There, in the sun

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“Don’t move!” I told her.

The sun shines through the west window for a short time each late afternoon, hitting a narrow sliver of wall half way between the dining room and living room. Sometimes I move the dining room chair and sit in that small sliver, if only for a short time and let the sun soak into my face, eyes closed.

She was walking from the living room to the dining room and paused just a moment and I happen to look over at that moment and I told her Don’t move because I wanted to capture the sun on her blue hair.  One moment more either way and I would have missed it.

How many moments like that have we missed because we’re too busy walking or talking or cleaning or doing?  The sun follows the same path every day. It isn’t the sun that changes, it is I. I don’t want to miss what the sun lights.

She stopped briefly in the sun, just long enough for me to capture the frame.

She stopped briefly in the sun, just long enough for me to capture the frame.

Stand tall

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Chicks and Cat

Easter dinner was over and we were feeling festive. Then the chicks stood up to make a statement. Everyone listened, even the cat who was rather confused.

Teamwork is not underrated, especially when you’re little and the opponent is big.

Never give up!

The last egg

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Every year I save one colored Easter egg in the back of the egg bin in the fridge. All winter long it’s a nice reminder that spring is on the way.

Soon this egg will be replaced with a new one. Its fun seeing art in the refrigerator! I’m planning on hanging a little painting on one of those pristine white walls.

Snowflakes

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This is what actually covers that beautiful field of white.
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I only had a short time this afternoon to capture these. They were melting on landing so I had to catch them quick. Imagine entire fields, mountains and hills covered with snowflakes. Breathtaking!

Meringue Breakfast Buns again

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While it was freezing outside, this was going on in my oven this morning.

Savory Meringue Breakfast Buns in the oven

Savory Meringue Breakfast Buns in the oven


I posted about this before and you can find the recipe on my blog here.
They were soooo delicious. Oh the crunch! Oh the creamy! Something magical happens when you bake cheese on top of meringue. Please try it!
Meringue Breakfast Buns, served with banana drizzled with Tomato Marmalade.

Meringue Breakfast Buns, served with banana drizzled with Tomato Marmalade.

Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings

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Well now, this post is a bit late! Ha ha! But the recipe is applicable to any party leftovers of hot wings, a veggie tray and chip dip. Hey, you don’t even need a party. The night we had this, the soup WAS the party!

What do you do after the Super Bowl game with all those delicious leftovers? I had some spicy Hot Chicken Wings, a veggie tray and chip dip. They were the perfect leftovers to make spicy Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings!

This recipe doesn’t need many measurements. Just use what you have and it will be delicious.

Start the soup broth by putting hot chicken wings in a couple quarts of water with a handful of herbs. I used Bouquet Garni.

Place hot chicken wings and a handful of fresh or dried herbs in a couple quarts of water in a pot.

Place hot chicken wings and a handful of fresh or dried herbs in a couple quarts of water in a pot.


Simmer a bit.
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In the meantime, in a little oil and butter in a skillet, saute the veggie tray vegetables. I had pepper strips, carrots and broccoli and added more carrots.
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When the veggies have browned a bit on the edges, add a little water to deglaze.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken wings from the broth and let them cool on a plate.
Stir the veggies and liquid into the pot of broth. Simmer on low.
I added a bit of thyme and fresh rosemary along with the sauteed veggies.

I added a bit of thyme and fresh rosemary along with the sauteed veggies.


While the soup is simmering, make the Chip Dip Dumplings. Whisk together 3 cups flour, 5 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl. Cut 1/4 cup unsalted butter and 1/4 cup shortening into the dry ingredients until crumbly.
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Measure about 3/4 cup chip dip. I had a little less so I added another spoonful of sour cream. Then I added milk to make about 1 1/4 cup of sour cream liquid. Beat one egg in a bowl.
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Stir the sour cream mixture and egg into the flour mixture. Mix with a fork until everything sticks together.
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The dumpling mixture will be sticky and lumpy.
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Taste the soup and add more seasoning if desired. We added more Frank’s Red Hot sauce and Cholula Hot Sauce. I also transferred the soup into a bigger pot to make room for the dumplings to puff up. Add more water if necessary. The dumplings absorb quite a bit of liquid while cooking so it’s ok if there seems to be too much liquid.
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Use a fork to drop blobs of dumpling dough on top of the simmering broth. The recipe makes a lot of dumplings, plenty for 8 or more servings. The dumplings will be crowded but that’s ok. Cover with a lid, turn down heat to low and time 15 minutes. While the dumplings are cooking, debone the chicken wings.
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Remove the lid and check the dumplings. I use a fork to break one open. If it’s not done, I cover with the lid and time another couple minutes.
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When the dumplings are done, use a big fork to lift them off the soup and transfer to another dish.
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Look at that fluffy mountain of dumplings!
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Stir the chicken meat into the soup and heat. The dumplings absorb a lot of liquid so add more water and seasonings if you want. Heat and serve.
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Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings. What a yummy way to use party leftovers!
Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings. It was delicous!

Super Bowl Soup with Chip Dip Dumplings. It was delicous!

On my worktable – angels from Germany

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I made the dusty wood organizer many years ago. It needs decluttering every so often. I must do that soon! It holds bottles of ink, pen nibs, feathers. The angels are from http://www.blumchen.com.

EDITED to add that this post was uploaded from my smartphone. Yay for the WordPress app! It was easy to use and worked perfect. Now to get better at phone photography…

A Warm February Day in the Woods

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The sun set slow and beautiful.
The warmth wove between us like soft sunbeams.

Winter Tree

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I accidentally set the exposure in my camera wrong. But sometimes what we do wrong ends up being way better than right. God didn’t want me to see a bare winter tree in my mom’s yard, he wanted to show me all the color.

Watercolor Winter Tree. This is a photograph, badly overexposed and with some motion blur. But oh the color! I almost missed it. Some day I'm going to make a real watercolor like it.

Watercolor Winter Tree. This is a photograph, badly overexposed and with some motion blur. But oh the color! I almost missed it. Some day I’m going to make a real watercolor like it.

On my Worktable… continuing teacup cross stitch and embroidery

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Cross stitch nearly finished. The words will be embroidered. Then adding more embroidery and seed beads will be the really fun part.

Cross stitch nearly finished. The words will be embroidered. Then adding more embroidery and seed beads will be the really fun part.