easy shrimp recipe
pin - http://pinterest.com/pin/243264817344900860/
source - http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/roasted-lemon-garlic-herb-shrimp/
let’s get to it
i tweaked the recipe a bit, below are the steps i used
One of my new year’s resolutions was to cook more at home. I only had three resolutions, so you wouldn’t think it would be too hard… but I haven’t cooked anything other than mac & cheese or eggs lately. I’ve been looking for some easy dinner ideas on Pinterest, something that isn’t too complicated and could be easily improvised with what I already had on hand. This shrimp recipe is exactly what I was looking for!
The steps are super easy, and the shrimp pair great with pasta, rice, couscous, etc. Since Sam was eating too (he doesn’t like shrimp), I made fettuccine alfredo and added the shrimp to my portion. For leftovers the next night, I made a quick shrimp omelette. If I’d had even more leftovers I probably would have made a batch of couscous and broccoli. Lots of easy options!
The lemon and thyme were great flavors, although I wonder if using frozen shrimp detracted from how much they absorbed the seasoning. I’m not convinced the roasting was absolutely necessary, although it was certainly easy enough. Next time it might be quicker just to sauté the shrimp in some butter and add a few lemon wedges and thyme into the pan. But really, you can’t go wrong with pre-cooked shrimp! It was excellent with fettuccine alfredo or any other carb – rice, couscous, pasta, etc. Yum! I consider this a Pin-Win for sure.
Roasted Lemon Garlic Herb Shrimp
Time: 30 minutes
Cost: $5 or so
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 lemon, zested then cut into thin slices
- sea salt and black pepper
- crushed garlic
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound shrimp (I used frozen)
- spaghetti/pasta, couscous or rice for serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In an 8×8 glass baking pan combine olive oil, lemon zest and thyme. Olive oil should liberally cover the bottom of the pan, if it doesn’t drizzle in a little more. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, checking every few minutes. If it looks like it is getting too brown, remove and proceed to next step.While the mixture is browning in the oven, you can defrost the shrimp and cook the pasta (or whatever carb you’re serving with the shrimp). I made fettucine and after draining, I poured half a jar of alfredo sauce and let it sit covered until ready to serve.
- Remove pan from oven, add butter and move it around a little to melt. Add shrimp, garlic and sliced lemons (don’t squeeze them), toss to coat with oil mixture. Bake for 8-10 more minutes – since the shrimp are already cooked, it’s just to warm it all up and let the flavors absorb. Serve over pasta, couscous or rice (toss with additional extra-virgin olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon or lemon wedges for serving).
The lemon and thyme were great flavors, although I wonder if using frozen shrimp detracted from how much they absorbed the seasoning. I’m not convinced the roasting was absolutely necessary, although it was certainly easy enough. Next time it might be quicker just to sauté the shrimp in some butter and add a few lemon wedges and thyme into the pan. But really, you can’t go wrong with pre-cooked shrimp! It was excellent with fettuccine alfredo or any other carb – rice, couscous, pasta, etc. Yum!
I consider this a Pin-Win for sure.
Yum! I consider this a Pin-Win for sure. Once again, Pinterest to the rescue!
You know you’re getting older when all you want for your birthday is a trip to Ikea.
I’ve written before about our Ikea field trips for adults. It really is the ultimate toy store for adults, with life-size lego sets and plenty of opportunities to bang a mallet and imagine yourself happily coexisting in 300 square feet.
We headed out around lunch time, and public transportation went smoothly enough – take the Muni down to the Financial District, then walk over to the AC transit station and take the bus across the bay bridge to Emeryville. We decided to eat first since we were already hungry – why yes, of course we had the Swedish meatballs and lingenberry juice!
Then we started the grand tour of the showroom. Follow the arrows!
I whipped my phone out every time we saw something we liked, so I could get a picture for scale and one for the name/item #. Much better than carrying around all those product pamphlets – what did we do before smart phones?
I did snag one of those mini pencils though to jot down a few notes… miniature anything gets me every time.
We were on the lookout for a couple storage solutions – for games/dvds since our current cases are overflowing, closet organization, and perhaps a chair for the living room. So there are a lot of pictures of Sam sitting in chairs. He was a good hubby and had lots of opinions (of course) on everything.
And of course, we saw a million other things too!
After traipsing through the showroom and the cavernous basement full of home goods galore, we took a breather by the patio furniture and looked over the pictures we’d taken.
