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Chicken PotPie

What’s up?  I told you that this past week was going to be crazy busy and that the posts would be a little off but here I am starting the weekend posts.  So Friday evening I made chicken pot pie for dinner.   It is so simple and makes a good portion for a hungry Police Officer.

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So first I boil my chicken.  I use chicken tenderloins. (about 5).  I season the water with salt and pepper and a little Mrs. Dash onion and herb season.

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  While that is cooking, I drain my canned mixed vegetables and empty them into a big bowl.

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I then put a can of Cream of chicken soup in and mix it all up.

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Next I roll out my pie dough and put it in my deep dish pie plate.

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I put a baking chain in the bottom of the crust to help it cook evenly.   I now take the chicken out of the broth and let it cool a little, then I shred it and add it to the veg mix.  Once the bottom crust is golden brown I fill it up with the mixture, roll out the top crust and put it on top of the pie.

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You always make sure to cut vent holes in the top so it does not bubble up and overflow.

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With it being the Halloween season I cut a jack o’ lantern face in mine and put it in the oven to cook away!  Usually it is about 30 minutes or so.  I watch the top crust and when it starts getting brown around the edges I know it is ready to eat.

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The pot pie was hot out of the oven when Stephen got home. I watched Practical Magic while I ate my dinner and Stephen did some work on the computer for his 2nd job.

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This movie is by far one of my favorites of all time.  It is funny, sad, magical… It is just perfect.

Well tomorrow is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk her in Mobile, AL so I will post that shortly!

 

Until Then,

Wende

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Thursday Night Relaxing

Ok so Thursday evening I just relaxed.  I got 2 cheeses that I had not tried yet from Walmart.  One is a Irish cheese and the other is a sweet and spicy cheese.

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I cut a little of each poured a glass of wine and sat down to enjoy another seasonal favorite movie, A Nightmare Before Christmas.

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  Love, Love this movie. Signing, humor, love and frights. Everything you could ask for.

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 So as for the cheese, the Irish cheese is creamy and delicious.  It is like a creamy cheddar I really liked it.  The other… although it is not bad, it was a tiny bit sweet and a bunch HOT. Not a little spicy.  I mean full on fire breathing dragon hot.  I like hot stuff, but this was a bit much for me. I am sure some will love it but I will not be finishing this block.  It happens.  I can’t like everything I try, right.

Well the next few days will be cram packed with posts from the past few days.  October is a busy month for me and I have gotten behind on my posts.  But nun the less, they will happen.

Until Then,

Wende

Chicken n Dumplins

Howdy,

So yesterday afternoon I was able to take the time and make some Chicken N Dumplins.  Yes that is how we say it in the South.  I have a really easy recipe and it tastes soooo good.

First I boil about 6-8 chicken tenderloins in seasoned water. I use salt, and Mrs. Dash garlic and herb season.

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Once the chicken is cooked I take it out of the broth to cool.  I then remove about 2 cups of the broth for later.

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Now I add plain water back in to the pot to cook my dumplins.  You may have to add a little more season to taste.  The dumplins that I use are from Walmart.

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When I am in a hurry and do not want to make my own dough and roll them out then have to cut them… I just buy these and go with it.

They are good, you can cut them to your desired size.

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I put flour in a small container, salt and pepper it then I drop the dumplins in and make sure that they are covered in flour then drop them in the water to cook.

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Once I get all of the dumplins into the broth and it is at a good boil, I turn the water down and then shred the chicken and put it in the broth with the dumplins.

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I stir this often to make sure that it does not stick and let it cook away.

Now that it is cooking down I will use the broth I  put to the side to thin it out.

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I just add a little bit at a time to make sure that it does not get to thin.

While I am going in and out of the kitchen to stir my Cauldron of goodness, I am watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

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You gotta love it.  I mean, It’s just a jump to the Left!

This is one of my favorite costumes that I wear at Halloween!!

Well go forth and make chicken an dumplins and enjoy!

Until Then,

Wende

Fall Frolics #1

I was lucky enough to start my Halloween shenanigans  a week ago with the Witches Ball.  This year they paired up with a Local group that is in the Foot Parading Society during Mardi Gras her in Mobile, Alabama.  They are a Pirate society.  It was so much fun and I just love watching everyone in costume.  My friend Barbara went together.  She was a Pirate witch and I was a Leprechaun.  Fun times.  I have at least one other social Halloween gathering for sure but I hope I can find a few others to enjoy.  The night of the ball was also the Local  LODA Art Walk in Downtown Mobile, AL.  They have a Facebook page that shows some of the fun activities that they offer each month.  If you live in the area I recommend you check it out.

This is Barbara

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Myself and Paula, “The Pirate Hostess with the Mostess”

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Barbara and Arsen

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Lillian and Me

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A bit of decor’

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My at the beginning of the night

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I know these are a bit wonkie but hey, it was a fun night!!

Until Then,

Wende

Rainy Day Life

Greetings!

