Merry Christmas 2017!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Let Your Heart Be Light, From Now On Your Troubles Will Be Out Of Sight, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Now!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

When Your Childhood Christmas Wish Comes True...

 Many Years Later

Regarding the movie A Miracle On 34th Street, I honestly know the feeling of joy that Susan felt when she found that home of her dreams at the end of the movie! 

Susan in A Miracle On 34th Street


Me 58 years ago
Susan and her mother at Christmas

Me with my mother at Christmas

Susan's Dream Home
My Dream Home Come True

"I will always remember that wonderful feeling that welled up inside me when the Realtor pulled into this driveway to show me this home!"

Inside Susan's Dream Home come true

Inside my dream home come true

The lovely living room fireplace

My lovely living room fireplace

I am immersed in the beauty of this room, my living room!
It seems as though someone left his cane behind at Susan's fireplace!


It seems as though someone left his cane behind at my fireplace!



Although I have always had a fascination with that "rolly polly" red cheeked elf Santa Claus, I do realize that my miracle came from GOD!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Chicken Meat Pie or How to make a Fryer Chicken stretch for two meals...

An inexpensive whole frying chicken that I roasted in the oven.
That was our dinner on Sunday November 19th along with mashed potatoes and gravy. After dinner I removed all remaining meat off of the bones added that to the leftover gravy,carrots, and onions. refrigerated it in a plastic covered bowl.

Today, Tuesday the 21st I peeled four medium potatoes and cut them into chunks. I then boiled them till tender and drained them. I returned them to the pot and added the leftover, gravy, carrots, onions, and chicken that was in a bowl in the fridge. I stirred it carefully and allowed it to heat through about ten minutes then shut it off.


I then mixed the pie crust dough using my Kitchen Aid Mixer while utilizing the paddle instead of the whisk.


   CRUST
{2 sticks of butter
3 cups of flour 
 pinch of salt}
{mix these three to create crumbles}


 Slowly add:
1/4 C ice cold water(may not need it all carefully add this.) until the dough forms on paddle and away from sides of mixing bowl. 


Remove dough from bowl and divide into two. I do not refrigerate the dough, I just roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper. I used a  23 oz. French White Oval Corning dish. Roll out top and bottom crust(bottom should be larger).


I then scooped the chicken/gravy mixture into the bottom crust.

 Next I added the top crust and used a pastry wheel edger sealer and free hand cut out leaves but you can also use a cookie cutter.

I baked it for 55 minutes at 350 degrees F.


I didn't egg wash it because I was being frugal with my eggs. An egg wash will make it shiny. 

Like all pies let it settle and cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

From a Google Search Egg Wash




Monday, November 20, 2017

So Much To Be Thankful For...








 I had a busy weekend. We celebrated my grandson Jacob's birthday at the Olive Garden Friday evening. I decorated our home for the Thanksgiving holidays on Saturday. Then on Sunday I had lunch with my neighbor three doors down at her lovely home here at Lake Wynonah.








Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As Summer Winds Down



 I sure hope so because I really hate to see Summer end! The crazy weather has kept me out of the pool for several weeks but GOD gave me a nice surprise this morning! Look what bloomed again on my water garden! Praise GOD from whom all blessings flow!!!!



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