Monday, December 31, 2012

A Year in Review - Top 5 Posts of 2012

First off, I want to thank all of my faithful readers. You have made my dreams come true! Thank you for reading my blog, for posting your comments and coming back again and again. It blesses me to know that people want to read about the things that I write about. This blog is my heart and my passion, and you have become a part of that.

Almost two years ago, someone asked me what my dream job was. I said, "I want to work as a Doula and Childbirth Educator, and I want to blog about my life and kids and all the things that inspire me." At the time, it seemed like such a pipe dream, and nothing that would ever be able to be a reality for me. I certainly didn't think I'd ever be able to make money and provide for my family.

A little over a year ago, with the encouragement of my husband and dearest friends, I decided to go my own way, quit my current day job and began pursuing doula work full time. I also began blogging for Tulsa Kids, and continued to pour out my passion here at Honeybee Mama. 2012 has been a productive and profitable year for me and I'm so grateful. I have served eleven clients and helped to welcome eleven beautiful babies into the world, designed and sold many baby slings and nursing covers, launched my own line of all natural personal care products, and written a birth plan manual (which is soon to be published - that's on my list of 2013 accomplishments!). What an amazing year!

Along with seeing my dreams realized in my business, this has been a year of overcoming many personal hurdles as a family. Blending families is challenging to say the least, and anyone who is divorced knows that the drama doesn't always end when the papers are signed. I am beyond thankful for my husband, Marc, the man of my dreams, my lover, my best friend and truly the best life partner I could ever hope for. What we have accomplished and triumphed over in our first year of marriage is epic to say the least!

I thought the best way to say farewell to 2012 would be to take a look back at the 5 blog posts that had the most traffic in the last year. Without further ado, here they are!

  1. Mama Monday - Focus on Fetal Positioning for a Better Birth - August 27, 2012
  2. Book Report - The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe - January 25, 2012
  3. Perineal Massage for a Better Birth - September 4, 2012
  4. {my moment} - July 6, 2012
  5. Honeybee Mama Sponsor - Jessica Klingeman, AAHCC - November 29, 2012
Again, thank you, dear readers and friends for supporting me and my precious little hive in 2012. I hope you will join us for more amazing adventures in 2013!

Live is what you make of it. Make honey!


Friday, December 28, 2012

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment!

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Honeybee Holiday

No kids on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning means quiet and slowness. Just one of the things you get as a divorced parent. It always feels a little weird, but we make the best of it!

We enjoyed some of my husband's family famous french toast.

And coffee by the fire admiring Christmas Cards. They're one of my favorite things about the holidays!

Then I got to baking. In my family, we only give gifts to the children, but my sister-in-law and I get around the rule by making homemade gifts for the adults.

I tried my hand at Smitten Kitchen's Cheese Straws. Oh my! SO easy and SOOO yummy!

And some real food dark chocolate and dried cranberry cookies. I found the recipe on the side of the King Arthur's Whole Wheat Flour bag, and have been wanting to try the recipe for a while. They're delicious!

I had already roasted some local pecans and filled goodie bags with pecans and cheese straws for family and friends.

Those along with some homemade bath salts made for a sweet Homemade Honeybee Holiday!

The tree is still filled with presents while we wait for all the kids to be with us on Thursday, and we're enjoying snuggles in the warm house while it's coooooollllld outside!

Happy Holidays from the Honeybee Six-Pack to you!

Friday, December 21, 2012

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

After weeks of sickness and scattered missed days of school, trips to many doctors, doses of medicine and tears shed, it was a blessing to have to healthy children and to feel well myself. On our last night with the littles before they're off to their dad's for the first part of the Holiday Break, we decided to bundle up in jammies and head out to see the Rhema lights. It was a sweet little outing followed by hot cocoa at home before bed. Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Weekend!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

haiku wednesday

steam billows into
the cool air. smell lavender.
melts my stress away.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mama Monday - Plan for Pushing

If there's one thing people think about when it comes to childbirth, it's pushing. We've all seen countless movies and TV shows that have scenes of fathers, doctors and nurses shouting at a distressed laboring woman to, "PUSH! PUSH!"

*Note: the rest of this post involves graphic language relating to female anatomy and the birthing process.

