Thursday, January 20, 2011

Our Favorite Chicken Potpie Recipe

Since there was an interest, I am posting the recipe for Chicken Potpie from the cookbook Taste of Home Dinner on a Dime 2009.

Chicken Potpie

(Remember: This recipe makes 2 so you can eat one and freeze the other for the next time you want this yummy meal!)

2 cups diced peeled potatoes
1-3/4 cups sliced carrots
2/3 cup chopped onion
1 cup butter, cubed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1-3/4 teaspoons salt
1 tsp dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1-1/2 cups milk
4 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
Pastry for two double-crust pies (9-inches)

1. Place potatoes and carrots in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. drain and set aside.

2. In a large skillet, saute 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 the heat.

3. Line two 9-inch pie plates with bottom pastry; trim pastry even with edge. 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 flute edges.

4. Bake one potpie at 425 F for 35-40 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Cover and freeze remaining potpie for up to 3 months..

5. To use frozen pie: Shield frozen pie crust edges with foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350; bake 70-80 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown.

Yield: Two potpies (6-8 servings)

My notes: We have used canned vegetables instead of frozen and it worked great. We didn't use the thyme as we don't care for the taste. On the second pie, we didn't have enough freezer space to freeze a pie so the filling was placed into a bowl (or you could use a baggie once it is cooled off) then when we want to make it. Just pop it in a pie crust. Easy as can be.

Hope your family enjoys this as much as mine does!
We love the whole line of Taste of Home cookbooks.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr Holiday work

Since today is the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr we decided to do a lapbook and learn more in depth about this great man.

We started with a Hands of a Child Lapbook (found here). This is my favorite place to find lapbooks! It starts with several pages of reading then begins the activities. I cut, he did the work. He completed the first activity which doesn't sound like much. Really though it was making 18 match book folds with vocabulary words and definitions inside. We took a break halfway through the reading to watch his "I Have a Dream" speech here. We also listened to the Bruce Springsteen remake of "We Shall Overcome." If you want to listen, Amazon has it for download for .99. I think we will continue this lapbook all week to replace his normal history for the week.

I'm fixing to start a (kids) book biography of Harriet Tubman by Judith Bentley that I might just read out loud. My 11 year still doesn't mind mom reading out loud. Just means he isn't having to read it! haha

Last week we got a ton of snow. At least 8 inches and for where I live that puts the whole town out of commission. So we had plenty of time to enjoy each other's company. We also had my fiancée oldest son with us this week. Uhm so tomorrow public school goes back and that means my preschooler whom I love dearly will be going back to her regular week. Hopefully that will put my son back on his regular schedule. We didn't get much done last week. We did manage to get some weaving time in. I made these when I was a kid so it brought back some nice memories.

Such a priceless look of concentration on my oldest daughter's face.
She did get frustrated so we put it aside and I plan to bring it back out this week so she and I can finish it.
I glanced at the pamplet that came with one of the three kits we had. The strings are actually colored panty hose. lol Thought that was a fun fact!

I also want to show you what we cooked tonight. We made Homemade Chicken Pot Pie from a great cookbook we bought that gives you double recipes so you can freeze half for later. So we had one tonight and froze the other half for a quick and easy dinner another night. This recipe is alot of work but its really good and saves you work on another more busy night!

Here is what we made:

Doesn't that look yummy. If you want the recipe, let me know and I will post it on here.

Hope you have a great week.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year

A new year. Wow time flew on that year! We started school back up today after being off since the 15th. For a first day back, it was pretty nice and I hope it continues! Still struggling with a history lesson plan. I did come across a book today that I think I may purchase from Amazon. Its a three book set called America's History. Right now we are going over the Civil War and all the things leading to it. Sometime this year, the school system will be sending me papers to let me know when he will have to take our states Achievement test. I'm a bit nervous about it but I think he has all the knowledge he needs as long as he can put it on paper the way they want!

Preschool is going well for my oldest daughter. She has learned so much. For Christmas, we bought both girls' a tag reader pen in different colors. I personally love those things! We get a break from reading a million books a day but with only 10 books for it so far... It won't last.

The reading challenge I did for the year ended on the 31st of December. I read 55 books for the year. Not too bad but I will beat it this year! My son read more than me. He told me how many but I can't remember at the moment. He's 11 now! Maybe that means I did a good job getting him into reading. He was reading hard books too. If you've ever seen the Septimus Heap book Queste then you know its 624 pages long!

I keep a running list of my reads on shelfari. You can go see what I read there if you like.

Well tomorrow is a busy day but I wanted to check in. I need to make the resolution to update my blog more.