Explore: Amsterdam

Explore: Amsterdam

Explore: Amsterdam

I absolutely loved Amsterdam. I would go back there tomorrow if I could. I could definitely see myself walking out of my canal house, getting onto my bicycle, and having a drink along the canal every day forever. I loved every inch of this city.

Explore: Amsterdam

There were treats and surprises around every corner. We ate some awesome ice cream., some screaming hot crispy frites, and irresponsible amounts of cheese. And there were still so many more treats to try.

Explore: Amsterdam

Emily also really loved the ice cream.

Explore: Amsterdam

Amsterdam was filled with gorgeous, friendly cats just begging to be petted. There was even a cat museum and a cat boat. Could this place be anymore charming?

Explore: Amsterdam

The architecture was unlike anything I’d ever seen. Everything is narrow and vertical and a little bit wonky. There’s a variety of color and no shortage of narrow alleys to explore. 

Explore: Amsterdam

Obligatory charming bicycle photo. I could become a bike person if I lived here. 

Explore: Amsterdam

In order to save money, our hotel was a bit outside the city. I didn’t mind at all as it was near a tram line, and we got to walk past beautiful scenes like this. It’s almost too beautiful to handle.

Explore: Amsterdam

I loved Amsterdam for it’s seamless blend of historical and modern. This 15th century church was right in the heart of the red light district. Even though this city is known for accessible sin, it was excellent for a family trip. A lot of the museums were quite expensive, but as the entire canal district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s plenty to enjoy just wandering the streets and taking in this unique city. I can’t wait for another trip. Can we go right now?

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One benefit of living in a cold country is that you can use your oven all year round. There’s never a time when you feel obligated to eat stupid salad because it’s so hot in your kitchen you could cry. This does not happen in Scotland. No dumb summer salad eating here. It’s pot pie all the time.

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Ham & Turkey Pot Pie recipe is really going to come in handy after the holidays when you have lots of leftovers in your fridge begging to be reinvented. But I’m here to tell you that you need not wait for the day after a feast. I made this with thick cut deli meat, and it was still completely awesome.

The filling of this pie is really more like a thick soup, which is why I recommend baking it in individual portions. That way everyone gets just the right ratio of crust to filling. You could also add some other vegetables if you’re into that. Whatever floats your boat, friends.

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you have to wear a sweater year round, you might as well stop worrying about your bikini body and just eat the comfort food. Start with Ham & Turkey Pot Pie. It’s gonna be awesome.

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie
Serves 3
Ham & Turkey Pot Pie is comfort food you can eat any time of year.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the crust
  1. 3 ounces cold butter, cut into small bits
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 egg yolk
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 1 to 2 teaspoons very cold water
For the filling
  1. 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter
  2. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  3. 2-1/3 cups chicken stock
  4. 1 cup heavy cream
  5. 5 to 6 slices thick cut ham, cut into bite-size pieces
  6. 5 to 6 slices thick cut turkey, cut into bite-size pieces
  7. 1 cup corn kernels
For the filling
  1. Add the pieces of butter and flour to a food processor and pulse until you have a sandy mixture. Add the yolk, salt, and 1 teaspoon of water. Process until the dough just starts to form into a ball. You may need to add a bit more water. Just add a few drops at a time until everything comes together.
  2. Dump your dough onto some plastic wrap. Give it a few squishes to bring everything together, then pat it out into a disc. Wrap it in the plastic wrap and stash it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
For the filling
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. In a roomy sauce pan, melt your butter over medium low heat. Whisk in the flour until it starts to smell a bit nutty. Add the stock about 1/3 cup at a time. Whisk until smooth before adding more liquid. Once all your stock is mixed in smoothly, stir in the cream and allow it to come to a low simmer to thicken slightly. Finally, stir in the ham, turkey, and corn.
  3. Spoon your filling into the vessel or vessels of your choice. You can do it all in one pie pan, or separate it into individual servings.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, you're going to roll out your dough. If you're doing individual servings, cut your dough into as many pieces as you'll need first. Pop each piece back in the fridge until you're ready to roll. Roll your dough out to fit your vessel. Use a fork to press the dough down onto the pan around the edges and pierce the dough with a sharp knife in a few places to vent.
  5. Slide your pie(s) into the oven. If you're baking in multiple pans, put them all on a baking sheet first to make transfer easier. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  6. Your pies will be super hot, so give them a good 10 minutes to cool off before you dig in.
Adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson
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Awesome in August

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

I spent the first three weeks of August in my house. July was so outrageously awesome that I needed a bit of a break from life. My bank account appreciated the break as well. I watched the Olympics non-stop and loved every minute of it. Michael Phelps was awesome, Katie Ledecky blew up the world, Mo Farah might be the nicest man ever born, and Simone Biles is basically a god. I can’t wait for the Winter Games in Korea. I’m thinking figure skating, snowboarding, and non-stop hot chocolate. What were your favorite Olympic moments?

Howlin Wolf3

We also went back to Howlin’ Wolf this month and had more great cocktails and totally awesome food. I think it might be becoming my favorite. I can also recommend the milkshakes at Byron Burgers. 

I’ve been watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix, and I can’t decide if I like it or not. Rebecca is a terrible person, but Greg is exactly my kind of funny. The theatre kid in me can’t look away from a musical. Also, I was an assistant teacher in Santino Fontana’s tap class when I was in high school and he was like eight years old, so I’m pretty sure I’m at least partially responsible for that Fred Astaire number he did in episode 4.

I’ve been dying to eat the internet. Most especially, I’d like to eat Snickerdoodle Muffins, S’mores Ice Cream Cake, and Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies. Clearly I need to start jogging.

Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Your favorite recipes this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Chicken Parmesan, and Brazilian Sunrise Cocktails. Clearly I wasn’t the only one wishing I was in Rio.

I’m happy to have escaped the house again. Adventures await. It’s gonna be awesome!

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