Monday, June 4, 2018


My baby, boy #4 Conner, graduated from high school on Thursday. A storm moved the ceremony indoors, so it was miserably hot and a bit crowded. It was a moment I'll remember as fondly as the day he was born, which I'm pretty sure was only a few months ago. 

I've decided there is some sort of hiccup in the time continuum. Perhaps time is shaped like a bell curve. The whole growing up and becoming an adult portion of life seems to take forever. Once you reach that top, it sets off a free fall of days. 

I don't have any scientific research to back up my claim, but 9 out of 10 moms agree with me, so it has to be a truth. 

Conner Adam Seckman
To celebrate, we had Conner's graduation party this Saturday. Nothing fancy, just a backyard BBQ. I was tired of the usual potato salad and pasta salad, so I made mozzarella potatoes. They turned out good enough for Mr. Seckman to hide himself a bowl in the fridge for an after-party snack. 

These were super easy, of course, because you all know I only do easy!

Mozzarella Potatoes

2 bags frozen, shredded hash browns
16 oz. shredded mozzarella
2 large cans of cream of chicken soup
8 ounces sour cream
2 sticks of butter
2 tsp. onion powder

Preheat oven at 350 degrees
Pour the hash browns into a large baking pan (I used a large disposable roasting pan)
Slice butter on top of the hash browns and stick in the oven to melt butter
Mix together the soup, cheese, sour cream, and onion powder
Stir the cheesy mix into the potatoes
Bake for about an hour or until bubbly and a crispy crust forms on top

*This is the crowd-sized version of this recipe. To make a smaller batch, simply cut the recipe in half.


  1. Hi Elizabeth - congratulations to Conner ... and to you two for hanging in their for those childhood-student years ... now enjoy adult life together - cheers to you all - Hilary

    1. I did enjoy the childhood years, but I also appreciate what fun my adult children can be.

  2. I'm one of the nine moms in agreement. When The Hurricane graduated from high school in 2004, the ceremony had to be held inside because of rain. The man who sat next to me held a young child on his lap. The kid kicked me throughout the entire ceremony. I wanted to scream, CAN'T YOU SEE THAT MY CHILD IS THE VALEDICTORIAN AND YOU WILL NEVER BE ANYTHING EXCEPT SOMEONE WHO KICKS PEOPLE?


    1. I got lucky. The people around me were very nice. My husband dropped us off at the door and he parked the car. He couldn't find us in the crowd, so the man next to me held up his umbrella for us. As for the people who pretend they don't notice rotten child behavior, they will regret not getting their children in line when they're little. It's much harder to retrain a a teen!

      Congrats on raising a Valedictorian. Most impressive.

  3. You and the Potato Thief appear to have done a wonderful job with all four of your boys Liz. Congratulations to Conner. Not a bad recipe at all.

    1. It is a good recipe for feeding a large crowd. Super easy and delicious.

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