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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Freezer to Dinner Recipe : Chicken Pot Pi

Chicken Pot Pie
Yield: 2 pot pies (6 to 8 servings each)
4 cups cubed cooked chicken (ham, shredded beef or turkey)
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups sliced carrots
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup flour
2 1/2  teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1½ cups milk
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
pastry for two double-crust 9-inch pies, or use biscuit/baking mix to make crust I buy the ready made cursts (2 in a box) for $2.00 from Walmart.
Boil potatoes and carrots in a large stockpot. In another pot, boil cubed chicken for 8 minutes. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer vegetables for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain vegetables and chicken and set aside.
In a large skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt, thyme, and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the chicken, peas, corn, potatoes, and carrots. Remove from heat.
Crust option 1: Line two 9-inch pie plates with bottom pastry; trim even with edge of plate. Fill pastry shells with chicken mixture. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pies. Cut slits or decorative cutouts in pastry. Place over filling; trim, seal and style the edges. Bake one pot pie at 425ºF for 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.
Crust option 2: Mix together 2 cups biscuit/baking mix, 1¼ cups milk, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, ½ teaspoons celery seed. (Mixture will be thin.) Sprinkle over top of chicken pot pie. Bake at 350ºF for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cover and freeze remaining pot pie for up to 4 months.
To serve frozen pie: Cover edges of frozen piecrust with foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425ºF for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350ºF and bake for 70 to 80 minutes longer, or until crust is golden brown

National Anthem Day

Star Spangled Banner  the U.S. national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key. I can remember the story being told to our music class by the one and only Carol Randolph. Perhaps Mrs. Randolph had some odd standings but the one thing she knew was her history. I can remember her making it so very realistic in my opinion that is what made it stick so much in our minds. The Star Spangled Banner was written during a terrified moment during the war of 1812. While being kept as a prisoner of war Dr. William Beanes in 1814 was aided by Francis Scott Key who himself would be taken prisoner as well. The sight that Key watched as the bombs head toward the beloved Fort in the darkness and the sunlight to rise and shine light on the flag that still stood in triumph. Francis Scott Key was so inspired that he wrote The Star Spangled Banner.

On March 3, 1931 the song officially became the U.S. national anthem

Nationa Cold Cut Day Enjoy a Dagwood

Cold Cuts Day is expressed on March 3rd and is here to celebrate anything and everything related to cold cut meats. Who nominated cold cuts to have a day of their own no one really knows. Most of us for sure have some lunch meat in our fridge and many of us probably use it as a staple for lunches, snacks or quick meals. Cold cuts come in many shapes and forms. From leftover ham, turkey or chicken to deli sliced pastrami, salami, chorizo, sausage or corned beef.

One character that I believe could have really celebrated this day is Dagwood. Now he truly loved his cold cuts in a sandwich piled as high as you can get one.

3 slices rye sandwich bread
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
4 slices deli ham
2 slices American cheese
2 leaves iceberg lettuce
4 slices bologna
4 slices salami
6 dill pickle chips
3 slices tomato
4 slices turkey
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 pimiento stuffed green olives

Lay the three slices of bread out on a cutting board. Smear two of them with a tablespoon each of the yellow mustard. Smear the last one with mayonnaise. Top one of the mustard smeared slices of rye bread with the ham, cheese, lettuce, and bologna. Top the second mustard smeared slice of rye bread with the salami, pickle chips, tomato slices, turkey, Swiss cheese, and the third slice of rye bread, mayonnaise side down. Stack this unit on top of the first mustard smeared slice. Skewer each green olive with a toothpick. Secure the sandwich with these. Slice the sandwich in half if you'd like

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easter Dessert Easter Baskets

I simply love to serve a good dinner on the holidays. The dessert is as important as the meal itself in my opinion. If you can make cute desserts like these Easter Cheesecake Baskets adapted from the Kraft website I believe these would be super cute seat placements myself Allowing everyone to have a personalized dessert Easter Basket. Yummy

Easter Cheesecake Baskets – adapted from Kraft
2 8 ounce pkgs cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut, tinted green
36 small jelly beans
12 pieces shoestring licorice, 4″ lengths

Preheat your oven to 350F and beat the cream cheese and the sugar. Add the egg and beat until blended. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter, then press into individual muffin cups
Now pour the actual cheesecake batter over top of the crust
Bake for about 20 minutes, then cool and pop in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The green coconut is for festive grass but my kids hate coconut so it’s a waste. However, they love mini eggs and jellybeans so I added those to the ‘baskets’ and then the licorice handles! Way cute!
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Inspiration Monday

