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Old 11-14-2010, 07:41 PM
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No, I haven't read Dr Ralph Stanley's memoir. But you've got my interest up, so I'll do a Google search and find out more. I've never been to the Biltmore at Christmas-time, but I've been to the lighting of the national Christmas tree in Washington, DC. The last time I went it was absolutely freezing.

So, after reading one of your posts, Live, I made myself a nice big batch of turkey chili and cornbread and then followed that up with a really good chicken pot pie with a nice homemade pastry crust (I used my grandma's pie crust recipe). It was so good that I waited a few days and made me another one. The recipe calls for homemade chicken gravy, which I had frozen a couple of weeks ago after I'd made an oven-stuffer roaster and heavy cream. I bought some cream from a nearby store run by local farmers. They sell all sorts of products by farmers in my county, veggies, meats, cheeses, dairy products, and home-baked goodies, too. It's like taking a step back in time. I love that little store.

When I opened the cream Friday, the top appeared solid. So, I was thinking, hmmm, is this butter on top? I took a knife, scooped up a bit, and tasted it. Yep, it was butter. How delightful. Anyway, I added that cream to the pie and boy was it good.

Basically, you take leftover chicken and shred it. Then add olive oil and butter to a saucepan. Throw in some chopped onions, garlic, cubed potatoes, and sliced carrots and cook until the potatoes and carrots begin to soften. Then throw in the chicken, some chicken gravy, heavy whipping cream, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. I also threw in some frozen peas to make it more colorful. Then I put the mixture into a deep baking dish, whipped up a pie crust, placed it on top, vented it, and baked it until the crust was a nice golden brown.

I may be able to take a picture of the corn-painted silo for you, but first I'll have to scope out the area to see if I can safely pull over to take the shot. The farm is located on a two-lane road in an area that often has no place to pull over. The farm where the silo resides has a corn maze and hay rides each fall and advertises the event with a sign that reads "cows and corn." I find that amusing, too.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:50 PM
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You know I love redecorating projects, Jeri. A window filled with sun catchers and stained glass sounds delightful. A stained glass workshop would be loads of fun. If it's crafty and fun, count me in.
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It rained...so we stayed in and david made the steaks. he always uses Montreal steak seasoning and the George Foreman grill and they were very good.

stained glass is so beautiful! Photos are welcomed, embraced!

hmmm. a corn maze. There was one of those show up in a novel I read recently.

I haven't gotten around to visit any of the local markets here...but it sounds similar to the Amish ones back in Indiana.

The pot pie sounds delicious. I like the idea of doing it with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving.

I am relaxing today and not much else.
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FD, so weird...I made a chicken pot pie yesterday that was almost exactly like yours. The only difference was I added some fresh mushrooms and it didn't have the heavy whipping cream. Yum...we all love chicken pot pie from scratch at our house.

Live, I love Montreal steak seasoning too. Once in a while, I put a little tiny bit on a toasted buttered bagel -- it doesn't take much because it's so powerful, but I love the savory flavor of it.

The glass in the window reminds me of my grandmother who was a beautiful, classy lady with a gift for decorating. She had a window in her kitchen that held shelves of beautiful colored glass vases, bud vases, bowls, decanters, goblets...whatever glassware she could find in bright solid colors. I can still see that window in my mind's eye. I want one in my kitchen.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:07 PM
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I like Montreal Steak Seasoning, too. My sister turned me on to it. I also like Montreal Chicken Seasoning on roast chicken. I eat bagels almost every day for breakfast, HWC. I'm going to try a light sprinkling of Montreal Steak Seasoning on my bagel tomorrow. Sounds fab!
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:30 PM
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So, I found a photo of the corn maze I told you about here:

P6073480 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

You can see photos of the "Cows and Corn" corn maze here:

Cows-N-Corn Corn Maze
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I would suggest tile mosaic. You can use stained glass, but instead of doing the whole leaded stained glass window thing, you can glue the glass to various substrates - glass vases, table tops, flower pots, etc!
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FindingPeace, I have been excited to start doing some tile mosaic myself. I have lots of ideas floating around in my head and have googled and bookmarked some sites with ideas, tips, etc. I can't wait to create a few things...although I'll probably have to wait until summer after I have a few bazillion commitments handled.
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It is a great obsession of mine! I love it! I would suggest taking a class at first, if you have the chance. There is a ton of fun mosaic work on the internet and a bunch of good sites. Check out SAMA (the society of am. mosaic artists) Society of American Mosaic Artists
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Thanks for the website! Great links and amazing projects on there. I added to my bookmark folder. When I get started, I'll let you know. And thanks for the tip on taking a class -- I should be able to find one in my area. I also have an artist friend who has done some mosaic work and I'm sure she would give me a lesson or two. Thanks!
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