Little Place Back in The Hills

We enjoy Wood Working, Writing, Cooking, Gardening, Photography and have plans to start building our dream house right in the middle of our 50 acres of woods. Come along with us, as we share with you, our Little place back in the hills of Kentucky.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Royal Red Butterfly Bush Photograph


Photo of Our Royal Red Butterfly Bush -
at dinnertime...

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Snow photos - pictures of our little place


Looking up towards the front drive
March 8, 2008

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Monday, April 16, 2007

The true meaning of life...

my favorite quote this month...

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
~N. Henderson

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Morning Rolls Recipe

This recipe is great because you put it all together
the night before you serve them.
When you Wake up, simply pop them in a pre-heated 350 oven for
30 minutes and you have warm - delicious - home made cinnamon rolls

Christmas Morning Rolls

1 bag (abt 20) frozen dinner rolls
1 pkg. butterscotch pudding mix (not instant)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 stick margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Arrange rolls in a greased Bundt pan.
Sprinkle dry pudding over rolls.
Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans over rolls.
Melt margarine and pour over all.
Cover tightly with foil and let stand on counter overnight.
Next morning, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Let stand 5 minutes , then place large serving plate on top
and invert carefully.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006


Good evening,
I hope you are having a great weekend.

We went for a walk this evening back in our woods, to see if our wild hydrangea was in bloom and we were surprised to find a splash of color back in what we call the prairie field. I just had to share what we found 'hiding' amongst the weeds.
A beautiful wild Butterfly weed. I have also heard it called Pleurisy Root Plant.
*"The root of the butterfly milkweed, was officially listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1905 and in the National Formulary from 1916 to 1936"

The color is so vibrant,
this picture does not come close to the true beauty of this Native Kentucky Plant.
You very rarely find these plants growing naturally.

Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Milkweed photo

'asclepias tuberosa'

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Saturday, June 17, 2006



Hello Friends !
I shared this in another blog but the info is so important I decided to also place it here.
The raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and elderberries will be ready soon.
I will share more of our recipes, tips and hints when they ripen up and are ready to be stored.

Today, Lets talk strawberries...
We grow 'earliglo' strawberries because we like the taste, the texture and the deep red color. We picked several quarts and decided to make fresh strawberry preserves.

The canning process makes you realize how important it is to be organized in your kitchen. You can't stop what you are doing and run and get supplies.

Have Clean and ready to use:

Canner with rack (for sterilizing & canning)
Large Stock pot (for mixture)
small saucepan (for sterilization)
canning jars
jars, lids, rings
wooden spoons
stainless spoon
extra dish towels
jar lifter
magnetic lid lifter
glass 2 cup measuring cup


2 quarts fresh picked strawberries, washed, capped & hulled
(approximately 8 cups)
6 cups sugar

In a large stockpot:
Place clean strawberries. Crush with a potato masher.
Combine sugar to crushed strawberries.
Bring slowly to a boiling point, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves.
Cook rapidly until thick, about 40 minutes,
stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
We added 1/2 tsp of butter to help prevent foaming,
If needed you can skim off any excess foam with a
stainless steel spoon or skimmer.

All at the same time...Have Simmering On the stove:

1 small saucepan w/ water simmering for sterilizing lids.
1 warm bath canner with rack, water is simmering first for sterilizing our jars and second for the actual canning process.
(To conserve water we are using the same water for both steps.)
1 teapot with backup hot water (just in case we need to add to canner to make sure the jars are submersed correctly.)

1 stockpot with the strawberries / sugar mixture

Pour hot jam / preserves immediately into hot, sterile canning jars
be sure and leave 1/4 inch headspace.

Wipe jar rims with a clean towel and adjust lids.
Only tighten finger tight, if you over tighten the rings the jar will not seal.
Process the sealed preserves for a minimum of 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

8 half-pint jars
or 4 pint jars

The end product...

Next time we are going to use 1/2 pint jars so we can give them as gifts.
Great on toast, hot biscuits, thumbprint cookies, ice cream...

