Best mashed potatoes EVER!!

Sunday sunday sunday night bluesssssss 😉 ??

Haha, jk folks, I had a fantastic day and am starting to feel better! Thnx for your sweet comments today too 🙂

So after I saw you last since I had started feeling a bit better (stubborn sick person) I decided to do some light yogaMaura Barclay YogaSculpt.  It actually really hit the spot though, I definitely didn’t feel as strong as normal but I felt good enough to complete the full session.

After yoga + shower, I figured I’d use my morning time wisely and prep some of the stuff for dinner since I knew by the time I got home from my afternoon events I wasn’t going to want to have to do a lotta work 🙂  Planning ahead is key!

I got started by making some mashed potatoes that I knew I wanted to put a twist on that would go nicely with dinner…. so here’s how it went down!

Peeled the potatoes

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Boiled the potatoes until tender (about 15 minutes).

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Then got ready for “mashing” the potatoes with an electric mixer, here were the add-ins.

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  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tblsp butter
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing (surprise!)
  • salt & pepper

Here’s a great trick friends (thank my Mom, she is the master of mashed taters!), microwave your milk and butter until melted before adding into the potato mixture!  Blends so much better 🙂

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Add the liquid in gradually as you mix on medium with the electric mixer, and after a few quick minutes you are dunzo!

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I put this guy into a casserole dish & popped it into the fridge so it would be ready for tonight!!

My lunch today included my first experience with Oikos

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The folks over @Stonyfield were kind enough to send over some fabulous coupons 🙂  This yogurt was really thick & yummy, I liked it alot!

After lunch I headed to The Jefferson to a makeup demo with my fave Fan homegirl Tammy.  It was superfun, I learned SO MUCH about makeup that I never knew and I am seeing a trip to MAC in my very near future 😉

Once I got home it was time for some dinner cookin’!  First off, if you’re wondering why I am making so much food it’s bc I am planning ahead for tomorrow’s dinner too. I’ll let you know why tomorrow!!

First I started by making some chicken wings, don’t ask but I was just really in the mood to make these even though I have never even tried to attempt them before haha… hey, I like to make my man happy, what can I say  😉

I got them ready for The Man to snack on while he was watchin’ the Packers game!

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This was a cinch, $3 worth of good chicken from Tom Leonards (I got the quarters, so split into wing + leg parts), coated in 1 tblsp melted butter then dipped in a flour/salt/pepper/cayanne mixture.  Baked at 400F for about 30 minutes, flipping midway thru…

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Don’t be scared of a bit of butter is what I have learned friends, seriously 2tblsp total in this recipe makes a world of difference!

Then got the sauce prepared with these guys (note that these are not exact measurements, I just dumped the stuff in a bowl so approximated)

wingsauce

  • 1/4 cup Frank’s
  • 1/8 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 tblsp butter (melted)

Brushed the wings with the sauce and baked another 10 minutes at 375F-400F (I went back & forth btw temps)

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And then they were ready for some bleu cheese dunkage!

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Yes friends, not the healthiest but definitely healthier than eating them out!  The Man said “these smell like a restaurant, & taste even better!” 

Score! I think I won that football game of chicken wing lurve 😉  No?

Then I heatedup the taters, topping with breadcrumbs and baked up until warmed through (no lie, I microwaved first for 5 minutes before using a 350F oven to speed up the process)

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Ummm this is pretty crazy to say, but I think that these were some of the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had!!!  I don’t know if it was the bleu cheese, or baking them for a bit to make kind of a crust w/ the bread crumbs or what but holy yum!!!!!!!!!!!

And thanks to my morning prep, they were a ready in no time….

I also made some barbecue chicken, remember this guy?

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I had let them marinate all day while I got my purty face on… put them in an oven safe dish, baked for about 25 minutes at 350F, covered/uncovered half/half

And voila!

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Dinner was rounded out with a salad, gotta get my veg on 😉

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  • Romaine
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Black pepper/Oregano

One of our best Sunday dinners was served!! 🙂

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Happy happy girl 🙂

Alright friends, off to some googlereader to see what you lovelies were up to today, then sleep time 🙂  Tomorrow is going to be full of fun (aside from work haha) so stay tuned…..!

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7 responses to “Best mashed potatoes EVER!!

  1. owwww! I love the idea of the breadcrumbs baked on top of the mashers- I bet that is awesome! I agree, planning ahead is so key. The makeup demo sounds like fun! I stink at makeup!

  2. blue cheese in the potatoes – sounds so good! i love rachel ray sadly haha

  3. The mashed potatoes look yummy! As well as the wings…and yes much healthier than eating out! And I am always thinking about food and planning ahead for the next meal ; )

  4. can’t wait to see the dinner tonight! those potatoes sound so good 🙂

  5. I hope you keep feeling better! And WOW those MPs look SO good!! I love the “crust” on top. I’ve never seen that but I’m sure I’d be a fan!

  6. Glad you’re feeling a bit better!

    Blue cheese mashed potatoes sound heavenly…holy yum. Although I do love some stinky cheese 🙂

  7. Those mashed potatoes sound incredible!

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