Happy Easter!

These are so lovely, I just can't believe how pretty that they turned out!

These are so lovely, I just can't believe how pretty that they turned out!

First of all, I want to apologize for not blogging on Wednesday, for those of you who love me and follow me to the moon and back! My lovely Gareth got us tickets to see Kawehi at the Chapel!  It was so great!  And little man stayed the night with one of our friends.  It was terrifying and exciting at the same time!

This week has just been me chasing around my little man and emailing people about doing collaborations/photography.  Kind of hectic, but seriously before you know it, it's Sunday and I feel like my week has been so short.

I feel much better than I did last week.  My anxiety is still pretty high, but it's not as bad.  I have tried to get us out of the house several times this week and went for several walks.  It really does help me, I think.

I haven't really taken that many pictures this week.  I did make donuts the other day and take pictures of those, the pictures turned out pretty cute.  I enjoyed making them, as well.  I think there is something about making things that are so easy to buy.  It makes me feel like Super Woman!  I also made an herb bread, but did not take pictures of it, because I ate it so quickly.

Gareth got me an early birthday present, a Kitchenaid Professional 600, 6 qt stand mixer.  It made me cry when he gave it to me.  I mean, I love it so much!  I have wanted one for the longest time.  He got it because of my mood being so off lately.

Braedon is on the move.  He is literally everywhere.  We had to set up a pillow fort today until our play yard comes in tomorrow.  So far he has not gone after wires or pulled knobs off of receivers. Which I cannot say has been true for the rest of the week.

Braedon on the move....

Okay, so I think I jinxed myself.  I started this post around 4pm and it's 8:30 now, Braedon is in tears and hates everywhere that I put him.  I was hoping to get this done early, but I guess not!

I super excited for the next week.  I have a couple of awesome opportunities on the line and I'm ready to see how it goes!  Wish me luck!!

I just had to go through all of my old posts to see if I've posted a recipe for puff pastry, because our recipe has a lot to do with that recipe.  But I guess not.  So you're basically getting 2 for the price of one!

Gareth is British, so I like to make British foods for him, or at least my versions of British foods.  One day, I decided to make him steak and ale hand pies  They turned out so beautiful that I didn't even want to eat it.  I get like that sometimes, food is so pretty that I can't eat it.

Beautiful Pies

I love food photography and blogging because I get to look at all of the pretty foods!  It really is an art when you think about it!

Steak and Ale Hand Pies

Ingredients

Puff Pastr

  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbs shortening (I used a coconut shortening for this one that worked wonders)
  • 1 stick of very cold butter cut into 1/4 inch chunks
  • 1/2 Cup ice water

Filling

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 Pound cube steak, cut into squares
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup cubed potatoes
  • 1 cup dark ale
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 1 Tbs rosemary
  • 1/2 Tbs sage
  • 1/2 Tbs coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Egg Wash

Directions

Puff Pastry

  1. Mix flour and salt into a large bowl
  2. Work in shortening until it forms a sand-like texture (about 10 minutes)
  3. Cut in cold butter 
  4. Add iced water and mix with wooden spoon until a sticky dough is formed
  5. Flour a flat surface and work dough with a pin until it forms 1 inch thick squares
  6. Wrap in plastic and put into fridge for at least one hour

Filling

  1. Heat olive oil on a medium high heat
  2. Add steak and brown all sides
  3. Add all vegetable and saute for about 5 minutes
  4. Add flour and mix up until most of the flour is un clumped
  5. Mix in beer, chicken stock, and herbs- simmer covered for 30 minutes until thick

Pies

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F
  2. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut into circular shapes with either a cookie cutter or a glass
  3. Add a couple of spoonfuls of mixture
  4. Wet the outside and add another dough disk on top- crimp to seal the edges
  5. Cut 3 slits into top of pastry
  6. Put on a parchment sheet lined baking sheet
  7. Brush with egg wash
  8. Put into oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top of each of the pastries is golden in color

DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN FOR ANYTHING WHILE BAKING!  It will cause you to lose a lot of the puff from the dough.  Although this seems like a really hard recipe, if you make the dough a couple days a head, it's a really easy supper.  If you have toddlers or even older kids, this is a great meal for them because of the shape.  The pastry also hides those pesky little vegetables! ;) 

I will actually post on Wednesday, no excuses this time! 

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