Leftovers Part 2: Sweet Potatoes!

Yet more leftovers. I did say I made way too much food for 3.5 people. I’m not counting my younger brother, Iyka, as a full person. He eats less than a bird.

Needless to say, sweet potatoes are perfectly delicious classically roasted with some nuts, drizzled with olive oil and maple syrup/honey, then tossed with a bit of cayenne pepper. Unfortunately, we’ve been working on other left overs for the past few days, and to top it all off my dad doesn’t like sweet potatoes (that’s unfortunate for him).

I didn’t want to dry them out by placing in the oven to heat them up, and the microwave didn’t seem appealing. I decided to mash them and make them into sweet&spicy crunchy patties with a dollop of honey sour cream.

Honey Crunch Sweet Potatties (I know it's corny- just kidding, it's a crunchy mash! No corn involved!)

Honey Crunch Sweet Potatties

Part 1: Classic roasted sweet potatoes

3 large sweet potatoes (roughly 1lb), cut into 1-in squares

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Lay sweet potatoes in single layer on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add cinnamon, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Roast in oven until tender and golden, roughly 30 minutes. In last 3 minutes of roasting, sprinkle the chopped nuts on the baking sheet with the potatoes.

Melt butter on medium heat and add in maple syrup, honey, cayenne pepper. Toss the mixture together with potatoes when they’re done.


Part 2: Leftovers (or just continuation once the potatoes cool completely)

I’m going to use measurements meant for half the amount of the top recipe (assuming you eat half of original recipe).

1/2 of classic roasted sweet potatoes

1 egg

1 tablespoon AP flour

1 cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons honey

Olive oil for frying


2 tablespoons sour cream

1 tablespoon honey

Cayenne pepper

Step 1: Mash potatoes.

Mash, mash, mash.

Step 2: Add egg and flour and mix well.


Step 3: Mix honey and bread crumbs until crumbly. I used homemade bread crumbs here hence the larger ‘lumps’. Yours will be smoother I’m sure.

Step 4: Coat your skillet with some olive oil and heat up on medium heat. Meanwhile, form the mash into patties and coat with the honey crumb mixture. The patty will be fairly soft and sticky – don’t worry, it will firm up after a few minutes off the heat (and while on the heat in fact).

Patty time. It doesn't look very appetizing here but will taste delicious.

Step 5: Brown on both sides over medium heat. Take off the heat and stack, mix the sour cream with honey and garnish on top; sprinkle with a bit of cayenne pepper.

Frying up.


I also made a few crunchy potato-balls that I simply drizzled with honey. My mom asked for the recipe – here it is, mom!! 🙂

Crunchy honey potato balls.


Colorful & frugal Black Friday deals make me want colorful cookies



These are the lovelies I’m currently experimenting recipe with. I’m in the process of trying to get perfect QUICK Christmas cookies: colorful, fun, gooey and delicious. Obviously there’s no color in these yet, just bear with me. 🙂 I promise they’re DELICIOUS. Walnuts and dark chocolate – can’t go wrong.

Now that we know what I’m up to in the baking world, my whimsy in the frugal world is Black Friday this weekend, for all the obvious reasons. I don’t usually shop on Black Friday, but I just happened to go to CVS last night to grab some Quaker Oats (deliciously mixed with a bit of honey and chopped walnuts!). This is what I ended up coming back with (grand total: $15.96; savings: $47.06):

CVS Loot

NUTS right?? Well, if you have an Extra Care card head on over to the local CVS because I think the deals last until today (you might want to double-check, never hurts)! What I basically did after wandering around the aisles with my Quaker Oats is pick up the things that were labeled ‘FREE’ after extra bucks rewards. Then I did 4 separate transactions and used the extra bucks coupons to shop for the rest of the stuff. Specifically, this was my breakdown:

Transaction #1:

GM Cinnamon Toast Crunch – 2.87 (sale: saved .72)

FiberOne Brownies – 3.99 (sale: saved .60)

Kleenex Cool Touch – 1.50 (sale: saved 1.07)

Cepacol Sore Throat – 4.99 (sale: saved .50)

TOTAL (w/ NY tax): 13.48

EXTRA BUCKS from Transaction #1 (comes as 2 separate coupons at end of receipt)

FiberOne Brownies: 3.99 EB

Cepacol Sore Throat: 4.99 EB

GM Cinnamon Toast Crunch: 2.00 EB

Kleenex Cool Touch: 1.50 EB

Transaction #2:

