Today we were headed out to the ocean while we encountered an accident that held us up for roughly 20 minutes. A little farther along we hit stopped traffic headed to Cannon Beach. We immediately made the decision to turn towards Tillamook as if we kept going than our options wouldn’t be there. We simply wanted a day to take our son to play in the sand for his first time. It’s Labor Day weekend and since most people leave for the weekend we thought Saturday we would be safe for traveling. Our beach trip turned into an adventure exploring new places we have never been before. We went to the Cheese Factory which was really fun for us as I learned that “Viola” actually is pronounced “why-la” as I was reading about the process of cheese I made a verbal assumption of pronouncing “viola” as it looks. My husband corrected me and then hysterically started laughing which in turn made me cry of laughter. We got quite the kick out of this as there were crowds of people to oversee this scenario.
I guess it is true you learn something new every day. Although this one was pretty funny as I was reading the words my head wanted to read “why-la” as it would flow with the sentence, although my brain corrected itself and read the word as it sounded which completely confused me even more. A quick moment of transition in my head made a great laugh for the day.
After the Cheese Factory we headed towards a couple beaches that were packed and the temperature dropped 10 degrees. We decided we would keep driving until we found a beach Cooper could actually play on. We ended up at Rockaway Beach which actually was very large and spacious. Lots of puppies running around, picnics to be had, and little ones building sand castles; this was the perfect stop. Cooper had lots of wiggles to get out as he had been in the car far too long. We parked the stroller up against a log and laid a blanket out for some lunch. He was so overjoyed with all his new surroundings that he possibly couldn’t find the time to eat a couple bites. Daddy ran in the ocean with him, chased a few waves, built sand castles and made a puddle that he decided was the perfect spot to sit. He LOVED the beach.
His diaper was soaked, heavy and filled with sand. He had sand everywhere including his little eyes, we ended the day with him crying from the sand in his eyes as we tried to change him into jammies (pj’s) for the ride home. We knew he was good and worn out and would sleep really well. It was such a joy to take our son to the beach and watch him see all new things and expand the little brain of his. Precious, priceless and wishing I could bottle up these moments.
We got home about 7pm and little man desperately needed a bath, food, and bed. We accomplished this while I scrambled to throw dinner on for Michael and I. While Michael bathed him I decided to make a quick chicken pot pie with leftover rotisserie chicken that needed to be used.
Oh my goodness, this was absolutely amazing!!! Definitely a great crust and fillings with magnificent flavors.
Crust: (similar to my Egg Tart recipe)
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 cup cold butter
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3-4 tbsp water
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen carrots
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 cup Rotisserie Chicken
- 1 cup Edamame Beans
- 1 TBSP Chicken Better Than Bouillon
- 4 TBSP Flour
- 1-2 cups Milk, depending on how thick your mixture is
May add additional broccoli and cauliflower as well or anything else you want
4 TBSP flour for thickening agent
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Blend together in a food processor the flour and butter until crumbly, add sugar and water. Dough will be sticky. Roll out on floured surface and knead in additional flour until able to roll without sticking to rolling pin. Divide in half and roll out big enough for a pie plate. Place in greased pie plate and roll remainder out. Meanwhile in a large saucepan add all vegetables and heat through. Once thawed add in diced cooked chicken. Heat through.
Add in chicken broth, milk and flour starting with 4 TBSP, if it’s not thick enough add a little more a little at a time. Let thicken on low heat for five minutes. Dump mixture into pie plate and top with pie top. Place in oven and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown crust.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
*Could also be made vegetarian.
You could make this and freeze while pie crust is uncooked. When ready to serve, take out of freezer and bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until the middle is bubbly and crust is golden brown.