Recipe: Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love a yummy potato?  We’re always looking for new ways to spruce our’s up and this sure was a winner!  I love red skinned potatoes, especially when they’re crispy and just plain ol’ delicious!!  ENJOY!


  • Red Skinned Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • Rosemary
  • Parmesan Cheese


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.
  • On a sheet pan generously drizzle olive oil; place tender potatoes on the sheet pan leaving room between each potato.
  • With a potato masher gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again.
  • Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle potatoes with salt, black pepper and rosemary.
  • Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Top with Parmesan Cheese and serve!


Review: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks


I’m still catching up my to-read list that I’ve had for quite some time…and it amazed me that I bought this book last year when it first came out, and I never read it!  What was I thinking…letting a Nicholas Sparks book just sit there, unread?  :)

You may have recently heard that this book is being made into a movie, and it’ll probably be released next year.  I’ve heard of the actors playing the roles, I just never pictured them while reading the book.

This to me, was a different type of Sparks book.  It almost reminded me a little of Jodi Picoult.  While it did have all the makings of a romantic Sparks book, something was just a little different about it.  I, for once, didn’t figure out the direction it was heading until about 85% through.  It almost bugged me the whole time that I just couldn’t piece together the characters and their connections, but I think that’s a good thing so it’s not so predictable…and I’ve read practically every Sparks book released…

It starts out by introducing us to Ira Levinson, who is in trouble at ninety-one years old.  He’s in poor health, and alone as he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. He’s suffered from multiple injuries ans struggles to retain consciousness.  However, he’s comforted by his beloved wife Ruth who passed away 9 years ago.  The ghost of Ruth urges Ira to hang on as they travel back in time reliving their life all over again: the good…and the bad.

Then we have Sophia and Luke.  Luke is your typical cowboy bull rider who’s had quite the life at such a young age.  While Sophia is your hard working college sorority girl (but not exactly your average sorority girl).  They meet at a local rodeo one night as Sophia is trying to recover from a recent break-up.  As they come to know each other over the next four months, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward, even life and death.

As we all know, we can’t see into the future, but Luke and Sophia struggle to find out what is exactly in store for them personally and romantically.

This is the story of love, secrets, surprises, and happiness.  Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.


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Recipe: Meatball Stroganoff

Meatball Stroganoff

Want to talk about a recipe that the whole family will love? This is it!  It’s so filling and amazingly delicious!  I will say that the original recipe calls for frozen meatballs and I dislike them with a passion; so take the time to make mini meatballs yourself with whatever mixture/recipe you like to use!  You won’t be sorry!  :)


  • Homemade Meatballs
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp
  • 2 c beef broth
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 c heavy whipping cream
  • Wide egg noodles
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Add oil to a skillet; when oil and pan is hot, add meatballs to brown.
  • Add beef broth to deglaze pan.
  • Add spices, salt, ad pepper.
  • Let it just simmer away.
  • While it’s simmering, start cooking your noodles.
  • Add the heavy cream to meatballs; bring to a full boil so it thickens.
  • Then add sour cream and cream cheese.
  • Now add in the cooked and drained noodles.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese.


Co-Host: 81st Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Last week’s blog hop reached an all-time high of 385 amazing posts from all of our friends…and that was during a HOLIDAY week! Wow!
There were so many great posts that we are featuring more than ever this week, to show our appreciation for so much participation. You guys are great!

And we’ve added a 7th lovely co-host for July!
Joining Shari, Jessica, Carrie, Tammy, Danielle, Diane and Sinea is…

Welcome to our newest July co-host, Marcy from Day2DaySupermom!!! 
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Lovely red tulips for summer!


Both lovely posts are from Pure Grace Farms!
Freeze Snap Peas
Spinach Parmesan Souffles

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Yummy Low Carb Fudgebar Sundae from Ducks ‘n a Row
Summer Drink Roundup from A Mother’s Shadow
Chocolate Pecan Zucchini Cake from Yesterfood

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