Thursday, January 31, 2013

Publix Best Buys 1/30-2/5

I ran by Publix this week for a few odds and ends.  I didn't consider this week to be a wonderful week, but I did find a few deals worth passing on to you.

  • Sabra Hummus $1.99 (no coupon, but a great price regardless)
  • Farm Rich Apps ($0.75/1) $2.74
  • Barilla Pasta (there are a variety of coupons out for the specialty varieties)
  • Mt. Olive Pickles ($0.50/1) $0.46
  • Ritz Crackers ($1.00/2) $1.75ea
  • Pompeian OO ($1.00/1) $2.42
  • Planter's Peanuts ($1.00/1) $1.19
  • Cat's Pride Light Litter ($1.00/1) $3.34**
I also picked up a few other odds and ends (forgot to photo it).  I didn't find their produce prices anything to cheer about this week, but I was happy with what I got.
**So far my cats haven't complained about the litter, but when I went to look for reviews on it many people said their cat's didn't care for it.  Always consult your cats when switching litter brands :).

Sugar Cookies

I've been MIA the last few days; sorry!  We've been getting ready to host family and celebrate Sophie's SECOND birthday!  There's so much exciting activity in the Ellis house right now.

Today I made the dough for Sophie's birthday cookies.  I've tried many recipes for butter and sugar cookies and by far the best is Alton Brown's sugar cookie recipe.  They roll out beautifully, keep their shape when baked, maintain freshness and above all, taste great.  I follow his recipe with 2 exceptions.  I add 1/2 tsp vanilla and I roll my cookies with flour, not powdered sugar.  These are a great base for alternative flavors.  Add 1 tsp lemon zest or 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg for zesty bright cookies.

I'll be baking a cake for her as well, but I think cookies are a fun way control the amount of sugar the kids are getting.  I'll be bringing you the cake recipe and photos on Saturday.  For now pardon my silence and enjoy your weekend!

Monday, January 28, 2013

5 Ways to Drink More Water

Many people are probably starting to fall off the New Year's Resolution bandwagon right about now.  Ahem, myself, ahem, included.  New Year's Resolutions are hard.  I didn't make much in the way of 'resolutions' this year; instead I set myself goals for the month, and for the year. 
One of my resolutions is to drink more water.  It sound all fine and dandy to drink the generally recommended 64oz of water a day (8 8oz glasses), but it's harder than it sounds.  My husband is a champ.  He can drink 4 of those big 32oz cups of water in a day without thinking about it.  Me, I find it much more difficult.
Here are a few ways I'm trying out to boost my daily water intake.
  1. Drink a glass as soon as I get up.  While I'm unloading the dishwasher and prepping Sophie's breakfast I have at least one glass of water.
  2. Drink more tea.  I don't add anything to my tea, so I could it toward my water intake.  I got a tea kettle for Christmas and I keep it primed and ready to go.  If you add a lot of sugar to your tea this might not work for you.
  3. Keep a water bottle handy.  I keep one in the car and tote one around the house with me.
  4. Drink only water at meals.  I can drink 2-3 glasses with dinner without a sweat.
  5. Drink it through a straw.  This might sound weird to some people,but I find I drink things faster through a straw (plus the icy cold water doesn't hurt my teeth this way). 
Hopefully one of these will inspire you to chug on (haha) with your goal of leading a healthier life in 2013.

Product Review: Viva Paper Towels

Click on the 'Reviews' tab for my take on Viva Paper Towels!  This review was not sponsored or endorsed by Viva.
Each week I'll be bringing you reviews of products I like, and don't like and unless stated none will be sponsored or endorsed by the companies in any way.  I just want to share my feelings on these products.  Hopefully they help you make a decision to try it or not!

Select Kindle e-books $1 with Voucher

Stop by Amazon Local this week to get your free e-book voucher.  This voucher allows you to purchase one of 25 e-books for $1.  I just did a cursory glance and didn't see a book on the list I was interested in, but it's worth checking out.

