A Peloton Seat Upgrade, Paul’s Pot Pies & Favorite Puzzle/Lego Advent Calendars

Welcome to the 772nd Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Have you started your holiday shopping? I did a bit of shopping for family this weekend, and I ended up picking up something for myself, too–a very special bag. If you missed that post, you’ll find it here: Cutest Thing Ever–I Couldn’t Resist! Plus, It’s On Sale 50% Off.

For this week’s Metamorphosis Monday, I have a smallish Before/After to share, but before I get to that, I wanted to share something I discovered a few months back, but just recently got around to actually trying it. If you live here in the metro Atlanta area, you may already know about Paul’s Pot Pies. They have a couple of locations–one near the Marietta Square and another one in Kennesaw. I visited the one in Kennesaw earlier last week and picked up several of their pies. They make a lot of different pies so there are a lot to choose from when you visit the store. I purchased one big 10-inch Chicken Pot Pie to keep on hand for when family visits or I just need a quick dinner that will feed 5-6 people.

Paul's Pot Pies, 10-inch size

 

I also purchased four of their 6-inch pies, which I was told are perfect for 2 people. Since there were so many different pies from which to choose, I asked the associate behind the counter what were their most popular pies. She named the four shown below, so I got one of each to try. So far I’ve tried the Chicken and the Pot Roast and both were very good! I ended up cooking them about 5-10 minutes longer than recommended–I like my crust nice and brown. It’s funny because the smaller pies do not look like they would feed two people, but once you bake them, they really puff up and I actually ended up getting 3 meals out of 1 pie! They are very filling!

Paul's Pot Pies, 6-inch size, perfect for two people

 

Here’s how the Chicken Pie looked after I baked it. I asked if they ship, thinking it would be fun to send one of the big pies to my son/DIL sometime. I was told they don’t ship right now but are working on doing that. All of their pies are frozen when you buy them except the individual Chicken Pot Pies. They have those available in the frozen state, too. Anyway, just wanted to share their pies since they are quite tasty. If I hear that they have started offering to ship, I’ll let you know in an upcoming post.

Paul's Pot Pie after cooking

 

Okay, about that small update I made recently–when you purchase a Peloton cycle, it comes with a tiny hard seat. Your tush gets kinda used to it after a while, but it’s not a comfortable seat by any means. There are quite a few complaints online and on the Peloton website about their hard, uncomfortable seats!

Peloton Spinning Cycle

 

Shortly after I purchased my bike years ago, I added a padded gel cushion cover over the original seat, and that helped tremendously with the comfort factor. It works very well and stays put for the most part, but sometimes it can look a little askew on the seat.

Narrow Console Bookcase Table for Exercise Space

 

A year or so ago, I came across this seat online and decided to purchase it. It took me forever to get around to changing out the old seat–I always have to psych myself up and be in the right mood to do mechanical stuff. Ha! I finally got around to changing out the seat a few weeks ago, and so far, I really like it! From what I’ve read online, I think this seat will work on most exercise bikes, not just on Peloton bikes, so wanted to share it in case you would find it helpful. The seat I purchased and am enjoying is available here: Replacement Seat, Works with Peloton Bike & Other Bikes.

 

One more cool thing I want to share is something I’m going to purchase for myself this year, but would also make a delightful gift. I’ve been hearing about  Advent Calendar Puzzles for a few years and have always wanted to try one. The way most of them work is you open a little box each day that contains a few pieces of the puzzle. So with each passing day, more and more of the puzzle gets completed. A lot of the puzzles are around 1,008 pieces which means you’re assembling around 40 pieces each day. They also make Advent Calendar Puzzles for children that have a lot fewer pieces to put together each day. You’ll find Advent Calendar Pieces that are designed for children here: 500-pc Advent Calendar Puzzles. You’ll find Advent Calendar Puzzles that are designed for all ages, including adults, here: Advent Calendar Jigsaw Puzzles.

The two I’m trying to choose from for myself are the two below. I love this scene with the kitties and the cute dog in front of the fire. I thought there were just two cats at first, but the more I look, I’ve found 8 so far! The dog is definitely outnumbered but he doesn’t look too upset about it. Ha! (This one is available here: Advent Calendar Puzzle, 1,008 pieces.)

Advent Calendar Puzzle

 

This is the other Advent Calendar puzzle I would love to do! Do you see the cat in the window…and the squirrel? I really love puzzles that include a beautiful home decorated for Christmas. Ummm, I need to pick just one. Or, do I? Maybe I can open two boxes each day. That would be so much fun to look forward to each day leading up to Christmas! This Advent Calendar Puzzle below is available here: Advent Calendar Puzzle, 1,008 pieces.

 

If you are planning on giving an Advent Calendar as a gift, LEGO also makes awesome Advent Calendars for the Lego fan! Just like the puzzles, I think the Lego Advent Calendars are great for any age–even adults love Legos! You’ll find a variety of LEGO Advent Calendars available here: Lego Advent Calendars.

 

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Comments

  1. Pot Pies!! one of my favorite comfort foods. Having to eat gluten free has really put a damper on all things pastry. Thanks so much for having us over, Susan. Have a great week!

  2. I make chicken pot pies from scratch but this has given me more recipe ideas!

  3. Elizabeth Roderick says

    https://www.containerstore.com/s?source=form&q=lego+storage+containers Do your kid-os have these? Happy Thanksgiving

    The Container store is my candy store. Took my 5 year old grandson and we learned about all the different things that need to be ‘contained’ and what that meant.

  4. Those advent calendar jigsaw puzzles are so fun!! I’m going to get a 500 piece one for my grands who are 8 and 10, they love to do puzzles! Thanks Susan

  5. Paul’s pot pies are delicious. Another great place we love in East Cobb is Fat Lady Baker where you can order prepared entrees that only have to be heated up for 20-30 minutes. Each week she offers 2-3 selections in addition to the chicken pot pies she always has. Both of these choices are great for picking something up to take to friends who are sick or shut in.

  6. I like the idea of the advent puzzles. Thanks for the tip. I had not heard about them.

  7. Marta Shamblin says

    Hi Susan
    First of all, thank you for all of your perfect ideas. I always look forward to your opinions and have purchased many perfect gifts, thanks to you. The Advent Calendar Puzzle might be another! I do need your help, though. I bought the Catan game and my Grands are having trouble. Is there a way to learn how to play? Were you able to follow the directions, or is there a place that helps beginners? I would love to be able to teach them when they arrive.Thank you for any help you can give.
    Fondly, Marta

    • Thanks, Marta! When I learned, I was at my son’s home so my son, DIL and grandsons taught me. My grandsons were still learning too, at least the youngest one was at that time. After a few visits, I discovered Catan Junior and bought it for them. My DIL texted me to tell me that they loved it were playing it all the time. It’s for ages 6 and up and is very similar to the regular version, so it’s a good one to learn on. You can see it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007N0KZ64
      I just purchased it again for a friend of mine’s daughter for Christmas.

      Also, there are also a bunch of videos on YouTube that explain how to play. Those may not be helpful for the little ones, but it may help you or their parents with learning the game, in order to teach them. I just did a search for Catan for Beginners on YouTube and here are some videos that poped up: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=catan+for+beginners
      I hope this helps. It’s really a fun game once you get those basics and start playing. I know it can feel a bit overwhelming at first.

  8. Susan,
    Thanks again for hosting this charming party!! I truly appreciate the time and effort that goes into it! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

  9. Re: Transporting the pies to Ohio. The next time you plan to make the drive north, get some dry ice and pack the pies in your Yeti cooler. They’ll be fine. Maybe even more frozen than when you left home.

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