hasselback potatoes


These are my hubby’s new favorite, which rocks because they are sooooo easy to make. Woo-hoo!

I am dying to try them with sweet potatoes, if I can cut them…hmmmm. Sweet potatoes are a bit tough to cut sometimes. Don’t you think?

They’re called hasselback , and all you need is two wooden spoons, melted butter, a good knife and some seasoning… some people peel them-I’m a ‘tato skin kinda girl, so I don’t peel mine. If you peel yours, be sure and place it in a bowl of cold water while it’s waiting to be rubbed with butter, so it doesn’t discolor.

This is how you cut them:

align the potato between two handles of wooden spoons. This will stop your knife from going all the way through.

see how I did it? Wooden dowels or wooden spoons make great guides. They are about 1/4″ thick also, great for rolling dough. I ♥ hardware stores. At least for dowels. And dirt. And stuff…

Speaking of dirt…check out the size of that bag. Oh yeah! I had this old galvanized wash basin…and I decided to use it to plant some tomatoes, because the soil here is too sandy and lacking in organic compounds for tomatoes to thrive. So…. I now have a giant basin-tomato garden. It will look better when the plants start to grow more. It looks kinda lame with just dirt right now.

Back to ‘taters. Slice them 1/4″ evenly. Dip or brush them with melted butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper and Parmesan cheese.  Bake at 425 for 35-45 minutes.

Wanna see what else I have been up to?

tomato sauce

I’m back on my canning kick. I made some homemade spicy marinara, and jarred it up. Which, in turn made my hubby ask about pickles. So… I did those, too

homemade picklesBut…please don’t think I spend my days canning, baking, cooking, and gardening. That’s what I do in my free time.

After I finish: the laundry, dishes, housework,bathroom, breakfasts, lunches, bills, errands, at-home-preschool, turtle feeding, lizard feedings, fish tank cleaning/feeding, bird cage cleaning/feeding, dog poopy-duty, grocery shopping, sending away assorted door to door church and sales people,produce shopping, and preschool art and stories at the library.All of this before 2 when it’s time to pick up the older one, help with homework, start dinner, and keep the peace between the siblings. Whew. I cannot believe that I used to be one of those people that though stay at home mamas had it easy.  Fortunately, I have a schedule so that I am able to accomplish all this and still have time for the things  that keep me sane, happy and something to post about here.

Here’s a typical day:

5:15 up.

5:16 dogs outside

5:19am littlest one up, helps daddy with coffee.

5:20: dogs in

5:21: wake up bird

5:30-5:40 Make hubby’s lunch, usually leftovers.

5:45-6:30: emails, daily list, posting here

6:35: Bigger “little one” is up, make breakfast for girls

7am: make lunch for girls, (yes, two lunches- the youngest likes to have one, too-but she’ll eat it in the car.)

7:15-7:45 to school, back to school

7:45-8:30 walk/bike ride/weed (one of the three)

8:30-9:30 chores, depending on day of week; 1)dust vac/mop (every other day) 2) laundry/bathroom (Tues & Fri)

3) fish tanks (M,W,F,S) 4) Outdoor chores: rake/weed/trim 5) errands/marketing

Of course sometimes the chores take a bit longer or shorter…depending.

10-11am: at home preschool, or library time.

11-11:30 park

11:30-12 nap

*HERE’S My “fun” time!

12noon to 2pm during nap: I do one or two of the following:

bake,cook,write,organize,craft,can, garden more, decorate,rearrange, hang out with bird and dogs, paint, draw,read, take pictures,chat on the phone, reply to emails, research things I want to know about, paint my toes, and/or relax.  🙂


2:20 pm, school pick up

2:40-3:20 homework help

3:30 hubby home!♥

3:30-4pm littlest one washes daddy’s lunch container, big sis does her chores

4-5:30 goof off with girls and hubby

5:30-7:00: make dinner, take showers

7-8 dinner & dessert

8-9 hope littlest one goes to sleep early.


That is my day. So… now you know how and when I do what I do. Oh yes, throw in the occasional tweet and facebook update. LOL! 🙂

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  1. The potatoes look amazing. A nice sharp Santoku should do the job for you. Take heart about your day….you are not alone.

  2. The taters are on my TRY THESE for the week-end–always stumped as to a new way to fix them And WOW Im pooped reading about your day–but 30 years ago and before I got Fibro etc I could do it too and juggle (LOL) on the side

  3. I made these last week and my husband loved them. The recipe I used had you insert slices of garlic between some of the cuts. Yummy!

  4. Wow you have a busy day all scheduled out. I too stay home with two little boys but don’t have a daily schedule….I should. So how do you eat the potatoes? Do you add anything to them or just dig in?

  5. Wow, your little one is an EARLY bird, but goes to bed the same time as Leah. What does she do when you are doing your morning computer time? Back to bed…or?

    I enjoyed reading about your day…I could tell you were a morning person by when you write your FB messages to me…lol…but that is EARLY!! I am a night owl by nature, and 6:30 or so would be early for me. Right now I’m up btwn 7 and 7:30, and sometimes I get to sleep IN till 7:40-8am. Leah wakes up btwn 7:15 and 7:45, but sometimes sleeps in on the weekends a bit. Depends….

    I can definitely relate to BUSY though!! We mama’s sure know how to juggle.

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