Heart Attack Potatoes, 11-23-20

This is Connie’s recipe – add or remove according to your taste – eating a steady diet of this delicious dish will certainly add to heart stress!

2 lb. bag shredded hash browns, thawed

1/2 c. melted butter

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 c. sour cream, (don’t use non fat). Of course!

2 c. shredded cheese – I use Colby/Jack and any other small bits in the frig

2 T. minced onion

1 t. salt


Mix all together.

Press into 9 x 13 pan.

Top with:

2 c. crushed potato chips

1/4 c. melted butter

Shredded cheese as desired

Fry 6 strips of bacon till crisp – crumble on top of potatoes

So what do you think? DELICIOUS, right? But healthy? Nope. But a worthy side dish at Thanksgiving!

I’m so glad I mentioned the jewelry tree – here’s another hint. If you already have a tree pattern, use it. You could also cut out a tree and machine stitch to a background – mine is even raw edge applique. We all have jewelry from a relative and nine of us can bear to throw it away.

My friend, Brenda, sent me this jewelry tree – it’s a big wow!

We had to go to the insurance office this morning about Medicare so we stopped at Tom and Becky’s driveway for a quick hello. We turn down that street and Hazel gets excited – how can she possibly know we’re going to see Becky? They do love each other!

Dirty Dozen:

More Country Threads Christmas patterns:

Candy Cane

Merry Merry Christmas

Winter from the Quilt Shop Series – NOTE! We have 5 single issue patterns available for sale originally published by Martingale – $10.00 each – mail check to Country Threads and be sure to tell me what you’re ordering.

Took this picture in the piano room as I was washing windows – it was just a lovely little tableau.

Love those tiny little salt shakers! Some are cut glass. Tomorrow I’ll show you the backs of the redwork – I now know which were done by hand and which by machine. Thanks for prompting me to investigate further.

No new changes with Jo – I sit by her and talk and pet and one of these times I’ll get a reaction. I’d faint if she licked my hand!

Wow! Two posts and it’s only 3:30 – tonight I sew!

25 thoughts on “Heart Attack Potatoes, 11-23-20

  1. Barbara C

    Will you be having the Dirty Dozen in 2021? I really need help getting things done so I’m hoping!!!

    Thank you for posting the updates on Jo. So glad for each small step forward!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Barbara C – we actually started in July so we’ll just continue – you could start in January with 6 unfinished projects. Lay them aside and number each one – when I announce a number on the first of the month, just pick one and finish it – with or without a number.

  2. Sandy

    Hi mary, wow, i wont be making heart attack potatoes, i can feel the weight piling on just reading the recipe!our next celebration is Christmas, ham and salads as it is summer.enjoy your time sewing and Jo, best wishes from sandy

  3. Judi L.

    Mary, will the Merry Christmas/Deck the Halls/Joy be available on the website? I definitely think our fur babies know when they are on the way to a happy place. Our Alex knows the way to the vet and to our daughter’s house. She starts whining and gets excited when we are about a mile or so away. I pray for you that Jo will be coming around real soon. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Marian Stever

    The jewelry tree is stunning. So many memories tucked in it. Hazel and Becky–just so sweet. A very smart doggie! I won’t make the potato dish because it is only me, myself, and I here along with Phoebe, my cat!!!!
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE. We are making the best of the holiday, aren’t we?

  5. Donna

    My mom always wanted to make one of the jewelry trees with her mother’s pins and earrings. I wouldn’t let her — I wear my grandma’s brooches almost every day to work. It is a daily connection to my past. My daughter inherited jewelry from my mother-in-law and she has started to wear that too.

  6. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    Mary, my favorite dog on my walk is Butterbean. Her owners tell me they know it’s me because her bark is different and she won’t stop until they let her out for her treats. She is a gorgeous Bulldog age 12 1/2. I have six dogs on my route that I give treats to, but not all of them are out each day! I found wearing my mask helps when I am on my walk and it’s very windy.
    My potato recipe is called Linda’s Potatoes. We love them twice a year!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane and Squeak – I told Rick about Butterbean and all your dog friends on your walk! You get to see them all happy and excited and don’t have any of the mess or responsibility! Sounds pretty fun to me!

  7. Sheila

    In our family we call them Funeral potatoes. They are always a big hit and perfect with Ham!
    I love hearing about Jo. You are spot on about the face masks, it is a little thing we can do and it will help.
    The people that are protesting most likely have not lost a loved one.

    Be well and stay safe. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  8. Sue in Oregon

    Thanks for the recipe. I have a potato recipe that is similar called Killer Potatoes, but I think yours are more Killing than mine. Mine don’t have crushed potato chips over the top. I’m sure I would love that addition because I love potato chips.
    Brenda’s Jewelry Christmas Tree is gorgeous.

  9. Kim J LeMere

    Okay those potatoes are going on the list, they sound heavenly and will fit right in with all the other dishes. I really like that candy cane finish, how cute to reverse the stripe. Wishing one and all a Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. Susan K in Texas

    Thanks for the recipe. It sounds wonderfully fattening and good!
    Hazel is just too cute! My son’s dog, Sally, knows when they’re close to our house. She is all his dog until I’m around. She looks to me to see if she has to obey him and wants on my lap as soon as I sit down.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Susan K – well, of course! Grandmas are always the best! My very first dog when I moved to this farm was named Sally and she was a puppy who walked by my house as we were packing up to leave our former house. No owner was found so she moved with us!

  11. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    I love all the Christmas quilts, Mary, especially the candy canes.
    We moved here in September, 2019. A year ago, I was still getting settled with hosting Thanksgiving as my focus. Now I am finding places that need small quilts for all the seasons. I have fall covered; now I need to get busy on Christmas.
    Thanks for including us in your life and good luck with Jo. 🥰

  12. Linda in TN

    I’m sure Hazel knows exactly where she is when you turn down Becky”s street.

    When we were first married we had a Dalmation that spent several years when we lived in MO fairly close to my parents. We moved to TN. Every time we made the 700+ mile trip to MO, Cookie laid quietly in the back seat with our boys. but the minute we turned onto my folks street, she was up and wiggling all over!!

  13. Nancy TD

    We call the potatoes funeral potatoes too. Topping is crushed cornflakes and no bacon. I usually put in two casseroles. Bake one and freeze one for later. I add the topping when I bake the second one. I will try Connie’s recipe next time.
    This will be a quiet Thanksgiving. Thankful everyone is well and safe.

  14. Jeanne H in Finger Lakes of New York

    Well, of course, Hazel recognizes the way to Becky’s! When we’d take our dog on vacation and stop to visit friends in New Hampshire, he’d start to get excited when we’d turn into their subdivision because he knew he was going to see dogs! Oh, boy! Playmates! : )

    Connie’s recipe looks good, and Nancy TD’s idea of using 2 casserole dishes is a good idea as well, if not serving a lot of people. Looked up similar recipes online, and I think Connie’s looks best! : )

  15. Jo in Wyoming

    Miss Hazel does love her Aunt Becky! Goodness
    Ben’s stocking looks like a ton of work…how beautiful.
    The DD’s are always fun to see.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      I too was blown away with the intricate cross stitching on the stocking and failed to say so in my earlier post. What a treasure! I am always happy to see what people make and Becky giving some love to Hazel. Your posts make out days Mary!

  16. Kathy in western NY

    I make this potato recipe every Christmas morning for a family brunch (fingers crossed for this year too) but we add crushed cornflakes with butter on top. Actually they must be pretty popular to make here cause if you don’t buy the cornflakes cereal early on, forget finding them. Now I know I can make do with potato chips if needed cause chips are a staple for watching Christmas movies!

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