Posts tagged ‘fall’

October 29, 2012

Crazy weekend #4: Disneyland

Last weekend we was our final crazy weekend in October. And it sure was a doozy!

Friday night when Jim got off work, he and my mom and I piled into my car with our formal wear and a giant sack of healthy snacks and hit the road. Sevenish hours later, we pulled up to our hotel and couldn’t fall into bed quick enough (with one exception: we stayed at the Doubletree and they have those yummy chocolate chip cookies? Yea, Mom and I had to eat ours before we slept).

The next morning we forwent arriving at the park when it opened in favor of sleeping a few more hours, which I ended up quite grateful for. More on that later.

We got to the park just after 10 a.m. and spent a few hours with BJ and Ashley before they went back to their hotel for naps (they DID arrive at the park when it opened).

You can tell my coffee hasn’t hit me quite yet in this photo! I did love all the pumpkin decorations they had up for fall though. You can see Minnie Mouse in the background.

After lunch, Mom and Jim and I took off on our own and hit up our favorite rides: Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (which had insanely long lines due to its new holiday makeover), and we got fast passes for Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Unfortunately, when we went to use our fast passes BOTH rides had just broken down. What the heck kind of bad luck is that? Not to mention, the rides I listed above are pretty much the only ones we got to ride. We didn’t even get to California Adventure because there were SO many people. I haven’t been to Disneyland in the past few years when it’s been this packed.
It really rather put a damper on our day, and made me both thankful and regretful that we slept those extra hours. If we hadn’t, I’d have been cranky as a hungry bear, but we’d also have had more time to go on rides in the morning. Oh, well. It is what it is.

I discovered one cool thing though: there’s a boat with my name in Pirates of the Caribbean!

Cool, huh? No, we didn’t get to ride in it. Our day wasn’t that lucky.

After we waited for about half an hour for Space Mountain to get back up and running, we gave up and went back to the hotel to change for dinner.  BJ and Ashley picked us up a little early and we headed back to the park for Rome Valley Vineyards’ annual winemaker’s dinner at Club 33.

We rode the train from the main gate back to New Orleans Square

We took our annual photo by the door. (Don’t you love how the humidity got to my hair? I look kind of creepy)

Last year’s photo

I believe this was our second…third?..course. Lobster Bisque and Asparagus Baklava. So delicious!

Dessert!!! So yummy! And so sad I only got two bites. 😦

BJ and Ashley. The girl peeking out from behind Ashley is Rachel, the manager (who was very cool, by the way). The guy is Matt. He was our server for my bachelorette party last year. And me and Mommy.

Bachelorette party: Matt’s hiding in the back, third head from the right. He was quite a trooper that night! 🙂

So back to last weekend. Dinner was amazing. So many courses of delicious food, such good wine and a great group of people. Despite some hiccups during the day, the evening turned out really well. Ashley turned 21 a couple of days before, so we celebrated her birthday as well as the new wine from the vineyard. I wish someone had gotten a photo of it, but BJ actually presented me with a really nice framed copy of the new label which I helped design as well as helping name the wine.

We left the park well after closing. It’s one of the coolest things. Picture this: it’s dark. It’s quiet. There are no people anywhere, except those who are cleaning and getting everything ready for the next day. Main Street is deserted. It’s one of the most bizarre and fascinating things I’ve ever seen.

Once back to the hotel, we took another annual photo:

The four of us girls.

Last year’s photo.

And one with Jim, because he’s pretty important too. 🙂

The next morning we got up, met BJ and Ashley and some of their other friends for breakfast and then started our seven hour drive home.

The weekend was short and crazy and fun and exhausting and it made me soooo glad to stay home and veg (and pack!!) this past weekend.  Now we’ve got more craziness ahead as we get to the end of our escrow period just in time for the holiday madness to begin. I guess I’d better start working on controlling my stress because the end is nowhere in sight!

Have a great Monday!!!

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October 23, 2012

Crazy weekend #3: Grape Stomping

I told you my October was going to be crammed full of crazy weekends. On the coattails of our anniversary, last weekend we ventured to Napa to our favorite winery’s first annual grape stomping event.

Have you ever seen the movie Bottle Shock? If you like wine, I recommend you see it asap. It’s about a 1976 blind tasting competition between French wines and California wines, which kind of sounds totally boring, but it’s more about the time leading up to the competition. It centers around Chateau Montelena, a failing winery in the Napa Valley as well as a struggling immigrant, Gustavo Brambila who works the fields there.

