A Fascinating Plant

When I came home from Woodinville in mid-August, I discovered that a sweet potato on my kitchen cabinet had sprouted. By then the sprout was at least 8 inches long and it had many 1/8 – 1/4 inch leaves. I watched it grow for a few weeks and then decided to cut off the part of the sweet potato with the sprout. I put the cutting in a cup of water.

I was shocked by how fast the roots grew. Pretty soon the glass cup was filled with roots. I took a photo at that point but when I looked for it on the camera later, it was nowhere to be found.

The third week in September, I decided to plant the cutting in dirt. It was too late in the year to plant it outside so it would have to be a house plant. Once planted in dirt, it seemed like the leaves doubled in size every day. It was hard to imagine they had only been 1/8 – 1/4 inches weeks before. This photo was taken on September 23.

And here are two I took on October 6.

It is a beautiful plant. I hope it continues growing. I wonder if it will ever produce sweet potatoes. If so, will it be during the winter since it is being treated like a house plant? This will be an adventure.


Justine’s Tea Party


I have been wanting to go to one of Justine’s virtual tea parties for some time. I could make lots of excuses for my lack of attendance. The only one I will mention is that in February I ate an incredible S’more tart at the Columbia City Bakery in Seattle. I finally had found something I could bring to Tea Time!

The problem was that I didn’t have the idea until I had left the bakery. There was no way for me to get a photograph of the tart that day. The next day, I called the bakery and asked when they would be serving it again. I was dismayed to be told that had been a Valentine’s Day special and would not be re-made, at least not until February 2016.

A few months ago I discovered a website that I have come to love. It is called Minimalist Baker. The recipes are healthy, generally 10 or less ingredients and are easy, and quick, to make.

I decided I would bring their “Immune Booster Orange Smoothie” to the tea party. It is remarkable that I love this smoothie so much, because sweet potatoes are a major ingredient. I have disliked sweet potatoes for as long as I can remember. Almost all of the vegetables my mother served when I was a kid were canned. Canned sweet potatoes….. yuuuuuccccckkkkkkkk.  No wonder I didn’t like them.

But this smoothie is delicious… and doesn’t taste at all like canned sweet potatoes! I will show some of the process of making it and then give you the link to the recipe.








You can make the smoothie thick and creamy, like this one, or add more liquid to thin it out.

Click here to see the detailed recipe.

It’s time for me to leave for the tea party.  I hope they enjoy the smoothie, and if you make it I hope you do too!

Written for Tea Time #12