Bramell, Party of Five: September 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Twin Tuesday

So. It was bound to happen sooner or later, really. I'm not at all surprised by what I witnessed over the weekend.
The weather was very nice on Sunday; the kids were playing in the backyard and the windows were open. Girl Twin came inside to do something. Next thing I heard...
"Brother! Get your ass back in this house!"
Oh dear. She got reprimanded, of course...right after I stopped laughing.

*This is also our first day of Pre-K photo post. They are going to a M/W/F half-day program this fall. I hope she doesn't cuss at school.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pinterest Made Me Do It

It's no secret that I like to cook. It's also no secret that Pinterest has been the cause of many of my kitchen experiments  in recent years. Chicken & Dumplings is one of those recipes that seems impossible to perfect. I'd always used my family recipe for the dumplings, which are made from (gasp!) flour tortillas. I love the recipe because it's easy and pretty fool-proof. If you've been reading here long, you know how my family cooks--pretty much without a recipe for anything, just guesswork.  Remember that time my mom tried to tell me how to make dressing? Pretty hilarious.
Over the years, dear hubby has experimented with different ways of making homemade dumplings, but we haven't been blown away yet. When I found Cracker Barrel Chicken & Dumplings on Pinterest, I knew I had to try them.   
The ingredients are simple: flour, milk, baking powder, broth, butter and chicken, of course. Hint: always keep the broth from boiling your chicken, too.
Mix all the dry ingredients first. Then add the milk and stir with a fork to make a dough.  Roll the dough onto the counter and cut into strips.  Drop the strips of dough into boiling water/broth combo.  Cook for about 20 minutes, then add in the cut up cooked chicken. There you go! It's even easy enough for a weeknight dinner; just be prepared for a little floury mess.  See the exact recipe in the link above.
Home. Run. 

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