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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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!

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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~

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.

 

 

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!