When I use raw potatoes

When I use raw potatoes, I grate them into a bowl, add some water with a touch of lemon juice to rinse off some the starch from the potatoes. Sometimes I will grate a fair amount, so I just grab a handful or two, drain in a colander and add salt, pepper and onion powder and put in the hot skillet that already has some melted butter/margarine in it.

But I like the hash-browns from cooked potatoes much better and for them, I like to use the red potatoes better than the russet. I like the reds better for salads also. I like the russets in baked potatoes, scalloped or mashed. Yukon Gold is also a good potato for the same thing that the russet is for, plus it comes out looking a pale gold color.

After last night’s hash brown disaster, my son says I “owe” him a good batch, lol, so I will try making them from cooked potatoes this time and choose red ones.

Last night was a comedy of errors, really. I forgot to rinse the raw (white) potatoes, then they were cooking so slowly I stuck the lid on the electric frying pan to increase the heat but then of course, they got steamy and soupy, and THEN the electric frying pan died in the middle of cooking them. So they took an hour and were awful. The next batch has GOT to be better.

Coaches gifts

I printed a picture from a clip art program with a cute tiger playing softball. I wrote something like To a Great Coach. and had all the kids sign and we framed it. My hubby says nothing too cutsy, guys aren’t into that so I tried to not be too cutsy. 🙂

We also pitched in 3 dollars I think and bought them a practical gift too like a gift certificate for dinner out. Just a thought

I’m the team mom for my 5yo tball team. I have the team party under control but need some frugal ideas for a coach’s gift. Can anyone help?

Portraits

Someone was asking about photo coupons at Sears. Sorry I forgot who. We get all four kids yearly pictures done a K Mart in September. I usually get all four together for the package and send those out at Christmas. I then buy portraits of all the girls individually 8 x 10’s through wallets for their school pictures.

I think I spend a total of about 80.00. This is for 4 girls school pictures as well as Christmas cards and Christmas presents for family members. Not too bad when you see how much school pictures can cost.

Carrie in Calif.