Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Comfort Food-Pillsbury Beef Pot Pie Recipe

1 refrigerated pie crust (with a top and a bottom)
2 cups diced cooked potatoes
1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 1/2 cups diced cooked beef (I used 2 cups of cooked diced eye round)
1 (10.75 ounce) can Campbell's® Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed

1.Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Let the pie crust stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or until it's easy to handle.

2.Put the potatoes, vegetables and beef in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate or 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

3.Stir the soup, water, Worcestershire and thyme in a medium bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the beef mixture. Gently put the pie crust over the beef mixture. Crimp or roll the edges to seal it to the dish. Cut slits in the crust with a knife.

4.Bake for 35 minutes or until hot and the crust is golden brown.

My crust had issues but despite the look of it, it tasted really good :)

Home Organization Class

A friend and I took a home organization class at the local community college. I thought I was pretty good at getting rid of stuff because clutter drives me nuts.   But after taking this class, I realized I can do better.  To sum up the class in four words...."GET RID OF IT!!"  

After taking the class, I organized all my kitchen cabinets including the nightmare spice drawer.  The spice drawer is now a spice rack.   Okay I may have gotten a little carried away putting them in alphabetical order and making a chart of the alphabetical breakdown per shelf on the inside of the cabinet door ....but I was caught up in the moment and you can't have people putting away your spices willy nilly :)  Note to self:  Get a real job soon and slap the next person who invites me to a Pampered Chef party. 

 I did my closets and drawers. I wished Clinton and Stacy from What Not To Wear were with me but if that were the case, I'd probably be typing this naked.  I did the laundry closet. I did the guest room and bathrooms. I got rid of the ketchup and mustard Halloween costumes.  I don't think we'll ever go to a party again dressed as a condiment.  My Tinker Bell costume is history too :) 

I went through my fabrics and knitting supplies.  If I no longer loved the fabric, I got rid of it. I got rid of the cheap yarn because once you've used the good stuff, you never go back.  The ladies at Project Linus will be very happy :)   I looked at unfinished projects and decided if they were worth my time to finish. If they weren't, I threw them out with not a ounce of guilt.  There are only so many hours in the day.  I went through the garage and the holiday decorations.  What I thought was adorable decades ago looks like crap to me today.  It got tossed.  I went through my cookbooks.  Note to self:  Do not buy another cookbook or Bon Appetite magazine ever again.  Just say no!

I want less work and less stuff.  I especially want less stuff to clean and dust.  Those crazy minimalist people who put one empty vase on a table may not be so crazy after all.  They are probably out sipping a cup of tea or taking a yoga class while I'm breaking out the Lemon Pledge.

 My new mantra is "less is more".  How much do we really need?

Here is a list of the guidelines the instructor gave us when making the decions to keep something or toss it. 

It's junk if....
it's broken or obsolete (Sorry Mario and Luigi that includes you)
you've outgrown it physically or emotionally. (Yep you can get rid of a lot of stuff with this one).
you've always hated it (this includes gifts that were hoisted on you but reflected more the giver's style than your own.  You remember the ones you lied through your teeth about liking. You don't have to keep gifts forever! Who knew?)
it's the wrong size, wrong color, or wrong style (okay I'm back to being naked again)
using it is more bother than it's worth (Can this include husbands?...just wondering :)) 
it wouldn't really affect you if you never saw it again,
it generates bad feelings (yep we're going to feng shui it atta here)
you have to clean it, store it and insure it but you don't get much use or enjoyment out of it
or it will shock, bore, or burden the coming generation (Well who really cares about this one. You'll be dead and they can always sell it on Ebay).