Archive for April, 2012

04.25.12

Last night I had the intention of using a recipe to make our shrimp and grits dinner, but I just winged it instead. I was surprisingly impressed by my efforts.  I am pregnant and was starving so there was no time for patience in following a recipe & adding extra ingredients. Here’s what I threw together…. Also, I only snapped a photo with my iPhone since I was hungry and there was no time to get my big camera out :).

Shrimp & Grits - recipe
Dinner salad

INGREDIENTS:
SHRIMP & GRITS
– 1 bag of fresh or frozen jumbo shrimp (peeled, devained, mine had the tail on)
– Metal or wooden skewers
– Salt & Pepper
– Tony Chachere (seasoning)
– Garlic Powder
– Lemon Pepper
– Chopped fresh cilantro or dried cilantro
– Olive Oil
– 6 C of instant Grits
– Butter
– Shredded sharp cheddar

SALAD: (Throw any produce you have together to make a pretty salad!)
– Mixed Greens
– Carrot (shredded)
– Colored Bell Pepper
– Cherry tomatoes (sliced)
– Banana peppers
– Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
– Salt & Pepper
– Tony Chachere (seasoning)
– Lemon Pepper
– Mozzarella (diced)
– Green onions (chopped) – save some for grits topper/garnish

DIRECTIONS:
1. Thaw shrimp (run room temp water over shrimp in collander & set aside until thawed).
2. Skewer shrimp (I used three metal skewers) and set on a foil lined baking sheet.
3. Drizzle olive oil over all the shrimp so they’re coated.
4. Sprinkle all the different seasonings onto the shrimp (to your liking- I used a lot). Flip & repeat so both sides are coated with olive oil & seasoning.
5. Let sit while you warm up the grill (we use a gas grill so it was only a few minutes).
6. While your waiting on the grill, make your grits (follow instructions on box/packets). I boiled 2.5 C of water and added 1/2 C of milk in once it was boiling. Then, I added the grits and whisked until smooth-ish.
7. Add butter and shredded cheese (to your liking) to the grits, as well as, Salt & Pepper and Garlic powder.
8. Grill shrimp for 2.5 min on one side, flip and grill about 3 min on other side. (Total of about 5 minutes- until they’re pink & not opaque.)
9. While shrimp is grilling and grits are simmering (stir often until smooth and thick) make your salad.
10. Fill a large bowl with grits and top with  chopped green onions. ENJOY!

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04.17.12

When I got home from work I pulled out the chicken we’d grilled & the onion I chopped the night before and compiled the rest of the ingredients to make my favorite, King Ranch Casserole. It’s kind of my “go to” recipe when hosting a dinner party. The casseroles were completed and ready to go into the oven. I put the charro beans I had slow cooked the day before back in the crock pot to heat up. They’re so yummy, I could have eaten them cold. Ok, maybe not.

I sliced some lemons and limes and plopped them into a large pitcher of ice water. Mmm… so refreshing. That was my “fancy” drink for the evening, seeing that I can’t indulge in a nice glass of wine or sangria for a while. I lit all the mason jar candles around the house and on the dining room table and made sure all the place settings were good to go before the girls arrived. Bethany and Ashaun arrived first with Sangria, 2 types of wine, and mini cupcakes. Michele arrived with Mi Cocina salsa (yum!) and warm chips. Kelsey arrived with ingredients to make a delicious salad that included a sliced green apple and dried cranberries. Christina showed up wearing oven mits holding a dish of sopapilla cheescake fresh out of the oven (oh my gosh it was so good). Then, Kimi arrived with her magical guacamole dip, which was chunky with tomatoes, corn, and other goodies!  All in all, it was a great gathering with terrific home made food and great conversation.

You may be asking, “What is the Southern Pickwick Society”? Well, that’s soon to be unveiled… for now I will just say it’s a group of ladies all gifted in various creative ways that work at Switch Creative who appreciate Southern Hospitality and hope to share our gifts with the world.

Here are some photos from the lovely evening.

George modeling Kelsey’s lovely necklace.

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04.09.12

So we’re having a baby! Due in late October, 2012!!  I will share more about our journey over the past year in another blog post. Praise God!

Maybe we went a little far with staging George, but we had to. He’s so sweet.

I asked Brian to stand in for me as I tested the tripod/lighting. This is what he did….

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Danny - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:04:05

Love it all!!!

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