Saturday, August 4, 2012

Think on These Things ~ Set Free


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Oven-Crisped Potato Skins

Oven-Crisped Potato Skins

6 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
vegetable oil for baking pan
canola oil for potatoes
1/2 lb. bacon
1/2 cup sour cream
salt and pepper
4-oz cheddar cheese, grated
green onions

Position rack in center of oven and heat to 400 degrees.  (I used my toaster oven). Pierce each potato several times; place on rack and bake until tender, about 45 minutes.  Let stand until cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes.

While potatoes are baking, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, cool and crumble.

Cut cooled potatoes in half, lengthwise.  Scoop out insides, leaving 1/4 -inch thick shell, reserving insides of potato for another day.

Lightly brush both outside and inside of the potatoes with canola oil. Place on a heavy baking sheet that has been lightly coated with vegetable oil.

Position oven rack in top third of oven and heat to 425 degrees.  Lightly brush potato skins inside and out with canola oil.  Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to heavy baking sheet.  Bake 12-15 minutes; turn over and bake 12 minutes more.

Sprinkle hot skins with shredded cheese and top with a dollop of sour cream; sprinkle with bacon and garnish with chives.
As for the scooped-out potato centers... a little butter, sour cream, heated milk, salt and pepper then mashed with a hand-masher for delicious chunky mashed potatoes for tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tradition, History & Fun

 It's Chloe's turn...
for a photo in Pop-Pop's Christening outfit
joining her siblings and cousins in this sentimental family tradition.
Chloe's Aunt Abbey was one of the firsts to wear this vintage outfit belonging to John
Abbey and her dad chilling on the sofa after work, looking so much alike :)
Amid the hectic summer schedule, John wanted to take a vacation day.
Last week, we shared a lovely day together strolling through the nearby historic town of Haddonfield.
We toured the Indian King Tavern Museum, where on September 1777, the Legislature of New Jersey unanimously resolved that thereafter the word "state" should be substituted for "colony" in all public writs and commissions. 
On the second-floor assemble room of this historic building is where
The Great Seal of New Jersey was adopted
Haddonfield's Indian King Tavern is one of New Jersey's most historic buildings. Named for the local Lenape Indians, it is a premiere example of eighteenth-century colonial tavern architecture as well as the site where New Jersey was legally created.
In 1777, as clashing armies devastated Trenton, the Assembly reconvened in the Indian King to pass legislation officially creating an independent state and adopting its Great Seal. Legend has it that, throughout the 1780s, Dolley Payne -- who later became First Lady Dolley Madison -- was a frequent visitor. Source
Photos inside the building were not allowed.
Afterward our walk down the brick sidewalks and through many of the shops, we used a LivingSocial coupon for lunch at The British Chip Shop.
That evening, we relaxed on the sofa together while watching Driving Miss Daisy.
It was a perfect day!


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