"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I did not want to throw away

a favorite "comfortable" sweatshirt. One that I have had for years and has gotten dingy and worn.............but it is so warm on chilly mornings.
Instead...........I got out my scissors,..............my stash of silk ribbon and beads............and my imagination............and now I have a new sweatshirt! Come to my embroidery blog and I will show you how to do one for yourself! Just click on to this link......

National Bosses Day was yesterday and I just had to do something for the two sweet bosses I have.............they have been married for 41 years and have turned an old building in a small dusty old town............into a thriving little cafe............... and have trusted me to be their cook.............how lucky can one be..........may I ask? Because we all are around this "diner food" every day................we get tired quickly of it.
So I made a homemade chicken pot pie............something comforting from the oven, instead of a greasy grill. I also got a little creative and used the remaining pie dough for decoration.

It came out so pretty and so delicious. My bosses and co-workers were thrilled to sit down to a bubbling plate of this after a long week of work. A great way to tell the bosses they are appreciated and a great way to end the work week. The recipe is below for you to enjoy. If you want to decorate the top, just use cookie cutters or your own imagination!

Country Chicken Pot Pie
1 package chicken breasts, skin removed
1 can chicken broth
1 tbs. salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
Fresh vegetables that have been cooked and drained.........as follows:
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, peeled and chopped
1 onion chopped in large pieces
1 cup of canned corn, drained
Place all vegetables in sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to boil and cook until tender. Drain from water.
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup half and half
Pie Crust
2/3 vegetable shortening
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
5 tbs. warm water
Blend shortening , flour, and salt with pastry blender or fork until mixture is crumbly.Mix with warm water and work until soft ball of dough forms. Split dough into two balls. Roll out one ball and place into pie dish........reserve the other ball for top crust.
Place chicken in a heavy medium sauce pan, add water to just cover and stir in salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until chicken is very tender. Remove chicken from broth, let cool. Remove chicken from bones and cut up into bite size pieces. Measure out and reserve 4 cups of broth; reserve any remaining broth for later us
Mix chicken and vegetables together.
In a small bowl, mix half and half with flour, stirring into a smooth mixture. Bring broth to boil and whisk the flour mixture into the broth, whisking until it becomes thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and pour over chicken and vegetables, mixing together.
Pour this into unbaked pie shell. Cover with pie crust top. Decorate if you wish, with remaining pie dough by shaping with cookie cutters. Bake at 350.F for 1 hour until top is gold brown.


Unknown said...

There is just something comforting especially as the weather turns cooler like a good Chicken Pot pie.. I have saved this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Nice job on the leaf design too.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

Kathleen, that pie looks delicious. I know it was good and that the boss and coworkers enjoyed it..Nothing like home cooked! Ginny

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. Your pie turned out beautifully and what a "gift" to share with those you hold dear. Blessings to you this weekend Kathleen.

Connie said...

How sweet of you to bake something special for your bosses, Kathleen. I bet they loved it! It looks both pretty and delicious. Your sweatshirt turned jacket is very pretty too! You are a very creative person. :)

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

What a great job of repurposing you did on that sweatshirt. It is gorgeous, and that chicken pot pie looks yummy. Not quite cool enough here for one yet, but soon. You have a beautiful creative spirit that just has to be expressed. Thanks for sharing some of that expression!

LindaSue said...

That sweat shirt is adorable! What a clever gal you are. Love Chicken pot pie - one of my favorites along with chicken and dumplings - bet your whole crew at work was blessed by the work of your hands - great feeling isn't it? Enjoy the weekend -

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

What a lovely chicken pot pie! I love your leaf embellishments and the recipe is one I will be trying soon! Thanks!

Linda said...

The chicken pot pie looks so good Kathleen...what a nice treat for your co-workers. Thank you for the recipe...this is perfect comfort and will be so good in the months to come...hugs, Linda

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You are SO talented; wish we lived closer together -smile-. I adore chicken pot pie but Dave doesn't like chicken, think I'll substitute beef for chicken and other necessary adjustments.
BTW, LOVE the photo of the two women on your blog reads...that warms my heart, but good!
Thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm, it brought me to Eggs in my pocket, A Needle in My Hand.

Unknown said...

G'day Kathleen ~ What a darling 'new' creation for you. Love your creativity.

Will have to give this pot pie a go for sure. TY for sharing.

Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

Conni said...

What a sweet gesture of appreciation for your bosses - and coworkers!

KathyB. said...

You are an artist with the needle and the rolling pin, Just beautiful and yummy!

Vickie said...

Hi Kathleen - YUM - chicken pot pie (homemade, that is) is one of my very favorite things to eat - great comfy food - for fall and rain and cozy! And great for co-workers - I know they were thrilled!

Nice sweatshirt sweater - and guess what else - I have that exact same blue-white shirt! It's getting kinda rag-tailed now, cuz I've worn it all summer long!

I'm copying your recipe there - that's on my agenda very very soon!

Julie Harward said...

You are so creative...good idea with the sweatshirt and this pie looks so wonderful! :D

Anonymous said...

This is just lovely. I can't imagine how thrilled your friends were upon seeing it. Food is a great way to share and to bring joy. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

grammy said...

wow...that is beautiful
and I bet it tastes even better
they were blessed by you for sure (o:
By the way...we use to call those bugs (from your earlier post) Stink Bugs.