20 Questions Blog Hop w/EclecticEvelyn March 21 2018

This fun post is in response to a cool Blog Hop I came across!  It’s a 20 Questions Blog Hop!  You can play along by going over to Eclectic Evelyn’s post!  This was my first time to her blog, and boy was I surprised when I got to her 2nd answer and realized we live in the the SAME STATE!!!  Wild and Wonderful West Virginia baby!!!  Yeah!!!  LOL

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So, with no further ado, on to the 20 questions!


  1. Do you have pets?  Yes, we have a German Shepherd named Zeus, and a cranky kitty named Meow Meow!
  2. Hang gliding or whitewater rafting?  I have a fear of both falling and drowning, so that’s a hard choice, but I’m with you, Evelyn, I’d have to choose rafting!  Or maybe a log ride at Camden Park?  LOL
  3. Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?  Yes, I have been to Canada once on vacation.
  4. How many states have you visited?  I think it would be about 8 states.  Basically from New York to Florida!
  5. If you could have any magical power what would it be?  Being able to change into anything!  I think it would be fun to flit like a butterfly or cruise the oceans like a whale!
  6. Stilettos or sneakers?  I’d choose barefoot as well, but next would be sneakers (or tennis shoes, as I call them).
  7. Instagram or Snapchat?  I don’t get Snapchat at all.  LOL  My kids love it!  I much prefer Instagram!  Maybe that’s because I AM a “gram”???  They call me GRAMma!  LOL
  8. The journey or the destination?  Another toughie!  In general, I’d have to say the journey.  Although, if the destination were Hawaii, I’d have to reserve the right to change my mind!
  9. What are you grateful for this month?  SPRING!!!
  10. What book are you reading?  Harry Potter has ruined me for all other books.  LOL
  11. What did you eat for dinner last night?  Baked potatoes!
  12. What is something currently on your to-do list that has been there more than a month?  Give the dog a bath.
  13. What is the first thing you reach for in the morning?  My glasses.
  14. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Reece Cup.
  15. What is your favorite local restaurant for breakfast?  Breakfast…. that’s that meal that morning people eat, right?  LOL
  16. What is your favorite season?  Summer!
  17. What is your state’s motto or slogan?  Mountaineers are always free.  Or… West Virginia Wild and Wonderful!
  18. Where do you think all the lost socks go?  I think they’ve gotten stuck in a parallel Universe.
  19. Who is your favorite Disney Princess?  The Little Mermaid= Ariel
  20. What question would you like me to ask in next month’s hop?  Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi?  LOL

That was fun!  Thank you Evelyn!  I hope to play again!  Everyone is welcome to play along by going to Evelyn’s post!


Wordless Wednesday March 21 2018- Winnie the Pooh Edition

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Welcome to today’s Wordless Wednesday!

This is especially for Xmas Dolly!

Me and my baby girl!  Almost 20 years ago!!  Yikes!  In front of the Winnie the Pooh mural I painted on her wall!

Join my friends and add your own Wordless Wednesday link!

Oh My Heartsie Girl

Small Space Gardening Ideas


Gardening Season is fast approaching, and I can’t wait! There is NOTHING like a fresh, straight from the garden tomato! We are lucky enough to have a good bit of space for a “proper” garden, but I know there are many of you who don’t. So, I’d like to share some tips and ideas that will help you grow a good bit of food in a small space garden!

Laundry Basket Strawberry Planter

I really love this idea! Instead of using the little flower pot style strawberry planter, that really doesn’t give you a very big harvest, why not UPSIZE that and use a laundry basket? This video will show you exactly how to create your very own large strawberry garden that will only take up a couple feet of space on your patio or yard! This video shows you can put flowers on the top, but you could also put another food crop, such as lettuce!

Watch below, or click this link to go to YouTube!  https://youtu.be/a2QcU0wYuac

Vertical Wall Garden

Another new way to grow when you have a little yard to work with is Vertical Raised Bed gardens! Not only can you grow a LOT of plants in a small and normally unused space, but it’s also quite beautiful to look at! This way is especially nice for people who have back issues, or trouble bending over for whatever reason. It’s great for kids, older adults, or the disabled! https://youtu.be/WznAAAJEVmw

Square Foot Garden

Square Foot Gardening has been a popular and effective choice for many people since the 1980’s. It involves building a small structure that can be divided into 1-foot squares, where you grow a certain type of plant in each. It’s easy to maintain, and you can get a good amount of food, but it can be hard for those with mobility problems who can’t bend over. Although, there is a raised bed version that might be a little easier to reach for some people. https://youtu.be/f2FxJimob84

Grow Large Vegetables in Containers

From what you’ve seen so far, you might be thinking you can only grow SMALL vegetables in these small space gardens, but that is not true. You can absolutely grow larger fruit and vegetables in a very small space! Things like tomatoes, and even watermelon! Yep! But in this way, you could totally use smaller containers for smaller things, or plant many things in these type of grow bags! https://youtu.be/xKKuI-RHcvk

Well, I hope you’ve found these ideas helpful! Have you ever tried growing in a small space? What was your experience like? Please let us know in the comments! ~Love and Light~

This post was shared on Oh My Heartsie Girls Wonderful Wednesday linky party!

