Rubbermaid Garden?

We have planted potatoes for the first time ever this year. When researching, we discovered that a great idea is plant potatoes in a rubbermaid storage container. It’s supposedly a great way to keep pests away from them since they are not in the ground. We took an old container we had and Charles drilled a few holes in the bottom and lower sides to allow drainage. We planted two seed potatoes (Russet White) inside IT last month and look at this photo we took on April 26th:

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And another look at them, taken today:

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I can hardly wait to pour that dirt out of that container and harvest all those delicious potatoes!! Or at least the hope of all those delicious potatoes in there!!

D-Freakin’-Licious

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As Charles sleeps lots later than me on the weekends, I generally cook breakfast while he’s still sleeping and wake him when it’s ready. Sundays tend to be a larger breakfast and where I guess I’ve recouped a little from the week’s work and feel like experimenting. Today, I realized we had some frozen hashbrowns in the freezer and I really wanted to make something cheesy and tasty with them.

So, I looked up some recipes and made some changes, based on ingredients from another recipe (this one). Here goes:

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup condensed chicken soup
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen hash browns
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons bacon crumbles

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. (I used a 2.2 quart glass pyrex dish.) In a large bowl, mix the soup and sour cream together. Add the hash browns and stir to coat them very well. Add 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese, butter, onion, salt, pepper, and bacon. Stir well to distribute. Spoon into dish and sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese on the top of the mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook an additional 10 minutes. Place on broil until cheese is lightly browned. Serve. 🙂

I hope you try this – it’s an ultimate comfort food, too! With the outside looking so dreary and rainy this morning, comfort food definitely hit the spot! As Charles said, this is vacation quality!

P.S. Charles gave me the title for this post – LOL!  It’s perfect!! 🙂