Shrimp with Mushrooms in Sour Cream Sauce

My mom made me this when I visited my parents over Labor Day weekend, and I liked it so much that I copied down the recipe. She got it from a friend like 17 years ago, and I’m not sure of the original source, but I’m bringing it out of the dark to share with everyone. It is too good to spend another 17 years in a wooden recipe box!

So, to begin, this recipe had some ingredients that don’t go with my paleo/primal lifestyle, so I had to fudge it in a few places. If you can’t handle dairy, I feel sorry for you, because this recipe is like 50% butter and 30% sour cream. It may be worth your pain later, though. If you aren’t a paleo/primal eater, then you can refer to the adjustments in the parentheses below for the original recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. peeled and devined wild-caught shrimp
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch (original recipe = 1 tbsp flour)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos (original recipe = 1 tsp soy sauce)
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Ingredients: shrimp, mushrooms, arrowroot starch, butter, Parmesan, coconut aminos, sour cream, paprika, salt, and pepper

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Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a skillet, and add your raw shrimp. Cook until pink throughout. I used 24 oz. of shrimp because Target sells their shrimp in 12 oz. packages, and I would rather have more than enough. It turns out this recipe is so dangerously good that I would recommend doubling it, especially if you are feeding a family of 4+.

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Place the cooked shrimp in a large baking pan.

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Look at my pretty bowls!

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…and stoneware baking dishes! This is the Temptations brand from QVC. They are amazing. Oven-safe to 500 degrees, microwave/dishwasher-safe, and they came with iron holders and lids that double as cutting boards and baking sheets! Oven-to-table cookware.

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ANYWAY… sprinkle your shrimp with salt and pepper. I used some Szechuan seasoning I bought from Penzeys.

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In the same skillet, add 3 tbsp butter. Add your sliced mushrooms and saute until soft.

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Once the mushrooms are done, remove them from the skillet and put them in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp arrowroot starch, 1 tsp coconut aminos, 1 cup sour cream, and 5 tbsp well-softened butter.

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Mix it together! Try to contain your excitement.

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Pour the mushroom cream sauce over the shrimp, and sprinkle 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese on top. I sprinkled more like 1/2 cup of cheese because I can never control myself when it comes to cheese. Sprinkle 1 tsp paprika on top of the cheese. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes.

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10 minutes later!

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I had 2 massive servings. It is crazy good. I was planning on making a side dish, but this comes together so fast that I ended up not having time. I also stuffed myself silly on this so a side was not necessary after all.

I licked my bowl clean while my husband watched me. It is SO GOOD. Enjoy!

Blitzen

Two finished quilts in the same week! This is one of my new Christmas quilts that I made earlier this year. My mom quilted it last weekend and I got the binding on it while I was watching The Corpse Bride, The Goonies, and part of The Outsiders. So it took me about 3 and a half hours! My finger hurts! But I guess I am ready for the holidays now.

This fabric is called Blitzen by BasicGrey for Moda. It’s a free pattern I got from the Moda website.

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The Boo Crew Halloween quilt

Finally finished this one last night. I started this quilt a few months ago and my mom quilted it last weekend, so I spent a few nights putting the binding on it. I also went ahead and put a sleeve on it in case I want to hang it somewhere in our new house but I think for now it is a quilt that we may actually use, provided we don’t accidentally rip out the button eyes or tear the thread mouths on some of the monsters.

The pattern is from Sweetwater, who also designed the fabric. You can find the pattern here.

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64″ square

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Applique monsters (this one is my favorite)

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my favorite part is the pumpkins my mom quilted into one of the strips!

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Paris Flea Market Find

I finally finished this quilt! It was a kit I bought from Fat Quarter Shop, and I don’t think I got enough background (cream) fabric because I was 5 rectangles short. So I had to hunt around online since everyone is selling out of the fabric. I finally found it from Bunny Hill Designs, and it took a week to get here, so I had nothing to do but wait and finish all the other parts of it as best I could. So, finally, it’s done!!

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Fabric: Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters for Moda
Pattern: Paris Flea Market Find by It’s Sew Emma

T-shirt quilting

Last weekend I got to learn how to make a t-shirt quilt. I helped my mom make one out of 20 shirts. Someone she knows “ordered” one from her so I went to help put it together. It was extremely tedious and exhausting. But we laughed a lot so it was fun and it went by quickly since there were two of us working on it.

So I thought I would share the process for those of you who are interested in making a t-shirt quilt.

1. Cleaning

You have to wash the shirts. I know that seems like common sense, but according to my mom, people used to bring her dirty t-shirts, and that’s gross. Who wants a dirty t-shirt quilt? Anyway, machine wash (don’t dry clean as it leaves a residue) and tumble dry (no dryer sheets because that can leave residue too).

2. Planning

Once you’ve got clean, dry t-shirts, pick out the ones that may be too bright or too dull. You don’t want one standing out among all the rest. For instance, the quilt we worked on last weekend came with 21 t-shirts, one of which was hot pink. It stuck out like a sore thumb, so we didn’t use it. It was an extra anyway, we only needed 20 (5 rows of 4 shirts). So figure out how big you want your quilt. 12 shirts (3 rows of 4)? 16 shirts (4 rows of 4)? 20 shirts (5 rows of 4)? Keep in mind too that if you have shirts that have printing on the front and back, you can use both sides. So if you’ve only got 11 shirts but one is two-sided, you’re good.

