Friday, December 31, 2010

The Gift Baskets are Done..... and Remember Those Taters?

Today I got the last dish rag knitted up and the gift baskets all put together. 

Each basket has a soup in a jar, chocolate chip banana bread in a jar, a mini candle, a dish towel, and of course both jar gifts are topped with a knitted dish rag.  They also have a can of tomatoes because the soup in a jar calls for tomatoes.

We are having a brunch for Christmas with The In-Laws, so I baked a Blueberry Crunch Coffee Cake and still have to make up a cheeseball.  I'll post the recipe for the cake next week.  It's really good!

Remember this post?  In that post I talked about canning taters.  It was the first time I'd canned them and I wasn't too sure how they would turn out.  I was concerned that they might get starchy tasting or turn dark.  I used a jar of them last night.  The Man loves fried 'taters and onions with polish sausage.  I needed to get supper in a hurry so I decided to use a jar of those canned 'taters.  I put a dab of lard in my biggest cast iron skillet, sliced up the sausage and tossed it in, dumped those taters in and then added some sliced onion.  A little seasoned salt and we were good to go.  They were delish and oh so easy. 
Our 'tater crop wasn't very good this past year and we used up all our spuds without needing to can any.  I'm hopeful for a better crop this year so I can can some more 'taters!

Things are good 'round here.  I'm planning my chicken order and the seed catalogs are coming.  Tomorrow is January 1st, that means spring is right around the corner!  ;0)  A girl can dream right? 

God Bless......................


  1. What a great idea! The baskets look wonderful!

  2. Love your baskets! What a great idea!

  3. Your in-laws are gonna love their gifts!

    And your supper looked scrumptious. Those potatoes did awesome!

  4. Yummy!!! Happy New Year and enjoy the visit

  5. Your baskets turned out lovely. And we love sausage taters and onion round these parts.
    You sure your not from Texas?....Lol
    Happy new year girl!

  6. Love, Love, Love the gift baskets! Ya'll dinner looks sooooooooo yummy, Happy New Year!

  7. When I was a kid, potatoes was the ONLY thing I liked to garden. It was so much fun seeing each plant being turned to see what laid underneath. One year, we had a PICKUP bed heaped full. (there were only 5 of us). I guarantee we had potatoes every meal that year. Makes me want to plant potatoes. I bet they'd do great in my leech field. LOL.

    BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. hehe... spring is right around the corner ;). Love it!

    My ex-boyfriends mother always canned potatoes. They aren't bad that way. :)


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