Monthly Archives: September 2012

Recipe: Creamy Chicken and Veggie Stew


Cooler weather is approaching, calling for comfort food that warms the heart and the tummy. At least it does around here.

I posted this pic on my personal Facebook page last week with the status update of what it was and I was having it for supper.  Immediately there were comments and requests for the recipe to be put on At Home Woman.  Your wish is my pleasure.

I’m giving y’all the made from scratch version, but if you’re interested in the quick fix version (quick fix is in the photo), email me for the recipe, athomewoman@live.com. Both are good, hearty and very tasty.  This makes a large pot of stew, but no worries.  Leftovers (if you have any) are great warmed up, served over rice or noodles like a casserole or used as filling for chicken pot pie.

Don’t let all the ingredients scare you. This comes together pretty quickly and is completely cooked in just 1-3 hours. It’s pretty forgiving.  *You can make adjustments, leave out or add veggies or other ingredients if you like.

AT HOME WOMAN’S CREAMY CHICKEN AND VEGGIE STEW

INGREDIENTS

2-1/2 lbs. cooked chicken (boneless, cut into bite size chunks). *This can be grilled, roasted, boiled, sautéed.

3 C potatoes (bite size chunks)

3 C carrots (chopped)

2 stalks celery (finely chopped)

1 large onion (finely chopped)

2 C frozen green peas

1 C sliced green beans (drained if using canned) *optional

1 C chopped asparagus *optional

2 quarts chicken stock (homemade or canned)

1 quart vegetable broth (canned is fine)

1/2 C cream or milk

4 T butter or margarine

4 T flour

1 tsp each of poultry seasoning, rosemary, thyme, rubbed sage

1/2 tsp basil

Salt & pepper to taste

Garnish: Chopped parsley, shredded cheese and/or chopped green onion

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DIRECTIONS

In large stock pot, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium high heat. Saute’ onions, celery, and carrots until they begin to soften.

Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Allow to melt.

Add flour, stirring into the veggie and butter mixture, saturating the flour with the butter and vegetable juices.

Add the potatoes, remaining vegetables and chicken chunks. Give it a few stirs.

Add the herbs, salt and pepper.

Pour in the chicken stock and vegetable broth.  Bring just to a low boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to gently simmer.

Cook until veggies are tender and sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.

During last 10 or 15 minutes of cook time, pour the cream/milk in and stir to incorporate to make the sauce rich and creamy.**

Sauce should be like a gravy or creamed soup.***

Garnish as suggested or as desired in the bowl.

Serve with warm, crusty bread for a complete comfort meal.

**If sauce is not thick enough, blend a little corn starch (up to 1 T) into the cream or milk before pouring into the stew.

*** If sauce is too thick, add more chicken stock, stirring until you get the right consistency.

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I hope you enjoy this At Home family favorite.  I’d love to hear how you and your family likes it.

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When God Paints An Autumn Picture


When God Paints An Autumn Picture

As summer’s sun fades into the past

And winter’s icy cold is waiting,

God’s own finger touches the land

To create the most vivid painting.

Mountains and valleys tell a story

In yellow, red, orange and gold,

He gives a promise in this sampling,

Of the beauty we’ll someday behold.

I embrace the glorious delights

Of this amazing visual mixture.

I see mercy, grace, love and rest

When God paints an Autumn picture.

by

Ginger Moore

Happy Autumn from At Home Woman!

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Play To Learn and Learn From Play


I’m ready for school, Mom!

My son, whom I call “Little Man”, is loving school.   No!   Really!  He is!  Almost every day, he will come in to “the learning center” (aka. our living room), get into his chair at his desk or grab my hand to pull me out of my seat and happily exclaim, “I’m ready for school!” He’s excited and eager to explore and fill his curious mind with information about the world he lives in.  When I say it’s time to stop for the day, he will often beg for more.  There is something to be said for that.  Color me a happy at home mom and teacher!

