Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

I love trying new recipes over the weekend. There’s plenty of time to run to the grocery store, pick fresh ingredients, and experiment a bit with no time limits.

Plus, I had some surprise guests this morning! My parents decided to haul a few furniture pieces I inherited from my grandmother, which I gladly accepted! I’m so excited about my new dining table and wanted to serve up something special so we could sit and enjoy. My dad loves chicken pot pies. If Publix is having a 10 for 10 deal on them, he will have 20 in his cart.

So, I wanted to try to make one while they were here. I looked up a few recipes online, deciding to combine a few things I liked from each of them to make this one. So here you go, my completely from scratch chicken pot pie, baked in my cast iron skillet.




  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup of onion
  • 1/4 cup of celery
  • 1/4 cup of diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup of English peas
  • 1/4 cup of diced golden potatoes
  • 1 cup of flour, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 oz of parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of chicken broth
  • Salt, pepper
  • Parsley

Prep work (morning):

  • I washed all my veggies, and the chopped up the celery, potatoes, and onions so I could just pop them in the pan. I stored everything in the fridge until I was ready to cook.
  • I also diced up the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces.
  • Lastly, I whisked together flour, parmesan, baking powder, sugar, and Kosher salt. I put the mixture in fridge until I was ready to add milk and drop in the pan. Thinking back, I could have added the milk/butter then, but didn’t.

:30 Prior to when I thought we would want lunch:
We had unloaded most everything, and my dad was working on my dryer. I knew he’d be getting hungry soon!

  • Heated up 1 tablespoon of oil in the cast iron skillet.
  • Added the diced chicken and sprinkled a little salt and pepper on top. Then, I pulled the chicken off the skillet to a plate. (Do not drain the pot)
  • Added 1/4 cup of onions, and let them simmer.
  • Pushed the onions to one side, and whisked in a tablespoon of flour for a light roux.
  • Added celery, carrots, peas, and potatoes to cook, for about 10 minutes.
  • Added 3/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of chicken broth, cooked for another 5 minutes.
    • I also added just a little more flour to thicken it up a bit.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 425.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot, let warm.
  • Grab you parm/flour mixture out of the fridge. Add milk and unsalted melted butter with a spatula until it’s incorporated. Don’t mix too much, as it doesn’t need to be smooth. (Again, as I mentioned before, I could have completed this prior.)
  • Drop biscuit mix into the skillet for the top layer. I tried – unsuccessfully to use an ice cream scoop – but ultimately I stuck with my spoon and sliding it off with a forefinger.
  • Bake for 12 minutes at 425.
  • Sprinkle a little parsley on top and serve it up!


  • Well, my father approved his meal with a clean plate, so that’s for sure a win!
  • I highly recommend this recipe — it’s very simple, and the parmesan biscuits topping gives it that little something extra.
  • I would make a few improvements for my next attempt:
    • It needs a  little more of the juicy “filling.” Adding cup of cream of chicken to the skillet – prior to popping down the biscuit mixture – would have done the trick. It was just a bit too dry. I wanted the biscuit to soak up a little more of the cream once I was eating it!
    • Also – carrots = yuk. I’m just not a carrot fan. My mom suggested cooking those a bit more before adding to the skillet or use canned. Anything to help them cook a little more would have helped.

Also – I have a new challenge for myself: Take photos while baking/cooking. I can only seem to remember to snap a few photos after the meal is done. I must be better about this!

Have any great recipes you’ve tried recently? I’d love to know in the comments!

Christmas Brunch

I had so much fun with Christmas Brunch this year. I have wanted to do a “Girls PJ day” for a while, and with all my Christmas decorations up, I knew I was ready!

I made a quick video  – check it out here! 

Also, here’s my Trello board, where I have organized all my thoughts going into the brunch, provided a few recipe click-throughs, my grocery list, etc! Hope it inspires you!


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Growth | The Daily Prompt

As the crowd counted down to 2018, and we all looked to the sky for a fireworks spectacular, I thought about what my “word” would be for the new year. My word needed to be something that would capture what I wanted to happen. One word that would describe my goals and aspiration. One word that would push me to be better.

And in that moment – as the neon sparks illuminated the sky and friends sang along to choreographed songs they kinda knew –  I shivered and smiled and sang right back. Song after song brought back memories of 2017. I reminisced about all the changes I’d had over the year, the goals I had accomplished, and the bucket list items I still wanted. In that moment, I decided what my word would be.

This year’s word is growth.

I worked on my 2018 goals by working through the Year Compass. If you’ve never heard of it, I highly recommend it. It certainly takes time if you do it correctly, but why wouldn’t you? It’s your life after all. And most certainly your year.

After a full morning spent thinking through 2017, followed by a full afternoon drinking tea and dreaming about 2018, I completed the challenge. I’m sure I will adjust a few things as the weeks and months progress, but it certainly has given me a great layout for the year to come.
I’ve divided my 2018 goals into these categories:
  • Financial security
  • Health
  • Travel Plans
  • Personal Improvement
  • Spiritual
  • Community
  • House Projects
I’ve broken down these categories into goals – sectioned out into 90 days – on a massive Trello board, with deadlines. All of my goals (now that they have been broken down) are absolutely obtainable. Well, most of them. I may still have “be a movie star” on this list, but I’m a dreamer. And I like to dream big.