Jim and I love this movie, so two years ago for his birthday, I surprised him with a trip to Napa to see Chateau Montelena as well as GustavoThrace, the winery that Gustavo Brambila eventually established with his business partner Thrace Bromberger.

Anyway, long story short, we loved GustavoThrace and we vowed to return as soon as we could.

Well, it’s been two years and we just managed to find the time to do it. And only because they offered a living social deal for it (interestingly, the same day I found the one for Monterey). We were beyond excited and knew we had to do it.

And it hadn’t changed a bit. At least in the good ways. The firs time we went down, we were treated more like family than customers. And upon meeting the rest of Gustavo’s family, we learned that that’s just the way they do things. They’re not like most businesses that put money before any thing else. They put people first. Then wine. And the, because everyone’s gotta eat, money.

But back to the event. It was their first annual, so everyone was new to the process. They decided to have a little fun with it instead of people just jumping in buckets and smushing grapes between their toes. When we arrived, we chose a colored bandana that identified which team we would be on. Over the course of our time there, we were to create a label for our new wine, which was a merlot and after the stomping was over, the labels were all judged and a winner chosen based on creativity, presentation and design.

And our group won! I wish I’d taken a photo of our label, but I did get one of all of our team with Gustavo.

And I got a few of the stomping itself.

Before stomping:

In the bucket:

After stomping:

It was actually quite chilly and the stems poked my feet. It was definitely an interesting new experience. I’d do it again. 🙂

Ok, I know I’m backed up…a whole weekend to be exact. But last weekend’s post is comin up soon!

September 26, 2012

It’s today!… And a little Train lovin’

Today is moving so slowly! But then again, why shouldn’t it? Don’t all exciting days go by slowly? I mean Jim and I have only been waiting for this day for six months. And even so, it may not end up being THE day afterall.

You’re probably wondering, by now, what the heck I’m yammering on about. And I’ll get there, but first let’s talk about breakfast. After all, it is the most important meal of the day.

Doesn’t that just look scrumptious? I mixed a little pumpkin in with my oatmeal this morning (by the way, I cook my oats in almond milk to make them creamy. It works so much better than adding the milk after cooking with water). Then I topped it all with a splash of maple syrup…real maple syrup, none of that Mrs. Butterworth’s crap, some toasted pecans and just a few chocolate chips.

Honestly, as much as I love chocolate, I think I’d omit the chips in the future. Yesterday I was craving the crap out of something gooey and warm and chocolatey, and I thought maybe the chips would do it for me…it accomplished what I needed, but even though the flavors worked well together, it just seems like it’s gonna be a one time thing. Anywhoo, like I said yesterday, I looooove anything pumpkin, so there ya have it.

While I’m leaving you hanging, I’m going to let you know this is the last post I’ll be making, probably, this week (Although I may post you the recipe for some delicious little morsels I’m making for a birthday party on Saturday, but we’ll see how I’m feeling at that point) because tomorrow I’m off! For four days! I’m beyond stoked, I must tell you. This weekend kicks off our Manic October filled with birthdays, our one year anniversary, a trip to Disneyland with a special dinner at Club 33, a grape-stomping event at our favorite Napa winery, and of course, this weekend’s fun!

I am so stoked!!!

My youngest brother is going to school at UNR in Reno, so we figured this was the perfect venue for this year’s Train tour. It occurred to me only last week that we’ve been to see them every year for gosh only knows how long. Last year we saw them at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln. This one was good. We had super close seats and…well, once the sun went down (holy nasty squinting face!) it was an amazing show…although their shows are always pretty amazing.

The year before it was in Berkeley at the Greek Theater (we passed on this venue because it was MISERABLE seating. Tiny narrow bench style stadium seating with about 12 inches to all your own and no back support. We were lucky to find a nice security guy that allowed us to sit in a vacant section by ourselves) for my mom’s 49th birthday. We stayed in San Francisco and had afternoon tea at the Palace Hotel the next day.

Mom and I looking a tad like we’re about to mug someone and the two men we observed taking in afternoon tea at the table behind ours

Let’s see, the year before that we saw them….oh, San Diego! July 6th. We spent the 4th at Disneyland and watched the fireworks from…wait for it…the parking lot by Paradise Pier Hotel! YES! That’s where our car was, and wanna know something? We could see them perfectly, we had our little snacks and there wasn’t a soul around!

