Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cajun Grilled Shrimp & Veggie Medley

1 lb. large uncooked white shrimp
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp butter, melted
Creole seasoning (to taste)
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 zucchinis
1 can chick peas
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
Spiral Vegetable Slicer

There's a few parts to this recipe but overall it's an easy and fairly quick meal to piece together. A second hand would be useful to take care of the grilling while the veggies are being prepped and cooked. 

I purchased this Spiralizer thanks to Steph's recommendation and it's very effortless to use. It took only a couple minutes to spiralize the zucchinis, which was easier than I expected. 

What To Do:
1. Toss uncooked shrimp in creole seasoning and set aside. Melt the butter in the microwave and mix together with garlic powder (for basting the shrimp). Heat up the grill and then set to low to cook the shrimp. 

2. Spiralize the zucchinis. 

3. Melt coconut oil in a deep pan on medium heat and then add chopped red peppers and green peppers. Cook for 5 minutes. Add zucchini spirals and cook for an additional 3 minutes. 

4. Add chick peas to the pot and cook on low for 5 minutes. 

5. While the veggies are cooking on low. Place cajun seasoned shrimp on the grill (temperature set to low), baste with garlic butter and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip the shrimp, baste with remainder of garlic butter and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. 

6. Serve the cooked veggie medley topped with shrimp. 


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekending: Charity, Live Music & Good Friends

Morning loves! Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend! 

On Friday Kerri and I went to a charity event to support sexual assault victims in Central Florida. But first, we stopped for a cold one at The Brass Tap to cap off the busy work week and let the rainstorm pass. 

We then headed over to the Mennello Museum of American Art for a night of live music, silent auctions, good wine, and some amazing live art. 

This artist was amazing and I wish I could remember his name but he does an awesome performance while painting to the music of the artist he creates.

On Saturday a group of us headed to Epcot to celebrate a friend's 34th birthday and to see Jon Secada live in concert.

The Flower and Garden Festival was also going on so there were lots of pretty Disney character displays. 

And Jon Secada rocked the house!

The day was capped off with some grub in Mexico and viewing of some of the pretty flower displays as well as a walk through of the butterfly garden. 

What a fun weekend with great friends! Now back to the grind...

Happy Monday!

Joining the lovely Biana for her Weekending linkup. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday's Favorites

Happy Friday! 

I rarely ever say this but this week was great! I felt revived after a relaxing weekend and the week seemed to breeze by. I also got decent sleep and wasn't overwhelmed at work or with any other personal/blogging obligations. All very rare occasions!

So this week:
~ I dropped off several bags of stuff (from my spring cleaning purge over the weekend) to donate to Goodwill.
~ Stuck to our meal plan and had healthy, low-carb dinners every night.
~ Booked our hotel in Tampa to visit Busch Gardens this month (we got the park tickets for Christmas so it's about time).
~ Went out for an awesome lunch with coworkers at The Strand.
~ Didn't watch any TV shows except about 30 minutes before bed every night. Instead spent time with Lola, did some blogging and prepped lunches for work.
~ Got 8 hours of sleep mostly every night.

Now onto some of my fave things...

Favorite Recipe:
This Grilled Turmeric Chicken recipe looks amazing. I'm always looking for new ways to cook chicken and other meats on our grill.

Favorite Fashion Find:
I bought my first Bow Back Top in San Francisco and I'm loving this comfy yet girly look.
Favorite Accessory Lust:
These Spring Street Fan Drop Earrings are on my wishlist for sure.
Current Wanderlust:
Can't wait to be here next weekend but OMG I'm such a chicken when it comes to roller-coasters and Busch Gardens has some crazy ones!

Favorite App:
My commute to work can be horrendous. I take 3 different highways and one is now under construction for the next 6 years! Talk about ridiculous but anyways I've become dependent on navigation apps to find the quickest and safest route to and from work. Waze has been a lifesaver! It gives real-time traffic and accident information, along with gas prices, police presence, and lots of other useful info for commuters. I definitely recommend it for the drivers out there that live in busy areas.

Favorite Quote: 
I have a few scary ones...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Joining Amanda for Friday Favorites. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Brunch Cocktail Ideas

Brunch is probably my favorite cheat meal. I've always been a breakfast person and then you add in some cocktails and that just makes it a fun occasion to meet up with friends to catch up and cap off the weekend in style on a Sunday. I have a handful of favorite brunch spots that we frequent but it would be nice to host a brunch one of these days at home for the ladies. I found some fun cocktail recipes that would be perfect to serve. 

And a Mimosa Bar is always fun so your guests can customize their own drinks. This is also a cute idea for bridal showers, engagement parties and jewelry/nail parties.

What's your favorite brunch cocktail?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easy Chicken Spring Salad

As a side note, I'm not so impressed my brand new Nikon DSLR took a dump on me while on vacation so I'm back to grainy photos until they return a working camera.

Now back to the point of this post... I love finding recipes that are easy to whip together because after working a long day, the last thing I want to do is spend any length of time in the kitchen. This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare so it's perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

1 5 oz. bag of Spring salad mix
1 bag of Perdue carved chicken breasts
2 tomatoes, sliced
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

Serving size: 4

What To Do:
1. Cook chicken according to the directions on the package.
2. Toss all ingredients together with dressing and it's ready to serve. 
3. Enjoy!

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