Sunday, August 31, 2014

Friday Night Eats: Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Friday night was a different one for me.

First off, I fell asleep for about an hour at 4pm. Clearly I was in for an exciting night. I woke up and went to Whole Foods for some dinner goodies because I knew AR's flight wouldn't get in until 10pm.

I struggled when I walked in to Whole Foods, because 5pm is a sad time to grocery shop. It is a little pathetic to walk around with wine at 5 on a Friday, but too late for coffee. I caved and went with coffee (better to be caffeinated than be the sad person drinking as they shop for kale on Friday night).

I got all of the goodies to make a favorite meal of AR's: Chicken Pot Pie. I went with the simple version and grabbed a rotisserie chicken seasoned with salt & pepper.

Normally, I cook my own chicken breasts in the oven or poach them on the stove top, but this made it so much faster and the chicken was so flavorful.

I also cheated majorly and bought a pre-made pie crust. I have never done this before, but I thought it tasted AMAZING and it was so fast. Pre-made crust for the win. You could make your own crust, make a biscuit topping, buy a biscuit dough/mix, or even use pre-made pizza dough. All of these options work great.

I enjoyed my pot pie on the couch with a glass of red wine and the movie Bride Wars. A perfect Friday in, if I do say so myself!

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

4 T. butter OR oil (I use a mix of both)
1 med. yellow onion, chopped
3/4 c. carrots, pealed and chopped
3/4 c. celery, pealed and chopped
1/2 c. mushrooms, chopped
3-4 c. shredded chicken
1/2 t. dried sage
1/2 t. dried thyme
salt and pepper, to taste
3 1/2 c. chicken broth
1/3 c. flour
1/2 c. frozen peas
1/3 c. heavy cream or half & half

1 package of refrigerated pie crust dough (enough for 2 layers)
OR this recipe for pie crust.
extra flour for rolling
1 egg
1 T. water

Preheat over to 375*. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until slightly soften, for about 3 minutes. Add remaining vegetables and cook until slightly soft, about another 5-6 minutes. Add shredded chicken and seasonings.
Sprinkle flour on top of the mixture and stir in. Let the flour cook for 2 minutes, then pour in broth. Add peas. Continue to cook over medium heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add cream, stir to combine, and remove from heat.
Place individual ramekins** (five 2 c. or 8 1.5 c.) on a large baking sheet. Roll or fold out dough onto a floured surface. Using ramekins as a guide, cut dough into circles slightly larger than the top of each dish. Set dough aside.
Scoop filling into each ramekin, but do not fill completely. Once evenly divided, place dough circles on top of each dish and press down on edges. Beat egg with water to make an egg wash. Generously brush tops of each pie with egg wash.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until dark golden brown, rotating pan half way though. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
To freeze: Let cool completely. Wrap each pie dish in plastic wrap, and then tightly with foil. Free for up to 1 moth.

**I like to make my pies in several sizes - some for AR and some for me. Last week, I did two larger pies, four medium pies, and two itty bitty pies to take in my lunch!

You could make this beautiful by crimping the edges, but I call it rustic and just leave the edges ragged.

Enjoy! These are an excellent way to stock your freezer with some pre-made dinners. Just pop them out in the morning and let them thaw in the refrigerator. By dinner time, they will be ready to heat in the oven!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Confessional

Hello all! Can someone tell me how August is already over? What the heck happened? One minute, everyone was wearing sundresses, and now the girls at school are wearing boots (It is still 90*+ here, so they might be a little ahead of themselves...).

I am sharing some of my Friday Confessions today with the beautiful Leslie at A Blonde Ambition. Yesterday I shared my Fall Style Must-Haves, so I'll keep with the seasonal theme today.

I confess.... that I do not love PSL. There. I said it. Everyone is all excited about the pumpkin spice latte being released early, and I am still sitting here asking for a soy misto. Every once in a blue moon, I might reach for a chia latte, but I really don't ever want a PSL. Sorry :(

I confess... that I am dying to paint my nails a dark color. Is it too early?

I confess.. that I do not understand fall style in the south. This is my fourth September in the South, and I am still confused. Back un north, is was easy. We grabbed swears and boots and it was perfect. Here, I could grab sweaters and boots, but I would be sweating and gasping for air.

Speaking of the South, I confess that... I miss Texas. I am going there for a night next week and once the trip was planned, I got SO excited. I guess I missed the state more than I imagined.

I confess that... I skipped my run yesterday. Which means I had to do it this morning (Friday is usually my rest day). And I took FORTY-FIVE minutes to get out the door. You could say I have a serious case of "I-don't-ever-wanna-run-again." Please, fall temperatures come quickly.

I confess that... I had a serious gab sesh with my girlfriend Kathryn last night. AR called during it and after talking to him for a few minutes, I was like "I really have to go, Kathryn and I were discussing Disney's High School Musical." Thank heavens for girlfriends :)

If you could have a fall shopping spree at one store, which store would you pick? 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

{Fall} Sweaters, Boots, & Jackets

The blog world is blowing up over autumn. 