Don't forget to check with your local library and see if they have a free e-book loan program!  Our library does.  It allows me to check out up to 15 books at a tie via Kindle!  The best part is you don't have to own a Kindle to do this.  Any device that you can install the Kindle reader on makes you capable of getting e-books through Amazon!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Creamy Potato Soup

I make several versions of potato soup; this one is my husband's favorite.  One of my favorite things about potato soup in particular is how quickly it comes together.  Most soups takes hours to make. Potato soups go from prep to table in an hour or less. 
This recipe serves four.  If you'd like leftovers I recommend doubling it.  If it thickens upon reheating add a little milk to thin it out.

3 lbs peeled russet potato, 1/2" dice
3 c. chicken stock
2 c. whole milk
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 slices bacon, diced
1 TBSP dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire
Garnish (green onion, cheese)

In an 8qt stockpot saute' the bacon until crisp.  Remove the bacon and reserve.  Over medium heat cook the onion and garlic until soft.  Once softened add the stock, milk, 1tsp kosher salt 1/2tsp pepper and potatoes.  Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are cooked through, about 15 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.  Puree 3/4 of the soup in a blender and add back into the pot (if you have a stick blender employ it!).  Season to taste and stir well.  You might be surprised by the amount of salt you need to add.  Potatoes soak up salt!  If the soup is too thick for your liking add additional milk until the desired consistence is reached. 
Garnish with green onions, reserved bacon and cheese.  Enjoy this creamy, rich soup with a crisp green salad.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas

My poor husband is going to be Mexicaned out after this weeks menu; we ate Mexican out, had Mexican Hash, Chicken Tortilla Soup and now Enchiladas!  I bought 2 bone in chicken breasts this week and roasted, cooled and shredded them.  The bones went to fortify my Tortilla Soup Stock; half the meat went into the soup and the remaining meat went into my Chicken Enchiladas.
Shredding the chicken gives it great texture and makes a dollar stretch.  If you don't have shredded chicken feel free to brown up some ground meat and substitute that in.  If you haven't noticed my recipes are all about being flexible and using what you have.

1 1/2-2 c. shredded chicken
1 15oz can rinsed and drained black beans
1 diced onion
1 diced bell pepper
1/2 c. shredded cheese
2 15oz cans red enchilada sauce**
1 TBSP oil
10 taco sized tortillas

 DirectionsIn an 8 or 9" skillet saute' the onion and bell pepper in oil over medium heat until the onion has softened (about 8 minutes).  Add the beans and 1/2 can enchilada sauce.
Warm through and then, in a large bowl, combine the cheese chicken and veggie mixture.
In the same skillet, over low heat, warm the remaining 1 1/2 cans of enchilada sauce.
Set up shop with a large glass baking dish, a 1/4 cup disher, tortillas, and filling.  When the sauce is warm bring it to the party too.
Ladle 1/4 cup sauce into the bottom of the baking dish and spread it out; this will keep your enchiladas from sticking.
One at a time dip the tortillas into the sauce.  Then dish a scoop of filling into the tortilla and roll it up.  You don't need to tuck in the ends, just roll.  If anything falls out, just tuck it back in there.  Repeat this with the remaining ingredients.  I often end up short on filling for big deal for me, but if it is for you be sure not to over dish the filling.  Nine fill my baking dish perfectly, 10 is a squeeze, but that's okay.  The more the merrier.  One they're filled pop them in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  I serve mine with corn, and tortilla chips.
Whatever you serve them with make sure you enjoy them!
**You can make your own enchilada sauce, and I have.  I have found that the canned works well for quick meals and is an acceptable store bought item for me.  Shop your local ethnic food market for a good quality canned sauce.  If you decide to make your own make at least a double batch and freeze it.

Check Out Another Cent Saved

I'm please to announce I'll be partnering with Laura over at Another Cent Saved.  Laura has a great blog that brings fun savings, freebies and lifestyle tips to all her readers.
I'll be featuring exclusives for her once or twice a weeks, so make sure you stop in and see what's new!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

15 Minute Egg and Hash

Yesterday was a long day.  After running errands from 12-5:30 I didn't have the time, or energy, to cook a hand crafted masterpiece.  Leftovers and the freezer to the rescue!  We had leftover steak fajitas and eggs in the fridge and a bag of Ore Ida Hash Browns hibernating in the freezer.  Voila--almost instant dinner with virtually no prep that went from fridge to table in under 15 minutes!