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Shan’s Tasty Cheeseburger Pie Casserole

Shan's Cheeseburger Pie Casserole

We’ve tried the classic Cheeseburger pie before, but found it a bit bland, so I thought I’d try something a little different.  I’m known for “doctoring” recipes quite a bit, so I played with it, and this is what I came up with!

I added celery, garlic powder, and brown mustard, then also adjusted the original ingredients a bit.  I didn’t do it this time, but it would also have been good to add some bell pepper or pickled banana peppers!  I’m not crazy about chunks of cooked tomatoes, but if you are, then that would probably be good too!  And if you don’t have Bisquick on hand, try my DIY Bisquick Recipe!

Please let me know if you try it!

Author Shannon

Recipe Notes

You could also add bell pepper, banana peppers, tomatoes, or whatever you like!

Shan's Cheeseburger Pie Casserole

Shan's Tasty Cheeseburger Pie Casserole

This is my take on Impossible Cheeseburger Pie!  We love this delicious alteration that just has a little umph!  This is great for a large family or potluck dinner!  Serves 8 - 10

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Shannon


  • 2 lb Lean Hamburger
  • 2 large Onions finely chopped
  • 2 stalks Celery finely chopped
  • 1.5 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 cup Bisquick (or my DIY version)
  • 2 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Brown Mustard
  • 2 cup Velveeta or Cheddar Cheese cubed or shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Saute onion and celery until almost tender, then add hamburger, garlic powder, and salt and pepper,  and continue cooking until hamburger is browned.  Drain.

  3. Place hamburger mixture in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish.  Arrange cheese on top.

  4. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl until blended (it should be thin enough to pour.  Use more or less milk if necessary.), then pour on top of hamburger mixture.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean.

  6. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Homemade DIY Bisquick Alternative Recipe

Do you ever get the feeling we really overpay for some grocery items?  One thing that is a total splurge item for me is Bisquick.  I might pick it up if I want to make something that day, and am just hurting too much to fool with doing it from scratch, but I like to keep some homemade Bisquick on hand when possible.  That’s why I like being able to make a DIY alternative!

It’s so versatile and really easy to make.  You can do it in a food processor or a blender (although it’s a bit of a nuisance that way because you have to stop and stir a lot), but if you don’t have them or don’t want to use them, you can totally do it by hand.  You just “cut” the shortening into the flour with a tool for that or a fork, or even with your hands!  No matter which way you do it, you just keep working it till it looks kind of like cornmeal.

My favorite use for it is biscuits!  What is your favorite Bisquick recipe?

Shan's Homemade Bisquick Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Shannon


  • 6 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 cup Vegetable Shortening


  1. Mix together dry ingredients.

  2. Add shortening.

  3. Pulse or cut until it looks like cornmeal.

  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Shan’s Weekly Favorites #002

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Hi Everyone!  Well, it’s that time again!  It’s time to find out my weekly favorites roundup from around the web!  Shall we get started?

Retro Tuna Noodle Casserole

This sounds so yummy!  I love old-fashioned dishes like this!  Soo comforting.

13 Brilliant Things you can do with a Glass Jar

Now I can FINALLY use up some of the old Mason jars my sister gave me when she moved!  Quart jar crafts are becoming so popular these days.  Back in the 90s, my Mom made several votive candles out of jars.  She painted scenes and flowers on them.  I still have mine displayed in a prominent spot!  She was really ahead of her time, huh?  LOL  Have you made any of them?  Feel free to leave a link to your jar project in the comments!

Missing an ingredient?  This list will solve all your problems

Oh my gosh!!!  There are so many times I am making a recipe and realize I don’t have something.  This will come in so handy!  You’ll want to bookmark or Pin this one!  Oh, and while you’re doing that, don’t forget to Pin this post too!  No pressure.  😉

DIY for Spring!  Tiny Birdhouses!

What a wonderful tutorial to make some really cute birdhouses!  They really say Spring!


Bunny Pancake Recipe

Well, I know my grandkids are going to love this one!  Super cute bunnies that are really easy to make!  And don’t forget delicious!

13 Adorable Easter Crafts to Make with your Kids

Kids love to make stuff.  Two of my grandsons love to make art, so this will be a real treat for them!  I love knowing that they share my crafty side!

How to Make a Moss Shamrock and St. Patrick’s Day Vignette

What a super adorable bit of home decor to make for Spring!  This “how to” makes it really easy, too!

How did you like this weeks favorites?  Which one is YOUR favorite?  Let me know, or just say hi, in the comments section below!  Have a great day!

~Love and Light~

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


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


  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.