Saturday, October 21, 2006

Sunday Dinner, October 22, 2006

Fall is very much in the air in my little corner of the world, and it makes me want to cook comfort foods. Hot, filling casseroles and one-dish meals are great, and chili, soups and stews are back on the menu now that you can actually think without working up a sweat. Here's an extra for you. For my Saturday night supper I'm roasting a whole, small chicken, and I had some leftover grilled pork chops that I'm cooking with some sauerkraut until they're fall-off-the-bone tender, and I've got some butterpeas cooked. I can smell that chicken roasting and the sauerkraut and pork chops simmering as I type this. Man, I'm getting hungry! Hurry up, clucker!

Now for my Sunday Dinner: I'm making a homemade chicken pot pie. It's a one-dish meal like I mentioned. I'll boil my chicken and save the broth to make the white sauce, season it and then add some canned mixed veggies. Pour it into a greased 13x9 casserole dish, and mix up a simple biscuit crust to pour over it and bake. I'll go ahead and prepare it all except for the crust. I'll whip up the crust after I get home from church and then toss it into the oven until the filling is hot and bubbly and the crust is golden brown. I sometimes use cream of chicken soup for the sauce, but I don't have any right now so I'll have to make my own white sauce this time. It's not much trouble and doesn't take much longer. Plus, I think it's better with the homemade sauce anyway. The soup is just a shortcut to save a little time. I like this dish because it has meat, veggies and bread all in one dish. This is comfort food at its best, and it will certainly be good tomorrow since the high temperature is not supposed to make it out of the 50's and the low is supposed to be around 35 degrees.

Now for your Sunday Dinner: What are you serving tomorrow? Are you eating out at some fancy restaurant that the rest of us will be jealous of? Having beanie weenies or leftovers? It doesn't matter what your plans are, share them with the rest of us in my comments.

Many of you may remember one of our blogging friends, Mike, and his blog,
"He Likes It - Hey Mikey". Mike asked me to tell those of you who read my blog and also used to visit his blog that he is doing fine, but he may not be posting for a while. Mike is dealing with some personal issues and hopes to start blogging again, but he says it might be a while. He appreciates those of you who have shown concern in the comments on his blog.


Dawn tagged me for a meme and I'm working on that to post on Sunday night or Monday, Lord willing. I'm going to be busy for the next several days, so my posting may be rather hit and miss. Lamar, Jessica and Jason are taking me out to eat Monday night for my birthday, and possibly on Wednesday for our anniversary. I'll be 43 on Monday, October 23rd, and we'll be married 21 years on October 25th. Finding out I'm going to be a Grandma was the perfect gift for my birthday and anniversary, and Jessica's upcoming wedding and acquiring a new son just put the icing on the proverbial cake. I am blessed. Bev's blog says it best - I am
Blessed Beyond Measure.

May you blessed with all you need and enough to share, my dear family and friends.


sleeplessinoklahoma said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANE!!! with many more to come. I stopped by from Sue's.

Blessed day, blessed year, blessed be...

Barb said...

You have a pretty special week coming up, Diane. I hope everything about this week is wonderful for you. I'll be mentioning you in my Sunday Meanderings post. If I ever get it done. :-)

Dinner: Well, when I posted my recipe for Chicken Divan last week, it sounded so good I decided we'd have that. And I may make gingersnap cookies today, too. Cookie jar is getting low - my oatmeal raisin cookies fly out of this house. So I need to restock and Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom posted a great recipe for CHEWY gingersnaps.

Your pot pie sounds wonderful. And I hope you have a beautiful Sunday.

Sue said...

Ummm, chicken pot pie sounds yummy and comforting. It's so nice here we BBQ'd last night. We have leftover tri tip, so I'm thinking tri tip sandwiches on French rolls, with some butternut squash soup and salad.
If you post tomorrow, I'll visit again, but I just want to wish you the Happiest of Birthdays and a Very Happy Anniversary too!

Sandra said...

Happy Birthday,(and Anniverary) Diane..sent here from Susie's Space. ;o)

Eagles Wings said...

Happy Birthday! &
Happy Anniversary!
I hear you, must be the time of year - I love one dish meals and I love cooking....
I found a good one Ham & Spinach Hash One dish meal! It is wonderful.

Big Mama said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary Diane! You're like me, you've got all your occasions in one week.

We're having leftover chicken and sausage gumbo for dinner. I've been out of town all weekend and I'm tired. : )

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Happy Anniversary! Happy Birthday! Man that must have been a busy week for you 21 years ago! Now you can roll the celebrations all into one. As usual, I'm here to make everyone else feel like super-cook. We're having Schwan pot pies and bag salad while we watch the football game. Nice, simple dinner snuggled up with a fire burning in the fireplace. Hubby is out of town all week, so I bought 5 Smart Ones from WW to eat all week. Thats my version of single cooking.

Jeff Weir said...

It is always a pleasure to read your blog. With Michelle and the girls gone out of town this weekend, Bradley and I ate with My Mom and Dad at Western Sizzlin. I could not pass up the offer. Know what I mean. God Bless.

lrlwreath said...

Came here from Barb's . Hope you have a great birthday and anniversary!!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary :)

Mountain Mama said...

Happy Birthday & Anniversary Diane. I put a cake on my blog for you. I'd have sent it to you if I could.

Alex said...

you keep putting up pictures of food and i am going to show up on your door step with an empty plate and an empty belly to take advantage of it!

janice said...

ohhhhh that looks soooo good. please send some over!

And of course, Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!!!! (Here from Barb's kind mention on her blog.)

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

I am sure it will be your Birthday before you read this
I did not know it was your special day today
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a dear friend ,who I have come to know and love and am proud to call friend . You have a kind giving heart and are a wonderful warm soul ,I wish you many more Happy healthy Birthdays and hopefully get to share many years of of friendsip with you
Big Squishy Hugzzzzzzzzzzzzzz my sweet friend
Love you and have a great day , it is yours !!!!!!
Greeneyes (P)
Miss G.

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane, Happy, happy Birthday and
anniversary. I hope you have a wonderful week. Came over from Sue today.
Take care and enjoy your special days.

healing hoves said...

this is sonja paulette's friend. just stopped by to visit, you look like a very warm caring person in your picture, and i am going to copy your chicken pot pie receipe if you don't mine........enjoyed reading your blog........ysic sonja

Tammy said...

I recently made a chicken pot pie, very filling and comforting!!!
we are having made too much so guess what's for lunch Monday??

Anonymous said...

Awesome! :) My husband loves pork chops and sauerkraut. We actually had sauerkraut last night, but on Reuben sandwiches. Yum!