As with so many aspects of the birthing process, women often trust that when they get to that point in childbirth, the doctor or nurse will tell them what to do. I would venture to say that most moms-to-be put more thought, research and effort into choosing the right crib for the nursery than they do planning to properly and efficiently push their baby out!

There are a couple problems with this mindset. Firstly, nearly every nurse or doctor I have witnessed coaches moms incorrectly on how to push. Secondly, most moms are not offered or given the option of trying various positions to push their baby out. Let's tackle each of these issues separately.

Proper Pushing

Nearly every labor and delivery nurse and/or OB/GYN has coached my clients to "push like you're having a bowel movement." Well, contrary to popular and medical opinion, one does not push a baby out of her rectum. She pushes it out of her vagina. Though the muscle groups are similar and physiologically close together, they are not the same. The Ferguson Reflex (the urge to push) is often confused with the urge to have a bowel movement, so when a mom says, "I feel like I need to poop," those of us supporting her usually know we're getting close to having a baby. With that said, I would like to reiterate, pushing a baby out of your vagina is totally different than pushing a BM out of your bottom!

So, how DO you push a baby out? I've got a very simple exercise to help you know the difference between a BM and birthing a baby! It's called "Move the Shoe," and a dear friend and doula mentor of mine taught it to me when I first learned to be a doula. Here's how you do it:
  1. Lie on your back on the floor with your knees comfortably raised and spread apart (almost as if you were posing to push your baby out).
  2. Take of one shoe and place it on your abdomen, at or near your belly button. If you're currently pregnant, just place the shoe where it will balance and not fall off!
  3. Contract the muscles you would if you were having a bowel movement (not too hard :)). Notice, the shoe doesn't move.
  4. Now, try to move the shoe. If you're having a hard time, consider the following visualizations. 
    • If you have had a vaginal exam, imagine your doctor or midwife's fingers pressing against your perineum (the part of your vulva closest to your rectum), and try to push the fingers out. 
    • Or, and this may seem a little gross or weird (then again, we are speaking rather bluntly about pushing babies out of vaginas), but if you have ever pushed a tampon out, try to use the same muscles.
    • Another helpful way to think about it is the release of muscles used when doing Kegel exercises.
If done properly, you will move the shoe up and down, or even knock it right off your belly!

If you receive an epidural during labor, pushing will no doubt be more difficult. Besides the fact that you likely will not feel the urge to push, it will be hard to know if you are pushing correctly. Ideally, your epidural will be light enough that you can feel something. Another option is allowing the epidural to wear off before it is time to push so you can feel to push properly, but it can be very alarming to a woman who has had little to no sensation of childbirth for some time to all of the sudden feel the full intensity.

Pushing Positions

Just about everyone has a visual concept of what a woman pushing a baby out looks like. It probably involves a woman lying flat on her back or semi-reclined, with her feet in stirrups or held by her husband and nurse, while she grimaces, screams and pants. And, of course, everyone around her is screaming, "PUSH! PUSH!"

There are a couple of problems with this picture, namely the physical position the mom is in for birthing. Because of the way the tailbone curves upward in this position, the birth canal is not a straight shot for baby to exit. Unless your knees are spread wide and pulled up very high in order to move the tailbone out of the way (most women are not this flexible), you will not be able to open the pelvis wide enough to be able to effectively and quickly push your baby out. Often this is the main reason women report pushing for hours and hours. In this semi-reclined position, the head of the baby actually has to be pushed up and over the tailbone before fully emerging out of the vagina. All of my clients have pushed at least a certain portion of the time in this position and most of them were successful in birthing this way. However, it can often take longer than necessary.

For many women, if they have opted to receive an epidural, this is their only option for pushing. Since they have little sensation from the waist down, they must have the support of the bed and others to help hold their legs. However, it is possible, if the epidural is light enough (or you stop the drip and allow it to wear off) and your practitioner is comfortable with it, to assume some if not all of the positions described below.

