Saturday, November 22, 2014

Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes. Favorite Family Recipes Virtual Recipe Swap.

I received this recipe from Lauren who blogs over at Breathe Deeply and Smile. It's her mom's recipe and I gotta say... Lauren, tell your mom "yummo!"

I love the simplicity of this recipe AND it's a make-ahead recipe. I'm going to my future in-laws for Thanksgiving so we're definitely needing something that we can make here, pack up, and then finish off once we get there. This one is perfect!

Make sure you go check out all the other entries for the Favorite Family Recipes Virtual Recipe Swap Party! 

Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs baking potatoes
1 stick of butter
1/2-3/4 of a 16 oz container of sour cream
1 block of cream cheese, softened
1/2- 1 cup of milk
3 Tbsp grated onion
salt & pepper

Grease 11x13" pan. Peel potatoes and boil, then cover and cook until fork tender. 
Mash as usual-I use my kitchen aid to mix, next adding butter, milk.  When combined add the remaining ingredients. When the mixture is creamy and fully combined, pour into pan.  Refrigerate overnight.  The next day, bake 350-375 degrees uncovered in the oven for 35 min.  

**I added cheese on the top of my potatoes before I popped it in the oven to heat.

Favorite Family Recipes virtual recipe swap party- Linky Party!

2nd Favorite Family Recipes Virtual Recipe Swap 

 Thank you so much for joining us for our 2nd Favorite Family Recipe Virtual Recipe Swap! Doree and I really enjoyed seeing all of the fun contributions and organizing the big swap. This year we did things a little differently, but you’ll still have a chance to meet 12 lovely bloggers and get 12 new recipes that are perfect for the holiday season. We hope that all party-goers enjoyed their new recipes and hopefully made some new bloggy friends in the process!

Meet this years participants:
Denise from Almasdays
Judy from Unknown Chefs
Danita from O Taste and See
Susan Z from Love from the Kitchen

Follow your hosts: Susan from The Foodette and Doree from Top Notch Mom

Please visit the blogs listed above, leave comments, and pin their recipes!

*Only submit a link to this link party if you’re a participant in the Favorite Family Recipes 2nd Virtual Recipe Swap*

Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday Gifts for the Host/Hostess from Zazzle

This post will be a little different, but I wanted to make sure to spread the word about this awesome website where you can customize all kinds of cool things and make incredible unique gifts.

Have you heard of

I am a huge fan! A few years ago I used to make my mom a clock where every hour was a different picture of her dog. She loved it! I have also used to make shirts and I used to make my blog business cards before I left for FitBloggin' this year.

Using you can create fun, thoughtful gifts like these pillows! They are super high quality, soft, and comfortable. You could also create a personalized throw blanket, clock, or lamp! makes the process incredibly easy. You just choose your product and then the site walks you through adding designs such as images and text with different font colors and styles. Shipping is always easy and quick, plus there are always awesome deals to help you save money on your creations!

This year, make your favorite Host or Hostess' Holiday merry and bright with a one of a kind gift from You can design your own item, or you can search tons and tons of already designed products! Choose from blankets, throw pillows, lamps, clocks, serving trays, mugs, ornaments, and MORE!