Happiness to me is being surrounded by loved ones and enjoying simple pleasures. And of course good food is usually involved in there somewhere.
When I examine my life it really does seem to be the simple things that I enjoy and cherish the most.
I don’t need to go out for fancy dinners too often. I don’t need to purchase the latest gadget or have the trendiest wardrobe to be happy. Almost the opposite really… I much prefer home-made meals. I only purchase things when we can afford them and when I do, I try to invest in items that will last a long time. I don’t keep up with the latest trends in fashion as the stress of seeing all that money leave my wallet each season would be too much for me! Also, I just don’t get bored with things that fast I guess.
What are some things that make me happy?
Long summer walks with no real destination in mind. Drawn out weekend breakfasts with coffee refills and good conversation… Sitting as a family while my husband reads to us… Doing my little girl’s hair in braids and bobby pins… Watching my son laugh hysterically while my husband makes jokes that seemingly make no sense.
My little girl’s “Fairy Princess” hairstyle
I can’t forget one of my all time favourite loves – food. Obviously right? I mean I did start a whole blog on it after all… I use it to heal my body, keep me grounded to the earth and to remind me of how blessed I am. And not to mention, it tastes really good so that’s a contributing factor as well. Oh how I love real food.
An ideal date night would include preparing a late dinner with my husband beside me. Hands down the best date night. I love finding or creating a new recipe together over wine and good music. Such fun!
Because I love to live a simple and uncluttered life, I’m big on simple meals. A recipe doesn’t require 50 different ingredients to be good. Sometimes a vegetable should just taste like a vegetable. That’s my take on it anyway.
I also love when a recipe has room to improvise and be creative. If you don’t have time to get the measuring spoons out, no biggie, just wing it. Using a recipe as a guide and not a strict blueprint is a great idea and leaves room for your own creativity to shine through.
I was in Whole Foods the other day and had some of the Chili Sweet Potatoes from their hot bar. They were so delicious I had to try to make something similar. Here is the simple recipe that I love. It’s very quick and there is room to adjust depending on your taste buds.
Chili Rubbed Sweet Potatoes
Chili Rub Ingredients:
- 1/2 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 tablespoon chili
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 3 teaspoons of chili rub*
- 3 teaspoons olive oil or coconut oil (melted)
- Sea salt to taste
*Save the rest of the rub to use another time!
- Pre-heat oven to 400F
- Prepare the sweet potatoes and place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Combine the chili rub and oil in a small bowl
- Using a brush or hands rub the spice/oil mixture on the sweet potatoes ensuring all the sweet potatoes are covered well
- Make sure all the sweet potatoes are laying flat and not overlapping
- Place the sweet potatoes in the oven and cook uncovered for 45 minutes or until desired softness, stirring occasionally
Do the simple things in life make you happy as well? I’d love to hear what happiness is to you!
Until next time,
10 thoughts on “The Simple Things in Life – Like Chili Rubbed Sweet Potatoes!”
This looks yummy hol, also I totally agree with you on not needing to keep up with trends and going out to fancy places. I love staying home and cooking with the family. I’m going to try out this recipe tonight looks delish.
Thanks Kel! I know…I get so excited when Jeff wants to go pick up groceries for a new recipe to make later that night! Creating in the kitchen together is the best.
You’ll have to let me know what you think of the Chili Rubbed Sweet Potatoes after you make them!
These look yummy holl!!! I love sweet potatoes. This is a good way to spice them up! I love trying out your recipes! My hubby and I also love cooking together! Especially in the summer he mans the BBQ and I take care of the rest! Cooking healthy meals to feed our fam is one of the many things that make me happy and your blog gives me so much inspiration and ideas!! It’s thanks to you that I found out about the vitamix blender and I absolutely love it!!!!!
Thanks Kerrie!!!! Your kind words and beautiful comment just made my day 🙂 Congrats on the Vitamix purchase as well! We love ours too. You’ll have to try making some hummus if you haven’t already…it’s super creamy when you make in the Vitamix 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂 and I will definately try hummus for sure in the Vitamix as my youngest just loves hummus! That’s one of the best things I love about this blender as I can hide stuff like veggies, flax, chia seeds and so much more in soups and shakes and my kids are none the wiser!
I hear you! My kids had a smoothie tonight loaded with healthy greens and protein. I always make smoothies for them as it’s such a great way to boost their veggie intake 🙂
Hey hol, my hubby loved them and I’m making them again tonight. Thanks for the great recipe. I look forward to the next. Kell 🙂
Oh I am sending my best friend a link to your website as she is going to try a Paleo diet. I told her about your blog and she is looking forward to getting some new recipes to start with. I told her about the English muffin in the Pyrex dish using almond flour and she was excited as she loves bread but it does not like her as she has some stomach issues.
Stomach issues as in gluten sensitive. 🙂
So happy he loved the recipe! You are very welcome!
How’s your friend doing with avoiding wheat? Hopefully she’ll be able to use some of my recipes to help with the transition. I know it can be hard at first. The Paleo English muffin is a great recipe to start with tho!