Random Ramblings & A Recipe For French Fries

About Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, she responds to Yoast support requests, and she loves to ramble on about anything. When not doing those, she can be found slaving over the kitchen stove cooking for her family, curled up with a good book or watching any one of her favorite TV shows.

Reader Interactions


  1. Tamara

    My husband & kids would love these homemade fries! I want to know how to use a pressure cooker for beans! Will you teach me or if you can a post, could you please point me in that direction! Thanks

    • Angi

      Thanks for the reminder to add the links to the recipes. I sometimes forget to go back to old posts and link to the recipe when I post a recipe. We use our pressure cooker to make perfectly soft beans and then pan fry them in lard. Perfect refried beans every time. In fact, I’m making a double batch today. And we’re having tostadas for dinner because it’s easy to make ahead so we can watch football.

  2. Lori@Mothering-Matters.com

    Been busy fighting off a stupid cold/respiratory illness. Blah!
    Other than that an blogging, just general household stuff . . Laundry, cleaning (or trying to avoid cleaning!), grocery shopping, cleaning out my coupon binder, etc.

  3. Single Gal

    I’ve been trying to take it easy this week as it’s my week off, but I do have things that just have to get done, week off or not! I got my laundry done, and have gotten some much needed rest, since I apparently have a sinus infection. Saw the doctor on Tuesday who confirmed it and prescribed some antibiotics that I think I’m having an allergic reaction to. Going to give him a call in the morning to let him know. Thankfully it’s only a mild reaction and nothing more serious but he’ll probably have me stop taking it anyway. What else have I done? I’ve almost finished commenting on all of the blog for Blogelina’s 100 Comments on My Blog event, and then I’m going to clean out my closet and sell the clothes that don’t fit or just don’t get worn.

  4. Ashley L

    This week has been a blur of blogging and cooking! Mainly writing upcoming blog posts and participating in Blogelina’s 100 Comment event! Thanks for the fry recipe. I love fried food, for that reason and others I wonder if I should’ve been born in the south? 🙂

  5. Lisa

    Congrats on the dbl monitors. Takes some getting used to but so helpful when you need more space. And yum on the french fries. Too bad I gave them up this year. I can accept baked versions 😉

  6. Emily @ Simple Little Home

    It sounds like both you and your husband work from home and homeschool the kids- that sounds great. I look forward to a time in our lives when both parents can stay home all day too. 🙂 And isn’t it amazing what a couple new computers will do for a homeschool? 🙂

  7. Lynden

    I remember making homemade French Fries when we were kids and waaaayyy before it was the ‘norm’ to make things like that at home! I also remember Dick Tracy – when he was a young boy… ;-} I home-schooled my 2 for a couple years, trying to get my daughter through Jr. Hi. – Thanks for sharing!


  8. Deborah Owen

    Wow – never heard of double-frying the fries. Good idea. I love crunchy stuff. Thanks for the tips. Deb (Dick Tracy? hahaha You’re dating yourself. I remember reading those comics when I was a kid… back when dinosaurs first started laying eggs.

    • Angi

      Grandma Deb doesn’t eat much fried foods but she loves these fries. They are very light on grease as we use peanut oil and we drain them on a cooling rack over a baking sheet.

  9. Dakotapam

    Oh Yum! My husband would love for me to get a deep fryer…but the hot oil scares me. I know, that sounds stupid. Also, I keep trying to get us to eat healthier and I know that if we had a fryer, I’d just eat fries every single day. Hot, salty foods are my achilles heel!

    • Angi

      Hot oil is worrisome. We always keep ours away from the counter edge and remind anyone in the kitchen that it’s plugged in and hot. These fries are not to bad from a health point. By double frying, it seems like they absorb less oil than when we used to single fry them.

  10. stacy

    I’m going to have to google a dual monitor so I can see exactly what that is. I love to make small appliances work for me too. My breadmaker and my kitchenaid are my best friends. Visiting from the Blogelina event!

  11. Tabitha

    Sounds like a busy house to me 😉 Have you tried making sweet potato fries in your deep fryer yet? I have always wanted to try that…and thanks for the tortilla chip idea…our boys will love it!

    • Angi

      We were just recently introduced to sweet potato fries when Ore-Ida added them to freezer shelves. They were fantastic so I can only imagine how much better they’d taste if we made them ourselves. I’ll have to give it a try one of these days.

  12. Corine

    Glad I found you fellow homeschooling mom. I like the way you use your cooker. You mentioned three of my absolute favorite foods, tortilla chips, beans and french fries. Check out my blog for a recipe using your leftover/or stale chips in a breakfast dish.

  13. Elizabeth

    It sounds like there’s a lot going on in your household.
    I never thought about using a deep fryer to make homemade tortilla chips. What a terrific idea, thanks so much for sharing that tip.

    • Angi

      We made a small batch with leftover corn tortillas and they are already gone. They go perfectly with our homemade salsa and guacamole.

      A tip for those who are deep frying: drain foods on a cooling rack over a baking sheet. The cooling rack keeps the food elevated out of the oil unlike when draining on paper towels or brown paper bags.

  14. Byn

    Hey! Another homeschool mom! I’ve homeschooled all five of my kids, my oldest graduated a few years, and this year my 16 year old went to public school (he’s a straight A, AP student, and finally feels like the ‘smart kid’ because apparently up until now, he never felt smart! What?) Anyway, the rest of the kdis are still homeschooling and we’re enjoying the journey. I’m thrilled to have found another homeschool mom! I thought I’d see a lot more homeschool mom blogs out there, but yours is only the second I’ve found.

    • Angi

      We love homeschooling. I have a label in Google Reader just for homeschool blogs. I love hearing what others are doing with their kids. I’ll check yours out later this evening. I’m just breaking while the kids are bathing.

    • Angi

      You can cook rice, steam vegetables, cook meats and even use it for minor baking. We haven’t tried much more than beans at the moment. The recipe book that came with it was filled with yummy sounding dishes.

      And it makes perfect beans. I’ve never been able to get beans to cook on the stove to this perfection. They are usually over or under done.

    • Angi

      I forgot to mention our fry cutter. We’ve tried a lot of fry cutters only to cut them by hand because the fry cutters break on us. So, we splurged and bought a commercial quality fry cutter and we LOVE it.

      We’ve tried a lot of recipes but the fries always lacked that crunch when you bite down. Plus these fries are fantastic cold or reheated in the microwave.

  15. Pam@behealthybehappywellness

    Love my breadmaker! What a great way to have fresh bread without the preservatives easily! I haven’t given a pressure cooker a try yet – a bit scary for me, but I’m glad to hear you are using it for beans – another healthy and inexpensive food item most of us should be eating more of!

    • Angi

      We’ve been making dough without a bread maker for a while but the bread maker is much easier for loaf style bread.

      The pressure cooker we have is an electric one. It’s pretty set and forget. Beans take less than an hour and are perfect every time. I don’t think I could ever go back to canned refried beans.

  16. Kimberly

    I picked up a 15 pound bag of potatoes yesterday and wondered if I could freeze them! YAY! I can! I don’t have a deep fryer, I wonder if they would turn out okay if I baked them instead? Have you tried this?

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