Wednesday, January 20, 2016

~ Valentine's Edition: Wire Heart, Individual Chicken Potpies, Beef Wellington and Veronica Romanesca #203 ~

I've seen so many pretty wire beaded hearts on Pinterest,
 I had to try and make one.
I have lots of old vintage buttons.
I used different colored beads and wire.
Some wire cutters and pliers and you're set!!

One comfort food is Chicken Potpies.
We found the recipe online at Williams Sonoma.


  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into
      1/2-inch cubes 
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 4 cups chicken stock 
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onions 
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery 
  • 1/2 cup peeled and chopped carrots 
  • 1/2 cup chopped white button mushrooms 
  • 1/2 cup chopped red-skinned potatoes 
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken 
  • 1/2 cup cooked fresh or frozen peas 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 
  • Four 6-inch squares frozen puff pastry 
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp. water


Preheat an oven to 400ºF.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture smells fragrant and nutty, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add the stock, whisking until smooth, and bring to a boil. Add the thyme, bay leaf, onions, celery, carrots and mushrooms and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, chicken, peas, salt and pepper and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and discard.

Divide the filling among 4 ovenproof bowls and place on a baking sheet. Brush the puff pastry squares with the egg mixture. Brush the rims of the bowls with water. Place 1 pastry square on top of each bowl, pressing lightly on the edges. Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 4

Carly and I made hearts to decorate the tops of the potpies.
They were delicious!!
I wanted to share with you a dinner Stan made for the holidays.
Beef Wellington!
Stan decided to make a mushroom pate with spinach.
He used holiday cookie cutters to embellish the top.
The family loved it!!
We found some Veronica Romanesca Cauliflower
 at the produce store.
You can never find it because its so unique.
It's a beautiful vegetable to add to a special meal.
Winter color in the kitchen with a Pink Hyacinth!

~Looking forward to what's inspiring you this week~

Simple & Sweet Fridays,
feel free to add my button!
Rooted In Thyme

Enjoy the Simple & Sweet Friday linky party!

Rooted In Thyme


  1. Hi guys! I see a few of these features that I haven't visited yet. Must do that asap. :)

    Thank you for the linky and have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Beautiful post and wonderful features! I could spend all day here! :)

  3. Jody and Stan,
    Love seeing Carly in the kitchen making those Chicken Pot Pies!!!
    The Beef Wellington looked divinely delicious, too!!!
    Love seeing it sliced with mushrooms!!!
    Thank you for hosting Simple and Sweet Fridays! each week!!!

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my bathroom window! I think we might finish the whole bathroom up this weekend and I can't wait to share the final product!


  5. Love those button hearts! I will have to give it a try:) The food looks so good. I get inspired to try new recipes when i see it on your blog!

  6. Thank you Jody and Stan for featuring my Chalkboard painted small signs. Thank you for your Valentine edition of Sweet and Simple Friday 203. Love seeing how you made your Beef Wellington and Chicken Pot Pie and the sweet button heart. Have a lovely week.

  7. Happy Valentine's Day Jody and Stan and thank so much for featuring my Changes in the French Country Kitchen.

  8. Jody, your pearls and buttons heart is precious. Stan, your Beef Wellington looks delicious. Thanks for hosting this week's party. Have a lovely weekend. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  9. Thanks so much for featuring my tablescape and also for hosting!

  10. You and Stan certainly eat well don't you? Amazing! Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

  11. I just put away some wire stars I made for Christmas. I think I might actually be able to make the wire hearts. Thanks for the inspiration.

    And, thanks for hosting.

  12. Oh goodness there are so many nice features but I do really love the beaded heart, I must check them out on Pinterest. I have never seen that kind of Cauliflower before, interesting.

    Thank you for a wonderful party.
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Oh My Heartsie Girl❤

  13. Hello fabulous! I love to stop by your amazing party. Thank you for hosting. Please stop by our party that goes until Friday @ 7 pm. We pin and tweet everything! Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

  14. Hello fabulous! I love to stop by your amazing party. Thank you for hosting. Please stop by our party that goes until Friday @ 7 pm. We pin and tweet everything! Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

  15. Your pearls and button hearts is really adorable,I love making sometime like that.
    That encourages me to try anyway

    All that good food sure looks scrumptious

  16. those chicken pot pies look amazing! i'm so trying that recipe. thanks for sharing & hosting. xo- maryjo


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