Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Easy Chicken Pot Pie!

Chicken Pot Pie

1 package of already made pie crust
1 large can of cream of potato soup
1 large can of cooked chicken breast
1/2 chopped onion
1 cup of chopped carrots
2 stalks of celery chopped with leaves
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 can of peas or use some frozen.
Pepper to taste
1 tsp of poultry seasoning.

Saute onions, celery, and carrots in butter until done. Add chicken with the broth in the can. Add cream of potato soup and milk. Stir and cook on med low heat until bubbly. Add poultry seasoning and pepper, and then add peas. Keep warm.
Take one pie crust and put in pie plate. Poke holes with a fork. Brown for 10 mins in oven at 375 degrees. Put chicken stew mixture into the pie shell and then cover with the 2nd pie crust. Pinch around the edges and put some vent holes in the middle. Bake in the 373 degree oven for 35 mins until crust is golden. It's super simple and super yummy. Family was happy with this one. Serves 4 people easy with a little left over. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Navajo Tacos

While in Arizona, my family and I discovered Navajo Tacos. We love them! Basically they are taco filling on Navajo Fry Bread. My grandkids love the Fry Bread all by itself, especially with honey. It's a bit labor intensive, but worth the work.
Fry Bread
6 cups of flour
2 TBSP of baking powder
1 TBSP of quick rising yeast
2 TBSP sugar
3 TBSP of softened butter or shortening
1 1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup of milk
 2 cups of vegatable oil for frying.

Mix all dry ingredients into a large bowl. The bowl I use is a huge stainless steel bowl. Then cut in softened butter or shortening. I use my fingers to incorporate through the flour until the flour looks grainy. Mix your milk with the water and then slowly add to the flour a little at a time. Work into a dough ball, but don't over knead or your bread will turn out tough.Cover with a damp towel and set in a warm place. Let dough rise 1 - 2 hours.
Roll out golf ball size pieces of dough into 1/4 thick discs. If you doing this alone, then you can stack them up on wax paper to separate. I usually make these when my daughter Angela is here to help. She fries and I roll out the dough.
Heat up your vegetable oil on med-high heat in a large skillet. Put a small peice of dough. when it floats to the top, the oil is ready. Have a large cookie sheet lined with paper towels to put your Fry Bread on to drain. Cook your Fry bread unitl brown on both sides, turning once.  This recipe makes 16 - 20 pieces of delicious Fry Bread!(Put your finished fry bread into a warm oven to keep warm until ready to serve.)

Taco Meat
3 lbs of lean ground beef
1 can of chopped hatch green chilies
1 can of Rotel Tomatoes with green chilies
4 TSP of garlic powder
4 TSP of cumin powder
4 TSP of chili powder
4 TSP of beef bouillon powder
1/2 large onion chopped
Brown the ground beef on a medium heat. Add the onion and saute until the onion is soft. Drain grease. Add the remaining ingredients and turn to low heat and cover. Let simmer for at least an hour, checking and stirring. Don't let the meat cook dry. Add a little water to keep it moist. the longer you let it simmer, the more tender the ground beef will be, just saying...

Put it all together now!

I warm up a can of Bushes Pinto Beans. No seasoning, and this is the only brand I recommend.
1 package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 bag of shredded lettuce
2 or 3 chopped tomatoes
1 jar of your favorite salsa
1 can of corn or frozen corn warmed up

Build you Navajo taco to suit yourself. I use a slotted spoon and put some drained meat, drained beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa on mine. You can put sour cream, avocados, or substitute black beans for the pintos. Recently, I experimented with the salsa after receiving complaints the salsa I was buying wasn't spicy enough. I took a can of the smoked chipotle peppers in moke sauce and used my immersion blender stick to chopped it up really fine. I added that to the salsa. Boy, it's plenty spicy now and has that smoky taste. Family is happy now and loves it.

Hope you like my recipe. You know you can half it up if you don't want to make so much. As is, it fed 10 people with leftovers. Not a lot of leftovers, but enough for some lunches the next day for 4 of us.  Anyway, enjoy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Dream Come True! My Singer Class 66 Treadle Machine!

Look what followed me home! She was a little bit tight. Had to do some cleaning and a good bit of oil.Now she's so quiet, and purrs like a kitten. The wife sold her husband's aunt's Treadle. The grandmother was the original owner, and was a descendant of Anne Boleyn's family line. One of Anne's siblings as a matter of fact! The machine was brought here to Texas from North Carolina. It is model number G081660. She was born April 8,1924 in Elizabeth,New Jersey. Don't you love it when your machine has a history! She's in pretty good shape. The decals are amazing. i'm in love!

The cabinet is in amazing shape. I don't plan to refinish it. It just needs some polish. I got her a new belt and have start sewing 2 inch 9 patches on her. A most simple design to help me get used to treadling. It's a bit tricky, but I'm getting the hang of it.I may take her later to a repair shop for a good tuneup if I can find someone that can work on antique machines. If anyone knows someone in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, give me a hollar!

PS- I almost forgot! I have named her Anne! (Given her history, I think it's perfect!) She's a nice cousin to Bessie, my featherweight!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What's been under my needle lately?

 What's been under my needle lately? As an avid Bonnie Hunter fan, I've been participating in her Allietare Mystery Quilt. Bonnie is so generous to do this every year and her designs never disappoint! I started this quilt Thanksgiving week when she releases the first clue and finished piecing the last week of January.( If only I didn't have to go to work!)
For those of you not familiar with Bonnie, check out her blog at .quiltville.blogspot.com . She is an amazing teacher, author, and designer. My biggest dream is to be able to go on one of her teaching cruises. Quilting and a cruise...I think it would be heaven!

There are lots of pieces in a Bonnie Hunter quilt! I was so excited that I had the required fabric in my stash. I opted for the scrappy version. In my Easy Street Mystery Quilt by Bonnie, I purchased batiks. This time I used what I had.

This year I learned a new technique for headless geese. They were most time consuming. All the colors were scrappy except for a grey constant. I chose a grey with a white pattern. It was almost a mistake. It almost faded into my neutrals. Next time I'll be more careful.

Look at my happy blocks! I always love it when you start assembling the blocks!  There was 50 blocks in this year's MQ. I love the colors this year too!

This is the corner section. The blocks are pieced together on the diagonal.

Isn't it pretty! I love the stars! As I was laying this out, I noticed that the star blocks would make a gorgeous quilt and the square blocks would too. I may be doing this at some point!

Alletare on my little twin bed. I still have to attach the borders.

I think the borders really tie it all together! Bonnie put a scalloped edge on hers. I'm still toying with the idea, but will probably not. I like straight borders.

Forgive the picture. The sun was behind the quilt. And it was windy and cold. My daughter and 2 grandkids are trying to hold it straight enough for me to get a pic! I'm proud of this quilt and love how it turned out! Thanks Bonnie Hunter! Your mystery quilt along is most generous and makes me happy!