Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potatoes and some Baseboard Love

What do a couple of newlyweds do on a Sunday afternoon when they are in the middle of house renovations?? Cut & paint baseboard together. Romantic, huh? The couple that sands together stays together, right?….Ok, maybe not. But that is what JD & I found ourselves doing last Sunday afternoon. We had loaded up on baseboard from the local Kent earlier in the week and JD spent the afternoon measuring and cutting them to size while I painted them with a fresh coat of white paint. It was the perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon and SO rewarding to see our apartment reaching the final stages of renovation. Jd had painted the apartment the previous weekend (while I brought in our wood…that is how much I hate painting. I’ll take hard labor over cutting in any day!) Just look at the difference some color and baseboard make!

Before- boring white and naked

lilac and baseboard. Such an improvement!

I was also so excited to share my apple-ginger pork recipe yesterday that I completely neglected to tell you about the awesome sweet potato side that accompanied the pork- sweet & spice roasted potatoes from cinnamon, spice & everything nice. And it is not a side dish to be neglected. It was sweet with a little bit of heat and a lot of carbs…..a perfect combination!

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes


  • 2 large sweet potatoes (mine were massive costco size.)
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Preheat your oven to 400. Peel & chop up the potatoes and sweet potatoes in a large bowl and pour the olive oil over them. Mix together all the spices in a small bowl and mix in well with the potatoes ( the potatoes should be covered in spice mix. If you want a lot of flavor I would double the spice recipe.) Arrange the potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook for 30-40 minutes (longer=crispier. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.)


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