Shepherd’s Pie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Bust out the green beer and the shamrock bead necklaces, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Me? I’ll be sitting at home, wearing my customary green outfit and eating leftover Shepherd’s pie. Sounds like my kind of party!

Don’t forget to wear green, you don’t want to get pinched!

Anyways, back to the food. Mmmm food… I grew up eating shepherd’s pie with my mom, although her version was a bit different than this.

Shepherd’s pie has always been a favorite meal for me. What’s not to love? Flavorful meat and veggie filling all topped with glorious mashed potatoes. Continue reading “Shepherd’s Pie”

Happy Pi (3.14) Day!

It Pi day! Hip hip hooray!

It is becoming a tradition in my household to play around with different pie recipes for this oh so special day. This last weekend I decided to make savory meat hand pies one day and the next day I used the same idea to make an Irish Meat and Potato pot pie. Yum!

I deeply apologize for not having recipes to share with you for those yummies, BUT I felt like there were places I could definitely improve upon the flavor and texture.

I needed more gravy! Story of my life…

So anyways, I basically cooked up a mixture of ground beef, onions, carrots, diced potatoes, and made a gravy with a splash of Guinness and beef broth, bake that in a premade refrigerated pie crust and you have Irish Pot Pie! *I accept responsibility for that run on sentence.* Not too difficult and tasty! When I am happy with the recipe I will share it with you. Sound good? Good.

On the other side of the pie spectrum you can celebrate Pi day with pizza! Sometimes referred to as pie, pizza is a perfectly acceptable meal to celebrate this righteously mathematical day!

Need some recipe ideas for today? Look no further… Continue reading “Happy Pi (3.14) Day!”

Oreo Pudding Pie

Last week we had friends over for dinner: I was in charge of the meal and they brought dessert, a fantastic arrangement in my humble opinion. Our friends bought a version of this delicious dessert from the grocery store and as soon as I took a bite I knew I needed to make this ASAP!

The best part is that this dessert is BEYOND easy to put together. Not only is it simple to put together, it will gone before you can say “Who wants dessert?”

It’s just that good.

 

Oreo Pudding Pie

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 1hr 10mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 package Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 (5.86 ounce) package chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) container cool whip, thawed

Directions: Place all of the cookies in a large Ziploc bag and crush them with your hands or a rolling pin. In a deep pie dish spread all but a handful of the crushed cookies, press down lightly. This is your crust. Next, mix the pudding powder with milk until completely combined. Before the pudding starts to set, pour it over the cookie crust. Refrigerate the pudding for at least 1 hour to allow it to set. Once the pudding has set spread the entire container of cool whip over the top. Lastly, sprinkle with the last of the crushed cookies. To serve, scoop a healthy sized portion into a bowl and enjoy.

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Here is our cast of characters for this delightful dessert.

Seriously? Can this be any more simple?

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Toss all of them cookies into a bag, now is a good time to get out all of your frustrations over how your toddler seems to turn his nose up at all of the healthy food that you so lovingly prepare for him.

All except this dessert of course…

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I just used my hands to crush and smash and crunch my cookies. Feel free to use a rolling pin, a can of green beans, your son’s toy hammer… you know whatever is laying around in your kitchen.

You think I’m kidding.

These cookies were still kind of large but feel free to crush them even more if you want.

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Spread most of the cookies into the bottom of your serving dish. Reserve a handful of crushed cookies for topping.

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Now mix your box of pudding with 2 1/2 cups of whole milk. Don’t let it set up just yet, work kinda quickly.

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Pour the pudding mixture evenly over the top of your cookie crust.

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Chill the whole kit-and-caboodle for at least 1 hour to allow the pudding to set.

Almost done.

Oh, I can’t stand waiting! Lord give me strength…

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Spread the whole container of cool whip over the top of the pudding. Don’t be shy my friends!

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Last, but certainly not least, top with the last of the crushed cookies.

Viola!

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I don’t know what you’re having for dessert because I plan on eating the whole thing myself!

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If you’re actually going to share this dessert, grab the biggest spoon you can find and dish it up to the hoard of hungry guests waiting outside of your kitchen.

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It’s not much to look at but oh heaven help me it tastes soooo good.

If you’re looking for a quick and simple dessert for your family or a potluck, this dish will certainly be a winner.

Enjoy!

Classic Chicken Pot Pie (with refrigerated pie dough)

Here’s hoping your Pi Pie day is going in full swing! Even though it is Monday at least you can also celebrate this nerdy and tasty holiday to make the Monday blues a bit brighter.

Chicken Pot Pie is such a classic and timeless recipe. On a day like today there is nothing more comforting than to dig into a big ol’ plate of chicken pot pie to ease all of your worries. To make this recipe even easier, and less daunting, I used refrigerated pie dough. Using refrigerated pie dough is such a time saver but if you are feeling adventurous you are free to use your favorite recipe for pie crusts, I won’t be offended.

If you haven’t made chicken pot pie before you will be surprised at how easy it is and probably wonder why you didn’t try it sooner! Let’s get started!

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Strawberry Hand Pies

Happy Pi Pie day everybody! March 14th (3.14) is one of the easiest days for me to remember, because pie is fantastic of course! While I am not a huge fan of math, I am a fan of pie and I will celebrate any day that allows me to eat these tasty treats!

Since it is just the three of us in our little house I didn’t think making a whole pie for us was a very good idea (additionally, Sam is only 14 months old and won’t be eating much pie anyways). I decided to make these tasty individual hand pies and I am very happy that I did! Not only are these much easier to store, but you get to enjoy having your own little pie to munch on.

Now that spring is coming I am craving fresh, bright flavors and these strawberries definitely delivered! I can’t wait to get fresh strawberries from the farmers market to make these again.

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