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This week 2-02-16

I can't make this stuff up..

I walked in to my office on a Saturday night after church and saw that a bunch of stuff that was piled on my desk and on shelves had been dumped on the floor. I thought "who would do that?".. Then a bird flew across the room and landed right in front of me. OK first question answered.. Second question: How did a bird get in my office that has no windows? I'm good at making connections to events and I had seen a window wide open at the other end of the building just a few minutes earlier. I really didn't want my office to become an aviary like Home Depot. So I started herding it toward the door. I got it out in the hallway, closed all of the doors except the one I wanted it leave by and started chasing it. It flew out the door. Now it was in a 3 story stairwell area. I knew I would never get it out of there, but I opened a door to the outside anyway. The bird landed on the floor and just like he understood the plan, walked 30 feet on the floor out the open door and flew off. Just call me Macky Dolittle. But I only do birds, wild birds, wild birds trapped inside an office. 

Here's another one: I got a package a few months ago and on the outside it said "Live butterflies inside open immediately".. That really didn't seem like a good idea ..

I had a woman come up to me in the parking lot and ask me where I get my stories(see above). I told her they all come from me. She said her husband thinks I get them from a service on the web, all that stuff couldn't possibly happen to one person, and he's sure I'm not that creative.. Oh well? I promise they all come from me. You can't make this stuff up..

Gods like that: People hear stuff about Jesus or miracles that happen to other people after they asked God to help and they say "Somebody just made that up" or "That really didn't happen, they just weren't scientifically advanced enough to understand what really happened".. You can say that until it happens to you... 1 week after my son Macky was born(Easter Morning) the doctors had almost given up on him and they were very sad about it. He only weighed 1 lb 10 oz and they couldn't get his blood gases right. He was in the neonatal ICU at Baptist east and they had just called me saying he was looking kinda iffy and that I needed to come soon. The Doctor said they were taking his blood gases every 15 minutes and making changes in his air mixture to try to get them right. This sounded like a long night to me, so I said I was going to get some dinner and I would be back ready to stay all night. I was in a small group (about 40 people, not too small) and it was meeting that night(Monday). I knew I could get some dinner there. I got there, looked bad, they asked what was going on, I told them. I left at 10:20p and they said they were going to praying for Macky all night starting at 10:30p as a group and then they would tag team every 30 minutes from person to person, praying through the night. I said that would be great, not really expecting much. I left, went home, then back to the hospital. I got to the hospital 45 minutes later, I wasn't in a hurry because I expected them to tell me he was gone, but Chip, one of the doctors, came running up to me all excited saying "Mack it's a miracle, it's a miracle, you won't believe it, it's a miracle." I said "what Chip, what's a miracle?" He said "You know we were taking blood gases every 15 minutes, trying to get them right, they were all screwed up, I knew he was going to die. Then at 10:30 they were perfect and they've been perfect ever since..." They've been perfect now for 32 years..  Maybe somebody can explain what happened at 10:30pm, 32 years ago, but I can't. It really happened, I was there. Ask Macky..


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:
I love Chicken-Pot-Pie. I think it's the pearl onions. There's something magic about the mixture..

Fast Chicken Pot Pie
The only not-last-minute thing about this recipe? Thawing the puff pastry. Make sure to put it in the refrigerator the night before making this dish.

¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
⅓ cup all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 oz. carrots (about 6 small), peeled, chopped
4 cups coarsely chopped or shredded chicken meat (from 1 small rotisserie chicken)
1½ cups frozen pearl onions, thawed
1½ cups frozen peas, thawed
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Hot sauce
Worcestershire sauce
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (one 14-oz. package or half of 17.3-oz. package), thawed in refrigerator
1 large egg, beaten to blend

Preheat oven to 400°. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and thyme and cook, stirring often, until shallot is translucent and golden, about 4 minutes. Add ⅓ cup flour and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is pale golden and smells like popcorn, 5–8 minutes.

Whisk in broth ½-cupful at a time, incorporating completely before adding more. Whisk in milk; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, whisking occasionally, until mixture is thick enough to coat a spoon, 10–15 minutes. Add carrots and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes.

Mix in chicken, onions, peas, and parsley; season with hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.

Transfer mixture to a shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Unfold pastry and gently roll out on a lightly floured work surface just to smooth creases and make large enough to fit over dish, if needed. Drape over baking dish and trim pastry so it is slightly larger than the dish (you want a little overhang). Brush with egg and make 2 or 3 slits in the pastry with a sharp knife.

Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch any filling that may drip over) and bake until puff pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbling through slits in pastry, 20–25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake until puff pastry is deep golden brown and cooked through, 30–35 minutes longer. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.


Posted by Mack Oates at 10:36 AM