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Make Ahead Twice Baked Potato

Happy Friday!! We are less than one week from Thanksgiving…and then it seems time moves at warp-like speed. I hope you have a little down time this weekend to regroup and relax before the hustle starts. I find when I take even just 10 minutes to gather my thoughts and to-do list…I feel so much more at ease about what is ahead. Start by making these simple twice baked potatoes this weekend…and you can cross it off your list!

The twice baked potato has always seemed a bit redundant to me. Kind of like….. make up your mind do you want a baked potato or do you want mashed potatoes? I really never saw the light until recently my mom was showing me how easy they could be. It takes just a little bit of forethought… but other than that it’s a no brainer!

 

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Bake them up while you’re doing some other work… get them out of the oven with a pot holder…scoop out the potato goodness…. mash them up put them back in the shell and put them in the fridge until you want to bake them. It really is pretty easy and people think that you worked on them a lot longer than you actually did:) These potatoes have now become a staple rotation for our family meals. What I love about them is I can make them any time put them in the fridge and bake them when we need them. I would say they would keep in the fridge for at least 3 days and even longer in the freezer. They’re great side dish you can add in anything you really love to make it suit your family’s taste.

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Make Ahead Twice Baked Potato
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 C milk
  • ¼ C grated parmesan
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 C shredded mozzerella
  • 2 T chives
  • salt pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. Pierce potatoes once on each side and bake for 45 minutes (I test with a fork for doneness)
  3. When done remove and slice in half length wise.
  4. Scoop out potato (I use a cookie scoop...easy) Set aside skins on cookie sheet
  5. Combine remaining ingredients and mix with hand mixer until creamy.
  6. Scoop ingredients into shell.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Heat oven to 350, top potatoes will a sprinkle of Parmesan and bake 20 minutes until browned.

 

 

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Hey…make some up for Thanksgiving! Done and done! Also, here is a recipe I did last year for make ahead gravy:) Getterdone!!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball

We woke up to a few inches of snow here…and our first snow day from school. Seems a bit early, no? I don’t remember ever having a snow day this early in the school year. Check out instagram to see Stella’s first walk in the snow….hilarious. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I know that many of you are getting ready for the big turkey day….and I wanted to share one more great appetizer to serve up to your guest….Have a great Monday friends:)

Realizing that this is my 2nd cheese post within the last couple weeks….love me some cheese:) Cheese ball & holiday’s….it’s like peanut butter and jelly….bacon & eggs….mac & cheese…you get the point…. I used to love going to the mall during the holidays and seeing that big Hickory Farms kiosk…..guarantee sausage sample….It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Sausage and cheese….hellllooooo:) So in the spirit of the big day of turkey…I thought I would create a turkey shaped cheese ball. It is so fun to play with food:) You can obviously make this into any shape you desire…..go play….Thanksgiving cheese ball @cleverlyinspired (2)

I bought a box of kitchen gloves…and I use them all the time for recipes like this….getting cheese out of nails=not fun at all…..

 

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Combine everything except the bacon. Make a basic turkey head by shaping the body and then a small ball for the head. Roll the entire thing in bacon….wax paper makes for  quick cleanup:)

 

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I used 3 kinds of crackers to create a “feather” effect.

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Thanksgiving Cheese Ball
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1 C shredded smoked gouda
  • 1 T chives
  • dash of tabasco
  • ⅓ C bacon chopped or bacon bits
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except bacon.
  2. Form into turkey head
  3. Roll in bacon (spread bacon on wax paper for easy clean up)
  4. When ready to serve, place crackers in "feather" shape and cheese in the center.

 

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You can make it ahead and then just place the crackers on before guest arrive:) Try not to say gobble gobble to much:) (recipe adapted from RachelRay)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Scalloped Potatoes

Hey…happy Monday:) Hope you had a great weekend!

