Monday, January 25, 2016

The perfect winter dish...

I love casseroles, total comfort food. I also love potatoes, you could probably do anything to a potato and would still eat it! Ha, ha! French fry, bake, mash, so versatile, so yummy...creamy, dreamy potato.

After eating the scalloped potatoes at the LaJolla Marriott, quite a few times now, I decided it was time to attempt them at home. As usual, I scoured the Internet, Pinterest, YouTube. I came across the best scallop potato recipe. Very rich and creamy with a golden topping. Heaven on a plate I tell ya!

But, first things first, I had to buy the handy dandy, slicer, dicer, shredder, for my Kitchen Aid mixer, because I don't know how much time you have but I don't have the kinda a time it would take to slice potatoes for this dish! The slicer shredder attachment sliced me up a whole casserole dish of perfect potato slices in 2 minutes!! Someone at Kitchen Aid is a genius. Thank you.

So here it is:
Heavenly Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes:
Sorry not my pic,
I will replace as soon as I make them again,
I know I had a picture of mine but cannot find it!

4-5 potatoes, washed, peeled.
2 cups medium cheddar cheese.
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons onion-fine dice (so hubby doesn't know they are there)
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and pepper

oven 350*

Slice the potatoes 1/8 inch thick, use the large slicer attachment on the KA mixer. Shred the cheese using the small shredder attachment, finer shred makes the cheese melt easier.
Melt the butter in a pan, saute onions in butter until translucent, maybe 4 minutes, add flour and mix until flour is incorporated into butter/onion mix, slowly add in milk, so your mix stays at a slow boil, turn heat down and add cheese and salt and pepper, once melted, remove from stove. Grease the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish, add one layer of potatoes, pour on some of the sauce to cover, layer more potatoes and top with sauce, add a little more grated cheese on top. Bake for 1 hour.
Remove from oven and let sit up about 15 minutes. Dig in to that creamy, dreamy dish.

With the help of the Kitchen Aid mixer this dish is just as easy as the scallop potatoes I have been making for years from a box. Well, those box days are over and it is just real potatoes from here on!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Scrapbooking is my passion....

I thought I would share some of my favorite scrapbook pages I have made. I love scrapbooking, I love the travel involved, the weekend getaways, the search for the perfect paper or embellishment that pulls the photos all together...

This is the last page from my Scandinavian albums, I finished them just in time to start our new adventure,-British Isles and Ireland, we leave in May!
After we get back I will be scrapbooking that trip in 2016-2017, in 2018 we will embark on another adventure! Perhaps, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany! You never know where life will take us next!

Monday, January 11, 2016


Got to go to San Diego for scrappin-escapes weekend! We had fun, about 85 scrappers! On saturday we all pooled some money and went in on the powerball! Wouldn't that have been fun to see us on the news winning the big one!! We put in 10.00 each and we did win some so they will roll it over for wednesday so there is still hope!

Christy cropping!

Me cropping!

Patti had fun little props to play with!

Wore the shirts I made!

christy, patti and me, oh I had to chop my hair off. It was dry and scraggly and I could not take it any longer!
Hope you had a fun weekend! If you want to have fun and scrapbook with a lot of fun gals, go here: