A Victorian Christmas

Every year we go camping and see the Christmas lights. This year we went to Tifton, GA to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historical Museum for a Victorian Christmas.

We spent the day exploring the museum and learning about the agriculture of the 1800s. At night we took the Polar Express to the North Pole to see Santa.

We slept in a tent (and boy was it cold!) which gave my kids the same experiences that I had as a kid. I love taking my kids on new adventures.

Tifton, GA is about three hours from home. The Museum is really neat and there are some great guides to explain all the buildings. My kids even learned how they made corn meal.

The gift shop offered turpentine, local honey and canned goods. Totally with the trip and the cold nights.

Where’s your favorite place to see Christmas lights? Any family traditions that you are passing down to your kids?

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Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

It’s actually cold enough for frost to cover the ground here in the panhandle of Florida. And between work and Christmas shopping and baking, this family needed some good ole southern comfort food. My boyfriend loves chicken and Dumplings. He found a video on Facebook (Suzy Shirey Tidwell: Hoyt Tidwells Chicken and Dumplings video) and we followed that recipe. If you can’t find it on Facebook it is below. It’s simmering on the stove right now and I can’t wait to dig in.

The few things we did differently is we took 4 split chicken breasts and one large container of chicken broth and slow cooked them in the crock pot overnight. Leave the skin on the meat to make the broth richer.

Save the broth from the chicken to use as the base for the chicken and Dumplings.

Set aside the deboned, shredded chicken and save until ready.

Add 10 chicken bullion cubes to the broth and bring to a bowl.

Mix up: (by hand. DO NOT USE A SPOON)

3 cups of flour

1 egg

1/4 cup of shortening

1 cup of water

Add more flour as needed to make a stiff ball of dough.

Sprinkle flour on a pastry sheet and roll each ball out until thin. Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into long strips lengthwise and width wise. When the broth is boiling, add the Dumplings one mound at a time. Add pepper to taste.

Each time you add a mound of dough, shake the pot. Do not use spoons.

After all dough is added, shake one more time, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add chicken and stir with a wooden spoon. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite bread and enjoy!!