Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday Five

The New list of Pantone Colors for 2012. Love everyone of them. Tangerine Tango is the color of the year.

Marble Islands.

Hygge and West Petal Pusher Wallpaper

Ashley Stark's Dining Room. I love every detail in here. How amazing are the lamps and table not to mention the chandelier!

Amazing Use of Color

Stylish Bunk Beds. I couldn't stop at 5 had to add one more beauty to the list today.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie With Puff Pastry Crust

Last week the weather was cool and I was looking for something comforting to make for dinner, enter this pot pie. I have mentioned my love for Katie Lee Joel's Cookbook "The Comfort Table" many times. It really is an excellent cookbook, I have used mine so often the pages are falling out! Who knew Billy Joel's ex was such an amazing cook?

I found this Chicken Pot Pie Recipe in there and was sold. It really was easy to make and even reheated well the next night. I love the twist of using Puff Pastry instead of regular crust.

**A few notes- I just roasted 3 chicken breasts in the oven and shredded them vs her method of boiling them in the broth. I also just made one big pot pie instead of 4 mini ones. For one large pot pie you just need one sheet of puff pastry rolled out. I actually used a rectangle baking dish so I didn't need to cut the puff pastry at all. Make sure you don't skip brushing the puff pastry with the egg this helps it brown nicely.**

Chicken Pot Pie
One 14 to 17 ounce good quality puff pastry (such as Dufour), thawed according to package instructions
1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
1 large yellow onion, quartered
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
3 sprigs fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon chopped
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup peeled fresh pearl onions
2 medium diced carrots
1 cup sliced white mushrooms
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen peas
5 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry dough with a floured rolling pin. Transfer to the baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while preparing pie filling.

Combine the broth, quartered onion, bay leaves, peppercorns, and thyme sprigs in a large pot over high heat. Bring to boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the chicken breasts. Raise the heat and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside. Strain the stock and set aside 2 1/2 cups. Reserve the remaining stock for another use. When the chicken is cool to the touch, cut it into bite-size chunks and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pearl onions and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and peas and cook another 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 1 minute more. Add the reserved stock and the milk, stirring constantly. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the chicken, the chopped thyme, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Remove the pastry from the refrigerator and set out four 2-cup individual oven proof bowls. Using one of the empty bowls as a guide, cut the pastry into four circles. Spoon the filling into each bowl and place one circle on each pot pie, pressing around the edges to seal the pastry to the bowl. Cut a vent in the center. Using a pastry brush, brush the entire surface of each pie with egg.

Bake until the pastry is puffed and dark golden brown, about 35 minutes. 4 Servings, 1 hour prep time, 35 minutes cook time.

Recipe and Photo from the Comfort Table by Katie Lee Joel, Simon Spotlight Entertainment,2008

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Obsessions- Christmas Wish List

Today I thought I would share a few things I am hoping to find under the tree this year!

I have wanted one of these forever. The Zhush has such incredible stuff at her online store including these beauties. (side note- I may have just ordered one for myself who has time to wait for Santa).

This may totally be a Southern thing but I really want a set of Mint Julep Cups. Not just for boozing purposes but I love them for flowers too. I saw these at the Zhush online store too. For those of you in Charlotte Elizabeth Bruns has beautiful Mint Julep cups too.

It is no secret I freaking love blouses. They are my standard daily outfit. Love this T-Bags one. The pattern is gorgeous.

I Love Alexis Bittar jewelry. He makes such unique stand out pieces!

This is top on my list of things I want. I always buy myself clothes but never want to spend my money on gadgets. I have been wanting a juicer forever and I heard this is the best one around.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tween Love

Normally I don't browse on Pottery Barn Teen. However, while I was reading House Beautiful they had an online article about personalized gifts and I fell in love with these Needlepoint Pillows from PBTeen. They remind me so much of the Jonathan Adler pillows but for a fraction of the price. I am pretty sure a few of these will be ordered for our home.

