Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

The Sauce Thickens – Part 1


When I described the Paladini Potpie I said the Love of God is the crust.  Within the crust we live and move and have our being – and the crust never changes!  But the ingredients…and the sauce…now those can change!  The sauce of the Paladini Potpie is Family Love. It has a particular flavour, but it’s not unchanging!


New family flavor - Dale on the drums with Big Booty Bob and the Backside Kickers

Some new flavours were added to the Paladini Potpie Sauce two years ago when David married Amanda, and the Nutting family brought their unique essence into the mix. Their goofy, offbeat humour was already a pretty good match, as was their family integrity and love of God. But the Nuttings added great musical talent and extraordinary facility with all kinds of technology. They also brought real estate savvy, an amazing breadth of knowledge about reptiles and every animal ever created…and a truly  discerning palate for wine tasting. The sauce thickened and was better than ever!

And now it’s time to thicken the sauce again as Monica and Dan prepare for their wedding in September.

Dan Spilman has lived his whole life near Baltimore, the son of native Marylanders. None of us expected sunny California Girl, Monica, to fall in love with a boy from back East.

Even less did we expect her to apply for a job and move back to Maryland to be near her knight in shining armour!

But Cupid’s arrow would not be deterred…and we could hardly blame Monica for her decision.  After all, we met Dan last fall when he came to California and captured all of our hearts!

And so, as we make plans for Monica and Dan’s wedding day, here in California, we thought it would be a good thing for John and me to fly to Maryland and meet the Spilmans, the family who will add their own special spices and flavour to the sauce of the Paladini Potpie!

I hope you’ll join me in the next few blog posts and get to know this wonderful family for yourself!


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!

5 thoughts on “The Sauce Thickens – Part 1

  1. Love your posts Andrena!


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