Summer Fun

Happy times. I’m just grateful that we are able to have this and that Meg gets to enjoy it!

Aunt Mary Annie’s Birthday

January 15th, 2012


Good Eats

Grandma Joan & Bing…

Grandma Joan and Bing


Sock Monkies

The Timeline Emily made…

Timeline 1

Timeline 3

Timeline 2

Mary Annie’s school days…

Wall of Memories

Party's Here

The birthday girl arrives with her escorts…

Birthday Girl Arrives

The princess escorts: Megan & Makenzie…

Princess Escorts

Aunt Jane, Uncle Mike and company…


The Birthday Present from the family…


Bing, Leigh, Emily, Chris, Mike, Lori, Tim, Sonny

Mary Annie, Joan,

Drew, Makenzie, Megan

The Family

Emily, Mike

Mary Annie, Joan

The Harpers

Turkey Pot Pie

I’ve always wanted to try to make this, and finally did it yesterday night. I looked up a recipe on the net and tried the first one:

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 1 Hr

Ready In: 1 Hr 20 Min


  • 1 recipe pastry for a (10 inch) double crust pie
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll out bottom pie crust, press into a 10 inch pie pan, and set aside.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add the onion, celery, carrots, parsley, oregano, and salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the bouillon and water. Bring mixture to a boil. Stir in the potatoes, and cook until tender but still firm.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in the turkey and flour. Add the milk, and heat through. Stir the turkey mixture into the vegetable mixture, and cook until thickened. Cool slightly, then pour mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Roll out the top crust, and place on top of filling. Flute edges, and make 4 slits in the top crust to let out steam.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

My final observations:

  • Obviously your degree of skill affects how long it takes you to prep, so it took me longer than 20 minutes. If you like cooking, this isn’t a big deal.
  • The cook time and ready time was spot on.
  • I didn’t take the time to make the pie crust, but I think it would have made it better. Still the deep dish ready pie crust worked well enough. I had left over filling afterwards too, which I could have probably just added to the pie to make it bigger.
  • I used medium sized potatoes. I found three of them to be too much though. I would probably suggest two instead.
  • A cup and a half of cubed turkey was not enough. Next time I’m going to try two and a half.
  • Over all it was very easy to make. In the end it was actually very tasty  and even better the next day.

First Snow

I’m so glad we went Trick or Treating yesterday, because waking up to this before we had a chance to celebrate Halloween would be very confusing!

First Snow

I confess that I love this. It’s such a beautiful landscape. You will think I’m insane, but this morning I was watching the snow fall and listening to Christmas music.

First Snow 1

Then Chris spotted this sight to behold

Snowy Deer 1

This is why we love living here. We saw a dozen or so.

Snowy Deer 2

Children’s Books

One of the funnest things about being a parent is reading books to your child. I get a kick out of so many of them. I have an opportunity to entertain Meg, and indulge in some acting. I think she enjoys it quite a great deal.

Lately we’ve been reading Eric Carle’s Grouchy Ladybug
 Grouchy Ladybug

 and Leo Lionni’s Frederick.


I bought both books in colored paperback for less than $10 each. Well worth it in my opinion.

A few years ago I picked up and  read the Grouchy Ladybug at the bookstore. I honestly felt that it was not really age appropriate for Meg at the time since it was a tale about a mean ladybug and instigating fights. This isn’t something I really felt Meg was ready to learn. Now that she’s more mature…our budding seven year old…she understands that it’s not a good idea to pick fights, and no one really wants to be around someone who is grouchy. So far I’m not making this book sound very appealing. But…
If you haven’t read it, and even if you’re an adult without children, I highly recommend it. It has a good storyline and in the end a positive outcome. It’s just fun to read out loud and hopefully it will make you laugh.
I’ve often thought it would be great to send my friends children books as presents, but I think they would probably find it rather infantile.

Frederick is another great book that I think inspires the creative person in each of us. It’s a sweet  story that to me says it’s okay that we’re all unique individuals. We all have our own calling and with it we can contribute to our society/community.
I love the illustrations in both these books, because they’re unique…cut up or ripped up colored paper forming the images and shapes. They have that hands on artsy look.

Easter Bunny

Megan went to see the Easter Bunny this weekend with her Dad and Danielle.

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