  Well here we are on a Very rainy Sunday.  Today is my Dad’s 75th birthday.  I took him to Cracker Barrel for Brunch because he loves that place.  It was nice to just sit and talk with he an my Mom.  We don’t do that very often.  They only live about 18 miles away but we never seem to meet in the middle very often.  I should make that a goal for the months to come.   When I dropped my Parents off at their house, I got a chance to briefly talk with my Niece and Sister.  My Sister was leaving for a work Conference so I offered to drive her to her co-worker’s house since it was on my way home.

It had rained so hard that the Downtown area of my city was flooded and I had to drive down the center turning lane in order to make progress.  I delivered her to her co-workers house and they packed up in the rain and left town.  I made it home safely and I don’t plan on doing anything but watching scary movies, drinking wine and making chicken & dumplings.  Which brings me to the actual post for today.  Yesterday I made spiced pumpkin muffins as a little treat for my husband.  They only take 4 ingredients and bake up so pretty and delicious.

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So we start with a boxed spice cake mix, 1 can pumpkin puree 3 eggs and 1/4 cup of water. I put the cake mix and pumpkin in a bowl first and mix it well.

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I am using my handy dandy (Purple) Kitchen Aid hand mixer that  my husband got me for Christmas! I feel bad sometimes leaving Matilda ( my full size Kitchen Aid mixer ) in the corner, but this is a small task and it does not require all of that.  Anyway, mix these 2 items then add your eggs one at a time, mixing between each.  Last add your water and this makes the batter smooth and creamy.   I use a large pampered chef scoop for my muffins.  This way all of them are uniform in shape and size.

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I did not want a ton of muffins around the house so I only made 12 and there was just enough for one small loaf!  They are so pretty when they bake up.  I am going to take this to work in the morning as a little treat.

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Pop these in the oven for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Tip* the loaf took longer to cook so I added 5 minutes at a time until it was firm to the touch on the top.  It was around 25 minutes.

Tip 2*  A few weeks ago I made Monkey Bread.  My secret to this treat is that I use cinnamon rolls and not biscuits!  But back to the point.  I did not use the icing from the cinnamon rolls. I kept them in the fridge for a later date. That is today.  I use the icing on the top of the muffins as they are not a very sweet muffin.  This just gives them a little extra pop of goodness!

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I had one with my coffee this morning as I was watching Sleepy Hollow.  Second favorite October movie so far.

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So I am off to make the chicken and dumplings for Stephen’s dinner.  I will have that post for you in a day or 2.

Until Then,

Wende

October movie #1

Hello everyone.  I am a bit behind with a month of my favorite Halloween-ish movies.  Not all of them are scary.  Some are funny, some are gross, some creepy and some are about magic and Love.  But they are all my favorites and I want to share them with you.

The first Movie I have chosen for my month of  movies is Coraline!

 

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I know that it is a Kids movie but I have to tell you it scares the ba-jesus outta me!  It really is a dark little movie.  The “Other Mother” creeps me out and I have to say that it makes me want to check under my bed before I go to sleep.  I mean it is a basic story.  Little girl and her family move to the country to get away from the city and start fresh.  Parents still ignore the little girl because they are to busy with life.  Little girl finds secret passage to a topsie tervie world where everything is perfect in every way, just to realize that perfect does not mean good! She fights the evil Mother and returns to her not so perfect world and lives happily ever after!  This is the short version of it but I promise it is worth the watch.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Until then,

Wende

 

Fall is My Fave!

Well here we are, the best season of all is upon us, FALL oh how I have missed you. I mean it is still in the 90’s here in my home town, but I am still decorated and ready for bonfire nights. How about you?

I know that I said I have a ton to tell you from my time away so here we go.  “Takes deep breath”, My Mom was diagnosed with Breast cancer last October.  She had a few surgeries to remove the affected areas, went through radiation and is now hoping to keep a clean bill of health.  She is one tough Lady!  I was so proud of her through this entire journey and I am so glad that she is doing well.  One day at a time is how we live these days and it is good.

Second, at the ripe age of 43, my Husband finally decided what he wanted to be when he grew up… He went and signed up for the Mobile Police Academy! He went through the interview, polygraph, physical fitness test and they chose him to be one of the Recruits.  He was the oldest guy in class!  I tell you what I have never been more amazed at the dedication he has shown through the 3 months of training these guys endured.  He came home black and blue, limping, bloody and so sore that he could hardly walk, but he never complained. He studied hard every night, took long hot showers, slathered on sore muscle cream and got up every day and did it all over again.  3 month came and went and on Jun 30, 2017 my husband was awarded his Badge and he graduated the Academy.  I am so proud to say that he is now Officer Stephen Scroggins.  It was one of the most amazing things that I have been a part of, seeing all of the guys stand and take the oath to Protect and Serve their communities.

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Now I am a Police Wife and I LOVE it.  I can not sit here and say that it isn’t nerve-racking at times because it most certainly is.  I worry every time he leaves for Duty, but I know that he is out doing what he loves.

One perk is that i get to go to the FBI Gun Range with him!! I always love his off Saturdays.

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So now you know what I have been doing for the several months I was away.   I am going to start my October Movie of the week posts this week, so keep in touch!

Until Then,

Wende