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Grandma’s Cheese Potatoes

Grandma says the secret to her cheese potatoes is using Russet potatoes and to let them cool over night.  In the last ten years I have been making them, I would have to politely disagree with her, it is her love that makes the potatoes special. She has made them many a times and every time with love and care. I, in turn, have made mine with love and care as well. Granted she might shudder at some of the deviations I have taken over the years. I have strayed far from the original recipe other than it had potatoes and Velveeta, and come back around full circle to following it carefully to the letter. Each time though,  having been made with love, they blessed the people who ate them.

It was this experimenting of the recipe that has brought me to the recipe I am going to share with you today. I will warn you it is not a healthy recipe, not by a long shot. It is pure comfort food. It is food that is best reserved for special occasions. It does not serve the real food diet, clean eating, gluten-free, dairy-free, or even really an organic lifestyle. It is a dish that will take you back to  happy childhood memories, cold winter days with hearty meals, the laughter of friends and family around a table, but will not fit into a healthy lifestyle. So treat yourself. Enjoy it. Just don’t make it every week.

Grandma's Cheese Potatoes

Grandma’s Sara’s Cheese Potatoes

  • 9 medium potatoes
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 slices bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup butter (I prefer real butter over margarine, especially for these. Sorry, Grandma.)
  • Lawry’s salt, onion powder, and garlic powder
  • Top with parsley and paprika

 

  1.  Boil and cool potatoes. (Do not peel.)
  2. In large bowl, add cut potatoes, peelings and all. Then add cut-up cheese, bread, onions, and garlic cloves.
  3. Give a good stir, so that your ingredients are evenly mixed.
  4. Add your Lawry’s salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. (I like to go a little lighter on the salt and heavy on onion powder and garlic. Season to your preference though.)
  5. Thoroughly mix in the seasoning.
  6. Transfer your potato mixture to a glass baking dish.
  7. Melt your butter in the microwave, and pour over your dish. Be sure to thoroughly mix in the butter.
  8. Top generously with parsley and paprika.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. You will want to be sure the potatoes are warmed back through and the cheese melts.

 

Enjoy!

***I hope you enjoy the recipes I am thankful for this month, and if you have any that you would like to contribute please feel to contact me.***

 

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Fall Is Here

When spring arrives the rains come, the weather warms up, the days get longer, and children start to feel the itch for summer. As wonderful as the promise of spring is I love the fall. Come September the nights start to cool off, the harvest is here, warm soups and other comfort foods find their way back on menus, sweaters, piles of leaves to jump in, bonfires, hot cocoa, corn mazes, apple picking, and so much more. There is something wonderful about being able to say, “Fall is here.”

A cookie pie for Thanksgiving.

A cookie pie for Thanksgiving.

For school age kids those words signal another school year is here. There are new lessons to learn, facts to memorize, and friends to be made. For those who do not homeschool there are first days and the last first day of school to be had, bus rides, dances, pep rallies, first day jitters, and the excitement to see your friends every day. For those who homeschool there is the excitement for Moms to regain a routine, and to explore the new curriculum.

When fall is here it brings with it football games. These games have the almost magical ability to bring two strangers together, to cheer for the same team, or to divide a closely knit family with school rivalries. When the game is done families and new-found friends can still come together and enjoy the food and the fun in retelling and rehashing how a game went.

This is my favorite season. It may be because my birthday is the first of September, or that my husband’s is early October. But I like to think it is because it is the start of a season of family. Labor day may signal the end of summer for some. For me though labor day is September’s family holiday. With labor day there is remembrance of the past, but there is also cookouts, swimming, camping, hiking, and outdoor fun.

Swimming over Labor Day weekend

Swimming over Labor Day weekend

October is the month of Halloween. All through October there are fun ways to celebrate dressing up and the harvest. You can find corn mazes and apple picking, even when you live in a city. It just takes a little creativity and a drive and you can find some of this fun for yourself. Churches hold trunk or treats. In small towns main street’s shoppes will pass out candy to the children. In big cities shopping mall’s have trick or treat experiences.

November continues the celebration of the harvest as we transition into the winter months. Before November leaves us though for the cold winter months, we get one more holiday (at least here in the US,) Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays. With Thanksgiving we remember all that the Lord has done for us through out the year and we remember the history of this young nation. Around the Thanksgiving table though it is a time to catch up, reminisce, and dream for the future. As new family members are welcomed into a family new traditions are brought with them, and they learn new ways to do old favorites.

So as this fall as the weather cools and the days shorten look to make new memories, try new recipes, and rediscover old favorites with your loved ones. If you are far from your family invite friends to get together and celebrate. You never know whose day you will be brightening, it may just be your own.

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

***What is your favorite things about fall?***
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Happy Birthday!!!

So yesterday was my 30th birthday! I had a wonderful day. My husband didn’t go and buy me a gift. I didn’t have a big blowout birthday bash. We didn’t have a special date to some fancy restaurant. In fact in was an ordinary day, aside from a birthday cake and song. Why then was it so wonderful? I got to spend it with my husband! For those of you who don’t know or don’t understand, we have only spent 2 prior birthdays together in the last ten years. At the end of the day, spending my birthday with him was the only thing I really wanted, and my wish came true.

The other big news in my life right now is we have finally made it to Alabama. We even unloaded the trailer full of stuff Rusty brought down here with him. (Now we just need to wait on the delivery of the rest of our household goods.) The house he found for us to rent is absolutely beautiful and the property it sits on is even more beautiful. One of the more exciting aspects of it too me is that the owner has agreed to let us turn a portion into a garden and let us have chickens. 🙂

Happy Birthday!

Sitting on a swing at our new home

Until the house is a little closer to ready for us to move into we are staying with some friends. I think they are just so sweet for letting us stay here. Our girls are enjoying staying with them. For them it is great fun. Our friends have three young girls who range in age from 8-5, so my little ones look up to them, and think everything the big girls are doing is great. There is also a pool here and in the words of Paige, “Yay, water park!”

Happy Birthday!

My fishies!

So yesterday after unloading the trailer we came back and my little fishies and their daddy fishy went swimming. If I hadn’t been so exhausted I probably would have joined them. Instead Madelyn and I relaxed poolside. I also was able to get some really adorable pictures.

The day concluded with tacos for dinner and our friends also got cake and ice cream to help me celebrate my birthday. Everyone gathered in the kitchen and sang happy birthday. It was probably sang in 4 or more keys, but it was music to my ears. It was the sound of friends and family wishing me a happy birthday.

Today I am thankful to the Lord for the blessings of home, family, and friends. It was those three blessings that made my day so special.

 
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