We recently made an easy, delicious Monte Cristo sandwich with just a few ingredients in your fridge left over from the holidays! Today, my friend Stuart O’Keefe and I are back with another simple way to use left over turkey, ham, and mashed potatoes (click here to check out Stuart’s  Smooth Colcannon Mashed Potatoes recipe). Your family will go crazy over these Tater Tots. Not only are they super easy and quick to make, but they are a fun recipe to do with your kids. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 Cups leftover mashed potatoes
1 smallonion, minced
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2oz left over ham, finely chopped
2oz left over turkey, finely chopped
4oz white cheddar cheese, gratedkjhk
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
1 cup All purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups breadcrumbs, Panko are good
Vegetable oil, for frying

 

Equipment:

1 heavy duty sheet pan
1 heavy 6QT saucepan (for frying)

Method:

1.Heat mashed potatoes and add cream to soften them up. Heat until they are steaming.
2.Fold in ham, turkey, cheese and chives. set in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes.
3.Using floured hands, use about 2 tablespoons of potato mixture and make 3” long pieces, roll between hands and flatten ends.
picDredge in flour and then dip into egg mixture and finally breadcrumbs. Repeat until all mixture is used up.  Place onto a plate and pop in the freezer for 10 mins to firm them up.
4.Heat about 2-3” of oil in a 6-8qt saucepan to 370°F.
5.Fry taters until golden and crisp. transfer to paper towels and season with salt and pepper.

In the course of trying to write this blog, I have organized my files, cleaned out my daughters’ closet, gone running twice in one day, found myself online signing up for a new cleansing diet (which is supposed to save me from cancer, wrinkles and menopause) and watching a documentary that has been sitting on my desk for a month.

Sup wit dat? Guess?

Well, I’m writing about Mother’s Day and that is a short skip and a jump to… my Mother.

As I write I look down at my hands on the computer; my veins are huge, just like my Mother’s hands. I remember when I was young I would press down on her veins to stop the blood, then release and watch the vein fill up. I thought it was just how her hands were made, but of course, it was because she was older …just as I am now. With every passing year I become more and more like my Mother and that is complicated. I feel the allure and the alarm of being like my Mother. But let me investigate the particulars:

1. My Mother had 8 children and lost her shit on a regular basis. Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - Felicitations for May: Mother's Day!
– I have 2 children and lose my shit almost daily.

2. My Mother had 1 husband and 2 serious boyfriends (not simultaneously).
– I have 1 serious husband, and have had about 5 not so serious boyfriends (I feel the need to defend my low number of boyfriends… but I don’t know how).

3. When my Mother got crazy angry she would rage and break things, sometimes over her children’s heads.
– When I get crazy angry, I have broken blenders, wine glasses, chairs, and remote controls – but never against anyone’s head… yet.

4. When my Mother would dance “shuffle off to Buffalo” she’d laugh so hard she would wet her pants.
– When I dance the theme song of Footloose I could use a Depends.

5. My mother’s favorite place to be was in bed with a cup of tea reading the New York Times.
– My favorite place to be is in bed with a cup of tea reading with my daughters asleep next to me.

6. My Mother dealt with her internal lake of existential despair with religion (she called in Soul Shopping) and by running away.
– I deal with my existential despair by running and by keeping so wildly busy I don’t have time to look inside.

7. My mother kept people around whom she didn’t like, in the hopes that one of them would change.
– I keep people around until I don’t like them, then I run away knowing I will never change.

8. My mother thought she was the center of the universe.
– I am pretty sure I am not the center of the universe, but I wish I were.

9. My Mother’s unspoken rule of law was: If you are not with me you are against me, and if you are against me… watch out!
– My unspoken rule of law is: If you are not with me… I don’t blame you.

10. My Mother loved to laugh and could play and be silly until the day she died.
– One of my favorite things is finding a kindred spirit, playing and laughing so hard I can’t breathe.

So, I am shockingly like my mother. And now that she is gone, my only sane choice is to celebrate the differences and examine the similarities. What else can one do? Whether our mothers live next door, across the continent, or in my case have died, to some extent they will always inhabit us. I love the ways I am like my Mother and I wish she were here with me, for a laugh and a “Shuffle off to Buffalo” on Mother’s Day.

