This really has nothing to do with sweet potato's, which I do hope to eat a lot more of this year, but more honestly to do with the direction of this little corner of the web. I have spent a lot of time traveling recently to visit people that I love, meeting some new people, and challenging myself personally and professionally, and one of the things that I did in those travels was re-link every single blog post that was no longer working from my old domain name (which was so long overdue and I apologize for that)!
JUST when I thought everything I've done here was irrelevant, or that it wasn't going anywhere... I was forced to look at some of my first blog posts. OMG. Amateur hour. But you have to start somewhere, right? How far I have come creatively, personally, and just about in every way was such an eye opener, and SUCH a heart-warming and encouraging thing. I have grown so much in all of my crafts - cooking, blogging, photography, and last but certainly not least, in my professional design career. I've always been passionate about lifestyle more than anything, and seeing both facets of my life grow so much, and having something concrete to see the growth with such solid evidence, was wonderful.
So, where do I plan to go? I have always been so worried about doing exactly what everyone else is doing with blogging... not wanting to be just another blogger doing the typical blogger posts. I also get so annoyed when I see a post that isn't authentic, and not representative of what your current state actually is. We don't all live in our dream house, most don't have their dream job, and some not even the right field yet, and that is OK! I now realize every other 20 and 30 something wants to figure out how to make the most of exactly where they are - bad finishes in their rented apartment and all!
I chose Cassie Daily as the name of this blog, because I wanted to represent an honest glimpse into my daily life, not that I am going to post daily. Im never going to post a breakfast from 5 weeks ago and pretend it was this morning when I'm actually on vacation and posting a picture just for "likes". It just isn't my style. And I don't want to overly glamorize my life, because my Tuesday is just a Tuesday, like everyone else, and I put my pants on in the morning the same way everyone else does.
So, where to go from here?! I have a few exciting new things up my sleeves, which I hate to say that I am going to wait to reveal for a few more weeks... but for now, on top of my new recipe posts, I really want to re-make, re-photograph, and re-post a lot of the first recipes that just aren't getting the glory that they deserve. I am planning to do an "every other" format, new post, old post recreated. I'm excited!
We are about to get a bit more well-rounded in all the best ways, and I can't thank any of you who regularly read this blog (it might be just my mom and I) enough for following along. I get so much joy out of this passion of mine and I am so happy to share it with you all.
Serves 2 (divide or multiply ingredients as necessary!
2 sweet potatoes
1/8 cup EVOO
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Cut slits in the potatoes at 1/4-inch intervals, going almost all the way through the potato, and place in your roasting pan.
Rub the olive oil all over the potato's, finely chop the rosemary leaves, and sprinkle all over the potatoes with the salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Try and get as much of the ingredients in the slits as possible.
Bake the sweet potatoes for 1 hour, or until the center is tender and the outside is crisp, and the potatoes have fanned out.
In the meantime, whisk together the sour cream and 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup for the topping.
When the potatoes come out of the oven, drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, top with a dollop of the sour cream & maple syrup mixture, and serve warm!