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Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Thyme

If you are entertaining or cooking for family and friends this week, no doubt you are busy planning your menu and prepping your kitchen. This recipe for rich and creamy mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish for just about any meal. However, they’re so quick and easy to make, you’ll want to enjoy them year-round. What’s more, sweet potatoes are as nutritious as they are delicious. They contain fewer calories and are higher in fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C than their white counterparts. Recipe Card So what’s your favorite? Traditional mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes?

How to Have a Busy Blog During the Holidays

It’s nearing the end of the year and the holidays are upon us. Some bloggers use this time to take a break and regroup, plan and prep for the new year. Other bloggers keep pushing out content through the end of the year despite their busy schedules. This may seem like a hard thing to do, especially if you sell products and are prepping for Black Friday, in addition to blogging. So how can you keep delivering content and have a busy blog during the holidays? Pre-schedule Posts Try pre-scheduling your posts in batches. This is the single most effective method for me and a lot of other bloggers I know. Batch scheduling posts is a great way to save time when you need a break or are too busy. I usually try to take one day on the weekends to schedule at least two weeks of posts. You can…

Portobello and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

As I am trying to change my diet, that includes trying foods I haven’t eaten before or never really cooked before. This included acorn squash. My mom used to make it occasionally when I was growing up, but it was never a favorite of mine. However, I got the idea to create this protein-packed stuffed acorn squash. Not only is it healthy and tasty, it’s also a great alternative to traditional holiday side dishes. Crisp pancetta, rich Portobello mushrooms, sweet dates, and aromatic sage bring fabulous, yet diverse, flavor to every bite. As an added bonus, the lentils and walnuts make it more filling, so maybe you’ll be able to stop at just one piece of pumpkin pie this holiday season! Are you a fan of acorn squash? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

A Day at Butler’s Orchard

A couple of weeks ago, the girls and I visited Butler’s Orchard in Maryland. I was excited to visit the farm because I had been researching photos on the farm to find inspiration for our shoot. Although I am definitely a city girl, I had a great time playing around on the farm and the tractors. Dress – Amazon | Boots – Similar | Hat – Similar The best thing about this dress is that it’s under $20 and it has pockets. It also comes in 17 different colors and will definitely be a dress I will order again. Amazon for the win! A little flowers to brighten this dreary day… Wine is clearly going to be a color that I wear a lot of this winter. Everything I seem to buy lately is wine colored. I can’t seem to get enough of it. What colors are you feeling this season?

Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce

This post contains affiliate links. You can read more about it here. So, I am one week into the keto, low-carb diet. One thing I am missing is pasta. This recipe is great because replaces traditional pasta with healthy and delicious zucchini noodles, so I can indulge in it often without any guilt. All’arrabbiata is a spicy Italian red sauce made with red pepper flakes. It is traditionally served with rigatoni or penne noodles, but here it is paired with crisp-tender spaghetti-like zucchini noodles. If you’d like to save a little time, you can use prepared arrabbiata sauce. However, you can make your own from scratch in less than half an hour or you can make large batches in advance and freeze the rest for easy weeknight meals. Have you ever had zucchini noodles? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat them?