Love,

Flicka

 

*Editor’s Note: Felicitations is a monthly letter from Felicity Huffman that premieres in our Newsletter before being published on the site. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for other exclusives, updates, and giveaways from WhatTheFlicka.com.

I must tell you about Microsoft OneNote in Office 365 – it’s pure genius. OneNote is like a virtual notebook that allows you to keep all your ideas and information in one place, accessible on-the-go. What’s more is that you’ll never run out of room because you can add an endless number of sections (tabs) and pages. I have notebooks filled with ideas for my website – whattheflicka.com, family vacation ideas, Honey-do lists, producing projects, publicity details, etc. The sections keep me organized, which believe me is something that does not come naturally. You can even insert voice notes, web clippings, and you can easily embed files.

I have different notebooks for every area of Whattheflicka.com: posted blogs, recipes, current obsessions, complaints, rants and raves. I even have one called, “scratchpad” which has evolved into a scrap book where I have a pastiche of all my ideas for future blogs.

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“My Next 10 Years;” is the notebook I created for all the things I want to accomplish personally. For example, I have a tab dedicated to American Sign Language. I just started taking lessons with my daughter, and in OneNote I can paste videos of the signs I am learning or search for a sign if I can’t remember it. It makes organizing and finding information incredibly easy.

If Office 365 is like having your office travel around with you, OneNote is like having an office assistant combined with my own personal tutor right there in my big Mom bag that I carry around everywhere. (I also have band-aids, hair clips, emergency kid snacks and usually a random sock.)

So because I think every busy woman and mom-on-the-go needs OneNote, I’m going to be doing a special Mother’s Day Giveaway of FOUR Surface RT Tablets, all equipped with OneNote and other awesome Office applications. The perfect gift for your mother, or yourself! Contest details are below.

Enjoy,

Flicka

 

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We’re giving away 4, yes count ’em, FOUR Microsoft Surface RT tablets to 4 lucky readers. This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for a loved one or for yourself (you deserve it). The giveaway will begin today, April 24, 2013 and will end at 11:59pm PST on May 8th, 2013 – Just in time for Mother’s Day!

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When I began my investigative work into why I’m still single, I figured who better to talk to than my newly married guy friend, Will Greenberg? Plus, he’s very funny. And cute. And smart. I’m actually pretty confused as to why we never dated, but alas, happy to have his input as a friend. Watch as I sit him down and ask him some hard questions about married life, love, and Justin Long.

…Or How Marissa Mayer and Shia LaBeouf Are Helping My Son’s Love Life

Could it be that Marisa Mayer’s announcement banning telecommuting and Shia LaBeouf’s exit from the Orphan’s cast were orchestrated by some unseen hand working to free us from the isolation that the reliance on telecommuting has wrought? Or a confluence of events designed to help my teenage son get a date? Maybe both.

Only a few years ago, telecommuting was going to be the answer to so many problems. For one thing, it was touted as a strategy that would help the environment. That hasn’t quite panned out. It turns out people working at home get lonely. They leave their home offices more often for lunch dates or to run errands to break up the day. Plus they’re often in homes with old and inefficient heating and air conditioning systems so the carbon footprint is often larger than it would it if they  commuted to work every day.

The Mayer initiative has also provided a great opportunity to bring up research indicating that when people get in an elevator together or share time around a coffee machine this often leads to quantifiable results.

People don’t immediately think about show business as an industry that’s been affected by a growing reliance on Internet interfacing, but it’s true.

Before the convenience of quick and easy file sharing, actors would trek to auditions where you’d meet with producers and directors to audition and discuss projects, but that face-to-face interaction is disappearing. It’s fantastically helpful to be able to tape yourself and have a chance to be seen by a director across the country, but you lose the chance to interact and establish an in person rapport which can lead all parties to get a good idea if a collaboration will be a productive one.

This brings me to Shia LaBeouf’s untimely exit from the production of Orphans heading to Broadway this March.   

The Harlem Shake is the latest craze sweeping the Internet. So of course, the kids had to get into the act.  (And if you don’t know what the Harlem Shake is, now’s the time to search YouTube!)  This video features one adorable toddler (multiplied three times) and everyone’s favorite little monster Elmo.  Do the Toddler Harlem Shake!