Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas Friends!

As 2014 draws to a close,  I sit here reflecting on the many blessings and events that have occurred this past year.

Meagann graduated from WHS in May and is enrolled at Collin County Community College.  She is currently performing with an independent winter guard group based here in Frisco and last weekend signed a contract with the Blue Stars to perform in their Summer 2015 show.  She is also working with the Little Elm ISD color guard and returned to Cinemark for the holiday season.   One of the above pictures features Meagann at her 18th birthday party.   We had several dozen of her friends over for a surprise party and gave them all a can of shaving cream to empty on her.    It was quite the memory for all!

The hardest part for Greg & I this year was to watch Clay play his final baseball game as a Riverdog.  The team had been together since his 1st grade year.   What a run they had!!!  Clay left middle school and began his Freshman year at Wakeland.  This means I began my 8th year as a WHS band mom.  He played the mellophone in the fall marching show "Venomous"  and enjoyed a trip to Indianapolis for BOA Grand Nationals where they placed 15th out of 94 bands in the Nation.

The biggest news lies with Courtney.  She spent the summer in London working with OM. Immediately upon returning in August,  the decision was made that the wedding would be in December during winter break.  Her fiance, Rick, is currently working for the Collin County Police Department and plans to enroll in the police academy as soon as he accumulates enough college credit hours.  They recently adopted an 8 week old French Bulldog and named him "Winston."
She will be finishing up her pre-law degree this next year at UT Dallas.  Her plans include law school the following semester.

Tramp isn't too sure of Winston.  He prefers to be left alone but will tolerate the attention that Winston is eager to give.   He jumps to the top of the closest couch in fear for his life.   Nothing changes too much with Tramp.....his current hobbies still include squirrel watching, cuddling and napping.

In closing, I ask all of you to look around and count your blessings.   We all have a blessing or two that goes unnoticed and taken for granted.  Be thankful for all.......

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Using all that leftover turkey (or chicken) & creating happiness

Yea, you heard that right...............happiness.  It all comes together in the end of this one and world peace is created around a plate filled with "Chicken/Turkey pot pie."    This stuff is so easy.............It will simply make your whole world a better place.  Easy assembly.  Easy Peasy & Delicious!
Did I mention minimum dishes to clean up afterwards?  

Run/Drive to the grocery store & buy these 3 things.

*A jar of Alfredo sauce....any flavor.  I like the one with mushrooms!
* A half- bag of frozen mixed vegetables.
*A box of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust.

Assuming that you have some leftover Thanksgiving turkey....chop up about 3 cups into small bite sized pieces.   If not, you need to purchase & debone a roasted chicken.

*A roteriserie chicken

Roll out the dough and put the first layer in the pie plate.
Mix up the half bag of vegetables, the poultry & the alfredo. Spoon it into the crust.
Take the remaining pie-crust and arrange it on top & crimp the edges with your fingers.

Brush the top with an egg wash.  Snip a hole or two in the top for steam to escape.  Shake some freshly ground pepper & sea salt on top.

Bake @ 375 for about 25-30 minutes or until golden.

Use those leftover veggies for a vegetable beef stew!!!!!  

Enjoy the holidays Friends! Take some time to relax and enjoy the moments!!!