Easy Potato Kugel & An Ode to the Stay at Home Parent [RECIPE]

Good Morning Friends!

Today as I was reflecting on what to write, this “ode” came out in honor of all the stay at home parents out there. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

An Ode to the Stay at Home Parent 

I was recently asked why I stay at home to care for my child. To me it was a funny sort of question. The day I became a parent my whole world changed. Through agonizing pain, life sprung forth and my heart began to live outside of my body. No book could have adequately prepared me for the greatest adventure of my life: parenthood. I cradled this tiny, football-sized babe in my arms and held her close. And then she spit up on me. It smelled foul. That would be the first of many markings over the years with varying bodily fluids. And yet, never once did I gag. Perhaps that is part of the mystery of being a parent?

So much happens in the course of those first few years. From being a porcelain doll to a rambunctious toddler, she raced into the world with enthusiasm and curiosity. I, the ever-watchful parent, chased after her with open arms. When she was born, I knew that I wanted to stay home. “Why???” I was asked. “Don’t you want a career?”, “Don’t you want a big house??”, “Aren’t you worried about having a financial ceiling??”. People chastised me for staying home, likening my choice to that of the 1950’s. Yet still, I marched forward.

My days were filled with keeping a tidy home, cooking nutritious meals, and being the ilaw nang tahanan (or the light of the home). I knew that 18 years is a drop in the bucket of life, compared to the many more years I’d be an “empty nester” and so I wanted to savor every moment with my daughter. I wanted to hold her in my arms and teach her to read. I wanted to show her cultures, and hug her as she hovered over my cooking pots. I wanted to teach her grace, manners, and poise. I wanted to raise her. And so, for the past 11 years, I have.

To all the stay at home parents out there, pat yourself on the back. You’re doing a great job. And yes, being a stay at home parent is a job. We don’t get paid, but instead we get a badge of honor every time those tiny hands slip into ours for a hug. With every kiss on top of the head we give, and every meal that fills our family’s bellies, we know the reason we stay home. We may not have wealth, but what we have is far more precious than gold: we have time. Time to be a parent. Time to be a guide. Time to leave lasting impressions upon our children and their children. Time to be a good spouse and to nurture our relationships. Time to carve, mold, and shape our homes to be what we want them to be. It isn’t easy, but we do it with pride. This is the heart of the stay at home parent. And I’m so proud to be one.

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And now, let’s look at today’s recipe!

Potato kugel is like a stay at home parent. It’s humble, simple, and versatile. This dish takes a shortcut to traditional potato kugel by using frozen hash browns to speed up the process of cooking. Set down those box graters because this casserole can be made from start to finish in 1.5 hrs. This dish is simple, filling, and perfect for any meal of the day. We loved trying this casserole out with ketchup on top, or sausage gravy on top the next day. So go ahead and give it a try for yourself. Comment and let me know what you think. And until next time, have a wonderful day everyone. And as always, keep on cooking! ❤

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Easy Potato Kugel 

Serves: 8

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large bag frozen shredded hash-brown potatoes
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F)/ 175 degrees (C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the ingredients above and mix well to combine.
  3. Pour the potato mixture into a deep 8 inch casserole dish and place in the oven uncovered.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.
  5. Enjoy! You’ve earned it! ❤

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