What Shall We Make Today?

In honor of National Pot Pie Day, we’re making a Pillsbury classic—chicken pot pie! The recipe, pictures, and tips come from the Pillsbury website.



1 box (14.1 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Pie Crusts (2 Count), softened as directed on box


1/3 cup butter or margarine

1/3 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 3/4 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

1/2 cup milk

2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed


Heat oven to 425°F. Prepare pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie using 9-inch glass pie pan.

In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened.

Stir in chicken and mixed vegetables. Remove from heat. Spoon chicken mixture into crust-lined pan. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Cut slits in several places in top crust.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. During last 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

tip 1

Make a foil collar (or pie crust shield) to protect the edges of the pastry from over browning. Place strips of foil to cover crust during the last 15 or 20 minutes of baking.

tip 2

A standard 9-inch glass pie plate works best for this recipe.

tip 3

The only complicated part of making a pot pie is the pastry. By using a refrigerated dough you’re left with making a quick, savory gravy that can be filled with leftover cooked chicken, turkey, or ham and a good handful of veggies. A dash of poultry seasoning or some finely chopped fresh sage will enhance the flavor of the sauce.

tip 4

To Make Chicken Filling Ahead: prepare as directed in recipe. Spoon into airtight container; cover. Refrigerate up to 1 day. To bake, pour filling into 2-quart saucepan, heat over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently or until thoroughly heated. Assemble, fill and bake pie as directed in recipe.

tip 5

To Freeze Chicken Filling: prepare as directed in recipe. Cool, uncovered in refrigerator 30 minutes. Spoon mixture into 1-gallon freezer food storage plastic bag, leaving 1/2 to 1-inch at top of bag for expansion; seal. Freeze up to 1 month. To bake, thaw mixture overnight in refrigerator. Pour into 2-quart saucepan, heat over medium heat, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently or until thoroughly heated. Assemble, fill and bake pie as directed in recipe.

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    – A U.S. and Canadian government-funded observational study found that drinking fluoridated water during pregnancy lowers children’s IQ; a 2022 study by the same team will assess the neurotoxicity of early-life exposure to fluoride

    – In the earlier study, a 1 milligram per liter increase in concentration of fluoride in mothers’ urine was associated with a 4.49-point decrease in IQ among boys only, while a 1-mg higher daily intake of fluoride was associated with a 3.66 lower IQ score in both genders between ages 3 and 4

    – The findings were hotly criticized by pro-fluoride agents, including the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) and the Science Media Centre (SMC), two well-known front groups for the chemical industry

    – As of January 2022, there are at least 74 studies showing fluoride exposure damages children’s brains and lowers IQ; there are at least 60 that found that fluoride exposure impairs the learning and/or memory capacity of animals

    – There are also more than 2,000 other studies detailing other health effects

    – Research published in 2017 found that, compared to a mother who drinks fluoride-free water, a child of a mother who drinks water with 1 part per million of fluoride can be predicted to have an IQ that is 5 to 6 points lower. They also found there was no threshold below which fluoride did not affect IQ

    The August 19, 2019, issue of JAMA Pediatrics[1] delivered an unexpected bombshell: A U.S. and Canadian government-funded observational study found that drinking fluoridated water during pregnancy lowers children’s IQ. The research, led by a Canadian team of researchers at York University in Ontario, looked at 512 mother-child pairs living in six Canadian cities. Fluoride levels were measured through urine samples collected during pregnancy.

    They also estimated the women’s fluoride consumption based on the level of fluoride in the local water supply and how much water and tea each woman drank. The children’s IQ scores were then assessed between the ages of 3 and 4. As reported by the Fluoride Action Network (FAN):[2] “They found that a 1 mg per liter increase in concentration of fluoride in mothers’ urine was associated with a 4.5-point decrease in IQ among boys, though not girls.

    When the researchers measured fluoride exposure by examining the women’s fluid intake, they found lower IQ’s in both boys and girls: A 1 mg increase per day was associated with a 3.7 point IQ deficit in both genders.”

    Support for the Importance of This Study

    The findings were deemed so controversial, the study had to undergo additional peer-review and scrutiny before publication, making it one of the more important fluoride studies to date. Its import is also demonstrated by the fact that it was accompanied by an editor’s note[3] explaining the journal’s decision to publish the study, and a podcast[4] featuring the chief editors of JAMA Pediatrics and JAMA Network Open, in which they discuss the study.

    An additional editorial[5] by David Bellinger, Ph.D., a world-renowned neurotoxicity expert, also pointed out that “The hypothesis that fluoride is a neurodevelopmental toxicant must now be given serious consideration.” Few studies ever receive all of this added treatment. According to the editor’s note:[6]

    “Publishing it serves as a testament to the fact that JAMA Pediatrics is committed to disseminating the best science based entirely on the rigor of the methods and the soundness of the hypotheses tested, regardless of how contentious the results may be.”

