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A Grain of Sand

 

I love to walk barefoot on a sandy beach and feel the soft, warm sand slither between my toes. It is hard to imagine that each tiny grain of sand is different from all the others. At least that is what I have been told.

The colors of sand span the full spectrum of the rainbow: pink, white, yellows, black, olive green, and red, even purple.

To the naked eye each grain of sand looks pretty much the same. Sand can be pretty mundane. There are miles and miles and miles and miles and miles of sand along the oceans shores. Nothing to see there.

Or is there?

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   The mundane made sacred.

 

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A grain of sand in our shoe can drive us crazy. Yet a grain of sand in an oyster creates a pearl.

Everywhere in nature there is magic. Everywhere in nature there is the sacred. Everywhere in nature there is magnificence.

We just have to take time to notice. We walk past dozens of things like this every single day. Every once in a while we need to slow down enough to see. We have to find the splendor and magic in all that is around us.

 

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From the sand to the trees, birds, animals, flowers, plants, and all things great and small, nature’s beauty can help us transcend ourselves, find our souls, and can make us open to grace wherever we find it…….even in the sand.

To see a world in a grain of sand,

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Auguries of Innocence 

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Where Did These Pictures Come From?

A dear friend I know from my teaching days, Kate, sent me an email the other night with these and other pictures of sand in them.

The emailed pictures were from InspirationGreen a lovely and beautiful website.

I sent Keiren Fox proprietor of Inspiration Green an email asking for permission to post a few of these pictures. She graciously gave me written permission to do so.

I encourage you to visit Inspiration Green as there is far more there than just sand. You will find art made of buttons, telephone wire, firewood, garbage, driftwood and so much more. A beautiful site to be sure!

Originally the pictures are from the book A Grain of Sand: Nature’s Secret Wonder by Dr Gary Greenberg.

Dr. Gary Greenberg looked at sand under a microscope magnified 240 times. And he discovered a diversity of shapes and colors never imagined.

Dr. Greenberg has a magnificent website you must also visit: Sandgrains.com

Featured Recipe       Biscuit Chicken Pot Pies

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This one is for your children. And for those of us who are still young at heart. This is just plain ‘ole fun food.

Cut in half  these easy to make pies are finger food. For some reason young children love food they can eat with their hands. So I think they will love these.

You will like them too because they are easy to make and inexpensive too. Did I mention delicious too?

I found this recipe at the website, Desert Chica Ramblings. I sent Karen an email asking her if I could use her recipe. She said graciously said, “Yes.” But there is a caveat.

Karen got the recipe from her friend, Sara at The Clever Pink. Like me, she changes recipes around a bit.

Basically both recipes use refrigerator biscuits. Sara used Grands and Karen used Grands Jr. I used regular Grands like Sara.

Sara used fish sticks and frozen veggies. Karen made chicken biscuits and used fresh veggies.

Since I have some left over chicken in my fridge plus some carrots and celery I need to use up, I am making Karen ‘s version, except that I used regular Grands.

You might want to check out both recipes to see which one you like best.

A Technique Not Just a Recipe

Plus this recipe is more than just a recipe. It is a technique.

You could use almost anything in these biscuits. Have some left over beef or ham? Use them up in a Biscuit Pot Pie. Add vegetables of your choice. Use a different soup. Voila! Instant delicious fun and delicious meal everyone in your family will like.

The pies are bigger than you think and what you might think from just looking at the pictures. They are very filling. Served with a veggie or a salad you have a full and complete meal.

This is what you need for 8 pies*:

1-2 cups leftover cooked chicken**

1 cup each diced carrots and celery

½ large onion (or 1 small onion)

1 can Cream of chicken soup

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 cans Grands Jr Flaky Biscuits***

*I halved the recipe for myself making only 4 pies.

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**If you do not have left over chicken you can cook/poach fresh chicken tenders or other cut of chicken in some chicken broth: How To Poach Chicken

This will add about $4.00 more to the cost of this recipe.

*** I used regular biscuits

Here is what you do:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees or follow biscuit package directions.

Cut or tear the chicken into small pieces. As you can see I tore the leftover chicken I had. I like different size pieces as opposed to square, same size dice pieces.

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Prep, wash, and peel vegetables. Dice the celery, carrots and onion.  How to Dice Celery Dice carrots the same way.

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Sauté the veggies in the olive oil until crisp tender about 3-5 minutes. Let cool down a few minutes.

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Then mix the veggies with chopped chicken and cream of chicken soup.

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Using the heel of your hand flatten a biscuit to double its size. I do this on a very lightly floured piece of waxed paper. The flour is to keep the dough from sticking so much. Once the biscuit is flattened you can stretch it further using your fingers.

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Place a couple tablespoons of the filling on top of the biscuit leaving about half an inch edge.

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TIP: Flatten half of the biscuits  and add filling on all of them before adding the top biscuit so you can adjust the amount of filling. Once you close that biscuit you won’t be able to add more filling or remove excess.

Flatten the remaining  biscuits and place one on top of one biscuit with filling until all are used up. Pinch the sides together to seal the two biscuits together.

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After I did this I did one more thing not in Karen’s recipe. I used a fork to to seal those edges really tight. Just press the fork down moving all around the pie. I think it looks prettier too.

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Repeat until all the biscuits are done. Place the pies on a baking sheet.

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Bake pot pies at 350 degrees for about 17-20 minutes; or follow biscuit package directions.

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Hot and browned fresh out of the oven.

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Serve with a salad or some fresh fruit.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1-2 cups leftover cooked chicken                  $0.00 if using leftovers

1 cup each diced carrots                              $0.26

                           celery                             $0.24

½ large onion (or 1 small onion)                  $0.40

1 can Cream of chicken soup                       $0.77

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil                          $0.26

2 cans Grands Jr Flaky Biscuits                    $4.00             

Total cost = $5.93
Cost per pie = $0.74

Quote of the Day

It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat.

Robert Fuoss

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