Month: December 2013

Birthday Eve

I love birthday’s. They are my absolute favorite. I love the anticipation of a new year. Fresh start. I love being able to have some quiet time to myself to reflect on the last year and all that it meant to me. Being thankful for […]

Yummer Mashed Potatoes

I looooove me some mashed potatoes! For some reason, my holiday “bring to the potluck dish” has been mashed potatoes. I’m starting to think that folks don’t have much faith in my cooking…either way, I show them by bringing some delicious mashed potatoes, that aren’t […]

Easy-Cheesy Potato Pancakes

I can’t believe I had never had these delicious left-over alternatives before meeting my husband. This was a staple leftover meal made from mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving and Christmas for him and his family. I tried out my own rendition after this last Thanksgiving and got a delicious seal of approval by the hubbs. Enjoy!

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Recipe for potato pancakes (this recipe uses the leftover mashed potatoes, from here):

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup real bacon bits
4 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, or Colby Jack
4 to 6 Tablespoons flour (add slowly and increase by 1/2 Tbls. increments, if needed)
2 Tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
Cooking spray
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Mix the mashed potatoes, eggs, onion powder, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the crumbled bacon and cheese.
  3. Mix in flour – start with 3 Tbls and then add more, as needed to yield a firmer texture.
  4. Form the mixture into 8 balls. If it sticks to your hands and you can’t roll it into a ball, add more flour.
  5. Start heating the oil in the skillet over medium heat. Put 2 of the balls into skillet.
  6. Spray bottom of spatula well with non-stick cooking spray. Press each ball flat with spatula into patties.
  7. Pan-fry the patties until crisp on each side,4 to 6 minutes per side. Resist the temptation to turn until after 4 minutes, or patties will fall apart.
  8. Cook until crispy brown. Repeat with remaining potato balls. Serve hot. {We like them with ketchup!}
 
Yield:  8 patties

 

Quick & Easy DIY Update for Tree Ornaments

Throughout the last couple of years, from random ornament purchasing, the adornment to hang the ornament to the tree with has had many looks.  I’ve purchased wire ornament hooks that didn’t seem to last, and have even gone as classy as using paper clips to […]