A chair for the living room is what I really, really wanted, but (I think) we’ve talked ourselves out of it. I do really want more seating in the living room, but I also start feeling a bit claustrophobic when I’m surrounded by too much stuff… so I’m not sure it’s worth it when we’re already on the brink of max capacity. I could pack up my sewing area, but I don’t want to have to do that just to add more furniture. Because if the new chair doesn’t fit in the living room, then there’s absolutely no other place for a chair to go… no room in the bedroom, kitchen, or hallway… and that’s all there is. Sigh… welcome to life in San Francisco.
Speaking of which… the return trip was the worst side of public transportation. We had to wait over an hour for the bay transit bus to arrive, and when we finally got back to the city the Muni was nowhere to be found. But we’ve learned to roll with the punches, so we walked to a nearby bar and had a drink while we waited. I finished my ginger ale just in time for the 1 California to come rolling by, and then we were finally on the way home.
So we didn’t end up with anything big, but a few little happy things live with us now. This cheery napkin holder sits on our kitchen table, along with a green apple scented candle that we couldn’t resist. (Sam insisted, which I thought was pretty funny… I never knew he cared about scented candles at all.)
I’ve been wanting to try out a Pinterest pin for DIY spice mixes, so this little jar will be perfect.
A couple new storage cubes will find their way into my closet. And last but not least… the bag is plenty of fun for Cora and Tali.
We’re still debating if we should take the plunge on the chair, and I’m also eyeing that laptop table and kitchen cart… we shall see if any of it ends up in our home.
Happy birthday to me (tomorrow)! More city sights coming soon as we explore San Francisco!
Cats are weird. I guess that’s an accepted fact by now.
This weekend, as I was sitting on the couch reading a book, I noticed Cora rolling around on the floor.
On top of my shoes.
She kept hugging my shoes in her paws, rubbing her head all over them, and rolling around on her back.
After a few minutes, she got up and walked away. Cats are so weird.
Today I’m celebrating the fact that I actually wore a pin-spired outfit this week!
It’s one thing to pin a bunch of cute outfits, it’s another to “shop my closet” to replicate the outfits, but it’s quite another to actually wear them… actually putting items together, wearing them out in public for work and life outside of the internet. But this week I really did it!
My inspiration was pinned some months ago, and I even tried it out last fall when I put together a post of pin-spirational outfits… but now, a season later, I actually wore it! And I got compliments and felt cute all day!
lace top // Banana Republic
navy blue skirt // Loft
brown skinny belt // eBay
braided wedges // eBay
Even though I put together a bunch of outfits inspired by pins, it didn’t translate to wearing any of the outfits out in the wild of real life. I think my issues in following through after that post was that I didn’t love the individual pieces of clothing, so I didn’t love them in other outfits either. That striped shirt was too boxy, those black leggings are too thin to wear as pants, I don’t like belting cardigans, etc. As much fun as it was to play dress-up and mimic those Pinterest looks, I never actually wore any of them outside of that afternoon. And as I’ve started to take a closer look at my closet, most of those items have actually ended up donated to the thrift store because I just didn’t love them.
So in my effort to pin some realistic style inspiration… here are some recent pins I’ve found. I’m trying to look for ideas based on items I already own, in outfits that I’d actually be comfortable wearing. Baby steps!
I don’t have a mustard green cardigan or burgundy heels, but I like the idea of simple black and white paired with a colorful cardigan and pearls. It’s pretty similar to what I wear for a lot of work outfits, so I think I could pull it off.
I have a few floral skirts that I don’t wear very often, and I like the idea of belting a longer white shirt on top of a skirt. I really like the army green color, although I don’t own anything in that color.
I usually don’t think of cardigans as tops by themselves, but I like how simple a buttoned black cardigan looks with a statement skirt and (of course) pearls.
I own a few print dresses, and it would be fun to try to style one in different ways to transition from work to weekend to a night out. I think I like the weekend look the best – jean jacket, scarf, and sandals.
Another print dress, this time with turquoise accessories. I don’t think I would wear the shoes or purse, but I do like the idea of a black or navy print dress with the pop of turquoise jewelry.
I have a navy lace shift dress and a skinny brown belt – I should pair them together!
I own a striped dress, though not exactly like this, and a green cardigan, though not exactly the same shade. I wouldn’t have thought to pair them together, but it could be a great look, especially with the brown belt and wooden jewelry.
I don’t have a coral blazer, but what I like most is the color combo – white (or lace) top, coral, and turquoise. Like the classic red/white/blue combo but a little fresher.
Brown and black together, with turquoise jewelry. I like this color combo a lot!
Grey pants – check, blue print top – check, coral cardigan – check, skinny belt – check! I have all the ingredients for this work outfit, I just need to put it together.
