Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chicken Pot Pie Weight Watchers Recipe


This recipe takes a little time but it is so worth it! It's very delicious :-)

Here are the ingredients you will need:

5 teaspoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
4 ribs celery
4 large carrots
1 large onion (I take out approximately what that would be chopped from my frozen prep food)
1/4 cup white flour
3 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1 cup frozen peas
2 ounces light cream cheese
1 tablespoon of Thyme ( fresh if you have on hand)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounce reduced fat crescent roll





                                                        Prep veggies by chopping them up.


Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pot (I use my dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Cook chicken stirring occasionally until just cooked through. Remove from pot and set aside.


                                                           Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


Have adorable, hungry kids entertained while cooking the meal, lol. In this case...homework! :-)


Melt remaining 2 teaspoons butter in same pot over medium high heat, add celery, carrots, onion and cook, stirring frequently until vegetables begin to soften, 5 minutes or so.


Reduce heat and sprinkle vegetables with flour, cook, stirring until vegetables are coated, about a minute. Stir in broth and bring to a boil over high heat stirring occasionally.




Reduce heat to medium, simmer for 5 minutes. Add peas, cream cheese, thyme, salt and pepper; simmer, stirring occasionally until mixture is thickened and vegetables are just tender about 8 minutes or so. Stir in chicken that has been chopped into pieces and heat through.



            Divide evenly between 8 ramekins (8 ounce size) Or custard cups (about 1 cup filling)


Unroll crescent dough; carefully separate at perforations. Place 1 piece of triangle over each ramekin, letting edges drape over sides a little or folding them back.

Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet, bake until golden and filling is bubbly around the edges, about 11-13 minutes depending on your oven's temperature. Yields 1 pot pie per serving and is 8 smart points for weight watchers.


                                                             So delicious! Enjoy!!! :-)



                                                                          Blessings,
                                                                                 Jill

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review of DHPOWER Fleece Ear Warmer/ Ponytail Head Band #ponytaiheadband

* I received this item for a discounted price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my                                                                                   own. *

This ponytail headband double fleece ear warmer from DHPOWER is a great product for being out in the elements of winter. It has an area in the back to put your ponytail through and works great with long hair! It also folds over and men can easily wear it too or ladies with short hair. :-)


      It even fit Kathleen's head well and kept her ears warm while we walked at the lake the other day.


                       Information below used from company's facts about the product:

WELL FITTING - Size M: 2.5 '' x 4.5'' x 10'' ( when laid flat the headband) fit for head circumference 21'' - 23''.

- SWEAT WICKING - We made this extra wide, fashionable headband to help keep your hair and sweat out of the way.

- COMFORTABLE - It's thick, super soft and really comfortable without slipping around. Most likely you'll forget you're even wearing it. Great elastic and avoid headband slid down over the eyes while running.

- HIGH QUALITY - With double layers fleece to cover your ears, this headband is ideal for running, skiing, skating, outdoor sports in cold weather or snow. Easy cleaning with machine wash, air dry.




We all tried it out and liked it. It does stay in place quite well while you are doing activities. Definitely keeps your ears warm when it's cold outside. :-)






                                                                 Blessings,
                                                                      Jill

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Groundhog Day 2016

                       


           Looks like an early Spring this year!!! :-) Sounds great to me :-)

Blessings,
Jill

Visiting the Akron Zoo

We had really mild temperatures on Saturday with lots of sunshine and decided it would be the perfect day to visit the zoo! I took so many pictures, but tried to narrow down some of my favorites for this post :-) Hayley had a cyst pop up on her face and was all swollen so she didn't want to be in the pictures, but she was there enjoying the day with us. :-)


Found these adorable penguins on our way in ;-)



                           Kathleen made sure she coordinated her outfit for the trip to the zoo.




                          I have always loved observing jellyfish, I could watch them all day! :-)



This octopus was pretty amazing too. I just love animals and nature so much. Love that my girls get excited about it too.


              This little eel was so funny swimming around and hiding upside down looking at us.






         We also paid extra and luckily were in line on time and the girls got to feed the penguins!


 They had free hot cocoa for everyone throughout the day and with a meal you could add a bucket of popcorn for a $1.00. Wasn't crazy about the food choices, but did manage to get fruit. I saw a lot of other people bringing their own food so I think we will do the same next time.

Since it's the winter time they reduce the admission prices, which is nice. Also it wasn't very crowded.


This little red panda kept going in circles so fast it was hard to get a good picture of him, lol.






           I absolutely LOVE goats, we spent some time feeding them and hanging out in that area.



Coyotes, they were restless too but luckily we were able to get this picture. We have a lot of them around our yard.









                                   











These were wings you could actually move up and down. Not as easily as you think it would be either ;-)






Watching the lemurs was so much fun! They are very entertaining! See this little guy peeking out at me between the branches? :-)






                          Even warm enough they brought the flamingos out so that was a treat!




It's a small zoo and was sad to see how little room the animals had.... but overall it was a great family day.

                                                                 Blessings,
                                                                       Jill