Leftover Chicken & Dumplings, and a Tip

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This was a leftover concoction that was good enough to be put into the permanent recipe rotation:

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) chicken broth
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp black pepper
salt to taste
2-3 cups leftover chicken, diced
1-2 cups leftover mixed vegetables

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Ice water

In a Dutch oven, saute celery and onion in butter over medium heat until translucent. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat. Simmer 15-20 minutes.

To prepare the dumplings: Mix the flour and salt, and mound together in a mixing bowl. Beginning at the center of the mound, drizzle a small amount of ice water over the flour. Using your fingers, and moving from the center to the sides of the bowl, gradually incorporate about 3/4 cup of ice water. Knead the dough and form it into ball.

Dust your work surface with flour. Roll out the dough (it will be firm), working from center to 1/8-inch thick. Let the dough relax for several minutes.

With a kitchen shears, cut the dough into 1-inch pieces. Gradually drop the pieces into the simmering soup. Cook until the dumplings float and are no longer doughy, about 3 to 4 minutes.

If anyone is looking for a source of free, age-appropriate math worksheets for kids this summer, here’s a great resource:

Homeschool Math

During our learning time, Bee has been working on multiplication tables, and telling time on a clock face, and we’ve gotten nearly all of her worksheets from this site.

Cakes has been working on letter identification and writing, using a preschool workbook that I found at a garage sale (it had two pages scribbled on, but was otherwise untouched). She’s been doing very well, except the other day she came downstairs, where I was putting laundry in the washing machine, and informed me,

“Mommy, I don’t want to make C’s anymore. I’m too lazy.”

I doubt that they’ll accept this excuse when she starts school, but I have to give her props for her honesty.

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Heather is a minimalist in love with a recovering packrat. 7 years ago, she and her husband sold pretty much anything that wasn't nailed down in order to pay off their mortgage, and they've been living happily debt-free ever since. They have 3 hilarious little kids who were conceived with the help of in vitro fertilization, and they haven't had a good night's sleep in the last decade. Heather is an anglophile who loves all things British, and spends her free time looking at real estate listings in Cornwall. Every day, she and her family work toward a simpler, more meaningful life. Some days are awesome, some are disastrous, and you can read about all of them here.

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