Monday, April 11, 2016

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui {book review}

A book review on clearing more clutter...


I am working towards a clutter-free house and this is one of several books I have now read on achieving a clean, orderly, simple house. 
I was drawn to this book because the idea of Feng Shui is so unknown to me. I was anticipating much more information on organizing your house in the Feng Shui manner.
Instead, this book is about why to clear clutter with some baby steps on moving in the right direction. The book references NUMEROUS customers/clients who have tried this method, succeeded and lived to the tell the tale. 
Unfortunately, this book falls short for me in the clutter-clearing know-how. I much prefer "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo.
There are many examples of "for further information on clearing such-and-such space, check this chapter." However, when I read that chapter later, it is a short little blip without giving me information I wanted.
I guess I really wanted more of an introduction to Feng Shui, and to do that you must clear the clutter. So that makes sense. The book is a great reference to other books the author suggests reading for further information.
If you are wanting more of a introduction to Feng Shui, pass on this. If you want an introduction on clearing the clutter...it'll work for you.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from bloggingforbooks.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Cheeseburger Chowder

There is a coffee shop that I love to visit whenever I meet up with my sister.
They have the best Cheeseburger Chowder soup.


I didn't know what to expect the first time that I ordered it, but I knew it pretty much had to be wonderful.
Of course I had to order it in a bread bowl, because c'mon...is there really any other way to eat a soup when you are eating out?
I didn't think so.
I have been trying to replicate the recipe for a few years and nothing seemed to come as close as I would like it to be. 
That is, until over Christmas break I decided to just start from scratch and make up my own as I went.


That's where this bowl of deliciousness comes in.
I knew I wanted really cheesy and really full of flavor. 
I added some celery salt just because I thought it gave it a bit of flavor without being too salty or too celeryish. 


I hooked it up with the Velveeta cheese.
Because, why not? 
I mean, I know it "technically" isn't cheese per say.
But holy moly, it melts into a wonderful cheesy concoction that makes wonderful dip, so why not soup?

Yep.
The whole 32oz. block.
Don't judge me.
You could of course cut it back I'm sure, or substitute real cheese.
 Do whatever floats your boat.


I also shredded my own spuds for this recipe.
I think that's where all my recipes were failing me before.
Using frozen hashbrowns is always what I had done, but they always got kind of mushy and I don't really care for mushy.
I feel like shredding my own potatoes kept them a bit hardier. 
It could just be a figment of my over-imaginative brain.
All I know is that it tasted wonderful.

I also served them in a bread bowl. Because as I mentioned above, there simply isn't another way.
I mean, yeah - you could use a regular ol' bowl.
There is no fun in that though.

I am not going to pretend that I magically came up with a bread bowl recipe, because I did not...so you can visit this blog right here and follow the same recipe that I did.
It makes four bowls, and they taste pretty much spectacular.

I refrigerated the leftovers, because there are only three of us. We had soup for a day or three :)

Cheeseburger Chowder

by Sugar For Breakfast
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 3 hours
Ingredients (8 servings)
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 3 shredded potatoes
  • 1 small/med diced onion
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • Dash of celery salt and sea salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups milk (whole)
  • 32oz. Velveeta cheese
Instructions
Add carrots, shredded potatoes, onions, broth, celery salt, salt, and pepper to a slow cooker set on high and let cook for about 3-4 hours
Brown 1 lb. ground beef; drain and add to the broth mixture.
Melt the butter and whisk in the flour.
Then whisk in the milk and cook until thick and bubbly.
Add to the crock pot.
Cube the cheese add to the crock pot
Mix well and let cook for another 30 min or until it all melts.
Serve with warm bread or in a bread bowl.
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