Balance bar Cookie dough – 1.69 (sale: saved .50)

Colgate Max Foam toothpaste – 2.87 (sale: saved .62)

Colgate Max White toothpaste – 2.87 (sale: saved .82)

Advil PM 4-ct – .99

Theraflu daytime 1-ct – .99


-3.99 (from FiberOne Brownies)

-4.99 (from Cepacol Sore Throat)

Total (w/NY tax): .94

Extra Bucks from Transaction #2

Colgate toothpaste x2: 5.74 EB

Advil PM: .99 EB

Balance bar: 1.69 EB

Theraflu daytime: .99EB

Transaction #3:

Listerine pocket strips 72 ct: 2.99 (sale: saved 1.50)

Listerine pocket strips 72 ct: 2.99 (sale: saved 1.50)

Softlips Cherry lip balm: 2.00 (sale: saved 1.19)

Carmex lip balm: 1.00 (sale: saved .99)

GUM 2-ct toothbrush: 2.99 (sale: saved 1.20)


-5.74 (from Colgate toothpaste x2)

-2.00 (from Cinnamon Toast Crunch)

-1.50 (from Kleenex Cool Touch)

-.99 (from Advil PM)

-1.69 (from Balance bar)

Total (w/ NY tax): .85

Extra bucks from transaction #3:

Listerine pocket strips x2: 5.98

GUM 2-ct toothbrushes: 2.99

Softlips cherry lip balm: 2.00

Carmex lip balm: 1.00

Transaction #4 (NOTE: This is basically the stuff I WANTED; You can replace these items with ones matching up 12.96 value OR leave it at transaction 3 until next time when you can use the 12.96 EB for something else. Your choice)

Healthy Hoof Nail & Cuticle cream (best thing ever for nails): 4.79

Jello: 1.19

Jello: 1.19

Quaker Quick Oats (finally!!): 3.79

Pepsi: 1.99

Pepsi: FREE (Buy one get one free)


-5.98 (from Listerine pocket strips x2)

-2.99 (from GUM 2-ct toothbrushes)

-2.00 (from Softlips lip balm)

-1.00 (from Carmex lip balm)

-.99 (from Theraflu)

Total (w/ NY tax): .69

Phew, done! If you’re silly like me and your CVS has a self checkout kiosk, I’d opt for that . It makes me feel less rushed. I had time to organize all coupons between each transaction without someone hovering in back of me rolling their eyes at my frugalness..joke’s on them anyway because you’ll be walking away with 4 bags worth of stuff for $15 (hey, the holidays ARE coming up!)

I’m thankful it’s over!!

Thanksgiving! Yes – wonderful food galore, but man did it wreak havoc on my body. The good thing about Thanksgiving is that I spent all day cooking (that’s a lot of calories burned). I got up at 9am and hit the kitchen prepping everything (by hand – chopping, mixing, peeling, washing). Dinner was finally served at 6pm. That’s a full day at work! Let me put it this way: it’s about 1,200 calories burned! I felt I didn’t have to skimp on the stuffing or the dessert as a result. Speaking of dessert, there were 3 pies: chocolate pecan, pumpkin, and for my mother’s birthday a caramel apple pie cheesecake (it tasted as good as it sounds – Paula Deen is amazing). Some photos? Mais oui:

Caramel apple pie cheesecake and chocolate pecan pies! Will post recipes soon.

Delicious creamy pumpkin pie out of the oven!

Brussel sprouts - mandolined thin and softened by stir frying with chopped pecans and a bit of butter. Then tossed with chopped dry cranberries. Yum.

Turkey browned by the brine and then washed/scalded and pat dry. The aromatics consisted of one thinly sliced apple, half a sliced onion, water, cinnamon, 3 sprigs rosemary, and 5 sage leaves mixed together, microwaved and poured into turkey cavity. Delicious smell. (Recipe by Alton Brown; amazing moist turkey!)

Everything on the table - I couldn't find the rope to tie turkey legs together so my turkey was a bit indecent toward the cranberries and the brussel sprouts.

It looked more amazing. There was no room for decoration on the table unfortunately. I could hardly fit all the food.

Sweet potatoes drizzled with olive oil and honey, pecan pie, and green beans tossed with bread crumbs & butter..

I STILL felt full the next day (wonderful Black Friday). My cat joined me in lazying around on the couch:

Shango nap.