Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Sunday, May 9, 2021

#Crockpot Potato #Soup #Recipe!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back with another lazy cook's dream recipe today. A warning up front, this is not at all a low-fat, low-salt, or otherwise "healthy" recipe. But it's perfect for one of those occasional chilly Spring evenings when you want something warm, stick-to-your-ribs, and indulgent. Enjoy! 😊

1 bag frozen hash-brown potatoes (the cubes not the shreds)
2 packages dried onion soup mix
4 cups vegetable stock
1 16oz can of corn
1 12oz package sliced button mushrooms (or 1 16oz can of mushrooms)
1 finely chopped onion (any color)
1 16oz bag frozen broccoli
1 1/2 pint container of heavy cream
2 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1/2 12oz package mozzarella/cheddar blend shredded cheese
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp paprika
6 cloves chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Put stock, potatoes, onion mix, paprika, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, and mushrooms in the crockpot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours. Add broccoli and corn and cook for another 1-2 hours. Remove the bay leaves, stir in cream and cheese, and cook for another half hour or so. Serve hot and enjoy.

Be careful about adding salt as there is already quite a bit in the pre-made ingredients. Obviously, if you don't like any of the vegetables, you can leave them out or swap them for something else. This recipe works with sweet potatoes too, but you can't always find frozen sweet potato hash-browns, so you might need to use fresh ones and adjust the cooking time. Adding a diced chili pepper gives the soup a little spice, but hot sauce works well for this too. If you don't have broccoli, spinach or kale work well, but you need to add them when you add the cream and cheese. If the liquid level looks too low, feel free to add a little water. A thickener shouldn't be necessary as the potatoes and cheese both thicken the soup already.

Bon Appetit!

Friday, May 7, 2021

#Animal #Rescuer's #Guide To #Staying ( #Relatively ) #Sane! #Free! :-)


Hey Everyone!! 😊

Just a reminder, for those who haven't checked it out yet, I've collected all my animal rescue/care posts together and published them as a small book.  If you'd like, you can download the book for free from Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes.

Thanks for stopping in today, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

#APC #Spotlight: The Dark Valley By Claire Plaisted!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Claire Plaisted in my APC spotlight, today! Lisa is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her young adult, witches and magic, dark fantasy, short story, The Dark Valley, looks great! Here's the description:
A dark fairy tale with some not very likeable creatures called Trolls who run mines to source precious gems.

The Crones are witch-like characters who want what every older woman wants – to be young and pretty. They also have magical powers, and they take the soul of the young people to help them achieve this. That is until along came Clarissa who is determined to break the curse on their valley.ve them, she must learn to open her heart and sacrifice... everything.
If you think this sounds like something you might enjoy, go ahead and grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 1313

Hey Everyone! 😊

Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's Journal

Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)
Agent Thoth's Personal Log

Day Thirteen-Hundred-Thirteen:
My hominid-servant seems determined to torture me! She has procured another of her infernal, spinning, light-beam-producing devices! And, to add insult to injury, she presented the nightmarish contraption to me as if it were one of the baubles she presents at intervals as offerings. What could have possibly have given her the idea that a machine that I devote an inordinate amount of time and energy to avoiding at all costs might conceivably be well-received by me? As if I would welcome being forced to a state of exhaustion so profound I can neither move nor think as the result of something as pointless and undignified as chasing intangible lures. I swear, I cannot fathom the hominid mind, and I despair of ever being able to do so.

Hominids can be so dense! 😉 You may have noticed that Agent Thoth has a new look. I hope you like his new picture as much as I do, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. 😉 Happy reading, everyone!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Strange Occurrences...

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Here's a little bit more of the third installment in the Petri Dish Chronicles! As always, the disclaimer is that this is a draft and, as such, it's unedited and likely full of errors and is subject to revision, revamping, and being completely scrapped and rewritten. But, with that in mind, I'm reasonably satisfied with the basics of it, at least at the moment, or I wouldn't have bothered posting it. Enjoy! :-)

Excerpt from Shifting Paradigms:
“Is something bothering you, Per Dish?" came a voice from behind her.

Petri jumped and spun around. As she did, the room seemed to spin around too and when she came to a stop the far end of the room seemed much nearer than it had been just a few seconds ago.

“What the fuck is going on?" she demanded.

“What’s wrong, hun?” came Chessie's soft voice from nearby. 

Whipping her head around, Petri saw her friends were standing next to her and the space they were in had shrunk significantly, though it was still large. Her heart pounding, she turned wide eyes back to Vlad and whispered, “What just happened?"

Monday, May 3, 2021

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. Two, actually. One is about how Democrats are working overtime to cut corporate taxes by 10% and the other is about how they are celebrating doing absolutely nothing to help regular people. Together, I think they do a good job of illustrating why I refuse to vote for Democrats anymore. But, please, watch the videos and draw your own conclusions. Peace!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Quick Spinach Saute #Recipe!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is a meal that's easy to throw together quickly on a weeknight, but is still delicious and will fill you up. Enjoy! :-)

4 cups cooked brown rice or pasta (your favorite kind)
4 cups spinach leaves
1 large onion chopped fine
1 granny smith apple peeled, cored, and diced
1 cup raisins
1 cup toasted walnuts chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup red wine (your favorite kind)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Add the olive oil and onion to a large saute pan and cook until the onion becomes translucent. Add the garlic, apple, rosemary, raisins, and salt and pepper and continue cooking until the onions start to caramelize. Add the spinach, water, and wine and continue cooking until the spinach wilts. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Remove the pan from the heat and serve the spinach mixture over warm rice or pasta. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top.

Bon appetit!