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Roasted Balsamic Sweet Potatoes

I LOVE sweet potatoes and so I’m always on the look-out for new recipes to try to convert my ‘regular” potato loving hubby to my sweet potato ways 🙂 I found this recipe on Pinterest (shocker, I know, lol) courtesy of Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide, a fellow WordPress blogger.

The recipe is simple and straightforward enough that I threw it all together while I was making a cake! With just a few adjustments to the recipe I Made This:



  • 1/2 cup decent balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar (I used light b/c that’s all I had on hand)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 large sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400•
  2. In large skillet bring balsamic vinegar & sugar to a boil
  3. Reduce until sauce begins to thicken
  4. Add butter and salt and cook over medium heat until evenly mixed
  5. Place sweet potatoes into skillet and coat with balsamic mixture
  6. Put potatoes into baking dish and roast until browned on the edges, about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally
  7. Add parsley just before serving

It’s dinnertime at the Cammarota household and so once again I’m relying on Pinterest to make sure we have a tasty meal. Tonight I’m trying out a recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers because it’s a cheesesteak in a pepper-duh:)

Why let all those (tasty) carbs get in the way of meat and cheese lol.

But before I get to the recipe I feel the need to give a shout out to my sister-in-law Christie for lending me her Canon camera software disk so I can now download these lovely pictures directly to my laptop rather than downloading them to the hubby’s computer (which had the original software installed) then transferring them to mine via a thumb drive-PITA I tell ya!

I used this recipe from Quick & Easy Recipes as my jumping off point and I Made This:



6 Green Bell Peppers

1.5 20 oz boxes Quaker Maid Steaks

10 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms

2 Medium Yellow Onions

18 slices Provolone or American Cheese

2 tbsp EVOO

3 tbs butter

salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 400•

Cut tops off peppers, remove ribs and seeds.

Poke holes in bottom of peppers with toothpicks to allow drainage when cooking later. Arrange peppers on cooking rack in baking pan cut side down. Bake for 20 minutes. Then flip over and bake for 10-15 minutes more. OR in lieu of pre-baking the peppers  boil peppers instead.


Meanwhile slice onions and mushrooms.  Saute over medium heat with butter, olive oil, and a little salt and pepper.  Saute until onions and mushroom are nice and caramelized.  About 25-30 minutes.

While peppers, onions, and ‘shrooms are cooking heat large skillet on high heat. When nice and hot add broken up pieces of steak. Cook until no longer pink then drain fat.

Add onion & ‘shoom mix to steak and mix well. Mmmmm

Line each pepper with slice of cheese (a step I forgot and I’m sure will only enhance the deliciousness!!) Then fill with steak, onion, and ‘shroom mix and top with cheese.


Cook for 15-20 minutes or until cheese browns


“Mangia, mangia!”

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

My Pinterest addiction struck again the other day and I felt compelled to try out another seemingly great sounding recipe..Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Sounds great right? Dough you can safely snack on~score!

So I used my Google-Fu skills to make sure I had the best recipe and most bloggers were basically repeating the same one to mostly rave reviews so off to the kitchen I went…


My initial reaction upon tasting it was ehhh, it’s ok.

Soooo I started tossing in some more butter and sugar and a tad more vanilla and the result was a little tastier ( I mean come on how can you beat more butter, sugar, and vanilla, right?!?) but still not something that I would rank equal to an eggy cc cookie dough.


I wasn’t even going to post the recipe on here but the hubby told me I had a duty to warn people lol. So really this post is to serve as a PSA against the evils of eggless cookie dough. NOT worth your time or ingredients…not to mention the calories!

But don’t fret my friends, I have made it my mission to find a recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough that you can safely snack on without fear of salmonella. I have a few ideas up my sleeve and I will be sure to post once I have a worthy recipe!


And for those of you who’ve been snacking on regular cookie dough for years, according to several internet sources only about 1 in 30,000 eggs actually contains salmonella. Of course that statistic will be little comfort should you get sick so maybe hold off on the dough until we can find a good recipe 🙂

Chunky Arm Knit Scarf

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I get tons of compliments and people cannot believe I made it myself in just a few hours!







I first tried my hand at knitting this past January and quickly became frustrated with the slow as molasses pace and my inability to understand the fundamentals THEN I stumbled upon this little gem on Pinterest: Arm Knitting Tutorial – How-To | and I was hooked. Not only is this a fun, easy, and quick way to knit it’s also an awesome way for a newbie knitter to learn the fundamentals!

Thanks to Maggie I have a gorgeous collection of homemade chunky knit scarves in colors I love AND I figured out the ins and outs of knitting! Win-Win 🙂 Now if only my budget allowed for more yarn…lol


I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn in Constellation for my scarf pictured above.


IMG_4269  You can see how wide the loops are due to using your arms as the knitting needles


Here is Maggie’s how-to video to get you hooked on knitting:

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