Sunday, June 1, 2008

Short-Lived Weekend Respite...

Well, as quickly as the weekend came, it's rapidly coming to a close and Joey will be back to the grind of school for another week. I'm happy that we're falling into a pretty decent routine, but I'm bummed about the stress of this time in our lives. I made Sweet Potato Gnocchi again, and it was super-tasty, so I'm going to share the recipe with you!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

4 medium-sized sweet potatoes
1 egg
2 cups flour

Wash Sweet potatoes and poke holes in them with a fork. Microwave for 12 minutes or until soft. Allow to cool until you are able to handle them. Scoop out the insides into a bowl and add 1 egg and 1 cup of the flour. Mix up with a fork until well mixed. Turn dough out onto a floured board and gradually add the other cup of flour, kneading until it's a good consistency. Roll dough into several 1 inch thick logs and cut into 1 inch long pieces. Using a fork, press the pieces over the fork to create a small impression in the dough. Add to salted boiling water and cook for 12 minutes. Drain and serve. We served with light alfredo sauce and it as wonderful!

It was such a good homemade meal for Joey to enjoy before he's back to the grind. And, on the frugal front, we only spent 12 dollars on groceries this week. I'm eating healthily this week and already have my lunches in the fridge and ready to go.

I'm looking forward to this week; I've started the overhaul of the house and things are finally starting to shape up, and I've got my meals and exercise planned out. I spent part of the afternoon online looking up crochet patterns so that I can get a project or two underway, and I'm excited about maybe having pretty homemade gifts for Christmas this year.

I'm back on the frugal reading kick; Joey and I have discussed our frugality at great length, especially since our gas bill just doubled and we had significant work done to Rhonda the Honda (she's running GREAT now), and we want to be the best stewards of our money possible, but we also want to make sure that we're taking care of ourselves so that we don't start to feel deprived and give up. We're on our way toward working for a happy medium between frugality and satisfaction.

I'm so excited about the Olympics in August. I can't wait for them to come on; I'm such an Olympic junkie! That's all I've got for tonight!

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