This year we spent an extra amount of time in Maryland for the summer. There was a happy coincidence of my brother visiting with his family for a short bit followed by K’s cousin getting married, so we were able to stay for almost 3 weeks to bring the dates together. Basically, we had one week with seeing my brother’s family and other friends, then K went for almost a week to Portugal for the destination wedding while I took the kids with my dad and M to the beach, and then there was about a week after he got back when we let him get over jetlag while we said our final goodbyes to people for the summer.
Apparently I made a bunch of seasonal summery foods this year, and I am running out of time to share them before it is essentially Christmas. I apologize. But at the same time, I don’t. If you’re like me, you might make some recipes immediately upon seeing them, or you might save them for later to get re-excited about them, OR you might even make dishes during the “wrong” time of the year.
Before I let the summer get away from us, last month we went to Maryland for what will be our only visit this year, since this Christmas we will be home celebrating our first weeks as a family of 4. We had a few goals for this visit…
I made these two different ways. Well, really just one way. For the galettes, I split the dough in half and made two smaller ones that each fed two people. Then, I had doubled the recipe just to make more to freeze for later (super easy to do). I used the second batch of dough to make two more galettes. And then I had a problem…I had extra filling. So, I made a third batch of the dough and rolled it to make just a pot pie with it (single crust only). Just like with regular pot pies, K and I decided we are single crust folk. We loved the crust, don’t get me wrong, but the galettes were a bit more crust than we needed, and we wanted a bit more filling. You can decide what you want to do. The single crust pot pie was just as tasty, and a bit easier. You could still follow the same recipe below, just skip the forming galettes part, and just roll it as a single crust for a baking dish. I froze it and baked it from frozen. No issues, it just took a smidge longer.
Although the galettes are much prettier to look at.
Again, I am writing this before the arrival of my baby, so there is a chance that I am holding him right now. But, I could also be pacing the house and yelling about how he hasn’t come yet. You never know. In the meantime, let me entertain you with some pictures of things we did before the baby arrived.
For instance, we had tall trees in front of our house that needed to be cut back. I shouldn’t call them trees. They are technically bushes, but had grown so high that they were essentially trees. We decided to go full-on crazy and remove half of each bush. It took a while, and my arms were exhausted from the hack saw, but you could finally see our house number!