Before that we saw them as a family in Clear Lake. This one was special because I was at school and my dad flew the family down and picked me up before heading to Clear Lake. Except the resort where the concert was was on the other side of the lake. So he rented us a limo for the night. Boy did we feel cool riding up in that thing! This was actually the first time I’d even ridden in a limo. It was pretty cool. My dad is pretty cool when he’s not letting his other stuff get in the way…but that’s not a chat for the blog.

Anywhoo,  the first time I saw them was in 2001, I think, and I had just started college. I remember thinking “the best concert ever would be Matchbox 20 and Train.” The next week, they announced Matchbox 20 would be touring with Train. I bought tickets immediately. And the second time I saw them was my sophomore year in college when they played Alice’s Now & Zen fest in Golden Gate Park. Mom and I took the ferry into San Francisco and walked from the ferry building to the park. It was a pretty amazing day, too. They’re all pretty amazing experiences. We always seem to make a to-do about it, even though its not really intentional. I do feel like I’m missing one, though. I’ll have to ask my mom and I’ll get back to you.

Anyway, the concert is tomorrow night….after acupuncture at 10 am and the hour or so drive to Reno. I’ve actually developed a pretty interesting response to the acupuncture: I fall asleep. Every time. I remember asking my mom if she ever fell asleep when I first started. She said in 12 years, she’d fallen asleep maybe twice. But I do it every. single. time. Not that I mind. It’s just interesting. I lie there with needles in my back, trying to focus on my breathing and relax all my muscles. I guess I’m successful because it never fails. I’m zonked within five minutes. So I guess we should add a short nap to the list of things that come before the concert tomorrow.

But also before the show, we’re having dinner with some really close family friends, one of which was diagnosed with cancer this year, and isn’t expected to live too many more years. One of our favorite places to eat with them in Reno is the steakhouse at Harrah’s, so hopefully he was able to get reservations there. If not, I’m sure he’s got another place up his sleeve. That guy knows EVERYONE is Reno.

Okay, I’ve delayed enough, kept you hanging a sufficient amount of time.

This afternoon Jim and I have an appointment with the mortgage guy at the bank. We’re going to apply for our pre-approval for our home loan!!! So exciting, right?! Now we can REALLY start looking for houses…hopefully. If we’re approved.

That’s all I’ve got for you for now. Wish us luck!

September 25, 2012

End of Summer Stuffed Squash

I didn’t have a garden this year. Our 983 square foot apartment’s tiny little deck had room for little more than a few tomato plants, which we gathered precisely ZERO tomatoes from. I think it was because there wasn’t enough sun on that side of the building. I grew the crap out of some tomatoes on the deck of my old apartment…which happened to face the opposite direction. Anywhoo, just because I didn’t have a garden of my own doesn’t mean I didn’t have plenty of fresh homegrown vegetables from the garden’s of various other people in my life. And as of last night I had 3 different kinds of squash, a couple of sweet peppers, a small tomato, an onion and several garlic bulbs left. Not wanting any of it to go to waste, I decided to throw it all together in one delicious meal.

Please excuse the crap photo. I just didn’t have the energy to get the camera out last night. But you get the gist anyway.

End of Summer Stuffed Squash

Serves 2

1 largish squash (it doesn’t really matter what kind. I’m not even sure what kind mine was. It just came in a lovely bag from one of our employees)

1 small onion, chopped small

1 small tomato, chopped small

1-2 other small squashes, chopped small (I had two other small squashes. That’s why I added them. You can adjust based on what you’ve got)

1 small sweet pepper, you guessed it, chopped small

1 clove of garlic, chopped small

1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup quinoa (cooked in two cups water, per the instructions on the box)

1 heaping spoon of greek yogurt (or sour cream if you wish)

1 handfulish parmesan or asiago cheese (or a mix, like I used), shredded

1 slice of bread (I used gluten free bread), broken up into pieces

1 sliver of butter

Seasonings to taste

Cooking Spray

Spray a cookie sheet with your cooking spray and set it aside. While you’re cooking your quinoa, broil your bread chunks until they start to darken and become “toasty.” Put bread chunks into your food processor (or your Ninja blender, if you weren’t so lucky as to get your food processor from your wedding registry) and make bread crumbs out of them (feel free to just use bread crumbs if you want. I like this way better because they’re a little coarser..and you know, all around tastier).

Cut your large zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the innards. Chop the innards a bit and add them to your other chopped squashes and your chopped peppers and garlic.

