Friday, December 11, 2009

Pot Pie and Double Sled Recipe

Last night was the perfect night for pot pie. Now, I am not a fan by any stretching or manipulating the definition of that word. Chicken pot pie I can tolerate. Beef? What's the point?
But my husband loves the stuff, and with a freezer full of beef needing to be used, I went searching for a recipe that might be good. And much to my surprise, found one.

We needed a double sled. No matter what time of year, we walk everywhere and the stroller becomes difficult in several feet of snow. I thought that somewhere on the Internet I would find a double sled. Seems to me there would be a need for it. And I thought surely in places like Russia and Norway they would have one. Nope, moms of twins in Scandinavia are out of luck. Nothing. So we had to get creative.

So here you have it, the pot pie and double sled recipe.


  • Pie crust
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can of mushrooms or whatever you have in the fridge
  • diced potatoes

  • chopped carrots
  • chopped celery or if you don't have any, celery seed
  • 1 pound beef of some sort, cubed. I used cube steak.

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup beef stock (the original called for dry Marsala wine, which I don't have in stock at the moment, nor do I think I have ever had it in stock. Maybe it needs to make it to my grocery list)
  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 molded plastic baby sled from a resale shop
  • 1 wooden toboggan from eons ago from your mom's garage
  • 2 bolts found in the program center
  • 6 sleigh bells from the Amish Hardware store


  • Make up your pie crust. Put in fridge.
  • In a large skillet, cook bay leaf, oregano, onions and mushrooms in olive oil until soft. Stir in garlic, carrots, celery, potatoes, and meat.

  • Cook and stir for 10 minutes, or until meat starts to brown. Pour in beef stock. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 35 to 45 minutes.

  • While the meat, carrots, garlic, celery and potatoes are simmering, wrestle kids into snow gear. Make sure they are wearing enough to cause heat exhaustion instead of frost bite.
  • After everyone has enough clothes on, put kids in two different sleds and harness them to your body. Pray that you can get down the hills without them colliding.

  • Remember to put enough clothes on yourself. A hat is a good thing not to forget. Make your way to the program center.
  • Find a husband (preferably your own) that can take the time to drill two small holes in the molded plastic sled and bolt them to the ages old toboggan.

  • While the "sled train" is being made, take kids out to the parking lot to play. Let baby crawl around in the snow.

  • After double sled is assembled, head home with screaming children.

  • After you undress everyone, roll out pie crust. Put bottom crust in pie dish. Add meat and vegetable mix and cover with top crust.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Next day, eat left over pot pie for lunch and attache 6 jingles bells to double sled.


  1. We have two double sleds... they're the cheap plastic kind w/ no real "sides" to keep the kids "in", but when they're all bundled up, I just lay them both down it in (Jenny in back w/ David in front wedged between her legs) and it works well for us on hills, curves, etc.

    Hope yours works for you!

  2. Yeah, I should have mentioned that we tried that option,but Elliot really needs to be contained. He kept crawling out! Not a good plan!

  3. Ok, this is one of the cutest posts you have done. I love how the recipe and project got put together into one seamless event. Great job on the sled!

  4. And now you have people like me finding your blog by googling "double sled"!! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Samantha, glad to help! I guess you would need a double baby sled with twins in Ontario! I have thought you could do the same thing with two baby sleds...somehow attach them, maybe with a couple of bolts.


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