It has been a beautiful week here in Olga!  There has been a lot more apple picking and canning taking place, not to mention having fresh Apple Crumble Pie on hand.

I discovered a new recipe this week that sounds delicious and nutritious, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos.  The filling can be doubled and frozen for easy dinners later.  At first I didn’t think it really sounded that good because I hadn’t ever thought about that combination before, but then it began to grow on me until I decided that I just had to try it.

Cut your sweet potatoes in half, leaving their skins on, and boil them in water until they are soft, peel them while they are warm and mash with a potato masher.  You will want 5 cups of cooked, mashed sweet potatoes.  Add 4 ½ cups of cooked or canned black beans, mash the beans and sweet potatoes together.  In a skillet, sauté 3 ½ cups diced onions and 4 minced garlic cloves over medium heat until the onions are tender.  Add 4 tsp. cumin, 4 tsp. coriander and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add the onion mixture to your sweet potato and bean mixture.  Stir it up and then add 2/3 cups cilantro leaves (opt.), 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1 tsp. salt.  Stir again.  Grease a 9×13” pan.  Fill 8-10 8” flour tortillas with about ¾ cup of the sweet potato mixture, roll up and lay seal side down in your baking pan.  Smother the top of the burritos with salsa, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes on 350°.  Enjoy!

I have to admit, life here in Olga has been very peaceful and routine.  There isn’t much news to tell you about lately except that the rain has once again filled the ponds.  What a nice, rainy, cozy day that was.  The cool spell sure grabbed our attention with chores that still need to be completed before winter sets in.  More firewood needs to be stacked, more hay needs to be stored and I’m sure feeling the need to start on a quilt.

Last week we ventured out to the Ozark Craft Fair and met the most interesting person.  He was a photographer that has no home due to the fact that he travels so much he decided that it wasn’t necessary anymore to have a home base.  He simply travels, photographing what is left of the Old West.  It has become an obsession for him (he admits), and I can tell you that his work is fascinating.  He himself looks like something from the old west.  Not a spit and polished cowboy, no, the genuine article, quiet and kind, and listening to his passion for his photography made one a bit sad for the loss of that old west history.

We had never been to that particular craft show, but it is going to be one we put on our calendar every year.  The talent and creativity of our neighboring Ozarkers is phenomenal.  In case you missed it, there will be a few other good ones before Christmas.

Well the chores are calling me…..have a blessed week!