Short and Sweet

Today’s blog post will be short and sweet. Why? Because College Daughter (aka Knitting Daughter) is HOME and we have plans!  Right now, she’s hanging out at Loopy Central for a few minutes, but pretty soon we’re heading out for lunch. Remember when you were off at college and missing things from home?  One of the things on her “to do when I’m home” list is going to Qdoba for lunch – so off we go.  Of course there will be knitting and talking and hanging out this weekend as well (when she’s not hanging out with friends). And we’ve already made a trip to Starbucks. It’s so great to have her home for a few days and it will be over before I know it.

I am trying to get back into regularly posting recipes again, because so many of you kindly emailed to tell me you missed them when I didn’t post any new ones for several weeks! (Or did my husband prompt you to email? Because he knows it means good food when I need a recipe for the blog.  Hmmmm….) This one was shared by my mom and it’s perfect for a cool fall day.  I hope you like it!

Barbara’s Chicken Pot Pie

1/3 cup margarine or butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
14 oz can of Swanson’s seasoned chicken broth with roasted garlic
2/3 cup milk
2 1/2 to 3 cups of cooked chicken cut into bite size pieces
2 cups of good quality canned mixed vegetables-drained.  (Use canned because frozen gets too soggy)
2 deep dish frozen pie crusts (or make your own pie crust)

In saucepan, melt margarine or butter over medium hear.  Add onions and cook until tender.
Using a whisk, stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended.  Gradually add milk and broth, stirring constantly until bubbly and thickened

Add chicken pieces and mixed vegetables and remove from heat.  Put 1 pie crust dough into bottom of 9″ pie plate. Spoon mixture into pie crust lined pan.  Top with second crust.  Crimp edges for a good seal.  Cut slits in the top crust.  Place foil around edges to prevent burning.

Bake at 425º for 35-40 minutes.   Let stand 15-20 minutes before serving.

Note: If you make it the day before serving and refrigerate, overnight, it’s as good or better  the next day.  Cut into serving size slices and microwave.

Another new yarn line has arrived – PolarKnits. Do you have some polar fleece coats or hats or mittens that you just love? Now you can buy fleece yarn!  I saw this at market this summer and have had so many people email to ask about it, that we decided to add it in.  Check out their website for some cute free hat patterns. Each ball has 55 yds. and knits up quickly on size 10 – 13 needles. The fleece is soft and very wind resistant, so it’s perfect for keeping hats, necks, and hands warm all winter long. We’ll have it up next week for you.

I’m working on Malabrigo socks, a Feather and Fan Scarf out of Alpaca With a Twist Socrates, and that skein of Sanguine Gryphon “Bugga” for socks this weekend. (Gryphon very thoughtfully provided a link to the bug that inspired my Oak Timberworm colorway, since I said I didn’t want to see it.  Did I click on the link?  Yes.  She made me.  At least I’m blaming her for it.  I felt compelled to click on it and immediately shut the window, so I consider that her fault. I still love the yarn, though.  My Oak Timberworm.)

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  1. Enjoy your weekend with College Daughter! It’s finally starting to cool off in Phoenix so I’ll have to give the pot pie a try – it sounds yummy!

  2. sheri,
    I skipped the bug link, but did check the PolarKnit link…the yarn and patterns look like fun! Have a good weekend!

  3. Look at the feelers and snout on that sucker! (evil grin)

    Will the saga of you knitting the sock will be As The Worm Turns?

    Will you worm out of finishing the second sock, yet again?

    Have a good weekend!!!

  4. I must be a little weird, because I clicked the bug link and thought it was beautiful. I mean, I wouldn’t want one sitting next to me or on my things, but it was stunningly colored and really vibrant!

  5. Oh that bug is not so bad. Here I was thinking it would be real wormish..:)
    I know how much those weekends home from college ment to me…enjoy your time.

