Jicama Salad

Cabbage and Jicama Slaw

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Jicama Slaw

Jicama Slaw


Cabbage and Jicama Slaw

This Cabbage and Jicama Slaw is NOT you’re average slaw baby!     

I created a perfect side for your Mexican inspired meals.

This one is light, refreshing and so flavorful.  

Have you had Jicama before?  Oh, it adds a wonderful earthy, sweet taste and it’s crunchy fabulous.  

Then I added in just enough cilantro to brighten the entire dish.  

It’s a terrific twist on OLE!

If you are looking for another scrumptious salad with Mandarin Oranges, here’s one that has strawberries, spinach and a really delightful dressing, this Strawberry-Orange Spinach Salad hits the spot

Cabbage and Jicama Slaw


1 medium jicama, peeled and grated

16 oz. cole slaw mix (coarse chop, NOT fine shred if available)

11 oz. can mandarin orange segments, drained, reserve juice

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 Tbl. red wine vinegar

1-2 tsp. fajita/taco seasoning

1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

½ tsp. salt, or to taste

½ tsp. balsamic vinegar

Fresh cilantro, leaves – to taste



Peel skin off the jicama with a vegetable peeler.Jicama SlawOr with a knife, careful to get just the outer top layer.Jicama SlawGrate the peeled jicama using the largest holes on the grater; set aside.Jicama Slaw

In a large bowl, add the coleslaw, jicama and the drained mandarin oranges.Jicama Slaw

In a small bowl, whisk together reserved 2 Tbl. of the Mandarin juice, mayonnaise, vinegar, fajita seasoning, pepper and salt to taste.

Pour the dressing over the jicama mixture.

Toss to mix thoroughly and top with cilantro.

Add more Mandarin orange juice ONLY if needed.Jicama Slaw

Mix well. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

If there is excess liquid, simply strain it off; absolutely delish!Jicama Slaw

 Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2016, 2018

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Crafty Embellished Notebook

DYI Embellished Notebook

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Crafty Embellished Notebook

DIY Embellished Notebook

Dorthy is helping us again! This notebook would be a great present for any occasion, depending on the paper you choose. Make one for every holiday and season!  An inexpensive, easy craft for teens, girls-day-out activity, a wonderful birthday or Mother’s Day gift – so many uses for yourself, or as a gift!  Mix and match papers from scraps you have and add a fun patterned pencil to make it even more special. 

DIY Covered Notebook

The complete supply list and detailed instructions follow, however, here are some pictures for a tutorial to help you along making your own covered notebooks.DYI Embellished Notebook 1Cut out the paper pieces as directed.DYI Embellished Notebook 2Cut one piece of printed ribbon 6: long.DYI Embellished Notebook 3Cut the remaining length into 4″ long pieces.DYI Embellished Notebook 4

Take the 6×6″ piece of paper and lay it face down against the wire rings

Mark each hole with a pencil mark.DYI Embellished Notebook 5Draw a line 1/8″ from the top of the paper at the pencil marksDYI Embellished Notebook 6Using a small hole punch (not the regular size), punch holes at each pencil mark.

Make a small slit with scissors from the edge of the paper to the the hole you punched. Continue across the paper.DYI Embellished Notebook 7Using a glue stick glue the paper to the front of the notebook, making sure the holes match.  Glue around the edge of the entire piece of paper.DYI Embellished Notebook 8

Carefully put in place, matching the holes of the paper to the rings on the notebook.DYI Embellished Notebook 9Use a pencil to push the paper down between the rings. DYI Embellished Notebook 10

And from the inside also.DYI Embellished Notebook 11Glue the 3.5″ x 6″ paper to the bottom of the notebook.DYI Embellished Notebook 12

Glue the 6″ piece of ribbon over the seam between the papers DYI Embellished Notebook 13

Press down to secure.DYI Embellished Notebook 14Glue on embellishment.
DYI Embellished Notebook 15Fold a 4″ piece of ribbon in half DYI Embellished Notebook 16

Slide the ribbon over the ring DYI Embellished Notebook 17

Forming a knot by pulling through the middle,DYI Embellished Notebook 18

Pull tight.DYI Embellished Notebook 19Arrange the ribbons so there is a bit of each ribbon pattern all the way across the top.

It is very useful to use a toothpick DYI Embellished Notebook 20

And put a small dab of glue under the ribbon knot to ensure they stay in place.

DYI Embellished Notebook 21Now you have a terrific gift for really any occasion!DYI Embellished Notebook 22

The supply list and complete instructions follow.

Thank you Dorthy again for another great craft!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Easy Valentine Cookie Pops

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Easy Valentine Cookie Pop

Quick and Valentine Cookie Pop

 Hey busy mom’s here is a great last minute treat for the kiddos to take to school, you or your sweetie to take to the office or to the neighbors. Also PERFECT way for your family to spend a little time together making and decorating these together as a treat or dessert!