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Saturday, April 08, 2006



8 slices of bread
(placed on tray to get a lil stale)
3 eggs
1 T vanilla
1 1/2 c milk
dash of salt
Maple syrup & butter

First beat the eggs, add the milk, vanilla and salt.
Dip the bread in this mixture, one slice at a time, drain a moment and fry in sufficient butter crisco to keep from sticking in skillet.
Cook until a delicate brown, try to turn only once for even browning.

Top with Maple syrup & butter.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar right before serving.
~Served with sides:
fresh seedless grapes and / or bacon & sausage



Approximately 12 slices bread, ½ inch thick
3 eggs
2 cups milk
½ teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar &
Maple syrup

In small bowl, Beat the eggs, add the milk and salt.
Pour the egg mixture into a large bowl or rectangular casserole dish.
Dip the bread slices into the mixture.
Place bread in hot skillet with a little crisco , turn, until the bread is
a beautiful delicate brown
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve hot with Maple Syrup.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006



For the sap to run the nights must be cold (mid 20's F) and the daytime temps must get above 40 F. We decided to try and tap our tree on February 24th, 2006.
According to History the settlers learned sugaring from the Indians. It has been recorded that the Indians collected sap in hollowed out logs and steamed away the water by dropping hot stones in the collected sap. At their 'sugar camps' they not only made sweet water & heavy syrup but also maple sugar. There are some areas here in the U.S. that have Tappin' parties when it is time to collect the sap and start the syrup making process.

There are several names for this Season of the year.

Sugaring Season
Sugaring Time
Tappin' Season

The first step is to pick a Healthy Maple Tree.
Its diameter is about 3 feet and it is about 50 feet tall.
Pictured below is the Sugar Maple tree we are going to try and tap.
We have four large maples in the 'yard' of the old cabin we found in our woods.

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Picking the sunniest side of the tree,
he gently removed some of the bark from around the tapping area.

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We decided to try and make a home made tap.
Here we are harvesting a branch off of one of the elderberry bushes
we found while exploring in our woods. Using the drill bit as a guide, he is checking to make sure the tap hole and the actual tap sizes will match. You must match up the hole in the tree with the size of the tap.

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He is making a tap (spile) for the sap.
Using a pocketknife, he is trimming off the elderberry bark and cutting the
branch to the desired spile length.

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He is hollowing out the elderberry tap. Making sure the sap can flow evenly through the spile...

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Placing our homemade tap in the tree. He drilled the hole with a slight upward slant
approximately 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep. Right away the sap starts flowing.

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The sap is running VERY well. Even Better than we had expected.

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We decided to use a clean galvonized 6 gallon can with lid to catch the sap.
The can and lid are secured in place. We hung a small screw in hook to hang the can in place. Securing the can with bungee cords because we aren't sure how heavy the can will be or even how much sap will be harvested.

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The can has been filling for about 24 hours, we have had to empty several gallons out so it did not spill over. We are scrambling to find enough containers for the harvested sap. We used clean gallon milk jugs and stored them in the refrigerator until we start the evaporation process.

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The wood stove that we are going to use to boil the sap is very old and we got it free from a local recycling flea market website. We are using logs that he harvested from downed trees in our woods for the fire.

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He surrounded the stockpot with a clean recycled heating duct to
help keep the sap clean and free from flying insects and curious cats.

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I am surprised at the appearance of the sap. Most of the sap's content is made up of water. The liquid is totally clear and tastes like mild sugary water.
In the next picture, the sap is starting to boil nicely. As the sap boils down, he fills the stockpot, continuing to boil down the liquid. From time to time he skims the top with a spoon to remove surface foam and other unwanted particles.

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Notice the color change from the previous picture. The sap is boiling down and the water is evaporating s l o w l y. The smell of the boiling sap is amazing. The harvested sap had no smell at all but as it boils down, it starts to smell like syrup !
After it has finished boiling, he brought the syrup inside and strains it using coffee filters and metal strainers.

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On average it takes about 10 gallons of sap to produce one quart of syrup.
He worked on boiling sap for several days. Stoking the fire, stirring, boiling, filling and straining but at long last...

The finished syrup is bottled, chilled and ready for the blueberry pancakes.