Put your olive oil in your frying pan and when it gets warm, add your onions. When they start to soften, add the other veggies (DO NOT add the tomatoes till the end of they’ll be gross and mushy) and whatever spices you’re going to use (I used Jim’s step dad’s magic spice mix, which I’m not exactly sure of all the contents, but I know salt, garlic, rosemary, parsley, I think?? That’s all I got for ya. Sorry. You can wing it). When your veggies start looking opaquish, add the cooked quinoa and let it fry away for a few mins. Meanwhile, melt the butter and mix it up with your bread crumbs. Add the tomatoes to the frying pan at the last minute, just to warm them up a bit.

Mix in the cheese. Then mix in the Greek yogurt. Place your squash halves onto your prepared cookie sheet and fill them as full as you can with the quinoa/veggie/cheese/yogurt mix. Top them with your buttered breadcrumbs and bake for about 20 minutes at 400ish. Your crumbs will be browned and your squash will be softish (try stabbing it with a fork).

Sooooo good.

I used the veggies I had in my fridge, and since I don’t eat meat, I didn’t add any. I’d imagine sausage would be good in this if you’re into that kind of thing. I also might try carrots, Jim suggested mashed potato instead of quinoa. You can probably stuff pretty much anything into a squash. Use your imagination…and whatever you’ve got on hand.

Speaking of the end of summer, is anyone else beyond excited for fall? I’m SOOO ready to bust out my sweaters and scarves and boots and drink steamy drinks and eat pumpkin everything. We even already put up our cute little fall door sign.

Isn’t he cute and welcoming?

What is your favorite part of fall? Are you as excited as I am for it’s true arrival?

July 11, 2012

Oh what a day

I am just sitting down to my desk for the first time today. It’s almost 2 p.m. This morning I had to go down to El Dorado County’s building department to handle some things (in my dad’s absence) regarding our second shop building. It’s boring, so I won’t go into details. But I was there for almost three hours.

Breakfast this morning was delicious. I was totally channeling fall on this one. I had a little bit of extra time, so I decided to make some oatmeal. On top, I put some pumpkin butter, some toasted pecans and a small handful of chocolate chips. It was so yummy. The chocolate added just enough sweet. I definitely felt nostalgic for fall.

I love Cold Hollow Cider Mill. They’re in Vermont and I was soooo happy to find out that they have a website where you can order their stuff. I loooove this pumpkin butter. Their maple syrup is to die for and pretty much everything else they carry is delicious as well.

So after breakfast I rush down to the county offices and wait while my architect is 1/2 an hour late. And then sit in various offices for two and a half hours, filling out paperwork, signing checks, listening to the architect talk with whoever about whatever. Then I had to deliver plans to the fire district as well as the water district (hey, at least we’re covering our bases!) before I could finally come in to the office. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about the time away from my desk. If it wasn’t hotter than Hades out there, it would have been fine.

Anyway, so to back up the bus a little, the offices for El Dorado County are in Placerville, about a 20-25 minute drive from my office. Since I got out just before lunchtime, I decided to grab some chow from one of my favorite places in Pville.

They serve all sorts of fresh, organic foods and yummy beverages. I got a dirty chai…which is a chai tea latte with a shot of espresso…with almond milk (how many other places offer almond milk?!). For lunch I ordered their “Righteous Rice Bowl” with tuna. I ordered it to go, but here’s a photo of the same rice bowl I ordered with my mom a few weeks ago.

It had rice, beans, cheese, tuna, avocado, carrots, cabbage, red onion, sprouts, cilantro, two different kinds of sauces and probably all sorts of stuff I’m not remembering at the moment. It was so good.

And the Cozmic Cafe is super cool. It’s in this really old building and has a mine shaft at the back…

And I just learned today that there’s seating back there!

Yea, it’s a little creepy. But it was the coolest place in the entire restaurant!

So now I’m at work…and since I’ve been writing this (okay, and browsing Pinterest), I have 45 minutes before it’s time to leave. And then I’m off to the gym for my daily 30 minutes of aerobic exercise and home to make dinner…which I’ve yet to make a decision about. I’d better get on that.

What are you having for dinner? Anything corn and wheat free?

November 14, 2011

Farm fresh to ME!

This has been the best morning!

I got to wear my new purple coat.

Do you love my morning hair?

