Wednesday Fluff

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Registered: 02-23-2010
Wednesday Fluff
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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 10:00am

I think we need a little fluff :)

1. Have you/Will you decorate(d) for the fall?

2. Have you started any Holiday shopping yet?

3. What is one food (or drink) that you look forward to when the weather gets cooler?

Bonus (it was a discussion at work yesterday and wondered others opinions):
4. If you were able to have an inheritance for your children (or maybe you have already experienced this with your own family), and you were able to live comfortably and was not relying on that money to survive, would you rather spend the money while you are alive and watch your children enjoy the money now or would you rather have it given to them when you died?






Edited 9/15/2010 10:24 am ET by harvardgrad

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Registered: 05-10-2009
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:45am
Again, agreed. And I don't like "whipped" potatoes; I want mine mashed.
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:48am
Now, see, that's where we'll have to disagree. My mom always used a hand mixer to make mashed potatoes-- I like them that way the best. DH uses a potato masher thingie to mash them by hand though and they're okay.
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Registered: 05-10-2009
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:58am
I even prefer a few lumps in mine. Lets me know they're real.
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Registered: 02-23-2010
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:59am
I have been making my mashed potatoes without peeling them. Everyone likes them that way so why bother-lol!!
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:10pm
Oh, lumps are fine. I just like the lighter consistency when you use a mixer.
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:10pm

My basic recipe came from my mil. It's diced potatoes and onions barely covered in water, bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender. Add butter/ margarine and salt and pepper to taste. Turn off burner, cover, and wait for the butter to melt. Stir and serve. I prefer it chunky so I don't puree. And it's the basis for a lot of my winter soups (then I'll use chicken broth for the water). I've added greens (spinach, kale, bok choy, Swiss chard, cabbage), root veggies (turnips, carrots, sweet potatoes), celery, garlic, leeks, sausage (Italian, kielbasa), ham. I haven't added cheese and broccoli but now I think that I will this year. Bacon would be good but I haven't done that yet either.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:13pm

And the masher has to have square holes in it just like my mom's. Not the wavy thing.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:14pm
Yeah, I like that there are lots of ways to add things to the soup so it's different each time.
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:22pm

Now I want potato soup for dinner. I have everything to try out the cheddar broccoli. I took the chicken broth out of the freezer. So now I know what we're having for dinner. I just have to decide if only soup is going to be enough.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:34pm

1. Have you/Will you decorate(d) for the fall?

I will but I haven' really done much yet except put in my mums.

2. Have you started any Holiday shopping yet?

Yes, I shop all year long. I wrapped about a dozen presents last weekend and put them all in plastic bags in my closet so they won't be dusty come December.

3. What is one food (or drink) that you look forward to when the weather gets cooler?

Well, I have already had the thing I look forward to the most, which is honeycrisp apples. I love pumpkin pie for about the first three times I have it every fall, then I get tired of it.

4. If you were able to have an inheritance for your children (or maybe you have already experienced this with your own family), and you were able to live comfortably and was not relying on that money to survive, would you rather spend the money while you are alive and watch your children enjoy the money now or would you rather have it given to them when you died?

Our family rule is never to spend principal, that would be passed down to the child intact, but we spend and enjoy the interest on our savings and the dividends on our investments.

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