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Devil or Angel…

October 31, 2010

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Do you ever feel like you have two forces inside of you?  One force that’s virtuous and good, and another that’s…well…devilish?

The angel in me:

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…pushed me to go on my long run yesterday—11.5 miles!

The angel told me that I should make a healthy dish to bring to the Halloween party:

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…so I did.

The angel in me told me to stick to water at the party.  “Hey,” the angel said, “You don’t need alcohol to have fun.” 

This was the point where the angel started to really get on my nerves.

And besides…even angels go bad sometimes:

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And so, the devil in me…

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…told me to forget the water.  “Drink wine, wine, WINE!” he cried.

The devil in me prompted me to eat 3 4 5 cookies.  Plus multiple handfuls of m&m’s.  Plus a few candy corns for good measure. 

Sigh.  It’s exhausting to have two forces inside of you, battling it out over your soul.  Now I know how Regan felt in The Exorcist…



Now, about that salad…in honor of Halloween (and the Rocky Horror Glee episode), I made…Thyme Warp Sweet Potato Salad!

Hilarious, right?

Thyme Warp Sweet Potato Salad


1 cup cooked wheatberries

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

3 tbsp. olive oil, divided

2 tbsp. honey, divided

3 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme, divided

1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled

salt and pepper to taste


It’s just a jump to the left…and then a step to the right. You put your hands on your hips…and bring your knees in tight.

Oh, wait…you want directions for the salad?


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Toss the sweet potato cubes with 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. honey, and 2 tbsp. of the fresh time, along with plenty of salt and pepper.

Bake the sweet potatoes for 20-25 minutes, until they can be easily pierced with a fork.  Transfer the sweet potatoes (and any extra liquid) to a bowl to cool off.

Once the sweet potatoes have cool for about ten minutes, add the wheatberries and goat cheese, along with the remaining tbsp.  olive oil, tbsp. honey, and tbsp. fresh thyme.  Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

You can serve this at room temperature (which is what we did), but it would also be delicious warmed or chilled!

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But be prepared…after you eat Thyme Warp Salad, nothing can ever be the same.  You’re spaced out on sensation….like you’re under sedation.

Actually, maybe that was the acid.

I kid, I kid!

Happy Halloween!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2010 6:52 pm

    I WANT this salad now! I am so exhausted from fighting those demons last night…I need good fuel! This looks amazing!

  2. Ginger permalink
    October 31, 2010 7:12 pm

    Such cute dogs – although I think you might have the angel and devil mixed up! Their aunt Maddie is in the emergency room as I write this – I’ll call and fill you in.

  3. Kristi permalink
    October 31, 2010 9:23 pm

    Been waiting for the revealing of the costumes. Adorable. I wonder what their dreams were about last night…

  4. greensandjeans permalink
    October 31, 2010 10:09 pm

    Oh my gosh. Too freaking cute. I can only imagine what you guys will have your kids wearing down the road…

  5. October 31, 2010 11:00 pm

    Oh my gosh that salad looks GOOD. Angelic-good. Though wine, cookies and M&Ms are pretty darn angelic tasting too 🙂

  6. Kelly permalink
    October 31, 2010 11:23 pm

    OMG that dinner looks fabulous! Congrats on the 11.5 miles…you are quite the little running rockstar. That half marathon has nothing on you! Happy Halloween Anna!!

  7. November 1, 2010 12:15 am

    Too cute!

  8. November 1, 2010 12:26 am

    In a word, hysterical.

  9. November 1, 2010 4:15 am

    oooh my goodness! This salad sounds amazing! So Fall-y, yet different from all of the other regular Fall food. Love it!

  10. November 1, 2010 11:47 am

    This looks so good! I am going to make something similar in the next few days… it has sugared walnuts in it, too. PS. Love the pups!

  11. November 1, 2010 1:22 pm

    I still haven’t tried wheat berries..

  12. November 1, 2010 5:51 pm

    I love that salad! That is definitely my kind of dish. Love the pups!

  13. November 1, 2010 7:12 pm

    The puppies look so cute! The exorcist photo is sooo creepy lol. I totally would have listened to the devil and gone with wine too 😉

  14. November 2, 2010 12:54 pm

    haha one year Lori dressed up as an angel and I was the devil

    • November 2, 2010 1:01 pm

      I always thought Halloween would be an especially fun time to be a twin because of all of the fun costume pairings and tricks you could pull. I think this was largely influenced by the vast amount of Sweet Valley High books I read 🙂


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