Midwestern Mushroom Soup – Guest Author Chris Pavesic

Chris Pavesic joins us today with a soup my family and I have been making since she posted the recipe on her blog. I have added vegetarian sausage to it for extra protein, or substituted the brown rice for chickpea-based orzo for the same reason. Vegetable broth is always used in place of chicken because my daughter is a vegetarian. No matter what I do with this recipe it comes out amazing.


  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup brown rice
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lb. fresh button mushrooms, wiped clean, trimmed, sliced
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Large saucepan
  • Flat saucepan


1.  In a large saucepan, combine onion, rice and stock.  Bring to a boil, then simmer 25 minutes.  

2.  Meanwhile, melt butter in flat saucepan.  Gently cook mushrooms about 10 minutes or until brown and most of moisture has evaporated.  Add mushrooms to stock.  Stir in sherry and season with salt and pepper.  Simmer 10 minutes.  

Makes 6 servings

While you eat your meal, why not enjoy a good book?  




Thank you for reading,



Trader Joe’s New Items Review – August 2019 *Plant-Based*

Link to my last Trader Joe’s video ICYMI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTpyf3JFscM

Link to Urthbox Unboxing video with Lebby’s chickpea snacks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzQA3sDazUk

Dreams and psychic connections
become reality
 in this fantasy romance. First in the

Single mom Dana Carapelli wakes up in a parallel world called the Dreaming for the first time the night before she meets a handsome rancher. Soon after she wakes into the Dreaming again and finds that she is on his ranch. He knows all about the Dreaming because he wakes up there every time he falls asleep. When he tests their telepathy link she passes, plunging her into a psychic link with him. He admits that he has been promised a perfect partner for him and his teenage son, but doesn’t know if it’s her. Family and friends caution her to take it slow and that’s without her telling them what she knows will make them sound crazy. Joe is everything her dead husband wasn’t. What if it’s her turn to be happy? What if it’s real?

Start the journey into this fantasy romance today!

Thanks for watching!


*This video is not sponsored. I purchased all the items reviewed.*

Seven Questions with a Supernatural Scribbler Interview and Giveaway

The lovely C.V. Larkin has interviewed me on her website. http://cvlarkin.com/blog/seven-questions-supernatural-scribbler/

Click on over and find out what she asked and what I answered. There is a giveaway. If you’ve wanted a copy of “The Dreaming”, and you don’t have one yet, or would like to give a copy to someone else, you could win it with this contest. The winner will also get to ask Joe to answer one question of their choosing in The Dreaming. How awesome is that?

Happy reading, and happy Friday!


What is the Healthiest Sweetener?


Happy Wednesday, everybody!

I get this question a lot, and I think this short video answers the question very nicely,


Deepen Your Understanding of Reiki for Animals

“Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life” by Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad (2006) earned the “I like it” rating from me.  I’ve been recommending this book based on a skim read I did when I first purchased the book years ago.  Now that I’ve read it I am really glad that I did.  It is filled with inspiring stories that I read aloud to others because they were so special. 

These ladies have clearly done a lot of Reiki on animals!  It shines through in their respect for the animals they help, often in a shelter situation.  I particularly enjoyed learning how they approach a new animal and even their own animals for permission each time they offered a treatment.

They also have the unique distinction of sharing techniques for giving Reiki to raccoons.

The appendix is full of good resources for finding Reiki teachers and further information on natural healing for animals.

This book will give anyone interested in Reiki a lot to grow on, whether you’ve been a teacher for years like me, or you’re just starting to learn about the amazing world of animals and Reiki.

A Powerful New Affirmation

I believe that we are all extraordinary.  Each of us has something to offer that no one else can because they aren’t us.

I also believe in the use of affirmations.  I use a few of them regularly for myself and I teach them regularly.  They always have wonderful results.

I wrote the one I am sharing with you all today back in June and allowed it to mature so that I could share it at just the right time.


“I am grateful that I use all of my incredible resources easily, effortlessly, gracefully, joyfully, in the highest good of all, and harming no one.”

Give it a spin and please do share how it sits with you if you are so inclined.