Happy Monday! Sorry that I didn't post anything on Friday....I was sick with food poisoning! I couldn't eat all day, and after an unsuccessful attempt at going to work that morning, I didn't leave the couch until I went to bed around 11. I hate days like that....what a waste!
After that horrible day, the rest of the weekend was really great and productive. I got up first thing Saturday morning and went to spin class, then to Trader Joe's to pick up lots of goodies! Including these guys...
Excuse my shadow (aka Cooper) in the background. I'm usually not a sunflower fan, but after such a bad day on Friday, I needed some sunshine! I took the doggies for a walk before we headed over to Jeff's brothers house for a nice cookout and some cornhole. All in all, a great day...
Sunday was really productive though. Jeff went to play golf, so I had the house to myself! I went for a run (not smart in 90 degree weather), mowed the lawn, and cleaned the house. Gotta love days like that! Afterwards, I wasn't ready to slow down, so I decided to head to Depot to pick up some flowers and planters for the deck. It looks so alive out there now....
I got some hanging planters for the railings and filled them with all sorts of flowers, plants and veggies. The dogs stay outside during the day, so nothing can touch the ground or it's fair game for them. Little jerks.
I also planted some tomatoes and peppers in one of the planters....
Along with some fresh herbs like basil....
And thyme, oregano, and rosemary....
And I got Jeff his favorite, a Japanese Maple. It's just a little guy now though....
I'm so excited to be outside on the deck now! We just have to stain it and we'll be ready to rock for summer cookouts!
Last night for dinner we utilized out grill and made some shrimp, pineapple, and cherry tomato kabobs.
I wanted to try these twice-baked chipotle sweet potatoes really badly, so that was our side last night. I started by baking my sweet potatoes at 375 for about 45 minutes. When they came out, I removed the skin from the tops.
Then I scooped out most of the potato from each, leaving enough skin to hold their shape. I mixed the cooked potato with milk, cheese, salt, pepper, a chipotle pepper, and some garlic powder. Then I scooped it back into the skins and topped it with more cheese.
After that, you only have to bake it for a few minutes to melt the tops. I topped ours with bacon and green onions. They were outstanding!
You've gotta give this a try. Such a nice twist on a normal baked sweet potato! We will definitely be making these again......soon!
TWICE-BAKED CHIPOTLE SWEET POTATOES
4 sweet potatoes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 minced chipotle pepper
salt and pepper to taste
4 slices of crumbled, cooked bacon
2 chopped green onions
Prick the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork and then bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes or until tender. Remove the top skin from the potatoes and scoop out the cooked potato and place in a large bowl. Add in garlic powder, chipotle pepper, salt, pepper, cheese and milk. Use your potato masher to combine all ingredients, then evenly distribute the mixture to the potato skins. Top with more cheesd place into oven for another couple minutes to melt the cheese. Top with bacon and scallions (both optional) and serve!