Shrimp and Grits



Last week for dinner I made  Shrimp and Grits.  I have made shrimp and I have made grits.  Just never together!  The recipe is from Home Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine.  It is the March 18, 2013 issue and the recipe can be found on page 53.  Here is the recipe.

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Cheesy Grits (recipe follows)


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon and drain on paper towels, leaving as much drippings in pan as possible.
  2. Cook shallots and garlic in hot drippings over medium heat, stirring occasionally for a 4 minutes or until shallots are tender.
  3. Sprinkle shrimp with Creole seasoning.  Increase heat to medium-high, and add shrimp to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or just until shrimp are pink.  Remove shrimp from pan.
  4. Add wine, and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, and parsley until well combined, and cook for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.  Add shrimp, and cook for 1 minute or until shrimp are heated through.  Serve over Cheesy Grits.  Sprinkle with bacon and parsley.


Cheesy Grits



  • 2 (32 ounce) containers chicken broth
  • 2 cups quick cooking grits
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  1. In a medium saucepan bring chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat.  Slowly whisk in grits.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for 12 to 15 minutes or until mixture is thick.  Stir in cream and cheese.  Keep warm.






I love when my daffodils bloom.  It makes the yard look so pretty.  I especially like the color against this red plant.  I have no clue what said red plant might be.  That might be a question for my friend, Michele, at The Salem Garden.   We did not do any of the planting in our yard.  I must admit we are garden challenged type of people!  Unfortunately the yard is getting to the point we are going to have to do something!


The yellow of the daffodils really does pop against the red and green!



These are the buds on our Bradford Pear Tree.  As the bloom I will post more pictures.  They produce a stunning flower.  However, the also produce a foul odor! We bought our home in the Spring.  I remember getting out of the car one day to allow the inspector into the house.  There was this horrible odor.  I just knew he was going to find a problem with the septic tank.  The second time I smelled the odor our Realtor was with me.  She made the comment about the darn trees smelling.  I thought she was joking and proceeded to take a whiff of the beautiful flowers on the tree.  Let’s just say I never made that mistake again! I am still baffled at how something so pretty can smell that bad!


Figuring things out

It is about high time I take a step back and figure out what I want from this blog.  I will be going about my normal day and think “OH, I should take a picture and write about that!”  Then something else catches my attention and taking a picture and blogging about it gets lost in that computer called my brain!  That is a scary and scattered place lately!

I am in desperate need of finishing up the things I must do so I can move on to the things I want to do.  Actually the “want to do” in some ways is a must do as well.  I have always been a firm believer that everyone needs to be creative.  When they are not they get lost.  Right now I am lost!  I am lost in housework (which I am horrible at), cooking (something I want to blog about), trying to find time with my husband, worrying about my mother’s health (several trips to Mayo and still no answers) and just trying to find the energy to get anything accomplished! ::::sigh::::  That should do it for the whining part of our program!

My promise to me is to blog something at a minimum 3 times a week.  That will help me to be focused.  It will give me a chance to be creative while I get my work table cleared and ready for some sewing.  Maybe even some jewelry making.  Definitely do some photography work!  Just talking about my projects gives me an added boost!

Feel better already!