Helpers came to the rescue

<strong>Penny’s Pantry</strong> Penny Case

Penny’s Pantry Penny Case

I was out walking on Memorial Day and didn’t see an uneven sidewalk — and I fell on my face and left side.

I tried to break my fall with my left hand. I cannot believe I didn’t break my wrist. I bruised my forehead, hand, knee, and bruised my ribs. I didn’t know my forehead was bleeding until my daughter told me. My ribs still hurt.

Three helpful young boys and their mom came to see if I needed help, which I did as I have bad knees (from all my walking). I couldn’t get up by myself.

I wished I got their names so I could tell them how thankful I am for them helping me in my time of need. I couldn’t believe only they came to help me. So thank you so very much. I appreciate everything you did and your wonderful boys were so useful. You and your husband should be very proud of them. They were right there to help me. Thanks again!

Until next time, please enjoy these recipes.

Chicken and Dumplings

Use a whole chicken cut up or split chicken breasts (six) and enough water to cover in soup kettle or Dutch oven pan.

Boil on medium heat. Add chicken bouillon cubes appropriate for the amount of water. Add pepper to taste. Cook on medium heat until chicken is done. Take chicken out and debone. Set aside.

Make dumplings using four cups of self-rising flour, two eggs, one tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper, and milk to the right consistency. Drop by teaspoonfuls or roll out on floured surface into small squares with a pizza cutter.

Drop into broth and boil until they float. If it’s not thick enough, thicken with flour and water. Stir in two family-size cans of cream of chicken soup. Stir slightly. Add the chicken. Season to taste if needed.

My Mom’s Recipe for Chicken Pot Pie

Use two stewing chickens, cooked and deboned; as well as salt, pepper, and garlic to taste; and water enough to cover chicken.

Mom would cut up the chicken first, then cook it on medium heat until quite tender. She took chicken out and deboned it, then put it back in the pot.

She made her dumplings out of plain flour, salt, and eggs to the right consistency. She rolled hers out on a floured surface, then cut two-inch squares. She dropped them in the broth and cooked until they floated, thickening if needed; salt and pepper to taste.

There were nine of us so she had two pans going. You could put thawed frozen mixed veggies in also but cook and drain them first.

Hot Pepper Relish

• 3 sliced onions

• 1 gallon banana peppers, seeded and cut

• 1 large bottle ketchup

• 1/2 cup cooking oil

• 1 pound hot dogs, sliced

• 1 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/2 pint white vinegar

• 3 sweet peppers, seeded and cut

• 1 tbsp. chopped garlic

Bring sugar, ketchup, oil, and garlic to a boil. Add vinegar and boil again. Add all other ingredients and boil 15 minutes. Place in jars and seal. You can cut this recipe in half. I got this recipe from my sister-in-law in Kentucky. I dip my tortilla chips in some of it for a nice snack.

Penny Case is a lifelong resident of Wellington who loves to cook and share recipes. Send recipes to her at 22 Johns St. or at

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