Thanks to Christine Fonseca for this awesome recipe. Now I know what I’m doing with the Thanksgiving leftovers!

This stew is perfect on a cold winter’s night.

Sundays are relaxing days in our house, filled with sounds of football, family and serious R&R. Sometimes I write on Sundays, sometimes I just enjoy my family. Regardless, I cook a nice family dinner and invite extended family.

Since it is a relaxing time, I am always on the hunt for easy recipes that I can fix without a lot of trouble. Of course, I want it to “taste” like I slaved – all without the work. This recipe, fit the bill beautifully. Cooked in the slow cooker with very little fuss, I was able to throw this together and not think about it for 6 hours – taking away any of my normal excuses for not writing. Even better, this is an easily adaptable recipe. I plan on making a yummy day-after-thanksgiving stew using similar ingredients on Black Friday.

Chicken Pot Pie Stew

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

2 ½ cup frozen mixed veggies (I like peas and carrots)

3 cups peels potatoes, cubed

4 cups homemade cream of chicken base (see recipe below)

Put cubed chicken in crock pot. Add frozen veggies on top, followed by the potatoes. Top with the cream of chicken base. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours. STIR and serve with your favorite bread.

Recipe for cream of chicken base:

3 cups water

4 chicken bouillon cups

½ cup half and half

1 cup milk

¾ cup Wondra Flour


White Pepper

Garlic powder

Onion powder

In small bowl, mix flour and milk together until smooth.

Bring water and half and half to a boil. Stir in chicken bouillon and reduce heat to simmer. Add flour/milk mixture in a slow stream, stirring constantly. Season to taste while stirring until thickened.

Christine Fonseca, author of Emotional Intensity and 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids

Christine Fonseca is an acclaimed and award-winning author of nonfiction and young adult novels dedicated to helping children and adults find their unique voice in the world. When she isn’t crafting new worlds and new stories, she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her local coffee house. Find out more about Christine or her books at

~ Adapted from the recipe for “Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup” at The Gunny Sack



Check out my new course: More Joy Now

Folks may be wondering what caused me to choose a course on creating more joy as my most recent Udemy class.

Over the years, I have put a lot of positive messages out into the world, and folks often ask me how I do it.

The answer is, I don’t do anything. When you are joyful, bringing someone else up doesn’t require extra energy, it just spills over naturally.

Of course, I do not feel exceedingly happy every moment of every day 365/6 days of the year.

If I did, I am sure someone would want to give me a pill to bring me back down.

But you know what? I am joyful most days and most of the time during the day. I go to bed joyful and I wake up joyful. So basically I feel like one of the richest people in the world every day, no matter what is going on out there in this crazy world of ours.

This was not always the case in my life. But I have done a lot of work in this arena over the past 20 years, especially in the past three years, and I share my strategies for becoming and staying joyful in my new class, More Joy Now, Stop Surviving & Start Thriving.

Notice that this course is not called, My Life Is Perfect & If You Take This Course Your Life Will Magically Become Perfect Overnight, Too.

However, this brings up another reason I wanted to create this class. I am so weary of messages online that if we would all just follow complicated and expensive formulas for becoming rich, we could become rich too, and therefore we would finally be happy.

I do not know if the people (mostly men, I notice) who constantly share their revenues online in order to hook people into their mailing lists are happy or not. I am sure earning huge amounts of money is a kind of adrenaline rush, I grant them that. But I think most people are smart enough to realize that adrenaline and joy are not the same things.

So I created my course in joy because I believe joy is a worthy enough of a goal in and of itself. And I know from personal experience that joy comes with a very low price tag, contrary to what many online entrepreneurs would like us to believe.

Joy is readily available to every person on the planet, no matter what the circumstances. You just have to want a more joyful life today than you had yesterday. That’s it. No hundreds of dollars price tag. No complicated formulas.

Smack dab in the middle of my course, I share seven simple strategies that anyone can incorporate into the life they are already living to create more joy. I also share thirteen ways to get unblocked when the joy isn’t flowing and a plan for times when you feel like you don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning.

It is no coincidence that I am launching this course during the holidays. I know a lot of people suffer from the winter blues, and I am hoping that this course can create a positive shift for anyone who is suffering for any reason.

Just a desire to feel a little bit better every day, until you cross the invisible line to a level of joy you can sustain no matter what else is going on is the goal of this course.

I had more fun creating this course than any course I’ve created thus far. I think it is because of the nature of the topic and also because this is a course that is so incredibly helpful. I even helped myself while creating it. I couldn’t help it. You can’t even dabble in this topic without benefiting from it on many levels.

The trickiest thing about joy is that nobody can give it to you. You have to cultivate it and grow it yourself. So if you are in waiting mode, as in “I’ll be happy when…” maybe you’d like to try some of my strategies so you can stop waiting and experience joy sooner rather than later.

Whether you are currently happy or currently unhappy, I have created a course that may, at first glance, seem radical, but which makes complete and utter common sense.

I hope you will give it to yourself as a holiday gift. I would be honored to have you join the private conversation going on in the classroom of More Joy Now.

So thank you for registering and taking the course at your leisure. Like all of my courses, it’s designed for busy people who love to fit learning into their already full schedules.

Hope to see you in there!

~ Photo by Austin Schmid


Registration opens soon. I’ll keep you posted. Sign up for my ezine to make sure you get the best price possible!


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Updated! Kid-friendly Feature Films With A Girl Protagonist (Or A Boy Girls Can Relate To)

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Stay Home & Write: 7 Reasons To Build A Regional Magazine Writing Business

October 30, 2015

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