Just Call Me Paula

I had a can of vegetable stock staring down at me from the top of the pantry ever since we moved into the apartment last May. Yesterday afternoon, it finally bothered me so much, I had to do something.

I hopped on Google, and I ended up picking out this black bean vegetable soup recipe.

I also got so bored last night, I went ahead and made the soup, so I wouldn’t have to make it today. (Being productively lazy is one of my specialties.)

I substituted the garlic for garlic powder. It recommends 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder per clove or 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt per clove, but I used 1/4 teaspoon, and it tasted fine.

As well, I rekindled my long lost dislike of onions. I’m terrible at chopping them, my apartment smells funky, and my eyes are still burning like I stared directly into a heater on full blast. (Anyone with contacts knows what I’m talking about…) But the soup itself, I enjoyed. We’re going to try it for dinner tonight with Fritos.

[UPDATE: Definitely better with Fritos and shredded cheese!]

This morning, I made waffles. It was the same recipe I used before that I found on Pinterest. However, I cut the recipe in half this time, so I didn’t have another Tower O’ Waffles for only two people. This time was also significantly less messy. *thumbs up*

While cooking breakfast, I remembered a post my boyfriend’s aunt tagged me in on Facebook. She wanted to make a cookbook out of people’s family recipes, and she asked if I had any I wanted to share. I gave her the recipes for my mom’s chicken and dumplings and our family’s gelatin salad dessert. I will save the gelatin salad for another time (it is mainly a holiday dish), but I thought I would share the chicken and dumpling recipe with you guys. It is super simple and super yummy!

Mom’s Chicken and Dumplings

1 Large Can of Chicken

2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup

2 Cans Milk or 1/2 Milk and 1/2 Water

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Powder

2 Cans of Biscuits

(This serves 3-4 people. I use Great Value biscuits and canned chicken, but it really doesn’t matter. I also prefer two cans of milk instead of the half and half.)

  1. Combine Cream of Chicken, milk/milk mixture, and can of chicken in a large pot.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Tear biscuits into chunks.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and add biscuits.
  6. Stir frequently until dumplings look fluffy.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
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