Easy Valentine Cookie Pops


1 package Pillsbury Ready to Bake refrigerated sugar cookies (makes 24 cookies)

24 pop-sickle sticks/craft sticks – wide or narrow

1 container Pillsbury readymade frosting

M&M’s, candy,

Wilton sprinkles or other brands, whatever you desire for decorationsValentine Cookie Pops 1


Heat oven to 350 degrees, according to cookie package directions.

Prepare pan, using parchment if desired. Again, according to cookie package directions.

Take one piece of the cookie dough and using a pop-sickle/craft stick place it into the center and push in about 2/3 of the way through.Valentine Cookie Pops 2Place 6 cookies with sticks alternating on cookie sheet as shown.Valentine Cookie Pops 3When cookies are cooked, allow to cool. Frost and decorate as desired.Valentine Cookie PopsIdea from the Betty Crocker Website

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow

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Washi Tape Decorated Cards

Washi Tape Decorated Cards

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Washi Tape Decorated Cards

Washi Tape Decorated Cards

Using Washi tape you find in the craft store, you can quickly and economically personalize note cards for any occasion!       Washi Tape is very economical, and a little goes a llooonnnggg way.

Washi Tape Decorated Cards


Washi Tape Card and Envelope Set

Flowers or Embellishments

Glue Dots to adhere embellishments to cardCard Set 2Directions: Simply apply the tape in any fashion you desire to decorate the cardsCard Set 3When finished with your design, trim the tape close to the cardCard Set 4

Adhere the flowers or embellishments to the cards, using the glue dotsCard Set 5Now you have a fabulous gift set OR cards to use yourself!Card Set 6Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Fruited Spinach Salad

Strawberry-Orange and Spinach Salad

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Fruited Spinach Salad

Fruited Spinach Salad


Strawberry-Orange and Spinach Salad

Looking for a FABULOUS salad that’s quick, light and especially DELICIOUS?  

This is the ONE!  Just toss this salad together for a quick lunch, or as a side to make any meal special.

My homemade dressing compliments the salad perfectly; not too sweet or tangy, and it’s healthy too!

I really think you will love this one, so make it up today and see if you don’t make it on a regular rotation:)

If you are looking for a more substantial salad for a meal, you could give this Spinach Dinner Salad a try, it’s really good and filling too.

For a really unique and scrumptious twist, this Salad with Roasted Squash and Poppy Seed Dressing is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!

If you prefer a meal in a bowl type salad, you are going to really enjoy this Fiesta Chopped Salad with it’s south of the border flavors and hearty goodness. 

Definitely a salad for every occasion and every taste, but this Strawberry-Orange and Spinach Salad hits the spot every time.

Strawberries and Mandarin Oranges in a Spinach Salad with Homemade Dressing



1 Tbl. honey

2 Tbl. seasoned white wine vinegar

1 Tbl. juice from the mandarin oranges

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp Montreal steak seasoning

Pinch of ground nutmeg, fresh is best



½ pound fresh spinach leaves, stems removed and torn into bite-size pieces

One can (10 ½ oz) mandarin oranges packed in juice, drained

1 – 2 cups fresh strawberries, halved


Combine the honey, seasoned vinegar, 1 Tbl. juice from mandarin oranges, olive oil, montreal steak seasoning and nutmeg in a small bowl; mix well.

When grating the fresh nutmeg, this is what fresh nutmeg looks like. It is a nut/seed and if you have a grater that will make a fine grate, that will work best as you want it grated very finely. The nutmeg seed like this will keep for a very, very long time so don’t be afraid to purchase it.Fresh Fruit and Spinach SaladArrange spinach in large bowl.

Top with oranges and strawberries.Fresh Fruit and Spinach SaladPour honey mixture over top and toss to coat.

Or arrange spinach and fruit on individual salad plates as shown.Fresh Fruit and Spinach Salad

 Serve Fresh!

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014, 2018

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Graduation DIY Card

DIY Graduation Card

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Drink Graduation Card

Drink Graduation Card

Have you been bombarded by graduation announcements? Need something inexpensive, unique and fun? I have the perfect solution for you!!! 

My very good friend Dorothy took a creative twist on the Sweet Thinking of You card and made a GRADUATION CARD out of it!  YES she DID! Inside the tube you can either put a PROPEL Drink Mix, then write inside: I know YOU will Propel to the TOP.  OR if you want to do something more, you can roll up MONEY* and slip it inside the tube!

It’s not complicated or hard, and Dorothy walks you through step-by-step, so click on over and let’s get started!

Graduation Gift Card


1 – 8 ½ “ X 5 ½ “ cardstock

2 – small brads

1 – 4” X 5 ¼” printed paper

Small hole punch

These measurements are for a PROPEL DRINK MIX or money:

1 – 3 ½ “ X 11” cardstock

1 – 1” X 3 ¾” cardstock

1 – 3” X 5” printed paper

1 – 3’ x 4 ¼” coordinating printed paper Scissors or paper cutter

1 – PROPEL drink mix packet or Money* to roll up and place in the tube



Cut out all pieces.

