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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chicken Pot Pie

One of my best Mom-friends and I often walk to the grocery store together with the kids as a way to get out and move around a little. It's a great walk, gets the kids out, and gives us time to talk. The other day we went on one of our grocery runs and, not knowing what to make for dinner, she said she was going to get a hot pre-made chicken. These things make so many recipes a cinch, so when she told me what she was having for dinner I decided to get one to. Asking what kind of dinner I would create with it, I told her: Chicken Pot Pie. She was excited and decided to give it a go too. I don't have step by step pictures, but it really is a simple recipe that doesn't take much time to put together - but really is a yummy, nutritious dinner on a cold winter's night.
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Ingredients:

Hot Roasted Chicken
3 cans cream of chicken soup
Frozen peas - Or you can get one
Frozen carrots - of those frozen
Frozen corn - Medleys
Frozen green beans - *Choose other veggies if you'd like
Dried cranberries (optional)
Pilsbury Pie crust - from the Fridge Section

I made two individual pies for dinner that night and made a regular 9" pie to freeze for a later time. When I was pregnant I learned a lot about casserole cooking - now it's a trick I love using. Double your dinner recipes when you cook so that you only make dinner HALF the time.
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I used ramekins for my individual pies: - one pie crust, fold over for each. Though you could very easily just have a top crust (thus getting 4 individual pies from one box of pie crust) - I've had Pot Pie at restaurants served this way.

I used a regular Pyrex pie plate for my freezer dish.
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1. Pull the chicken apart, using the meat you would like. Put this is a large skillet.
2. Add Cream of Chicken and turn heat on Medium
3. Prepare the frozen veggies so that they begin cooking (about half the suggested cooking time)
4. Add the frozen veggies to the skillet. Stir to incorporate all throughout.
5. Add dried cranberries and incorporate.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

6. Lay pie crust on bottom of pie plate.
7. Fill with skillet mixture.I added a couple more dried cranberries!

8. Put top crust on top.
9. Dapple top crust with milk.
10. Cook to Pie Crust Specifications
Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cutest Little Hat!!

The other day we received a package in the mail from our very dear friend Carrie. Layla opened the parcel to find some very crafty packages inside. One of these perfect presents contained an ADORABLE...and I mean adorable....hand knit hat for Layla. The colors are perfect and I later found out that the knit flower UNBUTTONS so it can be a distraction in the doctor's office or car ! Perfect for working on fine motor skills. Now I am going to try to talk her into knitting more little flowers so we can interchange the colors to match our outfits! Absolutely sweet.

If you are interested in similar items you can check out her Etsy page for more decadent hand knit creations.

www.HandMeDowns.Etsy.com

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Product - Little Guitar Hero


When I was a little girl I had these awesome Super Hero pajamas…I remember them well. They were comfortable, stylish, silly, imaginative, and the best part: they had a cape. I would jump from couch to couch to Pillow Island on the floor and back again. Nothing could get me…except maybe Sleep.

One night while I was falling into that same sort of slumber I paired this vivid memory with words and fabrics and graphics from my day and voila! Super Hero. Super Powers. Super Cute.

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Imagine the possibilities of the Super Hero Onesie…or T-Shirt…with the same imaginative play possibilities of my beloved pajamas. And so, in the year 20-10 a new lovey was born: Little Guitar Hero.

Let your little Super Hero play and explore in this adorable little Superstar Ensemble. A guitar is appliqu├ęd on the front, and stitched for extra security. Hand-written, it reads: “Little Guitar Hero” (you can get it with or without the words). On the back, attached with some Super Velcro, is a cape with the same guitar print. The cape’s underside matches with a coordinating polka-dot print.

Fun enough that your little one will want to wear it yet stylish enough that you won’t mind leaving the house without it…

A "Dress to Express" onesie

Go to www.MamaMayiShop.com to purchase: $26.00

www.MamaMayiShop.com

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Blog FEATURE!


Remember in November when I was FEATURED in the Touched Creatively Magazine by Jodi Ulschmid? Well she contacted me right after the New Year to let me know that she FEATURED me on her blog!! Such amazing support!

You can find the feature here:
http://touchedcreatively.blogspot.com/2010/01/introducing-jessica-perkins-discovery.html

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and explore...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Santa 2009


We were at Layla's Grandparents' house for Christmas Eve this year. Along with the traditional Seafood Feast we enjoy there every year we also decorated the tree: My first Tinsel Experience!! Every year the local fire department sends out a truck with Santa Claus. It was absolutely FREEZING outside, but these good people trudged along to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday. Of course we had to take Layla's picture with Santa - can you see how frosted over his glasses were??? These are DEDICATED people! It was so much fun to say hi to the Jolly Fellow....Layla, however, did not care for the very loud sirens that came with the meeting.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Ketchup Love

Uncle Jonathan used to eat ketchup sandwiches; cover his pancakes; waffles....ketchup was not just an accessory - it was the main dish. He would be proud. Layla dipping her fingers because the ketchup just tastes so good.


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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cookie Time

One of my holiday traditions is making Christmas cookies. I was so excited to share this tradition with Layla. My Mom had a great idea in finding these little, mini, icing gel tubes - small and easy enough for little hands to manipulate, squeeze, and draw. Really this is just another form of "painting." But I think her most favorite part of all was quality control: Taste Testing!

"Yummy in my tummy!"

working intently

Using those fine motor skills

"Yummy in my tummy!"