One of the benefits of feeding a large group of people is leftovers! Leftover potatoes can be used for many different recipes. One of our favorite uses is Potato Cakes. I used the leftover potatoes from our Shrimp Boil to make this recipe. However, you can use leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes.
Leftover mashed potatoes
2 tsp Cajun Seasoning
1 egg beaten
2 Tbsp Flour
1/2 cup shredded cheese
2 Tbsp Oil
Flour for dusting
Mix cold mashed potatoes with all ingredients except the oil. Roll into balls, roll in flour on a cutting board and pat into Cakes. Heat oil in a skillet until hot. Add Cakes and cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Serve with shredded cheese and your choice of toppings.
Side note: I use Yukon Gold potatoes for a more creamier flavor and the yellow color. But any type of Potato will work.
My oldest son loves fresh seafood. For his 14th birthday he requested a Low Country Shrimp Boil with fresh clams. It’s the perfect meal to feed a crowd and it’s fun! The best part of the Boil is you can mix up the seafood to what is either in season or to your preference. Crawfish is traditional with a Shrimp Boil but they are out of season until January. Clams, crab legs, mussels, or scallops are great substitutes.
2 Bay Leaves
1 Garlic Clove
1/2 bag Old Bay Crab Boil
1 yellow onion (cut into wedges)
4 cups of water
5lb yellow potatoes
2 packages of Polish Sausage (cut into chunks)
5 ears of corn (shucked and cut into chunks)
1lb bag of fresh shrimp
1lb bag of fresh clams
Fill a 4 quart pot with 4 cups of water (or about halfway). Add seasonings, Crab Boil, Garlic and onions. Bring to a boil and continue to boil (covered) for about 10 minutes. Add potatoes and cook at a boil for about 20 minutes. Add corn and sauasage. Continue to boil for about 8 minutes. Add clams. Boil until clams open or about 8 minutes. Add shrimp. Turn off heat and allow to sit, covered, for 15 minutes. Drain water and dump over a table covered with a plastic table cloth.
We use tongs to serve up the food and enjoy! Our favorite sides are coleslaw and chewy bread.
Remember, fresh seafood is always best! Shop local!
I try to hold true to this statement and once a year take my kids on a trip. This summer, however, we did not plan any vacations or trips. We were just going to be homebodies and enjoy what our town had to offer.
Life had other plans. The boyfriend has family in Indiana and decided last minute we were going to take a roadtrip and spend the week in the Midwest.
12 hour drive later, the kids and I woke up to the sun rising over the corn fields and windmills greeting us a good morning.
We spent the week exploring the bfs hometown. From eating pizza in a double decker bus to venturing out to see waterfalls, we had a blast.
Stops included the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Swimming in the river in Liberty, IN. And a bonfire watching the sunset over the farmlands.
The trip home included a stop at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY and a tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, TN.
While a trip to farm country may not seem exciting, it’s all about who you travel with. My kids got to experience another state and I got to learn more about what makes my man tick.
No trip is ever boring when it’s with the ones you love. So get out and explore. You never know what you might learn.
Staycation has been good so far. We have had two incredible beach days at two of my favorite beaches.
Day 1: Mexico Beach. I love going here because it is not nearly as busy as Panama City Beach but just as pretty. White sand and clear waters make for a relaxing day. A few hours of soaking up the sun followed by lunch at Tou Cans (a great little seafood joint right on the beach) and the day was a success. We ended the night in a high note with Moana and some Snapchat fun. (Mexico Beach below)
Day 2: St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach. This section of the beach is usually not as busy or as rough but emerald green and beautiful. When taking smaller kids to the beach, this cove is the perfect little spot. We got our fill of sun and brought home our fair share of sand. Another successful beach day.
Day three will be filled with shopping and dinner at Pier Park. Spring Break has been good to us so far!
Spring Break is next week here in Panama City. Usually we are off on an adventure during Spring Break, but this year we have company so we are doing a staycation while my friend gets to experience a new adventure.
I think one of the best things about having someone visit us is being able to show them all the cool spots and beaches like a tour guide. I get to relive the excitement all over again.
