Changing Things Up for Week 6!!

SO, life happens and I fell behind with the making of the things. I planned my things and had recipes and bought groceries and slowly made my way to here–making the things! Now playing catch up has led me to TRY SOMETHING NEW (again)! I have decided to stray away from the sweets this week and make one of my favourite things: hash brown casserole! I have loved hashbrown casserole for years but I have never really thought about making it myself.  I remembered seeing a recipe on Facebook for hashbrown casserole so I did a search and found the post with the recipe! It came from Buns In My Oven recipe blog and Facebook Page.Screen Shot 2019-03-20 at 3.24.20 PM.png

The recipe was called Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole–how amazing does that sound!? Cheese and hasbrowns, what could be better?

I started off by getting my groceries, I had a few things already but needed a few more! Once I had my stockpile (⬇️) I got to work! My first order of business was cooking IMG_9706.JPG my bacon! I was excited to get started and put it in the pan! Of course it would have been easier if I had chopped up the bacon before cooking it which was my original plan and I’m not entirely sure where it went! The recipe said ‘crispy bacon’ but mine got a little bit too crispy and when I tried to cut it up after, it didn’t go overly well… I ended up breaking it up with my hands and then trying to chop it into smaller pieces. It did the job, but in the future I would definitely cut up the bacon FIRST!

After my bacon, I started mixing the ingredients! The recipe called for half an onion, but I am not a big fan of onions so I used some dried chopped onions that were already in my pantry. I ended up misreading the recipe and mixed together the onions, onion powder, garlic powder, chicken soup, melted butter, and bacon together but I wasn’t supposed to add the onion powder and garlic powder at that stage but I’m sure it didn’t hurt anything!

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My next step was to pour half of my hashbowns into the pan and add half of my mixture onto those hashbrowns and spread it out. I found it difficult because the hashborwns just stuck to my spreader and didn’t spread very well. I ended up just mixing it together in the pan the best I could! I sprinkled on the cheese and then the hashbrowns and the mixture and cheese again!

IMG_2505.JPGThe photo to the left (⬅️) is the finished product before going in the oven! The cook time was 45 minutes so I set my timer and started on cleanup duty! Oh boy do I know how to make a mess of a kitchen!! It’s like a superstorm went through every time!

When the timer started to sing, I headed back to the stove!! I grabbed my oven mitts and pulled out the pan and then the worst happened. The pan slipped. I caught it as it hit the oven door! The pan was standing vertically instead of horizontally in my hands, my boyfriend came running just as I flipped the pan back into its horizontal position. LUCKILY, there was no spillage!! All of my lovely casserole slid down to the bottom as it hit the door but once I flipped it and tapped it on the stove and it spread back to normal–no harm done!!

IMG_3356.JPG This is the final product, as hidden by a Harry Potter Hogwarts crest in my Twitter! I am happy with the way it turned out, but there are for sure some things I would do differently in the future! I think next time, I will mix all of my ingredients and my hashbrowns together in the bowl before putting it in the pan to make sure that all of my hashbrowns are covered! I also used a few extra hashbrowns and next time I don’t think I will! After I made it, I saw a video higher up in the post that i didn’t watch and it showed the person mixing all of the ingredients before putting them in the bowl, but the recipe said not to, which I found strange!

I definitely think I will make this again! I do think that I will change a few things that I mentioned so far!

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6 thoughts on “Changing Things Up for Week 6!!

  1. My prediction of it being a Hogwarts cake was completely off, however, I love hashbrown casserole so I am not set by any means! I will for sure be checking out this recipe in the near future! I love how you have expanded your horizons to using different tech sources for your learning project! I never thought to use Facebook as a way of learning, however, now thinking of it there are so many pages to follow those include recipes and other how-to videos! Overall great work on this blog post I am excited to see more!

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  2. Pingback: Things I Have Learned… Things I Have Made (Wk 11) | Educational Adventures

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