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Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017): We will be using a variety of different curriculum this year, with Notgrass' Uncle Sam and You as our main History, Bible and Literature focus. Our oldest, EL, is in 12th grade this year, but has special learning needs due to autism. JJ is our youngest, an active boy with Tourette Syndrome. He is in the 8th grade.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

A Perfect Fall Dish: Chicken Stuffing Pie


Yesterday, EL helped me make our own version of a chicken pot pie (the biggest difference is the use of stuffing instead of a crust). It is easy and tasty, and is the perfect dish to welcome the cooler Fall weather.

The 4 main ingredients:  Cubed stuffing, chicken gravy, mixed vegetables, and cooked de-boned chicken. Cooking the chicken should be done ahead of time. I boiled a whole chicken with the skin removed.  I let it simmer on low for an hour, then kept it sitting in the hot broth for another hour. I added some spices to the broth while the chicken was cooking, but you can leave those out if you want. I like to use onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and basil. I don't measure, I just sprinkle it in. When the chicken was done, I poured the broth into an ice cream bucket to let it cool and save for later. Then, when the chicken was cool enough, I removed it from the bone. It was so tender, it basically fell off the bone. That's how you know it is done.

When its time to assemble the casserole, put 4 cups of cooked chicken into a 9x13 dish, and mix it up with a bag of frozen, mixed vegetables. I used a 12 oz. bag this time, but have used a 16 oz. bag in the past.

EL is helping me prepare the gravy. You can use already prepared gravy, or a homemade version, but I like to use 3 packages of McCormick low sodium chicken gravy mix. (It makes about 3 cups of gravy.)

Follow the directions on the package and stir until thickened.

Pour the chicken gravy over the chicken/vegetable mix.
 
Prepare the stuffing. I use a 12 oz. bag of Pepperidge Farm cubed stuffing. Add 2 cups of chicken broth or water to it and stir until moistened.

Spoon the stuffing on top of the chicken.

This is what it looked like before putting it in the oven.

When it comes out of the oven, it is a nice golden brown.

Just look at those perfect fall colors all mixed together in a warm, yummy dish! Add a bowl of applesauce as a side dish, or some other Fall fruit, to complete your meal.


CHICKEN STUFFING PIE

1 12-oz. bag Pepperidge Farm cubed stuffing
3 pkgs. McCormick Chicken Gravy Mix
1 12-oz. bag frozen mixed vegetables
4 cups cooked, de-boned chicken

Put chicken and vegetables in a 9x13 casserole dish. Prepare gravy and pour over top. Prepare stuffing with 2 cups broth or water and spoon over top. Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees F (or until golden and bubbly). 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SEPTEMBER FIELD TRIPS: Nature Center, Apple Orchard, Fort LaMotte & Vincennes

Our first visit to a NATURE CENTER this school year was on September 16th. We signed up to attend classes at the center once per month, and September's topic was about WILDFLOWERS...

The kids are learning about the different parts of a flower.
 
Taking a nature hike to find wildflowers.

This unusual flower is called an Obedient Plant

The kids were allowed to gather a cup full of wildflowers to take home

On September 23rd, we joined others on a tour of a nearby APPLE ORCHARD.




I love this picture! EL was not comfortable walking down the hill by herself, so JJ turned to me and said, "I'll help her." He took hold of his sister's hand and walked with her all the way down the hill. It was a sweet brother-sister moment.


On September 26th, we took a family day trip to attend "LaMotte Days" at Fort LaMotte (a recreation of a fort used during the War of 1812). We arrived close to lunch time and, since there was a small turn-out, we were invited to join the reenactors in tasting the various foods that were cooked over an open fire. It was a fun little outing.








From the fort, we drove another half hour to Vincennes, Indiana where we saw inside the Elihu Stout Print Shop, then took a tour of the George Rogers Clark Memorial. There are a lot of things to see in Vincennes, but we didn't have the time to see more than these two. I'm sure we will return at another time to see more.


Elihu Stout Print Shop


Inside the print shop

George Rogers Clark Memorial

Statue inside the memorial