Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quality Time With Steve, and Those Canned Potatoes.........

Tuesday after getting our schooling done The Youngun went out to play in the Hillbilly Swimming Hole and I got out some fabric.
I bought this at Wal-Trash a few months ago just cause I loved it so!  I decided to make an apron out of it.

The pattern pieces all layed out on the fabric.....After taking this picture I noticed that the stripes in the fabric weren't exactly lined up on each side so I unpinned everything, fixed it, and repinned.  I would NEVER have done that in the past.  I would have just said.....pffft, it's good enough.  I'm glad I did though!

This is the apron.  I ran out of black bias tape so I can't finish it and when I went to Wal-Trash today they were out of it...arrggh!  I'm so excited to finish it so I can wear it.  I could make my own bias tape, but I don't have any black fabric either, and since I started with the purchased bias tape, I think it will look better if I finish it that way as well.  I have another pocket to put the bias tape around, then sew on and I have to put bias tape around the yoke, then finish the straps.  I think it's so pretty and it felt great to spend some time with Steve!

In this post I talked about canning potatoes for the first time.  I got them canned up yesterday and opened a jar of them to try last night at supper.  I dumped them in a pan, heated to boiling, drained them, and then mashed the heck out of them with my mixer (cause The Man doesn't like lumpy taters!).  They were delicious!  I added in 1/4 cup of whole goat milk while I beat them and they were so creamy and wonderful.  I didn't even add any butter which is a plus for me being on Weight Watchers and they were still delicious.  This was a really good idea for me because we eat mashed taters a LOT!  I confess to using box taters from Aldi, just because of a time saver since we eat them probably at least 4 nights a week.  This way I can stop using instant and still have them ready in a jiff! 

I also had two ladies tell me about a different way to "cellar" using alternative methods.  Thanks Susan and the FarmLady!  The FarmLady recommended a book called Root Cellaring Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables by Mike and Nancy Bubel that I requested from the local library.  I'm sure to get some good alternative cellaring ideas from there, until we can get our cellar dug.

On a final note.........could I possibly have any more links in this post???  LOL!

Till next time..........God Bless!


  1. Love love LOVE the apron! I haven't used a sewing machine in years. Two years ago the husband bought me one for Christmas but I made him return it (so ungrateful of me) because I thought he shouldn't have spent the money. Oh, how I regret it now!
    The potatoes...yummmm!

  2. If I were you I would have to take a nap.... you are always doing such fun and busy things! Thanks for visiting.... Thanks also for the WW support - I need to get back on track because now they are changing to saturday mtgs - Ughh - doesn't work as easy for me. I already go to town 5 days a week and never get anything done at home.

  3. Cute Apron!! Good idea about the Potatoes!

  4. Love love the fabric..and cute apron...My MIL made me one with roosters..I love it. Of course for some reason I only wear it when I'm making bread..Lol Idk ;>

  5. Love the apron. I have never had canned potatoes but they sound like they could definatley be a time saver and obviously a penny saver.

  6. i found a kind of instant mashed taters that are only 1 pt but the real stuff is worth the extra work and points! I bet they're really yummy with goats milk! since I make my own yogurt, I've started making my own yogurt cheese. It's really good whipped up in taters.

  7. Be still my heart, I LOVE the apron!

  8. The apron looks great! You and Steve are gettin' a really good relationship going there!


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