The following positions better adapt to the pelvic anatomy and utilize gravity to more smoothly birth the baby:
  • Sitting upright. If you are in a hospital, the foot of the bed can be lowered or removed and the head of the bed can be tilted far enough forward that the bed looks more like a throne. In this way, mom is able to sit full upright, with her bottom at the end of the bed so that the nurse, doctor or midwife can still have access to assist with the birth. You can also sit upright on a birthing stool or in a birthing pool if these are available to you. This position helps move the tailbone out of the way so the mom can more effectively push.
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  • Squatting. Every hospital bed comes equipped with what is called a "squat bar," though these bars are rarely, if ever, stored in the birthing rooms. If you ask a nurse she can get it for you. With this attached to the bed, the birthing mother can grip the bar and squat in her bed. This gets her upright like sitting in the throne position, but also opens her pelvis even further with her knees and legs spread wide. If a squat bar is not available, mother can assume a supported squat by dangling in between the open legs of her partner. Squatting is also comfortable while birthing in water.
  • Kneeling or Hands and Knees. As discussed in some of my other posts about childbirth, being forward in a kneeling or hands and knees position is often a very comfortable way to labor. For pushing, the mother can easily bear down and not have to worry about the tailbone being in the way because gravity naturally helps bring baby down and out with the curve of the tailbone. Mom can lean forward on her hands, a birth ball, or the head of the birthing bed. Also, if the baby seems to be more on one side or the other, creating a cervical lip, mom can kneel with one knee or the other and lunge in order to help remove that lip.
  • Side Lying. Lying on one side, the mom's doula, nurse or partner can help support her leg or she can rest it on the stirrup of the hospital bed if it's positioned correctly. In this position, as with the others, the bed is not blocking her tailbone from swaying to move out of the way of the descending baby. 
When writing your birth plan and discussing it with your health care provider, be sure to inquire about birthing or pushing positions. Ask whether or not you will have the freedom to try one or more of these alternative positions while pushing. While some doctors are not comfortable with positions other than the semi-reclined position with support, others are happy to allow you to assume the most comfortable and effective position for your birth. Often, doctors do things the way they do because they are accustomed to it and because no one ever asks them to do it differently!

At Honeybee Mama, I'm committed to getting you the tools and resources you need to make informed decisions about your birth. If you're looking for help preparing for your birth, consider The Birth Experience Childbirth Training, or schedule a consultation today!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

haiku wednesday

wednesday already?
how did that happen? just keep
swimming, just keep swim...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Inspire Me - New Creation

Last night I had to have a little talk with my littlest bee. Correcting children is one of my least favorite parts of being a parent. I would much rather bake cookies, play games and snuggle than have to correct and discipline. But I also know these precious lives have been entrusted to me to raise them and instill in them "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22)

Without me (along with my husband and their dad and step-mom) teaching and correcting them, and modeling for them good behavior, my children will not grow into the men I would hope for them to become. So we remind, reward, correct, punish and pray day in and day out and hope that our children learn to be and to do good.

Sometimes in these moments of painful correcting (I often feel like it's more painful for me than them), there are glimmers of hope and sweetness. Last night was one of those nights. After talking, disciplining, tears and hugs, Alec pulls away from my neck and reaches for my neckleace.

With tears still in his eyes, he held my necklace and smiled and said,

"I like the picture on your necklace, Mommy."

"Can you see what it is?"

"A butterfly."

"That's right. Do you know why Mommy likes butterflies?"

"Uh-uh, why?"

"Well, do you remember how a butterfly starts out as a caterpillar and changes and grows into something new, into a butterfly?"

"Yeah, it has a cocoon!"

"Yep. Well, in the Bible, there is a verse that says, 'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone; the new has come.' (2 Corinthians 5:27) That means that when we believe that Jesus took our sins away and that he loves us more than anything else, he forgets all our old yucky stuff and makes us new, like butterflies!"

"Oh, I like that. You're a beautiful butterfly, Mommy."

"So are you, baby."

He just smiled.

That verse is the verse I heard when I was eleven years old at a youth retreat that changed my life. And every day and every moment since then it continues to change my life. The beautiful thing about the love of Jesus is that he can make all things new in an instant, and can do it over and over and over. The life he promises us is one of grace and not needing to be perfect.

It reminds me of the line in a Mumford and Sons song called Roll Away Your Stone that says, "It's not the long walk home that will change this heart, but the welcome I receive with the restart." The instant we turn to him for a restart we are given a welcome, not after we get "home" or get "right" again. You should really read the rest of the lyrics to the song. Here, give it a listen...

