I spent yesterday afternoon scrubbing the stovetop. A sparkling clean stovetop is a wonderful thing. The down side is that I'm reluctant to cook and mess it up. But a clean stovetop does nothing to relieve hunger pains, so chicken is simmering in the red pot.
The final dish will be chicken and dumplings - a new recipe I'm trying. My grandmother's chicken and dumplings were wonderful. I remember watching her roll out the dough to make strip dumplings in her cozy West Virginia kitchen. I wish I had her recipe, but I don't. The recipe I'm using calls for canned biscuits that are rolled thin and cut in strips. I hope they will be at least almost as good as Mema's. We'll see.
I have a new kitchen faucet, installed by my handy husband. It's a beautiful thing, and I'm sort of glad the old one wore out - although the price tag on new faucets is staggering. (It's been a while since we bought a kitchen faucet.) The brushed stainless finish on the new faucet doesn't seem to show water spots. And I was really pleased to find that I have much better control over the water flow than I did with the old faucet.
I just discovered the online magazine, The New Noblewoman at www.newnoblewoman.com. The editor, Amanda Millay, offers lots of interesting articles that instruct and inspire on various subjects from how to get out of a car gracefully to how to brew the perfect cup of tea. There's a recommended book section. There are tips about beauty, fashion, and home decorating - all traditional and classic. It's the Jane Austen lifestyle brought up to date. I've frequented The Art of Manliness online magazine at www.artofmanliness.com for quite a while and have often wished there was a female counterpart. Thanks to Amanda Millay, there is!