Warming up the cold winter nights

I’m sitting by the fireplace tonight. Enjoying a cup of Constant Comment hot tea, cuddled under a warm Sherpa blanket, enjoying a movie with my husband with twinkling lights lit on the Christmas tree. To me? The perfect way to warm up a cold winter night. When it’s too cold to go outside, I want to be comfortable, in comfort clothing, cuddling. (And, yes, my computer was next to me so that I could write this post. I wrote this Saturday night, while the snow was falling outside our home–the 2nd snow of the season in Philadelphia.)  

Another favorite way to spend cold nights is with a warm meal… but we all know that making an easy meal doesn’t happen every night. As I’ve shared before it’s good to have some back-up, last minute meals in the freezer for those nights you don’t get around to making what’s planned, for whatever reason (sports, sick kid, running to the ER). I was recently asked to try Marie Callender’s Pot Pies, to see how they warm up a hot winter night. Conveniently, we just started winter sports which, of course, threw me in my cooking plans.  I was able to heat up two pies and serve my kids dinner, quickly. Dinner that night was warm, hearty and filled with vegetables, which made me happy because I was serving something more beneficial than heating up chicken nuggets.

Available in beef, turkey and a lot of chicken flavors, they’re full of vegetables with a flaky crust that, admittedly, is better than home made (because, let’s be honest here… they perfected the pot pie crust. I haven’t.) We enjoyed Marie Callender’s Pot Pies on a night when my husband was working late, so it was just the 4 of us.  I cooked up two pies and had some leftovers–not too much, but enough to enjoy for lunch the next day.

I am being compensated to write this Marie Callendar’s review.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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