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Harvest a pan of clean snow.
Here are some Snow Ice Cream recipes.
Make sure you have clean snow.

Drizzle or Dribble some of your just cooked hot thick syrup over the snow and stir to make a rich taffy, that is known in syrup country as 'Sugar on Snow'.

This Taffy Recipe is very famous up North in
many areas that have annual Maple Syrup festivals.
You can visit a working sugar house and sample all of the delicious
Maple Syrup products. This is one of my dream trips, maybe
some day...

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Maintaining Garden Tillers

Maintaining Garden Tillers

If you've put off your annual garden tiller maintenance until now, you can still get the old tiller back into shape for breaking up some dirt early next Spring. Plants needed planting. Brush needed clearing. And every other chore seemed so much more important than getting the garden tiller ready for winter storage. Some simple maintenance procedures, listed below, will help keep your garden tiller in top shape. We've used these tips for our 6 year old garden tiller that we bought new and they have kept it running smooth and sound.

Annual Maintenance for Garden Tillers

* First, for safety sake, disconnect the spark plug when you are performing any maintenance on your tiller.

* If it's broke, fix it. A broken bolt or support can seriously weaken and stress the whole garden tiller. If you don't get the broken tiller parts fixed quickly you may soon be buying more than the one part due to stress failures.

* Replace any worn or broken belts, or chains, if so equipped. Also adjust any loose belts as they can cause needless wear on the gears and the tiller engine itself.

* Change your tiller's spark plug at the very least once a year.

* Oil should be changed as recommended by the tiller manufacturer.

* You should be keeping the air filter and pre air filter clean during the season. Try to replace the tiller's main air filter at least once per year. Most tiller pre air filters can be reused until they cannot be serviced any longer.

* If you haven't drained the fuel from your tiller and can't find the time, add some fuel stabilizer to keep the fuel from breaking down during the Winter. Make sure you run the engine for a short period, about 5 minutes, to distribute the stabilizer throughout the fuel system.

* If you will be draining the garden tiller's fuel tank over Winter, drain as much fuel as possible, then start up the tiller and let it run until it totally runs out of fuel. Unscrew the bolt on the bottom of the carburetor bowl and remove the bowl. Clean out any dirt particles and spray the inside of the bowl with carb cleaner. Replace the bowl.

* While you're at it, now would be a good time to replace the tiller's fuel filter and check any fuel hoses for cracks or leaks. Should you find any, replace the hoses that are damaged.

* If you know where all of the grease fittings are on your tiller, get out the grease gun and fill these fittings until you start to see the new grease pushing out the old grease. If you don't know where all of the grease fittings are on your garden tiller, they should be noted in your tiller manual.

* Check the blades of the tiller tines. If you have a lot of rocks in your soil, the blades may be pretty dull. The tiller tines are pretty easy to remove and sharpen on most garden tillers. If they need it, sharpen them, but wear a pair of leather gloves to prevent cutting yourself. If the tiller tines are bent, you really need to replace them.

* If your garden tiller is dirty, give it a good wash. Rust may form from moisture trapped between dirt and the tiller surface. Carb cleaner can be sprayed around the engine area to remove oil and grime. Not really done for aesthetic purposes, but to help you more easily locate any leaks, should they develop.

These tiller maintenance tips are provided to help you extend the life of your garden tiller.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006



Hello Friends,

We have been gathering scrap wood for several years for projects
around our Little Place. I wanted to tell you about Garden Bench we made for the little frog pond that we found in our woods.
We have been cleaning up the area as we are able.
see post from Monday Feb 6th, 2006 Garden Bench Frog pond info & pics...

We decided to use some of our wood to make our latest project
a small garden sitting bench.

Sometimes when I need to take a few moments to
gather up or - pitch away, my thoughts ...
I go to the little pond.

Now I have a place to sit !!!!

The weather was so mild last weekend, we decided to finally put a
sitting bench down there.
The following is a photo journal of our Garden Bench project:

Picking out just where we want to place our bench

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Pre - measuring the bench seat & the support boards

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digging the holes for the leg posts 18 inches deep.

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He decided to make the leg posts 36 inches long.
That leaves the seat a comfy 18 inches above ground.
Leveling out the bench seat.

