Monday, November 23, 2009

Haircuts, Christmas Tree and Orange Shrimp

Today was a very successful day. I started off with laundry so I will be ready to pack for our trip home! I was in major need of a haircut and remembered this really cute hair salon by Jeffrey's old place called The Hive. When I called, they worked me in for today, so I was able to get prettied up before our party Friday. He cut it shorter than I have had it in a while, but I am always up for change. I think it looks hip! Jeffrey got his hair cut also and he looks very handsome!

I had planned on putting up my Christmas Tree today, but with everything else I had going on, I had to get dinner ready first. I found this recipe on the Pioneer Woman blog my mom found. I love shrimp recipes because shrimp cooks so quickly and you can keep frozen shrimp in the freezer and have it ready when you need it. The rest of these ingredients are also staples in our kitchen.

Spicy Orange Shrimp
Frozen unpeeled Shrimp (I usually buy the 21-25 per pound bag of shrimp, but last time I bought the 15-18 pound bag and they are enormous, but great!)
3/4 cup Orange Juice
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 Garlic Cloves minced (It is always better to use fresh garlic cloves, but who wants to have smelly fingers, so I use pre-minced garlic in the jar and add a little extra to make up for flavor)
3 Tb Butter
Bow Tie Pasta (Optional) This dish can be eaten alone, but my husband always likes a starch with his meals so I mix it into the shrimp dish. You can serve with rice if you like.

-Boil water and cook pasta
-Mix Juice, Old Bay, Cayenne Pepper, and garlic in a bowl

-Melt 2 Tb of butter in frying pan
-Add Shrimp to melted butter and cook for 2 minutes on each side
-Remove Shrimp from pan and set aside

-Let pan sit on heat until it starts to smoke
-Add orange juice mixture to pan
-Stir mixture and add remaining 1 Tb of butter

-Cook for about a minute until slightly thickened
-Add shrimp back to pan and stir around then take off of heat

-Drain pasta and add to the pan with the shrimp, mix

We are leaving for Odessa on Wednesday so I was trying to clean out our refrigerator before we leave. We had 6 asparagus left so I made them for the vegetable part of our meal.

Quick and Tasty Asparagus
Asparagus -These were too thick and didn't cook through well, therefore I do not recommend the thick asparagus.
Knorr Aromat All Purpose Seasoning (see I told you to buy it if you can find it, I use it often!)
Parmigiana Reggiano (the good stuff, I miss the pre-grated cheese from Central Market, here I can only find it in blocks so I have to grate it myself)
Olive Oil

-Put asparagus into a baking dish

-Drizzle Olive Oil on top of the asparagus
-Sprinkle Knorrs Aromat Seasoning on the Asparagus

-Grate the cheese on top of the asparagus

-Put under broiler for about 5 minutes or until cheese is golden

After dinner I worked on our Christmas Tree. I think it looks very pretty!! I am so excited to experience the Holidays as a married couple this year!

1 comment:

Cassie said...

love the tree :) and I am excited that I found the blog! love it! and I will be a follower :)