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shepherds pie twice baked taters.

So as many of my facebook friends know I was blessed yesterday with a BUNCH of taters. So sitting here today thinking of ways to use up these babies…. hmm soup? naw no bacon and not enough milk.  fries? naw trying to cut back… hmmm baked taters? naw but maybe… twice baked…. oooh or shepherds pie… or oh wait both…. Hmmmm Ab’s think this one out for  a sec…. and all I could here was  Joey in an episode of friends… ” meat good peas good custard GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!” you all know which episode I am talkin I about hahahahahaha. Here is it.

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Start with

6-8 large russets.  ( I used 6 and had enough inside stuff for at least 2 more)

1 lb lean ground beef ( you can sub turkey or chicken or tofu if you are in to that stuff)

1 med onion diced

1/2  packet of ranch powder

1-2 cups of cheddar

3 TBS Butter or margarine

1 cup (give or take) of milk

*Some frozen peas… ( for my youngest who doesn’t want to eat meat lately)

So You can bake up your taters. I cheated and used the microwave and if you are gonna do that then ( prick them with a fork like 12 times 1st) I did 4 for 10 min then 2 more for I think 6 min. I actually used the potato setting on my microwave so yeah.

While those bad boys are baking ( or cooling see below)  get out your big pan and set it to med hi heat and soften up your onions in a tiny bit of oil and salt. add your meat and brown it up with whatever spices you like. We like the montreal steak seasoning from McCormick.

But anyway when they are baked to perfection and cooled to an easily handleable temperature, cut the top 3rd off. Scoop the top out  and put it in a bowl. I didn’t use that much of the skins but you can. My doggy liked the skins.

now CAREFULLY scoop out the big part of the potato leaving enough innards inside to keep the sides up.  Add those innards to the innards of the tops.  I had a few places on mine where i scooped them to close and they ended up leaking some meaty juicy goodness on to my sheet pan and made it hard to remove the potato without ruining it.

Use all the innards and make mashed taters. I added the butter sour cream and 1/2 packet of ranch powder mashed em up and added milk till i liked the consistency. mash.

preheat your oven to 350.

Now to put em together.  Get out a sheet pan and cover it with foil, unless you get some weird kick out of scrubbing baked on cheese. Now that I think about it can’t hurt to spray  your pan with nonstick spray.  Put a big scoop of you meat mix in the potato canoe 1st then make a rounded top of your mashed taters. place on your sheet pan. I topped mine with the shredded cheddar ( actually my boys topped them so more cheese made it on the sheet pan and in their mouths then on the potatoes) but you can do something else… what ever floats your potato boat. 🙂

* Oh for my youngests I added frozen peas to the bottom of his instead of the  meat mixture. Then topped with mashed potatos and cheese marked his with peas on top so we would know which was his. super easy and I knew he would eat it that way.

Bake for ten minutes at 350. I then pulled mine out and turned the broiler on and broiled the cheese tops for a min or two. Let cool for a few while you set the table and steam one of the veggies in a bag.

these were so good I had ZERO leftovers. Hubs ate 3! Hope you all like these. Tell me how you change them up. All in all probably only took me 30 min to make them.  Unless you are baking the taters int he oven it shouldnt take a very long time to throw this one together.

Blessing all!

P.S.  please if you have any ideas for an over abundance of onions.. let me know 🙂

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Cookie Monster Cake.

So My youngest can say very few words that can be understood in english. Cookie is his favorite and sooo is cookie monster from sesame street.  So for his 2nd birthday ( yes i cannot believe he is already turning 2)  I thought” hey a cookie monster cake can’t be that hard right????  I now have a couple bald spots on my head now.  But here goes.

i started off with a simple boxed cake mix. strawberry is what these boys like. i made one 10 inch round in a dreaded spring form pan.  Let that baby cool completely before frosting.

get thee one tub of classic white frosting and dye that baby blue… for me it took one whole bottle of blue liquid food coloring. But some one told me that food coloring paste works better for frosting… good to know for next time.

get another tub of white for the white of his eyes…

You will also need oreos and since there will be left over you will be obligated to eat you might as well get double stuft.

i made cookies fur by dragging a fork lightly over  the blue frosting. when that is all done i scraped the white stuff out of  a row of cookies

blend those babies up in the blender till they are crumbs. i made a stencil out of wax paper laid it on the cake. If I didn’t  his smile would have been really messy.  I sprinkled it in the stencil.  lifted it off and boom. Instant cookie smile.

Piping the eyes was not as easy as it looks might be easier for you but i suck at piping so yeah

then i just stuck some oreo’s on for the black part of his eyes.   Done.

it was a lot simpler then the race car cake.  I hope I get to make another cake soon. NOT MY OWN though… that always makes me grumpy.

Blessings.

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