Sunday, August 7, 2011

Shrimp and Grits

by Meghann on August 7, 2011

Today was everything a Sunday should be. Quiet, peaceful, and just plain lazy. Love it. :)

We left Orlando just before noon and I had the pleasure of falling asleep before Disney and awaking two hours later, just 2 miles from our exit on 275. (I owe Derek. Big)

My hunger had kicked in at this point, so I made a random snack plate of what we had in the fridge for lunch.

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Carrot sticks and pretzel pieces with peanut butter

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And a Lemon Chobani with a fresh peach and Uncle Sam’s Strawberry Cereal.

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A simple lunch that worked well in this heat.

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I followed lunch with two hours of lazy tv watching (Cyberbully on ABC Family had me in tears), laundry, and a quick Publix run.

Afternoon snack

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A post-grocery haul smoothie made of chocolate protein powder, vanilla soy milk, ice, and frozen cherries.

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Derek and I invited his parents over for dinner tonight. Cooking for guests is always the kick in the butt i need to make a real dinner and not just throw together random items at the last minute and call it a meal. ;)

Problem was – what to cook?

A quick twitter call out and I had plenty of ideas. Cat had a particularly interesting one – Shrimp and Grits. I’d never made Shrimp and Grits before, but it sounded like something just different enough to impress and taste great. Sounds good to me!

Per Cat’s suggestion, I followed Martha Stewart’s ‘Easy Shrimp and Grits’ Recipe. Only I made a few changes. I cooked the shrimp in the bacon fat and crumbled the bacon right into the shrimp. It was quick, easy and delicious.

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Derek’s mom provided the wine.

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We served the shrimp and grits with a side of sauteed kale, the combo worked well as the ultimate southern dish. :)

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Martha Stewart never steers me wrong – this meal was fabulous. The shrimp were great, but my favorite part was the cheesy grits – they were so easy to make, not sure why I’ve never made homemade grits before?!? :)

We brought out the Keylime Ice Cream for dessert.

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Maddie couldn’t stand not being the center of attention. :)

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Derek’s parents are heading to Italy at the end of next month, so I had fun showing them my scrapbook from when I went to Italy way back in 2005 and going over all of the ‘must sees’ while they’re over there. They’re spending 20 days (!!) exploring Italy and I can’t even begin to describe how jealous I am. I wonder if I can squeeze into one of their suit cases when no one is looking. ;)

I had the pleasure of touring Italy with my family the summer my sister graduated from high school (can’t believe she just graduated with her masters – was 2005 really that long ago?!). We spent two weeks on a tour bus and loved every minute of it. We saw a lot, but it still doesn’t feel like we saw enough!

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One day I’ll go back. One day…

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