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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:15 PM

Today's my birthday and my kids are home.

Couldn't ask for a better birthday gift. We're doing Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow when my brother is able to get here, but we had the best meal ever today. Chicken stew made with an oatmeal stout gravy and Irish soda bread. It was good peasant food. Hearty and hot--stick to your ribs. Lots of good conversation around the table. Nice to see the grandchildren settling down a bit. The 9 and 11 year old kids had lots of good questions and comments about the election and what will happen next. The 5 year old was just content to sit by grandpa.

As frustrating as this past election season has been and as unsettled as the nation appears sometimes, days like this make you realize that life is really good when you look to the basics. Hope everyone's day was as great and basic as mine has been.

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Reply Today's my birthday and my kids are home. (Original post)
Skidmore Nov 2012 OP
madinmaryland Nov 2012 #1
itsrobert Nov 2012 #2
frogmarch Nov 2012 #3
etherealtruth Nov 2012 #4
H2O Man Nov 2012 #5
malaise Nov 2012 #6
JohnnyLib2 Nov 2012 #7
Little Star Nov 2012 #8
Skidmore Nov 2012 #9
Inspired Nov 2012 #10
Skidmore Nov 2012 #11
jcboon Nov 2012 #12
TwilightGardener Nov 2012 #13
shanti Nov 2012 #14
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #15

Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:19 PM

1. Can you share the recipe for that chicken stew??

That sounds like a wonderful meal for this winter (actually several). I assume you could just put it in a crock pot and cook it all day.


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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:23 PM

2. Just the calm before the storm

be thankful what you have today, don't worry about tomorrow, yesterday is gone. Chicken stew today, is worth more than a turkey on the beach tomorrow.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:23 PM

3. Happy birthday, Skidmore!

From the sounds of it, so far your birthday has been a wonderful one. Nothing beats having loved ones around, especially on special days like birthdays. It's good that your family is interested in politics and wanted to talk about the election and our country's future. That's great!

Your food sounds delish.

Again, happy birthday. I wish you many more.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:29 PM

4. Happy birthday

it is always great to have all your kids home at one time!

It may not be my birthday ...but, I had all my kids home ... it is all good.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:30 PM

5. Happy birthday!

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:31 PM

6. Happy Birthday Skidmore

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:34 PM

7. Nice to hear! And--


happy birthday!

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:35 PM

8. Happy Birthday...

I also request that when you get a chance please post the recipe. Enjoy your family!

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Response to Little Star (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:42 PM

9. Happy to oblige.

This was a tasty combination and easy to make.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/stout_chicken_stew.html

This is a good recipe for the bread.

http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/bakedgoods/r/sodabread.htm

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:10 PM

10. Today is my birthday too. Happy Thanksgiving Birthday to you! nt

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Response to Inspired (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:31 PM

11. Happy birthday to you, too.

Hope you had a wonderful day.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:00 PM

12. My birthday too!

Best wishes to all

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:05 PM

13. Happy B-day! Nice to have everything go the way it's supposed to

sometimes, isn't it? Every time a holiday goes off without much of a hitch and everyone's there, you can't help but feel gratitude, because you know it won't always be that way.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:01 AM

14. awww, so nice for you!

happy birthday, isn't it great to be able to count your blessings?

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:04 AM

15. Sounds great, Skid. You are lucky. nt

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