While browsing I also came across these POM-POM blankets. Love them. Would love the pink or white one for our den!

and this Kilm rug is divine. Who would have thought PBTeen rocked out so many wonderful things?

And while we are talking tween stuff I still have not seen the new Twilight Movie, it is driving me crazy! I need my Edward fix. Who has seen it and is it good? dish!

Lastly, two of my dear friends have teamed together for a fabulous art sale you don't want to miss. My friend Chassity from Look Linger Love is doing an art sale with Katie Long Stevenson. I know you must remember me talking about my friend Katie and how talented she is and how amazing her artwork is. Well, now is your chance to own a piece! The prices are ridic, I wanted every single painting. Check out the sale HERE!

Happy Monday Dolls. Less than two weeks til Christmas, yikes!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Damn You Auto-Correct

I had to share these. A few had me laughing so hard I may have peed my pants a little. These were revealed as the 9 funniest texts of the year from the website Damn You Auto Correct. Enjoy:)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thoughts For Friday

We have a busy weekend coming up. We have house guests, my sister is in town, and the hubs is running a half Marathon in Kiawah. I desperately need to finish my Christmas shopping too!

This week I have been baking the Oreo brownies I blogged about Tuesday and assembling tins for my friends. I think they turned out pretty cute! Every year I always say I am going to bake treats for friends and never get around to it, so this year I started early so I would have time to get it done!

I am pretty much obsessed with the White Fudge Oreoas. They are amazeballs, knock your socks off good. They only come out at the Holidays so go pick up a box before they are gone. You will thank me!

This guy definitely loved the Oreaos.

My JCREW cobalt Blouse came and I love it. The sleeves are little more sheer than I thought but I still really like it. The fit is great, it runs pretty true to size for those wondering. I wore it to our girls Christmas Supper Club last night. I paired it with an old Bib Necklace from Banana Republic.

A few of you asked about the back view and how the buttons look- so here is the view from the back.

I just picked up Thomas Keller's Cookbook "Ad Hoc at Home." I saw a great special about him on the CBS Sunday Morning show a few weeks ago and have been obsessed with him ever since! This cookbook is so informative and has great recipes.

I hung my Sally Benedict Painting in Sterling's room and love it. It makes me happy every time I walk in there!

My little man is so ready for Christmas and loving the cooler weather!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tis The Season To Shop

I wanted to share with you guys a fabulous website and store (for locals) for holiday shopping or selfish shopping (which we all like to do). Novel. is one of my favorite shops in Charleston. They offer an amazing collection of hand curated and one of a kind finds. Such a wide variety of fabulous things from jewelry to fine paper to baby goods. They have it all at this store and best part all the items are made by 4 local girls (Lauren Lail, WayWay Allen, Jane Pope and Liza Cleveland)! I have the pleasure of knowing WayWay and is she is a real doll- she has a fabulous blog filled with family, interiors, food, and her designs. It is one of my favorite daily reads- Check it out HERE You will be hooked!

But back to the important thing, shopping! The website is only up for the month of December, but the store, Novel. (341 king st. suite b) is permanent! New products will be added to Big Cartel throughout the month of December so keep checking back in for the latest and greatest! For all you locals there will be a holiday show December 15 with discount coupons for the first 20 people as well!!!! So go get your shop on in store or online ladies!

Here is a little sneak peek at the goods from each of the 4 lovely ladies who contribute to this store. I showcased my favorites and they are all available online! I just ordered the Custom Silhouette for Sterling! Love it! I really want the Vintage Gucci Purse too but I guess I do need to be shopping for others right now...

Jane Pope Cooper-Balboa Jewelry and Jane Pope Collection

Lauren Lail-Library: Archives of Fashion (vintage clothing and accessories)

Way Way Allen-blue chickadee (custom art and hand painted baby goods)

Bon Vivant-Liza Cleveland (custom stationery and paper goods)

Hours for Novel. are Monday through Friday 10:30 to 3, but if you can't come by the showroom during regular hours, the girls would be happy to meet you by appointment. So no excuses not to shop!