Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes 25 November 2010
My mom’s friend used to make these when we were little, and now they’ve turned into what I bring to Thanksgiving dinner every year. (Otherwise I get turkey and corn. That’s it. So I thought I should make something I actually like!) They are quite delicious and easy enough to make.
Start by boiling four pounds of potatoes for 20 minutes. (I leave the skin on because I’m too lazy to peel the potatoes, and it practically falls off after they’re boiled, anyway. And aren’t all the vitamins in the skin? ;-))
Pull the skin off and cut the potatoes into smaller pieces…
… making it easier to mash!
Then add eight ounces of cream cheese and one cup of sour cream. I mix these up first to make sure they melt and spread evenly throughout before adding the spices.
For spices, you need two teaspoons of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/4 cup of chopped chives. (I don’t have anything that measures 1/8 tsp so I just use a quarter. Just don’t tell my dad because he doesn’t like garlic. ;-))
Mix it all up, put it in a 13×9 glass dish, and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate, then bake again before dinner at 350 for 45 minutes. (This is nice because you can make it the day before and just heat it up before dinner!)
It smells wonderful!!!
Here’s the recipe:
Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes
4 pounds potatoes
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup chopped chives
Boil potatoes for 20 minutes; mash.
Add cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Stir in chopped chives.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. The next day, bake for 45 minutes only.
Denise’s Egg McMuffin 21 November 2010
Here’s my version of an Egg McMuffin:
First, drizzle some olive oil on an English Muffin before toasting. (This adds some flavor and gets you some “good” fat.)
When they’re done, cover with shredded Cheddar Jack cheese. Then pile on some cottage cheese.
On top, add a poached egg, seasoned to taste.
Listography! 20 November 2010
We’ve been updating our Listographies!
Denise wrote about her favorite books, TV shows and songs.
Sunshine updated her Wish List.
Have you started your Listography yet?
Yo, Tea Partyers 8 November 2010
You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .
You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act was passed.
You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us. You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.
You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.
You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .
You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.
You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.
You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.
You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
You didn’t get mad when we let a major U.S. city, New Orleans, drown.
You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks. You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.
You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.
You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.
No… You finally got mad…
When a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.
Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick…
Oh, Hell No!!
A three year-old Fashion Plate 29 October 2010
D to S: These t-shirts are at Target and they come in XS! I almost bought the NYC one last week, but now they have a Paris one! And they come with little hats. 😀
S to D: OMG, these are sooo cute! I’m surprised we haven’t seen them cuz all Paper Clip wants to do is go to Target. LOL
Propaganda and the Wound that Won’t Heal 11 September 2010
Really, MSNBC, you’re rerunning the live coverage of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, minute by minute AND at the exact time it happened?? THIS is why people can’t get over it. One of your commentators said how no one has a problem planning events for December 7th, but “9 years out is too soon for September 11th”. And if seeing the second jet fly into the south tower can make a jaded person like me get teary-eyed, what are you doing to everyone else? You are perpetuating the problem
It’s time to rip the Band-Aid off and let the scab heal. Stop rebroadcasting this crap, and BUILD the replacement buildings on Ground Zero. With all the Park51 “Mosque” controversy, some people are asking why nothing has been rebuilt after nine years – this is why: PROPAGANDA. It would not be as effective to have the bagpipe players walking down steps at a garden in front of a new building as it is to walk around in the same pit of unfinished concrete that has been there for NINE YEARS. It plays on people’s emotions and keeps them stuck in the past and afraid.
And part of me still thinks Bush and his Neo-Con Wolfowitz Doctrine friends let it happen on purpose.
It’s time to move on.