Pink robe on, still wearing summer pj's... I'm in denial. First frost has not arrived in Arkansas but Old Man Winter came early to Chardon, Ohio where Facebook friend Kim lives. She sat in silence this morning as she filmed the early morning weather report on tv. I can feel her pain through the silence!
They are predicting a Cold, snowy winter for Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Well, it's only fair since we've had two mild ones in a row. Last winter I didn't even have to wear my big coat, when I ran errands it was a jacket or a sweater. I have the furnace set on 70 now, with firm resolve to keep it set there. I will fold when it really gets cold outside though! Our gas fireplace does a great job of keeping us toasty when we watch tv at night. "Zone heating," the new word for pot bellied stove! That's how our grandparents kept warm, they huddled around that black stove until their back sides were cooked then turned around and cooked the front!
Sharing a recipe this morning from Aunt B. She shares her friend Ellen's Never Fail Dumplings. Take that Old Man Winter!
Ellen Side's Never Fail Dumplings
1 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, beaten
5 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix flour, salt and shortening. Beat egg and water together then add to the flour mixture, making soft dough. Roll out into thin sheets. Dry 15 minutes or more. Cut into strips and drop into boiling broth. Don't cover. *Ms. Ellen doesn't tell us how long to cook, like most good cooks she just "knows" when they are done. For the rest of us, about 15-20 minutes on the timer should cook these tender dumplings through. Take one out and give a taste-test, maybe taste more than one...