Friday, August 31, 2012

Five for Friday, vol 63

1. You got an Ace of Base cd stuck in your car stereo.

2. You drive the boat backwards when nature doesn't let you just float.

3. You always say sorry if you need to.

4. We both get so excited about the gifts we get for anniversaries and other events that we always give them early. (And I love my new watch, you're the best.)

5. "Do you want to hold hands?"

I love you.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Five for Friday, vol 62

1. Taco Panda.

2. You never want a Crustal Lite when I offer one, but you always happily finish mine.

3. "I vote dinosaur."

4. You find things on Pinterest to show me, after I've already pinned them. But we're on the same page and that's pretty cool.

5.When you get excited about getting ready to go on a trip, you can't help but ask a million questions in a row without giving me a chance to answer.

I love you.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Five for Friday, vol 61

1.  You're super excited about what you've come up with to put in your cousin's care package after his deployment.

2.  I've turned you into a chocoholic, one pawful of chocolate chips at a time.

3.  "Bianca is off the list."

4.  You're so proud of the little things and deals you find on Fab and Woot, like you're the first person ever to do so.

5.  You're kind of a hippy.  Just admit it.

I love you.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Chicken and dumplings

Lately, there's a chill in the air.  It hasn't recently felt as though we live on the surface of the sun.  I can almost feel it.  Fall is coming.

That means it's time to bust out super comforty, warm and cozy, delicious and carby soupy foods.


Almost Famous Chicken and Dumplings
6 C ff chicken broth
8 C water
3 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 bay leaves
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp table salt
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 T lemon juice
2 medium celery stalks, rough chop
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion, cut into chunks
1/4 C fresh parsley

1T baking powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 C all-purpose flour
1 C + 2T skim milk

Bring water and chicken broth to a boil in a large stock pot. Add chicken, 1 tsp salt, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaves, and parsley to the pot.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook chicken, uncovered, for two hours. The liquid will reduce by about 1/3.  When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot and set it aside.  Strain the stock and remove all veggies/solids.  Discard everything except strained liquid stock.  Pour the stock back into the pot and add bouillon.  Add pepper, remaining salt, and lemon juice, and then reheat over medium heat.  Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings.  Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and milk in a medium bowl.  Stir well until smooth, then let dough rest for 5-10 minutes. Using all of the dough, add to simmering stock in spoonfuls.  The dumplings will first swell and then shrink as they cook and partially dissolve to thicken the broth.  Simmer 20-30 minutes until it reaches a thick, gravy-like consistency.  While the stock is thickening, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces.  Add chicken back into the stock.  Continue to cook 5-10 additional minutes, stirring only occasionally. Serve hot.  Source unknown.

This freezes exceptionally well, so it will theoretically last well into cooler months.  I say theoretically, because it tends to go fast (at least in my house).


Friday, August 10, 2012

Five for Friday, vol 60

1. You want to know if they make dog shampoo that smells like root beer.

2.  You use the work I do as an example and a selling tool for your clients.  It's cute when you brag.


4.  You completely disregard time zones to be able to talk to me before I go to bed when you're out of town.

5.  Just so you know, when you travel I wear your yellow shorts.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Five for Friday, vol 59

1. I trust you to pick out the perfect sandwich for me.

2. I was told recently that we are fun to be around and that they love seeing our relationship in action. It was one of the most flattering compliments I've ever gotten. High five to us.

3. You make it easy.

4.  You bake cookies on your day off.  Huge cookies.  Cookies the size of my head.

5.  You give pep talks to the dogs about being good during the day.  Tucker listens.  Not sure about Penny - keep working on her.

I love you.