Stuff I Like!

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Halloween happenings over here…

I had a ton of links saved in my book marks so I thought I would put them all in one post because I think they’re worth sharing. We’ve got everything from ghosts, to white supremacy, to homeschooling, to vegan cook books covered. It is my world you’re entering after all.

Also I have to say I’ve been reading a lot of stuff on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assaults but I didn’t link to any of that here. 2017 has felt like a perpetual cycle of PTSD for anyone that has experienced sexual assault or harassment and honestly all this information coming out is good, I’m amazed by the women speaking up!, but also I get sick to my stomach that people are still so shocked. We elected a man to office with a history of sexual assault and harassment so I’m not really sure why people pretend this is all new? It makes me angry and sad and obviously I have a lot to say on the subject which is why I didn’t link to any of it here. But know I’m not ignoring it.

Anyway… on with the stuff I like!

The world is scary enough that I don’t need any extra horror in my life, but it is October and I’ve gotten in the Halloween spirit. I admit I trust nothing on the internet, but this video of a ghost in a high school was just spooky enough for me.

I bought this sheet music and am learning to play this song. I love the music from The Fountain and even choreographed a ballet to it. This was my first time printing off sheet music, it felt so weird. I remember going to the music store in Lubbock- Gent’s? What was that place called? Is it still there?- and picking out sheet music to learn with my piano teacher. I feel old.

I love the blog It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken and got Sam’s new cookbook in the mail this week. Already made her cheesy broccoli soup and it was delicious! Highly recommend for new vegans or people who want to add more plant based meals to their life.

I do not want him to be president again, but I find his post presidency life interesting and I appreciated George W. Bush’s speech denouncing white supremacy.  

And speaking of white supremacy, don’t come at me explaining why we need to keep statues or flags or any of that nonsense. I love Last Week Tonight and this segment of John Oliver taking on Confederate Statues

Like I said, I don’t need any more scary and books are way creepier to me than most movies, but I liked this list of the 10 Best Books for Stranger Things Fans To Read before the new season starts (ONE WEEK!)

I loved this post of People Matching Art

I am homeschooling my kids this year and one of the reasons is I want them to be critical thinkers, to not be afraid to step outside the box. I loved this story of a Kid finding solutions to the Flint water crisis 

November is National Novel Writing Month! Are you ready? Here are 28 Best Books on Writing Advice on Writing 

My kids are obsessed with wolves and we liked this cartoons of a wolf speak howling guide

We listen to a lot of audible around here. In the car, while the kids are having quiet time, and this is a good list of Audio Book Deals

This is something only my curly haired girls will relate to. Curly Hair Problems cartoon

Looking for fun simple crafts to do with your kids? We’ve been learning about trees and leaves this week so I liked some of these Autumn Leaf Crafts

I’ve also been incorporating a lot of poetry into our days. I found this article worth reading for anyone looking to use more poetry on a regular basis. How to Teach Kids Writing Using Poetry

I also listened to this podcast episode this week. Secular Homeschooling in a Christian World While we don’t have a particularly secular homeschool, I have recently felt very alone in the homeschooling community. I find not only a lot of Christians, but conservative Christians of the Evangelical bent. I absolutely do not want curriculum based in this world view and it is hard to know what is and what isn’t. I appreciated the hosts’ sensitivity to the subject and found myself nodding along.

Whew! That’s all I got! Hope everyone has a restful weekend! My big goal is to finish Halloween costumes and to not eat all the candy I bought yesterday before the trick or treaters get here.

Weird Ass Wednesday

Weird things I’ve seen.

Retro Camper in the middle of New Mexico

Zombie sticker

My son’s new shoes are too big for my liking

This weird cartoon… of Jesus?

This sculpture that felt a little too real

This huge horse trailer pulling into a parking garage. Only in Fort Worth guys.

Chicken and Dumplings Like My Mama Makes ‘Em

IMG_2703The term ‘comfort food’ gets thrown around so much on food blogs that I think it’s lost some of its meaning. A true comfort food is not only delicious, it should actually make you feel comfort from the inside out. There is usually a story that goes with it or a memory that a taste of it evokes, it’s emotional eating in (what I think is) the best way possible.

My ultimate comfort food is my mom’s chicken and dumplings. I believe this recipe comes from my grandmother and it’s pretty much the same as her mother made it. There are different ways to form the dumplings, I grew up with them spooned in in fat round clumps, and I have modified how I cook the chicken for times’ sake, but basically this is the way I remember eating it. When I crave comfort, I crave this dish. As soon as the weather is even a little bit cool out I make it and I love the leftovers for lunch in the days to come. Every family get together you can usually find this on the menu for one of the nights, it’s a great dish to make after a day of skiing and feeds a lot of people.

For the chicken- my mom boils and cubes an entire chicken, then saves the broth. I usually take a couple of boneless breasts and thighs and season them with salt and pepper. Then I brown them in my soup pot before adding water and letting them simmer for about an hour. It’s probably not as flavorful as the whole chicken, but it’s easier and faster and I think it’s still really good. Add in chicken stock or boullion cubes if you need to add more liquid after cooking for extra flavor!

For the dumplings:

Mix

3 cups flour

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup milk

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Work the mixture, adding extra flour, until it’s dough like (not too sticky). You can stop here and just scoop the dough into the soup or you can roll out the dough and cut it into small rectangles. Let it sit out a bit to dry. (I usually do this and then take out my chicken and shred or cut it and add more water/broth if needed while this is happening)

Heat the broth back to boiling. Put in the dumplings and cook at a slow simmer for about 30 minutes. Add in your chopped or shredded chicken for the last 10 minutes.

Pour in 1-2 cups of milk, don’t boil!, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Flora and Fauna: Late Summer Edition

Pretty and interesting flowers I’ve snapped on my phone these past few weeks. While I don’t love how hot it’s been (and will be again after this brief cool front), I do love how much color it brings. My favorites are the wildflowers and the vines of morning glories growing in our alley.

Did you know  hibiscus and okra are related? Which when you think about their flowers makes sense, but I had never put it together.

Well, hello Gorgeous!

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I’ve started this blog up again because I missed writing and sharing things I thought were cool. I’ve recently deleted all of my social media accounts, except for Instagram, and have enjoyed the space. However I still have things I want to share and found myself thinking up blog posts or wishing I had a way to share resources.

I started up a blog solely dedicated to sewing, Whit Makes, and I caught myself wanting to write more there. Instead I took my old blog, exported it, revamped it, and hope to be writing here again more frequently. I’m not sure yet what exactly this will be, but I know it will be about the things that interest me most at the time. I don’t plan on sharing my kids too much, I’d like to have them less on the internet than I have in the past, but they will of course be here in some way since we spend every waking hour together.

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