    Chemical Industry Front Groups Defend Fluoride

    Surprisingly, the findings were widely reported by most major media outlets, including Reuters,[7] The Washington Post,[8] CNN, NPR, Daily Beast and others, effectively reigniting the scientific debate about whether water fluoridation is a good idea.

    Not surprisingly, the findings were hotly criticized by pro-fluoride agents, including the American Dental Association (ADA),[9] the American Council on Science and Health[10] (ACSH) and the Science Media Centre[11] (SMC).

    It’s well worth noting that the ACSH and SMC are well-known front groups for the chemical industry, and they will defend all chemicals, regardless of what’s under discussion, so seeing dismissive articles from these groups is more or less par for the course. You can learn more about these groups in the articles hyperlinked above.

    It’s also worth noting that Fox, which in 2014 made a similar study headline news,[12] wasn’t satisfied with just presenting the latest study as news and, instead, invited its resident doctor, Marc Siegel, to comment[13] — and that comment began by blaming tooth decay, not fluoride, on lower IQs. Siegel ended with a rambling diatribe against the study and a scathing criticism of JAMA Pediatrics for even having published it:

    “I’m far more worried about tooth decay than I am about fluoride … There’s no way that fluoride would lower your IQ more than having tooth decay … It’s a ridiculous study … complete poppycock … The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics should not have put this in.”

    As for the ADA, it’s been promoting water fluoridation as a health benefit for over a century and a half. To change its stance would clearly result in a loss of face, and might even expose the association to liability. The loss of scientific credibility alone is likely enough to encourage the ADA to hold on to the status quo.

    The same goes for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which, despite the more than 2,700 studies[14] against it, maintains water fluoridation is one of the top 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.[15]”


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    1. “In his video commentary, Connett briefly mentions the importance of the 2017 “Bashash study.” This was an international study effort led by professor Howard Hu, who at the time of the study’s publication was at the University of Toronto. The study is known as the “Bashash study” after the lead author, Morteza Bashash, Ph.D. The team also includes researchers from McGill, Harvard, Mount Sinai, Michigan, Indiana and the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico.

      Funding for this research came from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The finalized study[25][26] was published in the September 2017 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.

      This study was remarkable for the fact that it followed participants for 12 years, involved several well-respected researchers, employed rigorous methodology and controlled for virtually all conceivable factors.

      Here too, they found a strong relationship between the urinary level of fluoride in pregnant women and the subsequent IQ in their children. They also found a dose-dependent relationship, so the higher the mother’s urine level of fluoride, the lower the IQ in the offspring.

      According to the Bashash study, compared to a mother who drinks fluoride-free water, a child of a mother who drinks water with 1 part per million of fluoride can be predicted to have an IQ that is 5 to 6 points lower. What’s more, they found there was no threshold below which fluoride did not affect IQ.”

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  2. Entire Article @ Daily Signal: “All six Republicans representing Alabama in the U.S. House signed on to a legal brief opposing the Justice Department’s broad subpoena of records from a small conservative group in their state, Eagle Forum of Alabama.

    The friend of the court brief, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, also includes six Alabama state legislators and more than 50 organizations, most of them conservative. Among those groups: Judicial Watch, Citizens United, Concerned Women for America, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Foundation for Government Accountability, the Manhattan Institute, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

    The Daily Signal reported Sept. 12 that the Justice Department is seeking documents from Eagle Forum of Alabama going back five years as part of a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law that prohibits sex-change treatments for minors.

    The GOP members of Alabama’s U.S. House delegation opposing the Justice Department’s action against Eagle Forum are Reps. Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Jerry Carl, Barry Moore, Gary Palmer, and Mike Rogers. (Rep. Terri Sewell, Alabama’s seventh representative, is a Democrat.)

    The six House Republicans from Alabama also sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday, asking him to explain the Justice Department’s constitutional authority for pursuing documents from Eagle Forum and to show that the agency is not acting in an arbitrary, political manner.

    “Eagle Forum of Alabama is an outstanding organization that represents the values of thousands of Alabamians. To have their First Amendment rights infringed upon by the Department of Justice is disrespectful to our Constitution,” Palmer, chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, said in a prepared statement, adding:

    Constitutional protections should not be dictated by the political views of individuals in the White House or their appointee. Attorney General Merrick Garland owes an explanation for the motives behind this aggressive action against an organization simply petitioning the government on an issue important to them.

