing, slogging... daydreaming through my brain as I am typing this. Like a brand new puzzle, just dumped onto the kitchen table. I think it best to quit while I am ahead and simply post these photos of one of my works in progress.

Can you remember the last time you were so busy that you lost a day? What was your circumstance?

High-five for an incredibly, wonderfully, bizarrely calm-in-the-storm week!

- L A 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vintage Accessory Set Giveaway!

Looking to expand (or begin) your collection of authentic vintage? I have partnered with Ellez of Young and Thrifted for a Vintage Accessory Set Giveaway to celebrate her Blogiversary! The set consists of a vintage Vera Neumann scarf, a pair of vintage wristlet gloves and  an oversized vintage golden carnation brooch; a smashing collection curated by me from my Etsy shop. These would beautifully top of a vintage look or add unique flair to a modern look.

Click on the image to enter:
You can earn three entries HERE!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Work work work...!

This is the latest stage of a prototype I've been working on. I have worked a good deal with books as a sculptural medium, but newspaper is a brand new world. It lends itself to patience and a careful hand, bending easily with an ever present urge to tear.

Anywho, constructing this paper sculpture of the New York City skyline using the New York Times has consumed me this last week, and I am eager to see what the future of this project will hold.

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