Sweet Potato Saturday

by HEAB on December 4, 2010

CD is jealous as Einstein has a new best friend…


He never leaves Summer’s side.

So, Chris cheered himself up with his annual holiday practical joke…





For CD, this never gets old. I laughed the first year he did it. CD, I’m no longer laughing. 😉

Two excellent meals I’ve eaten in the last 24 hours…

Many thanks to my good friend Lindsay for our delicious dinner last night consisting of creamed spinach, roasted butternut squash, and baked salmon. Lindsay, not only are you an amazing writer, but wow, you can cook! We loved it.


My brother and his friend Zeita brought us a yummy brown rice medley made with ground beef, spinach, goat cheese, chopped walnuts, and dried cherries. Thanks you guys – so good! I warmed up it for lunch and paired it my sweet potato recipe of the day.


Holiday Veggie Roast

(Inspired by my friend Jamina)


1 small sweet potato, chopped into small chunks

10 to 12 Brussels sprouts, quartered

2 TBSP coconut oil

1/2 inch chopped ginger

1 tsp vanilla

generous sprinkling of cinnamon


Pre-heat oven to 425℉. Place veggies in a greased baking dish. Melt coconut oil and then stir together with vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. Drizzle over veggies and stir to coat. Roast in oven for 45 minutes, stirring once or twice throughout baking.

Jamina, I loved this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! Forgot to add the chopped pecans, but next time for sure.

Have you started your holiday decorating? I’ve got everything up but the tree, and we’re hopefully picking ours up later today. Can’t wait – nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree!


Maria December 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Heather, that picture of Einstein and Summer is just too precious! It makes me feel all warm inside 🙂

HEAB December 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Thanks Maria. Me too. 🙂

Steph December 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

We just bought those stockings!! Y’all have such good taste 😉

Tabitha December 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Oh I think I’ve just fallen in love with Einstein! I love how protective he is of your daughter.

HEAB December 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

We love him too – he’s the sweetest pup. 🙂

Maya December 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

The dog photo is so precious! I’ve heard sometimes that dogs can get jealous when there’s a new baby around, so it’s so heartwarming to see your dog love Summer like that!

Vanilla with brussel sprouts…I’m intrigued!

T December 5, 2010 at 8:41 am
HEAB December 5, 2010 at 8:55 am

Thanks T. You know me well! Sounds right up my alley…I need to buy more coconut flour!

Annie December 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

That CD,.. such a hoot!! Hey? I’ve been meaning to ask.. did you rescue your puppy dogs??? I recently learned that there are more black dogs in shelters than all other colors combined.. evidently people don’t want black dogs cuz they’re not as photogenic (?) or some other stupid reason.. ha! They should see that precious precious picture of Einstein and Summer!! (I also have a black doggie named Lucy)…
Blog on,

HEAB December 5, 2010 at 8:52 am

I’ve heard the same thing about black dogs – so sad as I think they’re the best! Yes, both of our are rescues. Einstein was left in a box at the door of a local donut shop, and Radley’s entire litter, mama included, was abandoned at the door of a vet. Love those pups – sweetest dogs ever. It’s like they’re so grateful to us for taking them in and loving them. 🙂

Serena December 5, 2010 at 7:50 am

The roast looks great! Baked veggies are the best thing to have during this cold time of year.
I was looking at your sweet potato meatballs recipe in your previous post and wondering – do you think it’s possible to veganize them using tofu instead of beef? I think I will try. It looks really good. 🙂

HEAB December 5, 2010 at 8:25 am

It’s worth a try, but tempeh might work better. I used to make tempeh balls all the time, and the texture was much better than tofu. Good luck if you try it. 🙂

Maren December 5, 2010 at 2:13 am

awww Heather that is so precious! I can’t believe how dark her hair is. And still is! Usually it lightens, but hers is so dark and beautiful! I just love it. 🙂

HEAB December 5, 2010 at 2:28 am

Thanks Maren,
I love Summer’s hair as well, and I’m so curious as to what color it’s going to be. I was born with jet black hair, and it turned blond. We shall see. 🙂

Marina December 5, 2010 at 1:54 am

Aw, Summer and Einstein really look adorable!
Your friends are awesome for bringing you food, specially something comforting like creamed spinach, yum!

