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Grandma’s Deluxe Potatoes
The smell of rolls baking, the sound of laughter and an arm wrapped around you is how the holidays felt at my Grandma Mias’. While it has been over 5 years since she has passed, I want to preserve some of her holiday traditions with my own family. Such as the annual Hallmark Ornaments and Greeting Cards.
Personal Touches Through Hallmark
Grandmas’ consistency is what she was remembered for when it came to presents. She would always be trying to prank us by wrapping something up inside a microwave box or waffle box. Her belly full laugh filled the room as we tried to open them only to discover sweaters or cookware and a smile on her face.
The house was always filled with holiday music from classic Christmas albums she had bought. If you’re looking to keep the holiday spirit alive you can check out the Hallmark Holiday Favorites channel on Pandora and stream music all day.
My favorite presents were the Hallmark ornament and greeting card she would gift us. My very first one was a Barbie ornament the year I was born, and she made her cards stand out by drawing beautifully on the outside envelope these cards, were never ripped open they were carefully unwrapped. Keeping her artwork over the years has been great to look back on and I am keeping the tradition alive by gifting Hallmark greeting cards and ornaments every year.
Having the ease to shop at my local Walmart in the cards section and find the big Hallmark greetings card display is a no stress trip. I like to select the cards based on the personality of the person I am gifting it to. Among the heartful and touching cards you are able to find funny cards and things that connect a memory to the person and you.
Combining Memory and Taste
Giving my sons’ the gift of their great-grandmothers’ cooking is something I also find important to share with them. Her Deluxe Potatoes were always a hit at family gatherings and church. While keeping her recipe essentially the same with a baked potato dish, I improved upon it some with more of a modern twist.
Seeing the dish empty brought a gleeful look to Grandmas’ eye. Giving a nudge with her elbow and a wink with her eye, she was telling you that she knew how to feed a crowd. The happiness she brought to her food was what really made it special, you can’t learn that from any cookbook.
Making the Holidays About Family
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 lb frozen hashed brown potatoes, thawed for 30 minutes
- 1 can cream of chicken and mushroom
- ½ c. butter melted
- 4 oz. shredded mozzarella
- 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 c. crushed potato chips (or corn flakes)
- Put onion, hashed browns, cream can, butter and cheese in a large bowl and mix well.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put in a 12x12 baking dish
- Top with crushed potato chips
- Bake uncovered at 350 for 1 hour
Making this for my children was really hard to do without her here, but sadness is not how she would want me to spend the holidays. While shopping for greeting cards I found two that stood out to me and reminded me of my mother, and my brother who is far away. This year we are all missing Grandma Mia and Boppy (my grandfather) and what better way to bring us together than sharing her recipe with them.
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