LBD with brown belt, pendant necklace, and oatmeal knit cardigan. I definitely like this neutral combo!
Lots of ideas… now just to put them into action! Once again, hooray for Pinterest!
Today’s a special day – a big Happy Birthday to my Dad!
I wish I could be in Alabama to celebrate but this cyber shout out will have to suffice. I’m so lucky to have such a great Dad, another year younger and wiser! I’ve always relished our shared sense of humor and love of history. And, of course, I’ve absorbed years of wisdom like “The point of driving is to get from Point A to Point B safely.”
I wish I had more digital pictures on my computer from my childhood – another one of those Someday projects. But I looked through what I have in my files for a few favorite moments with my Dad.
Since it’s Meow Monday, I thought I’d share this funny picture that my family used years ago for a Christmas card. Bonnie and Clyde aren’t feline, but we photo shopped our anti-social (and a bit obese) cat Jingles into the corner. Don’t you love their headgear?
Jingles sometimes had the nickname Jiggles or Jabba the Hut… I wonder why…
Happy birthday, Dad!
Slowly but surely, I’m making progress on the chevron baby quilt for my friend. The cats have been helpful, of course…
They love hanging out on my sewing table, especially when there’s a project in progress!
Those crafty cats, always
in the way by my side.
(Do you like that crossing out thing? First time I’ve tried it… have to admit, I felt a little silly.)
I love simple switches that suddenly make life a lot easier.
I’ve had an over-the-door shoe rack hanging in the bedroom closet since we moved here. It seems like the logical place to put it, right? But in the last few months, in an effort to spend less time deciding what to wear each morning, I’ve started picking out the upcoming week’s clothes on the weekend and hanging them up. Most of my shoes have migrated to a fabric cube, and the only ones left were almost never worn. (You can barely see a peek of my belt storage on the right.)
This system was fine, until I started noticing that all that extra hanging weight was starting to tear at the fabric shoe slots.
A little switcheroo was in order.
The shoe rack migrated to the hall closet, where it now provides extra storage for cleaning supplies. Obviously I still have lots of room…
I bought another over-the-door set of hooks from the hardware store, which is much better suited for clothes hangers. Some shoes made it to the closet, and others went into the donation pile since I never wore them. And now the outfit for each day of the week gets its own hook – which is much better for those days when I don’t want to wear what I’ve picked, and start rummaging through my other choices…
I love easy changes that make routines so much efficient! I’m linking up to We Are That Family for Works for Me Wednesday!
If there is an unattended box, bag, or bin, the cats will find a way to climb inside. Usually Cora is the first to pounce, but lately I’ve been finding Tali in boxes too.
Boxes in the closet… (no wonder I always have cat hair on my clothes!)
Boxes on the floor… (in the recycling)
And lest we leave Cora out, here she is in her very favorite kind of basket… (laundry)
The funniest part is that once they are sitting in the box… they just sit there. I really don’t see what is so exciting, but they love those boxes. Cats are weird.
You may remember my previous experience with vinegar – lackluster to say the least, and I questioned Pinterest’s claim that vinegar is the cure-all for every little thing. But now, I’m a believer. Vinegar really can clean!
This pin claims that a combination of vinegar and dish soap cleans the shower better than any store-bought cleaner, and using the mixture in a sponge wand makes it even more convenient.
Squeaky Clean Shower Routine
Time: 5 minutes, once a day or once a week
Cost: $5 if you don’t already have supplies on hand
- dish soap
- scrub wand
Last Saturday morning, I set out my ingredients before I showered. (Side note – Does anyone else clean the bathroom every Saturday morning? I used to hate that chore growing up, but now I love a clean bathroom first thing in the morning to start off the weekend.)
There’s really nothing to it – half vinegar, half dish soap. Any kind will work, and the proportions don’t have to be exact. The dish soap scent overshadows the vinegar, so there’s no need to worry about your shower smelling like an Easter egg.
This stuff really works! There has been a gross orange water stain near the drain since the day we moved in, and no amount of scrubbing with Chlorox or a Mr. Clean magic eraser has been able to remove it… but this did the trick with no elbow grease at all! I was officially sold. No more soap scum or mold, and no harsh chemical smell either.
Now I keep the scrubber wand in the shower at all times – and right before I get out, I do a quick sweep in the corners and along the edges. When I put the wand back, I just make sure that the sponge part is horizontal or pointing up, so the mixture doesn’t seep out the top.
Super simple maintenance, and the shower stays clean all the time! I call this is a huge Pinterest Win!