As you may have figured out by now, we have left our boys at home from time to time for a few days away. We do this to reset, recharge, and come home as better parents and spouses to each other. It’s something that’s incredibly important to us and a nice change of pace to not begin a conversation with ‘ok so B’s rash is about 73% cleared up but you still need to use a wet paper towel – NO wipes – and BOTH creams….’
And that’s where Mary Beth comes in. We have had the privilege of having her grow with our family. She started off when L was just 3 years old – teetering on that line between toddler and preschooler. We, and L, feel in love hard and we haven’t really been able to let her go since.
We both grew our families since meeting each other. I’ll never forget the day she called to tell me they were adopting Hannah. In 3 weeks. I cried tears of joy, and shared my news of being pregnant with B, and both our hearts swelled. Hannah joined MB in caring for L and he has had the gift of watching her grow from newborn, to baby, to an extra chatty toddler.
B joined us a bit later to bring the crew’s tally up to 3. MB has the art of juggling them perfectly and seems to meet each ones needs before they are even needed. Answering the questions before they are asked. A true gift. As one of L’s dear friends, Olivia, stated to a stranger at the park (love that girl) ‘ that’s my Mary Beth.’ As if she were a universal figure. Like, grandma or best friend. She’s on the right track though – everyone should have one.
When you find your Mary Beth make sure to treat her well. A good place to start is leaving some tasty food around the home. I always try to have a soup or chili on hand, if possible. The other day I had texted her I was making a homemade and healthy(!!!) cheesy chicken pot pie. She wouldn’t need to worry about dinner for herself or her husband (who often stops by) as we’d have plenty of leftovers.
As you can see from the text, and pic, that didn’t exactly happen. M and I pretty much consumed that entire casserole dish. Hey, it’s a true testament to how amazing this recipe is.
Mary Beth? I owe you one!
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (or turkey, or ham)
- 2 cups leftover, fresh or frozen vegetables
- Cheese Sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- Biscuit Topping
- 1 cup biscuit mix
- ½ cup grated cheese
- ⅓ cup milk
- Place meat and vegetables in a 9 inch round or 8×8 square baking dish.
- Make the sauce: Melt butter over medium heat, add flour and cook 1 minute.
- Slowly add chicken broth, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally.
- Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste and stir in cheese until melted.
- Pour over meat and vegetables. Mix well.
- Stir together all ingredients with a fork until even moistened. Spread thinly over mixture in casserole dish. (Don’t worry if there are gaps, it does not need to be perfectly covered and it will fill out more as it bakes.)
- Bake at 400ºF for 25 minutes or until topping is golden and filling is bubbly.