Shan’s Weekly Favorites #001

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Welcome to my Weekly Favorites list!  These are some of the coolest sites I found while perusing the web and joining link parties!  Take a look, and come back next week to see what new wonders I’ve come across!

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn

How to Declutter

DIY Alcohol Ink Galaxy Coasters

Love Bug Sugar Cookies

Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls

Valentine’s Day Crocheted Coasters

10 Ways for Kids to Burn Energy Indoors

How to Make Dandelion Salve

Essential Oils: What’s the Hype?

20 Delightful Stuffed Avocado Recipes

How did you like them?  Which one was YOUR favorite?  Let me know in the Comments below!  And don’t forget to subscribe, so you can come see what’s new!

3 Ingredient Mushroom Baked Steak Recipe

One of my husband and daughter’s favorite food groups is beef.  They are definitely carnivores!  LOL  But even though I lean more towards vegetarian, I also enjoy a good meat dish, and we ALL love Mushroom Baked Steak!  Nothing smells so delicious as a steaming casserole dish full of Baked Steak!  And it’s so easy to make, and only needs three ingredients!

The main thing is Beef.  I used cubed steak from the 19th St. Meat Market!  Oh my goodness!  I never knew there could be such a difference in meats.  But we’ve gotten it from many different stores, and 19th St. Meat Market wins!  Hands down!

The next ingredient is Mushrooms.  Fresh, not canned.  Sooo good!  I love their meaty flavor!  Did you know mushrooms are actually a fungus?  Yep!  I kid you not!  But they are so good for you!  Not only are they very high in nutrients, but they are thought to help with cancer, diabetes, general heart health, and even weight management!  And some people even use them in place of meat for a healthier version of favorite foods!  And did you know that you can actually grow your own mushrooms at home?  It’s super easy!

And the last ingredient is Cream of Mushroom Soup.  I use it in many dishes, so I always try to keep a few cans in the pantry.  You’d think it is high in fat, but it’s quite easy to get low-fat or fat-free versions that taste just as amazing!

I hope you’ll enjoy this simple, tasty recipe!  Let me know what you think!

Mushroom Baked Steak

This is a delicious, soul-warming food for a cold day!  And the gravy it creates goes wonderfully over noodles or mashed potatoes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Shannon

Ingredients

  • 4 Cubed Steaks
  • 2 22 oz Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 lb Fresh Button Mushrooms (or your favorite)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 260 degrees.

  2. Grease casserole dish.

  3. Clean mushrooms with a dry paper towel.  Remove stems.

  4. Combine all ingredients in casserole.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Stir to cover.

  5. Cover with foil.  Poke holes in the foil to release steam.  Bake for 4 hours.

 

 

Shan’s Favorite Potato Soup Recipe

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Photo by beketchai

Everyone has a favorite food, but sometimes they are not the same as a comfort food.  A comfort food is something that makes your soul feel all warm and cozy.  A hug from the inside out.  For me, one of those foods is Potato Soup.  So, today, I’d like to share how I make my favorite potato soup recipe!

You could serve this with biscuits, a nice crusty bread, or my personal favorite, crackers!

Something that makes it extra yummy is a good quality bacon!  Yum yum!!!  What’s your favorite way to have potato soup?  Let me know in the comments!

Shan's Favorite Potato Soup

This is one of my favorite soul-warming comfort foods!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Shannon

Ingredients

  • 8 medium potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 7 ribs celery diced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lb bacon fried, drained, grease reserved, and crumbled
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp bacon grease
  • 6 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, fry bacon.  Drain on paper towels.  Then crumble and set aside.

  2. In a large soup pot, cook carrots, and celery in water until slightly tender, then add potatoes.  (I have found the potatoes get done before the other things if they all go in at the same time.)  About 20 minutes.  Drain, reserving liquid and set vegetables aside.

  3. In the same pot, cook onions in butter and bacon grease until soft.  Then add flour, salt, and pepper.  Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until thickened.

  4. Gently stir in cooked vegetables and bacon.  Add 1 cup or more of reserved cooking liquid until soup is desired consistency.

