Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday in Suburbia: The Search is Over

Well my dears - looks like we have ourselves a house.  A true suburban abode right in the midst of northern Atlanta's neighborhoodacropolis. 
About two days after our heartbreaker (Loosing a Bidding War) we went to the other side of suburbia to check out a new listing.  The price was the same as the heartbreaker as was most of the finishes and square footage.  The yard of the new one was nicer, but it felt a lot more like a typical neighborhood kind of house - Mr. Suburbia.  Less character than the one we loved.  So...we decided to keep on a-lookin'.   Then an interesting prospect out near the heartbreaker came on the market.  A four side brick ranch with a partial unfinished basement, a pool and a 1 acre fairly private lot.  We went, we saw, we liked, we offered.  I barely slept that night.  I woke up wondering if we made a horrible mistake.  We loved everything about the house, but it was rather tiny.  At about 1800 square feet and only 3 bedroom and 2 bathrooms we wondered how we were going to have two kids + my home office + room for in-laws to come stay.  The unfortunate reality was - we wouldn't.  Sure people do it all the time.  The kids have to bunk together a few days while the grandparents squeeze into a full size bed in the other kid room.  But where does my office go?  I need space for all the drawing storage...However, this house was the exact same price as Mr. Suburbia on the other side of town.  And Mr. Suburbia had 6 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and no pool or septic tank to have to maintain. what do we do?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Chicken and Dumplings

Well, I've had a lot of misses lately in the kitchen.  They have been good dishes, but need some tweaking before I suggest to anyone to cook them!  However, this Crockpot version of Chicken and Dumplings is a keeper.  I've added some onions, carrots and mushrooms to the traditional version and I like the additions.  Also decided to post the recipe using recipe cards.  Why did I not think of making recipe cards sooner?  Perhaps because I have been trying to do too many things lately, and therefore nothing is really being done successfully...which is the opposite of what I believe in!  Therefore I am re-evaluating a few things... hence why I have not posted in like three weeks.  Some people may think recipe cards are outdated, but I still use them frequently.  I am way to clumsy and my current kitchen is way too small to have my laptop in there as I cook.  Maybe one day I'll have a special kitchen laptop that I don't have to worry about ruining with the mess I create as I cook, but for now I prefer printing the cards and saving the computer from disaster.