Do not talk to me about carbs!!!!
When God gives you a gorgeous bowl full of leftover mashed potatoes, one is required by law and the rules of Celtic decorum to do something with them!
So I did.
And they're not on anyone's diet, LOL. But it was delicious.
We had a rotisserie barbecue last weekend.
I ran out of bread.
I ran out of gas for the grill.
I was a hot mess of crazy. Where is my brain?
Anyway, I did a big kettle (I love that word) of potatoes to mash to make Dave happy. There is too much work around here right now. Making men happy is an important thing!
And a gorgeous rotisserie pork roast (remember those pork loins at Sam's club for $1.68/lb???) Well, I'm still buying one a week to stock the freezer!
So the next day, I took the leftover mashed potatoes, warmed them, whipped them with about 1/2 cup of Ranch dressing (this is never a bad thing, think stuffed potatoes, simply marvelous!) and when they were nice and smooth, I layered half into a casserole dish.
Then I cut up a few slices of leftover pork.
Then potatoes and pork and topped by potatoes.
So right now you've got a "mashed" scalloped potato casserole.... and then I topped it with shredded sharp cheddar cheese...
And baked it until hot, about 25 minutes at 350°.
We Were Happy.
It took about 8 minutes to prepare, Dave loved it (he suggested it, actually) and he had enough for lunch the next day.
And of course, there's always room for help in the kitchen! Leftover bread crusts and hot dog buns become fresh bread crumbs to tuck into the freezer, with help from "Z-Z":
This is how Z-Z looks when I say, "Just look natural, honey... " This was our third attempt at natural. :)
Then our beautiful and beloved Casey turned 16 in August! So we celebrated her birthday this week when we had a houseful of helpers:
You are never too young to learn the fine art of cake decorating! Great job McKenna, Brooke and Cole!
And here's Casey, surrounded by her admiration society!
I've had her in my arms since before she was two....
I love her to pieces.
I love being a part of their lives, their stories, their memories.
God is good... He has surrounded me with amazing families, beautiful children and the rare chance to make a difference in a child's life.
And the chance to write beautiful books!!!
Refuge is available just about everywhere now, and I'm beyond delighted. And moreover, I am just crazy happy by people's reactions to this beautiful story.
I'm sharing Mary Curry's photo here:
AMAZON LINK so you can find out for yourself.
God is good... And when His goodness is revealed through our actions, it's such a stinkin' good blessing!
Feel free to "pop in" and chat with us... I love hearing folks' ideas and opinions!
Multi-published, best-selling author Ruth Logan Herne lives on a small farm in upstate New York, she loves God, family, her country, people, coffee, chocolate, dogs, doughnuts and kids! You can e-mail here HERE , friend her and pray with her on facebook, and visit her website http://ruthloganherne.com where we're giving away 3 copies of "Refuge of the Heart" this week! Go to the "blog" page and leave a comment to be entered!