Baja Shrimp Tacos

This is what I made for supper tonight it was AMAZING! although there are 2 things I will change next time #1 buy more shrimp! #2 use a different type of tortilla. Other than those 2 mishaps these were delicious. If you look how I have everything assembled it actually serves a purpose, Look how the tortillas are placed. I put them this way so they hold there shape. 🙂

First brown tortillas. I put a little olive oil in the bottom of the skillet and cooked them on both sides just till brown.

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1 bag of shrimp peeled and deveined

Fresh cilantro

1/2 tsp. parsley flakes (only because I did not have fresh)

1 lime

1 lemon

2 pinches of salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

olive oil

2 Tbsp. butter

3 cloves of garlic (peeled)

6 small tortillas

Drizzle some olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Wait until skillet is hot then add Butter, shrimp, 1/2 the juice from a lemon, 1/2 the juice from a lime, salt & pepper, and garlic cloves (I just smash them and throw them in the pan so there is a slight garlic flavor). Once shrimp is cooked, this only takes a few minutes, add cilantro, and parsley , turn heat off. set aside.

Baja Ranch sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup of buttermilk ranch

4 tsp. taco seasoning

2 tsp. adobo seasoning

Mix all ingredients together and set aside. This can be made the night before to save time.

Salsa

Ingredients:

1 pablano pepper

1 red bell pepper

2 small tomatoes ( I used roma)

1/2 a medium size union

2 Tsp. fresh cilantro

Take seeds out of peppers and rinse. Give everything a rough chop, through  into a food processor  & let the processor do the work. Set aside. This could also be made the night before to save time.

I also bought a pack of slaw mix and salt and peppered it to load the tacos with.

I would suggest buying 2 bags of shrimp. I had plenty of Baja ranch sauce and salsa left so I doubt you would need to double them. The recipe I made tonight made 6 tacos.

And for dessert I made dark chocolate covered strawberries with a sprinkle of sea salt.

My sister and I are watching our weight so to make these strawberries I got one serving size of dark chocolate and melted it in the microwave with a little bit of canola oil, and by that I mean less than 1/2 a cap. Once the chocolate was melted I dipped the strawberries in it and sprinkled each strawberry with a pinch of sea salt. 🙂

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Baked Apple Bowls

You won’t believe how easy these are to make! This can be a healthy breakfast or add a scoop of ice cream for a healthy dessert.

Ingredients:

1 envelope of instant Maple brown sugar oatmeal (I used sugar free to cut back on calories, but any instant oatmeal will do.)

3 apples

maple syrup

1/4 cup of milk

3 full caps of milk

crushed nuts ( I prefer pecans, but any you like will do)

vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions:

using a sharp paring knife take the center of the apple (core and seeds) out, make sure not to cut through the bottom of the apple. Wrap apples in foil leaving top of apple exposed. Place apples in a cup cake pan. set a side. Next in a small bowl mix one envelope of instant oat meal with 1/4 cup of milk and mix well. Fill each apple with the oatmeal mixture ( usually there is a little left over milk in the bottom of the bowl, I just spoon it over the oatmeal that I put in the apple). Place apples in the oven for 30 minutes. Take apples out and using the milk cap put one cap full of milk on the oatmeal mixture to keep it moist. Place apples back in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. Take apples out of the oven and drizzle with some maple syrup and sprinkle a few crushed nuts on top, add ice cream to turn into a healthy dessert. You could also drizzle with caramel, nuts, and ice cream. Just remember its your dish make it to suit yourself 🙂

Barn Board Photos

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The photo that shows 3 barns board photos is me and my family. The one that has all three of us in it  and the one that has just my son are both tacky still, that’s why it looks white and you can see streaks. The other photo is my photographer & her husband, she is a good friend of my families and does all my photos for free so normally I like to give her something special weather it be crafts or in this case a barn board photo. 🙂

This September a friend and I went to Sunfest for the first time, we fell instantly in love with some photos we saw of the ocean. My friend looked at me and said “we can do this, with our own photos!” and that is  exactly what we did. These barn board photos make beautiful gifts, you will want to make some for yourself as well. 🙂

what you will need:

* Mod Podge

* foam brush

*barn board cut to size of photos

*photos printed onto card stock (you can use regular printer paper but card stock works much better)

*liter

*scissors

*old towel

*credit card or something similar ( I use a discount one that the football team passes out every year)

What you will need

How we did it:

Firs print off the phot0(s) you want to use. Cut the photos down to size leaving a small rim just incase it burns in a little too far. Once you cut your photos, standing over a sink burn your edges ( I find this works best if you run your liter up and down the side till it just catches fire then I watch it burn in till it gets a hair past the rim, then I simply wet my finger and run it along the ashes to stop the burning process.). Next lay everything onto a towel and pour mod podge onto barn board, take your foam brush and evenly spread mod podge all over your barn board. Next take your photo center it onto the barn board and using your hand press it down. Pour some more mod podge right on top of your photo and again evenly spread it all over the photo and to the edges of the barn board. Now take your credit card and use it to run across the photo smoothing out any bubbles (this will also keep bubbles from forming as it dries.). And lastly I just use my foam brush and run it all over the barn board once again, and let it dry. Now you have a beautiful one of a kind photo(s). 🙂

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Beach body!

