A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

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I love roasted veggies year round, but there’s something about fall that makes them feel especially appropriate and appreciated. I’ve shared this technique before for any ole’ vegetable, but today I’m focusing on a recent craving of mine: sweet potato fries. Or, better yet, roasted sweet potatoes (because other than their shape, there isn’t too much fry about them).

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries | PepperDesignBlog.com

This is such a fast and easy side for dinner (and such a crowd pleaser, too). I simply slice up my sweet potatoes (or yams) into long cuts and toss them with olive oil + whatever herbs and spices match that evening’s meal. My favorite is a simple course sea salt, black pepper and oregano. But don’t forget the olive oil – a good coating of olive oil is key!

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries | PepperDesignBlog.com

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries | PepperDesignBlog.com

Equally yummy is a little chile + brown sugar, rosemary + fresh lemon juice, or honey + nutmeg. Roasting them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper makes for the easiest clean up, too.

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries | PepperDesignBlog.com

Bake for 25 or so minutes in a 425/450 degree oven. Keep an eye on how they’re doing by keeping the door slightly ajar for those last few minutes to avoid burning.

When the potatoes are tender to touch and slightly shriveled, they’re finished! Sprinkle with more course sea salt and serve with a cold yogurt dipping sauce. I like to flavor the sauces, too – honey, lemon or dill are all yummy options.

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries | PepperDesignBlog.com

These guys go great as a side to burgers, chicken, steak, you name it. They’re easy to prep the day before (my new secret to quicker meals around here) and they make a great appetizer  – especially with that yogurt dip! – too. I love, love me some roasted sweet potato fries. Happy cooking!

PS more good eats here, LOTS of veggie-focused recipe ideas here. And did you know that you can roast/broil fruit in the same way for that perfect caramelized taste, too? 

The Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Fall would not be complete if we didn’t take our annual trip to Summer’s Past Farm pumpkin patch. I love this time of the year! And I love this little farm. It’s still warm here in San Diego, but every October we dig out the spiced candles and bake pumpkin bread and visit our local patch and eat it all up. All of this autumn-y season, that is.

This past Saturday we headed out to that favorite yearly tradition of mine. The farm is just far enough outside of town that it feels rural and special in that remote sort of way, but it’s only about 20 minutes towards the mountains from our house so it’s a convenient little spot to meet all of our friends for a picnic lunch.

During the fall, Summer’s Past opens up their herb nursery, giant lawn and cute little homemade shops to create a mini festival experience. There’s a jump house for the kids, pumpkins on and off of the vine ripe for the picking, and usually even a petting zoo (the highlight being spitting llamas :-)).

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

We even managed a couple of family photos (it’s sort of a tradition, but never a guarantee). There’s my new haircut, too. Bangs, what do you think? It was a pregnancy-brain move, but I like them.

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

I put this collage together last night after I realized that we really had managed to capture some sort of family photo at each of our annual pumpkin patch trips.

A walk down memory lane… in that first photo I’m pregnant with Liv (about as pregnant as I am right now with baby #3), and then from there the family keeps growing…

Pumpkin Patch 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Some of them are quite blurry because they are screenshots of screenshots of photos (what have I done with that external hard drive holding all of 2011?). But my biggest takeaways are that my children don’t like to wear shoes (even on spiky hay – note picture #1 in this post too, T doesn’t care for anything on her right foot, that show always disappears), getting everyone to look at the camera is a 50-50, and we look so young just five years ago.

Our friend, Jennifer brought those amazing pumpkin spiced, brown butter cookies – recipe found here.

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