Kaden has been getting braver every single day with his “cruising” around on the furniture. He has taken to hanging from the entertainment center… safe, huh? I keep feeling like he is bound to walk soon, I guess we will see.
So, try as I might, I cannot seem to find chicken stock here. We shop at a store called LuLu’s Hypermarket (don’t let the “hyper” part fool, it is just a grocery store). I like it because it is right across the street from our house, so we don’t have to go far. With the traffic here, that is always a plus. The problem is, they don’t have a lot of “American” items. Most of it I have gotten over and have just learned to alter my preferred tastes or just eat new or different things. But I keep running into recipes that call for chicken broth or stock. Sooo, I decided to apply my domestic genius and make it myself! Below is a picture of my fabulous stock, ready to be cooked. It turned out so much better than I would have hoped! Even though it takes hours to make, with the wonderful smell making you feel starving the whole time, it was definitely worth it. I got about 2 quarts worth of stock.
So last night, using the cooked veggies (I cut them up) from the stock and some chicken pieces, and of course, a few cups of the stock, I made a chicken and dumplings soup-ish-stew thing! Haha It was supposed to be soup with dumplings in it, but then it got pretty thick and chowder-like. It tasted like my Mom’s “chicken pastry” that I ate so much as a kid, just with pieces of carrots, onion, and celery in it. It was fabulous!
As I mentioned in my last post, Stu started Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Here is my handsome man with his gi. Isn’t he a stud muffin??? Kaden and I went to practice with him again last night and he is actually a lot better than I would have guessed against these guys who have been doing this a LOT longer. We had learned a lot in Boise it turns out. It is a blast for me to watch them fight though. I am way more into the research and observation end of the sport, and then it is something we can talk about technically and both understand in different ways. So yay.
Stu in his gi.
Here is a closer shot so you can see the patches.
Anywho, that’s about it for me today. I just did 175 jumping jacks and I feel like I’m going to pass out! I think Kaden and I will go have lunch now.
Kaden helping Mommy sing "Baa baa black sheep".