The cooking onions think it’s springtime and are growing!
2 organic chickens, 8 cups of stock, 3 onions, 6 carrots, and 2 bay leaves
My son is like I was at 16 years old. As soon as spring was in the air and the ground becomes mud, I wanted to be in it. I remember one spring when I rubbed mud from the dirt road on my face (I was so weird when I was 16) and guess what happened? My face turned sore from the road salt in the mud.
ETHAN was outside with his little brothers. They started out on the trampoline, but as I drove off to pick up Jacob from school, I saw the four of them tramping off into the woods, all in BARE FEET. Mind you, there is still quite a bit of snow and was only 46 degrees. They were all thrilled to do it, and Ethan was kind enough to carry Seth part of the way. I wish I had a picture of them disappearing into the trees as a clump of happy, joyful country boys. They told me later it was a “barefoot adventure”.
I had to get some groceries after I picked up Jake and there were flowers 75 percent off. I bought 2 bouquets of roses for 5 dollars.
Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. John Ruskin
I love having flowers and plants in the house.
While I worked on dinner, Seth, David, Sherlock the cat, Caleb, Sammy the cat, and Sarah watched a Winnie the Pooh movie. (the one from 2011, I love it, it’s such a cute movie).
They looked so cozy that I had to take a couple pictures. I adore how they snuggle up together.
I had to laugh when I looked down at the dog while I was taking pictures of the children, he was waiting for his turn.
He even brought his own prop to the photo shoot.
What he really wanted all along was chicken bits. 🙂
I left Jacob (my hardworking helper) to dice the cooked chicken and veggies while I once again drove to school, this time to get Grace.
As soon as I got home, we finished everything up.
veggies, chicken, and gravy; right before I put the biscuits on top
The children were all eager for it to get DONE. I made a double batch — a big lasagna pan and a 9 by 13 pan.
I’m hoping that if you want the recipe, you will click on the photo and it will enlarge enough for you to read it, as it is quite a bit of typing. I remember when I started making this dish almost 20 years ago. It was a recipe I found in a Taste of Home magazine. Rich’s grandma used to renew my subscription every year and I enjoyed studying each issue. I wasn’t used to cooking or baking when I got married and I found this recipe laborious. It is still time consuming, but much easier to put together. Rest assured, with practice, working in the kitchen gets more enjoyable every year. It just goes to show that if you stick with something you WILL get good at it!
The children all liked the meal, I think, although Seth did object to carrots. “Don’t you remember, I throw up when I eat these?” And I know for a fact that Caleb didn’t appreciate the mushrooms because he had to tell me; “I LOVE the mushrooms, MOM.” So I wouldn’t feel bad because I’m a mind reader and know that he doesn’t like them. David simply said nothing and left all his mushrooms in his bowl. I ate them later on. Jacob asked me if we could add flour to the gravy to make it thicker even though it was already completely baked. Rich said, “mmmmmm”.
If you have read a book that is impossible to put down because it is so well-written and fascinating, I would be grateful for the title. I’m getting ready to go on vacation on Monday and I need a few books on my kindle. I’m reluctantly leaving War and Peace at home because it weights so much. thx