On a similar note (vintage, that is) my sister sent me information about a blog I can't wait to investigate! Check out Vanessa Brantley-Newton's Ooh La La Design Studio by clicking on the name. The original illustrations on her blog header took me back to happy places in my childhood. She is also a writer, a mother, and in so many other ways a phenomenal American woman. I can't wait to get to know her better! I hope you'll visit her too. Vanessa also enjoys collecting vintage children's books. This, I can relate to. As a first grade teacher and archivist of memories, I was inspired to take down my own First Grade Reader from the shelf where I keep it in my classroom. It made me think of Mrs. Ailor and the days of Tip and Mitten. I'm glad these friends are never really too far away.
So once again my thoughts return to my dad...of days when I was young and he called me "Chicken Legs," of a time when I was older and he searched desperately to find an out-of-print copy of a favorite book, The Adventures of a Whale, just to make me smile. I am reminded of my mother and the endless stories shared while sitting on her lap. What a blessing!
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea,
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
"Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath
I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.
Of Celert the hound of the hills of
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness blent with his final breath.
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch,
Oh, that each mother of boys were such.
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be --
I hope you are blessed enough to enjoy sweet sentiments and create happy memories with your own family. Here's a recipe for comfort food that you simply MUST try. Thank you, Amy. I know this doesn't happen often, but even this big sister must admit she can learn a thing or two from you... This lesson is a delicious one!
Amy's Chicken Pot Pie
(the only one I'll eat)
Yields 2 pies
(one to eat, one to share...or freeze for later!)
- 4 pie crusts (rolled variety works best, at least for the pie tops)
- meat from 1 rotisserie chicken (or 4 cooked chicken breasts, plus 1/4 cup water and 2 bouillon cubes)
- 2 cans mixed vegetables, drained (keep juice from one can if using rotisserie chicken)
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix ingredients. Divide and place into two pie shells. Top the pot pies with remaining shells. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Enjoy!