Monday, November 23, 2015

Mini Turkey Pot Pies, Weekly Meal & Weekend Fun (November 23)

We had a low-key weekend with some time to catch up on work, housework, and life. My highlights were several neighborhood walks each day and throwing the football around at the park.

Plus, after years of wanting but not buying a DSLR, Andy finally broke down and bought one. He spent the better parts of Saturday and Sunday playing around with it. At one point, during our walk, he laid down on the sidewalk and said, “Stand on top of me,” which the kid took literally and stepped on him. Andy was so into taking photos from that perspective that he continued to take photos with the kid standing on him…

Here are some of his experiments and us goofing around: 

The kid wasn’t very much into “regular” photos.

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He soon refused to be in the pictures...

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But he thought standing on dad’s stomach was fun! 

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 He also agreed to a sunset shot...

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Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I don’t have many meals planned. I’ll make a big pot of butternut squash kale bean soup as well as a spicy white bean chili in the slow cooker (but I’ll play with the recipe a bit and also probably double it to make it last most of the week…). It’s another fun Tasty recipe video.

BTW, last week’s whole chicken in the slow cooker turned out well, but the meat was very, very soft after eight hours in the slow cooker. I think it was probably done after 6 or 7 hours… (My chicken was pretty small…). Also, I had recruited (or so I thought) Andy to handle the raw chicken but when it was time to get to work on Monday morning, he said he wasn’t ready and said “let’s do it tomorrow.” That was after I had already cut up all the veggies and put them in the slow cooker. So I ended up handling the chicken myself, which went actually better than I had thought.

After we ate the chicken, I put the chicken bones back in the slow cooker, added water, another onion, garlic, and celery and cooked the bones for another 20 hours or so on low to make chicken bone broth. I have been enjoying the broth all week.

We are invited to our friends’ house for Thanksgiving this year, so I won’t have leftover turkey and trimmings. I am not a huge turkey fan, but I do always enjoy turkey soup. I also like the mini turkey pot pies I usually make with the leftover turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, mushrooms and peas. 

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Mini Turkey Pot Pies with a Mashed Potato Crust

  • Leftover turkey, cut into small pieces
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • Peas (frozen and thawed peas work very well)
  • A little half and half (or stock to make it lower calorie)
  • Leftover mashed potatoes (it’s also really tasty with smashed sweet potatoes)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
What To Do
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in a little oil for a few minutes.
  3. Add frozen peas and turkey meat.
  4. Add a few tablespoons half and half (or stock).
  5. Season mixture with a little salt and pepper
  6. Fill small ramekins 3/4 with the turkey/mushroom/pea mixture.
  7. Top with mashed potatoes.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes have a nice golden color. 

Questions:  Do you like turkey? Are you a “chicken” when it comes to handling raw chicken? What’s on your menu this week? What was the highlight of your weekend?

Be well,


  1. Those pot pies look wonderful! Have a great week Andrea!!!

    1. Thanks, Roz! Have a great week, too!

  2. Andy sounds so much like Peter -- he'll talk about something endlessly for a while, then he'll usually get it after agonizing ;) Andy's pictures look awesome! I love the "standing on top" one especially :)

    Are you going to get a chance to make your pot pies this year (i.e. sneak out leftover turkey)? This recipe looks delicious!

    The highlight of our weekend was probably stocking up on essentials at Costco, haha :P

    1. Yup, there was a lot of agonizing! I'm just glad that - so far - it looks like he made the right decision in terms of what camera to get (and getting one at all; we had talked a LOT about a DSLR being very heavy, etc.) I love the "standing on top" pic, too. :-)

      Not sure if we'll get a chance to sneak out some turkey...

      It's nice to have Costco essentials all replenished! I remember before the kid was born I stocked up on so much; it was like I thought I was never going to be able to leave the house again... :-) But it was convenient to have stockpiles for years to come... ;-)

  3. Great shots with the new camera.

    Loving that pot pie... my kind of comfort food!

  4. I use a DSLR camera a lot! Best of both worlds.

    Seafood is the only meat I eat. Other than that I'm vegan. Eliminates a lot of issues with food :-)

    1. I didn't know you only ate seafood and are vegan otherwise! I do try to make vegetables by far the biggest part of our diet and limit meat to small amounts. And, yes, not having to handle a raw chicken is definitely a plus! :-)

  5. I love the pics! I actually just bought a new used lens for my DSLR - I am supposed to get it this week - can't wait to try it out, I've been relying on my iPhone for all my pics for too long!

    My sister has a hard time with raw meat too, so every once in a while I will send her a video of me deboning a while chicken and it makes her want to throw up :D

    Hannah hates pretty much every Thanksgiving meal, except for tater tot casserole and bread. That girl is a carb lover through and through - so she's making an asian noodle dish for herself!

    1. You have too much fun with your siblings (including all the "favorite child" taunting on FB!). :-)

      A couple years ago, we were out of town for Thanksgiving and went out to eat for a very expensive Thanksgiving dinner. All the kid ate was mashed potatoes & bread! But he said it was the best bread & mashed potatoes he had ever had... :-)

      Have a good, short week!

  6. The answer to your first two questions is yes and yes :) For Thanksgiving we are having my extended family over,its a tradition every year since my husband cooks a delicious turkey. I do my beef roast as well for some of us who are not crazy about turkey. My highlight this weekend, other than a photo shoot for tomorrow's blog story, was dinner and movies and doing some early grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving Andrea :)

    1. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Nora! Looking forward to tomorrow's blog post - your posts are always beautiful!

  7. Yay for the new DSLR, you and Andy will have so much fun with this, especially with that cute guy around. Love the sunset shot. Ok, your mini turkey pot pie looks and sounds amazing, it makes me quite excited to have some left overs. You are much better than I am this week with cooking, that's for sure. Might just need your butternut squash soup recipe too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. By the way, I think your weekend highlights sound awesome!

    1. Thanks, Trina! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

  8. That picture of the sunset is beautiful. Yor food looks delicious, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in holland, also not halloween, wich is a pitty because it sounds like a real feast with traditions. I like traditions. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks, Nancy! Have a great week, too!

  9. First, I have to say that I love your vest. I've been wanting one just like that. And congrats on the DSLR. We finally bought one a couple of years ago to take better travel (and blog) photos and we don't regret it. Now for the food - I am definitely a chicken when it comes to handling a whole raw chicken. My husband loves to cook (lucky me!) so I let him do the honors. I'm not a huge fan of turkey but do enjoy it once a year on Thanksgiving. Maybe it doesn't thrill me because I don't really like the dark meat and my husband tells me that's the juicier and more flavorful part. Those mini pot pies sound delicious and would be the perfect way to use up leftovers!

    1. Thanks, Beth! I like the vest, too, but it is not "perfect." I got it two years ago and had settled because it was "good enough." I wish I had searched a bit more for the "perfect" one as I feel a vest is such a classic piece that you can wear for many, many years.

      You are indeed lucky to have a husband who loves to cook (and handle the raw meat!).

  10. I hardly ever eat turkey, I usually choose chicken. I used my slowcooker yesterday for a typical Dutch recipe: beef with onions and it turned out delicious.

    1. Glad you are enjoying your slow cooker! It makes life so much easier...