Easy Dumplings

I’ve had a lot of people ask how I make my dumplings, so here you go!

Easy Homemade Dumplings

Use this dumpling recipe for perfect dumplings every time.
  • 2 cups of white flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. room temperature butter (or soft margarine)
  • 1 cup of milk (or more)
Method:
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Cut in butter that’s been kept at room temperature or use soft margarine.
  3. Stir milk lightly into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon and adjust amounts to make sure that you have a moist dumpling dough.
Make sure the soup or stew is at a simmer, not a boil.  Drop dumplings by spoonful into pot.  Cover and let simmer.  Check dumplings in 10 minutes by cutting into one to see if it’s cooked thoroughly.  Cook longer as needed.  Enjoy!

Damien has a father…and a daddy

Yep, Damien has a father and a daddy.  They’re two different people.  Damien loves his daddy.  He doesn’t know his father.  Other than he’s the man who, when D was 3, bought him lunch and that noisy truck he wouldn’t let out of his sight for months..  One day out of 3285.  

Anyway, here’s the jest.  I’m kind of weighing a few things.  See, D’s father doesn’t claim him.  He did at one point, but changed his mind when other things didn’t go his way.  
D’s daddy loves him very much.  He’s very much his son as far as he’s concerned and he will be adopting him very soon.  I am happy about this.
I’ve been in contact with D’s brother and sister for some time now.  D’s sister messaged me the other day asking if I’d consent to a test between D and her.  She wants to know 100% he’s her brother.  I understand that.  Here’s the thing, though.  I do not want D’s father to have any ability to muck up the works, so to speak.  D is happy.  D is healthy.  D is growing daily.  D does not need nor do well with any changes in his life.  
I gave his father a chance.  Actually, numerous chances.  To prove paternity, either way.  I have no doubts that he’s D’s father.  
I want to prove to his sister that what I say is true.  It’s obvious that if your father claims over and over that a child isn’t theirs, it creates doubt.  It did for me.  Then I found out she really was my sister.  
So, what do I do?

A little insight

I’m about to go into a touchy subject with me.  I’m doing this for my benefit, not any one else’s.  Maybe, after this, some of the things I do or say will make just a bit more sense.

I’m 38 years old.  I’ve been to hell and back, to put it bluntly.

I never really had a whole home (18 months doesn’t count).    I was abused physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually at different times in my childhood.  To put it mildly, I was a f’n mess.  I sought affection in the wrong ways.  I had no self esteem.  I had no friends because I really didn’t know how to interact correctly with people.

I taught myself most of my coping skills, but couldn’t deal with any of it when flashback of my childhood started at age 19.

I almost ended my life, right then and there.  Instead, I admitted myself to the psych ward.  I started to sort out what was in my head.  I was diagnosed with PTSD, chronic depression and Borderline Personality Disorder.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder.  It can be caused by such things as dealing with a fire or flood or things more severe personally, such as abuse.

Chronic Depression:  Dysthymia.  This can last many years, but can be fully overcome.  I have overcome this.

Borderline Personality Disorder: This is why I’m writing this post.

Borderline personality disorder is a condition in which people have long-term patterns of unstable or turbulent emotions, such as feelings about themselves and others.

These inner experiences often cause them to take impulsive actions and have chaotic relationships.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The causes of borderline personality disorder (BPD) are unknown. Genetic, family, and social factors are thought to play roles.
Risk factors for BPD include:
  • Abandonment in childhood or adolescence
  • Disrupted family life
  • Poor communication in the family
  • Sexual abuse
This personality disorder tends to occur more often in women and among hospitalized psychiatric patients.
I had basically all of the risk factors as a child.  To this day, I have bouts where I fear abandonment.  I have bouts of irrational anger.  I still feel boredom at times, even when there is plenty to do. 
For the most part, I have found ways to cope with all of this.  But, when over-stimulated or irritated beyond my control, I tend to not cope well and will lash out at anyone or anything present.
Once, I blacked out in anger, and almost severely harmed my brother.  That was years ago, but it happened.  
I see things in extremes, more often than not.  It’s sort of an ‘all or nothing’ outlook.  It’s ether good or bad, black or white, here or there.  No grey.  
Why am I telling you this?  Well, it seems I’ve had a couple anger episodes that I can’t seem to explain clear enough with my words.  So, I’m typing them out.  
For those this has affected lately, maybe it gives you a little insight into me.  Couple this with my totally fit with the Virgo description and everything seems to fall into place.  At least, for me it does.

Candy that’s not totally bad for you? Yes, Please!

I like some good chocolate now and then, but don’t like all the guilt that comes with it.  I try hard to keep our family at least mostly on the healthy, artificial ingredient free side of the food supply.  That being said, there really isn’t much chocolate, barring the expensive stuff, that doesn’t have artificial ingredients or GMOs in it.

Enter UNREAL!  Being a BzzAgent, I got to try some of this unjunked candy and decide what I think of it.  I let my family, and some coworkers, decide too!

The unanimous vote is IT ROCKS!  The UNREAL 54 is our favorite, so far.  It’s chocolate candy coated peanuts.  (most of you know it’s artificially flavored counterpart)

Now for the negatives, which are minute compared to what you get:

The coating will melt in your hands if you hold it too long.  Seeing as one of the ingredients in it’s counterpart is used in pharmaceuticals, glue and inks;  I’ll take a little melted chocolate.

Visually, they’re not as smooth as other candy coated chocolates.

That’s about it.

They taste better than their counterpart.  They are better for you.  And, no GMOs.  That, in itself, is becoming a rare find!

Seriously, check this candy out.  It won’t taste exactly the same as what you’re used to, but we’re accustomed to artificial additives in our foods.  So, natural foods will tend to taste different to many.

Read more about the UNREAL 54 and the other varieties here:

http://getunreal.com/

I was compensated with a coupon for a free package of the product, for my review.  The opinions of the product are mine and not influenced in any way by the subject product.