Hope you’re all enjoying the first week of the New Year so far. I’ve been spending a few days with my parents and family in Georgia, so thought I’d share some of my mama’s famous chicken and dumplings.
OK, so they are only famous in my family, but these are the comfort pots of goodness that I grew up with.
Doesn’t that look positively scrumptious? If you have never had homemade chicken and dumplings, I promise you are missing out on a beautiful thing in life.Yum! Comfort food at its best. I did learn to make these, but haven’t done them myself for awhile.
But, here’s the low-down on the dumpling recipe. It’s a simple recipe made with plain flour, salt, and water. Mix that up together, into a dough ball that can be rolled out flat and cut into little strips. On a floured surface, just roll out the dough ball, nice and flat. Cut into strips and drop into a hot boiling pot of chicken broth and shredded chicken.
My mom makes her own broth by boiling chicken legs and parts and deboning, freezing it all and then getting it out when she wants to make something with it. I gave it a try and it’s really not hard, so if I can do it, so can you!See those cute little dumplings? These are the best dumplings you can imagine, no kidding. Check out her cute little pineapple salad she made for us too. Isn’t that old-fashioned? I love my mama, she is just the best mama in the world. Fresh broccoli from their garden rounded it out.
I was over at my sis’s house and took a look at her storage areas in her basement, as well as the Christmas closets down there. Some of you had asked how she stores all her Christmas decor. Well, she has a great full-size basement that’s been outfitted with shelving and lots of storage opportunities, so take a look at these ideas IF you happen to have a basement. A large room with concrete floor, they added these nice steel shelving units and some plastic ones too. Great for storage for anything extra. She said to tell you this is still a work in progress and she’s planning to organize it better.She’s got all sorts of extra stuff stored here. I have nothing like this at my house, do you? She loves entertaining, so definitely needs to have room for all of that stuff when tends to be big and take up a lot of space.Another plastic rack holds more.And yet another steel rack here in the corner. Right outside that room, is another space that my sis wants to turn into a craft room eventually. It has 2 sets of mirrored closets and this is where most of her Christmas gets stored. She said there are 4 trees standing up to the right that you can’t see. And here’s the 2nd mirrored closet. She definitely has more storage space than most of us do. So, that gives you some ideas on what sort of shelving you can get for storage and organization. Say hello to Buster, the Boston.Look what my niece got me for Christmas! How funny is this and she looks sorta like me too. I love it, a Christmas ornament.
So, that’s been my weekend. Hope yours was good too. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on this month that I will be sharing with you later, so might not be blogging as much as normal, but I will be around.
Have a great week!