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Baby It’s Cold Outside!

So today is going to be cold and windy.  Perfect day for home made Individual Chicken Pot Pies.

My family loves chicken pot pie, but everyone likes different stuff inside.  So I started making individual made-to-order pies.  They are a huge hit!  As a matter of fact, Ryan texted me just yesterday to ask if we could have them soon.  🙂

I generally use Cream of Chicken Soup when I make my filling, but I think I’m going to change it up a bit today.  In an effort to by-pass the Cream of Chicken soup which is loaded with sodium, I’m going to try The Pioneer Woman’s Pot Pie Recipe today.  I may make some changes along the way, but I’m definitely going to use low sodium broth and cream instead of canned soup.   Oooooh, and some wine.  🙂

So, basically I roll out an uncooked pie crust (I use Pet Pie Crust from the dairy section).  I use the bowl I’m going to serve it in to cut a circle out of the dough.  Just turn your bowl upside down on the pie crust and twist or use a knife to cut out a circle.  I do this for each bowl.

Then I mix up the basic filling – which is shredded rotisserie chicken and “broth”.  That’s it for the girls.  That’s all they want in their pie.  So I fill up their bowls with this mixture and move on to the others.

To my basic mixture, I add frozen onions and fresh mushrooms.  Mmmmmmm, mmmmmm!

The boys have the works – chicken, onions and frozen mixed veggies.  Bob & Kenny – the works, minus mushrooms.  Ryan – everything but the kitchen sink.

Once all the bowls are full, put a cut pie crust on top of each, seal the edges and carve initials into the top.

I think I’ll try brushing the tops with the egg was today and see how that works.

Pop into the oven (follow the pie box instructions) and bake until brown and bubbly.  Usually about 30 minutes or so.

Serve with a nice side salad and you will have deliriously happy peeps.

I’ll post a pic of the finished pies later.

Happy Wednesday!  Stay warm!


The “M” Word

For any male readers, you may want to just leave now.  Or perhaps read on …. if you’ve a hankerin’ to learn how these things work.  😉

So at age 52.5 I believed that I had finally reached the “M” word.  Menopause.  There are certain attributes of the “M” word that are fantastic …. the absence of “my friend” is the bomb.  And then it happened.  A little over a week ago “my friend” returned.  And with a vengeance.  What the hell??  And from what I hear, if that happens, the 12 month no friend clock starts all over again, before you can say you are in menopause.  Get the calendar out.

But then other bad things happen.  Tired all the time, fuzzy brain, bloated, weight gain, terribly achy joints, etc, etc.  These achy joints are what spurred me back into action on the eating clean path again.

I found that the last time I cleaned up my eating ways, I not only felt better in general, but my aches and pains went away as well.  We truly are what we eat!  And being I’ve been feeling like a 150 year old woman of late, it’s time.  Time to kick the salt and sugar to the curb.  Trash the processed and trade it in for fresh, homemade goodness.

After much research I’ve added Vit b6 and b12 to my daily routine.  Along with some calcium (which I was supposed to start taking about 5 years ago, but never did).  I also started back with Natural Progesterone Cream.  I had a bad bought of Pre”M” back when I was 38.  Used the Progesterone Cream back then and it did wonders.  Truly.  Totally balances out the estrogen in your body.    I just started using it again a few days ago.  Can’t WAIT for it to kick in so I can be balanced again.  Between the cream, the vitamins, clean eating and walking I should feel 35 again in no time!!

If you need more info on Natural Progesterone Cream pick up one of Dr. John R. Lee’s books:  “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PreMenopause” and “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause”.  I have them both and they are so helpful.

So, made The Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Florentine Pasta last night and it was deeeelicious!  Probably just having left overs and salad tonight.

Making homemade granola today.  Best granola on the planet!  You should try it.  Here’s the recipe.

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Apparently the deep freeze is coming. I believe it’s supposed to get down to the teens for a couple of days.  Brrrrrr!  So glad I don’t live in Minnesota anymore!  Hope everyone stays warm and toasty.  Good days for homemade soups and stews for sure!

Happy Tuesday!


Have You Tried Kale Chips Yet?? Oh My!

So, I’ve been reading about kale chips a lot lately.  I’ve never eaten Kale in my life, until the bunch I bought last week to put in my juice.  Prettiest green ever!  So cute and curly and I can’t even taste it in my juice.  I was down to just a few curly leaves close to the stalks, so decided to try making kale chips out of what was left.    Um, hello!  What a surprisingly good treat!

Even they look wet and slimy, they are completely dry and light as a feather.  When you pop one into your mouth it just sort of disintegrates!  Funniest thing ever!  I couldn’t stop eating them!  I read that you can make a whole bunch and then store them in an airtight container in a dark cabinet or pantry.  Bonus!

They are easy to make.  Remove the curly leaves from the main stalk.  Make sure they are washed and COMPLETELY DRY!  I ran mine through a salad spinner and then just blotted off any excess water.  Line a non-air cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Lay kale out in a single layer, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until edges are lightly brown.  DO NOT WALK AWAY!  They can burn quickly!  And then you’re left with kale ash.  Not good.

Note:  so I drizzled with olive oil, but I think it didn’t need that much.  Next time I will spritz olive oil with my oil spritzer.  🙂

Don’t be scared, give these a try!!  They would be great crumbled over salad, baked potatoes, casseroles, meat, or whatever.


