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For all the people out there who want to feel their dough and who think a chicken pot pie must contain vegetables, I am here to say – a bread machine is a great way to get homemade bread in less time and that I have eaten a chicken pot pie which had zero vegetables in it – and it was very good. I write about this, because this morning, our bread machine was going and I recently read someone’s writings about how they would never, ever use a bread machine, because you have to feel your dough.

Okay. It’s true that the dough might not come out of a bread machine quite as good as if you had made it by hand. But for a busy person, a bread machine allows them to do other necessary things while the bread is happening (up through the rise), and then you just have to take the dough out, shape it, rise it again, and bake. And the bread is fresh and tastes every bit as good (in my opinion, not being a bread expert). To each their own, I suppose.


As for the chicken pot pie, here is an old family recipe. It has bits of pimiento in it, but I don’t count that as a vegetable. This pie is great with a good salad and is a good change of pace from normal pot pies.

1 (2 to 3 lb) chicken
2 c water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp seasoned salt (opt)
1/4 tsp pepper
4 stalks celery
1 med-lg onion
1/2 c light cream
14 c flour
1/2 c pimiento

Place chicken in saucepan. Add water, seasonings, celery and onion. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, until chicken is tender. Remove chicken, strain stock and return to pan. Boil hard to reduce to 2 cups. Remove chicken from bones and skin; cut in medium sized pieces. Blend cream and flour until smooth and stir into stock. Cook until thickened and add chicken and pimiento. Pour into pastry lined 9-10 inch pie plate; put on top crust. Slit top crust to ventilate. Bake at 400ÂșF for 30 minutes. This recipe may be frozen.

A Misunderstood Phrase

Posted: February 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Today, in the morning sermon, our pastor used the phrase “getting into the hearts and minds of those who lived….” This I heard when I wasn’t dozing off but once he said it, I couldn’t stop thinking about that phrase and what he meant by it. Surely he wouldn’t be suggesting that we are to imagine what people were feeling. Surely he wouldn’t be suggesting that we are to imagine what people were thinking either. Because no amount of imagining is going to ensure that we know what any person is feeling or thinking.

As Dink said, “What people? Like all of them?”

When I questioned my father after church, he said that he didn’t know what the pastor meant, but the only thing that made sense to him (my father) was that we needed to know the cultural practices of the time in order to understand some of the more confusing aspects of Scripture.

I still don’t know.

Anyway, our class with the assistant pastor was much better. He is teaching on Zechariah and I have to say that this morning I was a bit ashamed because I did not know there were eight night visions in the book. I also did not know what the visions were.

I learned that “horns” refers to the power of the nations and especially military power and that the number “4” symbolizes completion. Just as the 4 horns represent those nations which had rebelled against God and had brought about oppression to God’s people, the 4 craftsmen (or carpenters) will dominate and master the horns and bring about justice in the end.

Just some points of interest from this morning!

The Icing on the Cake

Posted: February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

My family recently celebrated my father’s birthday. The celebration was small but still nice. The singing of “Happy Birthday” was rather terrible, and the cake had far too much icing – or rather, the icing had far to little cake, but otherwise, everyone had a good time. Also, I apologize for the very unappetizing picture 🙂 that’s just how my piece came out.


Our solution was to take a “spare” yellow cake out of the freezer and essentially make the cake triple layered. The frosting itself, however, was good. This is the recipe, should you wish to make it. Just be sure that you have enough cake!

The Non-Wood Fire of 2017

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Well, Dink and I had a small bonfire the other day. Things got a bit, uh, fiery and verging on explosive-ish. The following video is of Dink stirring the fire, which for us meant using a shovel to turn over the ashes and coals. It was fun.


The funny thing is, this fire had almost no wood on it. It mostly consisted of leaves and cardboard (and maybe just a little bit of oil). In any case, it burned very well and we got rid of a lot of cardboard. Definitely worth it!

Winter Teaching Haul, 2016

Posted: December 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but my mother teaches a good number of piano students ranging in age from about six to about twelve. As Christmas approaches, some students feel obliged to share in the gift of giving. That is, my mother’s students sometimdscf3703es give her gifts this time of year.

This year, she’s really raking it in. These are just a few of the things she has been gifted: a scarf, a purse, some cookies, a bottle of Korean wine, a cutting board with dried fruits and nuts, a baking set, and a box of chocolates.

I really need to get a job in this teaching business!