Posted by Cara on 2/10/2011 11:17 PM | Comments (0)

While William was in surgery, Miguel was at home with our sitter having fun. Dallas was covered in a thick blanket of ice and snow, and he was itching to get outside, and he even lasted almost 30 minutes in the frigid temps. Our sitter said he was too funny outside and found out very quickly how slippery the ice really is. She couldn’t resist taking photos of him…thank you Say Say for documenting Miguel’s day for me.

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Posted by Cara on 2/9/2011 11:35 AM | Comments (0)

If you want to make an easy, delicious classic South Louisiana dinner tonight, then you must make Shrimp and Grits! A good friend sent me a wonderful recipe, which comes from Southern Living, November 2001.

I did a few minor adjustments to better please the palates of the little guys, which are noted, but it was fabulous. The grits were a little runny, but my sous chef doesn’t quite understand the importance of precise measuring just yet.

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Ingredients:

2 pounds frozen, peeled and deveined large shrimp

2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon paprika

¼ cup butter or margarine

2 garlic cloves, pressed

1 cup chicken broth, divided

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot sauce (I omitted the Tabasco)

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

Hot cooked grits, which Judy added butter (I added) and mascarpone cheese (I omitted)

Directions:

Thaw shrimp according to package directions. (I just ran them under room temp water to defrost)

Combine Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, and paprika; toss together seasoning mixture and shrimp.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add shrimp, ¾ cup broth, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce ; cook 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon, reserving broth mixture in skillet.

Whisk together remaining ¼ cup chicken broth and flour until blended; whisk flour mixture into broth mixture in skillet, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Add shrimp, and cook 1 minute. Serve immediately over grits.

Posted by Cara on 2/8/2011 3:30 PM | Comments (0)

Miguel was so excited to have his sweet friend, Bobby, come over to play. Bobby and his family moved to Houston in the fall so it had been awhile since we saw them. Bobby even brought over his one month old baby brother, who Miguel thought was pretty awesome. William was not too sure what to think about in regards to the baby. It was a chilly afternoon, but Miguel wanted to show Bobby his new set of wheels. I was shocked Miguel even let him drive. We did not last long outside but I think the smile on my sweet boy says it all!

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