"Choose you this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Idaho Spudnuts

Funny that I grew up in Wyoming, 5 minutes from the Idaho border, but never heard of spudnuts until I got married and moved to Nevada!  The kids were begging to make these last night, and since they worked so hard, I promised them we would.  I totally cheat though, and instead of making mashed potatoes, I use 
instant potatoes - they are so much quicker and still taste delicious.  (recipe at the bottom)

Idaho Spudnuts:

2 cups mashed potatoes
2 Tbl. yeast
1 1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup veg. oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
7  1/2 cups flour (I just put it in until it starts sticking to the dough hook)

Oil for deep-fat frying

4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
Warm milk to lukewarm, add yeast with a touch of sugar.  Let work, and then add to the mashed potatoes,oil, sugar, eggs, and salt.  Blend well, slowly add flour to form a soft dough.  Place in greased bowl, turning once.  Cover and let rise (it says an hour, but we only did about 30 min. and it was fiine).   Roll and cut spudnuts, letting them rise a little if you have time.  :)  haha  Heat oil to 375 degrees (does anyone actually measure that?  we don't) and fry a couple of minutes on each side.
For glaze, combine powdered sugar, water, and vanilla.  Dip spudnuts in and let them drain.
For a little creativity, try adding some raspberry jam, caramel topping, or whatever to the top.  Yum!  :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Labor Day 2012

A week or two ago some of the kids and I went and washed this barn and a shed to get them ready to paint.  We burned a big pile of trash and the kids started painting by hand.  I wanted them to know how good we had it when the guys were able to come and help with the paint sprayer....ahhh....can't know how good it is unless you have something to compare it to:)

This year we celebrated labor day with....what else?  Labor, of course!  We worked to clean up and paint an old barn and shed and sorted through a pile of debris to separate out the metal, burnable, and non-burnable items.  It was not the funnest thing we've ever done!  :)  haha  But is sure looks better than it did.

A tree fell on this shed a wrecked part of it.
This was almost as bad as when I was a kid and we had to go "rock pickin'".  Fortunately, it didn't take as long.  The rock pickin' was NEVER done.