Saturday, October 15, 2011


A little busy around here this week, but I did sneak in a trip to Paris for locally grown potatoes for my son's birthday dinner. 
Scrubbed the Paris taters with my new vegetable brush that I am soooo loving.  I received the vegetable scrubber in a gift bag from a dear friend. So now every time I scrub, I think of my friend Donna.  Before we get started, here is the pretty bag of Paris potatoes ;o)

Anyhoo, get your potatoes cleaned, and I'll share my little tip on serving mashed potatoes, the FUN way. 

Debbie's "Paris" Potatoes

1) Make your favorite mashed potatoes.

2) Slice the tops of dinner rolls (I usually use Kaiser rolls) and hollow out the centers.

3) Put a dollop of mashed potatoes inside the roll. Just before serving, warm them in a 350 oven. I garnish with crispy bacon bits and cheddar cheese.

And since I am NEVER too busy to make caramel popcorn for my guys, I whipped up a batch to take to Albany this weekend for a visit. I added some mixed nuts and it is very addictive!

I've named the recipe "My Sister Cheryl's Caramel Popcorn". She is doing a craft fair today, and sells it. She said she doesn't mind me sharing it with you.
Caramel Popcorn recipe


1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 quarts popped popcorn


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

3. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

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Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. All the way to France to get potatoes!! lol
    Love the way you served the mashed taters, cute idea. The caramel popcorn is the exact recipe as my Moms..always remembered to be careful putting in the soda..loves how it foams up!

  2. Nothing like freshly dug taters. I love caramel popcorn, but have never, ever made kids didn't care for it. Have fun in Albany!

  3. love the potato idea. carmel corn yummmm! and the spiders are adorable. do you have a patteren you followed. I would love to get it

  4. Potatoes from Paris? Bet they are a small portion and expensive! French plate syndrome! :)
    Popcorn treats look good, but you need to double the size for B and A, that's only fair!
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  5. Great idea with the potatoes, they look so good! I never made caramel corn, have to give it a try, we love it.

  6. Paris potatoes!! Maybe you should have made french fries LOL!!! Bread and potatoes are such comfort foods. Looks and sounds delicious.

  7. I have never heard of potatoes in rolls. They look so good. I also love the spiders on the table -- did you make them. The caramel corn and the pumpkin pie fudge looks amazing and what is even more amazing is that I have all the ingredients (except for the vanilla, if you can believe that!). Joni

  8. You jet setter you! lol I've never seen potatoes prepared that way but I know I'd love them! I'm definitely going to give your sis's caramel corn a try. Love it!

  9. Nancy and Joni, I wish I could say I made the spiders, but I got them at Hobby Lobby. I just looked at them, and they would be easy to make. The body is made of two colors of 1/2" wide felt, and they rolled it. They used a hot glue gun to attach the pipe cleaner legs. The head is also made of felt, and they rolled it, like a ham roll, and attached it with hot glue. Add some eyes, and you have a cute spider. I measured the body, and it is about 1 1/4". The legs are each about 2". The head is about 1/4".

  10. I love your idea of putting the mashed potatoes in hollowed-out rolls, Debbie! I think you should have used FRENCH rolls - lol.


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