Endless Summer Night

I can’t believe it’s only 7:30!

I feel like I’ve done so much already, but that may be because my lunch is already packed for tomorrow since I didn’t have it today. Whatever works!

I had my fruit that I brought with me today for an afternoon snack.


Cantaloupe, peach, blackberries, raspberries.

I cannot get over how perfect these peaches are! I hope they have more this weekend.

Dinner was kind of unknown earlier today.

I knew I had some chicken that I needed to use, so I tried to put together meals in my head based on what I remembered having in the fridge.

It actually worked out pretty well!

I made a chicken marinade with:

  • about a cup of cilantro
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

I blended that up in the food processor until it turned into a sauce consistency.


I put the chicken in the sauce for about 15 minutes while Nick heated up the grill, and I had put sweet potatoes in the oven about 30 minutes before.

Once the chicken went to the grill, I threw some broccoli in the oven to quick roast while the potatoes cooled down.


The chicken turned out great! I loved the big cilantro flavor with the lime juice and ginger. I’ll definitely make this again.


Anything grilled just makes it feel like summer.

Let’s get up close and personal with my sweet potato.


I like mine with cinnamon + salt. The perfect combination, I think.

I also went ahead and made something while I had the food processor out tonight.


Nick’s mom got these at Costco and they’re awesome! But, we’d had this bag for a while and I knew we wouldn’t finish it as-is, so I decided these little babies needed to be turned into almond butter.


Since these were already roasted, sweetened, and salted, I didn’t add anything.

Just dump them in and let them go!



It didn’t quite fill up my empty jar, but I guess that just means there’s less to go through until I have another almond butter bowl, right?  :)

Nick’s playing guitar and I think I’m going to try to finish one of the 5 or s0 books I’ve started over the past couple of months. I feel like I have all night and so much more time than usual – so strange how the clock dictates my day and my thinking.

Make sure to tune in tomorrow for my last pancake challenge entry – ooh, I can’t wait. :)

What do you put on YOUR sweet potatoes?


  1. Dude, so weird – I’m TOTALLY eating a sweet potato right now sprinkled with cinnamon, hahaha :-D

  2. Brandi, I’m going to be so sad when this challenge is over just because I’ll miss your pancakes! Haha I’m writing my end post right now, and you’re definitely mentioned as the pancake queen :)

  3. I like black beans on sweet potatoes with a bunch of black pepper.
    Enjoy your night!

  4. Gorgeous fruit! I finally found some peaches at the farmer’s market this weekend that were nearly as good as my favorite peaches from an orchard in Arkansas. A good peach is one of my favorite things. A typical grocery store peach… eh… not so much. :-)

    I like cinnamon and brown sugar on my sweet potatoes, although I often just have them with cinnamon alone. I kind of like a little nutmeg on top too. Sweet potatoes are so good!

    I love your chicken dish!

  5. i love brown sugar on my sweet potatos, or i cut them into fries with olive oil and sea salt. MM!
    ps your chicken looks yummy!

  6. I’m pretty boring with the sweet potatoes, but I think they’re delicious just plain! Sometimes I add some Earth Balance and it’s a tasty change to eat them in a bowl with either plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.

    I may just have to go crazy and try the cinnamon.

  7. Your marinade looks delicious! I’m loving that sweet potato, too. I like cinnamon on my sweet potatoes :)

  8. Yum, Yum, Yum. Everything looks so good, Bran!

    I like cinnamon, nutmeg and butter on my sweet potatoes if I eat them baked but if I make them into “fries”, I like olive oil, cumen. chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

  9. Hey girl – your dinner looked awesome! I really need to try making my own almond butter!

  10. I like my sweet taters in the form of cheetahs. So delicious!

  11. Cinnamon and salt? I like the sounds of that! Maybe I’ll just skip the cheetahs and try a SP with those – yum!

  12. Very inventive sauce!

    I normally don’t put anything on sweet ‘taters because I like them better as fries! :) So I guess that means ketchup?

  13. i put nada on my sweet potatoes – i love eating ’em straight up!!!

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