  6. Have a great time with College Daughter this weekend, I always enjoyed going home on the weekends when I was in school and spending time with friends, family (particularly Mom) was at the top of my list. Mom and I still hand out and have a good time and knit together, in fact, we’re planning on taking a “knitting cruise” of our own this coming spring!

    I did click on the bug link, even though bugs, well, bug me. Of all the bugs in the world, he could have been much worse….so, take heart.

    Thanks for the receipes! 🙂

  7. OOOH! Polarfleece!

    Not cooking anything this weekend but am working on some candy corn socks using KLY Chocolate candy corn colorway and one of wendyknits generic patterns, a pair of power socks for my friend Jan, another market bag, and my Allspice sweater vest that I’ve been working on FOREVER!!! I hope to cast on a pair of Snow on Cedars Mitts as soon as candy corn socks are done.

    Enjoy your time with KD/CD!

  8. Have a good weekend with your daughter. I know I always enjoyed coming home to eat home cooked meals. I could eat enough for three people on those days. 🙂 mmm

  9. EEEEW I had to look at the bug and I’m sorry I did!

    Have a great weekend with you KD. The chicken potpie looks yummy and I’m seriously thinking about the Frito salad, but it’s too much for two people.

  10. I’ve seen worse bugs—at least it’s nice and solid-looking, not squishy—but I have to say I prefer the yarn! Thanks for all the recipes—I wonder if we could talk our pizza maker into adding the garlic-chicken pizza to the menu? Have a wonderful weekend with your College Girl. I also remember being in college (especially that first year) and how special those weekends at home were. And how much home-cooked food I could pack away!

  11. Don’t feel well enough to look at the bug, but I’m interested in seeing what
    you are turning out from your almost finished projects. Have a good time
    with knitting daughter and a good lunch. Wish I could eat that pot pie.

  12. I’m going to try the frito salad ASAP! And fyi, I made the sugar cookie crispers this week and they were so yummy. I am very glad you are putting up more recipes!! And I hope you have sooooo much fun with College/Knitting Daughter!! (p.s. one of my friends was just talking about Ivanhoe’s this past week!!).

  13. You know, I’m surprised that Starbucks just doesn’t deliver to your house on a predetermined schedule….let’s see, 2:00 p.m., time for Sheri’s mocha latte!

  14. Knitting Daughter looks so beautiful!!! She looks grown up somehow. Enjoy your time together, they are the best will keep you going until next time. I think that you should put all of your recipes in a book that you can offer in the shop. Sometimes I think about one of your recipes and have to scroll fridays’s blogs to find it. It will be fun to be able to have them all in one place. I have been eyeing the polar yarn for children hats and scarfs, will be looking next week.

  15. The polarfleece yarn looks so tempting! I like the chicken pot pie recipe too – let’s hear it for frozen pie crusts! Have fun with KD this weekend 🙂

  16. The Frito pea salad will make it to my table soon.

    I, too, looked at the bug. I thought it had an elegance to it. I kinda like bugs, especially if they don’t surprise me.

    Have a great weekend with your daughter. They grow up way too soon. N

  17. Have a great time with College/Knitting Daughter. It sounds like you’ll definitely be eating well! Looking forward to seeing how your Bugga yarn comes out. It is so gorgeous in spite of /because of the entomological namesake. I love hearing about all of Gryphon’s inspirations for her colours. They’re so amazing!

  18. I wish you would stop talking about the Oak Timberworm colorway. What it I miss the update and it’s all gone before I get to it?

  19. The Chicken Pot Pie looks and sounds delicious, but I think I am really going to have to make the Garlic Chicken Pizza. I guess itis a good thing you have all those chicken brea$t$ in your freezer.

    This weekend’s knits: I am knitting on a pair of socks in Indian Summer CTH and contemplating a new pair of mitts in the Louet Gems in the CrabApple colorway.

    Enjoy the DD while she is home, and the cooler weather.

  20. Have a great weekend with KD! Those weekends home from college really help kids get through that first year. I bet it helps the parents get through that first year too!