3. Cutting

Using a pair of good fabric shears, spread one t-shirt out at a time on a large cutting mat. Make sure the t-shirt is flat and smoothed out and the image or text on the shirt isn’t stretched funny. I don’t have a picture of this step, but I’ll try to explain it as best as I can. Take the scissors and cut up the sides (you’re essentially separating the front from the back). Then cut off the arms of the shirt, and the neck. Separate and save your scraps just in case. Set the t-shirt fronts aside (and backs if you are using those as well).

4. Fusing

Take the t-shirt fronts/backs and one at a time, cut a large enough piece of fusible interfacing to cover as much of the wrong side of the shirt as possible. This part is important because if you don’t stabilize the shirts, they will shift during quilting and make it a terrible experience. Using the steam setting on an iron, fuse the interfacing to the back of the shirts (follow the instructions that came with the interfacing).

5. Cutting (again)

We decided our block sizes would be 15″ squares, but since there was a mix of children’s t-shirts and adult’s t-shirts, that was impossible to do for all of them. The child’s sizes ended up being 12″ blocks, and we just added borders to them using fabric that kept with our theme (music). Two of our shirts had narrow but long prints, so they were 12×15″ with side borders added to them. Regardless, make sure all your t-shirt blocks come out the same size, whether you add fabric to them or not. We used a 15″ Omnigrip square ruler. I highly recommend using it, as it makes the process a lot quicker and easier. Make sure you use a Clover white marking pen or a pencil to trace out your block so you can center your print before you cut it. The great thing about the white marking pen is you can steam the ink off with an iron if you mess up and it’ll disappear.

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12″ block with added borders to make it 15″ square

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12×15″ block with added side borders to make it 15″ square

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12×15″ block with added side borders to make it 15″ square

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12″ block with added borders to make it 15″ square

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12″ block with added borders to make it 15″ square

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12″ block with added borders to make it 15″ square

6. Layout

Once you’ve got your blocks fused and cut, lay them out to determine the best placement. Make sure colors are distributed evenly and you don’t have all your text-heavy prints next to each other. We picked our placement and then left it alone for an hour and then came back to see if we still thought it worked.

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7. Piecing/Sashing

We did a 2″ sashing between all the blocks with red 2″ square cornerstone pieces. This is important… because of the interfacing, it is so much easier to use a walking foot when you’re sewing your blocks/sashing strips together. Otherwise, it is horrendously difficult to manage, especially near the end when you’re trying to work with a huge quilt.

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Did you notice the shirt in the top row, third shirt from the left? We had to redo it because the shirt was printed crooked and got really distorted. We cut out just the design and redid the borders to make it the same size as the other blocks.

8. Adding borders

We decided on a 6″ outer border to finish the quilt. Ta da!

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I wish I could’ve gotten a shot head-on but we were in a bit of a narrow room so I had to capture it at an angle.

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Rio helping.

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Sara also helping.

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Sara… so sweet

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Backing fabric

And… that is how you make a t-shirt quilt! We did this from 11 am – 11 pm with some breaks in between, and then we worked on it the following day for about 2 1/2 more hours. They are a lot of work!

Comma by Zen Chic for Moda

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This only took me 4 days to finish… I am really proud because it is like 95% perfect, and that never happens to me. I learned a new pressing method from my mom so I think that helped a lot. … Continue reading

Papillon by 3 Sisters for Moda

This quilt pattern had a name but I don’t remember it. So I am just going to call it my shopping-bag-slash-purse quilt. I pieced it January-February 2012 while I watched episodes of The Hills on Netflix streaming, right around the time I was studying for my master’s comp exam, which I was completely panicked over because that is the test I needed to pass in order to graduate with my master’s degree. Spoiler, I passed, and have been gainfully employed for almost 2 years now, but I have some memories with this quilt because I made it during some difficult and uncertain times. The pass rate for the test was 50/50, and you only got two chances to take it. They only offer the test twice a year, once in February and once in October. So if I had failed the test in February, I would have had to take it again in October, which was the month I was getting married in. So luckily, I passed on the first try, graduated, and then got married, in that order.

Anyway, my mom quilted it a few weeks ago on her longarm so when she gave it back to me it was like a reunion of sorts. I hadn’t seen it in over a year. The funny thing is it is way smaller than I remember. But it was easy to piece. All you need is a layer cake, backing fabric, and binding fabric. The pattern is from the book More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, and Charm Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I think it’s the pattern called High Fashion and it’s on the cover of the book. I just used the Search Inside feature on Amazon so I wouldn’t have to get up and go find out.

Here it is! I think it’s worthy of hanging in my shiny new house once it’s finished being built. More on that later, I am planning on getting a pile of progress photos together for a future post. They’re supposed to be working on the roof this week, and we saw it last night after they’d done all the plumbing. It should be move-in ready by late September.

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