Meagan December 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I would just like to say a word of caution about the dog. My parents had a dog when my older brother was born. The dog loved to be around my brother, but then mysteriously my parents were finding little scratches and nip marks on my brother. Then they witnessed the dog being too rough with the baby, and had to send him away. Seeing the dog so close reminds me of this. I should hope this isn’t happening, but this is just one family experience shared 🙂

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Thanks for sharing. Einstein hasn’t exhibited any behavior like that, and I hope he never does. That would make me so sad.. 🙁

Alison December 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hi, I’ve been reading for awhile, but haven’t commented before! Congratulations on Summer, she is a beautiful baby! Also, my siblings and I used to change the noel blocks my mom had to leon all the time when we were younger! I bet she wasn’t laughing either. 🙂

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Thanks for reading. 🙂

Kiran December 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm

The foods looks yummy! Ive seen creamed spinach and generally it looks so overcooked and brown. Bleh! But this spinach looks so green and yummy! What spinach is it and can we have the recipe? 😀 Summer is so adorable and I’m glad she is here to celebrate her 1st Christmas!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I’m not sure what kind of spinach my friend used, but I’m dying to get the recipe myself. As soon as she shares, I will definitely blog about it. It was delicious!

HEAB December 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Here is the recipe for the creamed spinach. Enjoy! 🙂

here’s the recipe:( i used real cream as I think whole foods are best in taste as well as quality and make sure to use “good” cheeses that are fresh as well..
you can leave out tofu if you like…


1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil/or coconut butter
1 small sweet yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds fresh spinach, washed and chopped
1 (12 ounce) package firm tofu
1/2 cup whipping cream,milk or soy milk
1 cup Parmesan or Asiago cheese
garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook until soft and translucent, but not brown. Add spinach; cook, stirring frequently, until wilted.
Place tofu, milk, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a blender, and puree until smooth.
Stir pureed tofu into spinach. Cook until warmed through. Adjust seasonings, if desired, and serve.

Kiran December 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

Thanks a lot! You are a gem 🙂

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Tree is up in the stand and ready to be decorated tomorrow 🙂 Love the smell of real trees! I want a dog like that when I have a family, what a protector! Amazing!

Ellen @fatgirlwearingthin December 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

What sweet photos (wish there was another word to describe it, but it is just too SWEET!) Dogs are the best, aren’t they? Einstein will take good care of ‘his’ little one! LOL
I am really into goat cheese right now; makes everything taste better!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Yes, dogs are the best…as is goat cheese. 🙂

Christin@purplebirdblog December 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Creamed spinach for the major win! 😀

Pure2raw Twins December 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Holiday veggie sounds delicious! CD is too funny but my BF does the same jokes year after year too and now I am not thinking they are as funny anymore 😉 LOL But he still does… oh boys, haha!

Our sister’s dog never leaves our baby niece’s side either, I think it is so cute when dogs watch over little babies 🙂 SO CUTE!! Sending lots of love!

The Twins

Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life December 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for the recipe!! LEON! Too funny!

Rachael December 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I miss pajamas with feet. In my sparsely heated home, they would serve a practical purpose as well as providing me with a hit of nostalgia.
Dogs make wonderful babysitters, methinks – it’s pretty adorable that Einstein has taken so readily to the wee one. Man’s best friend be darned.

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast December 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm

We haven’t got anything up yet, not even the wreath on the door! Every year I plan to do it the day after Thanksgiving, but I always forget. 🙂 Next Year maybe.

