Farm & Garden Chicken Pie

I made a chicken pot pie with some of the bounty from Grandma’s garden and meat from a broiler we raised last summer.





It was a rather improvised recipe of what I had on hand.

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… and it was AMAZING.  Quite possibly the best chicken pie I’ve ever made.

Here’s what I did, mostly.  I’ve inserted links to recipes/specific ingredients.  All measurements are to the nearest “-ish”:

2 c. green beans
1 c. peas
1 c. chopped carrots
1/2 c. chopped onion
3 T. chives, sliced small
2 garlic cloves
1/4 c. broccoli, chopped (because I had it)
3 c. cooked (in this case, roasted) chicken breast, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can milk (I did half cream/half milk)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. thyme
1 t. bouquet garni herb mix
1 thawed pie crust

Preheat oven to 350°.

In large bowl, whisk together soups, milk, salt and herbs.  Add veggies and chicken; stir together.  Pour into 9×13 glass casserole dish, and bake for 30 minutes. (Until it’s boiling.)

Roll out pie crust between two pieces of plastic into a rectangle, roughly the same shape as the casserole dish.  Put in freezer.

When the filling is hot and bubbly, remove from oven and (gingerly!) put the crust on top, sans plastic.  Return pie to oven for 15-20 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

Can be served immediately.


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Blessings From Grandma’s Garden

Two kids and Mr. Caffeinated made a trip to see Grandpa and Grandma.  Grandma sent us some goodies from her garden.

This calls for child labor!


Actually, they were a big help.  I didn’t have to wash or snap anything.



… and then the Moose and Junior proceeded to eat HALF of the beans in one sitting!

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Toe Surgery

Well, after having all ten ingrown toenails dealt with surgically, 21 shots in the feet, and roughly two months of recovery…


… I think I’m recovered.

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Challah Extravaganza

Yesterday and today, I made challah.  It’s an overnight recipe.  I had too many egg yolks in the fridge, and this is one way that I cope.

It made eight loaves total:  2 plain, 2 filled with the caramel I use for caramel rolls, 2 with apricot jam and chocolate chips (babka bread), and 2 with almond cream cheese filling.

The caramel leaked out all over the oven and cookie sheet (and of course, I wasn’t forethoughtful enough to use a lipped sheet), so we rescued as much as possible by using what was left on the pan as a dip.


The rest seem to have turned out all right.

challah extravaganza

The Challah recipe is from Peter Reinhart’s “Artisan Breads Every Day“.  I use a tablespoon of salt instead of the teaspoon he calls for, and I sub out whole wheat flour for half of the white that he calls for.

I roll out the dough on the table and cut it into strips; if I’m filling it, I spoon the filling into the middle of the strip and seal it up before I braid.  Usually this works.

challah varieties

Nobody seems to mind if it doesn’t.


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Happy Easter!

He is risen!

Speaking of rising, we did not manage to rise quite early enough, so while we made it to church, we didn’t make it to Sunday school.

The kids have been to two organized egg hunts, and promptly came home and held their own.  However, it started raining as soon as we touched down, so the third egg hunt was held in the house.  Fortunately, nothing broke.

My most recent egg hunt was more the conventional kind, but I did find the following!

Easter eggs for web

Pre-colored and everything.  Love how that works.



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16 eggs!

The hens, they have discovered Spring!


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Toe Surgery

As if there wasn’t enough drama around here… I’m having a series of three surgeries on my feet.

Back in college, over 20 years ago, I started having problems with ingrown toenails.  Not just my big toes; with all ten.  I went to a podiatrist, who claimed he could remove the offending parts of the nails and they wouldn’t grow back.

Well, he took them out, but they grew back.  And back.  And back.  I’ve been trimming them – and if you have ever suffered an ingrown toenail, you’ll know exactly how much fun that’s been – for 20 years.  This year, I finally decided that, after a couple of nasty infections when they got away from me, I’d had enough.  Back to a podiatrist – a different one!

My new doctor says that, given some of the things that the first doctor didn’t do, it’s not too surprising that they grew back.  Plus, apparently I was young enough at the time to have the “amazing regenerative powers of youth”… that now, at nearly 40, I probably don’t have anymore.

She won’t do all ten in one session, though.  It’s too much lidocaine to put in my system in one go, she says.  So – yesterday, I got the first four done.  Big toes and their next-door-neighbors on both feet.

That’s NINE shots in the toes, people!  Those are NOT FUN.

I seem to be doing all right today; I’m limping quite a bit, but keeping my feet elevated helps.  So did rebandaging and soaking in Epsom salts.

The next two surgeries will each be on only one foot – three toes per session.  This means I’ll be limping for weeks!  But when it’s all over, I’ll hopefully never have to deal with it again.

Dr. Lund (Everett Clinic) is terrific, if you’re in the area.

She says that having all ten ingrown, without there being a shoe problem, indicates that it’s genetic.  Natter has started complaining about his toes hurting, so it looks like (a) she’s correct, and (b) he’s next to go under the knife.  Poor kid!


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