The Effort at Making and the Ease of Breaking Habits

Back a few posts ago I wrote about my decline in thanksgiving; that it takes a month, so it’s been said, for an action to become a habit.  This past year was supposed to be filled with new habits:  cooking, practicing my baby grand, exercise routine, and a solid start on my scrapbooking.

Mmmmm! Dumplings

Do you see those delicious dumplings?  They were very delicious… but also one of the very few things I have cooked this year.

Not only do I look like Mom, I make a flour mess like she did. And they live on through us!

Jeez, I can’t believe there was a shooting at the courthouse today!

Do you see these rolls of fat?  Oh, yeah, I lost that picture.  Somehow it just didn’t make it onto the blog.  But they are there, rolling and sagging and jiggling and in general enjoying the non-exercise routine.  They resemble the dumplings above, only not as pretty.

You’ve seen my baby grand (if you’ve read any of my blog) and you notice I am not sitting at it in any of those photos.  I began playing every day when I first got it, and then…

Let’s see.  Now, what was I talking about?  Oh, yeah.  Scrapbooks.

The scrapbooking mess is not allowed to be seen by anyone at the moment.  Apparently even me.

Where is my Carmex?  My lips are so dry in this disgusting, nasty, rainy weather.

So I have already broken habits that I haven’t even made.  How can that be?  I am normally so together.  Okay.  Maybe not so together but for sure thinking about being so together.  Somewhere in those jumbled thoughts of mine I know an organized, so-together person is living who can cook great meals and play the piano like a real piano player and finish fantastic scrapbooks and is lean and trim, albeit still saggy.  That’s just a given at this station in the life cycle.

Thank goodness the month of thanksgiving is almost over.  I am worn out from the effort at making these new habits; there was just no energy left to apply toward making the thankful habit.   Come to think of it… I don’t know why I should be so tired.  It was so easy breaking the half-baked (I did cook!) habits.

Duuuuck! Cheeeese!

Think I’ll just continue on with the one habit I’m pretty sure I succeeded in making and not breaking:  taking pics of the girls in their towel.

9 thoughts on “The Effort at Making and the Ease of Breaking Habits

    • Cecilia, it took three batches before I got them just right. Threw away a couple of balls of dumpling dough. I put my flour in a bowl, salt and a little pepper, then add milk or chicken broth (from can usually). The milk makes them very light. Mix the milk into the flour and then keep adding flour until it sticks together. Flour your board well and put ball of dough on it. Keep turning until it has enough flour to not stick. Roll thin.

      Boil a baking hen for the broth, put plenty of water, to cover for sure, and then I always add chicken bouillon cubes for the extra flavor. Drop into the boiling broth and cook till done. Good luck. Let me know how they turn out.


  1. Bren….honey, just quit trying to be me and stick to playing and taking pictures!! Find your cleaning lady and HIRE her on a weekly basis 🙂


  2. OH I LOVE Dar’s reply! haha Brenda, your dumplings look just like the ones that I make!!!
    OH, I love them so much! I am making them for Christmas. Sometimes I have to make 2 batches because the first batch disappears! Don’t know how!! All in trying to get them just the right
    thickness. I can see that butter laying on top! See? You can do dumplings! THAT s something!!


      • I use Catherine’s recipe. I boil the hen and use the broth. Add a stick of butter to the broth. Then a small bowl of flour with salt and pepper, mix in one stick softened butter , add 1 egg , and 2 half shells of water. Roll out on well floured space. The trick is in getting them just the right consistency! Sometimes I have to try 2 or 3 times, too! haha
        But that just makes the broth taste better! I’m getting better at it. The last batch I made were perfect the first time!


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