My birthday weekend was a blasty blast ya’ll. Started off with me (barely) working on Friday because I was SO excited for all the festitives, but most importantly all the FOOD! The Dr. and I met at the gym for a lift and I got a crazy huge bruise because I was being silly.. That hurt like a b-word but it doesn’t hurt anymore, its just ugly. Good thing swimsuit season is still months and months away 🙂 When we got home from the gym there were beautiful roses, a young coconut, canned coconut milk, and a really cute card with a cow on the front. So awesome and sweet.
He took me out for a surprise dinner at the Bachelor Farmer! This is a really cool, new restaurant in Minneapolis where they have a garden on the roof and grow their own food! They also focus on seasonal menus that change daily and use almost entirely local food. The flavor combinations were tastes I had never experienced before so it was a really special meal. After we went to a Yelp Event and I had little bites of sorbet, cookies, and a S’more! S’mores are my absolute fave thing in the world so I indulged for my special day 🙂
Saturday I lounged around most of the day, worked out, and then got ready for my girls’ dinner, margaritas, and a night out on the town! I hadn’t really drank in a lonnnnng time but I didn’t go past where I should and it was the best night I have had in a while. So many of my loves came so it was just an awesome, awesome night. Ended with hardcore dancing which is always the way to bring in a new quarter century if you ask me.
Sunday was lazy and I got to see my sweetie pie niece Hazel and my brother. Hazel is a little over 9 months now and she is such a good eater! She is 100% paleo, which I LOVE and even though she has no teeth she chows down on all sorts of meats, veggies, and fruits. She also just started talking and says things like “hi dad!” “nana”, and “I love you!” Its precious and I can’t wait until she can say Rachael (needy aunt here)
Sunday night The Dr. and I met my parents out for dinner at The Red Stag Supperclub for the first night of restaurant week. We had 3 delicious courses for 30 bucks each. The food was really good but the DESSERT. OH the dessert… I literally couldn’t stop eating it even though it was full of dairy and I knew it would make me feel crappy. I also couldn’t stop talking about it on the way home and I’m pretty sure I dreamt about it. Flourless chocolate cake with thick, dark chocolate sauce and stout ice cream. No doubt the best dessert I have ever had. I hope one day I can make something paleo that tastes just as good… sounds like a challenge to me!
So, after allllll that eating (lots non-paleo) I have woken my sugar-dragon and had some crazy cravings today around lunch time. I didn’t want anymore sweets, chocolate, or fruit so I decided to kill the craving with my sweet potato!
Normally sweet potato fries are all savory (which are also delish) but I wanted them with my favorite spice, cinnamon. They were soo good and I ate every single one. Whoops 😉 Click here for the recipe!
Sweet Potatoes (hehe) and Smiles,
-The Freckled Foodie
Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 Sweet Potato/Yam
- 2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Sea Salt Flakes (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
- Wash and peel your sweet potato
- Cut in half, slice into 1/2 inch pieces, then cut fries out of them (the thinner, the crispier)
- Toss fries with melted coconut oil in a medium bowl
- Spread on foil covered rimmed cookie sheet
- Sprinkle very liberally with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
- Sprinkle on sea salt if you like a sweet/salty combo
- Bake for 15 minutes, toss/stir and spread back out on the sheet
- Bake for an additional 10 minutes
- Turn on broiler and broil for 5 minutes to crisp them up, but watch them to ensure they don’t burn (It happens quickly!)
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before devouring