Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chicken & Dumplings

This recipe was adapted by the one in Rachael Ray's cookbook.

Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 6 carrots
  • 6 celery stocks
  • 3 cans of chicken broth
  • 1 small onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 Tbs flour
  • Jiffy mix
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil (separated in half)


Directions:

Scrape carrots & then slice. Cut tops off of celery & slice. Combine carrots & celery & set aside in a bowel. Chop onions.

Heat a large frying pain on low to medium heat & sauté onions until translucent. Peel garlic clove & chop. Add garlic to onion & cook for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn garlic.

Clean chicken breast & pat dry. Cut chicken into cubes & place in a plastic bag. Add 2 tablespoons of flour to bag. Add a few dashes of salt & pepper to the bag. Shake chicken in bag, making sure that each chicken cube in coated with flour. Add chicken to the onion & garlic in the pan & brown. Once chicken is brown, remove the chicken from heat & place in a separate bowel & set on the side.

In same pan that chicken was browned, add another teaspoon of olive oil. Allow oil to warm then add carrots & celery then sauté for about 5 minutes.

You will need 2 large pots, like a dutch oven to prepare the rest of the recipe. Add 1 can of chicken broth to each dutch oven & ½ of the remaining can to each pot. Allow broth to come to a mild boil. Add half carrots & celery to each dutch oven. Give carrots & celery a good stir. Add ½ of chicken to each dutch oven. Turn heat down to low once chicken is added.

Prepare Jiffy mix according to package for drop biscuits. Drop spoonfuls Jiffy Mix into the dutch oven. Divide the mixture between both pots. Cover dutch oven with lid or foil. Allow to simmer on low for about 15 minutes. You want the biscuits to rise in the pot. Remove heat from pots & allow the contents in the pot to thicken up. Once chicken mixture appears thick, it is ready to enjoy.





Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Groundhog Day

Yes, it is groundhog day at my house once again. If you follow my blog, you know about the ordeal that I went through last summer with my mom. Well last Friday at about 2:45 am my mom took a dive down our stairs causing her to break her wrist & arm.

She is having surgery today & will go to rehab for some time. After that, I am not sure what will happen. I'm not sure I can put myself through the chances of her falling again. I have been in contact with some folks about assisted living. The madness just never ends!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tying to Get that Feeling Again

How does that old Barry Manilow song go? "I've been up, down, trying to get that feeling again."

I've been trying to get that feeling of my childhood back. Those were the days of no stress or worries. Or, when I first got married & we went on our honeymoon. I had a feeling of eternal happiness.

Well, I have been trying so hard to get those feelings back. There have been days when I have caught glimpses of it but it runs away so fast.

My question is, how do I keep that feeling?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Homemade Pizza Sauce

For years I have tried different ways to make homemade pizza sauce. I think I finally found what I was looking for.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

  • Three cans of tomato paste (6 oz can)
  • One can of tomato sauce (15 oz can)
  • Half cup of chopped onion
  • Three cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar
  • Dry oregano- a few generous shakes (alternative to use is pizza seasoning).


In a sauce pan add 3 cans of tomato paste & tomato sauce, cook on low heat.

Add onions, garlic, olive oil, sugar & oregano.

Continue to cook for about 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.

ENJOY!





Friday, July 2, 2010

How Do You Know When You Are Making the Right Decisions

How do you know when you are making the right decisions? I am looking for any input from those who have been through the process of caring for an elderly parent.

I am a 40 something woman caring for my 84 year old mother, in addition to my two beautiful children ages 11 & 9. This confirms I am the sandwiched generation. Over the past year, my husband & I have been faced with many decisions regarding my mother's care.

Last fall, I made the decision to place her in assisted living. It was not an easy decision, however it was the decision that I made.

During her stay, all mom did was cry & say she couldn't stay there. We came to a compromise that we would build a bigger house & she would live with us. That is when the search for a lot began & through the grace of God, we found the perfect place to meet our wants & needs.

In the interim, we moved my mother from assisted living to save on expenses. The living arrangements have been very tight in a tiny house with only one bathroom. We transformed our dining room into her bedroom & had to take a number for bathroom privileges.

Well the time finally arrived for the long awaited move. Everyone has their own room, three bathrooms, one powder room & a finished basement (in the event that my mom would no longer be able to climb the stairs). Now is the time to enjoy & relax in the new house.

Over the past week, her behavior has been very bizarre. I'm not sure if it's dementia or her being a brat? I'm beginning to think she is bipolar. She goes from being depressed to a happy grandmother, but the majority of the behavior is depression & now she is showing anger towards us.

I'm not sure how more of this behavior I can take. I can't do or day anything to make her happy. It is getting so bad it is staring to have an impact on the kids. Last Saturday I reached a breaking point & called my sister who happens to live out of state. I pleaded with her for HELP!
Hell must have frozen over, because she & my niece would hit the road the next day to pick her up & take her off my hands for at least 2 weeks.

I'm not sure how long her "vacation" will last. After one night, she told my sister that she can only stay for a day & has to go home. So let the adventures in babysitting begin for someone else. In the mean time I will regroup, come up with a plan, & enjoy not having the anchor attached to me.

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