Raise your hand if you like stuffing things!

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Me too. Probably not as much as this gal, but you know, it’s up there.

I’ve stuffed everything from squash, shells and strawberries, with anything from caramel, cheese and prosciutto. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

PS has anyone else seen the extremely alarming looking chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese and herbs that’s been making the rounds on Pinterest and Foodgawker/Tastespotting lately?? People are re-pinning and starring it because of how awkward it looks, right?!

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If you don’t know what I’m talking about…email me and I’ll send you the link. I’m way too embarrassed to post the picture of it here! Me –> square. Well, plus I don’t want to be rude to the person who’s recipe it is!

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What I’ll totally show you, however, is the over-stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes I made tonight!

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These puppies are fun to serve for dinner because they feel uber decadent yet fabulously rustic, can be customized to however you see fit and, hello, it’s food served in an edible vessel!! (Ben’s reason, not my own – although that is very handy!) ;)

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They’re a CINCH to make, too. First, cook your potatoes. I pierced 2 russet potatoes (sweet would work as well) all over with a fork, then microwaved them for 8 minutes, flipping half way through.

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When they were cool enough to handle, I cut each potato in half lengthwise,

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and scooped out the insides.

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To the scooped out potato flesh I added salt, pepper and 1/2 cup milk warmed with 1 Tablespoon Earth Balance (butter, y’all)

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and mashed it all up, creamy style.

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Then I added the GOODS. Green onion, cheddar cheese, chopped bacon and chopped broccoli that I had microwaved with a splash of water for 1 minute.

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I mixed it all up,

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then STUFFED the filling into the hollowed out shells.

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15 minutes at 400 degrees…

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The ultimate, stuffed, twice baked potato!

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These stuffed stunners were simple, satisfying, and bursting with flavor from the hickory-smoked bacon, green onion, and cheddar cheese.

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And seriously, the insides were sooo creamy!

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My name’s Kristin, and I love stuffing stuff with stuff. :)

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In other news, look what I inherited this morning –> a mucchini (mutant zucchini) AHH!

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My Mom arrived for our morning walk today (for which it was FORTY TWO DEGREES, I might add!!) holding this massive thing from her garden out in front of her body.

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I’m in a zombie-like state from waking up, uh, 3 minutes earlier, it’s pitch black out and for some reason she’s not saying anything! Just silently walking towards me with this enormous object that I, for the life of me, could not identify as a zucchini. I don’t know if it was that I had just woken up, the darkness, or her strange silence – probably a combo of all three – but it scared the begeezus out of me!

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I nearly slapped the thing out of her arms! My brain just could not comprehend that the huge thing she was shoving into my held-up hands was a zucchini!

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In the end no harm was done to myself, my Mother, nor this femur-sized zucchini. Now I just need to figure out what the heck to do with it! Any ideas? :)

Well Ben and I feel like getting out of the house tonight (wee-ird!) so I think we’re going to go grab a beer at a local pub. Then it’s home to deck our bed out with the winter blanket – we were freezing last night!!

See ya’!