Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekend Update & Chicken Pot Pie

So, as much as I love fall, I don't love the sickness that goes with it. I worked Saturday, and it was one of those days. In nursing there doesn't seem to be an's either smooth, or it's not. Saturday was not! I got to work at 6:30 a.m. and didn't get home until 8:45 that night. Long day! And then I woke up Sunday morning with a terrible earache and cough. Thank goodness for modern medicine and medical clinics that are open on the weekends! I got a steroid shot and an antibiotic and am on the's just that time of year, you know? We skipped church and had a lazy Sunday...I even took a two hour clue the last time I did that!
One positive to being mom made us a delicious chicken pot pie. I've been meaning to try the recipe myself, but here it is. I've honestly never had a chicken pot pie I've liked as much as this one.
Chicken & Biscuits
{Deep South Dish: Homestyle Southern Recipes}
**This is the original recipe, which calls for biscuits. My mom changed it up some to make it more like a pot pie...I noted the changes at the end of the recipe. I think it'd be good either way!**
18 biscuits, homemade, frozen, and thawed, or refrigerated
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/3 cup flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
4 cups chopped, cooked chicken
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

**Butter a baking dish and set aside. Allow biscuits to come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
**Melt butter in skillet over medium heat; saute onion, carrots, and celery until tender, about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute.
**Sprinkle in flour, cooking and stirring 3 minutes. Slowly add broth; brng to a boil; then simmer 5 minutes, until thickened.
**Stir in half-and-half, bring heat up, and cook until heated through. Add chicken, peas, and seasonings.
**Transfer hot mixture immediately to prepared baking dish, and quickly top with biscuits. Bake, uncovered, 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly, and biscuits are browned and cooked through.
**My mom adjusted the recipe to her liking by adding a jar of mushrooms (drained)...instead of biscuits, she used a box of the Pillsbury Pie Crusts (each box comes with two, 9-inch crusts). She lined the dish with one crust and topped the filling with part of the other crust. I had to adjust baking time to 45 minutes, uncovered.
And then my sweet husband made a trip to the grocery store to get me my favorite ice cream. My throat has been on fire, so this helped! Nothing beats chocolate chip cookie dough...
I came home Saturday night to a package waiting on me. I had some birthday money and was able to order a few things. This necklace was one of them, and I just adore it!
My parents got me this book for my birthday, and I can't wait to dig in. Being a nurse has become an integral part of who I am.
Did anyone stay up for the super blood moon last night? I have been obsessed with the moon for as long as I can's just so cool to me that everyone in this world sees the same moon...I love how it connects us all. It was so cloudy here, and we really didn't get a view, but I saw some of the images online. Incredible. And for my friends who are nurses...I have been especially thinking of those who pulled a night shift last night!
Lastly, Lily drew a picture of our family the other day...and yet we're a family of four! I think she's hinting that she'd like a few more siblings. one friend said, "I hope she's not psychic!"
Hope everyone has a great Monday and a wonderful week ahead!