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Pot-Pie, Revisited! (Seafood Pot Pie)


You read that right! It’s fall, so it’s time for my yearly check-up on our favorite recipe, the Chicken Pot-Pie!

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I have been making, working on, and perfecting this recipe for 7 years now, and it’s just better and better every time.  Yesterday, Mitchell and I decided to make one to welcome fall.

We are now pescetarian, which means the only “meat” we eat is seafood. We mostly follow a vegetarian diet, with the exception when we eat out, and the occasional splurge where we make seafood at home.

So, when I had the idea to make a Veggie pot pie for the blog, as we were gathering the ingredients at the grocery store, we decided to try making one with shrimp and cod! The end result was amazing, and I had to share it with you!

(Also, if you were curious, the pot-pie recipe is still amazing, still easy, and still my favorite.)
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This recipe makes 2 pies.

Ingredients:
2 Medium or large carrots – washed and chopped to your liking.
2 stalks of celery – washed and diced.
1/2 an onion, diced.
A very small pinch of Thyme.
2 Medium or larger potatoes –  chopped, not peeled.
2 dozen small shrimp, precooked.
1/2 pound of cod (Or however much or little you prefer).
1/4th a cup of butter… make sure it’s real butter, SmartBalance will not work.
1/4th a cup of Flour.
2 cups seafood broth.
1/2 a teaspoon salt.
1/2 teaspoon pepper.
2 boxes pie crust.

Directions:

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Pre-heat your oven to 375
Put your chopped carrots & potatoes into a medium/large pot with water & cook for about 10 minutes until cooked just enough that you can poke them, but still firm.
While your potatoes and carrots are boiling, wash and pat dry your cod. Season with a little salt and pepper.
Place your cod in a frying pan that has been warmed with a little bit of oil.
Cook thoroughly, take off heat and set aside.

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Once you’re carrots and potatoes have been cooked, strain them & set them aside.
In that same pot, melt your butter.
Once it’s melted, add your flour & stir until mixed.
Now add in your seafood stock, Thyme, salt& pepper, (I added my celery now too) boil for 2 minutes. I added my shrimp one minute in. The photo below is after I started adding the carrots.

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Now it should look like a saucy soup, or stew.
Next, you’ll want to mix all the ingredients into the sauce. Stir well.

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Take your pie crusts & place in your pie plates, pour your ingredients into crust, cover with remaining crust & tossed into the oven for roughly 30 minutes until the crust is a beautiful golden brown.

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Let the pie rest for about 10 minutes (it’s actually best to let it sit about 15-20 minutes) before cutting into pieces. Serve, and enjoy!

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DIY: Bridal Shower Gift, with card


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This September, Mitchell’s older sister is getting married. Today, was her bridal shower, and sadly, I was not able to attend. That did not stop me from creating, what I hoped would be, a very special gift for her!

Overall, between deciding what to do, buying the supplies and actually creating the gift, it took me about a week. Most of that was trying to figure out just exactly what would be the perfect gift.

If you know me offline, you probably know that I love crafting. Anything that I can make on my own, I will. I think it’s something I inherited from my mom (and possibly my dad, what little I know/remember of him, he was always doing everything himself.)

I got it in my head, that I had to make them something they could wear, so I thought and though, different ideas. A few that popped into my head:

Shoes, to wear at the reception, something comfy that says “MR & MRS ____”
Hoodies, we live in the PNW after all. One that said “Husband” and one that said “Wife”
T-Shirts that say “HONEYMOON 2017” on the back and MR ____ on the front or MRS ____ on hers.
T-Shirts that say “WIFE” and “HUSBAND”
Sweats that say their wedding hashtag
and a bunch of others. I thought of making them their very own glasses to drink out of at IMG_7580the wedding, customizing something off their registry…

But I daringly went “rogue” and created something not on their list, and that was customized to their wedding day specifically.

I went out on a hunt for all the supplies, and something unique to wrap the gift in. While out and about, I came up with the idea to use my die-cut and make her a wedding dress card. I don’t know, maybe it was cheesy but I liked the way it turned out.

I tried to make sure everything matched the wedding colors, and headed home to start the project.

If you’d like to create this DIY gift, you’ll need the following:

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White Cardstock
Glitter cardstock
Decorative paper of your choice for bottom of dress
Color of cardstock of your choice for bow
I bought all of my paper from Michaels.

If you’re free-drawing your dress, you’ll want to do so in pencil. If you’re like me and have a die-cut for everything… then go ahead and use your die-cut for the dress. I cut the dress 3 times, and then cut off the top of the glittery paper, and glued it to the white cardstock, and then cut the bottom off of the fancy paper and glued just a little bit of it, to the bottom, white cardstock.

