Good Old Chicken Pot Pie

Decided to share a favorite recipe of ours, chicken pot pie. Since today is cold and snowy ( yes it’s the end of March and we are still getting snow…) I figured it was a great day to pull out a recipe that is full of comfort, warmth and oh so good for the soul. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. I probably make this every other month or so. It’s easy, cheap and a great way to use up extra chicken you have on hand ( whether breast or thighs). I have also made this recipe with left over turkey and it was delish!

So here ya go!

ingredients
1 lb chicken, cooked and diced
1 c carrots
1 c corn
1 c peas
2 red skinned potatoes diced
1/3 c butter
1/3 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp rosemary
1 3/4 c chicken broth
2/3 c milk

Crust
1 1/2 c ap flour
1/2 c ww flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c butter, softened
6 TB water

In a large pot bring vegetables and potatoes to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes ( you don’t want the potatoes too soft since they’ll be cooking in the oven). Drain and add chicken. In a large sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and spices. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce to thicken.

Add in chicken and vegetable mixture.

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Set aside and make crust.

Mix flours and salt together. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter. Then slowly add in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired constancy. Once mixture forms a nice ball, divide in half.

On a floured piece of wax paper roll out dough. Gently place dough into pie pan and carefully take off wax paper.

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Pour filling into pie pan

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Then, cover with remaining pie crust layer. And pierce top.

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Place pie in a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes and there you have a wonderful meal for a cold day!

It is a staple over here. And according to Liesel in her preschool ” all about daddy” sheet, it’s his favorite meal😊😂

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Exhale

Happy Spring!! It is officially the first day of spring over here which means we are able to exhale (ever so slowly). Is winter really over? Did we truly survive the polar vortex? Only time will tell. But I do know that today on my walk with the girls I heard birds chirping, saw buds beginning to pop on trees and saw ducks in the pond. Exhale.

This winter has been one to remember and forget?! Well not the joy of December 17th, but the bitter cold, being in hibernation, and the countless inches of snow. We bid you farewell.

Some things I am looking forward to this spring:
beginning my first vegetable and herb garden– more blogposts on this adventure to come!
making numerous trips to local parks
sitting on the back patio at night with the hubs
smelling the fresh scent of grass and dirt– one of the best smells of spring IMO
spring cleaning– it’s our first spring in our new house and I could not be more excited for this!!
taking walks as a family
conner prairie’s outdoor exhibits opening

Spring we welcome you with open arms!

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And a few pics of Miss Em on her 3 month birthday

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Happy Paczki Day!!!

It’s Fat Tuesday aka Paczki day!. I’ve always loved a good jelly donut so naturally paczkis have also been high on my list. Preferably ones filled with a berry filling. Mmm mmm mmm. Each year on Fat Tuesday we flock to the grocery store in search of this delicious treat. This year I decided I’d try to make them from scratch. Was I crazy?! How hard could they be?

After sorting through recipe after recipe, some called for like 20 eggs… I finally found one I wanted to try. It took a fair amount of time, but the outcome was worth it! Our family loved indulging in this special dessert this morning. Quite possibly a new tradition over here at the Statlers😃

ingredients
1 1/2 c milk
2 pkg dry active yeast
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
3egg yolks
1 whole egg
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
4 1/2 c flour
Jam for filling
Oil for frying

On the stovetop scald your milk. Let cool to lukewarm and add in yeast, mixing with a whisk.

In your stand mixer mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Then slowly add in flour and milk mixture. Mix until combined.

Once combined cover and set in a warm place to rise. It took me an hour to have it doubled in size.

Next pour risen dough on a floured surface. Roll out until 3/4 inch thick. Then cut into 1 1/2 inch circles. The tops of our cups worked great!

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Let dough rise again for another 1-1 1/2 hours, until doubled in size. Once dough is ready, heat oil in large stock pot to 375 degrees. Gently place dough into hot oil. I put about 4 in at a time.

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Once cooled it’s time for the filling. We chose raspberry preserves. The recipe calls for a pastry bag to fill your Paczki. Not owning one, I problem solved using a plastic baggy and a wooden kabob skewer 😉 Worked like a charm!

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Sprinkle with a little confectioner sugar. And there ya go! So yum!!

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Enjoying mine on my way out the door to take L to preschool! Worth the calories I assure you ( Taebo will be happening tonight!)

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Potty Trained in a Week

Seriously, I can hardly believe the title of this post myself! But with barely any effort, MJ is completely potty trained (aside from sleep)!! PTL.

Back in Seprember, Moira was showing interest in the potty. Before bath time she would ask to sit and more often than not she’d go! I brushed this aside. Not ready to start the whole process myself. (Bad Mommy). With a little one on the way I believed having MJ remain in diapers would be much easier on me.

However, Moira had other ideas. She continued to show signs, and I continued to look the other way. Until her 2year well visit. I had a good talk with my doctor and she really encouraged me to go for it! So, after some thought we decided now just may be the best time ( since we were stuck inside-thank you polar vortex number??).

And wow, all I can say is wow. By the middle of day 1 she was initiating and had only two small accidents. I remember when potty training L, it seemed to take forever to initiate. I was constantly making her sit every 15 minutes.. Moira really got the potty training thing right off the bat. A lot of this, I believe, was due to having an older sis who she’d been watching go to the bathroom for the last two years. By day 2 we weren’t doing any naked time, she was fully dressed ( most of the time). The look on MJs face when she was finally able to wear her own big girl undies ( which she calls Minnie’s) was priceless.

By day 3 we were embarking out and about in big girl undies. Again, huge difference from Liesel. I don’t think we went out in public without a pull-up on for at least two+ weeks… Moira had zero difficulty going on the bigger potties either. She actually snubs the little potty here at home. She wants to be just like big sis, of course! And that big sis has been MJs biggest supporter! Cheering her on, giving the biggest hugs with pure excitement at another pee or poop in the potty! Its been fun to see the two interact through this big life event ( for a two year old). Of course it helped that Liesel would get a yogurt pretzel as well when MJ went😉

Here we are just two weeks later and I already forget that she used to be in diapers full time. And I am happy to report we have had just one accident all week!! I think it’s safe to say, she’s potty trained! Jesus knew I could not handle a battle, so he gave the blessing-of the easiest potty training experience possible- to us. Of this I am certain!

We have had a few interesting out and about excursions. One of which was last Wednesday. I decided to take the three girls to the library after naps. The minute we pulled into the library Em woke up and began to wail. Once down in the play area,she continued to cry. So after getting the older girls situated with books/blocks, I took Emaline out to bob back to sleep. Low and behold, Moira looks at me with the I have to go now face and exclaims potty! With Emaline still in hands I grab Moira and Liesel and race us all to the bath room ( leaving stroller, purse, jackets etc by the wayside). Liesel helped pull MJs pants down bc I still had Em in arms, and I somehow plop her on the potty. She goes. Success! Liesel again assists pulling pants back up, we use hand sanitizer bc the sink was far too high, and walk back to play area to resume fun time for the next hour. But, phew. For a moment there was much panicking. Just a slight glimpse into how crazy it can be sometimes over here😊 wonderful, but crazy!

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