Thursday, November 20, 2014

EASY CHICKEN POT PIE WITH PUFF PASTRY

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

Friends, while there is not a darn thing wrong with a good ol' fashioned sweet pie (Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie being my ultimate favorite), when the temperature plummets all I want to do is cozy up with a ginormous slice of chicken pot pie!

For some reason pies in general intimidate me (unless the pie is of the no-bake variety)--which is why I am more than okay with Warren doing the lion's share of all pie prep in our house. Sadly, this crippling fear also prevented me from trying to make chicken pot pie at home.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

And honestly, I didn't think any version of chicken pot pie I made at home could surpass the perfection that is the Marie Callender Frozen Mini Chicken Pot Pie. Nothing beats that.

Except. Maybe this pie.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

Friends, this pie takes every good thing about creamy chicken soup and then adds another layer of awesome--buttery, flaky, perfect puff pastry! To cut down on pretty much all prep time, I used frozen mixed veggies, rotisserie chicken, and store bought puff pastry. Nothing like the holiday scramble to make me take any and all shortcuts (but you can't tell at all when digging into this pie). 

I tell you, this baby practically makes itself. 

Plus, since no pastry dough making was involved, I didn't even have to ask Warren for help (except to cut the onions. Because why else should one get married, but to foist all onion cutting duties upon your chosen spouse for the rest of time?)!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Filling

Also, you know I can't resist putting words on pie--it just adds such a fun vibe to the whole thing. While I played around with sweeter, more Thanksgiving-y sayings (such as "Give Thanks"), I opted for the only appropriate phrase for this chicken pot pie:

Use cookie cutters to add a fun message to you pies

This is what the gorgeous thing looks like all dressed up before heading to the oven. 

Use cookie cutters to add a fun message to you pies!

And this is what it looks like when it comes out of the oven, piping hot and golden brown. 

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

I am so glad we get a whole month to celebrate all the good things in our lives! We are heading to Arizona for my best friend's wedding (remember when we took Trish and Rich to gorgeous Sleeping Bear Dunes?) and I couldn't be more grateful that I have such a kindred spirit in my life. Also, I couldn't be more grateful to be escaping Michigan for a warmer climate, if only for the weekend!

Check out this Easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe on the Collaboreat!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry | Club Narwhal

Give Thanks

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE MAKERS NO. 44



You guys, it has begun. By which I mean: Winter. Yes, here in Michigan we have snow on the ground and ice everywhere else. We are still recovering from the trauma that was last year's Snowpocalypse so it does seem a little rude to have this much snow before Thanksgiving. 

So I'm thanking my lucky stars that I'll be in Arizona in two short days to celebrate my best friend's wedding! If desert sand doesn't cure my early onset winter blues, I don't know what will. Hope you're faring better than us Michiganders!

I'm so excited for the features today and with all this snow hanging around, I am even more convinced I need to make that super luxe faux fur scarf from Riva La Diva. I would love to see your projects so jump on in!

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Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
Ursula @ Homemade by Carmona
Amy @ Club Narwhal
Anu @ Nalle's House

My jaw absolutely hit the floor when I saw this gorgeous Modern Pantry Reveal from Melissa at A Prudent Life! Every single detail of this pantry is perfection. P.S. Her husband made that amazing bistro-style chalkboard art--talent runs deep in this family!

Modern Pantry Reveal | Featured at #themakerslinkparty


Absolutely marvelous, right? Melissa's blog is packed with amazing home inspiration and tutorials. Here are a few of our favorites:

A Prudent Life | Featured at #themakerslinkparty


Featured at #themakerslinkparty!

Slow Cooker Double Pumpkin Chili | Featured on #themakerslinkparty
The lovely Jill from Foodtastic Mom has us craving a bowl of Slow Cooker Double Pumpkin Chili!

DIY Metal Table Top | Featured on #themakerslinkparty
We are itching to try this gorgeous DIY Metal Table Top by Emily at Table and Hearth!

Faux Fur Scarf Tutorial | Featured at #themakerslinkparty
This luxe Faux Fur Scarf by Riva La Diva looks perfect for this coming winter!
This amazing statement wall from View from the Fridge's Shared Boys' Room Reveal is going on our to-do list!

Funky Pilgrims Thanksgiving Vases | Featured on #themakerslinkparty
These Funky Pilgrims Thanksgiving Vases from Average But Inspired are delightfully whimsical!


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

PALEO FRITTATA WITH TURKEY ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND KALE

Paleo Frittata with Turkey Italian Sausage and Kale

I can't even tell you how much I love this frittata! It's one of my favorite weeknight (or any night) meal because it comes together so easily and actually fills me up without needing any side dishes whatsoever. It is also infinitely riff-able, meaning that pretty much any veggie will work well here--or any meat. 

While this frittata doesn't really fit in with the Thanksgiving recipes I shared this week (well, maybe it could be paired convincingly with the Apple Pie Waffles...), it makes a pretty strong candidate for post-Thanksgiving brunch. It is a little lighter than your usual frittata, plus you can throw in some cubed turkey if you have it!

Paleo Frittata with Turkey Italian Sausage and Kale

There is just something so classic about sausage and kale so that is the combination I used. If you aren't dairy-free, feel free to add a handful of your favorite cheese to give it a little something special. But just so you know, Warren and I are die hard cheese people and don't miss it at all in this dish!

Paleo Frittata with Turkey Italian Sausage and Kale

You might remember the Pavlova Petit Fours I made in honor of Nora's bridal shower. Well, I am delighted to be over on her lovely blog, A Clean Bake, to share this recipe as she is in the midst of wedding frenzy. Stop by and say hello!


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Some of our favorite breakfast/brunch dishes:

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles | Club Narwhal


Hash Brown Crust Quiche

Hash Brown Crust Quiche | Club Narwhal

Berry Delicious Stuffed French Toast

Berry Delicious Stuffed French Toast

Pavlova Petit Fours

Pavlova Petit Fours | Club narwhal