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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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Tasty Homemade Apple Turnovers


I’ve said it time and time again. I LOVE AUTUMN. Something about the cool air, the rain, the colors… the FLAVORS! Everything about autumn is beautiful… A couple weeks ago I bought all the supplies to make Apple Turnovers… I don’t know what got into me but I haaaad to make them.

It’s really simple. These turned out really really tasty. I was too worried and embarrassed to share these with EverSoLightly’s family, even though I had intended them for his dad’s birthday. I saved them and EverSoLightly and I ate them the next day & he raved about them!

Home Made Apple Turnovers

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Ingredients:

Apples, I used 4
Apple Peeler, corer, slicer
1/2 cup Apple Juice
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
Cinnamon to taste
Allspice to taste
(crushed) Cloves to taste
Decorative sugar
1 Egg (for egg wash at end)
Puff Pastries

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First, you’ll want to use your apple peeler corer slicer (assuming you washed your apples first.)
I had two bowls next to me, one for the bits of the apple that I wasn’t going to keep, and one for the pieces for the turnovers. I was raised to EAT that delicious skin that comes off with the apple peeler corer slicer. If you don’t want to you can use them as compost or put them in your yard waste bin.
Once all your apples have been peeled, cored, sliced… Dice them up to the size you want. This is YOUR recipe, so nothing is “wrong.”

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Once all your apples are cut up and your mess is cleaned up, toss those slices into a pot, pour in your apple juice, and spices to taste… cook cook cook, you want those apple slices to be soft and beautiful.
IMG_3993Once your apples are soft, and they taste the way you want, get your puff pastries ready.
I cut mine into 6 pieces (though only took a picture after I made the first two.) Grease your baking sheet now.

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Once yours are divided up the way you want, fill them with your delicious apple filling. Close them according to your preference. In a separate bowl, mix one egg with a bit of water, mix. Brush this mixture over the turnovers, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in oven according to Puff Pastry box. Once done, move to a cooling rack & enjoy!

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Do you have any extra filling? Toss that into your blender, food processor, or whatever you use and turn it into YUMMY apple sauce!

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DIY Scheduling.


My DIY list is long this year. Long and exciting. Because of that, I’ve decided in order to help YOU and help keep me from posting more than one DIY in a day…. and to prevent them from getting buried on pinterest, or even on here… I’m going to only post one DIY a week. Every Sunday. I’m going to type up the first two posts (yes I’m already two weeks ahead…)  and auto set them to post on Sundays. Have any DIY suggestions? Something you’re afraid to tackle? Something you saw once and want to have someone else figure out all the minor details (and kinks) in the project? Just let me know! I’ll gladly help!

This years DIY season may be spreading into next year… Someone very close to me got engaged this weekend, and I’ve volunteered to help her with her wedding DIY projects!

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First DIY Post of the 2013 Autumn season!


As you may or may not have read in my last post, it is Autumn, which means my DIY season is here! My friend Lauren mentioned in one of her recent posts, that she was feeling crafty! Well, Lauren! This is for you!!! I think this will fit your style of your apartment really well, and it certainly will work for your mom and dad’s style!!

 

DIY Autumn Yarn Wreath:

For this project you will need:

Hot Glue Gun & glue sticks
Yarn, I chose 3 different colors, therefore needing 3 rolls. You could use one color and you’d only need one or two rolls.
Styrofoam wreath
Any/All decorations you may need/want to glue to your wreath for embellishments. 
Time & Patience
Ribbon/whatever you want to use to hang the wreath up. Read further to see what I did.
I got everything at JoAnn’s but Ben Franklin, or even Michaels would carry everything… Heck I bet Walmart does too!

 

The first step you’ll need to do is pick your yarn out. I chose to start with my goldish/brown color. The blog that gave me the idea for this project gave AWFUL instructions, so I’m not going to be linking it, I don’t want anyone to get confused. My advice for the yarn is to pre-cut the amount you want. Then roll it up into a ball, it’ll make wrapping it around the wreath easier. 

Once you’ve picked out your yarn & the amount (I suggest pre-cutting ALL yarn & amounts to be the same size, you’ll see I didn’t do that, but I kinda like the way mine turned out.) Glue (with your hot glue gun) the end of the yarn to the back of the wreath. 

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Continuously and tightly wrap your yarn around your wreath, it’s slightly boring for anyone not use to sewing, knitting, or really any craft in general. Pay close attention that your yarn doesn’t get tangled and keep it tight. 

