Chicken Pot Pie Pockets

So there are some dishes to me that just scream Fall! I’m not talking the obvious ones like Pumpkin Bread and Apple Pie. I’m thinking more along the lines of main courses such as Chili, Soup, and Pot Pie! Today I’m sharing my recipe for easy and tasty Pot Pie Pockets that your family (especially your kiddos) will love! 

  Looks delicious right!! Well let’s get to the recipe already!…..Oh, and did I mention these are quick and easy! What more can you ask for?!

Pot Pie Pockets

Ingredients:

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 3 cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • 1 cup frozen vegetable medley (corn, carrots, peas,and  green beans)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. dill weed
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg (for brushing the tops)

Preheat your oven to 450 and roll out your pie crusts on patchment paper. Use a cutter and cut out large circles and line them on a baking sheet. Combine the rest of the ingredients (except for the egg) in a bowl to make the filling.  

 Put spoon fills of the filling in each pie crust round and then top each with another pie crust round. Seek the edges with a fork and poke the tops to allow the steam to escape during cooking.  Take the egg and wikh it in a bowl and then brush the tops of the pies.  

Place them in the oven for 10-15 minutes or beautifully golden brown. Take them out and let them cool for 3-5 minutes before eating.  

 
 Aren’t they lovely! So delicious and comforting. I like to serve them with mashed or baked potatoes. It makes 12 small pies depending on the size of the cutter you use but feeds 4 people. To freeze them simply assemble and do not coat with egg and place them in an air tight container. Then to cook them, take them out to get to room temperature and then brush with egg and bake.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Enjoy! 💕

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A Twist on the Nutritious Cookie 

  One of the things that was very prevalent in my childhood was cookies. Growing up homeschooled, in the outskirts of a small farm town in Indiana, meant a lot of one on one time with my mom. And what better way to spend it then getting creative in the kitchen.  My mom loves cooking and she fostered in me that same love but I have a very special love for cookies. 

They are the most perfect food! They can be sweet, salty, nutty, spicy, gooey, warm, crunchy, lovely little morsels that are guaranteed to bring a smile to someone’s face! Plus, there is something so relaxing, and almost grounding, about baking cookies to me. I normally put on some smooth jazz and stick my baby in the high hair (as my special helper) and then I just put a little of this and a pinch of that in a bowl, scoop ’em out and voila! Just like Amelia Bedelia you have made something magical!

Cookies are a part of some of my favorite childhood memories. Among the many delicious recipes my mom used when I was a child there was one that was ok, but never one of my favorites. They were called Nutritious Cookies. Of course like any other child I heard the word “nutritious” and thought that meant there was something wrong with these cookies. However as an adult I see them for their value now. They have sunflower seeds, oats, and they swap out refined sugar with brown sugar. But I had the inspiration and the daring this morning to ask “Could they be even better?” 

Now I’m not trying to clame that these are the healthiest cookies. I’m sure if you want to sacrifice the consistency and flavor you could make some horrendously healthy 4 ingrediant, vegan, paleo, sugar free, low carb concoction and call it an ABOMINATION!……oops I meant cookie of course. 😉 But these cookies are Nutritious, they have some wonderful, somewhat different ingredients that are full of flavor that you and the rest of your family will enjoy! 
Nutritious Cookies With a Twist!

  • 1 cup butter (room temp)
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Ginger
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 2.25 cups flour 
  • 2 cups oats (quick oats or whole oats)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup blueberries (cut in half)

Mix the first 4 ingredients. Then add your salt, soda, ginger, cinnamon, and flour. Next mix in the oats (I prefer regular whole oats but you can use quick oats if that’s what you have on hand). I suggest 2 cups but this is really to your liking. If you do less then you will have a fluffier airy cookie, or if you do more you will get a chewier dense cookie.   Next add the sunflower seeds and peanut butter chips.(you could do chocolate chips if you have a peanut allergy but I love the peanutty taste with the blueberries, it’s like a play on PB+J) Lastly fold in your blueberries being careful not to smash them.  Then scoop them onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Kids love them and they freeze really well (the cookies, not your children!) 

I hope you enjoy them! If you have any other fun ideas of things to add or change in this recipe, leave a comment below! 

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The 10 Best Easy Baby DIY

  Hi Everybody!

On Todays HomeBase Podcast episode I shared my list of DIY stuff for babies! This list is amazing for two reasons: one being I use all of these items so I can vouch for their success! And secondly they are all SUPER EASY! I don’t know about you all but some DIYs get a little overwhelming and not really practical with a busy mamma schedule, but not this list! And if you don’t believe me then you should come check us out over on Periscope @homebasepodcast where I will be sharing videos and answering questions for all of these DIYs down below here! Also you can listen to this weeks podcast episode on iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts, unless………”shudder”……you aren’t listening to podcasts, which in that case you are seriously missing out! But listen to this weeks episode to hear me walk you guys through how to do these amazing DIYs. So lets get on to the list!

