Friday’s Five

zucchini chips

Whew!  Made it through the first full work-week of 2013!  I’m feeing back in the swing of things, and ready to take my students through final exams and begin 2nd semester!

Friday’s Five

1.  We used our last purple sweet potato this week.  I chopped it up, along with a rutabaga, and tossed it all with sea salt and ground black pepper.  After roasting in a 400°F oven for about an hour, this made for an excellent side dish.

purple sweet potatoes and rutabaga

I’m disappointed that I have been unable to locate more, but the next time I do, you can be certain I’ll buy some.  They really are tasty!

2.  Bob has a “thing” against burning candles in the house.  When we got married, I said that I would no longer burn candles, since he felt they made our home dirty.

So imagine my disappointment when I received one of my favorite seasonal candle scents from my Mom at Christmas:  Jack Frost!  I explained the issue to my Mom, and she came up with a great solution.

candle warmer

We used it for the first time last week, and it works beautifully!  I as able to enjoy the “Jack Frost” scent, and Bob didn’t have to worry about any soot.

candle warmer

3. I had some very bad news yesterday.  Very bad.  My beloved Stone Ground Mexican Organic Dark Chocolate from Trader Joe’s is being discontinued.


The reason I know this is because I noticed the regular $3.99 price per package was reduced to $1.49!!!  So, I inquired about the dramatic price drop, and they explained why.  So stock up now!!!  And if you haven’t tried it, this is your chance.  It’s delicious.  Seriously!  I bought three packages yesterday.

4.  In case you need another way (besides herehere and here) to eat chips:

zucchini chips

Zucchini Chips!  Just slice, spritz with EVOO, dust with desired seasonings (in this picture I used salt, garlic powder and cumin), and bake for approximately 20 minutes at 375°F, or until slightly crispy.  Light and tasty . . . a great appetizer, snack or side dish!

5.  Something to think about:


Happy Friday!  Have a fantastic weekend!!


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  1. says

    I had been so intrigued by the salt + pepper chocolate, but not because I particularly love chocolate (it is a rare day when I get a craving for it), but because it sounded so WEIRD, and I love salt + pepper other things…like chips. [Maybe salt and pepper zucchini chips? :)]

  2. says

    I never thought of candles making your house dirty. He’s right though. Any type of air freshner puts pollutants in the air. We have four dogs and two nasty kids living in our house so we actually have both! So bad! I remember when PB&CO discontinued their mighty maple flavor! It was so frustrating. I loved it so much :(

  3. says

    I haven’t been to TJ’s in ages – I may have to make a pit stop – the closest one to me is in Lake Zurich, which I will be driving by on my way to Deer Park mall this weekend – woop! (fyi, chocolate is insulin worthy!)

    Love #5!!!

    Happy Friday!

  4. says

    Chocolates should never be discontinued. We don’t have a tj’s in denver — so weird, right? But otherwise I’d probably be stocking up myself! I love the Yankee candles. All of them.

  5. says

    Way to keep it interesting with some offbeat winter veggies! The rutabaga and purple sweet potato make a nice color combination. I’ve seen those purple yams at my food co-op, will have to give them a try. Love the quote– you made the art for it yourself? Re-pinned it.

  6. says

    Oh no that is so sad about that TJ’s chocolate being discontinued!! I love it. At Whole Foods there is actually a very similar product but it is $8 per chocolate so I always got the TJ’s ones as a substitute (they taste the same). I will have to go stock up if there are any left.

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