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Once you run out of yarn for that section/or color, glue the end to the back side (the same side you glued the start.) Repeat this process until your wreath is completely covered.

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This (below) Is what the wreath should look like once you’ve covered it completely. (Sorry about the quality of the photos, I had a 3 year old helping me.)

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The next step I took was to figure out how I was going to hang it. I forgot to buy ribbon at the store! I decided to get a little creative and I braided the three colors of yarn together to make my own “ribbon” to hang it. 

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You’ll see another close-up of my braided yarn toward the end of this post. 

Next you’ll want to plan out your decorations, as you can see below I picked up several different types, in hopes of finding the right embellishments. It took a while, but I found the right “fit” for the project.

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Once you figure out the way you want to decorate the wreath, glue those babies down with your glue-gun!
Below are a few shots of the wreath once I was done. See the braided yarn? I thought it looked great, though it totally reminds me of Harry Potter/Gryffindor (which is totally the house I was sorted into on Pottermore if you remember?)

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What do you think? Did you make a wreath? Let me know, share your photos and ideas! I’m off now to make some Autumn Garland (and get the poor sick EverSoLightly some breakfast… We didn’t get home until 1:30 am yesterday after an awesome time at Oktoberfest Monroe!)

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My favorite time of year…


Autumn is right around the corner, and if you’ve been reading my blog for the past… 5, 6? years you’d know that once Autumn rolls around my crafting/cooking/creative mode starts and we have traditions that we stick to each year. 

I am so excited to get out the fall decorations, start cooking some delicious fall meals AND this time of year is when we get to see one of my oldest and dearest friends the most! 

Things to look forward to:

Pumpkin Carving
Autumn Decorations
More delicious recipes
I’m going to tackle learning to use my sewing machine!
OktoberFest (which, oddly enough is in September?)
Planning our 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Party (December!)
Thanksgiving!
WINE THANKSGIVING!
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Christmas Tree hunting
Christmas Tree decorating
CHRISTMAS festivities! 

Are you excited yet?? I hope you are 🙂

I’m sick, so I’m going back to bed, this took a LOT of my energy to type up…booo.

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Autumn has arrived!


 

I have so much to post, and so much to share and update. Maybe, it’ll all get done this weekend, and maybe, it won’t. I’m not sure. haha. Hang in there everyone!

We have welcomed Fall/Autumn with a warm hug, delicious spiced cider and a lot of other goodies. The first thing I did? Started the, not so long path of going back to my natural hair color! Yay me!

EverSoLightly and I went geocaching on the first day of fall, I was very proud of myself, because I found this one right as EverSoLightly was ready to give up! 😀

Today, err rather Yesterday, we had a baking day! It was delicious! So, I’m going to share one of our recipes with you! Then, I’ll try and post one recipe a day for the next week, including the AMAZING mexican feast we had on Thursday and another meal plus a few others that I’ve made.

I’m going to start off simple since it’s almost 2am.

Spiced Cider! Delicious! We made this tonight, and are going to make more tomorrow! It’s the PERFECT Fall/Winter drink, and though the ingredients sound a bit…sketch…it’s not. It is AMAZING. Trust me!

Total Time: 15 minutes.
Serves, 4, or 2 if you have big mugs and go back for seconds hahaha! I do not have a photo of this, sorry!

What you’ll need:

6 cups apple cider, any brand, or home-made but not the packet stuff. REAL cider.

1/4th a cup REAL maple syrup, not that fake crap most people use, the REAL stuff, it’s a bit pricy but SO WORTH it, buy it, use it in this and on everything breakfast, it’s usually 5.99 per container, sometimes more. Any brand just make sure it says REAL maple syrup and read the ingredients to check.

2 tablespoons (TBS) of Mulling Spice mixture. I bought mine for $5 at Target, but even that one that I linked to is cheaper than buying all the ingredients on their own, and it’ll last you several times of making this or anything else.

Cheese Cloth, Kitchen Twine. I used new pantyhose that I had washed but never worn, then cut the foot off and knotted itself.

Directions:

Pour Cider, and maple syrup into a saucepan, medium to large size. Stir. Put your mulling spices in your cheese cloth, tie it shut, place in saucepan. Cook on Medium-High for a few minutes until hot. Stirring occasionally  Don’t boil, you want it to be a toasty warm drink but not boiled. Serve in your favorite mug, or glass. If you have any around, put a cinnamon stick in each mug. Enjoy!