Plymouth Area news for the week of February 16th, 2015

Wednesday was Bible study at the parsonage in Bowen followed by a church council meeting.  I am new to the church council so will need all the assistance which I can get.  Lent starts this week as Ash Wednesday is the 18th.  There are several studies at Living Faith during Lent.  Pat Phelps will start a new study at my home at 9:30 am on Thursday.  There is a Sunday evening study at the church at 6 pm.  There is a Wednesday evening study at the church at 7 pm and our New Testament study continues at the parsonage at 5:30 pm.  No matter your schedule, you should be able to fit one or two of these into it.
Headed to Macomb Tuesday morning to get fruit etc. for B&B guests who arrived on Friday.  Also got them some red roses.
Visited with Dot Burdett at Heartland.  Darla Whitford is now back at Heartland.  It is my understanding that she was brought from Peoria in an ambulance.  Please keep her in your thoughts.
Had two dealers at Plymouth Rock Antiques this week.  Love to see all customers!  Attended Sullivan and Son Auction on Saturday.  There was a huge crowd and prices were very strong.  Was not able to purchase much for resale but glad for the sellers as they had a great day.
My B&B guests did not get to see a great deal of me this weekend as I was off to the auction by 8:30 am Saturday and out the door at the same time on Sunday for church.  Fixed most of their breakfast and left it for them Saturday morning as they did not want to get up early enough to have breakfast before I left.  Offered to do the same thing on Sunday morning or fix them lunch after church  but said they would be leaving about 10 am and would take some fruit with them rather than doing lunch.  Prince Harry really enjoyed having company as Bible study has not met at my house for a couple of weeks.
Had several comments about my chicken casserole recipe from last week so will mention another favorite.
I used to fix chicken and dumplings when Ben was alive.  Don’t think I have done it since but chicken and dumplings sounded good this week as it is a good comfort food.  I fixed a batch and will be eating it all week as one cannot make a small batch.
Here is how I make them.  Boil a chicken or chicken parts with quite a bit of water as you want a lot of broth.  I always add a chopped onion with my chicken and poultry seasoning.  I cooked the chicken in my slow cooker, deboned it and transferred it to a glass cook pot with a tight fitting lid.  Bring the chicken back to a very low boil.  Mix 2 1/2 cups of baking mix with sufficient water to make a batter which can be spooned easily.  Not possible to give exact water amount but approximately a cup.  Spoon the dumplings onto to the top of the chicken and broth and cover immediately and cook without uncovering for 20 minutes.   The dumplings should be light and fluffy.  I added some carrots just before adding the dumpling mix and they had plenty of time to cook while the dumplings were cooking.  You could also add some chopped celery if you like.  Anyway, homemade chicken and dumplings is easy and as I said great comfort food for these cold days.
Hope you have a good week.  Will see some of you with ashes on your forehead on Wednesday.  Scatter Kindness.
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