Mini Pot Pies and The Lost Imperials series

February 4th, 2015 Kimberly Feature 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 you’re 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 the mixture in place.

ready for ovenBake at 375 for 20-22 minutes or until biscuit is golden brown. 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.

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

  1. 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 🙂

  2. Alison

    I have Extracted sitting on my shelf but haven’t gotten to it yet. I guess I better get on it before the other books are released!

  3. 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!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  4. 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

  5. Adriana Garcia

    I love these mini chicken pot pies! They are pretty perfect for a picky eater like me (;
    Time travel isn’t usually my thing but I feel like I should give it the benefit of the doubt especially since I’ve liked a few of them I’ve already read.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  6. Mary

    Ooh, those pot pies look yummers! I think I read the first one of this series. Interesting world.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  7. Tyler H Jolley

    Dude, Kimba! Thank you for featuring TLI this week! That’s so awesome, I appreciate it so much! AND, thanks for the delicious pot pie recipe, it’s perfect for these cold Colorado nights!

  8. Ramona

    I LOVE steampunk, and this cover got me weak in the knees!!! Adding it to GR now. One objection, though… WHY is the giveaway US only???? Not fair 🙁

    Thanks for sharing, Kimba!

  9. 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

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

  10. Christy

    I like making this type of stuff for snacks when I know there will be teenage boys over. They’re gone in the blink of an eye. lol.

  11. Candace

    I still need to read Extracted, but I have it. And I LOVE the covers of the next two, those are gorgeous!

  12. Lily

    I was a bit hungry before I read your post but now i’m STARVING. Oh the delicious foods <3

  13. Melissa (Books and Things)

    The trouble with mini foods is that I tend to eat too much of them. It just doesn’t feel like you are eating too much until your tummy protests. 🙂

    I love those covers. Very curious about this series now.

    • 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.

  14. Sarah

    This series sounds great! I’ll have to check them out. I’m not so big a fan of steampunk, but I am trying to broaden my horizon a little bit. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  15. kara-karina

    I feel really tempted to bake these pies, K.! They look delicious! I’ve fried some veggie samosas today and these look just as attractive 🙂 Have Extracted on my kindle, just didn’t have a chance to read it yet!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  16. Debbie Haupt

    Hi Kim, what a great recipe for this time of year. I meant to try them the last time you featured them but didn’t but this is a great time to fire up the oven.
    Thanks for the book recommendation and the recipe 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  17. 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 🙂

  18. Jessica

    I’ve been meaning to make that recipe for a really long time! I bookmarked it on my kindle ages ago haha! Lovely post!

  19. Stormi

    You make me want to go out and get the ingredients to make Extracted look cool but I haven’t ever heard it it before. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  20. Braine Talk Supe

    Thanks for the recipe! I can use that for a lazy day. Which I’ve been having a lot of lately.

    I love the sound of this series but then I saw time travel and I have to take a step back. I’ll have to try a sample first. My last foray into TT Steampunk was a bust!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  21. Tammy

    Yum, those mini pot pies look delish!! I love pot pies, so I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  22. sherry fundin

    MMMM I’m hungry just looking at them. I love pot pies. I don’t cook, but I will pass this recipe on to my hubby. 🙂 Thanks for the great giveaway.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  23. 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.

  24. Nick

    Everything mini is usually super tasty and these look delicious!
    I also love those covers, Kim!

  25. 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!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  26. Karen

    I’ve been meaning to make those pot pies for a while now. I keep seeing the Pillsbury video everywhere! I usually make my own filling with prepared pie crust but sometimes you just need a quick version.

    Those book covers are absolutely stunning!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  27. 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!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  28. 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

  29. Kelsey

    Oh my gosh I want to make that recipe so bad right now lol. Bookmarking it for later!
    Not sure if the book is what I would normally read, but I’m glad you do these features 🙂

  30. Melanie Simmons

    Those pot pies look great. When I make mine, I’ve been using a full pie pan, but I always end up throwing some away. Maybe I’ll try the minis. I also use Crescent Rolls, even for the full sized ones, you can buy them uncut. They are yummy.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  31. kindlemom1

    Okay these look so easy and yummy!

    I loved Extracted as well and have both book two and three to read and can’t wait!

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. lisa thomson-the great escape

    Great recipe and the books look interesting! I made Turkey pot pie (from scratch) a few weeks ago and it was a big hit. I’ll definitely try this recipe. Thanks, Kim for the chance of a book give away. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

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