Let’s face it, moms! To put a meal on the table for the family takes planning (take meat out of freezer?), organizing (what time do I need to start preparing?), shopping (what do I need to get at the store?), and just plain ol’ trouble sometimes. But we all have to eat!

If you are like me, a busy working mom, you want to get the most out of your day. One idea is to prepare a meal one night and make sure you have enough left over for the next night. We Coughlins are notorious for rarely letting a left over go to waste. I’ve heard of friends who say, “My husband won’t eat leftovers.” I’m appalled when I hear those words. I cringe at the thought of how wasteful we Americans can be.

Today I knew I was making my homemade Chicken Pot Pie for dinner using leftovers. A thought occurred to me yesterday – why not “double the trouble” and make one for another family? You’ve heard the saying, “Practice random acts of kindness.”

My friend Nancy did something very kind for our family this weekend, so of course she came to mind. So today not only did I make our family a Chicken Pot Pie, I made their family one. When I went to pick up my son at their home this afternoon, and delivered it along with a loaf of bread and a plate of brownies, Nancy commented, “Never in all my years of taking soccer kids on trips have I come home to have dinner cooked for me!”

A random act of kindness is better than none at all, but taking it a step further, I’m challenged to wrap myself around that philosophy, to wear it, to live it out!

Here is how I used my leftovers to feed our family and Nancy’s. For Nancy’s pot pie I took chicken and roasted red potatoes from Thursday’s Hoppi Dinner and I made my own white sauce. Abby went to a birthday party last night at Red Robin. She brought home a fairly large portion of Fettuccini Alfredo, so I used that in our pot pie, along with other veggies like carrots and peas (which to me make a Chicken Pot Pie!)

Doubling my work was definitely worth it today. For Nancy’s family to reap the benefits of my hands at work, even if it means with leftovers, hopefully in a small but significant way my act of kindness will bless their family.

Again, I love how we can be used through hospitality and food.

(For more acts of kindness stories read here and here and here)

Everyone knows how to make a Chicken Pot Pie, but here’s my yummy cheesy crust!

Cheddar Pastry Topping

2 cups flour
¾ cups butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
½ cup iced water

Place flour in a bowl, and using a pastry blender (or fingertips), work the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Add the cheese and work in until just blended. Sprinkle with iced water over the pastry dough, a little at a time, and gather the pastry into a ball. Knead until just combined. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator.

On floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle and place on your pie, pressing edges firmly. Score with a knife and brush with egg whites.

Bake your Chicken Pot Pie for 25-30 minutes at 400. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Dive in and ENJOY!

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