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm

love the looks of the Holiday Veggie Roast…coconut oil can never be wrong 🙂

and her name…Jamina. What a cool, awesome name!

Stockings…glad you got them up. And that CD is amused. All you want is some peace, quiet, and sleep, I’m sure 🙂

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Jamina, cool name and a very cool girl. One of my close friends – you would love her, but then everyone does. She has the best heart.

Lisa December 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Haha! My dog does the exact same thing! With each baby (I have 5 kids), he was like a doggy bodyguard. If we went walking he would get in between the stroller and any dog or person that approached.

elise December 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

creamed spinach! wow, i really need to veganize that asap. totally forgot how much i used to like it.

Baking 'n' Books December 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Haha – I had to look at the pictures 5x before I figured out the joke! I don’t think I’ve seen Radley before. I guess Einstein is usually the favorite 😉

Do you think you’ll get sick of the sweet potatoes soon?! – I say Never!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Baking ‘n’ Books,
Nah, Einstein just likes to ham it up for the camera…Radley? Not so much. She’s usually running around like crazy and won’t ever sit still, and no, will never get sick of sweet potatoes. Never ever! 🙂

Stefanie December 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Summer is just beautiful. I’m glad to here the dogs are doing well with the new family member. 🙂

Samantha December 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

What a sweet picture! (not the joke, ha ha!) Glad to hear the pups have taken Summer under their wing…errr…paw. So much love going on with folks bringing you meals, and they all look amazing! (our XO brought us food last night so we could just focus on Samuel being home from the hospital and getting better, it was amazing too!)

And this whole series on sweet potatoes…can’t wait to get back in the kitchen!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm

So happy to hear Samuel is back at home. Hope he’s feeling 100% soon – sending thoughts and prayers to you guys!

rebecca lustig December 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

i want my own personal watch dog! haha

Talia @ Texas Gunslinger December 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

HAHA! on the re-arrangement of NOEL and that picture of Einstein with Summer is precious! Gosh, she is so cute and has a friend already:)

I wish we had all our Christmas decorations completed, but we’re just now getting started. Last summer we gave my in-laws all our Fall/Winter decorations since they have a huge basement and storage for us is scarce and totally forgot to get it back when we visited them in OH for Thanksgiving- DOH! We’re getting all our Christmas decorations on Monday, though, since my MIL will be an hour away. Can’t wait for our home to feel more Christmas-y. At least there is snow on the ground, though:)

Corey @ the runner's cookie December 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm

That’s so nice that you have friends bringing you dinners! I hope it’s giving you a chance to rest and focus on your new member of the family. TOO cute that your dog is protective of her – dogs are amazing creatures.
My family decorated our tree and house last weekend while we were all home, it’s a big tradition!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Yes, the dinners have been so helpful. We have people bringing us food about 3 nights a week for another 2 weeks. I’m getting spoiled!

Susan December 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Okay, Summer + Einstein = a match made in heaven! I love how some dogs just take to babies, and even protect them like they are a “pup” in the litter.

That hash sounds awesome. With the exception of my birthday, I haven’t had brussel sprouts yet this winter! I need to get on that.

Namaste Gurl December 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Sweet Heather, glad your enjoying your Saturday thus far with Christmas festives, and of course, Summer, CD and the dogs 🙂
Is that bad I don’t get your joke? Haha, I guess I’m a bit slow in the whole joke area! Despite, your decor looks so cute thus far.
Oh, and I made a really yummy harvest, veggie roast recently, too. Added chopped walnut, beets, brussel sprouts, coconut oil, onions, and apple. So yummy. I’m SO adding sweet potatoes next time, good call!

Enjoy your evening miss, HEAB 🙂

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Namaste Gurl,
CD switches the “NOEL” to read “LEON” every year. 🙂

And next time I make a veggie roast, I should add apples and onions. Sounds delicious – if only I had more Santa Cruz apples! Enjoy some for me. 🙂

Melissa @ TryingToHeal December 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

haha, love the trick! too funny!

but the picture of Eisenstein with Summer is the best!

christina cadden December 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm

That is funny!