Here it is, not even September, and we all want to make pumpkin muffins and wear sweaters. 

I am no different, but living in Atlanta, I know I have a long wait until the sweaters come out. Until then, I am baking pumpkin treats and pinning fall looks to my Pinterest boards (<-- thank heavens for my imaginary life on Pinterest). 

This fall, I have several must-have items

Majorly distressed denim. I just really love big sweaters with faded, distressed denim. 

Dark nail polish. Yes, it shows chips faster than anything, but it is just so beautiful. This is Carry On, by Essie. It is one of my absolute favorites. 

A fur vest. I confess, I never bought one last fall and regretted it deeply. This year, a fur vest is a MUST for me. 

Sweater & Scarf combos. I could probably wear a different scarf every day of the month and not have to repeat. I own so so many, yet I still love them. I'll be shopping for more :) 

This is from Anthro and I am obsessed. LOVE. 
 Rain boots. I bought my Hunters last winter and they were the most-worn item i my closet, hands down. I have worn them so many times, and I know this fall will be no different. It rains so much in Atlanta, perhaps I should get another pair!

I have this color and I feel like they are so perfect with everything.

Do you have a fall must-have list going? 
What are you *dying* to wear out of your closet?


Monday, August 25, 2014

Marathon Training: Wk 12

So I didn't fall this week, which means maybe I should consider is a success. Though, as I sit at school, my wound on my left knee is bleeding through my white pants right now, which is attractive. Cuts on knees take forever to heal.

M - rest and felt bad for myself because my hands were so cut up.

T - 5 miles. I went to the gym for this and almost stopped. I started hobbling through the run and wondered if I could make it. Sure enough, a few miles in and I felt better. Sometimes you just have to push.

W - 8 miles. It was long and after 5 hours of interviews. About a 9:15 pace.

Th - 4 miles, nothing interesting about them.

F - 8 miles. This was also long and before a day of interviews. I ran at 1pm and hand not had lunch yet, so by the time I was done, I was a little light headed. I was supposed to do this Saturday, but my schedule wouldn't allow. My legs were pretty sore, by I was surprised by the amount of energy I had!

S - Rest

S - 18 miles. Oh. My. Gosh. This was really horrendous. It was already 78* when we left and I had little sleep the previous two nights. I also had like zero fueling options at home. The first 12 miles were fine, I stopped to refill my water bottle at mile 13 and went to the bathroom (thank you Starbucks!!!). Then it went downhill. 

AR had a lot of pain from his 8 miles the day before, so we walked for a minute, which completely derailed our run. Isn't it weird how a walking break can be so bad for your run?

We had been holding an okay pace, considering the heat and 65% humidity, but we had trouble getting back up to speed. We made it through another 3.5 miles and then both were completely done. It was so hot at that point and I wanted to just go home. We run-walked the last little bit and were SO relieved when our watches chirped for 18.

Poor AR was so nauseous after our run... We pulled on compression gear and rested for a bit... I made a protein shake and had no appetite.

My very attractive outfit for brunch!
We finally went to brunch at like 2pm and then didn't eat again until almost 9pm. Somehow, running in the heat just kills my appetite. I try to make up for it the day afterwards though! (can you say peanut butter??)

Not my favorite week, but all we have left are two 20 milers and a few shorter runs!! I am so relieved because I did not want to do another 18 miler after yesterday.

We are considering changing our second 20 miler into a 22 miler, but we will see. AR would really like to, just as a confidence boost, but I am not so sure. Maybe if it cools down a bit.

How is your training going? 
Can you take walking breaks on your run, or does is mess your run up?


Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Confessions

Hello all! It is time for some good 'ol confessions, back to school style!

- I confess that I had some serious anxiety after my first Antitrust law class. We did math the entire time. Math, as in, calculating the equations of lines and determining the present value. It was not my most favorite moment.

- I confess that I had wine and cereal for dinner last night. Not at the same time though, I promise! I went to a Moot Court meeting at 8pm and they had drinks, so I had some wine. By the time I got home, it was almost 11 and I had no interest in food. I knew I needed to eat something, so I had cereal. Not exactly the best dinner choice.

- I confess that I am so overwhelmed with classes and reading and job searching. I almost want to cry about it. Everyone else seems really excited, but I feel overwhelmed.

- I confess that I am so excited about Moot Court this year. We did speed dating rounds yesterday with each of the different teams to learn more about them and I loved everyone!! Seriously, I would be happy on any team, from bankruptcy to criminal procedure. I know, I am clearly a law school nerd. I own it. :)

- I confess that I still hurt from my fall this week. My hands look a *little* better and my knees are an excellent combination of scab and bruise. It is beautiful.

Have an amazing weekend!