Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cooler weather, New Names, Wimpy and Chicken Potpie

Goodevening!  We had a little reprieve from the Texas heat today.  It was only a high of 90! :)  It's been so sweltering hot and muggy that the 90 degrees felt a tad bit like fall.
Do you realize the first official day of autumn is next week?!?
The only fall decorations that I've put up thus far are on my piano.  My twinkling pumpkin, a jar of candy corn and a DELICIOUS candy corn candle (I bought it this weekend at a craft fair here in town...it seriously is the best candle I have ever smelled!).  I think I'll wait another week or two to finish decorating in hopes that cooler weather will be here to stay!  I'm so excited to buy my mums and pumpkins for the front porch!


I would like to introduce you to my children...

Little Bob on the left and Dot on the right.


For the past month Emma has insisted that her name be Dot. There are times that she'll say, "Emma Kate."
But more often than not the reply is, "Dot."

She has also taken the liberty of renaming her little brother... you can call him, "Little Bob."
His name change took place this morning. ;) She kept talking about "Little Bob."

"Come on Little Bob, let's go play!"
"Little Bob, let's go read a book!"
"Come and sit on my lap Little Bob!"

I asked her who "Little Bob" was and she pointed to Colt and said, "That's Little Bob."

Oh duh...sorry... I forgot that's what I named him at birth :)


One of the many hats that I wear during football season is that of yard maintenance crew.
Trav keeps up with the mowing on his day off.  But the bulk of everything else tends to be my responsibility.
Two summer's ago we planted some perennials alongside our house.  Last summer they didn't grow very much and we thought they would be non-existant this summer.  We couldn't have been more wrong!  The side of our house looked like it was being overtaken by perennials.  It was to the point it looked OUT OF CONTROL!

Since the weather was cooler this evening I parked the kids in the stroller next to me and started hacking away at the overgrown mess. 

I learned two things this evening.

Number one: I HATE perennials that grow to be as tall as the side of my house.  Not joking.  One of them had grown up to touch the roof.

Number Two: I am very very wimpy.  The last time I worked out was probably three months ago.  As I sit here typing my forearms and hands are STILL shaking from the physical activity I just had (I finished cutting an hour and a half ago).  How embarassing :)

This was the kids after I finished... notice the pile of craziness behind them :)  Looks like they're in the jungle.

And last but not least!
My friend Amanda was bringing a Chicken Pot Pie over to our friend Melissa tonight since she just had a baby.  I thought it sounded delish and made one for our house as well!

It's just your basic Veg-All Chicken Potpie Recipe.  If you've never tried anything like it don't be weirded out by the use of Veg-All.  This potpie is seriously one of the best things you will have ever eaten!

Chicken Pot Pie

1 (10 3/4 oz.) cans cream of potato soup

2 (16 oz.) cans Veg-All

2 c. chicken, cooked and diced

1/4 c. milk

Pepper and Salt to taste

1 pkg. (9 inch) frozen pie crust, thawed (the package will have 2 crusts)

Combine soup, Veg-All, chicken, milk, and salt/pepper. Place pie crust in the bottom of your dish. Spoon in your filling. Cover the top with the 2nd pie crust. Crimp edges to seal. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
Your family will love this recipe!
In the next day or two I'll post a recipe for an apple cake with butter sauce that is SO incredibly good and perfect for fall!
Goodnight everyone! :)

*Edit- Never trust a pregnant woman. Just woke up this morning and looked at the calendar... turns out the first day of autumn is this week :)  Oops!*


  1. Bahaha! Little Bob and Dot. Emma cracks me up! I can hear her saying it now in her funny little voice.

    Okay, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my candle too, I had to stop myself from buying a mum today, and I am slowly putting out my Fall decor each day in hopes that it will invite the cooler weather to us. :) :) Also, we thoroughly enjoyed our pot pie tonight as well...leftovers tomorrow for sure!

    Hope your "wimpy" arms are feeling better now. ;)

  2. Yum that sounds so good! I went mum crazy a few weeks ago, but I'm having to water them like crazy. It was 97 here yesterday! COME ON FALL!

  3. I am cracking up about the nicknames. That is so cute! And, that pot pie looks YUMMY! But, I have never heard of Veg-All....I don't know if we have that here in California!

  4. Yep. Never heard of Veg-All either. But the pot pie looks delish regardless!

    And...you'd better check my blog post today. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!! XO

  5. I will second the fact that that recipe is the BEST chicken pot pie recipe ever! I got it from a friend and it was amazing! Did you get your candle from Candles by Carol?