While looking for a movie to put on and listen to at work, I found out my mom had Eloise at Christmastime, which while a bit childish, I know, is one of my favorites. I used to read the books ALL the time when I was little. Love that little girl!

I lost 6 lbs since the last time I weighed myself!

My favorite tree on the drive between work and my parents’ house is in full fall swing. It looks almost like it’s on fire!

And lastly, I opened our front door this morning to find our Farm Fresh to You shipment waiting for me with a lovely bunch of fresh, organic local fruits and veggies inside.

Along with the pictured persimmons, pears, strange mushrooms I need to research, and grapes you can clearly see, the shipment came with 5 leeks, 2 winter squash (squashes? squish?), a bunch of arugula, a head of green leaf lettuce and three small bunches of broccoli.

I love this service. I love getting things in the box that I don’t normally cook with.

Persimmons? What the heck do I do with these?!

I can’t wait for these babies to ripen a little bit more so I can sink my teeth into them.

Lovely!

Not a bad start for a Monday morning.

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November 7, 2011

Mr and Meatless’ Tortilla Soup

I adore fall! Have I mentioned that before?

I love waking up to cold mornings that eventually heat to just above chilly at the peak of the afternoon. I love the colors: brilliant red leaves, the almost milky orange of pumpkins. And the smells: apple pies in the oven, the damp pavement after the first rain. I love busting out my scarves and sweaters and boots and my belovedly comfy Uggs (cliche, I know, but you can’t argue with their comfort!).

I love all the delicious seaonal food: pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, making my own applesauce. Okay, pumpkin ANYTHING really.

Saturday I made some pumpkin scones.

 

They’re not much to look at, but they sure were perfect with my earl grey tea.

And later that evening, after I’d caught up on five episodes of “Revenge” (seriously, anyone wanna talk about this show?!) while waiting for the husband to get home, I made one of our favorite fall dishes: tortilla soup.

This happens to be another “compromise” for Jim…so to speak. He LOOOOOVES this soup. In fact, we polished off the whole pot. Of course, he ate about twice as much as I did because he’s bigger than me, but also because even though it’s a “compromise” because it has no meat, he loves it. Further proof that meat is not necessary to have good flavor.

Mr and Meatless’ Tortilla Soup

3 corn tortillas

1/2 large onion

a glug of olive oil (like 1 tbsp or something. I never really measure)

1 garlic clove, chopped

Salt, pepper, paprika (to taste…feel free to add any other spices you may desire)

1/2 cup white wine (you can use more vegetable broth if you’d rather. I like the flavor the wine adds, personally)

2 medium sized tomatoes, pretty finely chopped

4-5 cups vegetable broth

2 cups brown rice, cooked

1 cup (or a whole can if you heart them) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup (or more if you love it, like me!) frozen corn

2 handfuls of cilantro, chopped

1 avocado, sliced

sour cream

shredded jack cheese

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine your glug of olive oil, chopped onions and garlic in a large sauce pan on medium heat. When onions start to appear opaque, add the spices, one handful of cilantro, the wine (or vegetable broth) and chopped tomatoes. Let that bubble away until the liquid has been reduced by about half.

Next, add the vegetable broth (I use 4 cups to start and add the 5th at the end if my rice sucks up too much). Reduce the heat and let this simmer. It needs at least 10 mins, but if you can stand to wait longer, your flavor will be better.

Meanwhile, slice your tortillas into small strips and spread them evenly on a baking sheet. Spray (or brush) with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for about 8 mins or until they’re crispy and starting to brown.

Next add the rice, black beans and corn. I usually give it another 2-3 minutes at this point to make sure your corn has defrosted and gotten warm in the broth.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with a handful of the tortilla strips, a sprinkle of jack cheese, a glop of sour cream, a few slices of avocado and a sprinkle of the remaining handful of cilantro.

Enjoy to the very last bite!

(I guess that’s more like bites…)

November 5, 2011

Trying to put it all back together

It’s been exactly two weeks since Jim and I have been back from our honeymoon and our apartment still looks like a tornado swept it up and dropped it all on the floor.

Today is the first day I’ve had more than a few hours to dedicate to putting it all back together, so the rest of my day will be filled with putting away wedding gifts, going through boxes of stuff that made their way home from our wedding venue, washing clothes and sheets and towels and trying to make our apartment inhabitable again!

But who can start a day like that without a delicious and satisfying breakfast?

My favorite hot cereal. I get it at Trader Joes.