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Securing the seat on the poles he sunk and treated.

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We decided to add a few rocks and some leaves for a more
'natural look'. He is going to add more rocks to the area in Spring.
We both like to add things around our little place that look like
they belong or have been here for a very long time.

We then treated the seat with boiled linseed oil.

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I am so glad we treated it.
We had a pretty good snow this weekend.
It is perfect for watching the water rippling or for seeing the most
amazing sunsets...

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See Our NewGarden Bench covered in snow.

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Monday, February 06, 2006


Hello Friends,
Today I want to tell you about our Frog Pond.
The first photo is one I took with an old 35 mm camera and scanned into our computer when we first moved here a few years ago.
I was so excited to find a little puddle of water that was NOT seasonal but held water all year round. We didn't realize how large the 'pond' area was, until he started cleaning out brush, downed trees, weeds and briars. We affectionately call it our frog pond since we are serenaded most of the year by hundreds of frogs that live in it.

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We have been doing all of the work by hand so far, using a push mower, wearing out one pair of snippers, breaking 2 rakes, 1 hoe, 2 shovels and shattering 1 axe and 2 chain saws are history. We also used a weedwhacker but we lost it in the recent fire.

Here is a pic I took January 2006, the first snow of the year
Big difference, isn't it !!!

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It is such a beautiful area.
The biggest problem we have is not being able to
clean it out very well. Our chain saw is now out of commission so we are at a standstill as far as trimming tree branches and large saplings and we still have a few mature trees we are wanting to clear out. The leaves from the oak (which I wish we could move, not cut down)
make the water look black and sometimes slimy. He has been tilling the area by hand and is making me a easier walkable path around our little pond.

Here is a pic I took on Saturday Feb 4th 2006 during our latest snowfall.

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The actual area is approximately 25' wide and 25' across.

I need to resize all of my photos from our Garden Bench project, so it will be tomorrow before I can show you how he made our garden bench last weekend when we had a warm spell.
It is hard to believe how much our weather here in Kentucky can change so drastically from one day to the next. When we made our Garden Bench last weekend, we didn't even need a jacket...

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Monday, January 30, 2006


Hello friends,
Tonight I am going to share one of my most embarrassing moments,
something that actually happened to me.
It was, I believe, a year or so ago.
It all started with me wanting to make an egg sandwich.
Simple, huh?

Not really.
It was after midnight when I decided to go to the 24 hr
Walmart in the closest big city, to pick up some Kitchen staples.

Not the kind that go in the staple gun, silly, you know milk, eggs,
bread, Cat food...Chocolate.

On the way back home. I was toodlin' down the road when I realized I didn't know where I was.
I had missed my ramp and was on a little 2 lane country road, in the middle of 'I shouldn't be out here alone' road , hair-pin curves and all. The fog was rolling heavy and boy it is dark in the hollers of Kentucky. I am drivin' and lookin' and lookin' and drivin' all of a sudden right in my path in the road, there were several pairs of eyes lookin' back at me.
It was a pack of raccoons,
little baby raccoons.

I slammed on the brakes so I wouldn't hit them
and all my groceries went flying!

I decided to throw them some bread or maybe some cat food,
I know, I know.
But they were babies and soooo cute!
And where was their momma? I was trying to find a safe place to pull over.

'Bout that time a Car came up over the hill towards me with their bright lites on and blinded me so... I decided I had better not stop, the road was too narrow and slippery. I went on for a while and the fog got heavier and the inside of the car window fogged up, I could hardly see.
I tried to slow down and wipe off the window.

No towels.
No kleenex.

Well, I decided I would just use my bra, I had to clean off that inside window somehow.
I was having trouble seeing the road. I had only seen 1 sign on the road and I couldn't make it out. I passed a lil gravel road. Slowed down and backed into it, just far enough where I wouldn't be seen from the road. I had my bra unhooked when I glanced around and realized I was in a cemetery. Not a city kind of cemetery, mind you, but a country one. No lights AT ALL and those old tombstones that are covered with moss and leanin forwards a little.
That fog just hung over those tombstones.
Gave me the creeps.

