Tuesday, September 23, 2008


It's Tuesday. Time to really crack down this week on getting our entries together for the fair. I am turning the display entries in this Saturday. The kids better get crackin' on their entries! I don't think we are going to be able to get a scarecrow together by Saturday. It's disappointing, but we're just running out of time to do it properly.

Tonight is Enrichment meeting. I missed the official announcement of what is actually supposed to happen. I know it's something about crafts and card making and preparing for the holidays. I have boxes full of homemade greeting cards so I really don't need to go to make more. I do plan on bringing fabric, tracing papers and patterns and just to a massive precut of the outfits I'm entering in the sewing contests next week.

I'm feeling pretty good about it not being 11 a.m. and already having dinner in the crockpot. My recipe for chicken and dumplings isn't all that earth shattering. And since dumplings in the crockpot are a bit more difficult, I do them in a big pot on the stove.

OK...so the recipe, with my oh-so-exact measurements

place all in the crockpot:

1 bay leaf
2 big pinches of kosher salt
several turns of the pepper grinder
3-4 stalks of celery including leaves, chopped
1 small onion chopped
1-2 carrots, chopped
a bunch of potatoes cut in large chunks. I use enough to get a double layer on the bottom of my oval crockpot
4 chicken thighs
cover with water

cook on low all day.

towards the end of the cooking, you're going to pull off 3-4 cups of broth into a big pot. You may or may not want to replace the water in teh crockpot. Depends on how many you are feeding. Since I'm feeding an army, i replace the water.

Dumpling recipe

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 scant cup milk or water
handful of parsley, chopped
2 T sugar

Mix dry ingredients and parsley; stir in milk or water gradually to make a soft dough. Drop by spoonful into boiling salted water or simmering stew. Cover tightly. Cook 10 to 15 minutes before lifting cover. Test for doneness. Drain. Serve at once.


  1. My grandpa was famous in our family for his chicken and dumplings! Oh, I used to love those!! I'll have to give yours a try. Thanks for participating in 100 Days to Christmas!


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  3. Micki,
    Your Chicken and Dumplings recipes sounds really good. Hope you win a ribbon!
    I have tagged you for a meme ~ please come over to visit my blog and join in the fun.


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