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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Finally got chicken and dumplings right

I've made chicken and dumplings in the past. 

The last time I made it, it was OK but I knew there had to be a better way to make it.

Here's what I did this time, and it turned out perfect:

Cut up some onions and celery.  I wanted to add carrots, but I didn't this time.

Cut up raw chicken breast into pieces.

Put them all into a pot and cover with chicken broth.  Add minced garlic, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning.

Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the chicken is cooked and the veggies are cooked down.

Remove the meat and veggies from the liquid temporarily.  

Take some defrosted frozen biscuits (or make your own biscuit dough out of bisquick).  

Cut them up into small pieces, coat them with flour, and drop into the hot liquid.  Again, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the "dumplings" are cooked.

Add the meat and vegetables back to the pot.

Add one can cream of chicken soup, and one can cream of celery soup.

Stir the pot and serve.

This was the perfect recipe.  I finally mastered chicken and dumplings!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The most recent "wonderful" stew I made

I love to cook, and where I am living now, I don't get to cook as much as I used to.

But occasionally it IS my turn to cook.  Sadly, I had to sell most of my cast iron, and the rest of the pieces I still have, are in storage.  

But I do still have my crock pot.  So, I made the following recipe for crock pot beef stew:

Cut up some flank steak into cubes.  Brown them on the stove in a skillet, in cooking oil and worcestershire sauce.  Add black pepper, seasoned salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Put the browned meat in the crock pot.  Add potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic.

Add more worcestershire sauce, a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of cream of onion soup, a can of beef broth, a packet of Lipton onion soup mix, and a little bit of Kitchen Bouquet.

Turn on the crock pot.

This is a good dutch oven recipe too!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Click here to read my story, and contribute to my cause:

I had to leave my abusive, adulterous husband with nothing but what I could fit in a 5' by 8' box, and my car. 

Now I need to divorce him in order to be completely free of him.

The problem is, Legal Aid won't even talk to me until I've been out of the house for six months. Waiting six months runs the risk of him filing first, which would mean that he could force me to go back to Texas for court, as many times as he wants, for whatever reason he wants. Obviously, that would be an undue hardship for me, not to mention unsafe for me.

My estranged husband makes about 10 times the amount of money I make, so he clearly has the upper hand in this. 

Thankfully, my lawyer is being very gracious in working with me on the fees, but it still isn't cheap, and I still have to pay the court costs. So, I'm setting up this page. 

Please do NOT feel like you have to donate anything; You are just as much my friend if you contribute as if you don't. And please do not feel obligated to any amount; Five dollars would be just as appreciated as five million. 

It's awful that he's the one who cheated, and I'm the one who has to pay, but, it is what it is; There is no law that requires an abusive, adulterous spouse to contribute one cent to the victim's legal fees.