I started singing "When the roll is called up Yonder" just to calm myself down. I was singing at the top of my lungs, I tell you. You can bet that all the dogs in that county were howling up a storm, as I could carry a truck before I could carry a tune.
I about had my bra off when I looked in my rearview mirror.
I saw 2 people walking through the fog, walking TOWARDS me!

I immediately thought of that old movie, "Night of the Living Dead".
I panicked!

Why would anybody be in a cemetery, in the middle of nowhere at 1:30 in the morning?
I floored it.
I still had it in reverse, gravel went flyin everywhere... they ducked and jumped back, in the fog it looked like they were doin a ballet leap or something. I got it in gear and floored it again, gravel was flyin and I realized I was still singing. Just as I was turning the steering wheel I felt something on my hand. Looked down...

Oh Lord How I HATE & fear spiders.
I flipped him in the seat and grabbed up one of my Walmart bags and pummelled him while I was makin the turn to get out of there.

Then it hit me, just turn on the wipers,
the moisture was on the OUTSIDE of the windshield.

Well, long story long,
I finally made it to a Shell station and got directions on how to get home.
I was exhausted and my throat hurt from singing so loud and I realized two things...

1) My bra was hanging, from one shoulder, down and out the back of my shirt.
2) The bag I flailed around to kill that spider had my eggs in it.
you see why I don't get out much.

My Honey just shakes his head and trys really hard not to grin as I relate these things that happen to me. You can see his lip quiver as he trys not to burst out laffing, then his voice starts to quiver, he starts biting on that lip and he says um, I'm so sorry you uh ....
bout that time he busts out laughing.

I broke all the eggs but one,
so I at lease I got my egg sandwich...

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Saturday, January 28, 2006


Hello friends,
I must apologize for not keeping our sites updated more regularly.
At first I wasn't going to say anything about our fire but I wanted to share with you
the main reason there has been a lot going on here on our little place.
We have had several setbacks, one is due to recently having had a fire and have lost most of our stored items. He has been working hard trying to rebuild our storage shed and that has been tedious not having any extra funds for supplies.
We lost all our tarps, our back-up kerosene heater, most of our harvested cedar and house lumber, some tools, our weedwhacker, a shed full of odds and ends, too many other things to mention.

We have been trying to go thru the wood from our fire and salvage what we can.
It saddens me to see the fire damage to all of our timber wood and miscellaneous 'store bought' lumber we were harvesting & collecting to build our home and workshed. Every time I see the damage, I realize that It could have been so much worse. We were also very lucky that it did not spread to our trailer.

Here is what our wood looks like now...

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Here is one of our wood projects that he was working on for a present for me.
I am trying to salvage it.

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Be sure and check back in soon.
I will be posting before and after photos of our frog pond
as well as our latest project
Our Frog Pond Garden Bench.
See you again soon...

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Monday, January 16, 2006



Are sweet potatoes and yams the same thing????
Yes and No.

As I said before, I am very interested in regional foods and how things got their name.
I also smile when I imagine the first person who, more than likely, accidentally found a potato, pulled it all the way out of the dirt, looked at it and said to themselves
"I am gonna wash this up and eat it"
Sweet Potatoes and Yam or Yams and Sweet potatoes, many think the names are interchangable. It really depends on how you look at it. I did some research and botanically, scientifically they are not related at all.
Although it is true that both the yam and the sweet potato grow underground and
both have an orange-yellow flesh, but that is about where the similarity ends.
I found a statement from: The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission,
they currently urge the world to spell "sweetpotato" as one word but also state
"it's an uphill battle"

YAMS : 'Dioscorea Species'
plant family: Yam DIOSCOREACEAE

Yams are larger, very starchy, edible tuberous roots.
In Africa, the Yam is used as a staple food in daily life.
The African word "nyami" referred to the starchy, edible root of the Dioscorea genus.
The English form of this plant is "yam".
Yams in the U.S. are actually sweet potatoes with relatively moist texture and orange flesh.
They grow in tropical and subtropical climates and require 8-10 months of warm weather to mature.

