Chicken and Dumplings

This is such a classic dish in my mind.  I remember watching an old boyfriend’s grandmother make this and then asking her a ton of questions writing it all down so I could make it myself.

Here is how I make ours:

Boil a pound of chicken tenders/breasts for about 25 minutes (or until cooked through) in about 8 cups of water.

Remove the chicken when cooked and add 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 1/4 cup each finely chopped onion, celery and carrots and boil approximately 10 minutes until veggies are soft.

In a saucepan brown 1/4 cup of flour stirring constantly (this was one of the tricks his grandmother did).  Remove from heat and place in a glass bowl with 1 TBSP cornstarch.  Mix well.  Add about 1 cup of the hot chicken stock and stir the mixture until smooth.  Add to the chicken/veggie stock and bring to a boil whisking until it starts to thicken (approx. 2-3 minutes).  Add the chopped chicken into the pot and 4 TBSP. heavy cream.

Make the dumplings using 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 TBSP baking powder and 1 TBSP cornmeal into a bowl and mixing well.  In a small bowl add 3/4 cup milk and 1 egg.  Mix well and combine with the flour mixture mixing just until combined.

Drop teaspoonful dumpling mixture into simmering chicken stock, cover and cook for 3 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and repeat until all dumplings are cooked.  Serve the gravy over the dumplings in a bowl!  Delicious!

Step by step here:

1 lb chicken breast or tenders

8 cups water

2 chicken bouillon cubes

¼ cup chopped onion

¼ cup chopped carrots

¼ cup chopped celery

¼ cup flour

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Dumplings:

1 ½ cups flour

1 Tbsp. cornmeal

1 Tbsp. baking powder

¾ cup milk

1 egg

Salt and pepper to taste

Boil the chicken in the water approximately 25 minutes (or until cooked through). Remove the cooked chicken and cube it.

Add the bouillon cubes and vegetables. Gently boil approximately 10 minutes until veggies are soft

Brown ¼ cup flour in a frying pan stirring constantly until browned

Place browned flour in a glass bowl and add 2 Tbsp. cornstarch and mix

Add 1 cup of hot chicken stock and stir until smooth

Add to chicken stock/veggie mixture and boil gently while whisking for 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens slightly and no lumps of flour mixture

Add the chicken into the pot and keep at a slow simmer

Dumplings:

Mix the flour, cornmeal and baking powder

Mix the milk and egg in a separate bowl and add to the flour mixture

Stir just until moistened through.

Drop teaspoonful of dumpling mixture around the chicken pot approximately 5 at a time and cover. Let steam cook for 4 minutes and then remove and repeat until the dumpling mixture is gone.

Serve the dumplings in a bowl with the chicken sauce over the top.

Lemon Lime Soda Pound Cake

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It doesn’t get much easier than this!  This is the perfect Pound Cake, full of butter flavor, lemon flavor and moist!
These make great gifts, dessert for a party, treat for tea time, brunch, or anytime really.
The Teen Queen decided to make a batch tonight.  No one in the house complained that’s for sure :-)
Super Easy to make:
 
1 1/2 cups butter
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 TBSP lemon extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup of lemon lime soda
3 cups of flour
 
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs mixing after each one. Mix in the extract, juice and soda. Add the flour a cup at a time and mix until incorporated.
 
Spoon into very well greased and floured loaf pans (2 regular or 4 mini).
 
Bake at 325 for approximately 45 minutes (obviously shorter for the mini loaves). A toothpick should come out clean when finished

Beginning of 2016 in review

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Sid in the tree and little golden Henny in the hut

I once shared that for some reason “even” years are not my friend.  It always seems during even years things seem to pop up more often than normal to give my world a little shake!

Shortly after the new year we lost our little Bantam rooster, Sid.  One day he seemed to stop crowing but was eating and still enjoying his roaming time outside.  The next day he was in rough shape and died a few hours later.  Two days later his closest companion, also a bantam hen, Henny, who was born and raised on our farm for 8 years died during the night after showing no signs of a problem.  UGH…I was prepared for the worst with something going through our flock and cleaned as much as possible in the winter.  Luckily it’s been 3 weeks and the regular size hens are all healthy.

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Two weeks ago one of the horses started showing signs of pain in his hooves. After a vet visit and X-rays he has a broken tip of his coffin bone in one of the hooves and he is foundering with a possible pituitary issue.  He has special wooden shoes on and is taking all sorts of medication.  He’s on rest but his brother comes and eats with him to keep him company.

The boy has been sick all week with a cold, sore throat and now cough but there have been some bright spots.

The ice pond finally has frozen and we have had many visitors and fun skating!

The boy finally learned how to blow a bubble and the Teen Queen’s basketball team is undefeated for the season and has won the Catholic Schools Varsity girls Championship!!

Here’s to more bright spots in 2016!!

My Kids Socks Don’t Match

This is a great post for any farm, country living, or multi tasking mother!!

Of Kids and Cows

Balance. It’s a tricky word. Any mother can relate to this. If you work outside of the house or stay home to tend to little ones and the house, there’s always something to do. I think this is only amplified when you toss a farm in to the mix. Some days it feels like the job(s) never done.

Not only do I have to make sure my kids are eating decent meals, I have to make sure the calves are eating well too. Some days after making sure the cows needs are met we eat pizza or burgers because cooking for humans is beyond my energy level that day. It happens.

Helping to entertain her little brother in the parlor.

There are five of us who live in our house, if that’s not enough one happens to be a toddler that I’m fairly positive is a dirt magnet. In the…

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Cake Balls

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These are a fun dessert to take to a party or make and have at home for school lunch desserts, after dinner desserts or small treat!

While these are all over Pinterest now, years ago my aunt made these after she baked a cake to long.  She actually made them with the frosting mixed into the cake mix and then warmed the rest of the frosting in a pot and rolled them in it.   Needless to say, they didn’t hold up well so she tried some with making her own melting chocolate.  Boy I wish she had patented the idea :-)

You can see how we make them on my Facebook page here:  Cake Balls