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Christmas Kitchen & Potato Casserole

When I was little, I looked forward to spending holidays 
with all of our extended family every year. 

My grandparents would come down to our house on Christmas morning
and arriving not long after we all got up and opened presents
and for Thanksgiving- we would drive to their house in the mountains.
Yes- my grandmothers house was over the river and through the woods.- literally ;)

She loved hosting dinner and would start getting ready for weeks ahead of time
gathering ingredients for her special treats.
By the time we arrived her kitchen was filled with the smell of pumpkin pies
and her counters were covered in yummy treats like her special fudge and deviled eggs.
She had the most amazing recipes and loved cooking.

I remember when I was first married and living in another state
I raved about that fudge to my new husband and I  tried to make her special recipe.
Several times honestly
but it was just never quite right like she would make.

Grammy was one of my closest friends and
 I absolutely treasure those memories of holidays at her house
 and the special treats that she would make.
As she got older the Thanksgiving tradition at her house continued
even though it changed a bit

When she got dementia, she was no longer able to cook and bake up a storm
and hosting Thanksgiving dinner was difficult
So the family did the baking and the prepping with her recipes
 and brought the food over to them
I remember my grandfather shaking his head one year
as we brought out the potatoes and stuffing and cranberries and pies.
He said we had thought of everything and he thanked us
But we were the ones who were thankful to be able to continue the tradition
 at their house with them

I love traditions~ big and small~ and those recipes that we all enjoyed each year 
remind us all of Grammy and those special holidays at her house.  
Several members of our family make some of those same recipes each year now
Treats- like deviled eggs and cookies are on the menu of course-
but I think the hands down favorite all around is her potato casserole.

Made with potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream and garlic salt

All I can say is prepare yourself and hit the gym ahead of time
they are that.good.

Grammy's Potato Casserole


5 lbs of potatos
8 oz of cream cheese
1 cup of sour cream
2 tsp of garlic salt

Peel the potatoes, cut into chunks and boil them until they are tender.
Drain and place into mixing bowl and blend/mash 
(I used a kitchenaid mixer- but you can use a traditional potato masher too)

Add the cream cheese and sour cream a little bit at a time
and continue to blend

Once the cream cheese and sour cream are all mixed in and the potatoes are 
creamy - add your garlic salt and blend again.

( Disclaimer:  We are garlic junkies over here- so we actually add more garlic than the recipe
 so add garlic salt or garlic powder with a little salt to your taste)

Butter a baking dish- 9x12 ish
and spoon potatoes into dish. 

Dot with a few small slices of butter and sprinkle with paprika or pepper (or both!)
If baking right away- bake at 400 for about 30 minutes or until top is browned
If refrigerating- cover and then bake at 400 for 1 hour or until heated through.

That's it.

Truly simple to make and absolutely delicious.
I don't even follow the recipe to a T anymore- it's one of those recipes that you
make and it always turns out amazing.

 that fudge recipe is another story.

Happy Friday everyone!

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  1. Your kitchen is beautiful and what beautiful memories you have of your dear grandparents. Merry Christmas!

  2. Oh I do so love garlic. Garlic bread, garlic rolls, roasted broccoli with garlic, gelatto and garlic - oops I've never tried that. Courtney your kitchen and decorations are beautiful!! The potatoes are going to be my next potato recipe. Thank you for sharing and have a Merry Christmas. Marisa

  3. Superbe !
    J'adore vos photos, j'aime la recette et . . .
    je vous souhaite de bien Heureuses Fêtes de Noël;

    Amicales pensées, Mariecapucine

  4. wow this does sound yummy, I'm going to have to try it....those pink flowers in white pitcher....ohhh to sigh for!!

  5. I had a Grammy as well =) Thank you for the potato recipe! Will be making them soon. I am really liking your Blog and ideas of making it simple and easy to make my home beautiful. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

  6. I had a Grammy too! Thank you for the potato recipe I will be making them soon. I love your Blog and the way you show me how to make my home beautiful in a simple and easy way. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

  7. My favorite Christmas memory was my grandmother's Lefsa recipe. My grandmother was born in Norway and always made Lefsa for us. I have never been able to make it like my grandmother and cherish the memories of the days I got to help her make it with the special grooved rolling pin. When our family went to Norway to visit relatives, I had Lefsa at the museum in Oslo and it was almost like my grandmother's.

    Enjoy Christmas with your family and all your traditions.

  8. I don't have a Christmas memory without my Granny in it. You and I are blessed with those wonderful memories and those potatoes look fabulous!

  9. I plan on making these potatoes they look so good, thanks for sharing it with us!
    Your kitchen is gorgeous so beautifully decorated!

  10. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Sounds killer!!! (In a good way of course! ) ;0)

  11. Your kitchen is absolutely fabulous & it looks very inviting. Thank you for sharing the memories of time with your grandparents & how the traditions continued. That is what is special - family time!

  12. Your Christmas kitchen looks lovely, Courtney! I got caught up in your story and had to go back and look at the pictures. The recipe sounds delicious ~ I love everything that goes into it so I'll have to give this a try.

  13. Courtney, Your kitchen is to die for. So beautiful all the time. Your grammys recipe looks so yummy. Cant wait to make it too! The roses. Are they real? Gorgeous. How do you do it? So happy that i found your blog. So dreamy and fairy tale like. BEAUTIFUL! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hugs.

  14. Love your beautiful kitchen all decked out in greenery. So simple and yet so stunning. I'm going to pin your Grandmother's potato recipe and make it next time I make a roast. Thanks for sharing her special recipe.

  15. It is so lovely to have had that with your grandparents. I love family traditions. And I will have to try your recipe with just a tiny bit of garlic as I am not a fan.
    Have a lovely festive Holiday.

  16. That sounds so good, Courtney and it is good to have fond memories like those.

  17. Gorgeous photos! Merry Christmas!

  18. That sounds delicious. I love everything with cream cheese. I can't wait to try it.

  19. What a sweet post...I love family traditions! That potato recipe sounds so yummy!

  20. Such precious memories.
    And lovely photos.

  21. A lovely blog post, as a few tears appear, so similar to my grandparents, and our holidays. The holidays will be unusually different with my dads passing in July, Thank you for sharing a lovely post and those great kitchen photos. I keep showing them to my hubby hoping by spring he'll say "let's do it!!" Enjoy the next few busy days.

  22. Out of this world stunning as always!! Love that you have such wonderful memories..your very lucky!! WIshing you a wonderful Christmas, Chrissy

  23. delicious looking potato recipe. merry Christmas to you and your family.

  24. Such a gorgeous kitchen... you had me at the chandy!

    Have yourself a merry little Christmas Courtney! Edie marie