Potato Peels, Baby Jesus and Santa's Helpers

What Santa Needs by SashaWarner
What Santa Needs, a photo by SashaWarner on Flickr.
We are busy helping Santa, getting ready for tomorrow's Christmas dinner and enjoying each others company.

The mashed potatoes are our responsibility. It shifts from year to year. Although no one is looking for advice at this time of year, I am going to give you two tips regarding mashed potatoes:
1) Use cream cheese, lots of cream cheese, when making mashed potatoes. Everyone loves cream cheese mashed potatoes.
2) Don't throw away your potato skins. Instead, turn them into chippies, as detailed below (via Oh, Bite It!).

Potato Peel Chips
Clean potato peels
4 Tbsp olive oil
Salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste

Toss the potato peels with the oil and seasonings, to coat.
Bake at 375*F for about 20 minutes.

p.s. We survived church tonight, which was much longer and more tiring for the kids then the usual Sunday mass. There were only borderline tears once - when Nevin discovered that the Baby Jesus that we have been talking about so much wasn't a real babyThe "pretend baby" at the monger scene at the front of the church was NOT what he was expected.  He was trying so hard to hold back the tears and be a big boy. Thankfully, he reasoned his way through it and pulled through: "Mommy, is there a pretend Baby Jesus at the front of the church because the real Baby Jesus is still in Mary's belly?" I said yes - it seemed easier then theological history lesson.


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