Monday, January 24, 2011

Basketball, Chicken Pot Pie, and a Pastry Cutter


There is nothing that I enjoy more than taking

my nephew food to enjoy (with his Dad-my brother) after his basketball games.

This season I am off to a late start, but tomorrow night I am making up for lost time.

The absolute most fun of all is taking the unexpected.

Last year for one game it was an entire spiral sliced ham.

Tomorrow night I am taking

Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Pot Pie

(which is covered with her Perfect Pie Crust Recipe)

Two bags of Sister Schubert rolls
with two sticks of real butter


a pecan pie from Sweet and Tasty Bakery in McAllen.

I want to knock his socks off.

He knocks mine off every time I watch him play.

I want him to think,

“That crazy Aunt Laura brought a huge chicken pot pie to a basketball game.”

That makes me smile.

To ensure the pie crust is flaky and tastes delicious,

I am using my mother’s cobalt blue pyrex mixing bowl

and her pastry cutter.

Even if it is less than perfect,

it won’t matter.

Aside from the fact that you

could wrap pastry dough around a rock and my family would line up for a piece,

this is all about love

and the quiet way this young man always says,

“Thanks Aunt Laura.”




sharron said...

you are the best!!
wish you were my aunty! :)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I bet you're the favorite aunt forever! What lucky guys!

trash talk said...

You're making me cry.
P.S. I've tried wrapping pastry around a rock...didn't work!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, I love Pioneer Woman, and her cook book and I cannot wait to buy her newest book. I think it comes out this week. She is such an entertaining writer.

Blessings for a wonderful week!

NanaDiana said...

Oh...that is on my list to make. Did you try that meatloaf? My son ate about 1/2 of it at one go....crazy boy~

Doesn't it just make your heart smile to think that behind the quiet, "Thanks, Aunt Laura" he is thinking...Wow-She's craaaazy~ lol You are a good soul, you know that? hugs- Diana

Karen said...

You have every right to be proud of that boy, Laura. He has lead his team to be 4th in state in 1A - Division 2. Trey is playing his heart out for this country school basketball team that as I have learned through the years.. those memories never die! He and his daddy are going to love that chicken pot pie, rolls and pecan pie! Lucky guys!!
(Love the way your mom is making an appearance with her cobalt blue bowl and pastry cutter.)
Ladybug Creek

TexWisGirl said...

How sweet of you! My mom had an old pastry cutter thingy similar to that. Old wooden handle with most of the tan and red paint peeled off of it. :)

Sarah said...

You're the best! ~ Sarah

Blondie's Journal said...

You are a very sweet aunt! I have to try this pastry dough...I am really a sorrowful baker.


Jayne said...


Vintage Gal said...

You are a sweet, sweet aunt and I am sure they will devour and appreciate! ;-)

Deb said...

your nephew is one lucky guy to have such a crazy aunt...

Theresa said...

Thanks Aunt Laura, how sweet! I know he loves seeing your sweet face and wondering what goodies you have in your basket:)

Enjoy the game! Chicken pot pie sounds yummy! HUGS!

Texas Junque Slinger said...

I'd nearly go play if I could have a homemade chicken pot pie. I have a friend that makes wonderful chicken pot pies and that is what I request for my birthday present... even though I have a summer b/day, she waits and makes them for me in the winter months..... I wish your nephew and his team continued success.

We always enjoy a good basketball game.

Sandra said...

I'm serving up an award for you: Aunt, Sister, Daughter, Wife of the Year!! XOXO

Low Tide High Style said...

I love that you do this for your nephew, he must absolutely love it! And my family would eat rocks wrapped in yummy dough too!

Kat :)

Leave a Legacy said...

What a great aunt you are. I wish I thought to be more thoughtful like that. I know I would love for someone to bring me a present like that, so I'm going to bake something next time I go visit my grandchildren or brothers (nephews are too far away). You've inspired me!

Lisa said...

I think you just might be the best Aunt ever!

Sharing with Sherri said...

You are so sweet to make your nephew homemade chicken pot pie Laura... I have to go along with the crowd and say I wish you were my Aunt too! I wish I could try some of your chicken pot pie, sounds YUMMY!!

Hugs, Sherri:)

time worn interiors said...

Thank sounds so yummy!

Pam @ Frippery said...

What a fantastic and fun aunt!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Can I be your niece?? No? Okay... well, I'll settle for being a follower. Love your blog and your sense of humor! Glad you found me so I could find you :)


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