    Earlier this year, the Biden Justice Department sued the state of Alabama over the law against sex-change surgery and other medical treatment for minors. In August, the department subpoenaed documents from Eagle Forum of Alabama—which isn’t a party to the court case—regarding its interactions with lawmakers and other advocacy.

    Individuals who signed on to the court brief include Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department attorney who is a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, parent organization of The Daily Signal. “This is an outrageous attempt by the Justice Department to try to intimidate citizens engaging in everyday, routine activity on issues important to them,” von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal. “The reason the Justice Department is doing this is because this is a particular view they want to silence.”

    The friend of the court brief calls the Justice Department subpoena of Eagle Forum a “transparent and flagrant violation of the First Amendment.” The friend of the court, or amici curiae, brief reads in part:

    ‘Amici comprise a wide range of organizations and individuals, from nonprofit policy groups, to federal and state legislators, to individual citizens. Their interests and goals vary. But all agree that the United States’ subpoena in this case is a transparent use of the civil litigation process to chill the speech and political organizing of those who hold views contrary to those of the United States and the Department of Justice.

    The subpoena harms not just members of the public across all ideological and political spectra, who will be inhibited from open discourse and petitioning, but also legislators themselves, who benefit from hearing from their constituents without those citizens fearing subsequent federal investigations seeking reams of protected materials.’

    The Justice Department did not immediately respond to The Daily Signal’s inquiries for this report.

    “The department is full of radical bureaucrats and has even been sanctioned by federal courts for colluding with leftist groups,” J. Christian Adams, president of Public Interest Legal Foundation, said in a public statement. “In America, the government cannot target groups who oppose their political beliefs and that is exactly what the DOJ has done here.”

    A weaponized Justice Department is targeting political enemies of the Biden administration, said Tarren Bragdon, president of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

    “The Biden administration has launched an intimidation campaign against a small nonprofit group that has only one full-time employee,” Bragdon said in a public statement defending Eagle Forum of Alabama. “This is an effort to force the organization to exhaust its limited resources defending itself against the full force of the federal government.”

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    1. yup—these agencies and departments need OVERSIGHT at the very least and dismantling more likely.
      too big for their damn britches.
      this sounds like the doj has been overrun by radicals

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      1. you know as someone who has large breasts–certainly NOT that large–but still–there’s back and shoulder pain that this asswipe has no idea of. he can take his off—it’s a frickin costume and he should not be allowed to mock women like that.
        imagine if he decided to wear blackface…

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      2. I have YET to see any commentary about the danger of a shop teacher operating machinery that could maime or kill if those prosthesis were to get caught in said machinery. How do you tell a kid to take off a watch or a scarf for safety’s sake when you’ve got that phoney baloney hanging out front…

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  3. Entire Article @ BB (videos @ link): “An Alaskan radio station has denied a vicious ad paid for by Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Super PAC against Donald Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka because it was “over the line in terms of decency,” Must Read Alaska reported Thursday.

    McConnell has supported pro-impeachment and 21-year incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaskan Senate race with huge money from the Senate Leadership Fund, which he controls. The PAC has spent heavily to protect his establishment ally from losing to Tshibaka, who is gaining momentum and tied with the incumbent in the polls.

    The McConnell-backed ad mentions an audit involving Tshibaka’s time in the world of inspectors general in the federal government. An internal investigation absolved Tshibaka of any wrongdoing. She was thereafter named the Acting Inspector General for the Federal Trade Commission.

    The ad was rejected by the radio station because it was indecent. The radio station “sacrificed several thousands of dollars by turning down the ad,” Must Read Alaska characterized the decision. Advisor to the Tshibaka campaign, Mary Ann Pruitt, said in a statement the ad is “full of lies and it’s good that people are recognizing that by refusing to air it.”

    “Remember that McConnell said he wasn’t going to spend money on this race because he didn’t think it was competitive. But now there are two polls showing a dead heat and so he’s gone on the attack with this nonsense,” she added. “Kelly Tshibaka has been going after government insiders for most of her career, so it’s no wonder that the insiders fight back sometimes.”

    The Senate Leadership Fund had previously withdrawn funds from the Alaskan senate race likely becuase it did not anticipate Tshibaka’s momentum surge. The fund redirected those funds to other races that feature Republicans challenging Democrats. But after two polls showed Tshibaka and Murkowski virtually tied, the attack ads have returned in the state.

    Tshibaka has launched her own ads against Murkowski. The ads slam Murkowski for her gun control vote and her alliance with the Washington, DC, establishment uniparty.

    “Insiders don’t like me because I spent my career exposing taxpayer fraud and abuse,” Tshibaka says in one ad. “That’s okay. I’m not running for them. I’m running for you.”

