A cozy pie on a winter’s afternoon pleases everyone here. It bakes up a sweetly scented home as we have our cleaning day. Music and dusters. Tidying up and organizing. Sitting down and slowing down on Sundays. Unplugged in the day, and storytimes all day and evening. The mermaid sleeps over the mantle as she was hung and photographed with care. There she sleeps until she is kindly adopted. Her story is coming soon, as well as her spot in our shop. Little hands wave hello, in a whisper, for she is deeply dreaming in a land of bubbles, in a garden of colorful plant beds, in a bedtime story for you. (Original, prints, stationery, children’s books will soon be available for her.)
Designer Shopping Tip: When shopping locally or abroad, remember if it doesn’t enhance and suit your life, take a photograph or write about it to remember the beauty and inspiration. Enjoy!
I have a little book that reveals the tradition and addresses of certain Italian and French markets. They have always been there at those times, it seems. Every Tuesday at 4:00. The 13th of each month all morning. Beyond the 11th bridge, the market awaits you. What old treasures of past loved ones will speak to you. What or who inspires your next book or portrait. What great sketching you can do on the nearby bench of the browsers and sellers. What varied collections of dogs and birds will walk the aisles. How fun to even think of it now.
Today we sorted and cleaned a few closets because not all can be done simply in one day. We make a short list, and if fullfilled draw from our master list. We are satisfied with this Sunday’s simplifications. A good day to remember for next week to inspire more. So many things to play catch up with, and we’re literally taking baby steps towards our goals. Stay tuned for our upcoming organizational product series! Very excited about it.
Chicken Pot Pie
Non-GMO, organic, local, free range, grass-fed ingredients:
A Whole Chicken, (See above. Water later for making broth, broth later for making roux for pot pie.)
Pie Crust Recipe, (See above.)
Pink Himalayan Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Green Onions, Garlic, Shallots
2 C Bone Broth, 2 Tbsp butter, Flour to make a Roux
Add all vegetables and whole chicken into crock pot and cook until done and soft. (See recipe for this above for more details.) Shred up chicken and cut up softened veggies in a bowl. Set aside and prepare pie crust enough for 2 crusts. Place first crust in pie dish.
*For baby and gluten free meals, set aside some of the slow cooked chicken and veggies before the salt and pepper and flour roux, and save some broth in this mixture too. Serve this warm to them.
To make the roux, in a sauce pan, add broth, some salt and pepper, butter, and some flour. Whisk over a low boil. Add flour to thicken, and pour over the bowl of chicken and veggies. Stir to coat. (Add small amounts of broth if needed to moisten.)
Fill the pie dish, add a few dots of butter, and add the second crust over the top. Draw a few slits in the top. We did a star of anise type shape. (You can do an egg wash over the top crust if you desire a glossy crust. This one does not have it.)
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the crust is golden. This sweet crust and fulfilling chicken & vegetable pie is simply marvelous. Serve warm. Store in the refrigerator and heat up on the stove using a tiny bit of extra broth and a lid for a fresh warmth. Wonderful for the whole family!