    Fortunately I’ll have to go to the post office tomorrow to pick up my yarn fix. It just happens to be next to the grocery store that sells really good frozen pie shells. Also fortunately, I won’t be racking my brain trying to figure out what to make for dinner so I’ll have plenty of time to spend with my new yarn, helping it settle in. I wonder how many people are going to be eating chicken pot pie in the next couple of days! MMMMM

  21. Not that I would want one crawling on me but that a cool looking bug. Now, I must have that yarn.

    Have a wonderful weekend with KD!

  22. Sheri, You’re the inspiration I needed for a recipe! I have occasionally been spending Sunday afternoons with a 95 yr. old Amish woman and she has made a meal for me. Well tomorrow I will be taking a pot pie from your recipe and some ganache topped brownies to Annie’s house to surprise her. Thanks – I was looking for something I could make ahead and that we could reheat after church! Can’t wait to try it – it sounds delicious! Oh and I very much agree with you about the Sanguine Gryohon yarns and yarn colors. I have 2 in my stash – trying to decide which one to work from first after I finish what I am working on now

  23. I know you and KD will have a wonderful weekend together, knitting, drinking coffee, watching movies, etc! Enjoy your time together!

    Thank you for the recipes! They look scrumptious! 🙂

    I love the idea of Polarfleece yarn! What is the name of the pink colorway? That one is pretty! Now, if they will just decide to make a sport weight yarn out of Polarfleece? Sheri, do you know if their manufacturing process has a limitation on yarn thickness, or if sport weight might be a possibility? (There was a thread on Ravelry last winter about yarns for socks, etc, to wear outside in frigid conditions. Polarfleece/polypropylene is actually one of the preferred fabrics or yarns, because of the way it handles moisture, etc, from what I remember.) 🙂

  24. Sheri,

    Oh, you are sooo having a great time with CD/KD this weekend! I know just how excited you are, too! I felt like that when our daughter came home in September to attend a wedding. Funny, how you all of a sudden “feel like cooking up a storm” when the kids come home?!? HAHA… Have a great weekend loving on her! 🙂

  25. College Girl looks great and so happy! Wonderful to see her at Loopy Central again…perhaps practicing for that job next summer??!! That recipe is a must try for this week…I love chicken potpie. Good tip on the canned veggies…now I now why mine were always soggy…Enjoy the remainder of your weekend. Remember, Thanksgiving is just around the corner…

  26. Hope you and College girl have a great time and enjoy your feast.
    The yarn is lovely but the bug is toooo scary!

  27. Sheri – I made your recipe for the chicken pot pie – well actually I doubled it and kept one and brought one for a church dinner – that recipe is a keeper for sure. Nothing but compliments from my kids and friends! So easy to make and tastes wonderful.
    Thank you SO much for sharing!!!!

  28. Hi Sheri, my son came home for the weekend also (along with girlfriend and dog!). I made your chicken pot pie and it was a big hit! I doubled the recipe and gave one to a friend. Thank you for sharing. My husband liked it much better than the one I make with the canned chicken and soup!! It will now be our staple chicken pot pie recipe. I put a little thyme in it and it was delicious! Hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I did.

    Can’t wait to see the new “Bugga” yarn. I love the cashmere!!!!

  29. A very attractive bug indeed.

    That chicken pot pie looks great! I have an idea you might ask College Guy about…could he rig up a “printable view” button for the recipes? That way we could print out the recipe rather than the whole blog entry. Just a thought…

    I actually pulled out the yarn/pattern from the first year of Loopy Sock Club…the fall one called Pheasant Run. I was inspired by the leaves changing behind my house. Doing it toe-up with Wendy’s pattern mod. So far feet done, heels turned, working on flaps. They’re coming out great…can’t wait to wear them!

    Hi to College Girl!

  30. Dr. Jackie – I highlighted the recipe part of the blog and copied and pasted it into MS Word – printed it out from there and saved in my recipe folder in My Documents. Hope that helps.

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