Monday Musings + Baked Sweet Potato Chips

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Lauren Zembron
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

1. My parents threw John and me a [coed!] baby shower down in PA this weekend, and it was lovely! It was really more like a party with friends and family than a traditional baby shower; full of good food and great company =).

6 more weeks to go until our little girl is due to come!

2. The incredibly generous guys of Santa Barbara Chocolate Co. sent me a package chock full of fantastic chocolate items to try out.

Monday Musings + Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Included in the mix:

  • One 3 lb (!) bag of organic dark chocolate baking discs
  • One 3 lb (!) bag of cocoa powder
  • Four 3.5 oz organic chocolate bars (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate mocha, & extra dark chocolate)
  • Four 1.25 oz organic chocolate bars (2 each milk chocolate & dark chocolate)
  • One 20 count box of chocolates

So far everything I have sampled has – of course – been delectable. Thank you SO MUCH Justin and Jason for the fabulous collection of chocolate goodies! I can’t wait to use some of them to bake this holiday season… the rest will be eaten as snacks/desserts ;).

3. Along with being thrilled that Obama was elected back into office for a second term, I’m also giddy that there will be no more political campaign ads. It seemed like there were a lot more this year than other election years, and I will NOT miss them.

4. I made Baked Sweet Potato Chips for The Back Burner this week, and they were gooood.

Monday Musings + Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Sure, it takes a little bit of prep work, but the resulting crispy chips are so worth it. Head on over to get the recipe!

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