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Contest winner, another recipe and Hotel Wuertz/Craftopia Headquarters

Thanks to everyone who entered my little contest. I had 8 entries. I didn’t feel like searching the web for a randomizer so I just did it the old fashioned way. Names on paper in a hat. So drum roll please…

Bean was my special little helper for picking the winner.

Names in the hat.

Mixing up the entries.

Yep, she’s teething folks, so of course she used her mouth to pick the winner.

And the winner is Morgan, aka Mrs. Priss.

Congrats Morgan. I’ll be e-mailing you for your address by the end of the day.

Moving right along…

I am loving, loving, loving Filo dough and all the stuff you can do with it. I’ve seen it and premade puff pastry dough used all the time on cooking shows, but could never find the stuff in Bakersfield. Last night I made a pot pie of sorts that I’d like to share with you because it was super yummy.

Filo Chicken Pot Pie
-1/2 large onion, chopped
-1/2 cup chicken broth
-1 small bag frozen peas and carrots
-tips from 1 bunch of asparagus
-1 large chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
-1 can cream of celery soup, not condensed
-1/4 cup heavy cream
-2 tbsp all purpose flour
-salt and better to taste
-Filo dough
-2 tbsp olive oil, divided

Preheat oven to 400.

In a small stock pot saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Stir in peas and carrots and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer until peas and carrots are defrosted and tender.

Meanwhile, salt and pepper chicken and then brown in frying pan. Reduce heat and continue cooking until insides are no longer pink and juices run clear.

Mix heavy cream and flour together. If you are having trouble getting the flour to dissolve add a little of the soup to the mixture. Add soup, cream mixture, and asparagus tips to the stock pot. Bring to a boil and continue cooking until mixture thickens. Add cooked chicken to the stock pot and mix in well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour mixture into high rimmed baking dish. Crumble Filo over the top of the pie filling. Reduce oven heat to 375 and put dish into oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until Filo is golden brown on top.

Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Serve.

And if my cooking isn’t enough temptation to bring visitors, perhaps our guestroom, aka Hotel Wuertz/Craftopia Headquarters will be…

I probably won’t leave the iron and so much craft stuff out when we have actual visitors, but this is what it looks like on a normal, day-to-day basis.

My workspace, although sometimes this shifts to the kitchen table downstairs for really big projects.

That entire dresser is filled with all my sewing stuff now. It used to house sewing, scrapbooking and knitting stuff, but the sewing stuff is taking over!

Knitting and ribbons got shifted to this little end table. Scrabooking stuff is in a plastic drawer thingy in the closet now.

Another cute lamp from IKEA and the sweet view of the pool and trees outside.

Hope you’ll visit soon!


Filed under Craftopia, Family, Gourmet Lisa, Homemade

I almost forgot a few things.

I’ve made myself a little outline so I don’t forget again.

1) Apartment – Yesterday I went to Thousand Oaks for the day with Bean. Stephen forgot to pack our duffle bag when we were there this weekend so I had to go back and get it because it had two of the four pairs of jeans that fit me in it and Stephen’s thyroid medication. When we were there this weekend we toured the apartment we are going to get and yesterday I signed the lease document. This apartment is so incredibly perfect. It’s actually a 3 bedroom townhome. It is right next to the playground. It has a huge patio/backyard-ish thing where I’m sure I will be able to plant a veggie garden. Bean’s room has all this great built in storage including a bookshelf for her quickly growing library. The kitchen is a great size and the dining room will even accomodate our huge dining table. There is a Whole Foods right behind the apartment complex, several shopping centers are nearby, JoAnn’s is right up the street, Pete’s Coffee is right across the street. I mean it is seriously the best location and apartment ever. I am so happy that we got it and got such a great deal on it.

2) Doggies – Someone from the homeschool group managed to find both our doggies homes with her family members. I am so happy about this. Both dogs are going to great families that I know will love them to pieces. Baxter is staying with us a few more days until his new owners get back from a little vacation. Baxter is so good with Bean. She loves staring at him and grabbing on his ears or skin. He is so good and just lets her do it. He is so gentle too. Check out these somewhat crappy quality pictures I got last night of the cuteness:


3) Bean 22 weeks – Bean turned 22 weeks yesterday. Not much new to report, you already know about the solid foods thing. Here are a couple more pictures from last night:

4) Chinese New Year – OK, now this one is quite old, but I realized that I never blogged about my Chinese New Year experience! The morning of our big feast, Ruth and I went to the Chinese market together to get some Chinese treats and ingredients for dumplings. When we got there they were having this huge celebration. They had Chinese dragon dancers, drums and all kinds of stuff. We walked past it all into the store. I noticed in the doorway that there was a string of firecrackers hanging. I was unsure if it was real or all part of the decor. Well a few minutes later when we were perusing the decorations section they started up the drums and dancing again. And then they lit the firecrackers off! It was sooo loud and crazy. Then the dance/drum/Budda line came right through the isles of the Chinese grocery store. It was so much fun! Unfortunately I only had my nearly dead cell phone with me and got the crappiest pictures ever, but here they are anyway:

It was certainly my most eventful and choatic grocery shopping experience ever. 🙂


Filed under Family, Ramblings