Monday, March 16, 2015

Week 62 Monday (3/16/15)

Recipe Review                       
Today’s Recipe and Location:           Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes                   
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
                  Pages:  78 - 79     Copyright:  2013  Harper Collins   OR

I figured out that there are 726 calories per serving, if 4 servings or 484 calories for 6 servings, or 363 calories for 8 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

       My entire house was filled with the smell of roasted garlic after cooking these wonderful potatoes.  They were so amazing that I enjoyed every little bite. The garlic was partially crunchy and brought so much flavor to these potatoes.  Of course, the whole milk and cream cheese didn’t hurt.  I don’t ever want to eat mashed potatoes again that do not include cream cheese!  These are a definite keeper.

The first step is to roast the garlic in the oven

Just quickly peel the potatoes
I love my new peeler!

Boil up the taters!
Wow! Look at all of that starch

Pour them into a large bowl

Add the butter and salt and pepper

Just put dabs of cream cheese
all over the potatoes

Now mix well and add in the
amazing roasted garlic.

There is nothing better than yummy
potatoes in the freezer ready to eat

Random Reflections - Bucket List #50

It would be really fun to host a family brunch or luncheon just for the heck of it.  Anyone who can attend is invited. Maybe it should be a “I am retired” luncheon. This is something fun and easy to accomplish – that’s the ticket!

Host a family brunch
Talk a walk or dance in the rain
I want to create units for teachers to purchase
Write a book on organizing a home
Using my dogs and possibly my great-nephews, and design a series of greeting cards
Plan my funeral
Spend a fun day with each of my nieces/nephews (Alaina has volunteered to be first!)
Take a formal cooking class
Organize and host a Christmas Caroling Party
Watch the IMBd list of the best 250 movies
Vacation in Colorado
Create a list of home repairs
Prepare to teach a new course at Aurora University
Visit Brookfield Zoo and photograph the animals
Have absolutely no debt
Set up a schedule for next summer to visit area cities
Organize and purge the basement
I am going to learn as much as I can about large animals
Make repairs in each and every room of my home to prepare to sell
Research Hadrian’s Wall for visit to Scotland
Enter a quilt in a local fair
Write a book about school for parents
Host a game party
Purchase a truck
I would like to learn more about fostering animals
Visit the narrowed list of Kentucky towns each for a weekend
Have a B.M.I. of 24.9 or lower
Return to Florida/Alabama and see old friends
Play tennis again
Learn to play bridge
Have an in-ground pool
Finish writing a book on the Scent Family
Save up enough money for a down payment on my Kentucky house
Research every town in Kentucky in hopes of relocating
Work on learning calligraphy and bettering daily penmanship
Begin making my own clothing using a mannequin
Volunteer at an animal rescue
Visit all 50 states
Photography courses
Complete all of Mom’s and my scrapbooks
Go skiing again in Colorado
Meet the Duggar family
Watch every nominee and winner for the Academy Awards to date
Remodel my kitchen
Take piano lessons
Write 2 books for my great-nephews
Travel to Wales
Travel to Scotland
Alaskan cruise

Wants and Wishes

     What I really want right now is a week off for Spring Break. There is nothing better when the weather starts to change than a week of vacation. It is amazing to me how quickly the year is going right now. I have less than 60 days left of school forever. That is such a foreign concept to me, but one I welcome. Spring Break is a time to rejuvenate before the final push. It just can’t come quickly enough for this girl.

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