Learning Can Be Fun

We play to learn and we learn from our play. We use all sorts of dynamic and interesting approaches to lessons that make them enjoyable. Kids are sponges and want to learn new things. Studies show they learn better when play is included in their lessons. When it’s fun and interesting, the time goes by quickly and the information tends to be retained better. Yes, we have “seat time” and we practice things like handwriting and do math drills. But we do it in such a way so that it’s not boring or an intense brain drain that he dreads and can’t wait for it to be over.  It’s very creative and alive.

Flexibility Wins Again

Let me explain. Although some may disagree with our approach, we’ve chosen to not be strict in our home education structure. We remain flexible. I make loose plans and set goals we wish to achieve for each week but I try to keep in mind that these are not set in stone. We flow with it to make it exciting and new every single day, even though we are doing lots of repetition. We capitalize on what I call “teachable moments”. If my son expresses an interest in something, we go with it and delve into that particular subject. One day it may be planets and outer space that catches his curiosity. The next day it may be koala bears or palm trees that may strike his fancy.

A Recent Teachable Moment

Circumstances will often dictate our days. For example, I’ve been fighting a terrible cold and struggling with little to no voice for a week or more. So I’ve tried to give “quiet” lessons each day in an attempt to save my voice. Last week, I gave Little Man my white board and told him to practice writing and drawing. Here’s a photo of what he did.

Encouraging creative fun encourages learning

Can you tell what it is? Don’t feel bad, if you can’t.  I couldn’t either.  Ready for this? It’s a mouthful of teeth! Cute, huh? Little Man also came up with a tooth brushing game to play with his drawing. The eraser was a toothbrush and the markers were used to color code different things the teeth needed to be happy and healthy. There were bits of food and stains that had to be removed and “sugar bugs” that had to go. The goal was for all the teeth to smile big and bright because they were being well taken care of. LOL….What an imagination that one has!

So I just went with it, taking the open opportunity to teach about why we have teeth, good oral care and why it’s important. We wrote out words like “tooth”, “mouth”, “brush”, “floss”, etc. We had a fun “made us giggle” creative story time with scenerios and characters we made up along the way and things they should do or shouldn’t do when caring for their teeth. I then printed out a couple of worksheets to further the lesson.

One Subject Matter Can Cover So Much

Home education or lessons don’t have to be stressful, complex, long or cumbersome. The goal is to learn and broaden horizons, right? One lesson can cover several subjects for your lesson time. In the impromptu oral health lesson, the drawing counted as Art for the day. The writing was part of his Penmanship and the words were counted as Reading and Spelling lessons for the day. The subject matter was his Science that day. The whole of the matter applied towards his Life Skills & Practical Concepts for the day. Six (yes, I said 6) school subjects were covered with one assignment, and all in 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

As my son grows older, I’m sure our teaching techniques will have to grow with him. I’m also sure that the fun and excitement will remain in our school days no matter how old he gets. For now, we’re keeping it easy and breezy, with lots of flexibility to tap into his interests and expand his knowledge horizons.

Playing to learn. It works for us.

Do you incorporate play into your at home education lessons? What ways have you found to help make learning fun?

Hello world!


Hey y’all! Welcome to my ramblings and thank you for stopping by.

This is a blog about the view from the chairs I sit in, mainly my teaching chair.  You see, I’m a home education teacher.  I’m schooling my only child at home.

But that’s not the only seat I seat in.  I also sit in the wife chair and the mom chair.  Wait.  There’s more.  I also sit in the CEO chair and business owner chair.

And ALL of these chair are sit in “at home”.  That’s why I call myself an “at home woman“.

Where this blog will go, I have no clue.  I plan to share about my journey as a teacher and home education (also known as homeschool).  I may sometimes share about being a wife, a mom or a CEO and business owner.  That’s yet to be decided.  There’s just no telling what may end up on these pages.

If sharing my experiences helps others who may be sitting in one or more of the same chairs that I am, I’ll be tickled pink.

I invite you to come along with me and enjoy the view from my teaching chair.  It might just get really interesting.

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