Lauren at KeepItSweet December 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

such a cute picture of summer!!

Natalia - a side of simple December 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Aw, that’s so great how loyal Einstein is to Summer. I’m sure that must have been a bit of a concern with the dogs and the new baby… A cousin of mine had to find a new home for her dog when she and her husband had their baby because their dog didn’t react well. Glad to hear it’s so good with Eintstein!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

That’s so sad. I would have been heartbroken if the pups reacted badly towards Summer. Thankfully, they love her. 🙂

Heather December 4, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Such a cute pic of Einstein and Summer! She’s one of the “pack” now!

I love the combo of roasted sweet taters and brussels. I usually season them with garlic and or smoked paprika (my new love), but I’ve never thought about ginger and cinnamon! Duh!

I was going to put up my decorations today, but I guess I’m taking a cue from the weather and being lazy. I did buy a little 4 foot pre-lit tree (hate messing with lights) at Wal-Mart yesterday. No need for a big tree for just little ol’ me! But I do have a lot of other decorations to go with it. Every year I forget what all I have until I get it out! I’ll save it for tomorrow when I’m not feeling like a bum! 😉

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Heather, I’m the same way. I forget about 50% of my decorations until I pack everything. It’s so fun. I love Christmas! 🙂

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

*UNpack everything. 😉

Kristina @ spabettie December 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

ah, that first photo is precious… I love it!

I laughed at the Leon… 😉 my dad, an engineer, somehow has a lighted sign from the software co. NOVELL … and threatens to change it to NOEL each holiday… he lives high on a hill, and I know one day I’m going to drive up there and see a bright Noel on his property… 😉

Kimberly December 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Aww~love summer’s outfit 😉 That is so cute that the dog won’t leave her side!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Thanks so much for the sleeper. Summer wears it all the time – so warm and cozy, and I love that it has feet. She has so many sleepers without, feet, and it’s impossible to keep socks on her – she has them kicked off immediately. 🙂

LesleyG December 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Aww, what a good dog! 🙂

And I love roasted veggies this time of year. So good!

Katie December 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm

It took me forever to figure out what the difference in those two photos was. Wow, I’m not quick today.

Erin December 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm

LEON! Oh man.
I kinda love it and definitely LOL’d!
Decorations are DONE! I was right on top of it the day after Christmas 🙂 Good luck with the rest of yours sweet Heather!

Heather December 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Our cat is the same way with our baby! He even sleeps under her bassinet.

My husband is also the same way and put our Noel letters up to spell “Leon” instead, it must be a guy thing 🙂

Nicole December 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I love how Einstein loves Summer so much! My cat loves babies. Animals are so smart aren’t they?
Are you sick of sweet potatoes yet?


HEAB December 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Hehe, not yet…although my mom told me I was looking a bit orange.

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I think dogs are naturally intrigued by babies. When my brother was born my dog would not leave his side either! We have so many cute baby & dog pictures! 🙂

Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Hehe! I love it how men think they’re hilarious when they’re not! Okay, so they’re pretty hilarious most of the time 🙂 I love the pic of Einstein and Summer- how adorable!

Little Bookworm December 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm

The photo of Summer and Einstein is so sweet! Love the Holiday Veggie Roast, have added it to my ‘recipes to try’ list. 🙂

Hayley December 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Chloe has on that exact same outfit right now…too cute!! All warm and snuggly. 🙂

As always, yummy eats!

HEAB December 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Too funny. I love that sleeper – so warm and cozy and with feet. We’ve got so many sleepers without feet, and seriously, why do they even bother making infant socks? I cannot keep them on Summer’s feet for more than 5 minutes! 🙂

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Oh, I definitely need some creamed spinach in my life!!!

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