Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

Welcome to Paladini Potpie


This is not a cooking blog. Although I can’t promise I won’t put a recipe in every once in a while.  What it’s really about is family and love, and faith and fun.

I’m calling it The Paladini Potpie, because a potpie is absolutely an adventure in a crust

Think back to the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…(and wipe that drool off your chin.) …Hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…you didn’t know what you might bite into but you knew it would be delicious! 

As a family we have chosen to live within “the Crust” of God’s love and protection.  “In Him we live and move and have our being.”  Within this Crust is the savory Sauce – our family love – that binds all the other ingredients together.

 I’ll guarantee you that my daughter, Monica, is rolling her eyes and laughing as she reads this, but I must mention that every once in a while some of the sauce oozes its way out of the protective crust… and gets a little bit burned! (But it’s still all good.)

          So, we have the protective Crust of God’s love and providence.  That never changes.  We have the rich Sauce of family love, which is pretty consistent too – a given.  Beyond that we can add just about anything and it’s good. We make up the recipe as we go along.

This blog will be about some of the ideas and fun things we have done as a family, some of our traditions and some of our experiences and the lessons we have learned.  Sometime people crack up when I tell them about some of the things we do. I can’t tell you how many times I have been told I should write a book. Maybe I will. But I kind of feel like I’m cheating because most of our best ideas are not my own. I’m just a really good stealer and changer.

So welcome to The Paladini Potpie.  It will have a little bit of everything and I hope you’ll find something you can steal and change, or adopt and adapt!   Bon appétit!


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

21 thoughts on “Welcome to Paladini Potpie

  1. Congratulations Andrena on your new Blog!
    I’m so proud of you for launching this new adventure. This is going to be fun!

  2. As a fellow good stealer and changer… Welcome to WordPress and blogging and all that jazz!


  3. I can just hear your sweet voice as I read this. Congrats on the new adventure. I look forward to reading all about you and your wonderful family and all the fixin’s. 🙂

  4. Good for you! Now I’ve got to get off my duff and start one too–

  5. Monica is visiting us today and got a bit burned at the beach. She’s currently watching the royal wedding with Tracy, fastforwarding until an interesting hat (or Elton John) shows up.

    Congrats on the “small beginnings” of the blog. It’s okay for Monica to cringe a little. It’s from the aloe.

  6. Andrena, I’m looking forward to reading your new blog. Every family has a story to tell and it’s sad that distance and neglect has kept our two families virtual strangers for so many years. But in reality, strangers we are not, as we share the most important bond of all as brothers and sisters in Christ. Maybe we can make up for the lost years a bit as you periodically serve up another potpie for all to enjoy. While each dish will no doubt have some unique Paladini surprise spice, I suspect I will often detect traces of a common ingredient found in both our families, and many others – love. May God bless your writing to His glory and to our benefit. Your distant cousin, Wayne.

    • Wayne, I was so touched to get this note from you, and blessed to see that you subscribed to my blog. I do want to stay connected – all those hundreds of miles apart though we are. And if we are ever in Kentucky…roll out the sleeping bags my brother! Love to Judy and the kids!

      And if you come back to California you better give us more than few hours of time!!!! ☺ xoxoxox

  7. Vivian’s friend.

  8. I love all of your little tidbits. I have laughed, smiled and just enjoyed everything. Good luck in your new adventure. I know you will be a success.

  9. Andrena, I’m looking forward to your writings. Apart from my family, you are the person that I have known the longest and have kept in relatively often contact. You were the first person I met in Modesto. Do you remember it? It was a Wednesday night at CCM and I introduced myself to you and told you that I was new in town. That was back in 1988. So, anyway, I can’t wait to read everything you post. 🙂

  10. Andrena,
    I sit back in the back ground and think to myself what an amazing woman of God you are.
    You are so blessed!

  11. What a fascinating few minutes it has been to soak up the various thoughts you have put together & enjoy your descriptive, interesting, and informative collection of your Potpie Blog. You have made it enjoyable for all your readers to catch a glimpse of your family and the ‘goings on’ that makes life interesting. May you continue, as you have time, to jot down the happenings in your family. CONGRATS!

    • Thank you Darlene. You are the queen of interesting e-mails! I’m glad you enjoyed my posts. Check back with us often. The Lord blesses us all the time and I ove to talk about it!

  12. I finally got this coming to my home computer. I’m going back so I can read it all. I miss you my dear sweet sister and hope to schedule a play date soon so I can reconnect and get some much needed sauce from your potpie and a hug too.

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