Sunday, April 4, 2010

Something Old Made New & Something Delicious

On Sunday, we started the day with our church's annual pre-service Easter breakfast. It's always a nice time to fellowship and meet with visitors. After worship, we enjoyed a walk in the park, and found quite a few people to be out enjoying such a warm and sunny day. Finally, we had dinner with family, which rounded out a peaceful Easter celebration. He is risen, indeed.

Now, another busy week lays before me. Feeling rather purposeful lately, I am indulging in finding my creative balance before the hard work of summer is soon upon us.

About a year ago I read an article on decoupage, which is really a fancy word for cutting out pictures, pasting them on to an object, and coating it with a sealer. The project featured in the article used pictures cut out from a seed catalog sealed on to a photo frame. It was adorable. I filed away the idea until the right opportunity came up to try it. There was a plain memento box that had been getting increasingly dusty and dirty which was the perfect canvass for this craft project, and as seed catalogs began to trickle in, I put aside the ones that featured pictures of large, vibrant roses.

Here's everything you need- a paint brush, some sealer which you can find in the glue section at the craft store, some pictures, and an item to decorate.

The finished project.

This was a very easy project, quick, too. The sealer dries fast and doubles as glue. Aside from cutting out the roses, it took less than an hour to complete this. The results were worth it, I think. At least not bad for a first try. I used a matte sealer, but next time would probably try the gloss.

In the Kitchen:
One of the perks of being a librarian (there are only a few, and they are different for everybody) is having access to the newest cookbooks fresh off the press. I was delighted when a few copies of this one arrived...
"Fresh from Central Market" Cookbook: Favorite Recipes from the Standholders of the Nation's Oldest Farmer's Market in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by Phyllis Pellman Good.I love farmer's markets, and although I don't recall ever visiting this specific one, which is located in Lancaster city proper, I knew the book would be a gold mine of delicious ideas. It was not a disappointment. Standholders past and present have generously contributed many wonderful recipes, and there is quite a variety, too. Anyone could find something to love in this book, whether it's the Old Fashioned Corn Fritters, Buttermilk Chicken, or authentic Amish Roast. But the first one to catch my eye was this delicious side...

Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes

2 and 1/2 lbs. red-skinned potatoes
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour cream
3 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
4 T butter cut into chunks

Wash potatoes, but do not peel. Cut into quarters.

Place potatoes, garlic, and 1/2 tsp. salt in soup pot. Add 2" water. Cover pot and cook potatoes until soft, about 20-30 minutes.

Drain liquid, and mash potatoes.

Add sour cream, cream cheese, garlic salt, pepper, and butter. Mix well.

Place in greased 2-quart baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30 minutes.

By the way, these are very hearty, and you will have no trouble feeding a small crowd with this one.


  1. Hi Monica,
    I'm going to try this recipe with my purple potatoes, it looks delicious. Thanks.

  2. Your craft project turned out really pretty! And the potato recipe looks delicious. I've made a potato dish from a recipe called Smashed Potatoes that also had cream cheese in it, and I can certainly vouch that the combo of potatoes and cream cheese is a good one!

  3. These are very much like smashed potatoes, and while I always put cream cheese in my mashed potatoes, it was the idea of baking them on top of it that sounded good!

  4. Peeling potatoes isn't hard, but whenever I see a recipe where you DON'T have to peel them, I jump all over it! Those look soooo good. Decoupage reminds me of the 70s and I'm so glad it's back because I think the possibilities are endless. I saw somewhere that someone used cute napkins to decoupage something. VERY cute memento box and so special ~ ♥

  5. We went to an Amish Country store the other day and I bought 3,yes 3! new cookbooks. I thought I had kicked that habit! I love new recipes!!!


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