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Shrimp Scampi

I love butter.  Ask anyone who knows me.  Usually I like bread with my butter.  Literally.  I use fresh homemade bread to scrape butter out of the container.  Sometimes I like noodles with my butter.  Tonight it was noodles.

I made shrimp scampi pretty early in our marriage.  Then I lost my recipe.  I made several attempts but nothing really came close.  Most recipes I tried were too “lemony”.  So, I took those recipes and tweaked them to make this one.

Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients:
2 sticks of butter (yes, 8 tablespoons)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
6 large cloves of garlic (we love garlic)
1/8 tsp dried parsley
4 tbsp white wine
2 lbs shrimp (peeled and deveined)
2 tsp flour
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 box angel hair pasta
Recipe:
Thaw shrimp and dry with paper towels.
Cook pasta according to instructions on box.
Heat butter and oil over medium heat in a skillet.
Cook garlic (chopped or sliced) and parsley in butter and oil (do not let garlic brown).
Add wine to skillet.  Add shrimp to skillet and cook 3-5 minutes.
When the shrimp is almost pink, add flour to skillet to thicken butter sauce.
Add lemon juice and cook one more minute.

Pour shrimp and butter sauce over cooked noodles and serve.

Note:  This is what the skillet looks like when I add the flour.  Some of the shrimp is pink and some of it is still clear/gray.  Add lemon juice when all shrimp is pink and cook one more minute.
Shrimp can get expensive, compared to the other meals we eat.  But, a whole bag of shrimp (3 lbs) is cheaper than the chicken scampi at Olive Garden and much cheaper than most shrimp dishes I’ve seen at restaurants.  So, if we can get our fix of this at home, we’re still saving some money.  At least I tell myself that 🙂

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Menu July 29 – August 4

Six weeks postpartum… I can’t believe it went by so fast!  That means, back to work, and back to exercising!  Monday I go back to my summer volunteer job.  Tuesday morning I’m going to start couch-to-5k.

It’s going to be another busy week for us, so we have a lot of “dining out” this week!

Lunches:
egg salad sandwiches
pb&j sandwiches
hot dogs
grilled chicken salads

Dinners:
Sunday:  Weekly shopping trip, dinner at a restaurant (with gift card)
Monday:  Shrimp Scampi with salad
Tuesday:  Anniversary dinner at a restaurant (with coupon)
Wednesday:  End-of-summer-job celebration dinner with DH
Thursday:  Lasagna Casserole with salad
Friday:  Church softball playoffs, take-out pizza
Saturday:  I’m working — I’m hoping DH will make tacos!

  
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Menu for July 23-29

We have such a busy week!!  This is the first week that DH is working all-day every-day since we brought the baby home from the hospital.  He also has grad school two nights this week.. we miss him already!!  But, it’s going to be a fun week for me and the kids.  Our son has scout camp this week.  So, the baby gets strapped in her carrier and we hike around with the cub scout pack learning all about climbing trees and fly fishing.  Today was the first day and Landon fell asleep in the car before we even pulled out of the parking lot!

This week I planned a lot of throw-together-if-anyone-is-hungry kind of meals.  DH will eat fast-food when he has grad class and Landon may sleep through dinner by the end of the week!

Monday:  Salsa Chicken (taco filling) served over nachos and cheese
Tuesday:  Tatertots and chicken nuggets
Wednesday:  Dinner with the in-laws?
Thursday: Salad (either taco or grilled chicken)
Friday:  Pizza
Saturday:  Snacking on fair-grounds food after the parade?
Sunday:  Shrimp Scampi

On a completely different not-dinner-table-appropriate topic.. we started using cloth diapers this week!!

  
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Blogging with a newborn…

It’s practically impossible in our house….

Things have been more than hectic since we brought home our newest addition.  On some days, I’m not sure which day of the week it is.  On most days, I can’t tell you the date.  But we’re here, we’re healthy, and most of the time we’re happy.

I’ve been trying to write for the last few weeks, but I haven’t been getting very far.  I have a lot of ideas floating around.  When I do get a chance to sit down at the computer, I don’t finish my post before I’m rushing back to the baby.  So here is a quick list of things I’m thankful for, just as a reminder.

Sleeping in:  I can count on one hand the number of times in the last seven years that my oldest has slept past 8:30 am.  But, almost every day since we brought the baby home, we have slept until 9:00, 9:30, or even 10:00!!!  I’m a full-blooded morning person, so this is completely unnatural for me, but I’m enjoying it for now.

My new faucet:  The faucet we picked for the kitchen has a pull-out nozzle that has a spray setting.  The baby absolutely LOVES getting a little shower in the sink.  And it makes it so much easier to get all of the shampoo out of her hair.

Generous People:  We have a surplus of clothes for the baby!  One less thing I need to worry about.  Actually two less things, because I don’t need to worry about clothes or the money we need to buy the clothes.  I am so blessed to have so many generous people in my life.

Restaurants:  I have only made one meal from my freezer stash because on days when we actually remember to eat dinner, we’re at a restaurant.  I don’t have to cook it.  I don’t have to make sure everyone is hungry for the same thing.  I don’t have to clean it up.  And, the place has air-conditioning.  Speaking of those generous people I have in my life… some have been treating us to dinner which makes it even better!  This month we’ve only spent about $150 on groceries (half of what we normally spend).

Air-conditioning:  Temps were in the 90s for the first few weeks after we brought the baby home.  Ugh. We have one window air-conditioner and we put it in our bedroom window every summer.  We have practically lived in front of that window. My Husband:  My husband is absolutely wonderful.  He’s the one keeping me from losing my mind on days when the crying doesn’t seem to stop… the baby’s crying, I mean!    Whether he’s getting me a super-tall-glass of ice water or reminding me not to be so hard on myself, he takes such good care of me!!  I couldn’t do any of this without him!!

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We’re Back! Menu for July 16-22

Raegan is already a month old!  I found a box of newborn diapers under her crib yesterday and thought, We better use these up before she’s too big for them… Too late!  Looks like I have some more things to add to my “donate” box.

The house is starting to look less like a war zone and is starting to resemble a home again. It has been so hot here that some days we’re camped in front of the window air conditioner all day.  Some nights it’s so hot that we’d all prefer to eat cold cereal for dinner, so we do.

But last night I cooked some Carbonara.  So here we go again…

Monday:  (Grocery shopping day) Dinner at a restaurant
Tuesday:  (Happy Anniversary DH!!)  Carbonara

Wednesday:  Chicken Teriaki
Thursday:  Chicken Ranch Casserole
Friday:  (Church softball game)  Pizza
Saturday:  Picnic with family
Sunday:  Birthday & Graduation Parties


What do you make for your family’s dinner when it’s too hot to eat?

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