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Welcome to Slice of Pie! I'm glad you dropped by to visit. You'll find a variety of life styling ideas on my blog ... and lots of grand daughter pictures, too! Miss Phoebe is my best helper and we do lots of special things together. Make sure you take a look down my sidebar! Under the "You're Invited" icon you'll find picture links to dinner parties I've hosted. Under the "Good Food" icon, you'll find picture links to food posts I've done. I usually post a sidebar picture link to magazine articles I've written. You'll find something you like! Hope you enjoy and stay around for awhile!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Turkey Gumbo Soup

Because I had a few left overs from Thanksgiving Dinner, I decided to make a little pot of Turkey Gumbo Soup.  I've been planning this for months and made sure I froze a few bags of okra last summer.  I always freeze okra before using it, because when you slice it and cook it ... there is none of the notorious 'slime'!

This recipe is easily prepared in the crock pot.  I used dried vegetables, but you could certainly use fresh or frozen (or left over cooked)!

In a crock pot, combine:

6 cups of water or chicken broth
as much left over giblet gravy as you have
1 - 2 cups of mixed vegetables
1 cup sliced okra
1/2 cup of spicy rice mix (I used Jolla Rice Mix)
1 - 2 cups of cooked turkey or chicken
4 - 8 ounces of sliced spicy sausage links

Cook on high for 3 hours.  Add cooked pasta at the end of the cooking.  There should be plenty of spice in the sausage and rice mix, but if you'd like more, add it.

Phoebe's Thanksgiving Tablescape!

My daughter often says, "my job is done", when Phoebe demonstrates that she has learned something really important to our family life!  Usually that pertains more to her interest in music or movies from the past ... or her interest in technology!  On Thanksgiving, I thought "my job is done", when Phoebe came in the front door carrying a box and proclaimed that nobody was to go into the dining room until she was finished!  She had some decor to add to the table.  Take a look!

Don't assume that Phoebe had her holidays confused!  Her mama had been teaching her about the long history of Thanksgiving Day and the fact that George Washington had proclaimed the holiday in 1789.  We've also been having lots of conversations lately about the importance of our flag and the National Anthem and how all these things represent the freedom we have in the USA.
So ... it was important for Phoebe to include flags on our tablescape ... and the quill pen is just like the pilgrims used.

Our Thanksgiving tablescape included turkeys ... one wearing teal pearls around her neck!

I have been collecting cornucopia baskets for years and these little tiny ones are part of my collection!  This year I placed them on Pioneer Woman coasters and filled them with candy.

There is almost always a pig on my tablescape! Thanksgiving is no exception!


You might recognize this checked table cloth as a Pioneer Woman piece.  I left all my turkey dinnerware on the shelves this year and used the new PW Willow pattern for Thanksgiving.  I'm trying not to buy everything I see made by PW, but when I saw the large platter, I bought it.  When I realized what a nice turkey platter it would make, I bought the dinner plates and gigantic mugs!

I decided to add some flowers to my turkey shaped napkin rings, so they would look cute with the Willow pattern!  The pearls on the turkey in the centerpiece, set the overall theme!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cheeseburger Chowder!

I made a small batch of Cheeseburger Chowder over the weekend!  
I needed to stock up on a few frozen containers of soup to use for my lunches. I thaw them in the fridge over night and I package just the right amount for my mini crockpot that I keep in my office. 

The ingredients are simple and you can use whatever you have on hand.  The one thing that I add ... that I've never seen in any other recipe is DILL leaf!  That adds the subtle flavor of a dill pickle and that makes it taste truly like a cheeseburger!

Brown half a pound of good ground beef.  Leave some big chunks.  While the burger is browning, add 1/2 cup chopped onion and half a cup of chopped red and/or green bell pepper. Add 3 cups of beef broth, a half cup of uncooked pasta (I used noodles) and a cup of frozen corn kernels.  Let the soup simmer about 30 minutes.  Finish the soup by adding 1 teaspoon dill weed, plenty of freshly ground black pepper, 1 cup of sour cream and 3 cups of shredded cheese. Continue to simmer the soup for another five minutes, stirring constantly so all the cheese melts and the sour cream blends in nicely.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tiers of Autumn

I decided to load my galvanized metal tiered tray with some autumn decor. It had been sitting on the sunroom table, filled with an apple theme!
When you have red furniture, you have to have some red pumpkins!

Don't you love this teal pickup truck!   

The tray is filled with pumpkins, pigs ... and nothing I do lately seems to be void of a piece from the Pioneer Woman!  Measuring bowls and spoons are tucked in the bottom shelf!  I don't use them ... because they are just too cute!

Glitzy Pumpkins for Brunch!

I happened in to the local Walmart when Halloween things were 75% off and there were a few glittery pumpkins left, so I bought a couple.  I already had plenty, but I do love pumpkins!

Having my new additions to a rather large collection meant that I had to set one more pumpkin tablescape.  No, it won't really be the last one for the season ... I have another one planned for later!

I also found this cute Harvest Blessings framed tray, so it became an important part of my composed centerpiece.  Notice my 1965 edition of Fannie Farmer's cookbook!  That was the 11th edition published of the original 1896 cookbook.

I mixed my very affordable Walmart Mainstays pumpkin dinnerware with a little collectible green glass!  The tiny butter plates are what we got in the oatmeal box when I was little ... Sandwich Glass!  The green leaf shaped bowl is Anchor Hocking 1960s vintage ... probably from a dime store!  The faux bamboo flatware is twenty years old and just part of my stash!  The beaded place mat is from Kohl's ... on sale-on sale after Christmas a couple years ago!  I would never pay the original price for those things!

Miss Phoebe is spending the night with me tonight, so I think we'll eat Sunday brunch on this table in the sunroom!  When she was little bitty, I'd let her drink coffee from a demitasse cup!  Now, we have our coffee from a big mug.  I've ruined her.

I'll share this post with some of the parties listed in my sidebar, so make sure you click through to see the other posts!  Hope you are enjoying the autumn season!

Roast Chicken with Potatoes & Creamed Spinach

This creamy comfort food is perfect for Saturday night supper on a cold evening!  Who doesn't love to smell something wonderful from the oven? Who doesn't enjoy relaxing for 45 minutes when the oven is doing all the work? Just look at these glistening potatoes and the glossy skin on the chicken thighs!

I used chicken thighs because I love the tender meat on the thigh.  You could use chicken breasts, just plan on cooking it a little longer.  You could also use skinless, boneless breasts ... and you'd roast those in a little less time!

Place 6 to 8 chicken thighs in a 13x9 baking dish.  Surround them with tiny potatoes. Pour 1/2 stick of melted butter over the chicken and the potatoes.     Add 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth to the dish, but don't pour it over the meat and vegetables.  That will cause the butter to run off and into the dish. Pour your broth carefully at the edge of the dish.

Add your favorite fresh herbs and a little minced garlic over the top of the chicken.  Roast (uncovered) for 45 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees.  Most of the broth will be absorbed, but during the last 5 minutes of roasting, pile all the meat and vegetables on top of each other and make room to add a bag of fresh baby spinach.  Before you add the spinach, add a tablespoon of flower to the remaining broth and whisk it around. Add the spinach and it will wilt beautifully in the oven.  Remove the baking dish from the oven and add half a cup of Half and Half to the spinach side of the dish!  Toss the spinach around in the Half and Half. The flour slurry you made will cause the Half and Half to thicken a little.

The end result is beautiful and delicious!

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