Sunday, December 31, 2017

Saturday's Story

I woke up at a more reasonable 6:45 a.m. on Saturday. I grabbed a cup of coffee and filled in the rest of the Blog post.

The high yesterday was 18 degrees! But, they warned that the temps for the next seven days would not reach that. I can't wait to see my gas bill for this month!!! Oh, wait, yes I can...

I ate breakfast and took my pills. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for another adventure. I left the house at 9:30 a.m. after sending a text to Amanda I was on the way.

I got to her house just before 10:00 a.m. She and Keldon were ready and waiting. I hopped in her car and she drove to the Detroit Institute of Arts. (DIA). We were going to check out the Monet exhibition.

But, of course, we wandered around first. We covered most of the first floor especially the Egypt section. Amanda, like my brother Carl, is fascinated by all things Egyptian.

Note: I could not get my flash to turn off, so the following are a few of her photos.

Then it was time for the Monet exhibit.

Unfortunately, it was too crowded to get close and take pictures of his paintings.

After that, we checked out the second and third floors.

We decided to eat lunch at the DIA. We went to the Kresge Court. Amanda ordered the chicken noodle soup. Keldon had the Woodward Avenue sandwich (Roasted turkey, applewood smoked cheddar, julienne red and green apples, spinach, cran-walnut bread with a cherry mayo). I ordered the Jake Brown Orchard Apple Salad (Arugula, grilled apples, pecans, cranberries, red onions, avocado, feta cheese with honey apple vinaigrette). Everyone agreed the food was excellent. I did try Amanda's soup and Keldon's house-made potato chips. Delicious!

Sidebar: We often taste each other's food, especially if its something new. Today was no different. But, I noticed no one asked to try my salad, LOL!

Kresge Court
Jake Brown Orchard Apple Salad
During lunch, Keldon needed to use the restroom, so Amanda left to help him find one. When they cam back , they had berets! Some sort of French movie handout. They brought me one, too! They took a selfie, but I took my selfie back home (I didn't want to mess up my hair, lol!)

After lunch, we left for their house. Once I warmed up the truck, I left for home. I got there about 3:30 p.m. I changed clothes and took a break on the bed. My legs were a little tired.

About 5:00 p.m., I started to slowly warm up the beef stew, stirring it so it wouldn't stick.

Meanwhile, I whisked up the dry ingredients for the dumplings.

- 2 cups A/P flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt

Once mixed, I slowly worked in milk (about a scant cup) until the mixture was thin enough to pick up with a wet tablespoon, but still stayed in a rounded mound.

I took out enough gravy so that the tops of the vegetables were showing. I set that aside to save in case I need to add it back when heating leftovers.

Important!!! The dumpling should touch the veggies, not float on the gravy. Also, do NOT let the dumpling touch each other when dropping them in.

So, I had the stew boiling. I turned it down to simmer. Then I dropped in the dumpling batter. Note: I could have probably got one more in but I didn't.

I let that simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Then I covered it and cooked it for 10 minutes more.

I took the top off and the dumplings were done.

So, I plated my dinner.

It was hearty, filling and delicious!!!

I let the pot sit on the stove to cool. However, that was just tempting enough that I had another, smaller bowl and a dumpling about a half hour later.

I couldn't find anything interesting on TV, so I read until the 11:00 p.m. news and then Saturday Night Live. Then I went to bed.

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