Mocha Sweet Potato Toast

Mocha Sweet Potato Toast


I guess this isn’t really a recipe.  It’s more of an idea for a yummy snack, a proposal for a unique flavor combination, a suggestion for using a tasty nut butter.

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Sweet Potato People

Sweet Potato People


I am deeming it sweet potato week.  Why? Just because I can.

Sweet potatoes are nice, and they think you are nice.

Don’t worry.  This isn’t going to be a week of nothing but recipes.  I am hoping to cover as many of my “lives” as possible.

To start our sweet potato celebrations, I am going to show you how to make sweet potato people.  This is an activity that I used during my Children’s Literature class as a follow-up to telling a folk tale.  My class loved it, and it is great to use with children of all ages.


  • One sweet potato per student (regular potatoes would work too)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Toothpicks
  • A handout for each student


  • Allow each student to color and cut out a few body parts.
  • Use glue and toothpicks to attach the body body parts to the potato.  Some younger students may need help.
  • Display your Sweet Potatoes People.



Silver Dollar Sweet Potato Cakes

Silver Dollar Sweet Potato Cakes


Last Saturday, I hopped a plane and left my life in North Carolina.  My DSLR, my laptop, and my favorite stuffed animal are all a thousand miles away, and I am engaging on a new adventure.  While I will miss my family, friends, cooking, and everything else about North Carolina, I am beyond excited for everything that this summer holds.

Because I will only have a few free hours a week, I am not even going to attempt to write new blog posts.  Don’t worry though; I have scheduled quite a few posts to appear while I am gone.  I cannot wait to tell you all about my summer, but until then, keep reading my posts and leaving comments (I will respond when I get back home).

Enjoy your summer!


Sweet Potato Cakes


  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg


  • Coat a pan with nonstick spray and heat it over high heat.
  • Whip egg and mix with all ingredients.
  • Spoon batter onto pan.
  • Cook until it can easily be flipped.
  • Flip and cook a few more minutes.
  • Eat and enjoy.



Dorm Life: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Dorm Life: Mashed Sweet Potatoes


I am not quite sure what possessed me to buy a sweet potato.  Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love sweet potatoes.  I could eat them on a daily basis.  However, I live in a dorm room and eat all of my meals in a cafeteria.  I really had no need for a sweet potato.  For some reason, though, I did indeed buy a sweet potato, and it sat on top of my mini fridge for a full week.  Taunting me.  I had to make something.  I couldn’t let such a tasty food go to waste.  What could I do?

After 168 full hours of not touching the potato, I knew that something had to be done.  I washed the potato, pulled out my college cooking utensils, and set to work.

Let me just mention that a butter knife does not cut a raw sweet potato very easily.  I eventually resorted to stabbing the potato, twisting the knife, and breaking the potato with my hands.  It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.  I boiled the cubes in my hot pot, mashed them with a fork, and stirred in cinnamon and almond milk for flavor and creaminess.  Delicious!

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes


  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/2 tbs. milk
  • cinnamon to taste


  • Boil cubed sweet potato until completely cooked.  I consider the potato cooked when I can easily mash it with a fork.
  • Drain.
  • Transfer potato cubes to a plate and mash with a fork.
  • Transfer to bowl.  Stir in milk and cinnamon.
  • Eat and enjoy!