Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hashbrowns versus Home Fries

The Husband is firmly in the hashbrowns camp.

He does not care for home fries.

In fact, we don't eat breakfast at some places simply because
 they serve home fries and not hash browns.

In the past, he has attempted to make hashbrowns at home. 
Not good.

I found a nice potato ricer at an estate sale and brought it home. 
The Husband tried again to make hashbrowns.  
Not good.

Strolling through Sam's Club this week, we saw dehydrated hashbrowns.  

This morning we re-hydrated a few for breakfast.


We fried them in hot oil in a cast iron skillet, with just a bit of salt and pepper.
You could jazz them up by frying them with onions or adding a bit of cheese at the finish.


Aren't they pretty!


They were darn good.

We need to be better at looking for convenice foods.

We are so used to making things from scratch, that sometimes we lose sight of the fact
 it would be much easier and taste just as good if we had the right packaged item.

How about you?  

Are you a from scratch cooker?  Or, do you use packaged items to get started?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Characters I Hang Out With at My Office

When I see these guys, they make me happy.



The Happy Clown and I have worked together since 1990.

How do I know, you ask?

Because he is dated "Hallmark, 1990, Happy Birthday."

 Two co-workers gifted him to me.

He stands on either foot, or even on his head!

Perhaps I'll post a pic of him doing a headstand.

The other characters are surprises from German Kinder Eggs.

I went to Berlin, Germany in 2001? 2002? for a business meeting.  

Our hosts gave us Kinder Eggs every day for our afternoon break.

Nothing inspires a conference room full of tired adults 
quite like a chocolate egg, with a surprise inside!

What types of mementos do you have in your office or work space?