Potatoes and cheese…with cream…I mean how can you go wrong? You can’t go wrong. It is comfort food at it’s best. This recipe pairs perfect with anything—chicken, beef, pork…or just hunker down on your couch and eat it alone—I’m not going to judge. In college, on a rainy Sunday…my housemate would make a big batch of her famous mashed potatoes and we would watch Disney movies all day—no joke. Talk about comfort….and the quickest way to cure a hangover too….just sayin. Anywho, these scalloped potatoes come together really quick with minimal effort and it is why I love them so…Make some tonight…your people will love you that much more:)

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If you have a mandolin slicer….use it to get your potatoes super thin…and it will bake that much quicker. You can just slice with a knife…and bake a bit longer too. The timing on the recipe below is assuming you are slicing with a knife:)

Scalloped Potatoes
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1.5 C heavy cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ t nutmeg
  • salt pepper to taste
  • ¼ C parmesan
Instructions
  1. Butter casserole dish.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream, bay, thyme, garlic and nutmeg. Simmer low for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Slice potatoes thin.
  4. Place potatoes in a large bowl. With slotted spoon, remove thyme and bay from cream.
  5. Pour on heavy cream mixture to potatoes and toss.
  6. Sprinkle in half of parmesan and coat potatoes.
  7. Layer potatoes adding in cream and parmesan into the layers in the casserole.
  8. Finish with a dusting of parmesan.
  9. Bake covered for 40 minutes at 400. Continue an additional 10 minutes uncovered.

 

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There is no better treat than a cheesy potato :)

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I am doing a campaign on Instagram with the US potato board (funny how people find people…am I right?)….search up #toptater for a load of potato inspiration:) Also, be sure to sign up for the giveaway on Friday’s post:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Tomato Cobbler

Did you have a good weekend?Pretty low key here..we made it to the lake to clean up a few things and grab some furniture…Happy end to summer I guess. It seemed that this one kind of passes us by…although I am ready for fall. I kind of like the hibernation that fall brings. I am really an introvert about 8 months of the year….and I love the quiet that fall brings:) But, before we go all pumpkin…let’s use up those tomatoes from the garden ok….

I know….cobbler is usually sweet…but this easy tomato cobbler is the best use of all those tomatoes at the end of summer:) I have used this recipe forever…I think I tore it out of a Martha mag a long time ago. I bet you have everything you need to pull it together tonight….

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Tomato Cobbler
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ⅓ C Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ⅓ C fresh Parmesan
  • ¼ t salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • ¼ C dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Spread some olive oil on bottom of baking dish.
  2. Toss in tomatoes
  3. In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients (salt and pepper to taste)
  4. Even spread on top of tomatoes
  5. Bake 400 for 20 minutes

 

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It couldn’t be easier really…..and your payoff is huge:)

 

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Have a wonderful week friends:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy Grilled Potato Casserole

Mornin friends! Hope you had a restful weekend. Several were interested in the Norwex post that I popped in to share on Saturday. The link on the side of the blog will stay up for awhile. You can click there to see all the products that are available. I started with the “starter pack” that has an enviro-cloth and a window cloth. If you want more info…just message me:) I will try to help.

The dog days of summer are still upon us…even though we are in back to school mode here. Using the grill to cook your entire meal outdoors is a great way to keep the heat out of your kitchen…and make less mess to clean up! These potatoes are a “go to” side dish for us. Just drop a steak on the grill and make a salad—dinner is done:)

While vacationing these last few weeks…we made many meals on the grill. All you need is some foil, a few seasonings….and you are set for a quick meal and no clean up! Win win!

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Super simple ingredients….it almost isn’t a recipe:)

Easy Grilled Potato Casserole
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 large potatoes sliced thin
  • ½ onion sliced
  • foil pan (I like the lasagna size pan….makes stirring easy)
  • 2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 T butter cubed
  • 1.5 C shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 T olive oil
  • foil
Instructions
  1. Place olive oil in foil pan.
  2. Place onions and potatoes. Toss to combine.
  3. Sprinkle seasonings. Top with butter cubes.
  4. Top with foil and poke holes for steam.
  5. Place on medium heat grill for 20 minutes.
  6. Stir and mix in cheese. Replace foil for 15-20 minutes more until potatoes are tender and fabulous:)

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Wow your friends and impress your family with the easiest cheesiest potatoes ever:)

 

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PS…the mushrooms are just as simple. Place 1 package of cleaned sliced mushrooms in a foil pan. Top with olive oil an sprinkle of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cover and cook 25 minutes….love them!

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Great….now I’m hungry:)

xo

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xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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