Thursday, October 17, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie


2 cups leftover roast chicken, diced
Leftover potatoes diced
1 Cup green peas
Leftover roast veggies, diced
Leftover gravy
Frozen pie crust


Layer chicken, veggies, and gravy in pie crust
Top with second crust
Bake at 3560 degrees for 30 min or until heated through and crust is golden brown

Roast Chicken and Potatoes

Roast Chicken



Whole organic chicken
Garlic Salt
1 Tbs butter
1/2 white onion, roughly sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced into two inch lengths
Handful of baby carrots
1/8 c Olive oil
1 cup water



Preheat oven to 375 degreees.
Remove lizards and gizzards from body cavity of chicken, set aside.
Dry bird with paper towels then salt, pepper, and rub in sage.
Mash some salt,pepper, and sage into butter. Loosen breast skin and rub half of the seasoned butter under skin on each side.
Place vegetables in bottom of a cast iron skillet or roasting pan and chicken on top. Pour olive oil on top of bird and one cup water in pan.
Roast for 40 minutes.
Increase heat to 425 degrees, change position of bird (rotate pan in oven) and cook for 30 min more or until breast meat reached 160 degrees. Let rest covered for 10 minutes.




Lizards and Gizzards - simmered in salt and peppered water, chopped fine
1Tbs oil, butter, or chicken fat
2 Tbs finely minced onion
4 Tbs finely minced muchrooms
1 heaping Tsp flour
1cup milk
1 cup drippings from chicken, oil strained off



Saute onions and mushrooms in fat till soft
add flour and brown slightly
Whisk in milk then drippings
Add seasonings to taste
Simmer to desired thickness





4 Leftover Yukons
Olive oil



Slice potatoes into wedges
Drizzle with oil
Salt to taste

Heat in 350 degree oven till warm

Friday, October 11, 2013

Mock Panini Steak Sandwiches and Butternut Squash Bake


Mock Panini Steak Sandwiches
Butternut Squash Bake
Balsamic Tomatoes
Sunomono Cucumbers

Mock Panini Steak Sandwiches


Panini - or in my case, thick hearty sourdough, sliced crosswise into four
Garlic - three cloves, minced finely
Olive oil

Avocado oil
Mushrooms - sliced
Onions - sliced into strips
Leftover barbequed tri-tip, sliced very thin
Red wine


Oil, salt, and spread garlic on bread slices
Bake in oven till crisp and smelling yummy

Coat skillet with oil, add mushrooms and onions, saute until onions are translucent
Add tri-tip, heat until warm
Splash in some red wine
Add thyme and salt
Cook for a little till wine reduces into a lovely sauce

Fill garlic bread with steak mixture. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Bake


Avocado oil
Butternut squash - cubed
Onions - sliced into strips
Garlic cloves - handful
Ginger - powdered
White pepper


Toss all ingredients together
Bake in 350 degree oven until squash is soft


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Potato Cici Bean Curry


Avocado oil
Yukon potatoes - five medium, cubed
White onion - half a large or one small, sliced into strips
Garbanzo beans - one can, drained
Spinach - one box frozen
Curry powder - three tablespoons (?)
Salt - to taste
Sunflower kernals
Chili garlic sauce


Heat enough oil to coat bottom of pan in heavy bottomed skillet
Add more curry powder than you think you should and toast it for a moment
Add potatoes, saute until starting to brown
Add onions, saute until translucent. Potatoes should be getting softer
Add garbanzo beans and salt. Mix.
Add coconut milk or mixture.
Make a well in the center and add block of spinach, allow spinach to cook till falling apart.
Stir all well.

Serve with raisins, sunflower kernals, and hot sauce.



Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Monster at the End of This Book

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Miss Suzy, The Gingerbread Man, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Green Eggs and Ham, Forgetful Fred, Harriet the Spy, The Little House in the Big Woods, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Chronicles of Narnia, The Earthsea Trilogy, Dune, City, The Lord of the Rings, The Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, The Snow Leopard, Succulent Wild Woman, Kindle, and...

The Monster at the End of This Book

Journaling Reads:

I LOVE these books. I loved hearing my mom’s voice and the fun she had reading to me. Soon enough I could read for myself. It was so exciting to see what was on the next page - every time.
“Monster” is the best commentary on reading I know of -  I’ve turned many pages since and am still surprised to find “little ol’ me” better for the experience at the end.

Friday, March 18, 2011

We Are the Knights Who Say "Nia!"

I got way out of my comfort zone and attended a Nia class with a friend. My first class at a health club and my first dance class since ballet as a little one. Nia is described as a fusion of “dance, martial arts, and mindfulness.”

First – I didn’t die
Second – I didn’t do all the arm movements, that was O.K. :)
Third – the ladies in the class and the teacher were very down to earth and were all there to move and have fun.

The instructor, a beautiful Tigress of a Brit, asked me at one point (from the front of the class to the back row where I was hiding) “Can you hear me alright?” I had to reply, “I can hear you, I just can’t do what you’re doing!” Not an aural issue, a kinesthetic one.

I’m going back next Wednesday!

Rub My Wrists, Please

Got an awesome massage from Mel of His Glorious Rub. He bent and rearranged and massaged my wrists into submission. I haven’t woke once in the night from tingly pain since. Thank you, thank you!

Mel blends wonderful oils that soothe, de-inflame, provide aroma therapy, and more. I can’t wait to go back in a week. This could be habit forming…