Butternut Squash and Wild Mushroom Stuffing.
Do you know how happy I am that it’s November?!?
I am THIS happy. If you could see me, I would be jumping up and down with a smile on my face. Like November is the start of so many good things to come, and I am so PUMPED!
I am also pretty happy that the sun is now beginning to rise by 6am. Cause um, getting out of bed in the pitch black is maybe, nope not maybe, it IS the WORST thing ever. Loving the sunshine in the morning.
But of course I am paying a price come 4 O’clock. The sun is setting FAST behind the mountain. UGH. No light means, no photos after 4pm and that means my days just got even more frantic.
I didn’t think that was possible. The good news is that the earlier sun sets only means that I get to burn all my new candles just that much longer. You know the second that sun sets I’ve got all my candles lit.
Seriously, I love this time of year!
Okay, and since I am on a gushing streak, let me gush just a little about my new candles. I took almost everyone’s advice from this post and bought some holiday scented candles from Amazon. Best thing I did all week! I did not make it down to Bath and Body works, so all those candles are on my Christmas list for Santa.
OH and it sounds like I REALLY need to try soy candles. I am hearing they are the only way to go?
Also, also… since we are talking about cozy, cozy things I feel I should mention, I am full on prepared for the next snowstorm (which is forecasted for today and tomorrow, but it’s really just looking grey out there). I got the flannels, fuzzy slippers, candles, sugar cookie dough in the freezer…and maybe even the Santa Baby Pandora station all ready to be played… ok, I did, I did!
Don’t judge, you know you are right there with me. Don’t deny the good things in life. <–Seriously.
And speaking of the good things in life, let’s talk sweet potato casserole.
I feel like aside from the mashers and maybe the buttered rolls, this is everyone’s favorite side dish come Thanksgiving Day. I can’t fully decide on what my favorite side is, I mean, sweet potato casserole is kind of like eating dessert with dinner. And you know I am all game for that!!
Last year I am made a sweet and savory version, but this year I lightened things up and went the all sweet route!! I kept my base recipe the same, just reduced the sugar a bit, added pecans for protein and crunch (and because I LOVE them), and then added the marshmallow. Oh marshmallow, why are you so good with sweet potatoes?!
Do you ever wonder who first thought to put sweet potatoes and marshmallow together? I don’t think I would have ever thought to do that. It seems like such a weird pairing, but yet it’s so good. I don’t know, but whoever first thought of it is a pure genius!
So anyway, I did my marshmallow a little different, and when I say marshmallow I technically just mean meringue because that’s really what this is. BUT, it tastes like marshmallow and with hints of maple too!
Instead of the granulated sugar in my marshmallow I decided I would try to see how pure maple syrup would work. See, the first time I made this recipe, I went heavy on the marshmallow and everyone agreed it was just a little too sweet. SO the second time around I reduced a ton of the sugar and swapped maple in for my mallow. Honestly, I could not believe how incredibly good it was!!
Don’t be fooled though, this marshmallow is different from most. It’s super light + delicate, it kind of melts in your mouth. YUM. I found that when it gets left un-toasted for more than an hour the maple syrup begins to separate from the whites. Meaning that you really need to add and then toast the marshmallow right before serving.
I know, kind of a pain, and on Thanksgiving too, but I promise it will all be worth it once you taste them. SO GOOD.
You can make and prepare everything else in advance, just not the marshmallow, which guys, it only has three ingredients and takes maybe 10 minutes tops to prepare. So no biggie!
Meaning – this sweet potato casserole needs to make it onto you Thanksgiving menu. Mmmm, k?? Cool!
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Doesn’t that just make you kind of want to dive in?!?! I mean, toasted marshmallow, sweet potato, pecan goodness right there!
is this ok without pecans? does it change the taste?
Totally fine to skip the pecans. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan
We don’t usually do the sweet potato and marshmallow thing but my kids are BEGGING for it this year. I know the reviews are saying the meringue is super easy — but I’m wondering if I could also just put marshmallows on top and broil a bit, just to please my kids. Thoughts?
Sure, that would also work for you! I hope this recipe turns out amazing, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Very different. I’ll try to make it a day.
Hope you love it Carol, thank you!
I made this for Thanksgiving and I think it was the BIGGEST hit of the meal. The sage in the pecans is amazing!!! The maple marshmallow is incredible and so much easier than I thought to make. And the bourbon tasted like a perfect compliment in the potatoes. I am already tasked with doing it again at Christmas. This meal will be a staple in our holiday recipes. Thank you!!!!
WOW!! Jennifer, i’m so happy you all liked it!! AH!! A staple in your holidays!! (: Putting a smile on my face!!
FYI>> These are not sweet potatoes, their YAMS!!!!
Just finished making this for my practice Thanksgiving dish. It was……Awesome! I used red garnet sweet potatoes, which are naturally sweeter and the bourbon really gives it a nice smooth flavor. My 14 yr. old thought the maple marshmallow was the bomb. He’s my resident food critic. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!
YESSSS! This makes me so happy!! Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed it!!
Happy Thanks giving!
What an amazing looking dish yet again Tieghan. Love this time of the year!
wow, THANK YOU!
I have trouble with the smell of soy candles.
I don’t know what it is but a vanilla soy candle smells different to me.
Oh the sweet potatoes look grand.
Hmm, I have to try them first and I will let you know what I think.
I love the maple toasted marshmallow, that puts this right over the top for me! 🙂
Thanks Laura! Have a great weekend!
I love the way you style your food for photos. How did you learn?
Thanks Natasha!! Lot’s of practice, reading and studying photos I love! 🙂
You don’t hear this recipe often up here in Canada but I wish it was common this sound delicious! I might make it a trend here!
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YUM! Sweet potatoes are maybe my favorite part of Thanksgiving! Also, SO with you on celebrating the earlier sunrise. I work at 4am, so it’s still pitch black but knowing that the sun will be up soon, and seeing it rise earlier than I’ve been expecting, somehow makes it better.
4am!! OMG! I thought I got up early! WHOA! Go you! 🙂