|So, I'm getting the itch to blog again. However, Xanga has lost its appeal for me. So I will be over here now:|
I have no ill-will towards Xanga, I just have my reasons for heading on to greener pastures. I hope you'll all join me over there for more fun from my little corner of the world. :)
|Well, it's been a while since I've posted. Not because I have nothing to post, because I've actually been really busy/popular lately. Things are still going well here. The basement is coming along fairly well, although we may have hit a little snag today. |
One of the things on my 101/1001 list was to complete the 365 day challenge on Flickr. So far, I've been failing miserably. So I started over today, and I think I'm going to try to make a point of posting my best pictures on here, in an attempt to get my blogging groove back. Plus, with that new camera that Peyton got me for Mother's Day, I should really be working on using it more.
This isn't one of my best pictures, but I like it anyway. I realized after I took it that I had my focus set up all wrong, so it's a bit blurry, but who really cares, right? :)
|#42 on my 101/1001 list was to get one new piercing. I managed to get away with TWO new piercings, with only one piece of jewelry! (And for those of you that are wondering, I DID discuss this with Brian before I went, and I had his complete permission.) This is a piercing that I've wanted for a long time, and I'm SO glad that I got it, even though it HURT like you wouldn't believe! |
Anyways, this piercing is called an industrial piercing. That's the general term for any two piercings that are connected with one single barbell. The most common form of this piercing is two piercings across the top of the ear, which is what I got. It was quick, easy, and definitely NOT painless, although I had myself so psyched up for much more pain. The lady that did it was super nice and talked me through the whole process. She gave me lots of information as to how to take care of it (which, I find it quite funny, is pretty much the opposite of the information you get when you get regular ear piercings done at a place like Claire's or Walmart) and made sure I wasn't going to pass out before I left.
Now that you've heard all about it, here it is!
Obviously, I'm no stranger to ear piercings (I've got 6 more on the other side), but I will say that this one was very much a new experience! It hurt a lot more than I remember my tragus hurting. (The tragus is the one in this picture toward the inside of my ear, right next to my face.) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will heal quickly, but I have a feeling I'm in for a rough road! :)
|Just wanted to share some Peyton pictures with all of you. He's being extra adorable today.|
All together now.... AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
| The first recipe request for this week is chicken pot pie! This is a super easy and really yummy recipe. If you want to cheat and ignore the step-by-step instructions, you can just scroll to the bottom and see the recipe. But really, who doesn't want the play-by-play of me cooking? |
So here we go. First you want to gather up your ingredients: frozen mixed veggies of your choice, chicken, cream of chicken soup, dried thyme, Bisquick, milk, and an egg.
Now, you can obtain your chicken any way you choose. This would be a great way to use up leftover chicken. However, as I don't usually make chicken that has leftovers, I use frozen chicken breast tenderloins. So I've gotta stick mine in the microwave to thaw them a bit.
Ta-da! Ding, chicken's done! Well, not exactly. I cut it all up and throw it in the frying pan with some oil and get it good and cooked up and yummy.
While the chicken is cooking, we'll make our crust. First you want to take a cup of Bisquick or other baking mix of your choice and dump it in a bowl.
And add your milk
And your egg....
And mix it all together.
Now go ahead and set that aside and get your filling ready. Throw your mixed veggies in a bowl, and feel good knowing that I use frozen veggies that have obviously been in the freezer for quite some time.
Add your cream of chicken soup. Yum!
And your thyme.
And when your chicken is cooked through, add that too!
And mix that all together.
Pour the filling into a 9-inch pie pan.
And pour the crust mix over the top of that.
Now, at this point, I probably should have spread the crust mix out a little better, but really, it cooks just fine like this.
Now pop that bad boy into a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, and BAM, you've got yourself a pie! Mmmm....chickeny goodness.
I love this stuff. The cream of chicken soup makes it amazing, and the thyme gives it a really good flavor. The recipe gives specific measurements for the veggies and chicken, but I always kind of wing it, and I've never had a problem with it.
Chicken Pot Pie
1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 1/2 cups chicken or turkey, cooked and cubed
1 10.75 ounce can of cream of chicken soup
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup milk
In a bowl, combine vegetables, chicken, soup, and thyme. Pour into an ungreased 9 inch pie plate. Combine Bisquick, milk and egg. Pour over chicken mixture. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Serves 4-6.