Easy Baby DIYs:

1. Gripe Water – http://mymerrymessylife.com/2013/07/homemade-gripe-water-for-colic-in-babies.htmlAll Natural Homemade Gripe Water for Colic in Babies

2. Homemade Puffs – http://kanganrue.com/2015/02/03/diypuffs/

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3. Infant Pancakes – http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/babycerealpancakes.htm

Baby cereal pancakes....so i can use up the million boxes of rice cereal I have in the pantry!

4. Cheerio Necklacehttp://www.raisingmissmatilda.com/2014/03/mom-tip-keeping-kids-occupied-while-you.html

Cherrios necklace: entertainment and a snack

5. Sensory Bottles, Jars, and Rattles – I go into more detail about how to make these and different ideas for them in this weeks episode so go to the post before this one to take a listen!

Baby sensory bottles! Trial size baby shampoo bottles filled with glitter, water, food coloring and then hot glued shut. Sooo cute!

6. Egg Carton – There are countless things you can do with egg cartons! My 8 month old just enjoys playing with it as is…….I don’t think you can get an easier DIY! But here are a few other great ideas for egg carton usage.

Recycle your egg cartons by using them to hold paint while your kiddos are crafting.Pirate Ship Craft - Egg Carton Craft this actually stays together pretty good looks good on my mantel but did not over do stickers only a pirate symbol on sailStarting seeds in eggshells

7. Diaper Cream and Baby Wipes – http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/08112015-easy-eco-friendly-baby-toiletries-for-crunchy-mamas/

Little Miss Perfectionist: DIY Natural diaper cream.

8. Squishy Bagshttp://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/07/fun-with-sensory-bags.html

I filled a clear ziplock bag with one bottle of clear hair gel which I also purchased from The Dollar Tree, and then tossed in Rosie's light table letters. Rosie loves being asked to find letters. She will squish the contents around until she is able to locate the letter asked, and then quickly asks for me to give her another.

9. Edible Paint (that tastes good!) – http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/04/scented-homemade-edible-paint.html

Scented Edible No-Cook Fingerpaint Recipe for Babies and Toddlers from Fun at Home with Kids

10. Nursing Cover / Infinity Scarf – http://www.babble.com/style/diy-infinity-scarf-that-doubles-as-a-nursing-cover/

DIY Infinity Scarf (That Doubles as a Nursing Cover)

So there you go guys! I could have added so many more but I wanted to try and keep it to a realistic number, plus these are THE BEST OF THE BEST!

I want to say thank you to these blogs that have provided my inspiration today. Hopefully a few of you out there are inspired to go DO IT YOURSELF! It doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming to be amazing and fun! The only thing that I talked about on the podcast that is not listed here is my Applesauce Recipe which you can go watch me make here: http://www.katch.me/homebasepodcast. Also I wanted to list the Twitter handles of the lovely ladies that provided todays pictures and links so you can all go follow them and see what other amazing posts they got: @MerryMessyLife @kanganrue @itsmomtastic @GrowJewelRose @FunatHomeKids @BabbleEditors @BabyCenter @lenyak123

Alright everyone have a great week and go create something!

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The Twinkle Diaries


Baby DIY

Hello my lovely listeners!

This week I share with you all a list of everything DIY for your wee ones! All of these are things we do in our own household and I’m very excited to share them all with you! From nursing covers to gripe water, It’s all here. So take a listen and enjoy!

Watch Periscope videos @ http://katch.me/homebasepodcast

Monster Toast!

Hey All! 

I apologize for this post coming to you all so late In the week 😔 what can I say my 8 month old has been working on his second tooth so that means he has been glued to my hip all week demanding my FULL UNDEVIDED attention! 

So this week on the podcast I talked about a fun activity I have done countless times with kiddos and they love it!! It’s called MONSTER TOAST! Basically you take milk and food coloring and make an edible paint! Then you take a new paint brush and paint a picture (or a monster face hence the name) on a slice of bread (white works best cause the colors show better.) Once you are finished you toast it and eat it! 

  

So easy and fun for all ages! I originally found the idea in a Halloween book several years back and it was called Monster Toast because you were painting scary things. I just call it that out of habit now but you can encourage kiddos to paint whatever they want! 

  
What I love about this is you have all these things on hand at home so you can do it at a drop of a hat! I suggest just buying some new paintbrushes and labeling them “food brushes” and then store them in your kitchen.

  
Well go make some silly toast with your kiddos and then come back and share some pictures of your works of art! 

  
Enjoy!

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