Farmer Franny

Food. Farm. Family.

 MUTTS

If you’re not a dog person, you don’t understand. It all may seem crazy, but dog-people crazy is definitely normal. What’s not normal is my dog being human. I swear, he’s part-dog, part-human. If he was fully a person, he would be an overweight and lazy dead-beat teenager. Don’t get me wrong, I love teenagers, but they do have an interesting disposition.   What does this have to do with mashed potatoes? not much, but I do have a to-die-for ‘tater recipe, and it’s two great topics!

Don’t be fooled by these dreamy eyes…he has secrets. Rocky (above picture) is a two-timer. Yup, he has two lives. I couldn’t make this up if I tried. He has a friend about a MILE away as the crow flies. He has to tromp through woods, a creek, flood plains, and a steep hill to get there. YOU’D THINK IT’D BE OVER A SEXY LADY! But no…he goes and visits a good friend of mine’s older male dog. He’s super sweet and must be fed well. I can’t explain it. He goes to his OTHER family about once a week to two weeks. Funny pup.

 

This is Jimbo (yes, we are Aggies, gig’em!). We have his sister too, she’s a runt, but she doesn’t do picture time. This guy is amazing all around. He protects our house day and night, keeps all accounted for, and loves to snuggle.

 

Life is hard. Especially when you have to share a chair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Rocky. He gets so excited when we pull up that he grabs my arm to assist me out. Does it make sense? It really doesn’t. There is no making sense of him. We love him for him.

 

 

Couch assistant.

Where do I start? He is who he is. Guess we won’t be reselling the baby bouncer.

 

This is a moment where we got up to get something from the kitchen just to come back to him joining us. He must have some things to talk about. I feel like he is really needing to be the center of attention.

 

Phoenix found him in her bed. I swear he was already covered up. Can a dog get a break around here?

Living in the country makes for a lot of hard work. Rocky isn’t one of those hard workers. He let’s the German Shepard’s keep tabs of the place while he sits down and supervises. I think that makes him TOP DOG. I can’t get enough of him.

MAGICAL MASHED POTATOES

On to the ‘tater business…

Boil the ‘taters until a knife can smoothly run through them. Drain and put back in your warm pot, cause I believe in less dishes to do.

Butter them and put the milk in. Blend until smooth. I like them smooth, Kevin likes them a little chunky. Blend it to your liking. Add all the magical ingredients, and feel welcome to go heavy on the garlic sea salt and powdered ranch. I believe it’s almost impossible to over season mashed ‘taters.

I leave the peel on. Leaving it on, WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! You’ll never turn back. It brings a salty, hearty taste to the dish. Doesn’t ruin the texture either.

 

 

Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 8 people

Equipment

  • stock pot
  • hand mixer or potato masher

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs russet potatoes (6-8 potatoes) chopped
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 2 large cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp powdered ranch
  • salt and pepper
  • homemade bacon bits optional
  • chopped green onion optional

Instructions
 

  • In a stock pot, bring half a pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat, then have your chopped potatoes ready and gently put in the water.
  • Boil for about 15-20 minutes until a knife can run clean through the potatoes. Drain.
  • Put butter and milk in and combine with a potato masher. Gently mix with a hand-held blender until desired texture.
  • Add chopped garlic, granulated garlic, powdered ranch (be liberal) and salt and pepper. Garnish with bacon bits and green onions.

Love to you all!

Lisa-Loo

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