"After making Chicken and Dumplings and Chicken Noodle Soup on the stove top for years, I started making the soup base in the slow cooker while I worked. I did this for Chicken Noodle Soup at first, but before long, tried dumplings and they worked great! Now I make the soup base and a little while before meal time, we decide which direction to go with the finished product. This isn't the "traditional" chicken and dumplings you might be used to seeing, with rolled dumplings and no veggies, but I grew up with dropped dumplings and prefer the fluffy centers. No "cream of anything", here!"