And it's that promise I hang onto when I'm not a good parent, a good friend, a good wife or a good anything else.





Thank you, Butterfly, and Mumford and Sons. You Inspire Me.

Friday, November 30, 2012

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

My six-year-old, Aidan has walking pneumonia and was home with me today. I had a client interview scheduled, and since he isn't contagious he came with me. It was a special occasion that he got to play games on my phone (or even hold my phone at all), and when I scrolled through the pictures looking for something else I found this one. Apparently he and the daddy of this sweet couple really hit it off!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment!

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Honeybee Mama Sponsor - {Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water}

As a doula, I have more than a few tricks up my sleeve. I have my doula bag that goes with me to all births loaded with massage tools and other various tools for comforting a mother during labor, but I also have what I call my Mommy Bag of Tricks. In it is the collective experience of motherhood from myself and my friends as well as actual practical items like baby slings, parenting books, favorite products, etc.

Though I spend the majority of my time coaching pregnant women about how to stay healthy before birth and educating them about their options in childbirth, I am also the person they call as new parents when they encounter various difficulties. One of those is how to soothe colicky babies.

Often colic, or inconsolable fussiness in newborns, can be related to indigestion or acid reflux. A lot of times it can be treated with physical changes like better burping, keeping baby upright after feedings, changes in mother's diet if she's breastfeeding, or switching formulas if she is bottle feeding. Sometimes, when all other options are exhausted, parents need more help and often turn to friends and physicians to see if there may be a medical or chemical component they're unaware of. One of my recent doula clients contacted me when she felt like she was at her wit's end with her newborn. This sweet baby seemed to have the worst case of colic and acid reflux I had seen in a long time. She was even unresponsive to prescription medication.

Before turning to prescriptions though, there are tried and true natural remedies that can offer substantial relief to babies suffering from colic due to indigestion. One of them is Gripe Water. This simple solution includes things like ginger, which, even for adults, is an extremely effective remedy for stomach troubles. I suggested Mommy's Bliss Baby Care Gripe Water to my client, Courtney, and I'd like you to hear straight from her how amazing the product is!

"My sweet little Ava is number three in the lineup. Our previous two children did not have symptoms of colic, were great breastfeeders, and were relatively easy to settle. So we were stumped when at two weeks of age, Ava seemed to cry no matter our many attempts to help her. All we could do was walk and bounce, walk and bounce.
We tried everything. We thought that perhaps she was having reflux because she was arching her back and crying after feedings. She was put on a prescription antacid as well as Mylicon drops for gas. I also removed dairy and artificial sweeteners from my diet. Still, we had a very unhappy baby that appeared to be in pain. I didn't want to accept that I had a colicky baby on my hands because I had always heard that Colic was simply an easy way of saying 'your baby is in pain and we don't know why.' No Mommy I know watches their child struggle in pain without attempting to help in some way.
That's when a friend suggested Gripe Water. Once we started giving Ava Gripe Water, her hiccups went away almost immediately after giving her the first dose. She was finally able to pass gas and have a bowel movement with minimal discomfort. The dropper is easy to use, although it takes some getting used to. Mommy's Bliss smells and tastes pleasant and Ava didn't seem to mind it at all. It also doesn't have to be refrigerated which makes it easy to take with you on outings.
The biggest advantage is that we were able to take Ava completely off of all medications and I have been able to resume eating dairy products. While some children benefit from both, I believe that Gripe Water was just what we needed all along.  Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water is an excellent product-all natural & fast acting, and we now have a much happier baby!"
~ Courtney Keuck, Honeybee Mama Client
Sweet Baby Ava

I really like minimizing unnecessary medications and chemicals for myself and my children, which is why I promote healthy living and natural care products. Mommy's Bliss is definitely one of those products. 

"Mommy's Bliss, a provider of safe, effective and natural premium-quality products for families, soothes tiny tots' rumbly tummies with its Gripe Water. Ideal for relieving gas and stomach discomfort often associated with colic, hiccups and teething; this all-natural herbal supplement is available in both Original and Apple flavors. Containing no alcohol, chemicals, parabens or artificial flavors, it is 100% vegetarian and vegan; as well as recommended by pediatricians nationwide."

