Walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside. Elizabeth von Arnim


Saturday, December 19, 2015

A day in the Kitchen

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We got a bit of snow over night, about an inch or so and I got to walk in the snow.  It was 25 degrees with a bit of a wind.  A bit dark when I started out at 6:55 but it soon was light.  I saw the sun for a awhile and then it clouded up again after I got home. It snowed on and off in the morning and in the afternoon the sun came out.

I wore my hiking boots which is better in the snow than my walking shoes, keeps my feet dry. 

The town pond looked pretty with the early sun shining through the trees on the water.
Walked around town and up the hill behind my house.  Have turned around and going back down here.
Flicka lives up at the end of the hill and she looks nice and warm in her thick coat.
I saw lots of tracks in the snow, rabbits, deer, birds, and some little animals like squirrels or chipmunks.  

Pretty quiet around town this early Saturday morning.  So nice to be out walking.
Walked 5.2 miles.
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I did some baking today.  The first Sunday in January is my turn for baking the cookies for the kids at Sunday school and I baked the first batch of them today.  Usually bake chocolate chippers but this time baked a different kind.  I haven't baked them in a very long time but plan on baking them a lot more often.  I forgot how delicious they are.  I got the recipe years ago from Kathy, my sister in law.  They are German Chocolate Cookies and you start with a box of German Chocolate cake mix.
Here's the recipe.
  • 1 box German Chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cut raisins
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
Mix altogether
Place spoonful on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
The picture is a bit washed out.  The cookies are actually darker than they look.

Also baked Welsh Cookies but didn't take a picture.
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The other day we went to Perkins to eat and I was in the mood for a chicken pot pie but they didn't have any of them left.  I've been craving one since then, so today I made one of my own for supper.
Chicken Pot Pie
  • 10 oz chicken broth
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 1/2 cup diced potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 1 med onion coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 9" pie crust
  1. Combine broth, 1 c water, carrots and potatoes in med pan.  Bring to boil - reduce heat and summer 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over med heat.  Add mushrooms and onion; saute till softened - about 5 minutes.  Stir in broth mixture and peas.  
  3. Whisk remaining 1/3 cup water into the flour until smooth; whisk into vegetable mixture.  Increase heat to med-high; bring to boil.
  4. Stir chicken into mixture and put in a 2 qt shallow baking dish.
  5. Roll crust to fit 1" larger than dish and place over filling.  Trim and flute edge.  Cut a scalloped round from center with cookie cutter.
  6.  Bake till filling is bubbly and crust is browned - about 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Last night I started knitting on another scarf.  I have two more to make for the two women who didn't get one last week.  Worked some more on it this afternoon and plan to do a little more knitting this evening.

Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit 
only by tree lights and remember
our blessings outnumber the lights.
Happy Christmas to all.
~ Betsy Canas

Comment replies:
BettyC - Someone else has recommended these books to me also.  I have then on my list.  Thanks : )

Thanks everyone for your prayers for Trish.  Will keep you posted on how she's doing.


Pom Pom said...

A snowy walk!
The scarf is pretty and so is your chair!
Two yummy recipes! Thank you!

Deb J. in Utah said...

Such beautiful pictures from your snowy walk! Thanks for the recipes. Both look good. I will give them a try as soon as I am back on my feet! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Adam said...

that's a cute pony

The Furry Gnome said...

Cookies are always good, especially home made!

Happy@Home said...

Loved your snowy pictures. Puts me right in the Christmas mood, which is good since it will be her in no time.
Your kitchen must have smelled wonderful today. Thanks for the recipes. They both look great. I am especially intrigued by the cookie recipe.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful picture of the sun on the pond. Good thing you live far away,or I might have to pay you a visit to sample some of that good food.

mzzbev said...

What beautiful early morning pictures. Those chocolate cookies sound and look scrumptious! I love chicken pot pit too, I think I just might make some this coming week, thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas! :)

Melanie said...

How serene your early morning walks must be! The snow would make it even more peaceful and quiet. Love the chicken pie recipe. I've copied it down. Have a blessed day.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the snow looks pretty. We only had a little dusting of snow. Your cookies and pot pie look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Happy Sunday, enjoy your week ahead!

Cat Lover said...

Wow everything looks delicious! You got a good dusting of snow. Flicka looks lovely as does your scarf.
Take care!

John's Island said...

The turkey pot pie and cookies sound wonderful! Wow, it is quite amazing to see your walks all covered with snow. Yes, I know, everything looks different with snow, but this is why I enjoy following your blog so much ... it is great to see all the variations in that beautiful country where you live. Thank you for answering my question about your pastor and streaming sermons! Found it! Wishing you and Ken a wonderful Christmas holiday!

Anonymous said...

Flicka does appear to have a nice, heavy coat. Very pretty. Your cookies look good.

o2bhiking said...

Chicken pot pie is like the ultimate comfort food!