Christmas Eve Dinner

This recipe for Shrimp & Grits is so yummy that I only make it 2 times a year, I fear if I made it any more than that it would lose some of its special”ness”. So, every year since Hubs and I have been together I make this on Christmas Eve and I make it at the beach. I make Louis Osteen’s BBQ Shrimp from his award winning cookbook. I did adapt the recipe a little and I serve it over Margret’s Cheese Grits, a Southern Living classic recipe.

Louis’ BBQ Shrimp

1-2 lbs of fresh shrimp
6 Tb butter
1/4 c Worcestershire sauce
1/3 c ketchup
8 Tb guava jelly (if you can find guava paste use 1/2 the amount, I have never found it! GOYA makes Guava jelly and I have found it at Harris Teeter)
4 oz beer
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tb pepper (more or less based on your taste, he uses WAY more!)

Mix all ingredients except the shrimp in a sauce pan over med heat, whisking until butter is melted and everything starts coming together. Continue to simmer for apx 10 mins or until thickened. Set aside.

Cook the shrimp in a small amount of sauce and slowly add more sauce once the shrimp are pink.

For the holidays I serve this over grits, however it makes an awesome addition to a food buffet. My girlfriends had a big baby shower and {B} was in charge of the food and she served the shrimp in a big bowl with buttermilk biscuits. It was the hit of the party!

Margret’s Creamy Grits

2 c half & half
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic
1/8 tsp pepper
Bring above ing to a slow boil and slowly add grits.
1/2 c quick cook grits
Return to boil and allow to thicken 5-7 mins then add:
2 oz cream cheese
3/4 c shredded cheddar cheese (Gouda Cheese is awesome too!)
1/4 tsp hot sauce

SERVE IMMEDIATELY!!

Cupcakes for a Cure

web_badge_supporter-square What’s Baking Wednesday

Cupcakes for Cures is Asheville’s Cupcake Faceoff created a group of cupcake loving, cancer fighting Ashevilleans.
Professional bakers, amateur bakers and youth bakers compete for bragging rights and fantastic prizes all while raising funds to find cures for cancer. Bakers can enter multiple culinary creations in true Asheville categories like Best Beer Cupcake, Best Gluten-Free Cupcake, Best Holiday and Special Occasion Cupcake, Best Birthday Cupcake and Best Local Foods Cupcake.
About: We are raising money to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to find cures for cancer because it is projected that in 2010 over 1,000 Ashevilleans will hear the words, “you have cancer.”
Cancer affects everyone. It touches everyone. Me, my family, my friends EVERYONE! I am going to JUST DO IT! I have ALWAYS dreamed of competing in a Food Competition and I think this is MY CALLING!!! It is really soon and Lord only knows what I will pull out!!
To enter as an Amateur which I AM! You do a $30 tax deductible donation for each entry. I think I am going to do 2. My CLASSIC all time fav Very Vanilla maybe my 2nd fav Chocolate Orange Crush and maybe a BEER entry umm, that is 3 well, maybe 3. Huh?

What do you think???

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Mama’s Travels

It was that time again, Mama needed a vaca, a night away from the Nest. My dear friend from college lives in Asheville, NC which also happens to be one of my favorite places to go! It isn’t a long car ride~ it’s just far enough to feel like I am away! I try to always get to Asheville in the fall as it is the most amazing sight. The leaves changing in the mountains of North Carolina is like no other.
We have a sort of ritual on these GIRLS ONLY trips, we shop, gossip, eat & drink. I love checking out downtown and this year we made a special visit to the needlepoint store as Ses and I have decided we needed a hobby and after our MB trip Al inspired us to take up needlepoint. We are driving into our new hobby full force and I have already started on mine~ what should someday become a Christmas pillow for j’s room. Hopefully, I will finish this before he gets into double digit yrs and thinks it is bo-bo to have a Christmas pillow with little animals in his room!
We had lunch at Carmel’s located at the Grove Arcade I had a Fried Green Tomato Sammie that was ok, nothing special. We then went for pre-dinner cocktails at the Grove Park Inn, boy I love the massive fire place and the view is again wonderful. Then after primping we hit the Bohemian Hotel Love, love, love!!! We ate dinner at the Red Stag Grill. Good gravy the Calamari app was some of the best I have ever had and the Wedge Salad, who doesn’t love a good wedge topped with caramelized bacon? yummy! Kiki had the fillet topped with blue cheese~ wonderful. The whole place was just great. I highly recommend any young, hip, modern girl or any girl wanting to feel young, hip & modern this is the place to stay. LOVE!!!