Check out the Mommy's Bliss website and their facebook page for more information and special offers on their products. You can also follow them on Twitter to make sure you don't miss their latest news!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Conversations in the Car Vol. 14

We were driving in the car on our way to Stroud for the littles' bi-monthly visit to their dad's house. The boys were eating their fast food dinners while I visited on the phone with a friend who has recently moved to Tulsa. She had asked me about different churches in town and which one's I've visited and my opinions about them. I'm sure I used the term "christian" at least a few times during the conversation. Here's what happened when I hung up.

Aidan: Mom, what's a Christian?

Alec: Yeah, what's a Christian?

Me: Well, a Christian is someone who believes in God and believes that Jesus loves us and died on the cross for our sins and came back to life so we could be close to God.

The Littles in unison: I'm a Christian!!

Me: I am too. Isn't it good to know how much God loves us?

Aidan: Wait, what are sins?

Alec: Yeah, what are sins?

Me: Well, sins are when we make bad choices and do things that hurt other people or ourselves. Things that God tells us aren't a good idea. We all make bad choices, but God loves us no matter what and gave us Jesus to show us how to love each other and make better choices.

Aidan: Oh yeah, that's good.

Alec: Yeah, I like Jesus.


Though I shy away from the label sometimes, and in many ways find it hard to identify with mainstream Christianity, I am a Christian. Jesus is my example for grace, love and abundant life and the Way that he walked has been the vehicle for healing in my life time and time again. Many people celebrate the day or the moment they became "saved" and celebrate this moment in the lives of their children too. I'm not sure my boys have a particular moment to look back on where they would say they "became" Christians, but I know they are.

And I will forever cherish this moment when they told me!

haiku wednesday

giving thanks while life's
good so i'll remember to
when it's bad as well

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Playing Catch Up

I better start blogging regularly before you guys stop considering me a blogger! Been a little quiet on the writing front for me, but not on the home front. I thought I'd take a minute and catch you guys up on life in the hive.

Thanksgiving break kicked off with babysitting. The day before Turkey Day I had the opportunity to return the favor for a dear friend in my neighborhood (who often watches my kids for births and such) and keep her two children while she finished up her holiday baking. Then, we kept six more children of a midwife friend of mine whose client went into labor. It was a busy day as we prepared to host Thanksgiving dinner the following day, but it was filled with snuggles and sweet babies!

We hosted Thanksgiving for my brother and his family, and my dad.

My husband and I were thrilled to do most of the cooking, and we all filled our bellies with yummy food!

Then, we went to Mimi's for dessert and leaves,

and a late night of poker while the kids played.

My husband made some magic with leftovers. These are potato pancakes (from leftover mashed potatoes) with a dill and garlic sour cream sauce. Oh my goodness...they were soooooo good.

Alongside the potato pancakes, a family Parcheesi tournament ensued,

followed by turkey treat dessert making!

You can bet we "gobbled" them up! Hee hee!

There was lots and lots of lounging and snuggling.

Then I had to make some leftover magic. These are ham and cranberry sauce pinwheels made from croissant dough!

Aidie lost a tooth!

I may have finally perfected my homemade bread recipe,

and have successfully gotten my Christmas decorations up earlier than ever before!

To top it all off, our dear friends, who might as well be family, made a stop to stay with us for a few days as they move from Ocala, Florida to Santa Cruz, California. It was heaven to have them here, fitting seamlessly into our home and routine, and bittersweet to see them leave.

I have spent the day putting away extra bedding, cleaning up messes left behind, washing laundry that's piled up and trying to reorganize myself to focus on work. It almost feels like things might get back to normal, for a little while at least.

Of course, now we prepare for Christmas! The kids are making their lists and checking them twice, as we brainstorm about what gifts will rock their world on Christmas morning. And in the midst of the holiday hub-ub, I contemplate how to continue to foster giving spirits in my children. I think we'll start the season right by going to a fundraiser at Bounce U this evening. They are collecting donations for Toys for Tots, and I think that's the perfect way to remind my littles to be givers!

