Monday, February 28, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie

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Ingredients:

1 can cream of broccoli soup
1 can cream of chicken and mushroom soup
1 can milk
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
5-6 cups cooked, cut-up vegetables *
1 pkg 10 refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Directions:

In a 3-quart oblong baking dish, combine soups, milk, thyme and pepper.  Stir in chicken and vegetables.  Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble.  Meanwhile, cut each biscuit into quarters, cutting almost but not all the way through the bottom.   Remove dish from oven; stir.  Arrange the biscuits over the hot chicken mixture.  Bake 15 minutes more or until biscuits are golden brown.

Serves 5

* I use in season vegetables and steam them.  During the winter months, I use frozen vegetables, usually California blend with cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots.

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Ellen

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Scripture Sunday

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"Keep on loving each other."

~ Hebrews 13.1 (NIV)

"God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

~ John 3.16 (NIV)

"Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."

~ 1 Peter 3.8-9 (NIV)

Blessings,
Ellen

Saturday, February 26, 2011

This Week in US History

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February 27

1827   Revelers dance through the streets of New Orleans, marking the beginning of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebrations.   Click here for a History.com video clip of the first Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras(Also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday)

1991   President George H.W. Bush announces the end of the Persian Gulf War, an overwhelming U.S. and allied victory against Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

February 28

1854   Opponents of slavery met in Ripon, Wisconsin, and agree to form a new political group, which later becomes the Republican Party.

1932  The last Ford Model A (the successor to the Motel T) rolls off the factory line.

1931 Model A Deluxe Tudor Sedan

March 1

1871   The Articles of Confession go into effect.

1872   Yellowstone becomes the world's first national park.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

1961   President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.  Click here for more information on the Peace Corps.

March 2

1807   Congress outlaws the importation of slaves.

1917   Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. territory and its inhabitants U.S. citizens.

March 3

1820   Congress passes the Missouri Compromise, admitting Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state.

1863   In need of soldiers to fight in the Civil War, Congress passes a conscription act that results in the first wartime draft in the United States.  Click here to see the web version of the Conscription Act of 1863 from Yale University.

March 4

1829   The White House is overrun with partygoers when Andrew Jackson holds an "open house" to celebrate his inauguration.

1865   Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address.  Click here to read the entire address.

March 5

1770   British soldiers fire on colonists in wht becomes known as the Boston Massacre.  (Later in the soldiers' trial, the jury found only 2 of the 8 soldiers guilty of manslaughter.  The 2 were branded on their thumbs as punishment.)  Click here for more information on the Boston Massacre Trial.



1963   Country music star Patsy Cline dies in a plane crash near Camden, Tenneessee.


Click here to watch videos and listen to Patsy Cline!

Blessings,
Ellen

Monday, February 21, 2011

Boneless Buffalo Wings

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Ingredients:

oil for frying
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips or medallions
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup hot pepper sauce
2 TBS butter

Directions:

1.  Heat oil in deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 F (or 190 C).

2.  Combine flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and paprika in a large bowl.  Whisk together the egg and milk in a small bowl.  Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture, and then roll in the flour blend.  Repeat so that each piece of chicken is double coated.  Refrigerate breaded chicken for 20 minutes.

3.  Fry chicken in the hot oil in batches.  Cook until the exterior is nicely browned and the juices run clear, 5-6 minutes per batch.

4.  Combine hot sauce and butter in a small bowl and microwave on High until melted, 20-30 seconds.  Pour sauce over the cooked chicken; mix to coat.

Great served with celery and Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing.

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Ellen

This post is linked to:  Delectable Tuesday      Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays      Tasty Tuesdays      Tuesdays at the Table      Tasty Tuesday      Tuesday Night Supper Club      Slightly Indulgent Tuesday      Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday      What's Cooking Wednesday      What's for Dinner?      Full Plate Thursday      Fun with Food Friday

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Scripture Sunday

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"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 
Love never fails."

~  1 Corinthians 13.4-8a (NIV)

Blessings,
Ellen

Saturday, February 19, 2011

This Week in US History

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February 20

1809   The Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater that the power of the state governments.

1962   John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth on Friendship 7.  Fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter prayed, "Godspeed, John Glenn!" and Tom O'Malley, project director, added, "May the good Lord ride with you all the way!"

Mercury Friendship 7

1996   Michael Cook (my youngest son!) was born in Suffolk, VA.



February 21

1878   The first telephone directory is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.

1965   African American leader Malcolm X is shot and killed by three members of the Nation of Islam in New York City.

February 22

1732   George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

1924   Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

February 23

1945   U.S. Marines fighting on Iwo Jima raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi.

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 Click here to hear a radio account of the landing at Iwo Jima, then click on "Aboard a destroyer..."

1954   School children in Pittsburgh receive the first injections of a polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.

February 24

1868   President Andrew Jackson becomes the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives (the Senate later acquits him).

