I know, I know, it’s been over 2 months. I don’t even really have a valid excuse. I certainly have still been cooking and discovered bliss bowls which are amazing! (more on those later)
Truthfully, if I’m entirely honest (and why not be?), licking my wounds took much longer than it should have. You never know what’s just going to suck the wind out of your sails and losing my job after 3 weeks and being walked to my car with no explanation did just that. And then after that, I put out resume after resume and it was crickets. I started to wonder if I was being gaslighted by one of my references. After a lot of emotional anguish and a good dose of paranoia, I finally came to the conclusion I always do – just leave it in God’s hands. I don’t know why it always takes me so long to do that. So I started my own bible study while I worked on being the best housewife I could be. And now I find myself at a new crossroads. Two jobs on the table, both with advantages, both with disadvantages. The second one is pending but I expect an offer. After Staci and I discussed it, we decided that an offer will be a sign to accept. The other position is part-time which would allow me to be home more with the dogs and cooking and Bible studying which I love but would not able to allow us to aggressively pursue some credit card debt and start saving some moolah. The other job that is pending is full-time, almost an hour commute each way, for a very structured place (time off, etc.). But it would be an amazing clinical opportunity. It’s wonderful to be in a place where either way we’re good.
Thanksgiving was wonderful! I cooked for Staci’s family and everything turned out as Id hoped. The only drawback was her brother and sister-in-law arrived too late for us to see them. Even more unfortunately, we saw them that Saturday in a Tyler hospital where her father was very suddenly and very critically ill. We lost him three short days later. So it has been an emotional week. What do we need after an emotional week? Why, comfort food of course!!
I searched high and low yesterday for an online recipe for chicken and dumplings that I made last month that were amazing. I usually bookmark the really good ones but couldn’t find this one anywhere. After reaching panic mode, Staci insisted that I had made up the recipe and wrote it down somewhere. YES! Thank goodness I was thinking straight for when I wasn’t thinking straight. So that is what is on the menu tonight. It was so good that we both ate until we were about to bust, something we try not to do anymore. But it was unavoidable. It’s that good! It’s not the thick and creamy kind that you might be used to but it’s full of flavor and the dumplings are out of this world (steaming them is the key).
The smell is filling the kitchen as I type and as soon as I can grab a picture, I will post for everyone to enjoy. Thanks for being patient with me. I’ll fill you in on bliss bowls later this week. Trust me, they don’t taste as weird as they will sound. They’re delicious. Have a wonderful week everyone and don’t forget…
Happy reading, joyful cooking and spread the love!