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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chicken Potpie Turnovers

5 skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-size pieces; 3 celery stalks sliced ;
6 oz mushrooms, chopped; frozen peas; 2 carrots, sliced;
cream of celery and cream of potato soups*; 4 packages crescent rolls;
salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme.

Add oil and butter to a hot skillet, add vegetables to saute. Season with salt and pepper.  Add chicken, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.  Cook for about 10 minutes until chicken is fully cooked through.  Add soups*, a half cup of water, and a 1/2c frozen peas*.  Stir well and cover.

Each turnover is two crescent halves pinched together.  Put a large scoop of the mixture on one triangle, press a second triangle to cover the mixture.  Press the sides together to form a seal.  Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

These are delicious hot or cold.  If served cold, you can pick it up and eat it without any mess.  Served warm, it's a dinner the kids raved over.

*the cream of potato and frozen peas didn't make it into the top photo - sorry!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Loving Your Man with PURPOSE

Purpose is the word of the day.  This ONLINE BOOK STUDY is for all wives who want to strengthen their marriage and build up their man.  Here's a glimpse at today's project.  Head on over to Kathi's Book Club to get the full scoop!

Project #1: 30 Minutes Is All It Takes: Create Some Free Time When He Gets Home 

Your Project: Focus on your husband’s transitional 30 minutes today.  Would he like to be left alone to rest and rejuvenate, or does he want some undivided attention from you?  The point is to let your husband know you value what he does out in the world, and that he has a safe, loving place to come home to and get refreshed at the end of the day.
This is Kathi and I want to personally welcome you to the Projects! Here is the meat of the whole Husband Project – day to day, loving your husband on purpose and with a plan.

You may think, what about MY TRANSITION?  Yeah, what about it?  This isn't about you.  Sometimes we receive the greatest refreshment by providing refreshment for someone else.  Serve him first and you'll be bowled-over at his response for you.  Our men need us to give them a safe haven.


It's time to buckle down and get purposeful about what's going on around here. You know, when you've made one too many trips to the school to deliver overlooked items to your child. When the admin staff knows how you look without makeup.  When your car becomes a storage locker.  It's time.

Each child sat with me yesterday to carve out their own schedule of what they need and what day they need it.  While I'm helping to remind them, it's their job to check their calendar in the morning.  My reminder today was, "Check your calendar."  And Day One was a success.  Water bottles were packed for afterschool sports, musical instruments left with the kids, library books were remembered, field trip forms were packed.  We even had time for a yummy, warm breakfast (waffles with Nutella/Jif and apples/bananas).

I have to wonder, though, if the success for the morning should be attributed to something I did even before the calendar reminder.  I let the dog out, stepped out into the crisp morning with my hot coffee, looked up at the wakening sky and lifted praise to my God.  "Thank you for this day, Lord.  Bless my husband and my children. Bless me and direct my footsteps.  Let my words be yours today.  Filter my thoughts and actions.  And let all I do be in glory to You."  Then the dog yipped at my feet and we went back in.  Purposeful.  Perhaps praying this morning was the most purposeful thing I accomplished.

I encourage you today to be purposeful in your every moment.  Really be where you are, in mind and spirit.