1871   For the first time since the Civil War, the South gains full representation in congress with the seating of the Georgia delgation.

1991   In the Persian Gulf War, a U.S.-led coalition begins a ground campaign against Iraq.

February 25

1836   Inventor Samuel Colt patents his first revolver.

an Allen pepperbox pistol

1862   Nashville, TN, becomes the first southern state capital to fall to Union troops.
February 26

1917   President Wilson learns of the Zimmermann Telegram, a coded German message suggesting an alliance between Germany and Mexico, a communication that hastens the U.S. entry into World War I.



1993   Islamic terrorists explode a bomb in the garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Melissa... lovin' life!

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Blessings,
Ellen

The Grand Ole Opry

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 Minnie Pearl, me, and ?????



A former American Idol contestant... help!  I forgot his name!  Got it... Danny Gocke!



Really?  Really?  No, really!?!?


How does one hold 24 mph when no car is calibrated that way?!?!  This is in the parking lot of the Grand Ole Opry!


Blessings,
Ellen

Nashville bound...

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Since my boys were in Florida at the High Adventure Sea Base in the Keys, Melissa and I spent time with my sister in Nashville.  Check it out!



The Parthenon was recreated in Nashville in the 1890s.  Inside is an art museum.  It was closed both days we were there.  I see a field trip in our near future!



My sister and me... I'm the cute one on the right!

My beautiful daughter and me


Charlie Daniel's museum

Some pictures from Gaylord Opryland Resort...






Blessings,
Ellen

Monday, February 14, 2011

Apple Cider Doughnuts

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Yield: 15 doughnuts, 15 holes         Prep time: 35 minutes
Inactive time: 15 minutes         Cook time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1 TBS and 2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups apple cider
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 TBS melted butter
2 large eggs and 1 large egg yolk
6 cups vegetable oil

Directions:

Line baking sheet with parchment. Line a large plate with paper towels. In a paper bag, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon; shake to mix well. Set aside.

Bring cider to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, whisk baking powder, salt, 1 cup flour and remaining sugar and cinnamon until well combined. In a small bowl, whisk butter, eggs, yolk and cooled cider until well combined. Add cider mixture to flour mixture; whisk until smooth. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and mix until just combined. Dough will be slightly sticky. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Pour oil into a large pot and attach a candy thermometer to side (thermometer should not touch bottom of pot). Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375ºF, watching and adjusting as needed to keep oil from overheating.

Turn dough out onto a well-floured countertop and coat fingertips with flour. Pat dough out to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a doughnut cutter or 2 round cookie cutters (one large and one small), cut out doughnuts and holes. Transfer both to lined baking sheet. Gather scraps and re-pat dough, cutting as many doughnuts as possible.

Working in batches, carefully slide doughnuts into hot oil. After about 1 minute, doughnuts will rise to surface and begin to brown. At that point, turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to lined plate to drain. Bring oil back to 375ºF before frying another batch. When doughnuts have cooled for 1 minute, add to bag with cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. Remove to a clean plate and serve.

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Ellen
Thank you Miz Helen for the honor!  I love your blog and all the recipes and ideas!



Sunday, February 13, 2011

Scripture Sunday

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Jesus said, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."
~ John 15.12

"Let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
~ 1 John 4.7-8

"We love because God first loved us."
1 John 4.19

"Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and  sacrifice to God."
~ Ephesians 5.2


Dear Father,

Help me to love everyone you have placed in my sphere of influence.

Amen.

Blessings,
Ellen


Saturday, February 12, 2011

This Week in US History

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February 13
1635   Boston Public Latin School, the nation's oldest public school, is founded.


1826   The American Temperance Society, the first national organization to advocate prohibition, is founded.

February 14

1946   ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.

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1962   Millions tune in to watch First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy host the first televised tour of the White House.

February 15

1820   Women's sufffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is born in Adams, Massachusetts.

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1933   President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in Miami.

February 16

1852   Henry and Clement Studebaker found a wagon-making business in South Bend, Indiana, that eventually becomes a famous automobile manufacturer.

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1945   American troops recapture the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines almost three years after the infamous Bataan Death March.

February 17

1817   The first public gas streetlight in the United States is lit in Baltimore, Maryland.

1864   The Confederate H.L. Hunley becomes the first submarine to sink a warship, the USS Housatonic, but goes down after the attack.

February 18

1841   The first continuous filibuster begins in the Senate and lasts until March 11.

1885   The first American edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published.

February 19

1878   Thomas Edison receives a patent for the phonograph.



1942   President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of Japanese-Americans.

Blessings,
Ellen

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Oh... Chemistry!

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When Chemistry studying becomes too overwhelming,
we just take time to have some fun....!

Before studying...




After studying.... with the help of a Sharpie Marker!














Happy Homeschooling!

Blessings,
Ellen


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