I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.




My husband and I eat mostly vegetarian, so we are always trying new recipes that we AND our kids will like. One day I was looking around for some vegetable sandwich recipes and saw one that used sweet potatoes for the buns. I thought I would give it a try on our favorite black bean burgers. And we loved it! And our kids liked them too! So I think we have struck gold here. I even put some of the guacamole on theirs. It was one of those recipes where my husband and I looked at each other and said, "This is really good!" They are a tad bit messy, but the cucumber and onion help to give the slider more crunch. 
Black Bean Sliders:
recipe inspiration here:
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive or canola oil
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Red onion, sliced
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Guacamole sauce (see recipe below)
  • 2 sweet potatos peeled and sliced in to 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the sliced sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle some salt, pepper and/or other herbs you like (I added oregano and chipotle chili powder- but not on my kid's sweet potatoes) Bake them in the oven for about 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the sweet potato slices, flipping about halfway through.

2. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, put beans in a large bowl and mash well with a fork. Add egg, yellow onion, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper. Mix well to combine then shape into 8 small patties.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Arrange patties in a single layer (working in batches, if needed) and cook, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes total. 

4. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and let cool. Layer one sweet potato, some guacamole sauce, the bean slider, more guacamole sauce, a tomato slice, a cucumber slice and red onion slice, top with another sweet potato slice.
Guacamole Sauce:
1 Avocado
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp water
2 cloves garlic
1/4 onion
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
pinch sea salt
juice of 1 lime
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender.