What does that even mean, anyway? a little bit of this and that, I assume?
Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
This week was our school pumpkin decorating contest. it really is so much fun. Although, this year it just happened to fall on the week that I'm not walking and we hadn't prepared in advance so our pumpkin was pretty sad. I don't even have a picture of it. We submitted a pumpkin with magazine cut outs of facial features - eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows, ears, ect. I thought it was okay, until I saw the competition - wow! Serious pumpkin artists out there. Anyway, I snapped a pic of this one during a parent/teacher conference. (Did you think that one was ours?!) It has a real freaking fish in it's mouth! It's an angler fish, if you couldn't tell.
Chicken & Dumpling Soup:
So this recipe just kind of happened. I was feeling good about making Pioneer Woman's chicken & dumpling recipe - the drop style dumplings are made with cornmeal instead of a flour recipe - but my husband always says he likes the noodle style dumplings so I tried to deliver. I found a generic recipe for dumplings and just did what I thought sounded good. here it is:
1 whole chicken
1/2 c. each of carrots, celery, and onion; sliced
2 T. butter
2 cloves garlic
parsley, basil, salt, and pepper; to taste
2 c. flour + more for kneading
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
I c. milk
In 2 qt. of water, boil your chicken until done. remove chicken and set aside, reserve stock. In another pot, sauté carrots, celery, onion, and seasonings in butter until soft. Add vegetables to stock and set to medium-high heat. De-bone chicken and set aside. In another bowl, combine dumpling ingredients and mix until soft ball forms. Let dough set for a few minutes, then roll out on flat, floured surface to desired thickness. *You may need to add small amounts of flour at this time so that the dough is not sticky. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips and gently drop into the (should be) simmering stock. Once all dumplings are in pot, add chicken and cook additional 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
Yay for cold days - this soup was a treat. I mean, not enough of a treat to stay away from the Halloween candy, but that is another post titled: will power.
Also: I finally figured out why I just can't get on board the Scandal train. It comes on after Grey's and I half-watch it (like right now) just because it is on in the room, but I just can't get into it. Here's why: First, that show is pretty nasty. Second, and this is the real reason: That dude (the president) is a real jerk and if I were his wife, I would have killed him by now - so there wouldn't even be a show.
Right?! I can't stand cheaters.