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12 January, 2011

Snowed In: Day Three and Counting...

IMG_5221We have had the snow storm of the decade here in the South…and we are still digging out! I am not going anywhere…nor will I until maybe Saturday! The streets are a solid sheet of ice and nothing is melting! And with temperatures in the teens, that’s not snow anymore…it’s mounds of ice! Sooo…what are we doing?

IMG_5188 Here at the Plate Addicts, we are staying warm and cozy by the fire…

IMG_5204 …and burning our favorite wintry scented candles! I love this Bath and Body Works scent and can’t put it away, even though it is a little Christmasy! I decided that the snowman salt and pepper shakers could stay out, too…in honor of the snow storm!

IMG_5213 And I have been cooking up a storm myself! This is one of my favorite old Weight Watcher recipes for a different spin on chicken pot pie. The recipe is at the end of this post. On the agenda for today…clean and organize! And I have a confession…Christmas has not left the guest room! I have been busy with my today, I am putting it all away!

IMG_5176 I love being warm and cozy inside and the snow is beautiful…for now. But I have a feeling that by Saturday…

groundhog-day-movie-poster-1020326703 …it’s going to feel like a scene out of Groundhog Day! Yikes!

Here's the recipe I promised to share!

Click here for a printable recipe
Weight Watchers ~ Chicken, Cheese and Biscuits
from Confessions of a Plate Addict
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon margarine
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon powdered mustard
¼ teaspoon rubbed sage
1 ½ cups skim milk
1 packet of instant chicken broth (or 1 teaspoon granulated chicken bouillon)
Dash white pepper (I just use black), or to taste
4 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces of skinned and boned cooked chicken, diced
1 cup each of sliced carrots, stemmed sliced mushrooms, and broccoli florets
(The veggies should be cooked ahead.  Sometimes I use green beans or cauliflower instead of broccoli.)
½ cup chopped onion
4 ready-to-bake buttermilk flaky biscuits
( I use the small can of Grands buttermilk and have one biscuit left over.)
In a 3 quart saucepan, heat margarine until melted. Sauté the onions and mushrooms in the margarine. Add flour, mustard, and sage and stir. Add milk, stirring constantly. Cook until smooth. Add broth mix and pepper and reduce to low heat and cook until thick…5 or 10 minutes. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add the veggies and chicken and cook until heated through…3 to 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 1 ½ quart casserole with non-stick cooking spray and pour chicken mixture into casserole. Carefully separate each biscuit into two layers of dough, making 8 circles: arrange biscuits over chicken mixture in an even layer, overlapping slightly. Bake until biscuits are golden, 7 to 10 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
This is the old WW, so I only have exchanges, not points. Each serving has 428 calories and counts as 3 protein, 1 bread, 1 ½ veggies, 1 fat, ¼ milk and 35 calories Optional Exchange.
from Confessions of a Plate Addict
Click here for a printable recipe

I am joining our own Michael Lee West at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday! Head on over too see what everyone has cooking!
Thanks so much for dropping by! See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. You and Kitty have the right idea Debbie, stopping in and keeping snug!
    The chicken and cheese looks good enough to eat ;-)
    Hope your thaw comes soon. Stay safe and warm.
    Best wishes
    Rose H

  2. You are making the best of a lousy situation, ice is scary! Stay warm and safe, and especially cozy!
    Great looking recipe!

  3. Debbie, we are still trying to dig out too! We got 8 inches of snow and ice and we don't handle that well here in the South! Today was the first day back at work for me, schools are still closed, and it was a rough ride in let me tell you! I did announce upon arrival in the ice covered parking lot at work....Are you people trying to get us killed???? I am leaving early! I am NOT driving home in the dark! Can't see the black ice!

    Spring? Where are you???

    Lou Cinda

  4. Debbie, I cannot believe the pictures of Atlanta! It looks like the North Pole!

    Looks like you are having a good time even though you're stuck. I've been thinking about you. That pot pie looks delish! I think I'll go fix myself some lunch now.

    Stay warm and safe...