Yam facts that surprised me:
Yams are believed to have been around since 50,000 BC.
Yams can grow two to three feet long and some can weigh as much as 80 pounds.
(Wow, that would make a heck of a caserole)
In the United States today it is possible to find 'true' yams in some urban Hispanic markets, they are imported from the Carribean. Although the terms are generally used interchangeably, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that the label "yam" always be accompanied by "sweet potato."


SWEET POTATO: Ipomoea batatas
plant family: Morning glory CONVOLVULACEAE
Some of the Most well known types of sweet potato:
'Nemagold', 'New Jersey Orange' and the 'Nugget',
have the lighter and drier (sweet potato) flesh.
The two most popular varieties that used to be known as Yams are:
'Centennial' and 'Puerto Rico' which are moist-fleshed varieties.
Each variety of sweet potato bring different tastes, textures, and colors to your diet.
Many believe that the two different potatoes became merged and called "Yam" simply by the everyday shopper being told by grocers, all orange potatoes are Yams.
The 'early' sweet potato producers attached the word Yam to all of the deep orange, moist fleshed varieties of Sweet Potatoes in the marketplace, they then called the yellowish, smaller, drier fleshed potatoes, Sweet potato.

Sweet potato facts that surprised me:
Scientists believe the sweet potato has been around since Prehistoric Times.
Sweet Potatoes are in the Morning glory family


Here are a few

Basic Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

2 lbs sweet potatoes
1/4 C brown sugar
1 t cinnamom
1 t nutmeg
1 TBS melted butter
1 1/2 C mini marshmallows, divided

Preheat oven to 350°.
Cook potatoes and mash to 3 cups.
Mix with spices, butter, and half the mini marshmallows.
Place in a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Top with remaining marshmallows.
Bake for 25 mins. or until puffy and
marshmallows are delicately browned.


Sweet Potato Biscuit Recipe

1 medium (8 oz) sweet potato
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbls butter, at room temperature
6 Tbls milk

Wash potato, prick with fork, wrap in paper towel,
and microwave for 6 minutes.
Remove from microwave and cool.
Next, Cut the potato in half, scooping potato meat into a bowl and mash.
Sift together dry ingredients, mix in potato,
butter and milk until doughy.
Flour a flat surface and knead dough until smooth.
Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut biscuits out with biscuit / cookie cutters.
Place on greased baking sheet.
Bake 12 minutes in preheated 450 degree oven
Serve warm with a little butter or fruit jam if desired.

Makes 8 good sized biscuits


Sweet Sweet Potato Caserole

3 c. sweet potatoes, mashed
1/3 c. butter, melted
2 eggs
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix together and put into a casserole dish.

1 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. flour
1/3 c. butter, melted
1 c. pecans, chopped

Mix together and sprinkle on top of mixture of potatoes
Can also add cinnamon on top of mixture before baking.
Bake uncovered for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.


Sweet Potato Cookies

1 c. sweet potato, cooked & mashed
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
3/4 c. margarine
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. quick cooking oatmeal
1 c. pecans
1 c. raisins

Mix butter and sugar together.
Add eggs and dry ingredients and
then pecans and raisins.
Drop by teaspoons.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.



Cut yams into large serving-sized pieces.
Wrap each piece in aluminium foil (or banana leaves)
as one would wrap baking potatoes.
Bake in a hot oven (400 - 425 degrees) for 1 - 1 1/2 hrs
or roast on an outdoor grill until tender.

Serve with salt, pepper, and butter.


Roasted Yam Recipe

Peel and wash the yams in salted water; dry with paper towel;
Roll in flour and bake in a 350° F oven for about
30 minutes or until tender and browned.

Cut in half and scoop out the interior flesh;
Mash with a little milk, a pinch of salt and some
butter as you would for mashed potatoes.

serving suggestion:
Trim the shells to form little "boats"
fill each one with the mashed yam mixture
sprinkle with parsley and if necessary
return to the oven to heat through.



5 pounds of yams
2 quarts hot water
1 Tbsp. salt
8 oz. butter (sliced)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. white ground pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar

Place peeled and diced yams in large stockpot
Add hot water and salt and bring to a boil for 35 minutes.
Drain water and transfer into mixing bowl and mash.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.


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