Papas dulces

 Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I would share another recipe.  This is another I learned while in Argentina from my host ‘mom’ Rosita.  Interestingly, the sweet potatoes (yams) in Argentina taste just like ours do here but instead of being orange in color, they are a light green (that brings a new look to the dish!).

Anyway, growing up in the South I was experienced sweet potato casserole, you know…the one that has a lot of brown sugar and marshmallows (sorry, but not my thing 😦 ). So, when Rosita asked me if I liked sweet potatoes, I have to admit I was a little leary…but this casserole has the perfect balance of sweetness and something tart for extra flavor and it’s actually very healthy! Enjoy.

2-3 Large Sweet Potatoes

1-1/2 Granny Smith Apples (doesn’t have to be Granny Smith, but a tart apple works best)

2 Tbsp. of Honey (I usually do it to taste)

1 Tsp. of Cinnamon (also to taste)

Peel sweet potatoes and boil until soft.  Then mash with fork or potato masher.  Peel and core the Granny Smith apple then grate it with a cheese grater.  Add into the mashed sweet potatoes and mix well.  Add your honey and then the cinnamon.  Mix everything well and it’s ready to serve.

Yield 4-5 servings (that’s for our house, so you may get a little more or less)

This casserole is great to serve with pork chops.  It’s become a holiday favorite at our house.  And sometimes I add some raisins for a little something extra!

Travel Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Pack your sweatshirt please!

wayward cafe toilet paper dispenser

There are 2 major travel lessons I learned the hard way…

1. Always make sure you know the climate where you’re traveling and pack appropriately.

2. Always bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you wherever you go.

Ok, the second one probably sounds a little goofy, but you’ll thank me later.

Anyway, when I went to Argentina in the Spring of 2008 I don’t know what I was thinking (about the climate). Perhaps I thought, “It’s Latin America, it’s going to be hot, balmy, tropical.” Duh, of course that’s not the answer…it’s nice in the summer, like the Southeastern U.S. (hot) but in the winter it’s COLD…especially since the buildings don’t have proper heating. So, I had a handful of long pants and sweatshirts…and thank goodness the woman I lived with had a wonderful supply of wool sweaters.

Now on to number 2. Toilet paper is essential and you never realize how much you take it for granted until you don’t have it. It you’re going to travel to youth hostels and places like that (or throughout the country in general) just pack a roll or two in a backpack along with some hand sanitizer. Odds are, you’ll have to pay for toilet paper at a public restroom (they have attendants who regulate how much you can use and the cost) and that’s just no fun.

So, pack your clothes and supplies well and happy travels!

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Quality over Quantity

I found a recent article stating that the Spanish Language is composed of fewer words than the English Language.  This truly surprised me.  I’ve always found Spanish so expressive and more ‘creative’ than English.  But maybe the expressiveness has to do with phonetics–at least a little bit.  Since English is spoken with stressed and unstressed syllables, while every syllable of a word is pronounced in Spanish, Spanish seems to be spoken much faster to the native English speaker. 

What else really surprised me (about Spanish possessing fewer words) is the fact that Spanish has about 14 different verb tenses, now that’s a difficult concept for anyone to wrap their head around. Doesn’t that count in number of words?  Regardless of the number of words, I find Spanish to be a beautiful language full of so much expression.

Click How Many Words does Spanish have? to read the article.

October Free-tober


Don’t forget, S.T.A.T. Project is offering the first lesson free–no matter what subject or type.  Your first Spanish or English lesson is FREE, in-person or online!

Writing Services are also part of this promotion!!

For more info contact Megan!

Happy October!

Powerful Story–From an Email

Thanks to Jack Levine….

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.  He said, “My beloved grandson, the battle inside every person is between two wolves.”

“One wolf is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, pessimism and negativity.

The other wolf is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, compassion, optimism and faith.”

The grandson thought for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee gently grasped the boy’s shoulder, looked deeply into his eyes, and replied, “The one who wins is the one you feed.”

I was sent this story in an email from my dad.  I thought it would be nice to share.  There are definitely some great words of wisdom there–and a lot of truth.  Which wolf are you feeding??

On Luck

luck is in small things(42/365)

The answer is no, I don’t believe in luck ‘exactly’. I believe the quote that best describes it is:

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

–Roman Philosopher

I believe that we all create our own destiny–we make choices, some great, some good, some bad and they lead us in a particular direction. But providence has a big hand in that as well. I say, be prepared for anything, we’re all going to fall down and scrape our knees at one time or another, but be ready to get back up and learn to take advantage of great opportunities, they don’t come around very often.


Free is Better…

A friend of my mine has told me many times, “Never turn down something that’s free.”  And yet that’s probably why he has a collection of stickers, plastic cups, coupons for free tacos, and those multi-colored squiggly bracelets that are popular with little kids.  Anyway, I do believe that is good advice, free is always a good thing and today we could all probably use a little more ‘free’.

That’s why until October 31st the S.T.A.T. Project is going to give FREE lessons to everyone!!!!  I’m excited, you should be too!  This means that your first lesson no matter what subject or what type is ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY FREE.

So…you could have an English or Spanish Lesson–online or in-person for FREE, yay free is better!