Love and Honey,

Friday, November 16, 2012

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

Maybe one of these days I'll get used to the step-siblings working and playing nicely together. I still constantly brace myself for struggles and hearing hateful phrases like, "You're not my real brother!" or "I never asked for a sister!" But I don't. Especially these two. Corrinne and Aidan are the instigators, the ones inventing games and coming up with ideas to put on plays, concerts, write letters to the Veterans and do crafts on rainy Sunday mornings. While I cooked breakfast this past Sunday, these two busily worked at making foam pine cones to decorate for Thanksgiving and it was precious. Not that there aren't times when some or all of the children bicker, but more often than not I'm the only one who remembers that our family is blended.

And I am so very thankful. 

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link in your comment to your moment!

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Real Food Recipe - Chicken Pot Pie

As of late I have been more and more drawn to the "Real Food" craze. If you're not familiar with the term, check out Real Food Defined. Basically, it's transforming your diet into non-processed (or minimally processed), whole foods.

What I LOVE about it is it's actually very non-restrictive, allowing butter, oils, sugars (just non refined like agave nectar, honey, etc.), and carbohydrates (as long as they are whole grains). So I've been doing what I can to incorporate more whole foods in our family menu, and tweaking favorite recipes so that they qualify as Real Food.

One of the first of my recipes to get a makeover was Chicken Pot Pie. Most everything in the recipe was already whole food: chicken and veggies. I really just needed to switch out the crust and the chicken stock. Join me and I'll take you through how I make delicious, from scratch chicken pot pie!

First, make your crust. This is a main switch to making the recipe real food; however, making pie crust is tricky and I didn't have the patience for trying to show the whole process with pictures. I always use Pampered Chef's Perfect Pie Crust Recipe, so follow that. Just substitute Whole Wheat Pastry Flour for all purpose flour. I use Bobs Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (Google Affiliate Ad) and I love it!

Then you need to chop about a half cup each of onions, carrots and celery. Toss those into a med/high heated pan with a couple tablespoons or so of good olive oil. Season with kosher salt and fresh cracked peppercorns.

Then chop and pan fry about one small/medium potato (any kind will do). I had leftover breakfast potatoes (sauteed in olive oil with season salt and pepper) so I just used those. It equaled a "heaping" cup. Don't you love recipes that call for "heaping" measurements? I do! Toss those puppies into your veggie pan.

You'll need about a cup and a half of cooked chicken. I had a leftover roasted breast of chicken, but you could use boiled chicken, canned chicken, or grill up a fresh chicken breast. Mine was seasoned simply with a garlic/sea salt blend and pepper. Toss that into your pan with the veggies.

Now, here's where another real food transformation comes in. Normally I would have used a boxed or canned chicken stock or boullion cubes and/or a can of cream of chicken soup. Those come with all kinds of extra stuff you'd never imagine would be in chicken stock (and soup), so I made my own! One of these days I promise I'll tell you how I make mine, but for now I'll let you google it. I added two full cups of chicken stock, as you'll see later was too much, so I'd shoot for more like a cup to a cup and a half.

Then you need to thicken it.  I used a tablespoon-ish of corn starch. You could also use a
beurre maniƩ (butter flour mixture) with a little cream, or a roux, but I was being lazy.

Bring that all to a boil, then turn it down to simmer, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom.

Add about a half cup of frozen peas. You could use canned if you want, but I think those are nasty so I use frozen.

Don't worry about the peas cooking. They'll heat up once you get the whole pie in the oven. Now, start spooning everything into your pie crust.

Go ahead and pour it all in. And if you pay attention to my note before and use only 1 1/5 cups of stock instead of 2, you won't have this problem!

Get that top crust on top, overlapping the edges with the bottom. Sandwich the top and bottom together and tuck under all the way around.

Then come back around and pipe the edges. To do that, pinch a bit of the crust in between thumb and forefinger, making a little "v," then use your other thumb and push the dough inside that little "v."

Use a knife to cut little vents on the top.

Then, you can brush the top with an egg wash, melted butter, oil or cooking spray, and she's ready to go in the oven! 350 until she's golden brown.

Like this.

Slice into that pretty little lady and scoop into a bowl and ENJOY!

I love my chicken pot pie with a side slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese. Ooh, I'm hungry now after doing this post!

Enjoy, and let me know how you like it!

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