The Butterfly Cake

My sweet little baby is 3.  Wooo-ie!  It sure was fun celebrating that little love muffin who came from such a hard start of surgery and being diagnosed with a syndrome to this tough little cookie age of 3.  This year she wanted a butterfly pool party...and we, being the quintessential doting parents, obliged.  Of course I knew I just had to go for the butterfly cake...it would be so boring not to shoot for the moon on this one.  So here is that story...the story of the butterfly cake and the cake zen that I found.

Did you know that cake making is one of the best forms of therapy?  It brings me to a place of zen...seriously...like if someone is talking to me...I can't really hear them.  For example, this weekend my brother and husband patiently waited as I iced my four layer butterfly masterpiece and as the babies continued to cry and the boys continued to ask how much longer my mind was elsewhere in the land of cake making peace unable to be shaken by the screams of babies and pleas of men wanting to play basketball.  That my friends is what I call a strong place of zen.  It is called cake zen and it is good.  After witnessing my place of peace first hand my brother has suspicions that I was in my little corner of the kitchen icing the same spot over and over to stretch out my baby free zen time, but alas I have reminded him never to question the power of cake zen.  

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Golden Beet and Kale Pot Pie Recipe

Its pot pie weather here in Fred.  The wind is crisp and is blowing the yellowing leaves from the trees and the very moment I feel a twinge of hunger my mind can't help but go directly to pot pie.  This time I wanted to make a pot pie for the whole family that would sneak in some really healthy goodies to the babies.  SO...I decided to dice up some beautiful golden beets, leafy kale greens, carrots, and one red beet for some color.  

I so enjoy cooking something warm on a cool fall day.  I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine did.  And if you know me...you know I am the "organic girl"...so I go for everything organic and if I can't find organic I try to use different produce or even head to the frozen dept where you are guaranteed some good organic frozen veggies.  

Recipe:

- this recipe makes me love my chickens because I give them the beet greens and the kale stems as a treat and they don't get wasted...if you don't have chickies...get ya some:)

- this recipe makes me love my chickens because I give them the beet greens and the kale stems as a treat and they don't get wasted...if you don't have chickies...get ya some:)

1 chopped onion

3 chopped golden beets 

1 bunch of chopped kale (remove the stems)

large handful of chopped carrots

1/3 cup of butter

1/2 cup of flour

2 cups of chicken broth (I like pacific's new organic bone broth)

1 c up of half and half

1 tsp salt

pinch of pepper

1 pie crust ( I couldn't find any at our grocery store that wasn't overly processed and full of icky stuff so I used the Immaculate Baking company's crescent rolls as a crust instead and I think it turned out well...but keep in mind it doesn't have the flaky crust like the pie crust would have...but it's still delicioso)

- saute all of the veggies in the butter for 10 minutes or until the kale is slightly wilted

-add flour and stir for one minute constantly

-stir in broth and cream until thick and bubbly

-bake at 400 degrees for approx. 35 min or until the crust is golden brown...keep an eye on the crust and if it is browning too fast without cooking cover with foil

* I like to use a pretty dutch oven to cook this so that I can prepare it on the stove, throw it in the oven, and serve it in the same dish:)

ENJOY!

pot pie finished