Monday, October 20, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

I love chicken pot pie!  Like, a lot.  Derek on the other hand...he could leave it.  But, it is still a staple in our house because let's face it, I do the cooking. 

We have tried lots of pot pie recipes and I feel like I have perfected it.  However, adding the lattice crust elevates this recipe to a new level!  The original recipe can be found here.

4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup carrot, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon "Better Than Bullion" chicken base
2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme plus more for garnish if desired
1-2 sheet frozen puff pastry
More butter for brushing on top

-Allow puff pastry to thaw at room temperature and then gently unfold

  1. -In a large pot, melt butter over medium high heat
  1. -Add onion, celery, carrot, and salt and sauté until onions are translucent and vegetables start to get tender
  1. -Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook for 1-2 minutes
  1. -Gradually whisk in milk, heavy cream and and Better Than Bullion, and bring to a slow boil
  1. -Simmer gently over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken (5 minutes)
  1. -Turn heat to low, and add chicken, peas and thyme
  1. -Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  1. -Pour chicken mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish
  1. -Cut puff pastry into strips that will fit horizontal and length equal to the baking dish
  1. -Lay puff pastry strips over chicken mixture, weaving it together to form a lattice pattern (I used this tutorial)
  1. -Using a pastry brush, brush butter onto the top of the puff pastry
  1. -Bake for 40-45 minutes until the puff pastry is a deep golden brown color
  1. -Cool for 5 minutes before serving

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On Being a Peanut Butter Mom

Around 7 months we found out Charlie was allergic to eggs.  Our nanny had given her a tiny (size of a dime) piece of scrambled egg (with our permission of course) and she had an allergic reaction.  She started out itching like crazy, then her face became swollen with hives.  The hives and rash continued down her arms and hands.  When I got the call at work, I sped home as fast I could because we didn't have any benadryl at home.  I was praying the whole way home that our nanny wouldn't call me saying she had to take her to the ER because her airway was becoming obstructed or something like that.  Luckily, the situation wasn't worse and everything seemed fine after an hour or so.

At Charlie's 9 month appointment, the pediatrician suggested we get her blood drawn to confirm the egg allergy.  After going through this and receiving the confirmation, we made an appointment with a pediatric allergist.

The allergist suggested doing some other testing, because you know, odds are she is allergic to something else he said.  We tested for nuts, seeds, soy, and the flu vaccination.

As you can see, Charlie is also allergic to nuts (especially cashews).  Yes, I'm now a peanut butter mom.  You know the ones that ask if peanut butter is in every single thing...or the ones that prohibit their child from eating anything baked at another home just in case there was cross contamination with nuts.  The allergist said she will most likely grow out of the egg allergy (and can probably eat pasta, baked goods, etc.) and has a 20 percent change of growing out of the peanut allergy.  So here's to positive thinking! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Charlotte- 11 Months!

Charlotte is wearing mostly 9 and 12 month clothes.  Most 9 months are getting a little snug.  We are in 12 month in pjs and wearing size 3 diapers.

Unfortunately we found out for sure this month that Charlotte has an egg allergy.  We went to Children's hospital to have her blood drawn.  She did fairly well considering.  I had to hold down her arm and I'm pretty sure I was way more tense and nervous than Charlotte was.  We have an allergist appointment next month to tell us the extent of the allergy.  Fingers crossed for this appointment!

Same foods and schedule here.  We are still doing 2 bottles (morning and night) with 7 ounces of formula.  Then we do 2 snack times with puffs, yogurt melts, cheese, popsicle, or teething wafers.  For the 3 meal times, we do whatever fruit or veggie we have..  Your favorites this month included fish, asparagus, avocado, and hummus.  Charlotte still prefers her veggies over the fruits.

Same schedule here as well.  2 naps that range 1 1/2-2 hours at 9:00am and 1:00pm.  We put you down to sleep no later than 7:15pm.  We get you up at 7:30am.

This was your best month as far as crying and whining-ness goes.  Maybe that has something to do with no teeth coming through this month.  Whatever the case was, we thoroughly enjoyed it!  Charlotte is starting to really try and communicate with her wants. 

Baby Gear
LeapFrog Animal Adventure Learning Table, Melissa & Doug Grocery Cans, really anything not baby related...(pots and pans, remote controls, keys, cell phones, etc.)

Stuffed animals, walking, her puppy to nap/sleep with, making animal sounds, being around other kids, music, being outside, being tipped upside-down

Being in the stroller for long periods (wants to get out and walk), dropping her puppy out of the crib, things taken away from her

Walking!  At exactly 10 months, Charlotte started walking everywhere and said goodbye to crawling.  For about 3 weeks, she was doing the zombie walk.  For the most part, she hasn't injured herself and is pretty good about falling on her butt when she becomes off-balanced.  Her first scrape happened while walking down a driveway and falling forward.  Just a small scrape but Derek freaked out about it...insisting her hair follicles would now be messed up and her hair wouldn't grow correctly.  Good thing everything is just fine ;)

Other Thoughts
Charlie, this was your most fun month yet!  You were so great this month and became extremely independent.  You go into your playroom alone and will play.  You are not as concerned with where we are anymore.  We had so much taking you everywhere this month.  We took you to your first music class.  You took off from us the second we put you down.  You loved interacting with all the kids.  We also took you to the pumpkin patch and the park where you proceeded to play in the leaves for 30 minutes!  You definitely seem like a daredevil because you are always throwing your head back to be tipped upside down.  You absolutely loved the big slides your daddy took you down and would giggle so much in the anticipation of going down the slide.  You are changing and growing up so fast these days.  Ever since you started walking, you have become more and more of a little girl instead of a baby.  I cannot believe I'll be planning your 1st birthday party this coming month.  These 11 months have been the fastest of my life!  We are looking forward to what the next month will bring!