I read that oven roasting will not affect the vit k found in kale, and that it will only minimally reduce the levels of beta carotene and vit c.  So a nutritious snack as well!!  🙂

Or Maybe This….

Smoky Spice Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Black Beans and Corn from Skinny Taste .com    YUMMM!

Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Florentine Pasta

Going to give this a try for dinner tonight.  🙂

From The Pioneer Woman

Goodness Gracious….

…. where does the time go??  Here it is all most the end of April.  It’s been almost 2 full months since I decided to make some major changes in my life, namely the way I eat.  Honestly, if I had known it was going to be this easy I would have done it a LONG time ago!  Who would have believed that a junk food junkie like me could give up processed food, as well as white breads/pastas, refined white sugar and table salt.   I’m being completely honest when I say this has been way easier than any diet I’ve ever tried.  And although my number one reason for changing what I put in my mouth was for health reasons, I’m beyond thrilled that the weight is coming off as well.  To date I’ve lost 8 pounds.  I hope to drop a couple more here soon so that I can have TWO blue beads in my jar!!  :))

My hubby and I went to Florida last weekend and I ate out 5 times over a 3 day period.  Finding good food to eat really wasn’t that hard.  The funny thing was that I was craving fruits and veggies (a true first for me!).  With no juicer, my body was telling me it needed some plant stuffs.  If you look hard enough on most restaurant menus you can find sides of fresh fruits or veggies.   I even paid $8 at the grocery for a bowl of cut up fresh fruit!  lol  But, boy did it hit the spot.

And I was beyond tickled when I got home and discovered that I had lost  another pound despite all my eating out!  woohoo!

So, now I’m back to juicing and eating at home.  I’ve finished up my 8 weeks of prescription strength Vitamin D.  Guess I need to make an appt to go have my levels checked again.  Honestly, I feel so much better.  I’ve still got a long way to go, but what an improvement from me at the beginning of March!

This morning’s juice.

1 apple, 3/4 cucumber, a few cubes each of honeydew and cantaloupe, 1 large kale leaf and a handful of baby spinach.  yuuuuuummmm!

Also, here’s a little enchilada type dish I threw together last week.  I had planned to make enchiladas with the 100% whole wheat flour tortillas I had bought, but when I got the package out I discovered there were only 4 left!  Dang fridge rats!  So I made the girls a pan of traditional enchiladas with just rotisserie chix, cheese and sauce, rolled up with sauce and cheese on top.  For hubby and I, I sprayed the bottom of 13×9 pan with some olive oil laid out a layer of white corn tortillas, spread a concoction of the chicken, sauce, diced onions, corn and rinsed black beans on top, laid down another layer of the tortilla, drizzled with enchilada sauce, and some shredded cheddar and baked at 350 for about 20 minutes.  OMG!  It was delicious!  I liked if much better than the traditional enchilada.  I will definitely make them again.  I just love corn and black beans in things.  They add so much flavor.

How is everybody?  Anybody have anything good to share?  Recipes, weight loss, blog sites??  Comment below!  I’d love to hear from you!  🙂

A Few New Recipes

Hey Everyone!  I’ve got a few new recipes that we’ve tried and liked that I thought I would share.  Sadly, I have no pictures.  I know, I suck.  What kind of photographer am I??  lol

These two are the same, just different kind of meat.

Burger with Brown Rice & Parsley  (this was absolutely delicious!)

  • 1 lb ground beef  (the leaner the better)
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 6 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced

Blend together, divide into 4 patties, and grill or cook as you like.  We grilled ours and they were soooo good!  Loved the brown rice in there.  Just added a little somethin’ special.

It actually called for a sauce which was an onion sliced thin and sautéed with 1 1/3 cups of 100% grape juice and 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar.   Sautee onions, add liquid and boil until reduced.  Honestly, none of us cared for the sauce.  Would have preferred just plain sautéed onions.  But you might like it!!

Chicken Version

Exactly as above, except made with ground chicken.  I cooked these in a skillet with a dab of olive oil.  Awesome!  Ate one with a little bit  of bbq sauce.   Great for lunch!

Home-Made French Fries

  • 4 Idaho potatoes (or large red potatoes), skins on cut into fry shapes  🙂
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 475.   Roast 15-20 minutes turning occasionally, until they are golden brown and fork tender.

These tasted really good, but would have preferred them crunchier.  But they were good.

Home-Made Refried Beans

These are cooking as we speak!!  Oh my goodness they smell so good!   I will post the recipe after they are finished and I’ve given them a try.  They are basically dry pinto beans, fresh garlic, onion, cumin, salt & pepper.  They cook in 6 cups of water in the crock pot all day and then they get mashed.

Think how delicious these would be on a whole wheat tortilla with some cheese, sour cream, maybe avocado…. rolled up.  Oh My!  Or how about a dip for my favorite Skinny Chips!!  I want some NOW!  They’ve got 2 more hours to cook.

Tonight we’re having steak and a roasted veggie.  I bought fresh asparagus, Brussel sprouts, green beans and broccoli.  I’m thinking we’re going to try asparagus tonight.  Hope it’s good!

Post your yummy recipes in the comments!  We would all love to hear them!  Or post a link to your blog!  🙂

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