Then, I cut the bow out, and glued it over the seam where the two meet.

The card is that simple!

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Now the gift, I made them custom t-shirts. One that says Mr. and one that says Mrs. Then,on the back they both say the date of their wedding…In this case it’s 09.09.17.

What you’ll need:
I used my die cut letters and numbers for this project. I went and purchased Glittery iron on vinyl and non glittery iron on vinyl.

I simply cut out the letters with my die-cut, and placed them on the t-shirts where I thought they fit best, and laid a towel on top of them, and ironed away. It took probably about 45minutes per shirt to get them to stick properly. Overall I think they came out pretty adorable! I think the future bride and groom enjoyed them too!

As for wrapping, I just found a super cute storage box, some pink ombre’ tissue paper, rose-gold ribbon (one of their wedding colors) and ombre’ ribbon for the bow. I taped the card to the box, and voila!

 

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Favorite Recipes: Sweet Potato Pita Pockets


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The last several times Lauren and I have video chatted, she’s very kindly asked that I return to my blog, and each time I tell her “I will!” It’s not that I’ve intentionally not posted, just, life is busy! Today, I bring you one of mine and Mitchell’s favorite recipes. Sweet Potato Pita Pockets!

What you’ll need (to feed 2 people): IMG_33771 (or 2 depending on size) Sweet potatoes
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1 (or if you’re like me and want extra, 2) Avocado
1 Cucumber (large)
Dill (however much you prefer)
2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
1 Clove of Garlic (if you’re making your tzatziki sauce, to add to it for flavor)
Tzatziki sauce, or make your own
optional: some pine nuts

Make sure all your produce is washed and ready to go. Chop up your sweet potato into rounds, and toss on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in your oven at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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(We added butternut squash fries to the baking sheet, you can add any sort of fry if you’d like. Not necessary, this is plenty of food.)

While your sweet potato rounds are in the oven, mince/chop your garlic, cut your cucumber into little half moons (like pictured) chop up dill, and cut your avocado to match the cucumber slices.

IMG_3728Next, if you’re making your own sauce, do so now. Add garlic to your sauce if you’re making it. Once that’s made, set it aside, and in a bowl, toss cucumber, dill, white wine vinegar, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper together.

When Sweet potatoes have a couple minutes left, cut your pita rounds in half, and place in oven to roast.

once sweet potatoes and pita pockets are done, you’re ready to stuff them!

Open the pita pockets, and stuff them with sweet potato, cucumber mix, tzatziki sauce, and avocado. Sprinkle some pine nuts, and you’re ready to eat! Sometimes, we eat the cucumber mixture on the side as well. This meal is so amazing, and we absolutely love love love it!

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Have you made this recipe? Share a photo in the comments! I’d love to hear from anyone who has made this!

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Craft time!


Today was Mitchell’s mom’s birthday, and he and I decided we wanted to hand make her a card this year!

It took some brainstorming, and figuring out what style we wanted. In the end we went with a cute little bumble bee theme. Everything was simple, and fun. I had a die-cut for a bumble bee, and added some glitter to the wings and “doodads” (antennae).

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DIY Wedding Favors!


This weekend, in our part of the state, was “Mid-Winter break” which, essentially is a week (or long weekend in our case) off of school to (hopefully) help rid schools of the endless cycle of colds and the flu.

That meant that I had a 5 day weekend (opposed to my usual 3!) The first day of my break, was spent helping a good friend, who, conveniently enough, shares the same name as me, though she spells it differently.

She and I have been working really hard helping piece together the plans for her wedding this spring. About a week ago, we went out and casually scoped out Hobby Lobby, and a few other stores just to see if there was anything we could get for their wedding. We ended up finding more than we had expected! We found these adorable little bottles for her wedding favors!

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While at Hobby Lobby, we also found moss, (two different kinds) and these adorable figurines. This shopping trip inspired her to make little mini “terrariums” as favors for her wedding guests. She got the idea from a couple of places. She had ordered her fiancé a super cute Chewbacca terrarium a while back (Sorta like this one, but a little different..) and from this pin she found on pinterest. (Follow my blog on pinterest, if you haven’t already!)

Here is a photo of the finished product:

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Enough with the back story, lets get crafting! to make these terrarium’s you’ll need:

Bottles of some sort, we bought these ones from hobby lobby. (still on sale!)
Moss, we bought this one, and this one.
Sand
Figurines
Twine
Tags
Tweezers
Glue (optional)

Above are photos of our supplies (most of them.)

Step 1:
Remove price tags from bottles (if applicable) – To do this, soak them in warm soapy water. To dry, we used a couple hair dryers, but you could also let them air dry.

