Creamy Mashed Potatoes

 

Princess, my “fluffy” maltese, started her diet and workout routine yesterday. She wasn’t happy on either walk. Neither was I. Why can’t I have normal acting dogs?? I think she purposely went through every mud puddle she could find just to spite me.

So now, I get the joy of taking her to the groomer’s today. That is always such a fun little field trip. Hopefully we don’t embarrass ourselves too bad this time.

These definitely weren’t on her diet. She wasn’t happy with that either.

2 lb Potatoes, peeled and cubed
6.5 oz Boursin Light Garlic and Herbs Gourmet Shreadable Cheese
2/3 cup Half and Half
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper

Place potatoes in large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes. Drain and return to pan. Warm on stove for another minute. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In mixing bowl combine potatoes and remaining ingredients. Mix until smooth.

Spoon into a 2 quart baking dish.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Adapted from Southern Living

Servings: 8
Calories 236
Fat 16.2g
Total Carbohydrates 19.5g
Dietary Fiber 2.7g
Nutrition Grade C+

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Bacon Ranch Potatoes

IMG_0102This was the side that went with the meal that Taylor has declared “ah-mazing!” and she thinks should now be our special holiday meal for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. She said I should only need to make about 60 because everyone will need 2 and that I may need a few more potatoes than this to feed 30+ people. She puts a lot of thought into everything. Which is why watching the fabulous 2012 Summer Olympics with her is going to be a full time job. She is very concerned that I’m not recording every event. I tried explaining to her that you are just supposed to watch the main events and the highlights but she’s not buying that. She also warned me that this is really her first time to watch the olympics so she may have extra questions. :l Is that really possible??? Yes it is…We watched the opening ceremonies and she wanted to know why Betty White was on those dresses with the people on it (bless their hearts for having to wear those). I may have to bring in reinforcements. I couldn’t answer half her questions…Like why there were Abraham Lincoln’s everywhere and why were the doing those dances.  Megan’s only concern was for the USA’s outfits. She said apparently they need to start shopping in Dallas. But anyway…go team USA!!!!! and here are two of my favorite Olympic moments so far….

Two of the USA men’s gymnasts decided that standing in front of the rings wasn’t very exciting so they spidermanned up the pole. Precious!
And the USA swim team doing my favorite…. Call Me Maybe
Ingredients:
 4 Potatoes, sliced into thin circles
Olive Oil Spray
1 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tbs Garlic Salt

2 Tbs Bacon Bits
4 Tbs Ranch Dressing
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Place potatoes on baking sheet and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and seasoning. Cook for 20 minutes. Mix bacon and ranch together and drizzle on top (or dip if you have a family of dippers like I do)
Servings: 4
Calories: 223
Fat: 9g
Fiber: 4g
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Smashed New Potatoes

I’ve been trying to do a better job of not wasting food. We had leftover new potatoes from our short ribs dinner so I decided to smash them so I could bake them at the same time as the zucchini we were having with our chicken. Taylor only liked the skins, Megan only liked the white part. If I put them together I would have had ONE non-picky kid! Oh well…. we were close. The rest of us loved them. Bring salted water to a boil. Add in potatoes and cook until they are tender, about 25 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle olive oil onto a baking pan. Place potatoes on baking sheet, leaving room between each potato. Use a potato masher to gently press down each potato. Spray the tops of each crushed potato with more olive oil. Sprinkle potatoes with seasoning, salt, pepper and parmesan. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.Ingredients: 12 whole New Potatoes 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, shredded McCormick Grill Mates Garlic & Onion Seasoning, to taste Kosher Salt, to taste Black Pepper, to taste Bring salted water to a boil. Add in potatoes and cook until they are tender, about 25 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle olive oil onto a baking pan. Place potatoes on baking sheet, leaving room between each potato. Use a potato masher to gently press down each potato. Spray the tops of each crushed potato with more olive oil. Sprinkle potatoes with seasoning, salt, pepper and parmesan. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Servings: 12 Calories: 182 Fat: 4g Fiber: 4g Today’s Leopard Find: Yellow Box Juanita …

Baked Parmesan Fries

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We have a neighborhood full of animals…birds, some bobcats, coyotes, a few squirrels….but mostly bunnies. Unfortunately half of them end up dead in my sister’s pool. So when she texted me today to tell the girls to come see some baby bunnies, Taylor flew down the street before I could even finish my sentence. One ended up in the pool while we were standing there. I did manage to pull it out safely! So we all voted and my hubby, or the Road Blocker as the girls call him (“because he says no to everything”) was out voted. So we brought the 4 we could catch down to my backyard to play with our baby bunnies (and entertain Princess & Lily)
4 Large Potatoes, washed and cut into 1/8′s
1/4 tsp Thyme
1/4 tsp Oregano
1/8 tsp Rosemary
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 425.
Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
Mix thyme, oregano, rosemary, garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning and parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
Place the potatoes into a gallon size freezer bag. Add olive oil and the parmesan cheese/spice mixture to the bag.
Seal the bag and shake until the potatoes are evenly coated.
Once thoroughly coated dump onto the prepared cookie sheet and spread in a single layer.
Bake 45 minutes or until tender and lightly golden brown, flipping once while cooking.
Servings: 8
Calories: 143
Fat: 1g
Fiber: 3g

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