Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


  • • 7-8 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • • 1 tsp. salt
  • • 2-3 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • • 3-4 Tbsp. milk
  • • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • • ¼ tsp. pepper


  1. In a big pot start boiling water.
  2. Peel and dice potatoes and add to boiling water. Boil for 40 minutes or until tender with fork.
  3. Strain water from potatoes.
  4. In a big bowl add the potatoes and all the ingredients. Blend together with mixer or with potato masher.

I always add a little extra butter on top.

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Being present on a date

Being present both mentally and physically on a date can be a struggle for some. Whether he can’t stop talking about his high school glory days or she’s stuck on Instagram, being present can determine if there will be a second date.

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Talk and focus on enjoying your time together and there’s a good chance it’ll lead to more dates in the future.

— Joshua Jamias