The Beef Pot Pie of Your Dreams

Beef Pot Pie Recipe - it's so delicious! | this heart of mine

I really wish you could come over and eat beef pot pie with me. Photos do not do it justice. Photos do not have an aroma. Photos not have flavor. Beef pot pie is not pretty like grapefruit sorbet or macaroon ice cream sandwiches or a double chocolate torte but it would be a mistake to write it off. This recipe tops my list of non-dessert foods. I’ve dreamt about it. Filled with rich flavor and topped with a buttery crust, this beef pot pie is the comfort food of kings.

Last spring, my mom made beef pot pie when we visited and I was smitten. Not one to seek out meat recipes, I realized I’d been missing out. The beef, cooked with spices, vegetables and red wine, is so tender and flavorful while the rest gets cooked down to a delectable, almost gravy-like stew. It fills you while dazzling your taste buds. If you prefer, the pot pie filling can be eaten as a stand alone stew but then you would miss out on the pastry dough topping and its flaky, buttery goodness.

Beef Pot Pie Recipe - it's so delicious! | this heart of mine

This isn’t a make-it-quick recipe. It’s easy but time heavy. It takes time, most of it hands-off, to simmer the ingredients together to create the mouth-watering flavor. It’s perfect for a holiday dinner or special occasion or for that one person you want to impress because impress it will.

So don’t dismiss it because it’s not pretty. It’s what’s inside that counts. And what’s inside is amazing.

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To Do List Printable – Free!!

To Do List Printable - Get Organized!! | this heart of mine

I had a different printable post planned for today but after this week, the first week back to reality after the holidays, I thought a to do list printable might be more applicable. At least it’s applicable to me; hopefully it will help you out too. There are times I wonder why we take vacations or go on trips. Reentry back to real life a bit soul crushing. Like, ‘Really? This is my life?” kind of thing. By the second week though, I’ve forgotten what a break is like and life goes on. Tripping, stumbling along. :)

Making a list in the evening of items to do and accomplish the next day helps me plan my day better. Things from dinner prep to errands to phone calls, the day runs so much smoother when I think it through. Yes, I do wing it often enough but it feels better with forethought. Some people might find it overwhelming to write out everything but I like it better when it’s on paper and out of my head.

But let’s be honest, real life is a practice in scheduled chaos. It really doesn’t matter what is on the list, the unexpected, big or small, can happen and everything changes. See my emergency appendectomy. This list making might make things appear under control but we know it’s bogus. I’m going to keep up the ruse.

To Do List Printable - Get Organized!! | this heart of mine

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#WorkFromHappyPlace with Hp & Intel | this heart of mine

This post is sponsored by HP and Intel. Thank you for being supportive of our sponsors.

Being non-native to our state, we have to travel to see any family and we do lots of traveling during the holidays. To Wisconsin, to Iowa, to Wisconsin, to Iowa. You’d think with the repetition my packing skills would improve but you would be wrong. Haha! Along with clothes and toiletries for four people, we pack quite a few electronics too. I like to work a bit while we’re crossing state borders. Laptop, mouse, its charging cords, both for in the car and the house, my e-reader and my phone. Usually, I sit with it all around my feet so I can access it easily and I don’t have to crawl to the back to get anything. Some might say it’s claustrophobic but I like to say cozy. However, I’ve recently found an alternative to the coziness – the HP Stream tablet, a partnership between HP and Intel.

#WorkFromHappyPlace with Hp & Intel | this heart of mine

The HP Stream is a new kind of tablet with Intel Inside® and it packs a lot of power in a small size. It acts just like a computer or laptop and it fits right in your hand! This tablet includes features like:

-a 4G data plan, right out of the box
-1TB of cloud storage free for a year!
-and Office 365 – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access, all free for 1 year

All that goodness buzzes along fast with the power of Intel Inside®. (Intel means it moves fast between applications which I love because I’m impatient. :) ) I can browse and edit blog text from my spot in the car, search for inspiration while lounging on the couch in my pajamas and read a book while I lay with my children at bedtime. Maybe even stream a few episodes while snacking. On the couch. Again in jammies. All that work, all on the same device.

#WorkFromHappyPlace with Hp & Intel | this heart of mine

This tablet is convenient even when we aren’t traveling. As a mom, my schedule isn’t really my own. School events, doctor appointments, play dates, rushing here, rushing there. And when we are home, one can never predict where the best play spot will be any given day. We are confined a bit at the moment but other times, the outdoors are our playroom. I like being able to adjust where I do my work. I like having the ability to move my work station wherever my children decide to play. The Stream can do so much without taking up too much lap space, just in case someone needs a momma snuggle. Right now, my tummy limits my lap space as it is.

