Hey Dumplin’

First things first.

I made this card a week or so ago and intended to share it with y’all on Valentine’s Day, but then life got in the way, I didn’t get cards mailed out and I didn’t want to spoil it by posting it on the blog first.

So. Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

I had book club tonight, which usually means that the boys are on their own for dinner. However, ever since I watched Top Chef All-Stars last week, I’ve been seriously craving chicken & dumplings (okay, Carla made chicken pot pie, not dumplings- but still… comfort food…). Then I ran across this recipe for a slow cooker version and had to try it. The boys had it for dinner tonight; I guess it will be my lunch tomorrow.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

(Adapted from Allrecipes.com)

  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Bag Frozen Mixed Vegetables (carrots, peas, corn and green beans)
  • 2 Cans Condensed Reduced-fat Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 Tbs Butter, cut into small pieces
  • Chicken Broth
  • 1 16oz Can Buttermilk Biscuits

1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray or line with a crock pot liner.

2. Layer diced onion, veggies and chicken breasts. Sprinkle with butter pieces, then pour on condensed soup. Add enough chicken broth to almost submerge the chicken breasts.

3. Cook on high 4-5 hours. Remove chicken breasts and shred with 2 forks. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker.

4. About 45 minutes to an hour before serving, open can of biscuits and tear each biscuit into small-ish pieces. Add biscuit dough to slow cooker and continue cooking until “dumplings” are cooked through (no longer taste raw/doughy).

Just FYI: I was concerned that I’d added too much chicken broth (it looked more like chicken soup), but once I shredded the chicken and added the dumplings, it really thickened up- probably thanks to all the starch from the biscuits. So don’t worry if it looks watery at first.

Slow cooker photos never look very tasty…

Is this better?

(On a somewhat related note, Dumplin’ is one of my many nicknames for Chloe. Because she’s so cute and squishy.)

I’ve come to the conclusion that Pineapple Chobani is the best Chobani. This looks just like yesterday’s breakfast. It’s not, I promise.

Jack’s been harder to please on the breakfast front lately. I switched him from Van’s to Aldi waffles and he’s having none of THAT. I tried to get back in his good graces this morning by introducing him to cinnamon toast.

I think he liked it. But I bought more Van’s just in case.

This afternoon we met Patty and my mom for lunch at Souper Salad. Have I mention that, in many ways, SS is the ideal restaurant for a toddler? Babies eat free (up to age 3, I think), and there are plenty of pre-chopped, healthy options so you don’t have to spend the entire meal dissecting food. Jack loves the peas, beets, turkey, pasta, black olives… oh, what doesn’t Jack like??

My salad.

Let’s see… other notables from today. Oh, I went for a short 3 mile run today and it pretty much kicked my ass. Maybe I should have taken a day off after yesterday’s long run? It’s such a bummer when you’re all excited to get out there and go, but your legs feel like cement. On the upside, I downloaded a bunch of music last night (why am I just discovering the Avett Brothers??) so at least the playlist didn’t suck.

Jack had his first music class today. One of the other moms in our neighborhood group is conducting the class, and it was precious. They had their own little instruments and played with a parachute and bubbles. Jack was into it for about 5 minutes and then decided he’d rather crawl around and sample the other babies’ sippy cups instead. Oh well, maybe next week.

Holy moly, it’s not even 11 and I’ve been to book club AND blogged! It’s a miracle. Oh, and for book club this month we read Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. It was really good (though not Hunger Games good- let’s not get crazy), but definitely a tearjerker. So what should I read next??

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8 Responses to Hey Dumplin’

  1. Patty Barteau says:

    When my kids were little, they could eat FREE at Souper Salads until 5 years old!! That was many years ago but, maybe that’s still the rule. Bonus!!! Lunch was fun as always!!

  2. Amy says:

    I feel very jilted that there are no Souper Salads near where I live…. they sound like a great lunch place. Thanks for sharing the chicken & dumplings recipe…. totally adding it to the weekend queue :)

  3. Kelsey Balch says:

    SO doing that chicken and dumpling recipe! I have been craving it… so weird! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Rose says:

    Oh my goodness. Little Jack is so cute. Happy 10 years to you and Brian by the way!

  5. annie says:

    oh i love chicken and dumplings! i must make this!

  6. Marie E. says:

    holy crap. that’s about the cutest jack postcard in the world! i’ve been MIA! i ‘ve had the flu!

  7. Tammy says:

    That just may be the cutest Jack picture yet. Love those baby toes. It’s funny you had a crockpot recipe (which i will defitnitely be trying) I just got mine out and fired it up this weekend for some carne asada.

  8. Dana says:

    Sarah’s Key is a MUST read, if you haven’t read that yet!

    If you want something pretty similar to Winter Garden, but not sappy, read Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum.

    If you liked Winter Garden, read True Colors, Firefly Lane, The Things We Do For Love, Between Sisters, Angel Falls or Comfort & Joy. For a month last year, I was really feeling into sentimental emotional books and went on a Kristin Hannah marathon. These were all really really good.

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