Monday, February 24, 2020

Sweater Knitting and Pot Pie!

Happy Monday morning everyone. Are we all ready for another week? We had the strangest weather day yesterday. It was sunny when we went to church, but drizzling a little bit of rain when we left. We went to Arby’s for lunch with about 10 other people and while we were there the wind started blowing and the rain and snow was literally going sideways. We ended up sitting and talking for over an hour waiting for it to stop, at least a little, so we could run to our cars. 15 minutes later it was completely blue sky again and it stayed beautiful the rest of the day. So strange.

I have been doing nothing craft wise except knitting on Dennis’s sweater. Here is my progress as of this morning.

Yes, there is some dog hair on there. Chloe is shedding her winter coat all over everything. I have a feeling the sweater will only be worn when he is not at home. Ha! I have just switched needle sizes and have started knitting the bottom ribbing.

Last night I made another chicken pot pie it was so good I thought I would share the recipe with you.

You can make your own pie crust or cheat like I did. :-)  I bought two premade crust’s in the freezer section and just inverted one over the other. They are so good that I don’t even miss my homemade crusts. I have always made my own piecrust, but have had difficulty standing long enough to roll them out because of my back issues. I am so glad I discovered this because we both love homemade chicken pot pie. 

I bought a roasted chicken at Costco last week and this was our fourth meal from that $4.99 chicken. I still have enough chicken in the freezer for another meal. Not bad for five dollars.  Five meals! There was a LOT of meat on that chicken.

Here’s the recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook I’ve had since we got married. I rarely make any changes to the recipe.

Chicken Pot Pie
1/3 cup margarine or butter
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups chicken or turkey broth
2/3 cup milk
2 cups cut up cooked chicken or turkey
10 ounce package of frozen mixed vegetables

Heat margarine over low heat until melted. Blend in flour, onion, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in broth and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir one minute. Stir in chicken and frozen vegetables

This is where I differentiate from the recipe. You can make your own piecrust or pour the mixture into a premade pie shell. Invert a second shell over the first one and pinch edges to seal. Cut slits in the top for ventilation. Cook uncovered in a 425° oven until the crust is brown, about 30 minutes.

Wishing you all a wonderful day today and I hope you have some sunshine wherever you may be. I have my six month dental check up tomorrow and then I’m meeting a former blog pal for lunch. Not that she’s a former friend, but that she no longer blogs. Ha!  I’m looking forward to that very much.

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:8

Blessings and love,


  1. WOW! I can't believe how far along you are on the sweater for Dennis. You will have that finished in no time Betsy. It is so beautiful. Love that shade of yarn. Your pot pie looks delicious. I've been trying so hard to really eat healthy (more plant-based and limiting carbs), but I may have to cave and make one of these. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. I can't wait to see Dennis' sweater completed. I love the color. We like chicken pot pie and I use store bought pie crusts too. I make the world's worst pie crust from scratch!

  3. You're going gangbusters on that sweater! Bravo! You'll have it done in no time. I'm glad your weather abated while you had lunch with your friends. Have fun with your friend. We're awaiting the delivery and installation of our new pellet stove. Can't wait to have a fire again. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Five meals from one roasted chicken is a great way to stretch the budget!

  5. The weather was indeed very strange yesterday! We had a similar squall blow there here too. Like you said, it didn't last long, thankfully! Dennis' sweater is going to be amazing! You sure work fast! I love chicken pot pie too. We often buy Costco's rotisserie chicken, and get many meals from it too. I like to boil the bones down, and make a pot of soup from them too. Its amazing how far a meal can stretch with one chicken! Enjoy meeting your friend for lunch! Sounds wonderful :)
    And congratulations on winning one of the books sweet Cheryl is giving away! Isn't it amazing we both were winners! I can't hardly believe it :)

    Have a blessed and wonderful day my friend!

