I’ve been busy prepping kits for a session with the Brush Benders early next week and working on Christmas projects for upcoming classes but this beautiful weather just beckons me outdoors!
Not only have I sat outdoors watching the birds play in the pond – they’re very active in the stream this time of year for some reason – but also convinced Dennis to take another walk at Kensington. What a lovely afternoon we had on the trails. Seen two deer and lots of chipmunks. Being active just makes me feel better – and the fresh air doesn’t hurt either!
This cooler weather also makes me want to cook! I checked the freezer and found two chicken breasts so took one out to make chicken noodle soup and some blueberry muffins. While the veggies were sauteing I suddenly got the urge for chicken and biscuits instead. Easy change, just needed to run to the store to buy cream. Dinner was good so I’ve included the recipe for you – bon appetite!
Now, back to my artsy mess – Focus, stay focused! Watch my blog calendar for class additions, updates and locations.
Chicken & Biscuits for two
Saute in olive oil: chopped onions, carrots, celery and garlic (I like big chunks – about 1 cup of the first three ingredients)
Add cooked chicken cubes (I boil my chicken breast or thighs till done and screen the stock for the sauce)
Add seasoning to taste (I use tarragon, poultry seasoning, pepper, a little salt and parsley)
Scoop all the cooked ingredients to one side and add about 1/2 cup flour to make a roux; if not enough oil I add about 1/2 stick or more of unsalted butter and cook the roux till golden brown.
Add screened chicken stock (about 4-6 cups) make up difference with water if needed
Bring to a boil and sauce will thicken. I add about a half cup or so of cream after the sauce has thickened (it usually gets really thick and the cream brings it to gravy consistency) along with a cup or so of frozen petite peas.
Biscuits (my favorites are from the old Better Homes & Garden Cookbook I got at our wedding 42 years ago!)
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
2/3 to 3/4 cup milk
Mix dry ingredients into a bowl. Cut in the shortening till like coarse crumbs. Make a well; add milk all at once. Stir quickly with fork just till dough follows fork around bowl. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead gently 10-12 strokes. Roll or pat dough to 1/2 inch thick, dip cutter in flour, cut dough and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Serve biscuits open-face and spoon chicken mixture over top. Serve remaining biscuits with butter and honey.
Are there any memories more vivid than those we have from our days spent in school? It’s where many of us made life-long friends, decided on a career path or met our spouse. Not all memories I have of school are good ones. I still remember my 6th grade teacher – Miss Pomeroy – who would whack her pointer stick on my desk when she’d catch me biting my nails (by-the-way, I don’t do that anymore).
I came across my daughter’s year books recently while cleaning and had a sit-down to take a look through them. She was involved in lot activities and had a slew of nice friends. It made me wish I had discovered scrapbooking earlier, while the kids were in grade school. I could have put together cute little mini books for the grandparents rather than just send an envelope full of photos.
That’s what I had in mind while creating this little mini book for the back-to-school season. It’s small in size but big in personality with plenty of tags and nooks and crannies to hold a good amount of photos and journaling. The Graphic 45 ABC Primer collection of papers that were released recently were just the perfect fit for this adorable school-themed mini.
Check my calendar often and watch for locations, dates and times for this class and others – I’ll be listing them soon!