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My husband did his father’s day right.  It is what I should have done.  He got away.  He went to the lake spot for the night with his dad and brother and fished, grilled and enjoyed each other.  They will be back sometime today…I think.

Before you judge…fathers day is a celebration of fathers right?  Some may say that the best way to celebrate is with the children cuddling and cooking breakfast and giving sweet hand-made gifts.

True.  Sweet.  Not necessary though.

For me, mothers day (or fathers day) is about finding oneself.  Remembering that we are not only fathers (or mothers) but people.  We enjoy things like fishing.  Grilling.  BS’ing.  Playing poker.  And yes can you do some of this with the kids, sure..but sometimes we..just. don’t. want. to.  And that is OK. So choose how you want to spend your father’s day (or mothers day) and we shall do the same.  It is a reboot day for us.  Reboot ourselves so that we can be the fathers or mothers that we strive to be (but always fall short of).

In the meantime, I was swimming in babies, chopping, diapers, crying, spillages, baking and sweat.  Yes  I was attempting to cook.  And not just any meals.  The favorite meals.  Which of course have to be difficult.

Messy and unorganized work area today…what do you expect? I was feeding kiddo’s and changing bums too (yes I washed my hands…I think).

Tabouli.  Do you know how much chopped parsley has to go in this dish??  A LOT.  Actually a lot of chopped STUFF! I started chopping at 6:45am (an hour after my first child got up) and just finished it all and it is oh…10:15am.

Halfway done chopping…I have blisters!

I also made chicken and dumplings.  From scratch.  It is now bubbling warmly in the crock pot.  Below are the recipes if you would like them.  Pretty yummy stuff if I do say so myself and both go great with a yummy gluten-free beer!

Red Bridge Gluten Free beer

Cheers & happy fathers day!Recipes:

Tabouli (Gluten Free):

Finished Tabouli


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled Quinoa
  • 2 cups finely chopped parsley (if you can chop 3 cups go for it!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint (fresh is best!)
  • 1 garlic clove pressed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil (fresh is best!)
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (fresh is best!)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of white ground pepper
  • TOSS TOGETHER AND CHILL FOR 2+ hours

Chicken & dumplings (gluten & lactose free):

Finished chicken & dumplings

  • 2 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cut up cooked chicken (skinless)
  • 2 cups of mixed fresh vegetables (can do frozen if you like; peas, carrots, corn, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 cup of lactaid (or non sweetened almond milk for complete dairy free)
  • 3 table spoons of corn starch

Dumplings mix:

  • 3/4 cup Bisquick gluten-free mix (or your favorite mix)
  • 1/3 cup lactaid (or non sweetened almond milk for complete dairy free)
  • 2 tablespoons of Earths Balance vegan butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (why not? We just chopped 3 cups!)
  1. In a large saucepan heat chicken broth, chicken, vegetables, salt & pepper to boiling.  In a small bowl mix the milk and cornstarch till smooth and blend into the chicken mixture.  Heat to boiling.
  2. In a mixing bowl stir in the dumpling ingredients.  Be sure the mixture is thick enough to pick up on a spoon and it not fall off if turned upside down.
  3. Drop small balls of the dough mixture into the boiling chicken mix.
  4. Turn down to low for five minutes; then dump into crock pot on warm until ready to eat (or turn down to low for 10 minutes and serve immediately)