Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Easiest ( and Fastest) Chicken Pot Pie Recipe






 
Happy Hump Day Blog World!! 
 
 I apologize for my random posts on Tuesday, one of my old posts from a few weeks ago decided to repost itself, not really sure why, but my birthday was not on Tuesday. 
 
  Anyways, I have the easiest and seriously fastest chicken pot pie recipe for you today!
 
Chicken Pot Pie is a childhood favorite of mine.  At my wedding  our caterer allowed us ( the bride and groom)  to pick any meal in the world for our reception dinner, I ended up choosing surf and turf, but chicken pot pie was a close second.  It really is the ultimate comfort food. 
 
   The recipe is a Betty Crocker recipe and only uses a top crust made of Bisquick so it is a lower calorie version of the real deal.   You can honestly complete the prep work in 20 minutes and that includes cooking the chicken.  This is the perfect meal to throw together after work. 




Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients

1 2/3   cups Green Giant® frozen mixed vegetables, thawed                        
1     cup cut-up cooked chicken                        
1   can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup                        
1   cup Original Bisquick® mix                        
1/2    cup milk                        
1       egg                        

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. In ungreased 9-inch pie plate, stir vegetables, chicken and soup.
  • 2 In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate.
  • 3 Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until crust golden brown.


 

This is my go-to whenever I do not have a dinner plan because we usually have all of the ingredients on hand, and it is so delicious.  It also tastes great left over and is perfect to bring for lunch the following day.
 
 

( Sorry for another blurry iPhone picture)
 
ENJOY!
 
 
I am off to upstate NY today for the weekend to visit my grandparents  and go snowboarding.  Upstate NY is the only place in the world where I want it to be cold this weekend so I can still go snowboarding.
 
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

...And Today I am 30!

    Today I turn 30, or as DFH would say 29 4/4.  I think I like that better.  


I am so sad to leave my wild and crazy twenties behind, but if my thirties are anything like my twenties I think they are going to be fabulous and full of new adventures with wonderful people.

I was born on Fat Tuesday so I was pretty much destined to enjoy a good party. 

I have already had some amazing 30th birthday celebrations in the past few weeks ( which I need to catch you up on).  But today I am headed to Charleston, SC for a girls weekend to celebrate with some of my favorite people.  I cannot think of a better way to celebrate.


 So here is to 100 more super fun amazing years. 






...and hopefully no more mullets.

Rewind.

Whoa! Where has the month gone ?!

I thought I would fill you in on what I have been up to in the past month. 

 
   In February DFH and I woke up bright and early on a Saturday morning to watch the live Russia v. USA hockey game.  I am not a morning person so I knew I had to give myself a good reason to get out of bed so early on a weekend.  Brie and champagne certainly did the trick. 

I enjoyed snuggles with my two loves.
 
 
I volunteered at the South Side Soup Contest with the Junior League.  It is one of my favorite volunteer events, where local restaurants compete to make the best soup.  I am bummed I didn't take any pictures.  This was the shirt logo this year.
 
 


DFH threw me the best surprise birthday party for my 30th!  It was held  before my actual birthday and I had no idea!! 


 
DFH and I and friends attended the Pittsburgh Beerfest.  It was a great time and so fun sampling so many beers. 


At the Beerfest there were also food trucks and a photo booth.  It was a great event.
 
 
 

LES and I went to the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show concert and celebrated my last Saturday as a twenty-something.
 
 


For my 30th birthday I traveled to Charleston, SC to celebrate with my mom and her friends and one of my best friends.  We had an incredible girls weekend!

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Green Weekend.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
 
Hope you remembered to wear green.


 
I am loving the clover and my green desk calendar today from A Blissful Nest


 
      St. Patrick's Day is pretty huge in Pittsburgh.  The Saturday before St. Patrick's Day there is always a parade and people pretty much start consuming green beer as soon as they wake up.   
 
 On Saturday afternoon we met up with friends, but took it easy this year as we had a busy weekend planned.   I  sported my DIY'd green glitter chucks ( which look like they need to be re-glittered before next year!).


 
 
On Sunday we went to the Pens v. Flyers game and enjoyed green beer and great seats. 
 
 

 
The Pens lost, but it was amazing to be so close to the action.
 
 
Cheese!
( Sorry for the blurry iPhone pictures)
 
     Normally on St. Patrick's Day I like to make the traditional corn beef and cabbage and let it slow cook all day, but I totally forgot to pick some up at the grocery store.  We will have to have a rain check on that meal.
 
How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?


Friday, February 14, 2014

Five on Friday




     It has been a while since I have linked up with April and Co. for 5 on Friday.  I feel like I have a lot of random thoughts right now so bear with me.  Here we go.