    Sheila :-)

  5. Debbie, we know what you mean about being snowed in. Temps here are more than frigid, the artic air coming off the snow is almost unbearable. Looks like you and Kitty have the right idea.. thanks for sharing the recipe..
    hugs ~lynne~

  6. Oh, how cozy the fire looked with the kitty in front of it. But, girl the food looks sooo yummy. Sounds like you are catching up on things while being stuck inside.
    Have fun!

  7. The fire looks very inviting and dinner looks great! I know you'll be ready for Saturday when it gets here:@)

  8. We are staying warm and just having a good time reading and resting. I should be cleaning...I have been cooking!

  9. I love being cozy too, but the winter is too long!!! I do love roaring fires though, they make it almost worth it! :)

    The recipe looks really good, might have to try that!

    Stay warm! :)

  10. Great post, Debbie. That about sums it up. Now pass me a helping of that WW Chicken Pie, S'il te plait! Linda

  11. The fire looks so warm and cozy!! :) I am actually pretty envious right now! BUT, then I remember how caged in I felt last winter when I was snowed in with two rambunctious girls and a surgery-recovering hubby. ;)

    Thanks for the recipe!!

  12. Debby,
    I stumbled onto your page when researching Quimper and just love it. I bought 2 Quimper plates at a great price but am unsure how I want to display them. Do you offer advice through email or something? I also love everything French. I was just in Provence in Sept. I have a load of pictures on Googleearth.


  13. W@ops, Sorry Debbie to mispell your name. I hate when that happens!

  14. Stay in and stay warm! Dinner looks yummy!

  15. Still snowed in here in Huntsville as well. I love the snow but I admit I am getting a little "cabin fever"! Your WW recipe looks great - my hubby loves dishes like this so I have saved it to my recipe file. Thanks for sharing!


  16. Sounds like the perfect way to pass the time! I know it is a pain...but the snow is beautiful!

  17. When we lived in Ny I use to love when it snowed! I use to to stay in and bake or make soup for dinner. Now that I am living in Houston if they tell me its cold out(cold to them)I stay home and bake and make soup! lol Enjoyed your post and the food looks fab! Thank you for sharing....

  18. I am considering digging a snow tunnel from our house to the barn so I can rummage around the loft and grab some plates to photograph and send to you!

    So happy to have found your site. I am a tabletop prop stylist for Food Network and cookbooks so I have a million plates. I can't get enough! I am wondering right now what plate I am going to put this delicious chicken cheese and biscuit meal on!

    Can't wait to cruise around your blog.

  19. Oh Debbie, I hope you aren't getting rummy being cooped up in the house. Your snow looks so pretty, and I am so glad you are inside nice and warm. The pot pie looks fabulous. I have to give this recipe a try. Stay warm and enjoy the snow if you can. Hugs, Marty

  20. Love the candle and the fireplace looks wonderful!!

    Still snowed in in NE GA too! And of all times, we're having problems with the heat pump. The HVAC guy has been here every day this week so far. Think we're going to have to have a new system. UGH!!!!!!!!

    We have a 'little' heat right now, but do have the gas logs if needed.

    Think I'll cook something comforting for supper. Hubby loves pork chops so that's what we'll have.

    Stay warm,


  21. Hey Debbie! Great post and love the old WW recipes! I'm going to try this one as soon as I can get to the store.
    Funny thing about guest rooms.. mine has seven nutcracker "guests" and one Santa all "sleeping"in the same bed. I'll probably put them away... tomorrow...well, maybe.
    Hugs and stay warm.

  22. Debbie,
    Your photos of the snow are gorgeous! Remember. . .I LOVE SNOW! Like you, I've been cleaning and re~organizing on the lower level and have my Art Studio looking so~o~o nice! Now I'm ready to begin creating and designing, once again.
    we've been eating several types of soup, chili. . .tonight goulash. Your casserole sounds delicious! As soon as I can get to the store for a few more ingredients. . .I'll give it a try!
    Keep those home fires burning for the comfort of the Staff!

