This is nothing special, well to you anyway. I'm not a scrapbook type, or a baby book writer, or even a picture printer. I'm terrible at recording memories. This blog is my attempt at holding on to some of my life as a Christian, a wife, and a homeschooling Mom of 5. I am a country girl that lived in a big city for 14 years, and moved to the Deep South for quiet, quaint, small town living.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Comfort food

I love food.  
A little too much.
Maybe even 'a lot' too much.

I saw on Pinterest a quote.
"You are not a dog, don't reward yourself with food."
I should stop that.

But I didn't see anything about comforting yourself with food.
Only humans so that, right?

Well, I missed my Mom, so I made something that reminds me of her.

She made me my favorite soup when I came home from the hospital after having her first grandchild.
I wasn't so sure if I wanted anyone staying with me when I just had a baby, (learning it all, feeling not so hot, and looking worse than that.) but I'm forever grateful that she came for a week.  She did so much to help, was encouraging, and we connected on a new level.
It was only 7 weeks later that she died. 

When I think of that, I can't help but see her in my tiny kitchen ready to serve me.
Peas and Dumpling Soup.
Heaven in a bowl.
 If you don't know what slippery dumplings are, you are missing out.
I was short on time, so I cheated with Annie's frozen dumplings.
Of course, homemade is way better, but Annie's is a decent substitution.
(It might be the only substitution.  I've never seen any other flat dumplings in stores.)
 I cooked the ham bone all day in the crock pot (on low), added a bag of frozen peas, S&P, then got the soup hot again (on high).  After an hour, I added the frozen dumplings.  I break them up spoon size for soup, and drop them in one at a time.  I used half the box.
 And that is it.  
Ham, peas, and dumplings.
 Maggie approved.
And I thought about my Mom.
With just Maggie and I eating together, it was quiet.
I pretended Mom was hanging out with us, enjoying a bowl too.


  1. We use the same "dumplings" but call it pastry in the south. Joshua's favorite is Chicken and pastry!!! BTW.....for the record Annie's is made in a little town called Ayden, North of the many places I used to live!!!!!!!! WE DO IT RIGHT IN THE SOUTH!!!

  2. oh, honey. i miss you, friend. sending hugs....and i seriously want to make that soup.