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Thursday, October 23, 2014

garlic rosemary sweet potatoes

I can hardly believe October is almost over!   Seriously?!  I see the Christmas decorations in stores, and it just seems crazy that it's already that time of year again.  For me it's a toss up as far what I love the most about the holidays.  I love the decorating, but I also really really love all the yummy food!  That being said, I don't love to spend all day in the kitchen.  I love simple dishes that are deliciously satisfying but don't take too much time prepare.  These roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoes are ridiculously easy to make and I guarantee there will not be any leftovers..........people will be fighting for the last spoonful!  They would be a great Thanksgiving day side dish but would also be wonderful on a Christmas morning breakfast buffet........it's a versatile dish that could be enjoyed any time of day! 

garlic rosemary sweet potatoes

The really great thing about this sweet potato dish is that you don't have to peel the potatoes!  Woohoo! I really dislike the chore of peeling potatoes.......but if you want to peel yours - have at it.    

Ingredients: 
- 3 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 5 to 6 cloves of garlic 
- 2 to 3 stems of rosemary
- 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
- salt to taste

Directions: 
Preheat your oven to 350.  Wash, scrub and cube your sweet potatoes.  Chop your garlic and rosemary.  Put your cubed sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and add the chopped garlic and rosemary, then add the melted coconut oil.  

oven roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoes

Mix all together until every sweet potato is covered.  Cover a baking pan with parchment paper and lay your sweet potatoes out evenly.  Salt lightly over the pan.  Pop it in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes.   Serve in a bowl - eat and enjoy

paleo roasted sweet potatoes

I know it's not even Halloween yet, but just for fun - what's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?  I live for sweet potatoes......and I even love sweet potato pie a little bit more than pumpkin!  Oh my goodness........is that a sin or what?! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

love is still an action word

I was 21 years old when I walked down the aisle.  

I met Brad when I was 18, started dating him at 19 and was engaged to be married to him at 21................10 months after we got engaged I became Mrs. Phillips and 1 week later I turned 22. 

Taylor Swift's 22 looks nothing like my 22.  ;) 

During our 10 month engagement I was slammed in the face with lots of marital advice and was given a fair share of "you're too young" "are you sure about this?" "how can you know at 21 that this is who you should spend the rest of your life with?" pre-wedding talks.  

I wish I had kept a tally of the number of times someone asked me if I was pregnant.  I wasn't.  But lots of people thought for sure that the only reason a girl my age would get married was if she was expecting a baby.  

Looking back now, I get it in a way........21 is young to get married by today's standards.   I had just graduated from college, and yes, in a lot of ways I was just a baby.  At 21 I hadn't dated too many different guys, and I still had a lot of maturing to do.  

But I wasn't too young to get married.  I've never been more sure of any decision in life I've ever made.  I feel blessed that I met the person I want to spend the rest of my life with at such a young age.  

I remember people saying to me "I hope you don't look back and regret that you missed out on your fun, single girl years."  

Fourteen years later I can honestly say "No, I've never felt like I missed out on a single thing!"  

Not every love story reads like Sex and The City.   

At 21 I knew exactly what love was really all about..........I knew it wasn't all rainbows and butterflies.............I was, after all, a shipwreck survivor, so I knew exactly what I was signing up for.  I was nervous, excited and terrified all at the same time.  

Tears ran down my face as my dad walked me down the aisle.  It was the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one.  I could barely speak my vows over my tears.  I knew exactly what I was saying and what I was vowing to do.  And I didn't say those words out loud in front of God and my family and friends flippantly. 

My definition of love hasn't changed since my senior year of high school when I learned about what love really means from Mr. Sherrod (my high school Bible teacher).  His definition became my definition, and it's not failed me yet.  I still believe that love is a verb.......it's an action word......it's not a noun......it's not a place you can fall in and out of......it's something you choose to do every day.  And whether or not you choose to make that decision at 21 or 31 has no bearing on the success of your marriage.  Only you can know if you're ready to make that decision.

Fourteen years later I'd still rather argue with this guy than make love to anyone else.  He makes life an adventure! 


Cheers to choosing to love each other every day!   

Monday, October 20, 2014

antiquing a pendant light

Remember back in August, yes August, when I asked you to help me make a lighting decision for the powder bathroom?  Well, I finally made a decision, but I ended up going in a different direction.  I found this crystal pendant light at Lowe's (it's from the Allen + Roth line) and fell in love with the style.............but I wasn't crazy about the oil-rubbed bronze finish. 

before - "antiquing" a pendant light


So I busted out the ol' rub n' buff in silver leaf and an old craft paint brush and got to work.  

rub n' buff in silver leaf

I lightly brushed it on in places allowing the oil-rubbed bronze to show through slightly to create an antique look.  I love the new look as it really highlights the details and it works much better with the other chrome and pewter finishes in the space. 

after - "antiquing" a pendant light

I almost didn't even consider this crystal pendant because I wasn't looking for anything with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.  I'm glad I reconsidered because the silver rub n' buff was an easy fix, and I love the end result! 

If you've never used rub n' buff before check out this tutorial.  I'm kind of a rub n' buff addict; I've used it many, many times - side table makeover, cabinet hardware, stenciled tray.............you can use it for so many things! 


 
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