|She still believes. Can't you see it in her eyes?|
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
|I think I'm saying: "Are you sure you want to go out there in your sneakers?"|
By the way, snow, it's okay if you melt now. I am not ready to give up running on non-snowy trails for the year quite yet. Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
It snowed all day in Bangor, and it's still coming down. I'd say there are about 8 inches of snow. Here is the latest update about the plans for tomorrow's Turkey Trek "trail run."
It may look a little different this year, but we are still on, and please consider coming out and joining us. You are welcome to come and cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, or if you don't mind your feet getting cold, run. Come on... be adventurous! Be tough! Be cool! I'm bringing 60 cups of hot coffee donated by Tim Hortons. Don't make me drink it all.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Here is how this recipe came into my life: on the night my dad died, when the rest of us returned to my mom's house, there was a big pot of Chicken and Dumplings sitting on my mom's front porch, cooked by a neighbor friend. We all appreciated this meal so much, that it was just there waiting for us, and it also just happened to be so delicious and comforting that we all asked for the recipe.
This recipe is a little time consuming, but not difficult at all. It's great for a Sunday when you are home doing things around the house, or in my case, when you are off running a race, but dinner is cooking away while you're gone.
Chicken and Dumplings
1 stewing chicken (4 lbs) or 4-5 chicken breasts
1 small onion, quartered
1 carrot, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 tsp salt
4 tbs butter
6 tbs flour
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 cup light cream or milk
pepper to taste
Lightly boil chicken, onion, carrot, celery, and salt in enough water to cover until chicken is done. Remove chicken from broth and let cool, then chop or shred (I like to shred it) the meat and reserve.
Strain the cooked veggies out of the broth and add water if necessary to make at least 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of chicken stock.
In a heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter. Stir in flour and paprika (it will make a thick paste). Slowly add the broth to the butter/flour mixture while constantly mixing with wire whisk. Broth should end up quite thick. Add the milk or cream and pepper, chicken chunks and adjust seasons if necessary. Simmer over low heat.
Meanwhile, mix up the dumplings, which you can either make with Bisquick and use the dumpling recipe on the side of the box OR make them from scratch:
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 tbs shortening
3/4 cup milk
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Dip a tablespoon into cold water and then into dough and drop the spoonfuls of dough onto the bubbling chicken stew; one batch will make about 10 dumplings. Cover and cook for 15 minutes until dumplings float to the top and become big and puffy.
I am out of school for Thanksgiving break. Tomorrow will be spent baking pies, and Skyler is my helper. Her specialty is pressing the fork around the pie crust edges. I will be baking 5 pies, so we will be busy.
Turkey Trek (click here for details): If you are local and you are planning on joining us for the Turkey Trek run/ walk on Thanksgiving morning, please don't be scared by Wednesday's snow storm. We doubt the trail will be too covered with snow to run, AND we think if it is covered with snow, it will only be more fun and more pretty. So come anyway! If there actually is a lot of accumulation and the trail is covered, we will snowshoe it. That is to say, we'll be there anyway, so we hope you'll come too!
Sparrow Magazine: The Winter Issue is coming out in less than two weeks. Kelly and I are busy pulling it all together, and we are really excited to share it with you. Stay tuned! If you haven't already, you can follow us on facebook so you are totally in the loop about the release which will happen on December 1st.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving preparations and feast. Thank you for sticking with me!
Monday, November 21, 2011
|tattoos make you run faster.|
8:04, I think, is the fastest single mile ever recorded in the history of Emilie Manhart. And I wasn't dying or throwing up. what the?
|Jonathan Safran Foer|
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Skyler finally lost her front tooth that has been wiggly, wiggly, wiggly for weeks!
And her mama?
Posted by Emilie at 7:19 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I would love to tell you that I'm back to my old self and feeling just fine. I'm working on it.
I will tell you that I am filling myself up with nourishing things, surrounding myself with people I love, and trying to be outside as much as possible. This weekend included an 8 mile solo run, some great food, sunshine, prayer, wood fires, and lots of love from my kids.
It also included carrot apple juice, totally made by Reed. Skyler was at swim practice, so he relished in the chance to be the solo presser of fruits and veggies. I adore having an evening with one of my kids at a time.
We took Jackson for a long hike down to the Penobscot on trails that my kids know really well because they hike all the time there with Sam. I just followed them, and they led me the whole way down to the river, about a mile with several turns. They were so confident. And Jackson matched the scenery perfectly.
|photo by Skyler|
Tonight we made a fire on the patio and stayed outside until the last possible minute. We even made s'mores. Meanwhile, I had a pot of this black bean and butternut squash chili simmering on the stove. I used this recipe but used kale instead of swiss chard and added some corn. It is sweet, smoky, hearty, and delicious. My kids said: "no thank you" and asked for pasta with butter and cheese. Honestly.
Hope you all had a nice weekend. I have a very full, busy week ahead. Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?
Sunday, November 6, 2011
My trip to New York was beautiful and good for me. But it was also kind of a case of "wherever you go, there you are."
I ate a lot of good food. Like this butternut squash soup with apples at Putnam's.
Luz. Oh my goodness. We ate Peruvian Roasted Chicken with these spicy dipping sauces and sweet plantains and cilantro mashed potatoes and cubes of grilled Fillet Mignon with this spicy sauce and fried yucca. We ate Mexican Chocolate lava cake with coconut ice cream. Good grief. It was so amazing.
Sunday we got good NY coffee and hot-from-the oven NY bagels (I have some right next to me to take home and they smell so good) and watched the NYC marathon from Marjorie's neighborhood which was one giant party. So much energy. We were stationed at Mile 9.