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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pinterest Thursday: FAIL & Christmas Decorations!

This post just goes to show that not all attempts at the Handy Andy motto are successful.

I absolutely love sweet potato fries, actually I love sweet potato anything. So, I was thrilled when I found this tutorial on Pinterest for how to make crispy sweet potato fries from The Art of Doing Stuff.

Don't those look amazing?! I set out to try this for dinner tonight. The tutorial recommends soaking the sweet potatoes in water for at least an hour, but I didn't have the time. Instead I put the whole sweet potatoes in a bowl with some water in the bottom and microwaved them for 5 minutes.

When I got them out they seemed a little softer than ideal, but I went ahead and peeled them and cut them up anyway. After that, I tossed them in a plastic bag with about a tablespoon and a half of cornstarch.

I drizzled olive oil on them and tossed them in my hands to make sure they were all covered. At this point I could tell they really weren't going to turn out the same because they were already too soft and the oil made it worse.

I spread them out on the cookie sheet and put them in the oven for 15 minutes. At about 10 minutes I tried to flip them. Tried. They stuck to the cookie sheet pretty hardcore. Oh well, I put them back in for 5 more minutes.

Epic fail. Key words from the tutorial: nonstick cookie sheet. Well, they were pretty soft, but we ate them anyway (I suggest drizzling honey over sweet potato fries). I think that putting them in the microwave was a big mistake. They would probably have been fine, even if I didn't have time to soak them, if I would have just put them in a few minutes longer. Oh, and if I had sprayed my cookie sheet first. So, there you have it. 

On a more positive note, I put out my Christmas decorations tonight! Here are some pictures:

My Precious Moments Nativity that my mom painted for me when I was younger. I put it on the hutch in the kitchen where my Thanks gourds were.

Our stockings on the occasional table (because we don't have a mantel), along with my Willow Tree Nativity.

I love this cute little sign I got from Hobby Lobby last year!

My absolute favorite Christmas ornament ever! It was my mom's and I loved putting it on the tree growing up, so when I moved out she gave it to me - along with the 20-something other ornaments she gave me (she has gotten me a new ornament every year since I was born).

And finally, my TREE! [and Friends on the TV]. I can't wait to wrap some presents and put them under there!
Well, I hope that made this post more interesting for you since my Pinterest Thursday attempt didn't turn out.

Have you decorated for Christmas yet?

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  1. Mmm sweet potato fries are the best! Maybe next time just go for the bagged kind? Lol. I didn't know about the honey, thanks for the tip!

  2. I love sweet potato fries!


  3. your christmas tree is so lovely! we don't have a mantel either so our stockings hang over a window sill :)
    My hubs loooves sweet potato fries. We've been buying spicey seasoned frozen ones from Alexia and they're actually really really good! you're brave for trying em home made!

    -rachel w k

  4. Your Christmas Tree is so cute! Sorry the sweet potato fries didn't turn out, I love those things (can't wait to try them with honey now) Thanks for the button swap!