  6. Girl, we had the same kind of weather on Sunday and I also made a chicken pot pie a few days ago! I cheated too!!
    You amaze me with your ability to do what you do!! You should teach a class!!
    Hugs, Roxy

  7. I was going to ask if that crust was homemade. It looks good! Sometimes store bought is just fine. 😊

  8. Great progress on the sweater-wow! The pot pie looks very comforting! Nice job.

  9. You really made good progress on Dennis' sweater.

  10. You’re knitting needles must be clicking even while you’re sleeping! I can’t believe it is nearly finished - well done!

  11. There were gusts of wind here on Sunday...some 40mph! One gust made it into my patio area, rippled the rug and toppled a plastic table! But we had some sunshine, too. Your knitting is amazing! Bravo, and thanks for sharing the chicken pot pie recipe, and parting Word of encouragement.πŸ€—πŸ™πŸ’œ

  12. Jerry and I love chicken pot pie... I really need to make one - and use your easy recipe! That crust looks yummy! Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite part has been the crust! You've really come along on Dennis' sweater... you are the fastest knitter I know! I like that dark blue - Dennis really picked out a handsome color. And I'm sure trying to keep my eyes on the Lord - it's just been a bit harder lately. Thank you for those words. Hugs and blessings, sweet friend!

  13. The progress on the jumper is amazing your knitting needles must be on fire you are so quick. The pot pie looks so tasty, it is one of our favourites but I don't make it very often. You did so well getting five meals from the chicken, well done. Thankfully the wind has now abated here and we can enjoy a few days reprieve. we are hoping to get out for a walk and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Take care.

  14. My youngest boy in Albany, NY said it was 50 degrees yesterday and felt very abnormal. We are having gray windy weather with a chance of rain. The sweater is gorgeous. Love the color. I've been wanting to make a vege pot pie -- one of these days I'll get around to it. Take care.

  15. You've made amazing progress on that sweater! Wow. I bet we have the same Betty Crocker cookbook. MY ex MIL gave it to me for a wedding present. It's in terrible condition but in spite of 44 years of hard wear it's still my go to source for recipes.

  16. The sweater looks lovely. Oh thank you for the pot pie recipe, it looks yummy. Keeping you in my prayers for your back sweet friend. Wishing you a day filled with much joy and many blessings. ((hugs))

  17. You have been busy! The sweater is looking great! Soon it will be done! :)

  18. The sweater is really coming along! Your recipe is the same as what I made except I did make my homemade crusts and I used turkey since I had some in the freezer. I know what you mean about the back. Mine is fine unless I stand for too long. Not sure if it's hips or back but I have to go sit and rest a bit and then go back at it. This getting old is quite an adveture! LOL!

  19. That sweater is going to look nice on Dennis. I'm still working on a shawl for a friend. I'm going to try your chicken pot pie recipe. Pot pies are such comfort foods.

  20. Well look at all those lovely commemts Betsy.
    Sorry am so slack, excessively busy here and more to do than hours in day.. really shouldn't be here now!
    Love Dennis' sweater..speedy knitting with such an eye straining colour indeed. Well done, you clever little vegemite.. and oh doesn't that pie look yummmmy!
    Pass me a piece, pretty please! Must pop over for a visit. What fun we would have! Can dream I guess...
    You don't say how you are.. but guessing not much better from injections, so sorry, so now praying your specialist's sleeves have marvellous ideas up there! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š perfect fit for your dilemma.
    Praying hard dear sweet sis.
    Thanks for sharing, and may God bless you.
    Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
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  21. Beautiful verse. I want some pot pie now. Happy Thursday.

  22. Oh, that chicken pot pie sounds amazing! I make a pie crust that would go so well with this. I used it once to make a chicken pot pie, and it was very similar to your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with us! God bless you. :)

  23. That color is so lovely Betsy! I am sure Dennis would love wearing that. And thanks for the terrific Chicken pot pie recipe. The pie crust cheating was the major takeaway.I would definitely try that on my busy schedule.

  24. How long was the line in your kitchen for that pot pie and is there any left??

  25. Both look great. Never made a pot pie and I am going to try this recipe. I have a bunch of chicken fanatics so I am sure they are going to love this. But otherwise my week was great just that pot pie replaces with chicken noodles.