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Chicken Breasts


By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Columnists

Starting back to school always brings back happy memories! New teacher, new clothes, and same old friends that you haven’t seen since May! When I was in elementary school we had a morning milk break just like they do today (no, I didn’t have to go out and milk the cow in order to have fresh milk - we had milk trucks!!). Milk was five cents a carton. You could pay by the month ($1.00) or you could pay by the week (25 cents). The teacher kept track of when you paid.

Since little girls didn’t carry purses back then, my mother had to figure out a way for me to get that money to school without losing it. Just putting it in my pocket didn’t always work. Too many things could happen while walking three blocks to school. I might find a pretty rock that needed to go in my pocket or bend over and pick some flowers or even find a penny and cram it in my pocket. So, mom decided to get out one of her pretty floral handkerchiefs and tie the quarter in one of the corners of the hankie. Then I would tuck the handkerchief into my pocket. If the hankie fell out, at least the quarter didn’t roll away or get lost. After the teacher untied the knot and collected the quarter, I had a nice hankie to use in case I had to blow my nose! Didn’t have any soft Kleenex back then.

Our only choice for milk was white - no chocolate! The teacher usually read a story while we drank our milk. After we were all done she lined us all up and we headed down the hall to the lavatory. We didn’t call it the bathroom or restroom, just plain old lavatory. She ushered the boys into their side and the girls into our side. After we were finished we had to line up again in the hall for the walk back to our classroom. She checked to make sure we had washed our hands and that the zippers were up on the boys’ pants and that none of us girls had our dresses “accidently” tucked into our underwear!

When it came to washing our hands we had faucets that usually had only cold water and then we got to dry our hands with those rough feeling brown paper towels. Had to crank the lever so the towels would come out. A couple of the “lavatories” had metal dispensers where sheets of brown

paper towels would come out. What hardships we had to endure!!

Chicken Breasts

3-5 boneless chicken breasts

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cheddar cheese soup

1 package of dry Italian dressing mix



Put the chicken breasts in Crockpot. Mix the soups and the dry dressing mix together. Pour over the chicken breasts. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours. Chicken should fall apart or use a fork and pull the meat apart. Use as sandwich filler or put over mashed potatoes or put over noodles. Really good!

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