It’s no secret that fall is not at the top of my “favorite seasons” list, but there are many things I do enjoy about it.

I love an excuse to have a fire in the fireplace. I like waking up to crisp, cool mornings. And I love fall foods. Pumpkin and apple flavors, soups and chili’s, they are all just wonderful.

A couple weeks ago Filipe and I were driving back from a little getaway in Monterey and stopped at a fruit/veggie stand on the side of the road. I filled bags of artichokes and avocados, and also picked up a pumpkin.

The next day I used AllRecipes.com to make several jars of pumpkin to have on hand for cooking and baking.
It really is so easy! Just remember to save the seeds. Roasted pumpkin seeds are divine…

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So far I’ve made pumpkin soup and pumpkin (paleo) pancakes (sans flour).

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This week I added a favorite comfort food- Chicken Pot Pie. I tweaked an emeals recipe just a little by using coconut oil to saute the veggies and making my own crust. I did use bread flour yes, but hey, sometimes you gotta treat yourself. (And yes, for us, white flour over whole wheat flour is a treat.) 🙂

Here’s a breakdown of how I made the Chicken Pot Pie:

Prepare crust (recipe here). A normal person would do this first, but I was in a hurry & didn’t have time, so while all that stuff was on the stove I was measuring & kneading flour. I don’t recommend the added stress, but if you’re wondering, it is do-able.

I used 3 medium sized carrots, 4 celery stalks, and half an onion.

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Lovely colors & scents.

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Brown & season chicken (I used 2 chicken breasts).
Saute veggies in coconut oil about 7 minutes.
Stir in 1/3 cup flour (I used brown rice flour).
Add 2 cups chicken broth, bring to boil, simmer.
Turn heat to low & add 1 cup of heavy cream. Let thicken.
Add cooked chicken, peas, thyme, salt, & pepper.

Pour into crust.  Place top crust over the chicken mixture.

Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.

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Thankfully my prayers were answered and my kids loved it (mostly)- Lily ate 2 huge portions. Efraim was a little disappointed because when he heard the word “pie”, he really heard the word “dessert”. He kept telling me that this was NOT pie, this was “FOOD”.

The joys of motherhood. The joys and comforts of the season. What do you enjoy about fall?

Mandy