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Step 2:
Once all the bottles are dry, put them out on your work surface. Then fill one by one with about 1 tablespoon of sand. The container of sand we purchased filled 35 of our bottles.

Step 3:
Cut your Spanish moss into small pieces, and place them inside each bottle. If you’re using the Spanish moss, remember to cut it first, we learned that the hard way.

Step 4:
Tear off a small piece of the other moss, and place inside the bottle on top of the Spanish moss. I made sure you could see the Spanish moss underneath the green moss.

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Step 5:
Figurines. We sorted ours first, and planned out how we were going to place them in each bottle. My friend grabbed some tweezers to easily place them in the bottles. We ended up sticking some glue on the bottom of a couple to keep them in place.

Step 6:
Put lids on each bottle, and use some twine to attach a tag.

Bonus Step Tags:
I made the tags for this gift using my trusty cricut. These were custom made, but there are plenty of options out there on the cricut website, and even pinterest. I suggest making something that fits the vibe for the wedding/event, but also goes with the bottles well.

Here are some more photos of the finished product!

 

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Photos of our crafts for the 2016 -2017 school year!


I was going to be super productive, and include tutorials and tips and tricks for the crafts we’ve done at school this year, but, I figured I’d save your inboxes, from being spammed with too many posts. So you’re just going to get a little description with each photo.

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The month of November, we taught the kids about thankfulness. We had them make little feather hats, like those the native American’s would have worn, and hats that the pilgrims would have worn. Both of these projects were easy. For the feather hat, we pre-cut the feathers, and allowed the kids to color and decorate the band, then glue their feathers on. We stapled them to fit the kiddo’s head.

Pilgrim hat, was even easier, they just had to glue the yellow square to the front.

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November also was a month of placemats! We had the kiddos create their own placemats, and though we gave them an example of where things should go, we don’t coach them, we allow them to place the pieces where THEY feel fit.

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December, we made these great little shepherds. We covered toilet paper rolls in brown paper, and let the kids design their own faces, then we helped them place the hat and arms on the little shepherd.

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Jumping back to October, we did these pumpkins! They just glued the guts of a freshly cut pumpkin onto the paper. We had a whole discussion about the texture, smell and temperature of the pumpkin guts. They loved this one!

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November, we did a thankful cross. We had them glue the pieces of square construction paper to the cross, with the things they said they were thankful for.

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December! Three Kings! We focused a lot on Jesus’ birth, and one week, we talked about the three Kings, or wiseman, and the gifts they brought for jesus. They glued the precut shapes to their paper, and loved the talk about the kings!

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Jesus’ birth! This one is probably one of the cutest crafts we’ve done.

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We had pre-wrapped the baby jesus’ and they just had to glue the Popsicle sticks and hay to the paper, then they glued baby Jesus, as you can see by the photo above we don’t coach the kiddos on what to do, we let them use their own creativity and individuality.

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January! We did penguins! We talked about penguins and where they live, how they walk and what they eat. Then, they painted a glue/white paint mixture with these sponges I found at Daiso. Then they stuck the pre-cut feet, beaks, and some cotton balls to make their penguins fluffy.

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Snowy Owls! This craft is so cute, so easy and SO fun! All the parents and kids love this one.

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It’s easy, The kids tear apart cotton balls, stuff them in the pinecone, add eyes and a beak and thats it!

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The owls are attached with some playdough, to a piece of paper for easy transportation home.

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Snowman puppets! Easy. Glue hats, eyes, carrot nose, hat and cotton balls onto a paper bag! I went through after and drew a smile on each of them.

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Brown bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? we were out of brown paint, so my co-worker and I mixed gold paint with red and orange to get these cute little sparkly bears! Easy, and the bodies, faces, ears, and tails are all paper plates!

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Foxes! I found this one on pinterest, and it did not disappoint. The students painted glue on their pre-cut paper plate and glued tissue paper squares and the ears and the nose, they eyes are stickers :).

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We punched a hole in the top, and attached some orange ribbon to hang them!

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Llama llama in red pajamas! Easy! The kids colored their llama and his PJ’s and then glued parts of his special quilt!

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Preschool Craft time!


This post is a little dated — because we actually did this craft clear back in SEPTEMBER, but I’m just now getting around to sharing out adventures, and the crafts we’ve done at school.

This one, was linked to our friendship week. We had each of the kids paint their hands and leave a handprint on a piece of paper. After class, and after they had dried I wrapped them in clear contact paper, and taped them up on our tree. These looked adorable, We (my co-worker and I) filled in the blank spots with fake leaves. I took photos of each of the kiddos in front of the tree for their memory books.

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