1. Resolutions:

    I know it is already February, but I recently looked back on last year's resolutions.  In 2013 I challenged myself to blog more and spend more time on some of the hobbies I enjoy.  Now I will say, I did blog more, not as much as I would have liked, but I still believe I captured most events in my life.  As I said in the past I want to use this blog as a scrapbook so I don't want to forget anything.  However, I certainly did not spend more time on hobbies.  #resolutionfail   I seriously do not know what I was thinking.  Why would one believe they would have more time to spend on hobbies when they are also planning a wedding?!?!  I'm crazy.   I'm pretty sure I did zero hobbies for all of 2013.   So I have decided to try and make this resolution happen for 2014.  Bring on the books and knitting!!

2. Appreciation:

  A few weeks ago at work I had a tough week, I was doing something new for the first time and was totally stressed out and working crazy hours.  It is pretty fair to say that for the first half of January I was checked out on life other than this big thing I had at work.  It ended up going well and I am thrilled my hard work paid off.  Throughout January even though I probably wasn't the most fun person to be around,  my friends and family were constantly sending me well wishes and offering to help me with anything I needed.    DFH was super supportive and every night I would come home to a home cooked meal, a clean house and sometimes a glass of wine, which was just what I needed.    After it was over even my bosses at work surprised me with flowers at work. 

    It is times like this I realize how lucky I am to have the best support system ever.  Every text, phone call, and supportive comment motivated me and made me feel so loved.  It really is the little things in life that sometimes matter most.  Sometimes we don't realize how much a simple note, or phone call can make someone's day.  I am going to try a bit harder to make sure I reach out a little more to all my friends and family because we never know what an impact it will have on that person.

3.Mr.  Rebates:



  Ok, I know I am behind on this, but earning money for online shopping is incredible.  My friend Katie told me about Mr. Rebates and I am hooked.  I think I earned over $30 ordering Christmas gifts on items I would have purchased anyways. Who doesn't want to make money by spending money?  I also signed up for ebates, but in my opinion Mr. Rebates offers better stores and gives you a higher percentage back on your spending.  If you haven't signed up click HERE   I promise you will thank me. 

4. The big USA v. Russia men's Olympic hockey game is on tomorrow morning at 7:30 EST.  Pittsburgh is a huge hockey town so several bars are opening at 7:00 am so that everyone can watch the game.  I am tempted to hit up a local bar and partake in the fun, but at the same time watching the game in the warmth of my home in pajamas with a mimosa sounds just as nice.  Will you be watching the game?

...and finally

5.  Happy Valentine's Day to all of my friends, family and loves!!  I cannot imagine my life without any of you and I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many fabulous people who are always there for me.  I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your favorites.

 
 
 
 
XOXO

Thursday, February 13, 2014

#tbt Throw Back Thursday: My Pittsburgh Bridal Shower




   I am finally getting around to blogging about my incredible Pittsburgh bridal shower hosted by two of my bridesmaids ALV and LES.   I wanted to wait until I had all of the pictures from my mom before I did a post.  So here it is only six months later. This is going to be picture heavy, but amazing.  #tbt




   In August ALV and LES threw me a high tea bridal shower at the Inn on Negley in Shadyside which could not have been more perfect. 

My bridesmaid Sarah flew in from NYC for the big event. 



My parents and sister also came in from New Jersey for the weekend.  



The room was perfect for the shower and I loved that everyone was able to chat to each other at the table.  LES and ALV designed beautiful centerpieces with our wedding colors in mason jars and had pictures of DFH and I throughout the room.

ALV and JLP

Guests were given delicious flavored mimosas upon arrival.  

My MOH and two bridesmaids SRW and LES


Guests were able to pick a tea of their choosing and then we all indulged in this scrumptious selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and tarts and finger desserts.  I must have had two of everything. 

As a favor everyone was given a coffee mug to decorate.  Adding a craft to the event was too perfect for words.


It was a big decision deciding how to decorate your mug.  We also played a super fun trivia game where guests had to guess fun facts about me.

I not surprisingly decided to do a bride mug.  I mean you only get married once.  

JDM and I.

Guests were also provided a recipe card with their invitation and were asked to bring their favorite recipe for my collection.  I am obsessed with the fact that I now have a collection of all my friends and family's favorite recipes from both of my showers.  


The two hostesses with the mostess.  Fabulous party planners.

 
and the hostesses moms.



Again I was completely spoiled. 

DFH showed up and surprised me with a beautiful bouquet.



The backyard of the Inn had a stunning porch and incredible flowers so we ended the shower with a photo shoot.

All of the ladies.

Posing with hostess ALV

and hostess LES

Working on our dancing skills for the wedding

Best MOB ever.


Best MOH ever.

It was a picture perfect day in every way, a huge thank you and shout out to LES and ALV for planning an extraordinary shower. 
 

After the shower we had my family and a few friends over for a BBQ, drinks, and some corn hole. 


Dad and I

#throwbackthursday
#pittsburghshower
#takemeback