Feeds 2
2 c. frozen or refrigerated hash browns (I used Ore Ida Potatoes O'Brien)
1 c. leftover fajitas (I had steak fajitas)
2 TBSP canola oil
salt & pepper
4 eggs

Heat the oil in a 12" non stick skillet over medium high heat.  Add in the hash browns; be careful they can spit at you!  Cook according to your package instructions (typically you'll brown for 3-5 minutes, turn and brown for 3-5 minutes more).  Once the hash browns are 1-2 minutes away from golden brown perfection add in the left over fajitas.  I chopped mine up into small bite sized pieces.  Season and cook until the mixture is warm.
While you're hash is cooking fry your eggs over-easy. 
Once both components are done heap up the hash and serve the runny sunny-side-up egg over the top.  If you're feeling fancy serve it up with guacamole, salsa, sour cream or cheese.  I was lazy and just served mine with toast!
Remember dinner doesn't have to be hard!  Enjoy whatever you have--as long as you're with family it'll be fantastic!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Publix Deals 1/23-1/29

This week was a light Publix week for me.  Below are the best match-ups/buys I found.  As always don't forget to check Publix for the entire sales ad.
  • Penny Item, 12oz Publix semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • California Pizza Kitchen Pizzas ($1.50 off 2) $2.25ea
  • Jimmy Dean Delights Sandwich (.55) $2.60
  • Fuji Apples ($1.29lb)
  • Rotel Diced Tomatoes (.40 off 2) $0.14ea
  • French's Yellow Mustard (.30 off 2) $0.33
  • Velveeta, 16oz $2.20
  • Viva Paper Towels, Single Roll (.50) $0.50
  • Breyer's Ice Cream (PQ $1) $2.00
Today I spent $15.00 and saved $22.49 for a total savings of 59%.  I used some high value coupons/rare coupons.  I used a $1.00 off Publix brand milk and a BOGO Goldfish coupon that came in a Publix Baby Club mailer and a $2.00 off 59oz or larger grapefruit juice.  I was really pleased!  What are you buying at Publix this week?!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Couponing--Without Clipping

Want to save money without having to clip coupons?  The good news is you can!  Newspaper inserts and printables will usually garner you the most savings, but it's not impossible to get a great deal without picking up the scissors.  In fact more and more stores are introducing e-coupons and there are an increasing number of apps dedicated to getting you a great deal.
Here are some ways to save without having to clip.
  • Store loyalty coupons.  My local Kroger allows you to load e-coupons to your loyalty card.  Some stores allow you to combine e-coupons with paper coupons; Kroger is not one of them. 
  • Ibotta.  This app is available for Apple and Android.  Do the tasks listed for each item (such as answer a poll, watch a 30 sec. video) and get your coupon.  Buy the item listed, scan it, load a picture of your receipt and in under 24 hours they credit your account.  The money gets transferred to PayPal.  The great thing about Ibotta is you can combine it with paper or other e-coupons to maximize savings!  I know the steps seem like a lot of work, but it takes literally seconds; it's well designed and very user friendly.
  • Saving Star is available online or through your cell phone.  Simply sign up, link your store loyalty cards to your Saving Star account and load the coupons you're interested in.  Once you have $5 in your account you can choose how you'd like to receive your money.  I usually opt for an Amazon gift card.
  • Ebates.  Ebates is a website that gives you cash back for shopping online!  Sign up for an account, click through their site to your final destination, shop and get cash back!  They will mail you a check!
Do you have a paperless couponing tip you'd like to share?

Publix Primer

Alright all you Southern shoppers. Are you shopping at Publix? If you aren't (and you have one) you should be! Not only are their products great but their BOGOs are unbeatable! I will admit, I do my everyday shopping other places, but I always check my Publix ad for stock-up opportunities.
Here are a few things to know about shopping at Publix. All of this information is for TN locations. Policies will vary from state to state. When in doubt check with for the most up to date information.

