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Picking the Perfect Lighting for Your New Home

Our new home building is coming to an end soon. We are probably about 6-8 weeks out and our lighting is being installed right now. What a journey it has been! If you’ve been following along for a while, I hope you have enjoyed my documentation. I will be doing a virtual tour once we are finished and sharing more details of our home.

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

How do you like your potatoes? Pan fried, mashed or baked? My favorite side dish hands down has to be mashed potatoes.

There are several kinds of potatoes so which ones do you use to make mashed potatoes?

POTATO TYPES:

  1. Idaho Russet – baked potato soup, potato salad, baked potatoes
  2. Red – potato salad, roasted
  3. White – mashed, scalloped, roasted, potato salad
  4. Yellow – mashed, roasted, potato salad
  5. Purple – roasted
  6. Sweet – roasted, baked, casserole
  7. Fingerling – baked or roasted

Wow! There’s a lot of different kinds of potatoes! My favorite type for mashed potatoes is Yellow Yukon Gold. I’ve tried making mashed potatoes with red or russet and I just don’t get the texture and creaminess that I do with the yellow.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
3 lbs. of Yellow Yukon Gold Potatoes
Organic Milk or Heavy Whipping Cream
Himalayan Pink Salt
Ground Pepper
Regular Sour Cream
Kerry Gold Unsalted Butter
Potato Masher or Hand Mixer

Directions:

  1. Peel the potatoes and place in a pot of boiling water.
  2. Boil until fork tender and drain.
  3. Add potatoes back to the pot and add a little bit of the milk or heavy cream. This is an eyeball thing. Start slowly and you can always add a little more if needed. Don’t over pour or your potatoes will be runny.
  4. Add in the salt and pepper. Mash or mix everything together.
  5. Once mashed, gently fold in a few heaping tablespoons of sour cream.
  6. Top your potatoes with several pats of butter.

Note: If you have an Instant Pot, place your potatoes on a rack and fill the pot with at least 1 cup of water. Press the “steam” setting and set it for 5 minutes. Use the Natural Release method for pressurizing.

With Easter Sunday coming tomorrow, do you have mashed potatoes on your menu? I love them with a good spiral ham, salad, deviled eggs and some homemade bread. Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter!

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My Summer|Honoring My Dad

Wow!  I can’t believe summer is drawing to an end.  I’ve had a whirl wind of one.  How have you been spending yours?

My summer kicked off by heading to Washington, DC to honor my dad at the Vietnam Veterans In Memory Program.  He passed away back in January of this year and his one wish was to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  Well, you have to be pretty important or die in a war, so this was the next best thing.  Dad would have loved this!

My sister and I were able to speak about dad in front of thousands and were given a plaque, which will be kept in a vault to be displayed in a future museum.  We were also part of their annual Rose Ceremony where we honored all veterans who have passed away.  This was truly an amazing program to honor Vietnam Veterans and I’m so glad we were able to be a part of it.

If you have a loved one that has passed away as a result of an illness related to Vietnam, I encourage you to apply for this program and go honor your loved one too!  They have all the details right HERE.

My next trip this summer was going to West Virginia to a surprise birthday party for my 75 year old Aunt.  It was so awesome seeing the expression on her face when she pulled up to my cousin’s house.  Priceless!  We had a luau and her birthday present from her daughters was a trip to Hawaii!  I am so excited for all of them!  Well, my sister and I decided to give her something equally exciting but not as extravagant LOL.  We gave her a trip to the Amish Country in Ohio.  We paid for her half of the room, Sunday dinner, a horse and buggy ride and dinner on that Monday in an Amish home.  We were only able to stay one night, but man, did I absorb and learn so much in such a little time.

 

 

This trip to the Amish community was also my birthday present.  My husband and kids gave me some nice cash so I could enjoy myself and buy a few things.  My only items I really wanted were a homemade Amish quilt and a basket. Well……

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You can read all about the rest of my trip to Amish Country in my next post!  Don’t be mad, I promise it will be worth the wait!

I’ve also been busy this summer pickin’ primitives and antiques around the state and both Ohio and North Carolina.  I moved into a larger booth space at Trader Mae’s which will allow me to sell some of my new found goodies.

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Fall is just around the corner and it’s my favorite time of the year!  I’ve got lots of new signs coming out as well!  Be sure and follow me on my Facebook Page here to stay up to date on what all I have going on.  You can also sign up for my newsletter HERE.  I’ve got some painting workshops I am scheduling once the weather gets cooler.

Stay tuned; enjoy the rest of your summer and blessings!

P.S. All photos are © Wendy Walker Photography unless otherwise noted.  You are welcome to pin my photos, share them or use them in your own blogs, but please do not claim the photos as your own. Thank you!

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