Foodie Friday ~ Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

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1 recipe pastry for a (10 inch) double crust pie

4 tablespoons butter, divided

1 small onion, minced

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, diced

3 tablespoons dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

2 cubes chicken bouillon

2 cups water

3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out bottom pie crust, press into a 10 inch pie pan, and set aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add the onion, celery, carrots, parsley, oregano, and salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the bouillon and water. Bring mixture to a boil. Stir in the potatoes, and cook until tender but still firm.

In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in the turkey and flour. Add the milk, and heat through. Stir the turkey mixture into the vegetable mixture, and cook until thickened. Cool slightly, then pour mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Roll out the top crust, and place on top of filling. Flute edges, and make 4 slits in the top crust to let out steam.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, and continue baking for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Holiday Crafts For Kids ~ Painted Handprint Turkey

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This is a lovely keepsake that you will treasure for years! I love doing this with my kids. Always have. <3

Items needed:

Brown, orange, red and yellow paint

Paint brush

Paper

Markers

How to make:

Paint your child’s palm brown. Paint their fingers different colors – red, orange or yellow.

Press their painted hand onto the paper to make your turkey handprint.

When the handprint is dry, use markers to add an eye, feet, a waddle and a beak to the handprint to turn it into a turkey.

Foodie Friday ~ Apple Crumble Pie

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1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust

5 cups apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced

1/2 cup white sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup white sugar

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Arrange apple slices in unbaked pie shell. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.

Mix 1/3 cup sugar with flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Spoon mixture over apples.

Bake in preheated oven until apples are soft and top is lightly browned, about 40 minutes.

DIY – Chalkboard Table

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Have an old end table in the garage? All you need is a coat of chalkboard paint (can be found at most hardware stores, and a helper to cut a hole in the middle to hold a silver cup (purchased at a dollar store).

Don’t forget to grab a box of colored chalk!

This is great, inexpensive way to allow your little ones to create timeless art on a rainy afternoon. They’ll love it!

Holiday Crafts For Kids – Toilet Paper Roll Turkey

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Needed:

Toilet paper roll

Red, Yellow, and Orange Construction Paper

2 Googley Eyes (or you can cut out eyes with black construction paper if you’d like)

Glue

Scissors

How to make:

Cut feather shapes out of the construction paper. You’ll need 2-3 feathers of each color.

Cut a small triangle out of orange construction paper for a beak.

Cut a small peanut shape out of red construction paper for a waddle.

Cut two feet out of orange construction paper.

Tape the feathers onto the back of the toilet paper roll.

Glue the eyes, beak, waddle, and feet to the front of the toilet paper roll.

Foodie Friday ~ Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar & Garlic

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4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

salt and pepper to taste

3/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

6 cloves garlic

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup chicken broth

1 bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon butter

Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Rinse the mushrooms and pat dry. Season the flour with salt and pepper and dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat and saute the chicken until it is nicely browned on one side (about 3 minutes).

Add the garlic. Turn the chicken breasts and scatter the mushrooms over them. Continue frying, shaking the skillet and stirring the mushrooms. Cook for about 3 minutes, then add the vinegar, broth, bay leaf and thyme. Cover tightly and simmer over medium low heat for 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

Transfer the chicken to a warm serving platter and cover with foil. Set aside. Continue simmering the sauce, uncovered, over medium high heat for about 7 minutes. Swirl in the butter or margarine and discard the bay leaf. Pour this mushroom sauce mixture over the chicken and serve.