  • You don't have to buy 2 items to take advantage of BOGO pricing.  Publix BOGO means the item is 50% off!
  • You can use one coupon for each BOGO item you buy.  
  • You can stack a store coupon and a manufactures coupon.  This is a great opportunity to double your savings potential.  
  • Publix will double any manufactures coupon 50 cents and under!
  • Publix accepts competitors coupons.  Which stores they consider a competitor varys from store to store.  One of my local Publix takes Target and one take Kroger.  They typically have signage in the store window telling you which stores coupons they accept.
  • Publix releases lots of coupon booklets.  If they aren't available at the turnstile in the front of the store check with the customer service desk.
  • Publix will allow you to buy 10 of each BOGO item.  Remember, it's not polite to hog product and clear the shelves!
Sunday I spent $23.31 and saved $49.84.  I saved over 67%!  I saved over 67% on things I use--120 loads worth of dish detergent, 32 fruit cups, 4 tuna pouches and more.  I did this by shopping the BOGO items and pairing that with coupons.  I managed to snag 6 fruit pouches and 2 jars of green olives FOR FREE.  I didn't pay a penny for them!

You can now look forward to Wednesday Publix postings!  I'll bring you what I feel are the best deals that week!  I hope you're excited to start saving!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kroger Money Maker

If you're an Ibotta user (which I would higly reccomend) you can pair the Ibotta coupon with a Kroger e-coupon, only available today 1/18.

  • Ibotta 75 cent off any 10 count Carnation powder mix
  • Kroger FREE 8-10 count powder mix box
This makes the purchase a 75 cent money maker!  Now how's that for a cheap on-the-go breakfast!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY: Serving Tray

I wanted to create some trays for sale in my Etsy shop.  This cute tray and others will be for sale, but for those of you at home who love a DIY project I thought I'd share this with you.  If you're not a DIYer, but you'd like to take this cutie home you can use the code 'cookit' for 10% off your order (expires 2/28/13). 
This is a small tray, 11x8 I believe.  You can find wooden trays at some craft stores, though I had a hard time tracking down some that I felt were reasonably priced.  This tray came from Hobby Lobby in a set of three.  I felt the bottom was a little flimsy at first, so I reinforced it with some 1/4" dowel rod.  After I primed and painted it I felt it was much stronger though.
To start with I primed the whole tray with Kilz primer.  I adore Kilz.  It will save you a fortune on paint and it keeps your paint from chipping.  When in doubt I Kilz it (insert chuckle here).
After the primer dried I painted the sides a semi-gloss cream color.  The bottom I painted in a flat grey.
I allowed the paint to cure over night.  The next day I cut out the word 'Yum!' out of contact paper on my Cricut.  I centered the 'stencil' and rubbed the whole thing down well.  You want to make sure all the edges are adhered to the tray.  Once the 'stencil' is adhered I painted the edges of the word in my grey base paint.  This keeps the second color from bleeding through the edges.
After I allowed that the dry for one hour I painted the cut out in a pretty semi-gloss blue.  I put three coats of paint on total and then I allowed it to dry for an hour.
Once the paint was totally dry I peeled the stencil off and voila--a too cute serving tray.  It's perfect for serving cupcakes or drinks on.
I am going to cut a piece of plexiglass for the bottom so that it can be removed and washed if it gets dirty.   I'm also thinking about wrapping the handles in some sisal rope, just to add an extra something.
This tray would make a great hostess gift!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Chili Night

Today was a dismal day.  It was cloudy and it spit freezing rain down on us most of the afternoon.  I had a pound of ground beef in the fridge and today just screamed chili day.
I've been working for a while to come up with a good chili recipe that both the hubs and I could agree on.  I like it spicy, he likes it mild.  I like it full of beans and veggies, he likes it full of meat.  You can see how this could be problematic.
Well I've finally come up with something we can both agree on.  The beef could easily be substituted for turkey and the kidney beans could be black if that's your preference.

