POTATO BUNS and our Summers at Waupoos

potato buns - Musings by Melina

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling Mother of 11, and Grandmelina to 2 1/2!

Thanks for stopping by.

Our summers wouldn’t be the same without a vacation at Waupoos.  Waupoos Family Farm is a cottage vacation for families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a vacation.  The kids and I have been Host Family for a week these past 10 summers – and we love it!

Because Waupoos gets funding to hire student staff, the Host Family gets lots of time to relax and enjoy their week.  We get to swim in the inground pool, go on wagon rides, enjoy the farm animals, help ourselves to the garden and fresh eggs, sing at the campfire, make arts and crafts, play pool and ping pong, slide and swing, hang out in our cottage, and of course we get to visit with old friends and make new friends.

Besides visiting (lovingly referred to as poolside ministry) and running morning chapel, we also organize games, crafts, movie nights, pancake lunches and baking.

This was one of our recipes that we made together, and enjoyed tremendously.  Hope you enjoy it too!

POTATO BUNS RECIPE (makes approx. 100 buns, adjust recipe as needed)

Mix in a large bowl:

  • 5 cups scalded milk (or warm water)
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (no liquid added)
  • 1 cup fat (butter or margarine)
  • 1 cup sugar

Let cool to lukewarm, then add:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp. quick rise yeast

Let stand for about 20 minutes.


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 11-12 cups additional flour

A little more flour may be needed, but dough should be soft.  Turn out onto a flour dusted cookie sheet, and knead, dusting dough and cookie sheet with more flour as needed, until dough is no longer sticky and is satiny.  Let raise in warm place until doubled in size.

Shape dough into buns and place on greased pans.  Let raise in warm place until almost doubled in size, then bake at 400°F, starting on lower rack and changing to upper rack about halfway through for 15 minutes total of baking time.  After removing from oven, brush tops lightly with melted butter to remove any flour and soften dough.

1 Comment

  1. Anne

    Great hearing from you Melina. Trust you and the family had a very blessed Christmas.

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