“A messy kitchen is a sign of happiness.”

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Time for another side dish.  This one features carrots and helps you think of all the good vitamins associated with yellow and orange veggies.  This one also features bacon and maple syrup and makes you think that veggies aren’t always hard to take.


large onion, sliced

1 T olive oil

1 lb baby carrots, halved lengthwise


3 T maple syrup

1 T butter

4 strips cooked bacon

1/4 c french fried onions

parsley or chopped green onions for a bit of green


Cook onions in oil about 10 to 15 minutes.  Stir now and then.

Combine the onions, carrots, S&P and transfer to a small, greased baking dish.  Cover and bake for 35 minutes or until tender.  Doing this step in an oven-proof skillet with a cover makes a lot of sense.

Stir in the maple syrup and butter.  Sprinkle on the bacon and french-fried onions.  Bake an additional 5 minutes, uncovered.  Sprinkle with parsley or some other green goody, such as chopped green onions.

If you don’t feel like slicing the carrots lengthwise you can always parboil them for about 10 minutes while you gather the other ingredients.  Following directions is always optional.


I would also consider doing this with yams or sweet potatoes.  This will give you a chance to start a discussion about the difference between the two, unless you have an argumentative family.  Then, stick to the carrots!

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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