Friday, April 10, 2015

Creamy Crockpot Chicken -UYW April - Pearl and William #14

Seeing as I am off work and it's Spring break I've been doing more cooking lately. Spring break is a joke if you take classes online, there is no break, there is just as much work to do but I sat for 2 days and worked ahead so I could have a break. I will not, I repeat, I will NOT take 5 online classes at once again! GOOD night people, what do they think? I have no life, no need for sleep, have nothing to do but school?? Kudos to the working moms who hold down a job, or two, keep house, cook, clean, take care of the kids AND go to school, talk about being wonder woman. Whew...I'm not as young as I used to be but I'm doing it.
Anyway...back to the cooking. I went to the store on Wednesday and purchased items for 5 different recipes that were swimming around in my head. Here is one of them:

Creamy Crockpot Chicken
2-3 large chicken breast cut into chunks
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
2 cups water
1 cup sour cream
1 cup Jasmine rice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP parsley flakes
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup frozen peas
Combine the soup, water, rice, sour cream and spices in the crock pot, add the frozen peas and chunks of chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Serve with a salad and bread.
Perfect for a busy day or rainy day.

Have you been following the love story of Pearl and William? I've been carrying on since February 2014 with this story and it seems I may just keep on. Each month is a challenge because I have no idea what my words will be and how I will incorporate them into an Amish love story. Thank you Karen for the challenge and thank you readers for allowing me to continue the saga. If you're new you can catch up by following the links:
Installment 1 :a love story
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.   
I have in my mind what the cradle would look like but I was unable to find a photo but thought maybe I could show you these two photos and have a better idea of what I had in mind.
 I envision a carving similar to the one below on the side of the cradle.
Pearl sat in her rocking chair with her hand resting on her swollen stomach. Alarm went off like a shock wave when the first pain hit. could not be time, she was sure, definite in fact that it was not time. She ran her rough hand over her hair to smooth it into place. William would be in shortly for the noon meal. She needed to check on the batch of cookies in the oven, but OH! another pain! Uh oh she cried out, could she make it out to where William was or wait until he came in? Should she send for help, have him go for Cousin Sarah? oh how she wished her Ma was close by.
William was working in the barn when he knew he heard Pearl cry out but it couldn't be, she was in the house and he was in the barn. No way he would hear her. He started work again, what, there it was again. He looked around, nothing, she was no where in sight. He wiped his hands on his handkerchief and started for the house. The closer he got the more anxious he became. He started to jog, then broke into a full sprint.
When he reached the house he clearly heard her, as an alarm went off inside his head and heart he burst through the door.A shock wave went through him when he saw her lying on the floor. He ran to her and scooped up her head in his hands. "Pearl Pearl what is happening?" she was barely able to speak the pain was so great. "Pearl hold on, I'm fetching Sarah" and out the door he ran calling SARAH all the way across the yard.
Cousin Sarah was outside with a fresh batch of laundry to place on the line. She dropped Abe's shirt and met William with a run. Abe who was out in the field heard the commotion and came running as well.
They all turned and ran towards the big house where Pearl was lying in the floor. They entered the house and Sarah began barking out orders like a rough farm foreman. The men did not have time to be shocked, they just began to do what Sarah said.
They scooped Pearl up and carried her very gently to the bed and Abe left at a full out run for the barn to fetch the horse. He must get to the town doctor's office and pray he was not out on a call.
William boiled water, gathered towels and watched as Sarah began carrying for his wife. Pearl was covered in sweat, moaning and gripping the bed sides. Oh Lord he prayed silently, is this normal, should she have this much pain so soon and it too soon? Please Father take care of them and watch over us during this time.
Abe rode furiously when he came upon a wagon, it was the doctor, what a divine intervention. They turned and rode back toward the farm. Meantime Cousin Sarah was being a wonderful midwife and support, Pearl was in tremendous pain but withstanding it all with grace and beauty.
The next morning as William dozed off in a chair he heard a cry, jumping to his feet he rushed to the bedside and drew back the sheet that had been hung for privacy. Abe and the children all stood and held their breath.
Cousin Sarah emerged holding a sweet faced tiny little babe. She walked over to William and said "William, I'd like to introduce you to your...

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Thank you to Erin of Single Mum Plus One for my words this month.
Your words are: alarm ~ batch ~ rough ~ shock wave ~ definite
They were submitted by:       

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                                 Baking In A Tornado                          Spatulas on Parade                      The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                                          The Momisodes                           Southern Belle Charm                Confessions of a part-time working mom                   Someone Else’s Genius                 Stacy Sews and Schools                              Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                    Searching for Sanity                              Climaxed                     Eileen’s Perpetually Busy                             Juicebox Confession                                  Battered Hope

daughter. William beamed with love and pride. He looked at Cousin Sarah and said, "what about Pearl?" She smiled and replied, she's tired but gut.(good) A sigh of relief escaped at the same time Pearl let out a loud moan and then yell.
Poor Cousin Sarah almost dropped the wee one. Then rushed to Pearl's side. William and Abe were ushered back out and the doctor took over.
Another thirty minutes went by and the doctor emerged. William he said, Pearl is weak but doing good. And William, you have a healthy baby girl, he took a breath, smiled and said PLUS a healthy baby boy.
Stunned, William, Abe and the kids looked at the doctor. WHAT? Yes TWO babies! this was why she went early but both babies are healthy and ma is very tired.
William stood, shook his head and asked to see Pearl. The doctor agreed, so William walked in, looked at his sleeping wife and wept. He leaned down and kissed her forehead. She groggily opened her eyes, smiled and began to weep.
What a blessing, two babies, a son and a daughter. William could not imagine what he could have done to deserve such a blessing.
Cousin Sarah placed one baby in Pearl's arms and one in William's. Abe, Sarah, the doc and children all stood around, prayed a prayer of thanksgiving and openly cried for joy over this very long but joyous day.

**Question, what should Pearl and William name the babies? Comment below
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