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Food, mustard seed sentinel

Turkey Pot Pie

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You may have some leftover turkey in the near future, and you may want something new to do with all that meat. Turkey pot pie is a great way to use up leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal. It comes together easily and is so satisfying. A flaky, buttery crust wraps the savory turkey filling like a delicious present. 

Meat pie is a very old food with roots as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. I think they were on to something pretty fantastic all those years ago. Many cultures around the globe have their own version of meat pie. We love meat in a pastry shell in America too. Pot pies have stood the test of time. Turkey pie is a classic.

This turkey pot pie recipe is absolutely scrumptious. There’s plenty of meat, and the sauce in the filing is creamy and flavorful. The delectable crust brings all the flavors and textures together beautifully. My family gave this recipe their stamp of approval. I think your family will love this savory pie too. Turkey pot pie is good old fashioned comfort food.

Happy Eating!

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Turkey Pot Pie 

Ingredients

1 double pie crust – homemade or store bought

1 medium onion – diced

2 carrots – diced

2 ribs of celery – diced 

4 cloves crushed garlic

6 tablespoons butter

⅓ cup flour

2 cups chicken stock

½ cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 ½ teaspoons poultry seasoning

1 teaspoon fresh thyme 

3 cups cooked shredded turkey 

1 cup frozen peas

1 egg – beaten for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook the veggies until they are soft, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add the flour, and stir continually for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer and cook for a few minutes until it’s thickened. Stir constantly. Add salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and thyme. Taste, and adjust spices as needed.
  5. Stir in cooked turkey and frozen peas. Remove from the heat. Let that sit while you prepare the pastry.
  6. Roll out one pie crust disk into a 12 inch circle. Roll up the pie dough onto your rolling pin and transfer to a 9 inch pie pan. Carefully let the dough fall into place. Gently press the dough into the pie pan. 
  7. Add the turkey pie filling to the prepared pastry filled pie pan.
  8. Roll out your second pastry disk into a 10 inch circle. Use the rolling pin to transfer the dough on to the top of the filled pie. 
  9. Cut the top and bottom dough ½ an inch beyond the pie plate. Pinch the top and bottom crusts together to seal the pie. Crimp the crust. Place a finger against the inside edge of the pie dough, then use the thumb and index finger of the other hand to press the pastry into flutes.
  10. Cut 4 to 6 two-inch slits in the top of the pie to vent. Brush the prepared pie with egg wash.
  11. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the crust on top is golden brown.
  12. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • You can use both white and dark turkey meat. You can also use chicken.
  • Use green beans or other vegetables if you prefer.
  • If the crust is getting too dark while cooking, cut a 4 inch circle in the center of a square piece of aluminum foil. Loosely place on the pie while it finishes cooking. 
  • You don’t have to crimp the edge of the pie. It just looks prettier crimped.

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Homemade Pie Crust 

Ingredients

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup cold butter, diced

1 cup cold water

1 egg

 

Instructions 

  1. In a large mixing bowl add flour and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the cold butter. Using your hands mix the butter and flour. Grab the mixture and rub it to break it into smaller pieces until it’s a coarse crumb.
  3. Combine the egg and water in a measuring cup. 
  4. Pour about half the egg mixture into the flour and butter. Using your hands combine until a soft dough forms. Add more of the egg and water as needed. It will come together quickly. Do not over mix. Do not knead the dough. Just bring all of the ingredients together. It should not be crumbly, and it should not be wet. 
  5. Once it’s combined divide the dough into two portions. Flatten each portion into a disk shape and cover in plastic wrap. 
  6. Refrigerate for an hour. Leave the dough on the counter for 20 minutes to soften up a bit before rolling it out.

 

Notes

  • Pie dough can be kept in the refrigerator for 48 hours and freezer for up to 6 weeks.
  • Do not stretch pie dough when placing it in a pie pan. Stretching the dough causes shrinkage while baking. 
  • I always use salted butter. Use unsalted if you prefer. 
  • Keep butter and water cold.     

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For this recipe and all of my recipes go to Mustard Seed Sentinel, Meghan’s Corner.

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Guest Post

Make Me Available

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Make Me Available is a U.K. based faith brand and faith blog. They graciously invited me to contribute to their blog. It was an honor to be included among so many talented writers with a shared passion for Jesus. You can read my post here:

https://www.makemeavailable.com/blogs/welcome-to-the-mma-blog-spot/i-never-dreamt-of-being-a-writer

Make Me Available is all about drawing people to the love of God. It began with a lovely poem. When I read the poem it made me cry. It’s beautiful. I love what Make Me Available is doing globally to reach people for Christ through a fun, vibrant faith brand.

The T-shirt I’m wearing is a Make Me Available original. It says: We Walk By Faith Not By Sight.

Make Me Available has T-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women, and children. A percentage of each sale goes to the global Christian charity Feed The Hungry. Please go to their site. Read the poem. Order some T-shirts for your family, and know you are supporting a ministry that is impacting the globe for the Lord.

https://www.makemeavailable.com

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Love you all,

Meghan

God, Gratitude

Thank You God

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Thank You!

Two simple words that are quite powerful. Each morning when I wake up I say Thank you Lord before I do anything. I started doing this several years ago. I have to be intentional to say this to my Heavenly Father each day. Sometimes I forget to do this first thing, and I say it later. The goal is always to start my day thanking God.

Why do I do this? When I start my day with thanking God before anything else it puts things in perspective. No matter how I’m feeling, no matter what trial I am experiencing, God is bigger. It’s all about Him, not me. 

