Saturday, December 15, 2018

Turkey Pot Pie with Extra Vegetables

I am always looking for new ways to use up leftover turkey.  While we enjoyed making this turkey and cornbread pot pie for our Pinterest Challenge at the beginning of the year there is just something about the flaky pastry crust mixed with all the juices.

I had lots of fresh vegetables that I needed to use up so I decided to load our pot pie with all sorts of yummy vegetables.  It was one of  the best pot pies ever!

2 tomatoes, diced
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
3 Large Mushrooms, sliced
2 cups milk
2 cups water
3 Bullion Cubes
1/2 cup cream of mushroom soup mix
2-3 cups cooked turkey, diced or shredded
Puff pastry sheet

In a large pot combine the tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, milk, water, bullion and cream of mushroom soup mix and bring to a slow boil.

Stir frequently to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom of the pan.  Cook over a low rolling boil until potatoes and carrots are fork tender.

Meanwhile in a 13x9 pan lay out the cubed/ shredded turkey.

Once the mixture has thickened and the vegetables are soft pour over the chicken and give it a quick stir.

Roll out one sheet of puff pastry and place over the filling. Poke a few vent holes with a fork and then transfer to a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until pastry sheet is light browned and nice and flaky.  I like to put my pan on top of cookie sheet to catch any filling that drips over the side.

Remove from oven and serve while it's nice and hot.

It's so good on those cold winter evenings!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Weekly Wrap- Up: The Week We Toured the Elms

We had a nice easy week of schooling and mixed in a bit of holiday fun.  The highlight of our week was our trip to the Newport mansion The Elms.  I have been wanting to see a Newport mansion all decorated for the holidays for a few years now and it did not disappoint!

We were heading out to a friend's house on Friday so we had a very light day of schooling planned.  Ian ended up getting called into work which shortened our day even more.  I was relieved that everyone got their math work done and most of the boys managed to get a bit of reading in; that's pretty much the only thing I hope to finish each day this Christmas season.  We had fun watching our friends make beeswax candles and the kids all played outside for a bit in the little dusting of snow we had gotten overnight.  In the evening we spent 2 hours helping my husband out at work and enjoyed a very late dinner.

Saturday Ian headed off to work with his grandfather and the younger boys and I helped my husband at work for just a bit.  In the afternoon I helped my husband at the woodworking shop and then we enjoyed a family movie night around the fire.  We watched Home Alone and part of Christmas with the Cranks.  We brought TV trays into the room and ate dinner together in front of the fire.

Ian headed to work on Sunday with his grandfather and the younger boys geared up and headed out to play for a good hour or so.  My husband and I worked on the basement cabinets some more and we've got the base all done... now to work on doors and drawers.

The boys did some schoolwork on Monday and surprised me by sitting down at the kitchen table a good 20 minutes before I had planned!  They whipped through their work, did their chores, and decided to start putting a new puzzle together.  Ian and I ran a few errands after lunch and we ended our evening binge watching several episodes of Nailed It Holiday.  It was hilarious!

We had a short day of school on Tuesday.  All three boys had finished up with their work before Alec's karate class so all we had to do once we arrived home was finish cleaning the upstairs.  Ian and I worked on his puzzle for awhile and then I helped Alec make some homemade eggnog.  We found a delicious recipe that didn't use raw eggs and yet tastes pretty much like the real thing.

We had nothing planned on Wednesday and Ian decided to whip up a batch of crepes.  He had never made them before and I wasn't sure how they would turn out but they were amazing!  He did a fabulous job with them.  After a late breakfast we settled in to some schoolwork.  The boys all worked on math, reading, and spelling/foreign language.  We cleaned a good part of the downstairs and worked on the puzzle some more. The younger two boys spent much of the day outside and I tossed a lasagna in the crock pot for dinner.

Thursday we headed out early to pick up my mom and we headed to Newport.   I have been wanting to see one of the mansions decorated for Christmas for years so I was thrilled we were finally going to get there during the month of December. We chose to tour the Elms since we had already toured the other two mansions during the regular season.  It was a wonderful day.  The house was beautiful and we learned all about the family that had this "summer cottage" built.   The decorations were just amazing!!  (Check back on Sunday for a picture filled post of our day!)  We had a delicious lunch afterwards at Four Brothers Pizzaria in Kingstown.

How was your week?

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Yankee Candle Store For Christmas

We had a fabulous time at the Yankee Candle flagship store in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  We couldn't have picked a better day to head up there if we had tried.  We had beautiful skies and got there just as the doors opened. 

Our first stop was a room we had not seen last time and we spent lots of time picking out some new favorite scents.

We went to check out the mini villages and the younger boys were thrilled to see both a Grinch village and a Harry Potter set!

We moved onto the "snow" room where it snows indoors every 4 minutes and then went to check out all the little shops full of Christmas ornaments, statues, and wonderful displays.

There are lights and trees everywhere!

We went to check out Santa's workshop (which is full of toys of all kinds) and then the candy store.

There are a few rooms with trains circling the ceiling, little kids can line up to sit with Santa, there's just something to see for all ages everywhere you look.

I particularly loved the Vera Bradley and Alex and Ani sections.

We stopped in the central cafe to have a snack and enjoy the fountain.  The boys each picked out a new ornament and then we settled on what we wanted to see before heading to the registers with our purchases.

We capped our day off with lunch out at Red Robin and a fun stop at the largest Barns and Noble my boys have ever seen.. just 30 minutes down the road in Holyoke.  By then my boys were shopped out and it was time to head home.

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