Harvey House Candied Sweet Potatoes

Harvey House Candied Sweet Potatoes

I ran across this NYT site that I had to save and share!

Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States – The New York Times

I’m trying…

I grew up with southern candied yams and continued making them the way my mother did, which took some care and babysitting; with basically, sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, Karo syrup and turning so carefully, on low & slow burner. Which, btw, I haven’t done in years now. But…they’re back on my menu! An easier way. BAKED southern style candied yams…errr sweet potatoes

Now THIS I can work with. EASY ⤵️



  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • ½ cup/1 stick butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a large pot, boil sweet potatoes in their jackets in water to cover until fork-tender, 20 to 45 minutes depending upon their size. Drain and cool.
  2. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Peel potatoes and slice into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Place in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or 2-quart gratin dish, overlapping slices to fit in one layer.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in sugar and salt until smooth. Pour evenly over the potatoes. Bake until potatoes look shiny and glazed, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot or warm

Classic Beef Stew

Classic Beef Stew Recipe –

¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 – 2 pounds beef, trimmed and cut into cubes
3 TBS vegetable oil
3 – 4 cups beef broth, preferably homemade & of course Better than Bouillon is GOOD stuff
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled, cut 1 – 2 inches
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 teaspoons salt

Combine the flour and pepper in a bowl, add the beef and toss to coat well. Heat 3 teaspoons of the oil in a large pot. Add the beef, cook until beef is browned on all sides; add more oil if needed.
Cook over medium-high heat, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add the onions and carrots, stir, continue cooking to get added flavor and color on vegetables (optional). Add potatoes, beef and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer. I add both Better than Bouillon Beef Base. Some dashes of Worcestershire sauce is good in this also.
Cover and cook until the beef and vegetables are tender; about an hour. Add broth or water if the stew is dry.
If stew is too thin, then in jar or container with tight fitting lid, mix 1/4 cup of seasoned flour with 1/4 cup of broth, shake WELL, stir into stew and continue cooking long enough to cook flour.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle and serve. Goes good with bread and butter or dinner rolls.

Chicken Fajitas

I slow cooked chicken breasts yesterday with mojo. Today I chopped it up, put it in skillet with fajita seasonings (S/P, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, adobo seasoning…to taste), browning a little bit. I added some of the mojo to keep chicken juicy. I sautéed onion & multicolored peppers in a separate pan this time, with same seasonings. Heated tortillas & waa laa 😋 🌮 topped with diced tomatoes, red onion, sour cream, peach salsa & cheese…with a squeeze of lime.

good stuff.

#chickenfajitas I did the #chicken & #vegetables separate this time, but with same seasonings 😋 it worked out good. Everyone can choose the amount of whatever they prefer. I topped my #fajita with sour cream, tomatoes, onion,#peachsalsa & cheese 🧀 squeeze of lime 🍈 yumm! #mrsrenfrossalsa is our favorite!

Easy Shepherd’s Pie

I usually make a lot more mashed potatoes, but I was trying to downsize for 3 people; I’m used to 5. It was enough for us 😋


  • 3-4 servings mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1-2 cups vegetables (diced) e.g., carrots, corn, peas, green beans, any or all combos
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice

Sauté vegetables:

While the potatoes are cooking, sauté onions in butter for 5 minutes. Brown ground beef with seasonings, then set aside in bowl/plate. Add vegetables to same sauté pan for their cooking time, with a little broth, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings; taste as you go. “I” do my vegetables and ground beef separately in same pan 🤷‍♀️ it doesn’t really matter, just your preference. Finish mashed potatoes; layer vegetables, beef, then mashed potatoes in baking dish; optional you can run fork over potatoes to give it peaks to brown. Top with parmesan cheese. Bake (ninja foodi oven) at 425° until desired browning on top. Approximately 20 minutes 🤔 Delicious 😋

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Delicious – recipe is a winner! 😋

As soon as I can find website/author I will add it. I just saved screenshots of recipe…because I wanted to try it, not thinking of sharing it at the time 🤔 …until then…recipe below ⤵️

Simple sloppy joes dinner.
I added liquid smoke, more garlic, smoke powder, crushed red pepper 🌶 & I made the brown sugar heavy with molasses 😋
OH! almost forgot! I also used 2 lbs of ground beef. I didn’t know if that would mess up the ratio of other ingredients, but strangely enough…it turned out delicious. 🤷‍♀️⤵️

Good with so many easy sides; quick & easy mac & cheese 🧀 😉, simply potato chips, potato or macaroni salad, fresh green salad or slaw, pickles go good with sloppy joes too. I guess that bright snappy bite goes good with rich sandwiches (thinking BLT’s 🥓) French fries 🍟, etc. .

Roasted Chicken Thighs w/Sweet Potatoes

It was going to be one #sheetpandinner of #chickenthighs & #sweetpotatoes aka #yams BUT it would’ve been WAY to crowded, so I did them separate; still  #sheetpanmeals though with a fresh delicious #salad 😋
The chicken marinated all day in yogurt w/seasonings…that included #turmeric & #paprika – I removed the skin but they’re bone in. And made a couple cuts across top of each thigh before putting in marinade 😉

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe at link‼️ ➡️ https://dawns-ad-lib.com/2019/07/29/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup/

Just ignore the celery & carrots; I don’t usually use that, but hey…it tastes good so… optional 😉 ALSO, after blender…strain the pan with chile in it…straight into slow cooker.

Cucumber, Red Onion & Dill Salad

Now you know I’m not a follower (good thing I rarely bake), so taste throughout, adjusting to your preferences. If you don’t mind sugar, you can use that instead of honey (I think most do), and…I didn’t have anymore white wine vinegar so I used very HEALTHY Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar; I had red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegars, and rice vinegar…I personally just like the apple.
Don’t let what kind of vinegar you have stop you.
You can also adjust salt and pepper a “little”.  How “vinegar-y” you like it is up to you, but vinegar does go great with cucumbers. You can also add some (like 1/2 cup) water. Or…like I did…evoo. yes, I did that. Hey, it tastes delicious. I pour it into a DressingCruet, then shake before adding to salad.


• 3 medium cucumbers

• 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill

• 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced

• 1/4 cup (white wine) vinegar

• 1/2 tsp honey

• 1 1/4 tsp sea salt

• 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


• Thinly slice cucumbers by hand or with a mandoline.

• Place cucumber slices, red onion slices, and dill in a large bowl.

• In a small bowl, mix together vinegar, honey, sea salt, and pepper.

• Pour liquid over vegetables and toss until evenly coated.

• Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

Easy baked chicken leg quarters

I put oven on 425° because I want mine more browned than what I’d get with lower temperatures. First I let them sit out about 30 minutes to get to room temperature; to cook more evenly. Then I seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder & smoked paprika on all sides. Place them skin side down on nonstick foil lined baking sheet. After 20 minutes flip chicken pieces over and bake additional 20 to 30 minutes, depending on size of chicken. Or when internal temperature reaches 170° … give or take; dark meat chicken is very forgiving. Chicken is safe at 165°. 😋 On this occasion I served with buttered pasta…with a little Hawaiian Red Sea Salt 😉