  5. Makes 8 - 10 servings.  About 2 1/2 quarts.

 

 

The GSD (German Shepherd Dog) Snow Sniffer

So, yesterday my german shepherd dog, Zeus, wanted to go outside.  I thought he needed to go potty, but instead, he just went to the corner of the yard and sat down, then started sniffing the air.  It seemed odd to me because he usually only does that when a neighbor is grilling out, but considering the temperature, I found that unlikely.  The only thing I could think of was he was already smelling the snow that was supposed to (and did) come later that evening.

Zeus sniffing the expected snow.

There is he is.  On January 12th, sniffing the snow in the air.  Handsome puppy, isn’t he?  😉

 

zeus snow2

And guess what??!!!?  He was RIGHT!!!  This is January 13th!  LOL  We got between 5 to 6 inches of pure white snow.  Although it doesn’t look so pure now.  It looks like he’s saying, “See?  I TOLD you, Mom!”  😉  Whenever it snows, he always comes inside with a snowy snout!  He loves getting down in there and rooting around!  He’s my big silly boy!  Five years old, but still a puppy at heart!

Isn’t it funny how animals just KNOW things??  They seem to be psychic, don’t they?  It just amazes me.  Do you have pets that tell you things that are going to happen?  I’d love to hear about it!  Please leave your story in the comments!

Love & Light!

Christmas 2017 Paintings

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by! I know I’m a little late getting these posted, but better late than never, huh? LOL I didn’t do many handmade gifts this year, but here are the two I created!  I have been painting a little bit, and knew a couple people who would love one!

I’m just learning to paint, so please keep that in mind!  And… be gentle.  hehe

 

cherry tree girl swing2

I made this for my Mom for Christmas 2017.  I call it Swinging Girl.  As a new painter, I was happy to follow a tutorial by The Art Sherpa on YouTube!  Thank you Cinnamon (Yep!  Her name is really Cinnamon!)!  #artsherpa

 

tree hugging moon2

This is also one of The Art Sherpa’s tutorials!  I call it Cherry Tree Hugging the Moon.  I made it for my eldest daughter for Christmas 2017.  #artsherpa

If you’d like to learn to paint with acrylics, you should visit her website!  And you can find me here!  Add me as a friend!

I’m going to be adding more now and then, so please Subscribe over there —–> on the sidebar!  And don’t forget to leave a comment, question, or tell me about what YOU create!

Love and Light!

 

How to Clear Your Sinuses Naturally

woman sneeze allergy allergies neti pot

Do you ever suffer from allergies or a stuffy nose?  I sure do.  Be it pollen filling the air outside, or various indoor allergens, like dust, pet dander, mildew, etc, I have it all.  And it sure can cause problems with my sinuses!  Lately, I’ve been having a stuffed up nose all the time, and finally, I got sick of it, and pulled out my Neti Pot.

A Neti Pot is a device (usually a ceramic vessel) that allows you to pour a safe, natural saline (salt) solution into your nasal cavity.  The solution goes in one nostril, through your sinuses, and back out the other nostril or your mouth.  This loosens and washes out any mucous or other yuckies to be cleansed from your sinuses.  It’s really a very simple process, and I always feel lighter in my sinus area after using it!

It can be a little tricky to use at first, and some people are hesitant to try it, but It’s really not that bad.  Here is a video showing how it’s done!

There are a couple main types of Neti Pot.  The first is the kind you see in the video.  Very simple and easy to use, but sometimes a little off-putting.  The second is not really called a Neti Pot, but it serves the same purpose and makes it a little easier for people who just can’t handle the water draining back out.  This is an electric style nasal irrigator that pumps the solution into one nostril, then sucks it back out of the other with a gentle suction feature.  A very popular brand of that is called Navage I haven’t actually tried this, but other people seem to like it!

If you’ve had problems like this, please share your experience in the comments!  Have you tried nasal cleansing with a Neti Pot or some other technique?  I’d love to hear what worked or didn’t work.

How to Make a Bakery Cake

I have always wondered how they did it!  I love the really dense cakes, but mine never seem to come out that way.  Well, I saw this cute graphic on Recipes From Heaven on Facebook.  Seems easy enough!  I’ll have to give this a try!

If you make dense cakes from a recipe, I’d love to have the recipe to try!  Share in the comments!