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Welcome 1st day of September! This is one of my favorite months of the year… the weather will slowly but surely begin to cool off, and we can welcome autumn. My favorite time of year. Hooray! Soon I can run outside and crunch leaves.

Yesterday, in honor of the dreary weather we had, I threw a chicken pot-pie in the oven. I tend to be the type that doesn’t use recipes when cooking food of that nature, so once the pie crust was chilling on the fridge, I just started throwing veggies in a pot. On a wing and a prayer, I finally threw the pie in the oven and turned on the timer. (I also can’t cook without a timer!)

Though I say it myself, this pie was most definitely yummy! I used fresh-ground flour in the crust because we’re out of white. Even though it makes the crust a little grainy, it blended well with the chicken and veggie filling. I just had to take a picture before we cut into it…

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Yum!

We had leftover chicken from one of those roast chickens you can buy in the deli section at the grocery store. I used potatoes, fresh baby carrots, fresh celery, a small onion, and added some garlic powder, salt and pepper while I let them boil together for about 15-20 minutes. I thawed some frozen chicken stock in a pot, and worked on rolling out the crust. Right before the veggies were done, I added some frozen peas and let them cook about 5 minutes. I added salt to the chicken stock, and thickened it with cornstarch. Once that was all done, I cut up the chicken and added it to the veggies (remember to drain out the water in the veggies!). Then I just poured it all into a deep-dish pie pan, and topped it with another crust! Bake it at 350 degrees for about an hour. (Until it’s bubbling.)

And for fun, a few of my favorite cooking quotes:

“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes,
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”
~A.A. Milne~


“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen,
a warm stove, and simmering pot and a mom.”
~Barbara Costikyan~


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
~A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf~


~All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
~John Gunther~

September 1, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Happiness, Life, Quotage, Rain, Tuesday. Leave a comment.

A Modest Alteration.

Hello again, everyone! 

Today has been yet another good day. I woke up rather on the grumpy side, seeing as it was raining out, and I hadn’t any room for rain in the plan of my day. However, despite the unwanted weather, I got quite a lot done today! I baked up a storm, starting with bread in the morning, and ending with other goodies in the afternoon. 

I also managed to get some more sewing done, including an alteration to a new skirt. Most of my family/friends will tell you I have a habit of picking up cheap clothing with “alterations” in mind. When I saw an adorably cute skirt for $6 early this year, I just couldn’t pass it up. It was just a little shorter than I like to wear, so I bought it with a lengthening alteration in mind. 🙂 Luckily, the skirt has a lining, and I was able to sew a cute and kicky panel right to it. Add a wide matching belt, and the result is a retro, almost “apron” looking skirt! 

 

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Does anyone else have idea books? My ideas come from magazines, clothing stores, websites, vintage designs, antique stores, etc. My idea book is a wonderful thing, lots of blank white paper, my favorite blue gel pen carefully stored inside. (If the pen goes missing, look out! I go on a rampage!)

 

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The first page in my idea book.

Well, I’m off to find some food… maybe create something yummy for dinner. God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

June 5, 2009. Cooking, Fashion, Femininity, Friday, Fun, Life, Modesty, Projects, Rain, Sewing. 2 comments.

A Wash-out. (Or, our weekend, Part 4)

Hello again, friends! This series of posts is almost finished, and it will be nice to get back to regular blogging again. For those that would like click the links below for Parts 1 through 3. 

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

 

Raining. Pouring. Buckets of rain dumping out of the sky. We couldn’t set up, and spent the entire morning damp and chilly. We did have a fun time laughing at a bale of straw… yes, a bale of straw. See it had been set right under an area of run-off under a tent edge, and about every 1/2 hour a gallon or two of water dumped on top of it. The “straw sponge” became the joke of the day, and we considered telling people it was a very comfy seat, and they should try it (without telling them, of course, that it had been dumped with water all morning). We were good, and only told one man that, but he had already been watching the amount of water the straw sponge was drinking in. 😀

Later on in the day the rain began to lighten, and we were able to start breaking down the tents. Once we were done, we were soaking wet and chilled to the bone. However, the bucket had once again resumed the place of honor on top of the van, and truly became a weather gauge! 

Once we got back to the hotel, Mom and I grabbed some coffee, and we were shivering so much we almost WORE our coffee! Then we got laughing so hard when we couldn’t get the vending machine to take the soaking wet dollar bills… 

We’re all tired, and I think very happy to be done with wearing dripping wet Colonial clothed. The yucky weather has made this a very memorable weekend! 

 

(Sorry, no pictures this time, the rain just about did me in!)

May 22, 2009. Fun, Life, Rain, Sunday, Uncategorized, Weekend. Leave a comment.

A refreshing rain

Today was warm. Too warm. Lovely, sunshiny, but warm. 

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”
~Jane Austen~ 

And then this evening, the clouds began rolling in. The thunder began, and before we knew it, my family and I were scurrying inside the house to watch the lightning from the windows.

 

Then came the most glorious of evenings. After the storm. The cool after-storm temperature. The wonderfully cool, wet grass that is perfect for tramping around barefooted. And after the storm, the Lord showed His glory in the sky. A more glorious sky, I haven’t seen in quite a while. Oh, it was lovely!

 

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Through the looking glass… (a window, actually)


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The raindrops barely show up on these pretty little purple flowers.

 

Well, I must be off to help with all kinds of things around the home. God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

 

“Anyone who says sunshine bring happiness has never danced in the rain.”

May 9, 2009. Happiness, Life, Photography, Rain, Saturday, Summer. 1 comment.

Lovely evening skies and a morning rain.

Hello friends!

Yes, I have been absent, partly because I wanted to leave the give-away post at the top of my blog, and partly because I’ve been delightfully busy. Yesterday was a big to-do at the store, involving all kinds of crafters, and that will continue through today too. I bought a BEAUTIFUL rocker that I fell in love with, which I will place in my “hopechest house” (my grandmother lets me store furniture in her old house). 

I pulled over the other day on my way home to take this lovely picture… I just couldn’t resist, with the color of the sky being so pretty! 

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Oh, the beauty of evening skies!

This morning I awoke to pouring (and I mean POURING!) rain. Spring rain. The type that makes you want to walk barefooted outside when it’s still wet, and makes the air smell so good. Of course, the cat wasn’t too happy about it… she kept begging to go out, and when we opened the door, she would look up and beg us with her eyes to “make it stop!” However, she decided that it was better to live with the weather than to stay cooped up inside, and her perch of the morning has been the electric meter.  

 

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“Please, make it STOP!”

I see blue skies beginning to peek out from behind the clouds, which is a very good sign! And the good thing is that I don’t have to water my garden this morning. 🙂 

I haven’t forgotten about the give-away, either! More information will be posted on Monday, I promise! 🙂 God Bless, and everyone enjoy this lovely morning!

April 11, 2009. Family, Fun Finds, Give-Away, Life, Rain, Saturday. 1 comment.