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Monday, April 27, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #14

Party Time!


It's been a busy week, ending with the Country Living Fair in Nashville!  Here's what you may have missed this past week:

I shared my Mamaw's chicken and dumpling recipe in Wednesday's family recipe swap with 4 other bloggers.  Check it out HERE!


Lots of photos from Nashville's Country Living Fair HERE!


Now, on to this week's party!

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A Junk Chick Life - The French Desk
Gathered Vintage Home - Rescued Dresser Redo



The Altered Past is proud to feature:







We would love to connect with you on social media! 

Vicki and Jennifer from 2 Bees in a Pod || Facebook || Instagram |Pinterest || Twitter

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Party Rules…please don't link and run :) 
1  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2  Please leave a comment for your host.
3  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6 By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. The Altered Past is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through TheAlteredPast.blogspot.com.
7 Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for linking up with us!



If you were featured last week, don't forget to grab a button!


Let's get to linking! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Country Living Fair Nashville

country living fair nashville review and photos

This weekend, I attended the Country Living Fair in Nashville.  I'm SO glad Country Living decided to hold a fair in my area.   It was held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon and it was the perfect site.

country living fair nashville influencers group


I met up with this lovely group of ladies that we call The Nashville Influencers.  It's an awesome group and has provided so many opportunities for me.  I have to give a shout out to the ladies in the photo with me:  Nancy McNulty of Forest Home Media, Kristie Barnett of The Decorologist, Meryll Rose of Talk of the Town, Angela Roberts of Spinach Tiger, Dana Tucker of Forest Home Media and Bella Tucker, Beth Bryan of Unskinny Boppy, Geinger Hill of Forest Home Media, Rosemary Palmer of Not Just Paper and Paint, Deneen Glidwell of Dreaming in Color, Elizabeth Scruggs of Superior Construction and Design, and Denise Simons of Life Style with Denise Simons.  Some have blogs and I'd love for you to check them out!

Ready to see lots of photos from the fair?!  Here goes!

country living fair nashville vendor booths

country living fair nashville vendor booths

country living fair nashville vendor booths

country living fair nashville vendor booths

This table was amazing.  It's over 12 feet long!

country living fair nashville vendor booths

Loved this cow painting.

country living fair nashville vendor booths

Distressed navy blue dresser...must have!

country living fair nashville vendor booths

Lots of great wire baskets.  I have these exact baskets for my bicycle ;)

country living fair nashville vendor booths

Look at the size of that clock!  Wouldn't that make a great statement piece?

country living fair nashville vendor booths

country living fair nashville vendor booths

country living fair nashville vendor booths

This bear rug reminded me of an episode of I Love Lucy 
when she sneaked into Richard Widmark's house.  #bestshowever

country living fair nashville vendor booths

These are miner's baskets like the one I have for storing ribbons HERE.

country living fair nashville vendor booths

country living fair nashville vendor booths

country living fair nashville vendor booths

That was probably not fun to have to sit on all day at school!

country living fair nashville vendor booths

This was Mike Wolfe's booth from American Pickers.

country living fair nashville vendor booths

I thought this was the cutest thing at the fair. 

country living fair nashville vendor booths

Then, I saw Lola!  She was the cutest thing at the fair!  

country living fair nashville vendor booths

This vintage Airstream belongs to Cari Cucksey of HGTV's Cash & Cari. 

country living fair nashville vendor booths vintage airstream


country living fair nashville vendor booths

Kitchen kitsch from Cari's booth!

I know this post was heavy on the photos.  Thanks for sticking with me to the end!  If you get a chance to attend one of Country Living's Fairs, GO!  You'll be glad you did.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!!  
Angie


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Family Recipe Swap: Mamaw's Chicken and Dumplings



Whether you call her Mamaw, Grandma, Nana, or Gigi, you have to admit grandmothers are pretty special and so is their cooking!  Today, I'm participating in a blog tour with bluwaterlife, The Crowned Goat, 2 Bees in a Pod, and Concord Cottage as we celebrate moms by sharing our favorite family recipes.  

Growing up, we called my mother's mother, Mamaw.  My mother has taken on that name from her grandchildren too.  And, let me tell you, these two have made some incredibly delicious dishes in their days!  Today I'm sharing my Mamaw's famous chicken and dumplings...sort of.  I don't have the special touch that she added to hers that made them so flavorful.  Perhaps it was the fact that she used a lot of items fresh from their farm or the fact that she would cook a whole chicken, make her own stock, and her own dumplings from scratch.  Yep, that's probably it but I will say, these chicken and dumplings, inspired by her recipe, are pretty doggone good too!


Amazing chicken and dumplings recipe


There is a printable and Pinnable recipe at the end of this post but for now, let's get on with some of the basics.



I use 1 pound of skinless, boneless frozen chicken breasts, boil in about 3 cups of water and 16 oz. of chicken stock, adding poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and butter.  I put these on the stove about 3 hours before dinner and just let them cook on a slow simmer.  You want the chicken to pull apart quite easily.




Once the chicken has boiled for a couple of hours, I used two forks to shred the chicken.  I did this while still in the pot but you can remove it and add it back in.  After the chicken is shredded, add 1 can cream of chicken soup and 2 cups of half and half (I know! Just try to not think about the calories) to the pot.  Stir until the soup is incorporated well.  Next, taking about a cup of the liquid from the pot, pour it into a dish and add a couple tablespoons of cornstarch.  Whisk until the lumps are gone and add back to the pot.  




Next, the tortilla strips (aka dumplings) go in.  I use a pizza cutter to make the strips.  Add the strips into a ziploc baggie with about a half of a cup of flour and shake.  Add the flour-coated strips to the chicken pot and gently push into the stock.




We're almost done!  I let this simmer for about 15 minutes on medium high, watching carefully.  This will allow the stock to thicken from the cornstarch and flour.  

Now, we're ready to eat!!  Be careful...chicken and dumplings are hot!  







chicken and dumplings recipe



Be sure to continue our Family Recipe Swap by visiting my friends at:





Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie