Most of the week has looked like this:
Chicken & Dumplings
Seriously, I'm not sure why my parents never made this delicious dish. It's what I usually get when I go to Cracker Barrel (though I think my version was much, much better). My grandmother grew up in Arkansas. My mom lived there for 3 years and my aunt for 17. I've never had anyone in my family make it. Weird. I was reading that it was time consuming and blah, blah, blah. I didn't want to spend forever making it. So I did what every smart women does. I made it in my crock pot. I loosely followed the crock pot lady's recipe. By loosely I mean I didn't measure anything and left out the mushrooms cause we didn't have any.
The chicken & veggies in the crock pot. I didn't have enough mixed veggies, so I added extra peas, corn & green beans that were just hanging out in the freezer. I need to buy more mixed veggies though...it's a great way to sneak in veggies that The Man doesn't normally eat, like green beans and Lima beans.
We were also out of cream of mushroom soup. We buy it at Costco and somehow forgot to buy more on our last trip. Oh well. I made a white sauce instead with the crock pot lady's instructions.
Then I didn't have any biscuit mix or refrigerated biscuits so I made my own. I mixed up some baking soda biscuits and plopped them on top. When I lived in China, my roommate Amy would make these when we wanted biscuits. I still use and love my Wycliffe International Cookbook. It has a little bit of everything. This book is a MUST for any missionary or anyone living overseas. It has recipes for things that we buy in the US (marshmallows, pancake syrup) plus great ideas for substitutions for ingredients. Anyway, here's what it looked like in my crockpot right before we dug in:
It was the perfect meal on a cold, rainy day. It didn't end there either. I was in a baking mood so I whipped up some apple crisp. I threw in about 1 cup of frozen wild blackberries.