Three days packed with different beach spots, restaurants and of course shopping. I love a good adventure, but I also love sleeping in my own bed. I get the best of both this next week.
Anyone else enjoying a little Staycation this Spring Break?
We love finger foods. And the kids are a sucker for tacos. These cups are easy to assemble and extremely tasty!
Southwest Chicken Cups:
2lbs of ground chicken
1 can of corn (drained)
1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can Rotel (drained)
1 package of taco seasoning
1/2 package of wonton wrappers
Cheese for topping
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a muffin tin with wrappers. I use two in each cup, with the corners overlapping in the bottom of the cup.
Brown ground chicken. Add in beans, corn and Rotel. Do not drain any of the liquid. Add in taco seasoning. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to simmer for about 5 minutes.
Fill Cups with filling and top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Top with your favorites like sour cream and salsa. A variation of our favorite food…tacos!!
Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the lights, the sound of snow falling, the smell of the evergreen trees, and the joy my children have for the holiday. For our traditional viewing of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, I made Christmas popcorn. This is a very easy recipe and can whipped up very quickly. Here is a very basic recipe that can be easily modified for your family.
5 cups of popped popcorn
1 bag of red and green M&Ms
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1 bag of chocolate covered pretzels Christmas trees
Pop your popcorn. I do mine on the stove in a popcorn pan. However, lightly buttered microwaveable popcorn works as well. Mix all ingredients into a large brown bag and serve.
Very easy yet a fun treat for your holiday movies. This time of year is stressful enough, the treats you have with your family shouldn’t be.
I am a mountain girl at the very core of my being. While I do claim land mermaid status, my soul longs for the mountains. Seeing the mountains out of my parent’s mini van windshield meant we were almost to my grandmother’s house. As I had gotten older, and we had moved to Wyoming, seeing the mountains was an every day occurrence. We traveled those Rocky Mountain ranges every year, at least twice a year to see my grandparents. My life has always been in the mountains. My soul is happy in the valley of those towering, snow-capped ranges.
The mountains are calling, and I must go.
In two weeks my feet will touch Colorado soil after close to 5 years. Far too long. I will get to spend a brief, but wonderful week of Thanksgiving with my grandparents, in the valley of the San Juan Mountains. My soul will find it’s rest. It is weary.
There are never enough words to express my love for the mountains. The crisp breeze of fall, the rustling of the leaves as they flitter off the Aspen trees. The snowy hills and the creatures that roam free and quiet in the stillness. There is a quiet unlike any other, one that refreshes and restores.
I belong in the mountains. It is calling me home. 2 weeks to go. My heart is about to burst at the thought. Adventure awaits. Take me home.
It seems like it has been forever since we have been camping anywhere. And even longer since I have put any travel anything on this blog. So I am going to combine two wonderful trips into one post! Our first trip was in September and we went to Ichetucknee Springs State Park near Lake City, FL and a few weeks ago we went to Cape San Blas State Park in Cape San Blas, FL.
Ichetucknee Springs was a wonderful weekend full of floating lazily down a very cold, clear spring then swimming in the crystal clear waters of one their natural springs. Let me tell you, they are cold! 72 degree temperature, but hey when it’s hot and humid, those are amazing. We rented tubes and floated down the river for a few hours. It was the most relaxing trip. Well, besides one of the boys losing his flip flops because he didn’t listen when told to put on boat shoes, or when the other boy nearly tipped me off my float because he had to pee….yes that is life with boys.
Our other camping trip was to Cape San Blas State Park. We spent a three day weekend just laying on the beach, enjoying the waves, the sun, and the ability to walk to back to camper anytime we wanted. My boys were in heaven because they got to fish all day long. And they did. It was marvelous.
We didn’t do much. I sat in a beach chair and read Harry Potter. I watched my boys knee deep in the water fishing. I watched my daughter and my four year old niece play in the sand. I watched my Mom and Dad enjoy being able to relax. I watched the sunset and my loves sitting by the fire roasting marshmallows.
It was a weekend I needed in the midst of the chaos of school, work, and raising kids. It was good to get away, even for a short while.