Mini Pot Pies and The Lost Imperials series

February 4th, 2015 Kimberly Feature, Giveaway 92 Comments

4th Feb


To spice things up on Wednesdays between “Waiting On” posts and reviews, I am going to share ”Recipe and a Book Recommendation.” Today I have an easy meal that is perfect for cold winter nights and is sure to please even the pickiest eater in your family. Mini Pot pies that are easy to prepare and take less than 30 minutes to cook. Just add a nice salad and your done. For today’s book recommendation I have the Lost Imperial series by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley. The first book Extracted made my top ten in 2013 and Prodigal, book two and Riven book three release in May making this the perfect time to read Extracted.  Look for the giveaway below 🙂


Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Mini Pot Pies

I found this delightful recipe on a General Mills website. These tasty pot pies are quick and easy to make.

ingredients for mini-pot pies
2 cups thawed frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup diced cooked chicken or turkey
1 can (10 3/4 oz) Of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits



Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Grease 8 holes in regular size muffin cup pan

pot pie filling
In a bowl mix veggies, diced meat, and cream of chicken soup, set aside

press biscuitsLightly press biscuits to flatten, then press into muffin holes. Be sure to push up on sides of muffin hole to create a cup.
Scope an even amount of mixture into each biscuit cup dividing evenly.
Pull edges up and pinch around sides to hold mixture in place.

ready for ovenBake at 375 for 20-22 minutes or until biscuit is golden brown. Allow to cool a minute or two before removing from muffin pan. Serve with salad and enjoy! These can easily be changed up to a beef pie or all veggie pie. You can choose your favorites. For breakfast mix eggs, cheese, bacon and veggies..yum.

Book Recommendation

by Sherry D. Ficklin, Tyler Jolley
Series: The Lost Imperials #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill
on November 12, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon

Welcome to the war. The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it. The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream. Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war. When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again

I have recommended Extracted to many of my friends and I am really excited about the release of book two and three – Prodigal and Riven coming in May. Time travel, steampunk, Rifters, and fixed points in time!  It’s enough to make this Whovian* drool.  This was delightful, and I quickly became caught up in the action and characters. It’s young adult but perfect for fans of all ages. The covers are gorgeous!! Read my full review of Extracted.

US Giveaway of ARC copies

The publishing house sent me two sets of ARC’s for Prodigal and Riven complete with those gorgeous covers. One luck US winner will get to read them. Enter below and if you are lucky enough to win, remember to show some author love and post a review.

About Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

About Tyler Jolley

n order to support his hobby of writing, Tyler decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened Jolley Smiles in Grand Junction, CO. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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92 Responses to “Mini Pot Pies and The Lost Imperials series”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yum, I have done that too, usually a 9 inch pie, but this is perfect when time is an issue

  1. Steph

    That recipe is such a fun and simple idea. I really want to try it! Also the book series seems really great. I had never heard of it before, but now I really want to read the series.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the simplicity of it, and it is perfect for nights on the go

  2. Jessica

    This is so weird–I’ve been craving chicken pot pie like a mad woman for like a week now. Maybe two, LOL. I haven’t acted on that urge, b/c lazy (I hate cleaning up the mess from making pie crusts). BUT. No pie crust mess here. And I’ve had Extracted sitting on my kindle for-freaking-ever, so I should probably get on that too 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, homemade takes time but this only dirties a mixing bowl, and muffin pan

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the full sheet crescent rolls, these are fun and super easy

  3. Ann Noser

    Both the recipe and the books look fabulous!
    My kids are picky–but this looks like something fun they might actually eat! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..that is always the question I ask, “will they eat it?” lol so picky, picky, picky

  4. Katherine

    Oh the chicken pot pies are so cute! And they look nice and hearty and warm and filling too. Nice for this time of year. I’m not sure the books are for me (sigh of relief) but the covers are great. Thanks for sharing!

    Katherine recently posted: The Monogram Murders - Review
    • kimbacaffeinate

      What? I didn’t tempt you or add to your pile?….LOL These pies are perfect for snow days.

  5. Jenny

    I need these tiny pot pies of deliciousness in my life immediately. YUM!!! I love chicken pot pie, and I’m pretty sure I could eat the entire muffin tin of these myself. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe Kim!

    Jenny recently posted: Review: Red Queen
    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, they are more filling then you think. Two max is all the men in my life can manage

  6. Jennifer

    I’ve never tried pot pies because they look gross to me. LOL But I might try this. I’ve done a similar recipe with sloppy joes. Just cook your sloppy joe and then put the meat mixture in biscuits and bake in a muffin pan. They turn out great and the kiddo loves them.

    Jennifer recently posted: Snagged @ the Library: January’s Haul
    • kimbacaffeinate

      My hubby only cooks breakfast. Boo. I hope you give them a try.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, we used green beans, corn and carrot veggies in ours.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad I could introduce you to the series and hope you make these soon

  7. Heidi

    I love pot pies, and I usually make mine from scratch. However, this looks fantastic for when you need something quick and easy. I remember both you and Ali really liked the first book, I still need to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I will do a 9 inch from scratch but these are perfect for when time is limited 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      All of my recipes are under features so you can easily find them. Enjoy

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo I will trade some of mine for some of Read Extracted I am dying for your take on it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, you could probably just do veggies and broth or tofu.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are full size muffins and I thought I would need to eat a few, but honestly one and a salad and I was full. My hubby and son-in-law can eat two or three.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Aren’t the covers awesome, Clean Teen Publishing has been rocking the covers lately

  8. Hattie

    I am definitely going to be trying this recipe, always looking for recipes that are time savers. I also love that the author of the books is a Dentist in order to support his writing hobby. That just cracked me up.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, I am glad you read it and yes these make a nice quick meal

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really got caught up in the characters and concept of this one

  9. Lola

    This looks so simple and yummy. Although it would need some tweaks if I am going to make this as I don’t eat meat and they don’t sell refrigerated biscuits here. This looks like it would be a great sidedish or snack while watching a movie.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You could make it a veggie pie, and yeah you would need to make from scratch or frozen biscuits requiring more time

  10. Lark

    Mmm, those pot pies look tasty – and easy! I’ve seen the book around, and not been sure whether to pick it up. I’m glad to have your recommendation, though I will hold off for a bit while I try to make a dent in the pile I’ve got!

    Lark recently posted: January challenge update
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved this book, wait for my reviews of book two and three, then you can snag them all 🙂

  11. Sarah M

    Those look cute 🙂 Probably pretty tasty, too. Wonder how a vegetarian version would taste.

    Haven’t read Extracted, but I need to after seeing this. Sounds right up my sci fi/fantasy loving alley 🙂