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Potato Day

National Potato Day and Spuddy Buddy Giveaway

Depending on who you talk to, October 27th is National Potato Day!!!! Our good friends at the Idaho Potato Commission are teaming up with us to bring you the chance to win some Spuddy Buddy goodies.

But first, Let’s talk Potatoes and make some Potato Mice.

Did you know Potatoes are 80% water? An 8 oz baked potato is only about 100 calories. Potatoes are considered a starchy vegetable. They are also a good source for vitamin C.  Potatoes also have more Potassium then Banana’s!

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I started with 4 large potatoes. I poked a ton of holes in them with a fork. I then covered them with vegetable oil. I cooked them at 400 degrees for an hour.

When they were done cooking, I sliced off the top of the potatoes. I then used a spoon to dig out the flesh from the skin. I mixed the potatoes with butter, milk, and cheese to make a nice cheesy mashed potato.

Next I refilled the potato shells with the mashed potatoes.

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For the ears of the mice, I sliced up a carrot. Each mouse needs 2 ears. I put the ears about 1/3 of the way towards the back of the potatoes.

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The eyes are also carrots. I took some sliced carrots and cut off the rounded sides to make squares. I placed them slightly in front of the ears.

potato Green Beans made perfect tails.  I took 2 long green beans and cut them in half. I then inserted them into the back of the potato as centered as I could.
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For the nose, we used 1 pea each. Placed slightly center from the eyes.

When I was getting out peas, a family member joked that mice leave behind little greenish brown balls and maybe they weren’t for the nose.

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I used 8 uncooked spaghetti noodles to make the whiskers. I broke each stick into 3. I made 3 whiskers on each side of the mice.potato

While my potato mice are not as fancy as some of the ones that inspired me, they are pretty good. Especially for a first attempt.

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Before moving back to Modesto, the last place I lived was Coeur d’Alene, ID. While we lived in Idaho, we found out about Spuddy Buddy! Spuddy Buddy is the Idaho Potato mascot!

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Spuddy Buddy makes appearances at many events like the Idaho Potato Bowl, the Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels events, and many more.

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Besides being cute and helping the community, Spuddy Buddy educates children about potatoes.

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The IPC sells Spuddy Buddy’s in a 9 inch beannie, a 3 foot doll, and a combination hand puppet/ golf club cover.

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Also available are coloring books, playing cards, stickers and potato buttons.

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For grown ups there are books, recipe cards, calendars,meal planners, and even hats!potato

Our friends at the Idaho Potato Commission sent us some Spuddy Buddys to share with you! We are giving away one 9 inch beanie and a combination hand puppet/ golf club cover to one of our readers.

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My grand daughter was super excited when she found out she gets to keep one of the 9 inch beanie’s for herself. She hugged her Spuddy Buddy tight and I don’t think she is ever going to let go of it.

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