Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet and bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and prick with fork. Bake an additional 30 minutes or until tender. In a medium sauce pan saute onion in oil for a few minutes over medium heat. Add garlic, stir, then add rest of ingredients including 1Tbl. cilantro and stir well. Turn heat to low. Once potatoes are ready slice each one down the center, season with salt and slightly poke inside with fork to make room for filling. Spoon filling mixture into potatoes and if desired add a pinch of cheddar cheese on top. Place back in oven for 5 minutes until cheese melts. Remove from oven and garnish with remaining tbl. of cilantro. Enjoy!
This recipe is very flexible and you can easily adjustment the ingredients to suit your own needs.
Here is Ayla working on candy counting for our math time. She is really becoming a great counter!
Ayla and I have been having learning time in the mornings where we talk about and work on numbers, letters and many other things. She is loving learning about letters right now. She is working her way through an alphabet book - in the picture above she learned about the letters c and b. She glued cotton balls onto the c and buttons onto the b.
Our beautiful daughter turned 3 today! She requested a rainbow stripes & Super Why! cake. Super Why! is a pbs cartoon show where the character has the power to read so her cake has mini books on it.
We took her out for lunch and then came home and played some games. I made a game where the kids had to find a bunch of letters hidden around the room and then put them together to spell the special birthday message which was TIME FOR CAKE!
It turned out to be a great day! We are so blessed to have such an amazing, sweet, silly and smart daughter. Happy Birthday Ayla we love you so much.
We had a wonderful christmas as you can see from the pictures. Life has been very crazy busy here but I still wanted to share these. The kids woke early to open presents and then we enjoyed a homemade strawberry fruit pastry for late breakfast. It was a day full of laughter and blessings.
Yesterday we celebrated Jason's birthday! We went out for dinner and the kids helped me decorate a gingerbread house cake. I made a homemade vanilla confetti cake with vanilla and chocolate buttercream, torted, stacked and carved it into a house shape. Olisa was very helpful and came up with a lot of decorating ideas. Everything on the cake was edible!
Olisa was worried about the house catching on fire from all the candles and I told her not to worry about it. Well it turns out she was right who knew m&m's could could light up so quickly!! We just had a little burnt window but it did not keep us from enjoying some delicious cake.
We visited Martin Tree farm this year to cut down our own fresh tree. The weather was cold and it started to rain right after we cut our tree down but we bundled up and still had a great time. Olisa picked out the tree all by herself this year. She saw it as we rode to the field in the trailer and loved it. We ended up with a 9 foot Virginia Pine and it looks amazing all decked out in christmas ornaments! We didn't linger too long after cutting it down as the rain was getting pretty heavy.
Here it is with some of my recent vintage finds. I bought the awesome vintage camera, night before christmas book, and christmas tins at the local antique shop.
This is my new mail holder my hubby made for me. I have it hanging on the wall next to our desk where I pay bills. It is awesome and keeps me from cluttering our island with mail.
Here is my new laundry room sorting wall. I love it so much!!! All the clothes are off of the floor and so much easier to sort. I found the bags on amazon-they have a zipper on the back for easy unloading.
My Michigan driftwood and Texas seashells christmas tree. I love how it brings the beach into my home!!
These are called Christmas crackers. They were often made in the Victorian era to decorate christmas trees. They each have a little treat hidden inside!
This beautiful advent calender was painted by my wonderful sister in law Becky. She is an amazing artist and when I gave her my idea for an abstract nativity scene she was able to bring it to life. We painted and decorated little stars -one for each night of December. Each night the kids take a star away and then on christmas eve we will put one large star shining over the stable. I just love how it turned out!!
Well these are some of my recent projects- I love getting things accomplished!!