Memorial Monday Menu

I would hope you a ll know by now, I love to bake, cook, be in the kitchen, be a hostess and have parties. I am a sucker for holidays, manufactured ones too.   At this point I don’t even care if I “know” people are coming over or not. I have decided in my 40’s now that I am going to cook for me and my man and if people want to stop by I invite the misfits, the exiles and any and all who want to come and if they show up GREAT if not, “oh well”.   So this weekend my menu I decided I wanted to do consisted of things “I” wanted to make and create.

I bought a new grill (and put it together all by myself thank you oh and I tested out the grill Friday night and I even got it started all by myself nyah!)

Menu:   Frog Eyed Salad http://allrecipes.com/recipe/frog-eyed-salad/

Potato Salad made with Sour Cream instead of Mayhttp://www.inspiredtaste.net/22809/simple-potato-salad-recipe/

My man doesnt like Mayo so I used this alternative instead. Very yummy)

Premade Buffalo Wings from Fareway (Appetizers)

Premade Shrimp Bites (Schwans)

 

Chips and Salsa:  Target Peach Pineapple Salsa and a tad Queso. Yummm

Trixie’s World Famous Devilish Eggs : (Make like a normal Recipe, but add a hint of special vanilla. I use Tahitian or Madagascar) PS Also made with Sour Cream. No Mayo

Burgers :  I add Tastefully Simple”s “Everyday Grillin Seasonin, then flatten out. Add a touch of Big Daddy’s BBQ sauce then grill over coals (get yours from my pal Kara)

Brats:  For my man. I am not a Brat person but he likes them

Chicken Breast: Fareway had some great deals so I figured I would toss those on the grill too

Pasta Salad:  Rotini Pasta, cook al dente, add pesto or italian dressing. I like this simple recipe. You can also add ranch http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-pasta-salad/ I also mixed my own version of this Italian Dressing Recipe up http://allrecipes.com/recipe/italian-dressing-mix/

Rhubarb Pie: HOMEMADE WITH FRESH RHUBARB…need I say more??? This week I remember I had a TON of Rhubarb in my backyard so I cut that all up and froze some and saved some out to make a pie for today.

Then for the finale of flavors I made Sweet Chai Tea: Black Tea, Roobis, Cinnamon, Cadramom, Ginger, Cloves, Black Pepper, touch of nutmeg. Steep loose teas and flavors together for 10 minutes or more. Make enough pots to make a BIG pitcher. Cool in fridge or add ice to glass and enjoy. For a creamy version adda hint of milk or cream. And I saw this Recipe for Strawberry Syrup to make Sodas so I made my version but did it with

Rhubarb Syrup for Rhubarb Soda. Very yummy. Try it out! mmmm http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Soda-Syrup/Detail.aspx?src=VD_Summary

Of course, I got one last thing (and we just had to try it out ahead of time… SMORES

No matter what your plans, grillin, hangin, chillin, going to memorial services, or whatever… take at least SOME time and remember WHAT this weekend is for… To remember thoe we lost in the wars they served  

 

Until next time,

XoXo Trisha Trixie

Sunday Recipe: Easy Prawn/Shrimp Old Bay Nautical Delight!

We all have busy weeks and so this Sunday I’m going to share a dish that aims to please that will be finished cooking in no time.  

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Prawn/Shrimp Nautical Delight

Yes, I did say that this meal was simple.  However, darling I want you to look fabulous preparing it.  This week we are interested in throwing out the cold and bringing in the summer sights, sounds and smells.  So, for this we have a nautical suggestion to add flare to your nautical dish!

Attire Suggestions

The Flower Bow

(The Flower Red Bow Baby Half Apron by TrishaTrixie Designs is a sailing delight!)

facinator

(Last week, we focused on the fascinator  This is Red, White and Blue-eyed Pea by TrishaTrixie Designs.  Directions on how to make your own fascinators was, also provided in this weeks blogs!)

sailaway shoes

 

(These cute little flats were designed to sail away with you!  They can be designed especially for you by TrishaTrixie Designs)

sailawaynecklace

 

(This is a jewelry line that I just can not get enough of.  The Hanson Family takes great care in creating detailed, unique pieces.  Won’t this just tie your ensemble together?)

Now that you are beautiful and ready for your nautical adventure, lets get to the kitchen!

 

Ingredients

  • 18 to 20 peeled and ready to cook prawns or shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons of old bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil (I prefer garlic olive oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 of lemon to squeeze
  • Fresh veggies (I prepared 1 red pepper, half of a cauliflower, and 2 sliced carrots)
  • 2 teaspoons of butter/margarine or the like
  • 2 gallon sized zip lock bags
  • Already prepared (unless you have the time to cook) small Italian loves

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Cut up all of your veggies.  
  3. Put the oil and old bay seasonings in a zip lock bag.
  4. Turn your grill on high and begin preheating.
  5. Begin to steam your vegetables.
  6. Put your bread in the oven and let bake 5 to 8 minutes (until browned and warm)
  7. Put your shrimp/prawns in with the oil and seasoning and seal up the bag.
  8. Vigorously shake the shrimp/prawns being sure to over the shrimp.
  9. Put the shrimp/prawns on the grill for about 4 minutes.  Flipping over once at about 2 minutes.  They do cook quickly!
  10. In the second zip lock bag, put in butter and squeeze in lemon juice.
  11. Put steamed veggies in with the butter and lemon juice and seal up the bag.
  12. Shake up the veggies, until they are coated with butter and lemon.
  13. Place everything on a place and salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Enjoy!  Dunking your bread in the sauces of the veggies and shrimp is divine.

grilling     veggies