I am a big fan of gnocchi. I get it any chance it is being served at a restaurant and I also love the regular and sweet potato variety you can find at Trader Joe's. I was so inspired by the combination of butter and sage with the sweet potato that I have sampled that I decided to recreate it at home.
Before I even looked into homemade gnocchi, the idea was daunting. But it really is a simple recipe, especially if you prep your sweet potatoes ahead of time. I actually don't even really like sweet potatoes that much but for some reason am in love with this recipe!
I could easily eat the whole batch on my own but I try to refrain. At least making it at home makes me feel a little less guilty when I am licking my bowl clean!
Butter and Sage Sweet Potato Gnocchi
2 (8 oz) sweet potatoes
1 clove of garlic (minced or pressed)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups flour (all purpose, whole wheat, or a combo)
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon dried sage (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar or other sweetener (or more to taste)
salt and pepper
Cook sweet potatoes in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Once cooled, peal. Puree sweet potatoes in a food processor. (I like to do this ahead of time and freeze some sweet potatoes so I have them cooked and pureed on hand)
Combine sweet potato, garlic, salt, nutmeg, and egg. Stir in flour a little at a time.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Roll gnocchi into small balls (the lazy way!) or roll out gnocchi into long logs and cut into smaller pieces.
Drop gnocchi into boiling water. Gnocchi are cooked and can be removed with a slotted spoon when they float to the top. Set cooked gnocchi aside.
Melt butter. Combine with sage and sugar. Season with salt and pepper.
Combine butter and sage sauce with gnocchi. Then serve!
Over the summer while my mom's group is on break, we have had a few events to keep in touch since we are not meeting on a regular basis. Last month I hosted a girl's night in my home where we made cards.
Some women from our church make Stampin' Up! cards and had volunteered their time and resources to host a class for us. I will admit, it was a treat to have other people come in and prepare the craft materials in my own home!
I set up our card making space in the dining room. We had just the right amount of women to all fit around my dining table!
For our food and drinks, I put out lemonade and coffee. The coffee was set up so that the ladies could make their own iced coffees. I just brewed up some hot coffee and put out all the coffee fixings. I made sure to have plenty of ice and glasses with plastic straws.
We had a wonderful time making cards, catching up, and sipping on our iced coffees!
Our hostesses gave us free reign to recreate their designs with our own spin. Here are how the cards turned out.
I always love gathering friends around a craft. It seems to keep conversation going as we bond over a project. Plus we all get to go home with a little something for ourselves!
"I thank God for my cancer. Not because I'm happy that I have it, but because it is a command for me to do so. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, 'In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.'
God doesn't say to give thanks only for the good things in our lives. He says to give thanks in ALL things, and so I give thanks daily not only for the good things in my life, but for the things that are hard to accept, like my throat cancer, and it helps me."
I was recently discussing something with my husband and I found myself repeating some of these words. Sometimes things are just rough. And while our current struggles are far from something as painful and heavy as cancer, they still seem to put a heavy weight on our hearts. So I am reminding myself to give thanks in all things. Even in the hard to understand.
Last summer we went on vacation with Brent's family on the Allure of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise. We had a great time hanging out on the boat and stopping in Haiti, Jamaica, and Cozumel. This is one of my favorite home videos so far as we have lots of variety in footage and have gotten better at our intentional video taking skills!
To see pictures and read about our trip, you can check out my posts here.
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