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Real Food Mac and Cheese

Real Food Mac and Cheese

I have searched and searched for a great mac and cheese recipe for years and I have finally figured it out! Usually, I don’t like homemade mac and cheese because it is kind of pasty and not as creamy as I like. I don’t want to serve my kids (or myself) processed cheese food, I want to serve them real food ingredients. Every recipe I saw for using real cheeses called for you to make a roux with flour and butter, and then add liquid and make a sauce and melt the cheese into it. I just never liked it.

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World Famous Green Bean Recipe

World Famous Green Bean Recipe

My daycare kids LOVE my world famous green beans.

A few years ago, when I had some older boys enrolled in care, they would ask me to cook this green bean recipe all the time. I would make them as soon as we could get enough green beans from the garden. They dubbed them world famous and who am I to argue with that. Pre-teen boys know where it’s at! It’s comfort food. 

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Aunt Pat’s Sweet Potato Casserole, Made with Love

My Aunt Pat is world famous for her delicious Sweet Potato Casserole recipe. I remember her making it year after year for our family get togethers and some how it just made the meal super special. I love spending time with my family and my Aunt Pat has always held a super special place in my heart.

A few years ago, she put together a family recipe book and she included this recipe. It’s super special to get to have it and make it for my family now.

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I have made a few changes to her recipe over the years. The flavor of this sweet potato dish puts those canned lumps covered in marshmallows to shame. Another great thing about the casserole is that it’s made with real food ingredients, which I am all about!

Aunt Pat used bourbon in her sweet potatoes, but I never have any around my house, so I have always just left that out. I have had it both ways, and can honestly tell you, I can’t really tell the difference.

sweet potato casserole

We grow our own sweet potatoes for this dish. Click here to check out my kids and their sweet potato adventures.

Step one is to roast and mash 3-4 Cups of sweet potatoes. I just wash them off and toss them in the oven at 350 and roast for about an hour or when they are fork tender. It depends on the size of your potatoes how long they will take to roast, but you want them nice and soft.

aunt pat's sweet potato casserole

Aunt Pat's Sweet Potato Casserole
Delicious, sweet, crunchy topped sweet potato dish that is to die for. Make it for your special occasion!
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 c. sweet potatoes, mashed
  2. 1/2 c. raw sugar
  3. 1/2 c. melted butter
  4. pinch salt
  5. 2 beaten eggs
  6. 1/3 c. bourbon (optional)
  7. 1/2 c. whipping cream
  8. 1/3 c. melted butter
  9. 1 c. raw sugar
  10. 1/2 c. flour
  11. 1 c. chopped pecans (I am allergic to tree nuts, so I replace this with old fashioned rolled oats)
Instructions
  1. Roast and mash sweet potatoes. (I dump them into my kitchen aid and mix them up good)
  2. Mix 1/2 c. raw sugar, 1/2 c. melted butter, salt, eggs, bourbon and whipping cream together with sweet potatoes.
  3. Put into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  4. Mix rest of ingredients and sprinkle over top of potato mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Adapted from Pat and LD Barney
Adapted from Pat and LD Barney
Little Sprouts Learning http://littlesproutslearning.co/
sweet potato casserole roasting in the oven

I know this recipe will knock your socks off. You will never want to go back to canned sweet potatoes again. When you’re making it, think about my sweet Aunt Pat and all the love she put into cooking it for my family. It’s good stuff!

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