Thursday, April 16, 2009

Foodie Friday! & A little of This'n'That!

It's Foodie Friday!
Everybody's Favorite Day
Hosted by our very own

Today I am sharing 
with you 
a simple and SWEET
way to prepare 
Candied Sweet Potatoes.

I tried to gussy up the recipe...
Once  I baked real sweet potatoes -
they wanted these instead...
I tried Paula Deen's recipe - 
you know the one - 
the sweet potato balls rolled in coconut.
Nope they didn't want them....
I tried whipping them - 
They actually got mad at me!

They wanted their
Sweet Potatoes with Peeps on Top!

Easter was a very special day at our house....
It was my niece (& Goddaughter) Amanda's birthday!
We had "Eastery" wrapped surprises for her!

She wanted a marble cake with whipped frosting.
I didn't have time to make it for her
so she got one from Sam's Club instead.
And of course, the only cake they had left
in that combo was the sheet cake.
Do you think we had enough for 8 people?

We had an egg hunt for the "kids".
You know the guy on the left...
Then there is Amanda - our birthday girl,
Allen, Megan and Aaron.
I hid golden goose eggs  
(filled with cash
to make it worth-their-while)
 around the back yard.
While we were cooking,
Gramma noticed through the window
 that an egg was missing
from it's hiding place.
We ran outside and looked everywhere...
It was no where to be found.
Jacob swore up and down 
he didn't touch it.
Luckily, I had another egg in the house
and some extra cash,
 We made the "Kids" 
search for them ASAP after they arrived.
(Later Jacob and Grampa found the egg - 
still intact - money and all -  buried in the garden leaves.)

Speaking of egg hunts...
Miles participates in an egg hunt
every year.
It's so cute,
Jacob places dog treats in plastic eggs
and hides them around the house.
Then he tells Miles 
"Start Looking".
He searches and searches.
When he spots one 
He rushes over to it 
and tells Jacob 
to open it up for him.

I can't believe he remembers 
how to do it year after year....

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xinex said...

What a fun Easter you had, Robyn! Happy birthday to your godchild! The sweet potato casserole looks good and so does the cake...Christine

Joyce said...

Peeps on the sweets! Now that is what I call creative. I am smiling and laughing. I never thought of this and I know my grandkids would think this was the cats meow! I wonder if I can freeze Peeps until Thanksgiving? Your large sheetcake from Cosco plus the Peeps would put me in a sugar sleep for days. I have made those Paula Deen coconut sweet potatoes balls and they are amazing! Can you tell I like sugar?

Anonymous said...

Cute! Love the peep idea!!
All things Heart and Home

Martha said...

What a great idea -- sweet potato casserole with peeps on top! How clever!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Sounds like fun, that is too cute about Miles!
I think the Peeps looked a little scared about going into the oven, maybe next time you should get them drunk first. lol

Smilingsal said...

You had a good family time.

Miles finds the egg because a dog's nose smells food--even inside a plastic egg!

Candy said...

Thank the PEEPS for their wonderful yummy sacrifice. MINE!!I see the pink egg behind the chair.
Cheers, Candy

Libby Murphy said...

Peeped Potatoes, well I do declare!
What fun!
Happy Twirls

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

That's one smart dog you've got there. I loved the peeps on top of the sweet potatoes! Very cute!

Helen said...

Good morning! If my grandchildren could live on one dish for the rest of their lives .... it would be sweet potatoes! Loved your post today AND the landscape looks SOOOOOOO Minnesota!

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

Very cute!!

Deb said...

My son in law loves Peeps...I'll have to share that idea with my daughter!! Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

salmagundi said...

Cute post!! Looks like everyone had a great time. Love the 'peep potatoes'! Of course, that's what they want - don't mess with tradition!! Sally

Anonymous said...

Love the Peeps on the sweet potatoes! I hope they felt no pain. Like Mrs.B.Silly, I hope they had a little vodka before hitting the heat!
Looks like you a had a terrific Easter.

Lisa (aka) French said...

What a fun day!!! I have been on haitus and just trying to get back into the swing of things;) Hugs French

Raggedy Girl said...

What a great idea. You could do this anytime because all holidays have Peeps.

Chandy said...

Robyn, you have a fun household! I love it and that Peeps Potato casserole looks yummy!

Nancy said...

Peeps on adorable! It looks like y'all had a wonderful Easter! nancy

Amy said...

Yummy....I never would have thought about putting peeps on the top of sweet potatoes. Total genius! Love it. I bet it was super yummy.

Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello today. I appreciate it so much. Please stop by again sometime. Happy Foodie Friday! Amy :)

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

This by far brought a smile to my face and laughter to my heart! I will have to make these Peep sweets for my family next Easter. I can see how this will quickly turn into a family tradition. I wonder if I could make my sweet potato pie this way too?

Sweet wishes,

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

Hi Robyn, Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I like your sweet potato casserole, what a great idea to use peeps! :O)

Chari said...

Hi Robyn...

I sure did enjoy seeing all of your sweet family photos at Easter! By the way...Happy (belated) Birthday, Amanda!!! Girl, I just giggled when I saw your sweet potatoes with peeps on top...if that isn't the grandest idea!!! I am definitely going to try that...especially when I get to see my grandkids!!! Thanks a million for that fun idea!!!

Warmest wishes,

Cynthia said...

The recipes look so cool, what a great idea. Looks like you had a fun Easter and you also have a State Fair Counter! YOOHOO! I love that MN STATE FAIR. Cindy

Mama said...

Hello Robyn, What a wonderful time everyone had, those potato peeps are brilliant, Happy Birthday to your niece, Miles is smart and cute.

ps thank you for your sweet wishes, Hayley and I have had a great time together and Vanni too although he didnt like the shopping lol. Happy weekend, Kathy.

Sue said...

The peeps on the top of the casserole is just one clever idea! We used to have our cairn terrier hunt for "his" egg at Easter and he also used to get his own present to tear open at Christmas. Sadly, he is gone, so I alwasys enjoy seeing pictures of other people's doggies. :-) I'll be back again soon. Sue

Kathleen said...

That is too funny! Never thought of peeps on sweet potatoes!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, how cute that the dog hunts Easter eggs! Looks like a great Easter and birthday celebration. laurie

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

What a fun time everyone had! I love the peeps! next year I'll try that :) that Miles is one smart puppy! :)

Sue said...

I love the Peeps potatoes. I must try that next year. It's neat how quickly the dogs catch on to the Easter hunt, isn't it? My guys picked it up so fast.

Mimi said...

OK, OK, I know I said I would stop but...geez, you have that poor doll in your closet and then...and cook PEEPS! They look DEAD! At least I just bite off their heads...quick and humane!☺ Once the head is gone they can't feel anything anyway☺