Friday, November 13, 2009

Pie for your eye!

Hey all! I have been making pies, pies, and pies. I have made beef, chicken, apple, and even fried apple pies. Making your own crust is so inexpensive...and it tastes so good. I made this chicken pot pie with my oldest son, Noah. We had a good time..his favorite part is the egg wash at the end!

Homemade Chicken pot pie

3 cooked chicken breasts cut up
1/2 onion, cut up
1 carrot, cut up
1 stalk celery, cut up
1 clove garlic, cut up
1/2 cup of peas
4 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 tsp of poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of pepper
1-2 cups of milk

Pie ingredients
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
1 egg, whisked

Saute the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook on low until it is translucent. In another skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Once melted, add 2 tablespoons of flour. Make a rue. Gradually add in milk until it is the consistancy of cream or gravy. Add the chicken, sauted vegetables and the thawed peas to the cream mixture. Preheat oven to 350.

While oven is preheating and the chicken/cream mixture is congealing, make the pie crust. Stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening dough, using 1 tablespoon of the water at a time, until all the dough is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Get your 9-inch pie plate and spray with cooking spray. Place chicken cream mixture in the pie plate. To transfer pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin or fold it twice. Next, place the pie crust on top, being careful not to stretch pastry.
Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edge as desired. Next, with cooking brush, brush the egg on the top for a golden crust. Cook for 30 minutes and you have a wonderful meal coming your way!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween Gang!

We had a groovy Halloween! Like zoinks it was the coolest! Jinkys it was great! (O kay I will stop now!) We were the Scooby Doo Gang. Noah is getting to the age we can minimally dress him up, so he is not very adorned as the others, but he is still a great sport....we really needed SHAGGY! is a pic of Noah as Scooby in 2001....They grow so quickly (*tear*). The second picture is Caleb...they look alike, don't they?!?!

I just found these pics today, and Isaac was Scooby Doo too! He is growing up fast too...Noah was a scary vampire and Abigail was an adorable Lady Bug (and sucking her thumb, that's my girl!)...I think they are just too cute!

We passed out candy to kids that came to Courtney's church....It was raining, so we had it inside. The kids made posters for their theme, we put Scooby Doo books, Scooby stuffed animals and a dvd that played, you guessed it, Scooby Doo.

They were waiting patiently before the trick or treaters came.

They were aprehensive at first passing out the candy, but after a few times, they warmed up. I was glad they were able to pass out candy...they have never done that before.

We had a great Halloween!

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