This is a sponsored post with Evite, all opinions are my own. #PasstheGiving
One of my favorite things about this time of year is getting to come together with my family. Be it family who lives far or family who lives nearby it’s just nice to spend special holidays together. I find that even in the kitchen growing up I was making memories with my Grandparents and Aunts in the kitchen. Watching them cooking, helping out wherever I could. I want my girls to have those same memories of growing up. Sure we’ll do things our own way like taking my Grandmother’s yam recipe and putting my own favorite spin on it.
Evite is all about building traditions old and new, whether you’re starting from scratch or finding a way to make a longtime family tradition your own. This is exactly what I hope to do with my girls and I’m thrilled to come together with Evite to share the table and pass the giving. You can download the free guide to start with your own holiday planning.
Mandarin Cranberry Candied Yams Recipe
- 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes
- 4 TBSP Butter
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 TSP Allspice
- 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup mandarins
I start this recipe by peeling and boiling the sweet potatoes for 7 minutes until slightly soft. Then drain the water and add the butter and brown sugar and spices on medium heat until the butter is melted. Then add in the sweet potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes. Then you will add in the pecan, cranberries and mandarins and cook for another 4 minutes until cranberries just start to pop open.
This side dish remind me of my Grandmother’s sweet potato recipe. Her recipe always had apples and pecans in it so it was a little bitter form the apples and yet still so sweet. I loved all the textures and flavors so she inspired me to created my own version.
When I think about holidays it’s all about coming together and creating lasting memories. From our favorite foods to creating new family traditions I just want to spend as much time with my family creating these memories together. I hope one day they’ll be just as inspired by their favorite dishes to create their very own versions.
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What are some dishes you have made your own?