  23. I had to become a follower when I saw the title of your blog. I have been known to call myself a "dish and coffee mug whore" (my only swear word). but, your dishes are alot more fun. I just like different plate color combinations.
    visiting from colorado

  24. Spring is only 67 days away.

  25. Great minds think alike....yes, got a fire going here too! Makes everything better!!! Stay in and stay warm - the ice has to melt....eventually!


    Romeo and "her"

  26. Sounds good! I was out shoveling for an hour today, I actually like doing it!

  27. Wow Deb, Atlanta really got hammered. Snow I can deal with (if FORCED). But ice? Ice scares me to death. I'm so happy that you have the option of staying in and staying warm. That recipe looks delicious. But I guarantee I would NOT have a biscuit left over LOL. Stay warm! hugs, Kat

  28. Hi Debbie, This storm was suppose to head into Virginia but it never happened. I lived in Atlanta for 20years so I know how ill equiped the city is when a storm like this hits. I heard Atlanta has a total of eight snowplows! I hope you get out by the weekend. Stay warm.

  29. Baby Kitty looks comfy - storm is not bothering that beauty!
    Hope you are thawed out soon - and be careful on the ice..from experience it is not worth trying to go out.. The chicken dish looks like pure comfort food!

  30. Debbie, I've been watching the Atlanta weather. Canceled my flight yesterday. Should be a go tomorrow. ;-)
    Stay warm and cozy. ~ Sarah

  31. Now that's a lot of snow! Thanks so much for the WW recipe...I'm going to give it a try.


  32. You poor Southerners! I'm sure it was fun at first but now it has to be getting to you warm blooded folks! We're used to up in the north. Hang in there! Enjoy all the pleasures of home!

  33. I remember what a kick I got out of Ground Hog Day! It was the cutest movie!
    Your snow is lovely..sooo lovely!
    It started off this morning at 51 degree's outside! That's California for you. There were tons of garage sales this past Saturday..and I am always glad on Saturdays that there is not snow. However, everyone was shivering while they sat outside in the early morning with cups of steaming coffee trying to look welcoming and happy to see the perspective buyers! :) Yep, that's California for you!

    I do see snow on the distant mountains thought. That's nice.
    I added to my plate addiction on Saturday. That's always a plus!
    Your recipe sounds like a delicious soup for a cold Winter day!!

  34. Sheesh! That came out sounding like I was "bragging" that we have no snow when in fact I meant to be lamenting that we didn't have any!!

  35. Yeppers I'm with Baby Kitty! That is one smart cat! That spot is prime real estate amongst the 4 and two footed kind *winks*
    Thankfully we only have rain here in the Pacific Northwest today...Yay!! Because we're usually the ones with some snow. And even here I'm getting cabin fever, and feel the need to shopercise! The Goodwill is calling my name like a siren song lol!
    I'm saving that recipe Debbie. It looks delish! Perfect for a wintery day. You stay warm and save my friend (and furbabies) Vanna

  36. This southern storm and cold snap is something else. My girlfriend is headed to Charleston this weekend for a race. She may find that she'll have to bundle up when she expected to wear shorts. Your pot pie looks delicious!!

  37. Uh oh! I think you might be tired of snow, now! :)
    Dinner looks good!
    We got 16 in and lost power. It was COLD in here!
    I have cabin fever, and a few months of this stuff to go! :)

  38. Weight watchers?! Wow, this looks too good and I would love some right now because it is sooooooo cold here. Now, why do I live here, oh yeah, so I can have steaming hot comfort food like this. Well, if you have to be snowed in you might as well enjoy it!

  39. Oh my, Debbie! You sure have a lot of snow. We did not get any. Stay warm. Your pot pie looks delicious...Christine

  40. WW always has some good recipes. Especially the older ones before they started manufacturing so many products of their own. This one looks really good.

  41. I love your recipe, I will put it on my list to make, Thanks for sharing it.

  42. Looks dee-lish but enough about the food. I want to hear about that plate.

  43. You have such a lovely blog.

    I'm having the very first GIVEAWAY on my blog. Please stop by to submit your entry. Good Luck!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie