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Christmas Potato Cakes

Reincarnate The Leftover This Weekend

Christmas spirit was in the air this weekend at the Spilsbury house with decorating, gift wrapping and our first holiday party.  Once the Christmas music CD’s came out of storage and we popped the first one in the surround-sound, it became official- the holiday season is here.

I also ended up with leftover mashed potatoes in my refrigerator, so instead of tossing them, I decided to make some red and green potato cakes (aka: Christmas Potato Cakes) to celebrate our joyeux weekend.

  Potato Cake Recipe

Making potato cakes is simple and not an exact science; you never know how many cups or ounces of mashed potatoes you’ll end up with.  Therefore, it’s “a little of this-a little of that” science.  You simply add an egg or two to the mashed potatoes along with a half-cup or cup of flour, some seasoning and milk, and voila!… or voici!- potato cakes.  If your potato cake batter is too runny, add some flour; and if it’s too thick, add some milk- you get the picture.

Thank goodness I had some red and green bell peppers diced up already to add for our “Christmas Potato Cakes”.  Just cook batter in canola oil, flipping once, until crisp on both sides.

Potato Cake Recipe

Potato Cake Recipe


Serve alongside some turkey bacon, sausage, eggs, or by themselves- potato cakes taste good with anything.

Potato Cake Recipe

I hope your Christmas Holiday is off to a great start!


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A Mom’s Guide to Planning Ahead & Being Prepared This Holiday Season- Family Size

Who Knew A Family Size Lasagna Could Make A Difference This Holiday? – This Mom Does I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and advertiser.2013-12-07 15.41.23 Each year my holiday wish list is the same:

  1. I wish I had more time.
  2. I wish I was more organized.
  3. I wish I were better prepared.

In the past, this is the time of year for me when my best intentions give way to just getting through the holidays. It’s also the time of year when I want to schedule that holiday play date for my kids best friends, or invite my friends over for a girls night. But when “just getting through the holidays” becomes the best you can do, next thing you know it’s February and time to wish for a more organized next year. This year, I’ve decided to plan ahead and share my guide to being prepared this holiday with the help of Nestle #PlanAhead solutions at So, for all my fellow busy moms out there who want more time to enjoy the holidays with friends and family this year, I’m sharing these simple steps.

Step 1:

While decorating for the holidays early in December, set out all of your most festive serving ware as if you were decorating for a party, and keep it that way throughout the month. I always like to have my table and buffet set with my best holiday party dishes.


Step 2:

Keep easy and delicious meals in the freezer so that at a moments notice, you can have hot and healthy food to serve to guests. No more planning a menu for that play date or cocktail party, or running by the grocery store on your way home from work or dance class to pick up days-old veggie trays. Here are a few items I picked up at Walmart to keep on hand this year:

Stouffer’s Party Size Macaroni & Cheese

Stourffers Family Size Macaroni and Cheese

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Stouffer’s Party Size Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Family Size Lasagna

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Digiorno Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza

Family Size Pizza

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Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream in A Very Merry Eggnog and Peppermint Wonderland

Peppermint Ice cream

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Step 3:

Serve food on your most festive holiday platters, plates and bowls. The table and buffet are already set with your best holiday dishes, so why not use them? This is the one time of year to use those beautiful red glasses, so go ahead and get them dirty!

Peppermint Ice cream

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The desire to be prepared during the holidays is something I share in common with every mom I personally know. The old saying “a stitch in time saves nine” has always resonated with me because I know that just a few simple steps to plan ahead will create a ripple effect that saves me nine times that in the end.


Walmart shopping trip to #PlanAhead

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