I boil them up with half milk and half water to make them a little extra creamy and to add a little extra protein. Then I topped them with some of my crock pot applesauce from the other night, a dash of pumpkin pie spice and a big glop of peanut butter.

And now I’m off to tackle this lovely pile of crazy in my extra bedroom.

And this one in the corner of my living room.

Wish me luck!

November 4, 2011

Crock Pot applesauce and compromises

I love fall.

I ended up going home from work early yesterday. I had finished everything I NEEDED to get done, and there was no sense in me sitting around waiting for the phone to ring feeling like crap.

So I went home and spent an hour or so on the couch catching up on DVRed episodes of Revenge (anyone seen that? I’m loving it!) before I couldn’t sit on the couch and do nothing any longer.

I went to the kitchen and grabbed my bag of apples, my peeler and two bowls so I could start peeling apples. And then, like a good sickie, I got back on the couch…and peeled apples.

I had a package of approximately 8 gala apples, although most recipes will tell you to use different types of apples. I used what I had on hand, but you could probably use just about any kind.

I put the apples, peeled, cored and roughly sliced into the crock pot with 1 stick of cinnamon, a splash of pure vanilla, a slightly larger splash of 100% apple juice and a good sprinkling of fresh grated nutmeg.  Personally, I would have liked a little more cinnamon flavor, so maybe next time I’d use two sticks…or maybe grate some of the first one in before I put it in the pot.

I set the timer for 5 hours on low heat, but I left them in for an extra half hour because they weren’t quite soft enough for me by then. And we weren’t quite done with dinner either, so it worked out.

When it was time to take them out, I mashed them roughly with a fork because we like our applesauce a little on the chunkier side.

Speaking of dinner, we have now arrived at the compromising part of the program. I have said before that on occasion, I’ll cook meals with imitation meat products or without meat altogether. This would lead one to believe that Jim does all the culinary compromising.

But alas my friends, last night’s dinner:

I made chicken pot pie, which is one of Jim’s favorites (and also, I’ll add 100% NOT healthy…another compromise on my part). The thing about me and my (mostly) vegetarianism is that I’m not picky…well, actually, I guess I am…in the sense that I don’t mind picking meat out or off of my food.

I don’t like to do it because I feel it displays bad manners when at a table with other people, but I do it as discreetly as possible, and at home, I hae no qualms with picking my chicken out of my pie and flicking it onto Jim’s plate.

He polished off about half of the pie all by himself (he’s 6’4, about 235 lbs and he has a job that keeps him moving all day. Feeding him is probably akin to feeding a team of high school football players). I had a decent sized piece myself, having saved room in my day’s caloric intake for the occasion.

And we capped the meal off with a small bowl of delicious applesauce.

Recipe for chicken pot pie (adapted from Pillsbury)

1 packaged pie crust, top and bottom

1/3 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/3 cup flour (I use whole wheat)

1/2 cup milk (I use 1% because that’s our compromise milk…I want nonfat, Jim wants whole…)

1 3/4 cups vegetable broth

1 package frozen veggies (the one with carrots, green beans, peas and corn)

1 potato, chopped and boiled

1 package precooked grilled chicken…approx. 2 cups (I get mine at Target, actually, in the lunch meat section. You can also grill your own chicken, but while I may cook meat for my husbands, I have my limitations….)

Salt, pepper, garlic (powder or fresh) and any other spices your little heart may desire

Combine the butter and onions in the bottom of a largish saucepan. Cook until the onions are soft, about 2 mins. Stir in the flour and the spices. Stir in the milk and the broth to the flour and butter paste. Once it’s thickened to a nice sauce (2-3 mins), add the chicken and the vegetables.

Unroll the crust and lie it in a pie dish. Pour the chicken and veggie mixture into the crust. Unroll the top crust and lie it gently on top. I’m no good with pie crust. I’ll admit it. At this point I just sort of squeeze the two crusts together and I’m okay with the messy looking edges it leaves. Do your thing here. Also, cut a few slits in the top to let air escape.

Bake the whole thing (I’d recommend putting it on a baking sheet because sometimes it gets bubbly and oozes over) for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees, covering the edges of the crust with foil for the last ten or so to avoid burning them.

This pot pie tastes a little bit like childhood. It is DEFINITELY a comfort food, which I needed last night, along with the fire I lit in the fireplace (our first of the season), and the pumpkin ale we had with it.

Do you make food compromises in your relationship? What is your favorite thing about fall?