Today I started a new job! I am still a CNA, at a nursing home..but now, I am working at a different nursing home on a day shift! I am so excited to be away from the other home and job that I just about can’t stand myself LOL I knew I was unhappy where I was, but I didn’t really grasp the depth of how unhappy I was until I left. I am so excited to be working from 6am – 2pm! The duties involved in my new job will be a little different than what I am used to but I am looking forward to the change and the challenge! I am also looking forward to a set schedule. This means a more stable and routine existence for the kids and me. The only downside I see at the moment is the pay is a little less than what I was getting BUT there is plenty of opportunities to make it up in overtime..so I guess it really isn’t that bad! So..yay me! 🙂
So, being the responsible day worker that I am now, I put on boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cream of chicken soup in the crockpot to cook all day, just so I wouldn’t have to worry about supper tonight. My plan had been to serve it over rice or mashed potatoes. That is, until the kids informed me that they LIKE chicken and dumplin’s and that that is what they thought I had been cooking all day:( (My childhood memories of chicken and dumplin’s is horrific at best and I had no idea my kids even liked them!) Being the super mom that I am, I quickly scoured the webz for a quick, easy, and (hopefully) delish dumplin’ recipe. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ree over at The Pioneer Woman had a recipe that sounded pretty good. You can find that recipe here. I modified it just a little bit. Instead of using half and half, I used 3/4c. buttermilk and 3/4c. 2% milk and white cornmeal instead of yellow. I then just dropped the dumplin’s in the crockpot and simmered on high for about 30 minutes. It was so good the kids pretty much just licked the crockpot clean LOL I will warn you, though, the dumplin’s spread out during the cooking process so it is possible to make them pretty small and still have a decent sized dumplin’ when you are done.
This has probably been one of the best days I’ve had in a really long time:))