It's been crazy the last few weeks. Work has been busy (surprise!) and so has home. And it's been a lot of cooking for one, as well. A couple of weeks ago, Keith was on his annual fishing trip. A day after he returned, he was gone on a golfing trip and I went to Eitzen for a long weekend to meet my bff's little girl (who, by the way, is adorable), saw Jennifer, Matt, Harlee, Carson, and Reagan, hung out with mom, made a pie for dad, and even found time for a trip to Fred's in New Albin with Russ. Back for a few days and Keith was gone on another fishing trip. He just got back Sunday and now I leave for Baltimore (work) on Wednesday and won't get back until Sunday. Yikes! And in the middle of it, I've been trying to find tickets to go to Florida soon. Here's hoping for a real vacation!!

In the kitchen, it was a short planning week - only for Sunday and Monday - and that's kind of nice... but I'm not sure I'm looking forward to eating out for five days while I'm gone. Tomorrow is packing and probably something leftover or out while I finish packing for my trip.

Tonight, I have to give my cousin, Chelsey, a shout out because tonight we had her potato pancakes for brinner (breakfast for dinner)... and they were awesome, even though I messed them up a little. It's cool. I fixed it. :)

Chelsey's Awesome Potato Pancakes
3 c. grated potatoes
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. baking powder

Mix all ingredients together. I beat the eggs and milk, then added the flour, salt, and baking powder, and last the potatoes. Fry on a hot griddle with plenty of shortening. Chelsey says to eat with tart jelly. I didn't have any of that, so used syrup and that was mighty tasty!

So where did I go wrong? When I shredded the potatoes, there was excess liquid - the potato juice, I guess. The first round was pretty runny, so I tried adding more flour. When that didn't work, I just scooped it out with a measuring cup and drained the excess liquid off. I think next time I'll put some paper towel in a strainer and strain the excess liquid off before I put the potato in the batter.

In the end, though, I ended up with enough good ones for us to eat. And I'll definitely be making these again! We served with some applesauce and ham. Thanks, Chels!!

I have a couple of other things I haven't posted, yet, that I'll put up - hopefully before I head out to B-town.

Oh, and one final shout out for the night - Happy Anniversary to Megs and Matt. I miss you guys!

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