You know that moment when you open your car door after it has been parked in the sun for an hour? You know what I’m talking about, when you feel like getting in your oven would be better than getting in your driver’s seat. Or what about how you start sweating buckets the moment you make it out your front door and realize that deodorant should have left home with you today. Maybe I’m the only one.
Fun in the sun
In any case, summer is here for real, folks. The upside is that we are now able to enjoy days by the pool, fruity drinks with umbrellas (right, like we waited for summer), and vacations to the beach. Additionally, I am officially DONE with grad school and can now say I earned a Master’s degree in mental health clinical counseling. I am still job hunting but have not come across the right position for me yet. In the meantime, I continue evaluating my skills (counseling skills, cooking skills, nun-chuck skills) and remain open minded about my career path. Things have taken an interesting turn recently.
Mom and Stuffed Husband
Yesterday I interviewed for and was offered a position as a personal fitness trainer at a local New Orleans gym. This is outside my experience area but I also find myself quite passionate about this career move. For the next day or so I’ll be mulling it over, praying, and weighing my options.
baked sweet potato fries
Job chatter aside, let’s cook some yummy grub! One of my all-time favorite foods are French fries. I LOVE them. I love them alone. I love them with ketchup. I love them with CHEESE. I love them with MORE CHEESE. And, I love them with CHEESE and Jalapeños. Who doesn’t? OFF WITH YOUR HEAD.
Baked sweet potato fries are a doable substitute when you are craving a yummy fry but trying to make up for your late-night sins of beer and pizza. It happens. Baking the fries saves a number of calories and makes clean up a little easier. Here’s what you’ll need:
- two large sweet potatoes (one potato per person usually makes more than enough)
- 1 tsp of olive oil per potato
- salt, pepper, or seasonings of your liking
- aluminum foil to line your baking sheet for easier clean up
First, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Wash your potatoes and slice them up into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices.
Toss them in olive oil and seasonings in a bowl. Then lay out on your baking sheet so they are not touching.
Pop them in the oven for 20 minutes. Do not open the stove during this time. It ensures a better fry, I promise. After 20 minutes, remove the fries from the oven and turn each over so we can cook the other side evenly.
Follow by putting them back in the oven for 10 more minutes. NO opening the oven. Don’t do it. You’ll ruin everything. Ok, not everything but I promise it will be worth it when you bite into the perfect fry.
Then just serve them up with a yummy burger, some grilled chicken, or just all by themselves. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
I will keep you all posted on my career decision as things move along. Thanks for all your support!
Peace, love, and big girl decisions,
~The Hungry Wife