And, all of my 2018 goals will help me grow into the person I want to be. A better person. A positive person. A person with hope and dreams. A person that is grounded in her faith and spends time with the people she loves. A person who uses her creative talents on projects for her house, projects for her job, projects for her community.

This time next year, I hope that I can say I’ve grown.

What about you? How will you grow in the new year? Or better yet, what’s your word for 2018?

“The important thing is somehow to begin.” — Henry Moore


Finger lickin’ good, but roasted! 

I’m on a health kick. At least, I’m trying to be on one. As of 12:40pm, I’ve downed 1/2 my water intake. Eggs for breakfast, and a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad for lunch.

Normally, when I meal plan or make salads at home, I always leave off the meat. Maybe because I felt like it takes so long to cook it safely, or it was more expensive. I usually opt for frozen but ready to microwave chicken, or even a rotisserie from the deli. No more!

This was SO EASY. I think this idea stemmed from a Tasty video, but I can’t remember! Regardless, I purchased three chicken organic chicken breasts from my local grocery store. I washed them and placed them in a roasting pan, and then poured about two tablespoons of EVOO on top. I sprinkled salt and pepper over each one, followed by dried thyme. I also chopped up a few fresh herbs from my garden for the top.  The pan went in at 7:43 am at 400 degrees and 25 mins later – I had beautifully cooked chicken. I did want the tops to be a little browner, so I turned my oven on broil for 2 min. Perfection! I let them rest and cool before storing in the fridge. 

I packed one for a topping to my quinoa salad for a quick lunch. It was slightly too much, so I’ll know to only do half the breast slices for the next lunch bag! But the flavors were great with the feta, olives, peppers and quinoa. And, I feel like I did pretty good with the calorie count too!
Off to drink some more water 😬 And, more pics on the next post. I devoured the chicken before it ever crossed my mind! 

Easter Sunday

I had a great Easter weekend – full of fun, family and plenty of sunshine! With an event on the Saturday before Easter, followed by one of our biggest festivals of the year this weekend, I knew I was going to be crazy busy with not a lot of travel time. So my parents drove down and spent Easter weekend with me. While I managed our event, they shopped ’til they dropped, so it’s safe to say we worked up quite an appetite.

I polled a few twitter friends on what we absolutely had to have for our brunch, and the menu was decided. After our early church service, we enjoyed:

  • Honey Baked Ham (purchased)
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
  • Green Beans
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Sweet potato casserole (purchased)
  • Lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting



So, I cheated with the honey baked ham and sweet potato casserole – purchasing from Honey Baked Ham in Destin. But totally worth it! I also grabbed some dinner rolls from Publix.

Deviled Eggs

  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Sprinkle of pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • Paprika

(It was incredibly hard to peel the eggs, so if anyone has suggestions let me know!)

I don’t know the last time I boiled eggs, so I had to look it up in my cookbook. Basically, you start with cold water, bring to a boil, and cook to make sure that it’s hard boiled. Check out this helpful graphic for the desired doneness. Slice the eggs lengthwise, and put the yolks in a bowl. Then mix the yolks with they salt, pepper and mayo. The recipe I was following called for dry mustard, but I didn’t have any. I took a zip lock bag, cut part of the corner, and then squeezed them into the egg whites. Sprinkle a little paprika on top!




Roasted Parmesan Asparagus:

  • 1 Bundle of asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoon parmesan

Again – this was an easy addition to my lunch, and fast! Always wash your produce first, and pat dry. Place the asparagus, and toss with olive oil and a little salt. Lay them out on the plan, and squeeze the lemon juice on top. Sprinkle parmesan, and then roast at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

I tried this lemon cake for the first time, and want to give Well Plated by Erin credit because it was AMAZING!



Winter is …here.

Today is the first day of winter. ❄️



While I may not be bundling up like Randy from A Christmas Story here in Florida today, it’s actually slightly chilly.

And of course, Christmas is just a few days away. I’ve been brushing up on my tech skills with a few new courses the past few months, but I have definitely made time to get ready for my favorite Holiday! All my presents are wrapped (after Black Friday actually), my Christmas decorations went up on time, and I have watched a few Christmas movies too! I’ve even gone ice skating!

Maybe you aren’t in the holiday spirit quite yet. Or, you are looking for a few ideas to freshen up your Christmas decor. I wanted to share five of my favorite Christmas ideas that I’ve seen this season:

  1. Brit Co’s 12 Christmas Cocktails
  2. Southern Living’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
  3. Real Simple’s 17 Easy Christmas Decorations
  4. Martha Stewart’s DIY Christmas Ornaments
  5. A Taste of Home’s Gingerbread House Tips

Enjoy! And hope you have a very, Merry Christmas!

We built a wall…fence


I’m a little delayed on this post, maybe a lot delayed. But, here it is! I – or we – built a fence!


First, let’s start with the planning.

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