Two of my favorite things, Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes and Antique Tractors. Both of which are family favorites as well!
Mashed potatoes are life……I love mashed potatoes! My Mom makes the best mashed potatoes ever – EVER! They are super simple, super easy, not fancy but creamy and delicious!
I am a conssiuer of mashed potatoes and as such I’m here to tell you, you can serve me all the fancy dressed up mashed potatoes you want, add cream cheese, shredded cheese, sour cream – anything you can think of and I will still stand beside my statement, these are hands down the best!
They are a family tradition just as much as the antique tractors we own and love! There’s just something about having those tractors in the barn that used to work the same land we work now. They hold memories, ideas of how we imagine farming was for those generations before us – the ones that we are related to, worked the land like we do – it’s a connection that is physical.
Mostly used for parades and shows now, we keep them shined up and safe in the shed – they’ve earned their keep here as they were all working tractors at one point!
A mix of old and newer ones that we use on the farm!
One of my favorites though is this John Deere 110 lawn mower, our son bought one a few years ago to restore by himself.
He picked this particular one because of this picture!
A picture of his Dad on the one that they had when he was a kid. Cole has loved this picture since he was little and so when he decided he wanted to restore something on his own he immediately knew he wanted a John Deere 110.
He truly did this all on his own, he asked lots of questions but he wanted to do the work himself.
And another of this kids favorites is this recipe for mashed potatoes!
Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes
- 1⅕ pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into approximately 2 inch cubes
- ½ - 1 tsp salt
- 4 Tablespoons butter plus 2 tablespoons for later
- ⅓-3/4 cup of milk or cream, depending on the type of potato you choose and whether you use milk or cream or a combination.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the peeled and cubed potatoes in a pan and cover completely with cold water, add salt.
- Bring to a boil and cook till potatoes are fork tender, not quite falling apart when you stick a fork in them.
- Drain water from potatoes and place back in warm pan, add 4 Tablespoons butter and cover with a clean dishtowel and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Using a electric hand mixer or stand mixer begin mashing the potatoes, and adding milk or cream till they are the desired consistency.
- Place them in a serving bowl and be sure to add a big chunk of real butter to the top!