Easy Ham Pot Pie Recipe

ham pot pieThis shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Smithfield, but all my opinions are my own. #WeaveMade #GoAllNatural http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

Hudson and I made a delicious meal last night that I thought I’d share today! With back to school time being busy for Hudson working at the University of Maryland, we’ve been trying to develop a new routine – and part of that is coming up with new, easy and delicious recipes! This ham pot pie recipe is one of our new favorites :)

Easy Ham Pot Pie

  • 1 prepared pie crust
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 3 oz shredded cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups frozen mixed veggies
  • 2 1/2 cups diced Smithfield All Natural ham

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Best Kitchen Gadgets

Calphalon at SearsThis is a compensated sponsored post, though all opinions are my own.

How many hours would you estimate you spend in the kitchen each week?

I asked one of my friends that the other day, and I think the answer shocked both of us.

When you think about how much time goes into cooking good, non-freezer meals and then cleaning up after all that work, it really adds up! Thankfully, Hudson has been so sweet to take on the cleaning so that I can focus on cooking. But, it still takes more time than I’d like after working a full day!

When Hudson and I got married, we set out to find the best kitchen gadgets: cookware, bakeware, kitchen utensils, and beyond. We knew that the better quality non-stick products we got, the easier it would be to cook and clean…therefore saving time in the kitchen and spending more time on what is important: dating each other!

In addition to non-stick, we also thought the best kitchen gadgets would:

  • be oven safe up to 400°F
  • have silicone handles
  • have good performance
  • be affordable!

We researched review after review and found that Calphalon was by far the best kitchen gadgets brand, meeting everything we were looking for and more! And I am excited to share that Sears is now selling Calphalon! Sears is Hudson’s all-time favorite store, so it’s perfect for me that they now offer the best kitchen brand there as well :) We’ve already made one “date night” visit, and plan to make another tonight!!

best kitchen gadgets

So far, my favorite Calphalon products from Sears are:

  • covered cupcake pan
  • pizza pan (Hudson has been BEGGING me to get a pizza pan instead of using cookie sheets…haha)
  • spoon and edged turner utensils
  • sauce pan
  • omelet skillets

Calphalon Sears

As much as I love the durability and performance of these products, I think what I love most of all is the beautiful toffee colored finish of the bakeware! It’s incredible how flawless Calphalon products are, for such a very affordable price. And Hudson couldn’t be happier with how well everything cleans!

Calphalon Sears

In your mind, what are some of the best kitchen gadgets? If you need some ideas, check out Calphalon at Sears!

Five Revolutionary Blogging Tips from Bloggy Boot Camp

bloggy boot campLast weekend, Hudson and I had the exciting opportunity to speak at the SITS Girls’ Bloggy Boot Camp in Philadelphia! We had such a nice time…and it was so fun seeing Hud speak to a crowd of 100+ women! I couldn’t help but smile thinking about how this whole blogging thing started as MY passion, but has now become a passion for both of us.

In addition to having fun exploring Philadelphia after the conference was over, Hudson and I really enjoyed connecting with the bloggers there. I was also amazed at how well organized Bloggy Boot Camp was – so much was packed into such a short amount of time, yet it didn’t feel overwhelming!

Today, I thought I’d share five Bloggy Boot Camp blogging tips that will revolutionize how we blog:

1. Increase avenues for passive income.

This includes offering e-books, online courses, and more. For e-books, think about what people are googling in the middle of the night. That’s what they’re willing to buy an e-book for because they can’t go to the store! And for online courses, break down your “signature process” into steps that people can go through on their own so that you don’t need to be present. I’m still struggling with this one, because I love the personal aspect of our coaching sessions, but it’s definitely something to consider for the future.

2. Be intentional about social media.

For every one promotional “link” tweet, tweet eight conversational tweets. Also, direct your bio link to your about page instead of your home page, so that people immediately read about you instead of your latest, random sponsored post. Also, Facebook likes high contrast images (black background with white text) and you should be using PNGs instead of JPGs on the web (I have been using JPGs and wondering why they’re fuzzy)!

3. Track EVERYTHING related to taxes.

Keep all of your receipts and write down any expenses related to blogging. If you aren’t filing taxes for income (whether money or “free stuff”) you get from your blog, start doing it now. It was a good for me to be reminded that, unfortunately, the IRS can audit you as far back as they’d like.

business cards

4. Treat your blog like a business.

Set business hours. Know your end game and then work backwards to the finite daily steps. (If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you figure out how to get there?) Also, if you don’t have business cards, order them today. Hudson and I get compliments all the time from our business cards from Zazzle, and have found that it’s a great way to continue building a relationship with people after meeting them at conferences.

5. Remember your priorities.

Never let your personal relationships suffer by putting your blog first. Stop chasing the balance and just choose to be present wherever you are. Time is flying by, so stop and spend time with the people you love!

If you were at Bloggy Boot Camp (or even if you were not) and would like the link to our presentation, email me!