Patch Work Easter Egg Ornament

My grandmother was a quilter and I grew up watching her cut pieces of fabric by hand and when she had some left overs she would allow me to be creative as well. I can remember spending hours with her watching as she pieced together quilts and helped me make creative art as well. She was a one of a kind but I imagine we all think of our grandmas like that. Now that I am a grandma and have a little princess running around here I try to be creative as well I am not the quilter or artist that my grandmother was but I try and with craft ideas like this one inspired by  Clares Craft Room it is easy to allow her a chance to be creative. Just check out this super cute craft for patchwork Easter egg décor

She used paper for her eggs but I think that gluing on fabric would be cute and to me more vintage feeling. Either way have fun selecting your choice of fabric or magazine pages. Cut up into miss match patch work pieces. Cut a large egg shape from out of cardboard, a cereal box works great for this but any thin cardboard would work . Glue all pieces onto the cardboard. Use hole punch to create hole for ribbon and hanger. Now you have a super cute Easter décor ornament

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day is celebrated on the first day of March. It is a sticky sort of day with lots of lovers that salute their choice of Peanut Butter spread. Was you a kid that grew up eating PB&J sandwiches? In our house we always have it on hand as it has become a staple that is enjoyed for both snacks and meals and often is the sub if you find you simply don't like what is bein served.  You will find both smooth and crunchy peanut butter on the shelf. Peanut butter is an item that is enjoyed on toast, crackers, celery as well is a variety of recipes. 

Make up a quick craft that will smell so good that little hands may just want to take a quick bite and don't worry it wont hurt them.

Edible Play Dough
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup honey

Mix up, play with like playdough  

Another quick recipe that will be great for supper or to take to the next picnic or potluck check out this recipe for no bake PB pie

4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 deep dish graham cracker or chocolate flavored crust
whipped topping
chocolate syrup

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. Mix well. Add peanut butter and mix. Slowly add milk and mix well. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into pie crust and cover. Freeze for at least 30 minutes. Pipe extra whipped topping around edge of pie. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

find this recipe and other delicious peanut butter recipe at the  Peanut Butter

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Guiltless Seven Layer Dip

1 cup guacamole (or make your own – see above for recipe)
1 cup salsa
1 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
1 + 1/4 fat free refried beans
½ tomato, cut into small cubes
¼ bunch of green onions, sliced
½ cup iceburg lettuce, shredded
½ cup low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
equipment: 4 small cups/containers OR 8 mini containers

    For 4 containers
1. Spread ¼ of lettuce on bottom of container, layer with 5 tablespoons of refried beans, add with 2-3 tablespoons of guacamole, add with 4 tablespoons of yogurt, add 4 tablespoons salsa, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of cheese, top with onions and tomatoes
2. Repeat for remaining cups or containers

recipe source here

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Frozen Food Month

The month of March is National Frozen Food Month. Even before I began writing my blog I loved this month as there are normally lots of great buys on frozen foods in the super markets. As a young mother with a little budget but lots of family I had to stretch my dollars. Here are some tips on how you can do that as well

So you found a great sale on frozen lasagna and you serve it to your family and have lots of leftovers. Don't throw it away. It is great as leftovers in lunches, simply divide into individual portions and save

You can find great buys on frozen veggies as well. Frozen veggies are great served with a meal or in a stir fry or casserole. Fresh vegetables can also be frozen as well. Another great way to serve frozen veggies is to mix them with rice.

Bread is another thing that you will find in our freezer. Whether you freeze bread that comes directly off the shelf to be saved in freezer where it will stay fresher for a later use or you purchase bread that is bought from the frozen department bead is one item that goes with nearly every meal in our family.

I hope that you come back to visit where you will find awesome recipes and more tips on frozen foods. Enjoy

In Like A Lion Out Like A Lamb

Since I was a little girl I have heard the old saying : March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb. I decided to do a bit of research into this and turned to a favorite faithful resource of my parents and grandparents the Farmers Almanac

It seems that weather sayings come from a range of resources and may or may not be based on careful observations. Some are accurate and others are merely rhymes or beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation. In the olden days it was believed that there were spirits that could affect the weather and so if you believed in this then you were very cautious as to what behaviors you had. The important thing to do was to keep a balance between your life and the weather. Thus the opposition between a lion and a lamb.

The truth is that this saying is simply a rhyme more than it is a true weather predictor. We all know that March weather is very unpredictable. Today here in our neighborhood March 1st has started with some freezing rain, snow on the ground and very cold. The hope is that since it March started like a lion it will end at peace like a lamb with lots of sun and warmth. We never really know though since March may offer us winter like weather or get warm like spring. My hopes are that you get the weather that you desire.

Family Fun Tip
On a calendar for the month of March keep tract of the days. If it is a cold day then place a Lion or if it is a spring like day place a Lamb. This should be a fun activity to see if the old saying is true for your weather or not. Have Fun