1 lb kidney beans, soaked or quick soaked
1 lb ground beef (I used 85/15 ground chuck)
1 white onion, diced
1 chipotle in adobo**
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
3 cups water
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

In an 8qt pot cook the beef, onion and garlic over high heat until the beef is cooked through.  Add the chipotle, chili powder, cumin and salt.  Cook until the spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Cover with the lid ajar and reduce to a simmer.
 Cook for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.  After 2 hours taste and adjust seasoning. 
Serve with cheese, lime, onion and sour cream.  Enjoy it!

**The chipotle in adobo comes in small cans that usually have about 12 peppers.  After opening I store the peppers in a zip top bag in the freezer.  When I need some I just break off a piece.  I find it's easiest to mince it while it's frozen.  Be careful not to rub your eyes if it's on your fingers!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wok-less Stir Fry

I love stir fry.  It's an easy way to use tough meats, it's quick and it's pretty healthy.  What I don't love about stir fry is the wok.  I simply don't have the space to store the awkwardly shaped pan.  My solution is to use a 12" stainless skillet.  I have one of these in my kitchen already and I think it does the job just fine.
This recipe calls for wasabi paste and Gochujang; two ingredients you may not be very familiar with.  Wasabi is a Japanese horseradish and it is spicy.  The amount called for sounds like a lot, but it isn't very spicy at all.  If you're uncomfortable with it you can leave it out, halve the amount or even just sub in a 1/2 tsp of chili flakes.  Gochujang is a Korean chili paste.  I use Annie Chuns brand and I find it isn't spicy at all.  It does give a great depth of flavor.

1/3 c. soy sauce
1 TBSP wasabi paste
1/2 TBSP gochujang
2 cloves minced or grated garlic
1 TSP sesame oil

1 lb flank or skirt steak sliced thin
1 12 oz pack of fresh 'stir fry' veggies (usually has snow peas, cabbage, sprouts and broccoli)
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 portabello mushroom, sliced thin
4 green onions, sliced thin

4 servings of cooked rice or softened rice noodles** (I used rice noodles here)

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a measuring cup or jar with a lid.  Mix well.  Combine half the marinade and the meat in a large zip top bag.  Make sure the marinade is well distributed.  Store the meat and remaining marinade in the fridge 6-12 hours.
When you're ready to cook remove the marinade and steak from the fridge.  Pour a few TBSP of the marinade over the mushrooms.  Set aside.
Fill the 12" skillet half way with water and bring it to a boil.  Separate the broccoli from the other veggies.  When the water is at a boil throw in your broccoli and carrots.  Cook 2 minutes.  Drain the veggies and return the pan to the stove over high heat. 
Add 1 TBSP canola or vegetable oil to the pan and add all the veggies except the green onions (including blanched carrots and broccoli and marinated mushrooms).  Add in the remaining marinade and cook 2-4 minutes--until the veggies are tender and the mushrooms have browned.  Keep the food moving in the pan to keep it from burning.  You want a nice high heat.
Remove the veggies to a bowl. 
Add another TBSP of oil to the pan and add the meat--cook this 2-3 minutes, just until done.  It's already dead, you don't need to kill it again.  Remove the meat to the veggie bowl.
If you're using rice noodles put your rice noodles and few dashes of soy sauce or water into the hot pan and toss until you've picked up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
Plate up the noodles and top with the stir fry and green onions.

** Follow the package instructions on softening the rice noodles.  Most of the time I put my noodles in a casserole dish and cover with boiling water.  They take about 15 minutes to soften.  They may have a little bite to them after this time, that's why I add them into my hot pan with a little liquid.

This seems like a lot of steps, but it goes very quickly (10-15 minutes) and only takes one pot.  I hope this encourages you to try a stir fry and enjoy it!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Why I Coupon

