Sunday, February 28, 2010

Another Recipe From Rie

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
I made this pot pie the other night and it literally fed our souls. You have to try this one. To save time, prepare the ingredients beforehand and store in the fridge until you are ready to throw it together. You can also make the filling ahead of time but you will need to heat it on the stove before topping it with dough.

Ingredients For Pie Filling:
1 recipe dough (see below)
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized chucks
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium-large onion, chopped fine
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut crosswise 1/4 inch thick
2 small celery ribs, cut crosswise 1/4 inch thick
salt and ground black pepper
1/2 stick (4tbsp) unsalted butter
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp dried thyme
3 tbsp dry sherry
3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
3 tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves

Ingredients for Pie Dough:
1. Make pie dough and refrigerate it until ready to use:
*this is the same dough I use for my pies*
1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp veg shortening, chilled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
8 tbsp (1 stick) cold unsalted butter cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3-4 tbsp ice water

Directions for Pie Dough:
1. Mix flour and salt in food processor. Scatter shortening over flour, cut into the flour with five 1-second pulses. Add butter and continue pulsing until flour is pale yellow and resemble coarse cornmeal. Turn mixture into medium bowl.
2. Sprinkle 3tbsp water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix water in. Add 1tbsp more water until dough comes together. Shape dough into ball then flatten into 4inch disc, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30minutes or up to 2 days before rolling.

**When pie filling is ready, roll dough on floured surface, adding flour as needed. Roll into large enough shape to cover pot pie. You can cut off extra dough, but I prefer to fold it under into the pie delicious!

Directions for Pie Filling:
1. Oven set to 400, lower middle position.
2. Put chicken and broth in dutch oven over med heat. Cover, bring to simmer until chicken is just done (8-10 mins). Transfer to large bowl, reserving the broth in measuring cup.
3. Heat to med-high, add oil in now empty pan. Saute onion, carrots, celery until tender, about 5mins. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer vegetables to bowl with chicken, set aside.
4. Heat butter over med heat in now empty pan. When foaming subsides, add flour, cook 1 min. Whisk in reserved chicken broth, milk, thyme and bring to simmer. Simmer until sauce fully thickens (~1min). Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in sherry.
5. Pour sauce over chicken mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the peas and parsley, adjust seasonings to taste. (This mixture can be covered and refrigerated overnight; reheat before topping with pastry). Pour mixture into 13x9 baking pan. Top with pastry.
6. This step was not in the book but I do this for my pies to brown the tops: Whisk 1 egg white and brush on dough with pastry brush carefully. Make four slits for venting using very sharp knife.

Bake until pastry is golden brown and the filling is bubbling, 30 mins. Serve hot.

You will not regret the work put into this one! And though it may seem like a lot of steps, if you do what you can ahead of time it really comes together pretty darn quick.
**Original recipe from "The New Best Recipe" By Cook's Illustrated, my all time favorite cook book. I have yet to try a recipe from this book that has been a disappointment.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My friend Kristy sports an amazing silver bag that I've admired for years.

I've kept my eyes open ever since for just the right one.

Now I'm going to let you in on a little secret, but you can't canvas mine! Sam's Club happens to receive amazing bags every now and again, including major designers at amazing prices. But you have to go often and have eagle eyes to get one before they disappear. We just happened to be there the day before Valentines when I finally spotted one that fit me. I sortove mentioned to the Mr. that I have been longing for a silver bag.............."Why do you like this one?" he asked. "blah blah blah.......I want it" (period). Is a bag ever about need? Plus it was much less pricier than the one's I've come across. "Grab it, Happy Valentines Day" he says. Now that's a man after this gals heart, to trust that I've found something that will make my heart sing. Ahhh, love at it's finest.

When I got home and unpacked it I felt like something was missing. My bag needed something to become mine. Then I came across a blog where another gal had just purchased a silver bag and accessorized with a flower from The Pleated Poppy. The gates opened: Hal-le-lu-jah! I had my answer. I ordered three of those adorable flowers and wear them with everything; my bag, I throw them in my hair, on my jacket..........I have found love.



Monday, February 22, 2010

The Occasion: The Princess Ball
In Attendance: Daddy, Jidu and a beautiful princess.

Activities: A magical night of dinner and dancing.
Special Moments: Jidu presented Leila with a petite corsage to match her dress. She then grabbed his hand and showed him to her room to which I said "ummmm Jidu, I don't know about this going to her room business on the first date! To which he replied "I'm too old to worry about". Here's to Leila dating much older men.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Jalyn peeps out the window of my van on the way to school. Hoping to not be seen yet hoping to be seen. There she is, holding the STOP sign for all the children to pass. "Hel-llll-oooo De-li-cious" he says. "Jalyn!" I say, "you are too young to be caught up in a girl." (Especially a girl thirty-times your age). She is his delicious. Long blond hair, long legs, and high heels. But most importantly, he loves her knowledge of books, she is after all the librarian. On Valentine's Day, he swept her off her feet with a box of chocolates and a hug and she swept him off his by letting him pick out a spooky-mystery book. "I can handle it", he tells her, "I'm very brave ya know".

My Valentine's Day was spent with family as we celebrated two birthdays. Why not make a family dinner romantic? Candles were lit, rose petals were scattered and kids were screaming. I wouldn't have it any other way as I was with after all, my delicious.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Shop Talk

The injection kicked my booty. Migraine caused me to loose my G2 in the truck to pick up J from the bus.
J gets in and proceeds to make me feel better by saying "My gosh! What stinks in here!" Uhh, that would be my puke bag.

Had another injection yesterday and this time I asked for the knock-me-out-make -me-happy medication. Not a decision I regret for one minute.

Oh! And on top of icing and medicating, I'm studying for a mid-term tomorrow!

I am alive, I am mostly healthy, I have a wonderful family and group of friends. I am thankful to be a nurse so I can impact patients and their experiences in a positive way, unlike the experience I had myself during injection one. I felt lower than a lab rat that morning.

For you Michiganders! Blue Lily has opened her session dates for September! She will shoot in downtown Clarkston and Yates, two incredible locations! I myself would go for Yates but seriously, you can't go wrong with Wendy. Once her sessions open, they fill (speaking from experience) so don't dilly dally!


If I don't end up in nursing school this fall, you bet your white butts (I know your butts are all whiter than the snow up there right now!) I will travel up just for this shoot!

And last but certainly not least in my shop talk:
Happy Birthday Beanie, you ol' fart you! I'm looking forward to our weekend date together. You are soooo gonna love our gift to you! I would be lying if I said I weren't jealous!


Saturday, February 6, 2010

On my mind today is

My friend Lori. I'm praying for you, often. You are brave and you are an inspiration, you will look back and see it too someday.

My mom. We will get through anything, together. I love you always.

Everyone in my life is here for a reason. I have different discussions with different people and we all relate in our unique ways.

Today I am thankful for all of the unique people in my life and the different ways in which we support each other.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dear Pain,

I've got things to do.

Dreams to live.

People to entertain and take care of.

I simply have no time for you.

Please let this injection today make you go away, no offense.

Let's make one thing clear: I am not having another surgery (period)

My life has finally gotten exciting.

Go away- Bah humbug!