My happy place is wherever my family is. My happy place is being there for my family when they need me and when they don’t. Working from my happy place is incorporating my work into my real life, without too much mess. With the capabilities of the HP Stream, I can do just that.

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Recipe: Grapefruit Sorbet

Grapefruit Sorbet | this heart of mine

I bet you’re wondering why, when we are experiencing below zero weather, I am making (and loving) frozen grapefruit sorbet. After the baked and oven-cooked foods of the holiday, I needed something different. Fresh and bright flavors are my go-to and I am loving all things citrus-y. Especially grapefruit. They’ve been good since the start of December and should continue through February. I’m so thankful because produce choices are slim and I’m sorely missing summertime fruits.

Grapefruit has always been a winter treat for me. Bug is just learning to eat grapefruits on her own and I can’t help but think of eating them as a youngster. My mom would buy box from the high school fundraisers each year and keep the box up in the steps on the third floor. Each morning, we could climb the stairs and pick out which one we wanted. We used to use a curved serrated knife to cut under and around the fleshing middle and then use a different knife to release each wedge. But one year, mom found grapefruit spoons and they were suddenly easier to devour. Thank goodness!

Grapefruit Sorbet | this heart of mine

This grapefruit sorbet recipe is similar to the other sorbets I’ve shared before – pomegranate, blood orange, tart cherry and raspberry pomegranate. It requires pure juice, frozen, and simple syrup (a 1:1 water to sugar syrup), all blended together in a food processor. I used more fresh squeezed grapefruit juice to brighten the flavor. It’s refreshing and the color…. It’s a hue lovely to see in this winter month.

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At the Beginning – 2015

At the Beginning - 2015 | this heart of mine

Hello!! Happy new year! Happy 2015.

I meant to check in at least once during the holiday break but, as you know, I didn’t. Instead, I enjoyed my family and enjoyed time away from the computer. It was so refreshing!! We saw extended family, hung out in our pajamas, dealt with some sickness and played. A lot. MJ was home with us most of the last two weeks and gosh, it was wonderful. I love when we are all home together with no real plans, even if it does get a little crazy (and loud). I’ve been spoiled having an extra set of adult sized hands to help during the day. Now it’s back to real life.

However, I haven’t been totally off the grid. The holiday afforded me a break from the go-go-go of the every day; sleeping without an alarm is such a treat. During the break, I had time to think and dream and plan. I chatted style, theme, and business plans with a smart friend, I had time to just look and be inspired by creative possibilities and with the new baby’s arrival coming soon (faster, please!!), I’ve done extensive planning for the first half of the year. The fun in planning is two fold for me. First, it’s the planning itself, the plotting out, the deciding where things fit best. And second, it’s the excitement of the content to come. Well, it makes me excited anyway. This is what I’ve got in store for this site in 2015.

More classic this heart of mine

My editorial calendar is filled with lots of projects and recipes to share in the months to come. Projects for children, for gifts, for holidays, for fun and projects just for you. And recipes for good, good food. As I said, I’m very excited.

Trying something new

Along with the classic content, I have been working on something new. I love making things with my hand and within the last year, I’ve been inspired and excited about creating on my computer. If you would have told me in college I would enjoy the Adobe Suite as much as I do, I would have scoffed and rolled my eyes. :) It’s a whole new way to be creative and I really dig it. So look for a new style of content coming soon!

Less is more

My goal is to keep a 2-3 post-per-week schedule for the year. It’s realistic for me (I’m going to be the mother of three!!!!) and will allow me time to make sure the content is top notch. Plus, I can get more nerdy about style, an aspect I really enjoy. :) Though I wish I was a content generating machine, I am a one-woman-business. I have limits. I assure you there will be plenty of good stuff to go around.

Aspirations to come

I have other goals and plans for the year but patience and being real will be key this year. Real life stuff can get crazy.

This job is exhausting and taxing and lots of times, I feel like I don’t know exactly what I’m doing. But at the same time, I am very thankful for it. I do sincerely love making, baking, cooking and creating and then styling it all up for the camera. I am a maker and I get to do that here. And I am so thankful for you. Thank you for stopping by, commenting, sharing and caring about this place I created.

Here’s to a bright and shiny 2015.

It’s the start of a new year, are you cleaning maniacally like me? I swear it’s not just hormones, I clean this way every January. Check out:

Tips to Get Organized
Vinyl Storage Bags
How to Clean Your House in 15 Minutes

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