    NRA video supporting Tshibaka:

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  4. I decided last night to turn off the TV for a change and read a book. I’ve got a bunch of books that I ordered in 2013/2014 that I hadn’t read yet. I picked a short book by Robert W. Fuller, “Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?” I was put off by much of what he wrote so I decided to do a little research on Fuller…..yeah, no – he is a full-on leftist – obsessed with “dignity for all” – and writes for HuffPost and Psychology Today. From Wiki:

    “In 1971, on a visit to India, Fuller had witnessed the famine caused by war with Pakistan, a war that saw the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation. With the election of President Jimmy Carter, Fuller began a campaign to persuade the new president to end world hunger. In 1977, Fuller co-founded The Hunger Project, along with Werner Erhard and John Denver. His June 1977 meeting with Carter in the Oval Office helped lead to the establishment of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger.[6]

    During the 1970s and 1980s, Fuller traveled frequently to the Soviet Union, working as a citizen-scientist to improve superpower relations during the Cold War. This led to the creation of the Mo Tzu Project, a group of citizen-diplomats traveling the world seeking citizen to citizen understanding to create sustainable peace.[7] It also lead to the creation of the nonprofit global corporation Internews,[8] which promotes democracy via free and independent media. For many years Fuller served as its chairman, working with Kim Spencer, David M. Hoffman and Evelyn Messinger (founders of Internews), Alia Johnson, Robert Cabot, and John Steiner, among others. In 1982, Fuller appeared in the PBS documentary Thinking Twice About Nuclear War.[9]”

    I also researched Internews – yep, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!!!!

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  5. Grain of salt on this one but SOMETHING is going on in China!!!!

    EXCERPTS: “Is Xi Jinping under house arrest?

    Beijing Airport canceled more than 6,000 domestic flights and international flights. Also, all tickets sold by the high-speed rail are suspended, and the rail is completely stopped until further notice”
    Now, the reports coming out of Beijing could rock the world. Global media has no idea what is going on with Xi Jinping at his home. Honestly, at this point those who want him to remain in power should forget about his third term; it appears that CCP veterans have already crushed his lust for power.
    Chinese netizens have stormed Social media timelines with reports that Beijing is under military seizure. The world, though, has no idea what’s happening because the city is eventually cut off from the world.

    According to News Highland Vision, former Chinese President, Hu Jintao and former Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao had persuaded Song Ping, the former member of the Standing Committee and retaken control of the Central Guard Bureau (CGB).

    For those who don’t know, the purpose of CGB is to provide close personnel protection to members of the Politburo Standing Committee and other CCP leaders. The committee is also responsible for the protection of Xi Jinping. As Hu and Wen retook control of CGB, information was conveyed to Jiang Zeng and the Central Committee members in Beijing via telephone. The original Standing Committee members abolished Xi’s military authority at that very moment.

    Xi returned to Beijing on the evening of 16th September after learning the truth. However, he was detained at the airport and most probably is currently being held under house arrest in Zhongnanhai’s house.

    A roadmap was already prepared

    The current situation is being controlled by Hu Jintao. If the reports are believed to be true, this is one of the biggest happenings in China after the Chinese Virus outbreak in 2019. For the last ten days, political meetings were taking place behind closed doors and in utter secrecy. Here is the comprehensive information of those last ten days:

    On September 8th, the reform meeting of the finalizing committee was chaired by two vice-chairmen. The chairman of operations who is a loyalist to Xi was removed from the meeting. Commander Li Qiaoming sat in the middle of the first row under the stage to participate in the meeting.

    Li Qiaoming, a General of PLA had already made his mind clear that he longer would accept the diktats of the Chinese President. Now as Xi was out in Samarkand, Hu and Wen met Song Ping and persuaded him to turn rogue against Xi Jinping ahead of his third term. Ping agreed to do so, then Xi was detained by his own CGB guards.

    The former CCP leaders foresaw that Xi Jinping’s loyalists would undoubtedly use aggression to topple his house arrest. Here, Li Qiaoming enters the scene. As a result, Qiaoming has turned Beijing into a military fort. A large 80km convoy entered Beijing and closed all possible exits of the city. According to the source, the PLA is blocking highways and is currently said to be detaining protesters.”


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    1. hmmmmm
      wasn’t the 24th supposed to be significant?
      the germans said it i think…remember where you were…
      you researched and saw they have an election tomorrow??
      but what if it’s something else?

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    1. no, thanks!
      for some reason i have been deleting spam on the hermit post almost every morning…same bib ending…but only on that post…
      I need to search if we can close comments for old posts…

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  6. I am adding a short daily prayer to the board. I would invite each of you, if you wish, to also add one or maybe two of your own liking. I do not want to stifle anyone but please limit yourself to one or two religious postings. here’s one I found that I liked.


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