Let’s thank God together. 

Thank you Father God for today. It is a precious gift from you. No matter what I have to face, you are with me. I praise you and thank you. 

Thank you for Jesus.

Thank you for your word, the Bible.

Thank you for my sweet husband.

Thank you for my beautiful sons.

Thank you for grace.

Thank you for mercy.

Thank you for your amazing love.

Thank you for the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for the gift of prayer.

Thank you that I can walk.

Thank you for ears that hear.

Thank you for plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for a beautiful home to live in.

Thank you for flowers.

Thank you for beautiful sunrises.

Thank you for stunning sunsets.

Thank you that I live in safety.

Thank you for providing my every need.

Thank you for never giving up on me.

Thank you for true friends.

Thank you for the gift of family.

Thank you for white sandy beaches.

Thank you for fresh air to breathe.

Thank you for the kindness of strangers.

Thank you for summertime gardens.

Thank you for cool breezes.

Thank you for chubby baby feet.

Thank you for sweet baby smiles.

Thank you for the gift of life.

Thank you for every star.

Thank you for the moon.

Thank you for the miracle of Christmas.

Thank you for snow covered mountains.

Thank you for your comfort.

Thank you for listening to me.

Thank you for answering my prayers.

Thank you for sending Jesus to save the world.

Thank you for the hard times.

Thank you for the peace that only you can give.

Thank you for the gift of laughter.

Thank you for tears.

Thank you for hands.

Thank you for beautiful music.

Thank you for big fluffy clouds.

Thank you for blue skies.

Thank you that my home is in heaven.

Thank you that Jesus is preparing my heavenly home.

Thank you for your mighty hands that hold me.

Thank you that I’ve always got hope.

Thank you for so many lovely colors in the world.

Thank you for gray skies.

Thank you for your protection in the storm.

Thank you for second chances.

Thank you for forgiveness from all my sins because of Jesus.

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Ephesians 5:20, ESV 

What do you thank God for?

Prayer

Do a Prayer Walk Through Your Neighborhood

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We are the church. It is not just a Sunday, one hour event. We take Jesus with us everywhere we go. The Holy Spirit dwells in every Believer. We have the incredible opportunity to step outside of the comfort of our homes and share Christ. There are many ways we can do this. One way is to pray. 

I have started walking through my neighborhood and praying. Not prayers for my own needs, or the needs of my friends and family. I have my own prayer time at home for those things. I am praying specifically for my neighbors and my neighborhood as I walk. 

I get some exercise and fresh air which is fantastic. I also get the benefit of walking through different parts of my neighborhood each time I go out. There are hundreds of homes in my subdivision. As I walk past each home it is a reminder that people live there. Families and individuals, all made in the image of God.

Some homes have Christians, Muslims, and other religions. Besides the neighbors right near my house, I don’t know anything about all the other people in my neighborhood. God does. So I pray according to His will and His word. 

It’s easy to do. You do not need any special training. You do not need any special equipment. You need Jesus and a decent pair of walking shoes. That’s it.

The main goal of my prayers is for the salvation of anyone in my neighborhood who is not following Jesus. After that, I pray whatever the Holy Spirit brings to mind. I pray quietly to myself or in my head. 

Here are some of the things I pray as I’m walking:

-Knock at their doors Jesus and at their hearts.

-Draw them to Jesus.

-Open their eyes to see the reality of their sin.

-May they have repentant hearts.

-Let them hear you, see you, and know you Jesus.

-Thwart every evil plan of the devil.

-Bring your peace to each home.

-Protect each home and our neighborhood.

-Fill our neighborhood with your presence.

-Let no one perish without knowing Jesus as Savior.

-Bring hope where it’s been lost.

-Provide for every need.

-Heal the sick and diseased.

-Protect the children.

-Flood every home and every heart with you, Jesus.

Those are just a few of the things I pray. It changes as I’m walking as the Holy Spirit brings specific Bible verses to mind or specific things to ask. Also, I picture Jesus going down the middle of the road ahead of me. He leads the way and goes to each door. 

Prayer works because we are inviting God to take over. It’s all Him. We just need to ask.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:17-18, NASB 

Elijah was a prophet but he was also an ordinary man. He prayed and prayed for no rain and there was no rain. Then he prayed again for rain and it rained. God heard his pleas and answered Elijah’s prayers.

What if we pray earnestly for our neighbors to come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?

Imagine if at least one Christian in every neighborhood, in every city, in every nation, committed to pray for their neighbors and neighborhood.

God moves when His people cry out to Him. 

I live in a place with year-round nice weather, and I am able bodied. I can easily take a short walk and pray. You may live where you get snowed in. Maybe you live in a rural area and your closest neighbor is acres away. You can still pray.

If you live in a rural area.

You can walk your property and pray for your neighbors, even if they are far away.

You can do drive by prayers for homes and neighbors.

If you are not physically able to leave your house.

You can still pray for your neighbors and your neighborhood.

You can pray through an apartment building.

Go past each door and bring that presence and blessing of God.

Pray for that annoying neighbor.

Pray for that isolated neighbor.

Pray for that friendly neighbor.

Pray for every neighbor.

If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well. James 2:8, NASB 

Love you all,

Meghan

Father God,

Thank you for your perfect love for us. Thank you for Jesus and His shed blood to save us. Fill our hearts with love for our neighbors. Help us to see them the way you do. Teach us to pray and be light to our neighbors. Give us opportunities to be kind, helpful and show the love of Christ. 

Amen