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Best-Ever Chicken Pot Pie

Sunset_32013Next to Fall, early-Spring is my second favorite season. The Red Bud trees are blooming – still waiting on the Dogwoods, the blue birds are back and getting their houses in order, and the temperature is perfect. Not too cool, not too hot. I’ve even seen a few lizards out sunning themselves. And we still are enjoying some of the most beautiful sunsets.

 

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I’ve big plans for the upcoming weekend. Have some boudain and sausages to BBQ and if there is to be any sort of garden this year – I MUST get started on that. Right now the garden area is a mess. Not sure just how – or what – I want to do with it. Have given some thought to planting a couple of rows of strawberries rather than vegetables. Figured if I decide to do that, I would take the discarded wire baskets from last year, sink them in the ground and use them as ‘gopher-mole’ barriers. The gopher critters have gone crazy last couple of weeks and I’m going to mix up a hefty batch of the ‘gopher elixer’ to use inside the yard area since it’s non-poisonous.

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All the flower beds need raking AND – hate to even say it – but we didn’t get around to pruning the peach trees…. yet (one of David’s favorite words). May see about doing that this weekend as well.

Garden_2013Gopher Elixer

If you missed the recipe for making this non-poisonous remedy for gophers and moles, here it is:  1-1/2 tablespoon tabasco sauce; 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap; 1 teaspoon chili powder; and 1 quart water.  Mix all ingredients together and pour into tunnels.  I usually pour about 1 cup per application.  I might add you’ll need to poke a hole in the ground until you reach their tunnel.  An old screw-driver makes a good tool for this.

 

For some reason, there’s more computer work than usual. Would guess part of that is due to the fact that we’re planning on opening up an Ebay Store . . . which has meant a lot of extra work this week. We already have our own Texas Antique Mall Online Store  – but thought the Ebay one would give us more ‘exposure’.   We’ll see. We have some friends with one and they are doing quite well. Once everything is set up I plan on posting about the process on our blog – Power to Earn Money . . . for those that might be considering a way to earn a few extra dollars via the Internet.

 

ChickenPotPie_2013Chicken Pot Pie – from lefovers

When things are busy, I like the meals to be easy. Can’t get much easier than leftovers. Right? So for lunch this week, baked a homemade chicken pot pie. Just the mention of a pot pie and David’s eyes light up like a Christmas tree. Wonder why men like pot pies so much??? Anyway . . . I’ve made pot pies in the past using leftover meat with mixed frozen vegetables but this week used my own creamed chicken along with fresh veggie leftovers including oven roasted potatoes, green peas, fresh carrots . . . and pie crust! All the makings. You can make this using your own leftover ingredients or store bought if you desire.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups creamed chicken (cooked & made with Country Style Cream Gravy Mix)
  • 3/4 cup bite-sized potatoes (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1 carrot cut into bite-sized pieces (cooked)
  • 1/2 medium-sized onion cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 can Cream of Chicken soup (save the rest for another meal or freeze)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup water (approximate)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pie crust (uncooked)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Grease the bottom of a 6″ casserole or pie plate

 

  1. Saute the onions in melted butter over medium heat. Cook until slightly tender.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the leftover creamed chicken, potatoes, green peas, carrot pieces, Cream of Chicken soup, and 1/2 cup water
  3. Add cooked onions to the bowl with chicken mixture. Blend well.
  4. Add more water if needed, you want a thick ‘gravy’ texture to the soup/water base – NOT thin and soupy.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Pour mixture into greased pan
  7. Cover with pie crust, sealing the edges, and cutting slits in top.
  8. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until top is golden brown
  9. Remove baked pot pie and brush top with butter

Note: I don’t recommend freezing leftover pot-pie, as the crust and potatoes tend to become mushy. Also, would guess the fact that the potatoes had been oven-roasted with olive oil had something to do with the better flavor and texture since David said it was the ‘best-ever’.  Finally, you can see mine spilled over a bit – so you may want to put a cookie sheet under it to catch any drips.  Makes for a much easier clean-up.

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Now for a little fun. Can’t say if the guy in this video is a really good actor and knew what was going or if he really was ‘taken for a ride’. Either way – it’s funny.

 

 

 

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