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Look what finally arrived yesterday! The challenge begins Monday…
Wish me luck! 🙂

Homemade Bread Crumbs

Here is another great money saving tip:  Anytime there is left over bread that I know will go bad before it gets used, I simply turn into bread crumbs. This is so simple! All I do is place the bread on a baking sheet, drizzle it with some olive oil and let it brown. Next I take the slightly toasted bread and rip it into a few pieces and put it into my NINJA (which I am in love with!) until it is nothing but crumbs. Next I put the bread crumbs in a freezer bag with some of my favorite spices (Garlic powder, Onion powder, Parsley, Salt, & Pepper) date the bag, and store it in the freezer.                                                🙂  🙂

What to eat??!!

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Pesto Pizza

My in laws came in for the weekend, now normally when they come to visit they want OIP (original Italian pizza, a local restaurant that is out of this world good!) for lunch which means I don’t have to cook. We are down to one vehicle temporarily and my husband had to take it to work and my sister in law took my in laws van to visit a friend. OH No! No vehicles and nothing planed to eat! what do I do?! I frantically raided all my cabinets, I had plenty of things to make as side dishes but no meat,  and the meat I did have had no time to thaw! Then a light bulb went off, I suddenly remembered a recipe I had once seen online using goat cheese and arugula. Although I didn’t have goat cheese I had plenty of mozzarella, and this is what I came up with.

Ingredients:

2 pre baked pizza crusts

4 Tbsp. store bought basil pesto (Classico is my favorite)

2 tomatoes sliced thinly (6-9 slices of tomato on each pizza )

1 C. shredded mozzarella

about 10 slices fresh mozzarella (5 for each pizza)

olive oil

cracked black pepper ( I bought some at Aldi’s for 99 cents!)

2 handfuls of baby arugula

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

drizzle olive oil on front and back of pizza crusts (about 2-3 tsp.) and using hands rub all over the front and back of the pizza crust. Lay crust on a pizza pan and spread 2 Tbsp. of pesto on the crust evenly. Next sprinkle with about 1/2 C of  shredded mozzarella cheese and top with sliced tomato and about 5 slices of fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle the pizza with some crack pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted take pizza out and let cool for a few minutes. Next top with a handful of baby arugula, a sprinkle of sea salt and a couple drizzles of olive oil.

yields about 18 servings

and for dessert….

This delicious pesto pizza along with these decadent red velvet cup cakes from a local baker down the street from me made for a perfect lunch for my in-laws. 🙂

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Thrifty to Ritchy

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What do you think of when passing something like this sitting along the highway with a big “FREE” sign on it? Do you give it another thought? Well, I do, in fact not only do I give it a second glance but I am the crazy person you see loading this sort of thing into the back of my truck. Why? you might ask. I will tell you why, because unlike most people seeing a piece of trash sitting along the road I see a finished product. All this chair needed was a little TLC to become a beautiful one of a kind piece.

and… this is what I saw! Not to mention the $5 cabinet I bought online to complete this beautiful set.

what you will need:
chairs
a couple old chairs
a good quality spray paint ( I prefer Valspar)
a fabric of your choice ( I used home spun American theme)
screw driver
bucket of water and some disinfectant                                                                                                 staple gun

How I did it:
Most all chairs that have a cushion of some sort are screwed in through the bottom. Flip the chairs upside down find the screws and take them out (save them for when you put it back together). Next you want to wash the chairs and the cushions down really well with disinfectant. Once the chairs are dry you can spray paint them ( I use Valspar with primer so only one coat is needed). While the chairs are drying its time to work on the cushions. Make sure to disinfect the cushions and allow them to dry. Lay fabric down on a clean surface and place cushion on top, leaving about 2 inches on all 4 sides cut the fabric. Then using a staple gun stable the fabric to the bottom of the cushion the whole way around. Make sure to pull fabric tight as your are stapling. Once chairs are dry it is time to reassemble. Flip chairs upside down and screw cushions back on and voilà you have a beautiful chair. If you have any questions feel free to ask 🙂

The Cabinet was a little more detailed… I will get into that another day!