Thursday, October 2, 2014 fringe or not to fringe...

that SERIOUSLY is the question! 

I have had fringe fever for over a year now. 

Derek bought me the Minnetonka boots above last year after I had my eye on them (such a sweet husband) but then I took them back.  I have a really hard time keeping anything I don't see myself wearing.  I just didn't know if I could rock them.  Ever since, I've been a little sad I didn't keep them.  I feel like with the right outfit, they would be such a great boot. 

As of right now, I do not have any fringe in my closet.  I love everything but I'm just too hesitant to make the purchase.

What are your thoughts?  Do you fringe?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weekend Recap

I haven't done a weekend recap in forever!  We have had so much going on lately; however, I usually don't get out my camera much.  This weekend I managed to have a few photos to share.

Friday we had pizza and a campfire with the neighbors.  I just love that Charlie is walking now.  She hangs out with all the kids and I cannot get over seeing that interaction.  We called it an early night because of our Saturday plans!

Saturday we headed up to Columbus mid morning.  Ohio State was playing UC---so we KNEW we would be going to this game.  It could have not worked more perfectly that Derek had off the weekend.  We had lunch at Harvest, which I highly suggest for all Columbus people.  The pizzas were delicious!

We started tailgating around 12:30 which was perfect for meeting up with everybody on our list.  Such a great opportunity to see and catch up with people we haven't seen in forever!

(not that great of a picture but I could resist because of the little photo-bomber in the back lol)

We couldn't wait to get back to our little munchkin!  Check out this adorable infant Nike hat I found at Kohls!  She loves Derek's hats, so I was excited to find one for her!

Sunday afternoon we were outside walking around with Charlie and she took a spill in a driveway.  Her first scrape :(  Charlie is such a little girl and milks pain for all it's worth (shots, falling, etc.).  I was really surprised she didn't cry much and then 5 minutes later I discover she was bleeding!  Luckily it wasn't worse!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Booties

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I love love love booties.  You can wear them with a pair of shorts in the summer and dresses and jeans in the fall/winter.  I have a great black pair that I purchased from Target last year (and I wished I would have bought them in every color).

Well, I'm on the hunt for a light color.  As you can probably tell, I'm liking suede and a beige/gray color.  I love all the pairs above, but they are so expensive!  I'm not sure I'm ready to shell out major money for a pair.  But I just cannot find any affordable options.  Please tell me you know where I can find what I'm looking for!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Charlotte- 10 Months!

All 9 month clothing.  Most bottoms are either getting to short in length, or too snug if they are shorts (girlfriend has some junk in the trunk ;) ).  Size 3 diapers

The last week or so, she has been working on a top tooth.  Man, this thing is hurting her.  She is either fussy or super clingy.  We got out the teething gel and tylenol for this one.  Hopefully it comes in soon.  Other than that, still dealing with the eczema.  Although, we've noticed a huge improvement this month.  Hopefully this is a sign it is going away for good!

Charlie started a spoon/puree strike this month.  She only wants to feed herself.  She has loved about every single thing we've given her.  We found out that she does in fact like proteins, just in finger food form.  We found this out by giving her tilapia that was in our fish tacos, while out a restaurant.  We were shocked to see she loved it.  We are doing 2 bottles a day (one morning and one at night) and the rest sippy cups.  She gets 2 snack times (usually puffs, yogurt bites, teething wafer, etc.) and 3 meals (morning is usually lightest as she is not as hungry, lunch of fruit or vegetable, and dinner of protein and fruit/veggie).

I'm glad to report that it is the same thing here!  So thankful that teething has not disrupted her sleep.  One new addition is her puppy which goes to sleep with her.  As soon as she sees it, she says "ruff."

This month Charlie was an extremely happy baby.  We have dealt with the whining from the teeth the past week, but other than that, this was a great month!

Baby Gear
Puppy, books, flashcards, Pop up toy, VTech walker

Music/dancing, eating, babbling, water, toys that make noise, stuffed animals, walking around things

Being frustrated (for example, she has learned to put things inside of other things and if she can't get it in, she cries), boredom

This month was a busy one for our Charlie girl.  She is learning to interact with her toys and people a lot more.  She knows what "inside" means and will stack smaller boxes in larger boxes.  She is also starting to try and say a lot more words (although we have no idea what she is saying) rather than just saying "mama" or "dada."  She has taken a couple more steps by herself and we know that walking is right on the horizon.  We also know that she is starting to comprehend what we say because she will listen sometimes when we say the word no.  Some times she is rotten and keeps on doing it!

Other Thoughts
Charlie, this may have been my favorite month.  You were so incredibly enjoyable every day.  I can't believe of how much stuff you are working on at once!  From your eating, to talking and walking, you are just changing by the second.  We have taken you to the zoo a couple times and checked out the aquarium.  You were so great at each place and just love to be in the backpack carrier.  We have also started taking your walker outside to see how far you are able to walk.  You've made it completely around our cul-de-sac.  However, we always have to carry you home.  You are just adorable pushing that little walker down the sidewalk.  You make us so proud every day.  We are looking forward to what the next month will bring!