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So this weekend has been a busy one.  I have been cleaning and trying to get this house ready for the holiday season and decorating!  Stephen was on duty all weekend so I had the evenings to myself.  I find this good and bad.  I enjoy my personal time but also find that I get lonely every now and then.

I know I said that I was going to post on things that I am thankful for so today I am thankful that I have all of my Thanksgiving and Friends giving food shopping COMPLETE! I will not go back to the store until December if I don’t have to.  This time of year sucks at any kind of store.  We are having our friends ( Kurt & Christine) from Germany over next weekend for a post Thanksgiving / pre Yule holiday dinner.  We always have such a wonderful time visiting with them.  They share in our love of photography as well as traveling.  They have been way more places than we have but it is fun hearing about all the places they have visited.

So the other day I made an easy batch of potato soup.  I will every now and again go all out and make it completely from scratch but this is just as delicious and faster and much more simple.

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I start with just a few simple ingredients:

bacon bits, chicken broth, simply potatoes(shredded hash browns),

onion, minced garlic, butter, and heavy whipping cream.

In a soup pot, I add  about 2 pats of butter and let it melt. I then cut my onion ( about 1/4 cup) into small diced pieces and throw them in to soften along with about  tablespoon of minced garlic.

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Next I add some of the real bacon bits and let that simmer for a minute or two.

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I add the shredded potatoes and stir it up. I always buy 2 packages of these because sometimes the soup does not thicken enough for me and I add more in.  Add a dash of salt and pepper.  Now pour your chicken broth over the top and stir it all together.  Bring this to a nice simmer but stir occasionally so it does not burn on the bottom.

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You may want to taste after a few minutes and see if you need more salt and pepper.  It is strictly up to you.  Once you see the soup start to thicken a bit you will get a potato masher and start smashing.  I like some chunks in my soup so I don’t go to crazy.  Now I will stir in a bit of my heavy whipping cream and let it cook away.  When it is nice and thick I add a bit more bacon and top it with cheese and eat it up!

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There you have it. Simple, fast and oh so delicious!

I found a great recipe for a Irish Guinness Stew and I am dying to make it.  So I hope to have that for you soon.  Be on the look out.

Until Then,

Wende

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Sunday means work tomorrow but it also means relaxing, wine and good food.  So Last weekend I did a bit of cleaning and a lot of the other 2.  I made a beef stew because it lasts a few meals and it is cool out side.  I love this time of year!

I start my stew by sauteing diced onion and bell pepper in some olive oil.  I then cut my beef tips into small chunks to make sure you get some in ever bite.  Once the onions are nice and soft I add the meat and salt and pepper while it browns.

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  Now it is time to cut the potatoes and carrots.

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I will add this to the meat then pour chicken broth over the top.

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I will add water so that it just covers the vegetables.

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I add a dash of celery seed, a bay leaf more salt and pepper to taste and a fresh sprig of rosemary from my front yard.

Now you cover the pot and let the heat so its thing.  Once the vegetables are soft you can taste for flavor.  Add seasoning if you like.

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I take about 2 cups of the liquid out and add some flour to it stir it well to thicken it and then add it back to the stew.  This  will give the stew a thicker gravy like texture which is delicious.

You can serve this with bread but my Husband like to eat it over rice.  So there you have it a nice hot, hearty stew on a chilly fall evening.

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Now it is time for the Walking Dead!

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Enjoy!

Until Then,

Wende

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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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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

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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

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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

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