I have often had friends ask me if clipping coupons and scouring the internet for the best deal is worth the time I spend on it.  I say yes, yes it is.  I do spend up to 2 hours a day on this, but as a stay at home parent I feel like it's my job to make our buck stretch as far as possible.
When my husband and I found out we were pregnant we decided one of us would stay home.  I made less, so Zach agreed to continue to bring home the bacon while I cared for the tot.  Before staying home with Sophie I was an occasional coupon clipper.  If we got a Sunday paper I might clip a few coupons, tuck them into my wallet, and if I was really lucky, one or two of them saw the light of day again.  After staying home a few months I decided to give couponing a real try.  I found a few websites to follow and, with scissors in hand, started clipping.
Almost 2 years later and there's no way I could go back to paying full price again.  If I hit the lottery tomorrow I'd continue dutifully clipping.  I coupon to maintain our lifestyle.  If I can get toiletries for pennies on the dollar that's more money I can save or devote to other categories in our budget. 
This year I'm going to track how much money we save.  I found a great spreadsheet to track the money I spend and the money I save.  I'm really curious to find out how much we're saving in a year.
Couponing certainly isn't for everyone.  You have to have patience, time to devote to it and a way to stay organized. 
If you think you'd like to give couponing the old college try I'd recommend checking out the following websites.  Remember I live in Middle Tennessee, so most of these sites are focused on the southeast region.
There are lots of other sites out there and I do use others, but these are sites I check daily for great deals.
Check back later this week for a 'how-to' guide for Publix shopping!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Shopping

Today I ran out to Publix and Kroger for a few odd and ends.  In Middle TN the Publix sales run Wednesday-Tuesday.  I find it best to go on Wednesday or Sunday; that's when the items I am shopping for are usually in stock.
This was a great run.  In total I spent $12.69 ($9.14 at Publix and $3.55 at Kroger) on $23.33 worth of merchandise.  That's a savings of almost 50%--not too bad, especially considering I bought a $2 newspaper!

If you've never shopped at Publix before I would highly recommend it.  Late this week I'll go through what items I look for at Publix and what I do to maximize my Publix savings. 
Late this month I'll also be sharing how I stock up, store it and make my stock pile work for me! 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Turkey Pot Pie

I love pot can hide veggies, left overs, the dregs from that bag of frozen peas you found hiding in the back of your freezer.
We had A LOT of turkey left over after our family Thanksgiving.  Hating to see that turkey go to waste I froze a bunch of it.  I'm trying to use out some of my freezer stash so I reached for a household staple...pot pie.  This pot pie is baked in a glass 9X13 dish and topped with biscuits.  It's super flexible and relatively quick to put together.  It's also inexpensive; a great meal for those of us on a tight grocery budget.  You could use chicken, or even pork in place of the turkey and you could use any type of vegetable you'd like as long as you keep the proportions roughly the same.  If you didn't want to make biscuits you could always use one of the 'pop top' biscuits. 

3 cups cooked, shredded turkey (you could chop it, but I prefer the texture of the shredded)
1 cup carrot, 1/2" dice
1 russet potato, 1/2" dice
1 turnip, 1/2" dice
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 1/2 cups turkey stock
1 TBSP fresh thyme (you could leave this out, but I grow it in my garden year round)
5 TBSP butter
5 TBSP flour
1 recipes worth of biscuit dough

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
In a large pot (I use a 5 qt) place the turnip and potato, cover with 1" of water.  Once the water is at a boil cook for 5 min.  Add the carrot and cook an additional minute.  Drain and set aside.  This can be done as much as 6 hours in advance.  

 In the same pot (Have I ever mentioned I HATE doing dishes?).  Melt the butter over medium heat.  Saute the celery, onion and thyme with S&P until softened, about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir.  You need to sprinkle it as opposed to dumping it in; this will cause a clumpy mess.  Once the flour is incorporated begin adding in the stock.  Pour it in slowly while stirring, otherwise, you guessed it, it turns into a clumpy mess.  Once the stock is added crank the heat to medium high and bring the gravy to boil.

Once the mix is at a boil add in the turkey, potatoes, turnips, carrots and peas.  Stir to combine and allow the filling to boil once again.  Once it is heated through pour it into a 9X13* glass baking dish and top it with your biscuits.  I go with 12 biscuit pieces over the top.

Cook the pot pie in a 400 degree oven for approx 12 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown.  Allow this to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

As always I hope you and yours enjoy!

 *You could also use a slightly smaller baking dish for a deeper pie.  I have fit this in an 8X11" before.  If this is the case cut the biscuit dough into 9 pieces and bake 2-3 minutes longer.