Fold cardstock in halfDrink Graduation Card 1Glue 4” X 5 ½” on front of card centering it.Drink Graduation Card 2On the back of the 4” X 5” piece of paper mark the center on the 4” sideDrink Graduation Card 3

Use the round punch and make a small notch on the center markDrink Graduation Card 4Run glue down the 5” edge. (only about ¼” wide)Drink Graduation Card 5Overlap the other side and glue into a tubeDrink Graduation Card 6Flatten the tube so that the notch is centeredDrink Graduation Card 7

Run glue down the center back and then one on each side. *If using money I would suggest gluing the BOTTOM end of the tube (without the rounded circle punched cut) so the money cannot fall out. Drink Graduation Card 8Glue on the card at an angle. Drink Graduation Card 9Slide PROPEL drink mix into tube OR the rolled up MONEY*Drink Graduation Card 10Print your greeting and glue onto 1” X 4” cardstock (I used catsup 18)   Shows wording for sweetens your day, but change it as directed for a graduate as shown at beginning of tutorial.Drink Graduation Card 11

Hold the paper over drink mix or money in the tube and punch holes for the brads.Drink Graduation Card 12Drink Graduation Card 13You will need to use an awl on the left side, as it is difficult to reach with a paper punch. Drink Graduation Card 14Put the brads in place, easy peasy and ready to gift! Drink Graduation Card 15

Place in the PROPEL drink mix OR rolled up money*, write in the card to personalize it, and there you have a very appreciated and unique gift!

*If you choose to put in money, I would secure it with a fancy paperclip, or glue the bottom of the tube so it will not fall out, as I mentioned above.

Graduation DIY Card

Graduation DIY Card

Created by Stan Groneman, Adapted by Dorthy for a graduation card, Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2016

Click HERE for the original post featuring drink mixes to cheer someones day. 

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Bean Burrito Soup

Quick Healthy Burrito Soup

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Bean Burrito Soup

Bean Burrito Soup

Looking for a quick, economical soup with ingredients in your panty?   Here it is and it’s also healthy, satisfying and very, very yummy.


Quick Healthy Bean Burrito Soup


1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

16 oz. canned re fried beans

2 cups chicken broth

16 oz. mixed frozen vegetables

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. taco seasoning, or to taste

1 can petite diced tomatoes with chipotle chilies
Toppings: Cheddar cheese, shredded Sour cream Cilantro, fresh, chopped Avocado

Directions: Rinse and drain the black beans.Bean Burrito Soup 3In a large pan mash the beans with a potato masher, the back of a large spoon, or any utensil that will work.Bean Burrito Soup 4To the mashed beans, add the broth and the can of refried beans, combining well.Bean Burrito Soup 5

Add the mixed vegetables, garlic, taco seasoning and diced tomatoes.Bean Burrito Soup 6Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the flavors are blended and the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.Bean Burrito Soup 7Pour a portion into a serving bowl.

Top with any of the toppings desired.

Bean Burrito Soup

ean Burrito Soup

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Homemade Tomato Pesto Basil Soup

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Oh my, is there anything more comforting than  really (REALLY) good tomato soup?  NO more cans with this easy recipe, and it IS the BEST!

 Here is my recipe for a tomato soup with amazing flavor.  Pair with homemade Tomato Basil Bread for a hearty and satisfying meal.

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup


½ cup real butter (1 stick)

1 med -large onion, diced

3 cans (14.5 oz each) diced fire roasted tomatoes, with the juice (can use regular, but fire roasted has a great flavor)

1  ½ cups water

1 cube chicken bouillon, Knorr (or 2 teaspoons granules; to taste)

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Montreal Steak seasoning

½ teaspoon salt

1 can evaporated milk

3/4 cup basil pesto

1 cup real Parmesan cheese, finely grated

 optional: 6-8 oz. risotto or small pasta, cooked till al dente, drained


Melt butter in a large saucepan.

Add onions and cook over medium heat, stirring until completely translucent.

Add tomatoes, water, bouillon, balsamic vinegar, Montreal steak seasoning and salt.Tomato Basil Soup 2Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes to allow for ‘marrying’ of flavors.

Working in batches, pour soup mixture into blender (but only about ½ way up the container and hold a towel over the top, tightly, to allow for expansion due to the hot liquid) and process until smooth.Tomato Basil Soup 3Pour pureed soup into a pan. 

Add in the basil pesto-

And the evaporated milk


Then simmer for 10 minutes.

Add in the fresh grated Parmesan cheese, stir and serve hot. 


*If adding risotto pasta, cook according to directions when beginning soup.

Drain well and add to soup with the evaporated milk and pesto.

The pasta will expand if allowed to sit in soup overnight or for several hours.

 Delicious when paired with an open faced grilled cheese made with my Tomato Basil Bread, you will find HERETomato Basil Soup 6Carrie Groneman’s recipe

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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