Today is the last day that I am 28 years old.
A couple of years ago I would have said that I didn’t want to age another year or that I wanted to forget all about my birthday, but things have changed. Although I can’t say that I’m happy to add another year to the list, I am very happy to mark another wonderful year as complete.
The biggest difference that I can pinpoint in my life is Peanut and I think since having her, I’ve felt a sense of accomplishment, like I was finally where I wanted to be in life. I know that sounds kinda silly but it’s true. A lot of things have changed since we’ve decided to expand our family and the consequences just keep rolling in.
In addition to my new feeling of accomplishment and the decrease in our entertainment budget spending (since going to the movies with a one year old is pretty much impossible), we’ve added a rather large number of foods to our diet. I’ve been a pretty healthy eater most of my life (except for those few years in High School and college when I ate nothing but Wendy’s), but when I found out I was pregnant with Peanut, my health habit went into overdrive. Once Peanut started eating solids, they improved even further.
We’ve also expanded the short list of foods that we generally ate and became rather adventurous with the fruits and veggies, whole grain alternatives, and organic products. On the list of things that I started cooking since Peanut’s birth is sweet potatoes. We have them just about every way – fries, baked potato, and now, mashed potatoes.
Mashed potatoes are a household favorite for just about everyone (well, Travis doesn’t get a say) and we make them at least once a month around here.
With the addition of some spices and herbs, these flavorful sweet potatoes are absolutely amazing.
If you want a little more flavor, you can bake the potatoes instead of boiling them, then just use a spoon to scoop the inside of the potato and mash. And if you want an entertained toddler (and bath time is right around the corner), just let her “paint” with the beautiful orange color all over her food tray. Hey, whatever works to keep her happy and occupied while the hubs and I enjoy a dinner together.
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, rinsed, peeled and quartered
- Herbs of choice, I used parsley and basil
- Spices of choice, I used a dash of cumin, paprika, and cinnamon
- ¼ cup milk
- Boil the sweet potato until soft (you can test by inserting an edge of the knife). Drain and add the remaining ingredients. Use a masher or an emersion blender to mash the potatoes and mix the ingredients. Serve hot.