Life’s a Jungle

Life’s a jungle these days. There’s a thicket of dirty laundry, dishes, or diapers around every corner. Little creatures squawk, howl, and cry out in the darkness of the night. Foraging for food is a real past time, and one must always remember to proceed with caution when picking up a little howler monkey that just might expel something questionable.

Speaking of navigating new terrain, Bear, at 3 1/2 years old, informed me yesterday that she no longer wants to be Rapunzel when she grows up. She wants to be Taylor Swift.




The Menu




Chicken with Scallion Dumplings (recipe from Canal House Cooking, Volumn 3, Winter and Spring  via Turntable Kitchen)

This recipe hails from one of my favorite cookbooks (check out Canal House). It is truly beautiful in it’s simplicity and a recipe to keep in your back pocket for any occasion. After all, who doesn’t love tucking in to a warm bowl of chicken and dumplings? I have made this recipe countless times over the years. It is always eaten with gusto around our table.

Sides: Steamed asparagus


Chrissy Teigen’s Sleepytime Stew & Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes (recipe from Cravings: Hungry for More)

I received this cookbook for Christmas and, let me tell you, it makes me so happy. I’ve bookmarked just about every recipe to try and I’ve read through the entire cookbook more than once. The Sleepytime Stew with Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes was the first recipe I tried, and it was delicious! It simmered away on the stove all afternoon making me feel like a domestic goddess again (as opposed to a milk machine). It’s a delicious combination of beef, Worcestershire sauce, aromatics, white beans, and jalapeno. Check out the book at the library (or buy it!) and dig in.

Sides: Sliced raw veggies


Pizza drop off. Thanks, Pastor Jeff 🙂

Sides: Salad




Dinner at Big Bowl. Red wine, egg rolls, shrimp rangoon, and yellow chicken curry. I so deserved this.


I have no idea. I’m sure we ate something.

(Jan 6th, 2019 – Jan 12th, 2019)

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