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Saturday, May 19, 2012

New Orleans Shrimp

Baby Charleigh and me
April 23, 2012, was a big weekend for two of Andy and my favorite couples.  First off, as I check Facebook in the morning while grogg-ily laying in bed, I suddenly sat up wide-eyed.  My childhood friend, Chaney, had posted a Facebook status that said, "Prayers for a sfe and wonderful dlivery of sweet baby CHARLEIGH! Your mom and dad are ready to meet you!"  Full-well knowing there was only one Charleigh Marie en route, I quickly sent our friend, Thomas, a text, and asked him if Natalie was in labor.   (Thomas & Natalie are mentioned a lot on the blog, they're kind of awesome).  Thomas told me that, indeed, Natalie had gone in the wee hours of the morning, and their little bundle of joy should be arriving any time.  A baby to play with? Yes, please! I am so so excited for the McDaniels and their new baby girl.  Charleigh Marie came into this world on April 23, 2012 at 4:17pm.  She was 7 lbs 1 oz and 20.5 inches, "and both mommy and Char Char are doing great!!" Thomas' Facebook later pronounced.

Later that night, as I was preparing this New Orleans Shrimp for dinner, I saw another Facebook post.

Keri and me with the Easter Bunny at the Fort Worth Boat Club
She's my oldest friend! We met when we were 4 on our boats, Cracker Jack and Keronca.

In fact, my phone had been going insane with alerts, so I wiped the chili powder from my hands and went to go see what all of the fuss was about.  My other childhood friend, Frances, had posted a status that said, "My best friend is engaged!!"  Fran was talking about yet another one of our childhood friends, Keri, who was currently on vacation with her boyfriend, Bradley.  (Side note: Bradley went to high school with Natalie and Thomas... small world!)  Bradley, Keri, and two of their friends had been spending the last few days lounging around Little Dix Bay with frozen concotions in hand, when Bradley suggested Keri and him "get dressed up and go watch the sunset."  I learned all of this, of course, when I frantically picked up my phone, ignored the fact that she was out of the country, and called my oldest friend to ask her the details about Fran's facebook post.

Bradley, Keri, me, and Andy at The Grove in LA, October 2011

Per Keri, she "threw on a little sundress, no makeup, of course," and told Bradley, wet-hair and all, that she was ready.  "What's the big deal?"  she thought, "We're on vacation in the islands, who cares what I look like!"  To Keri's surprise, once atop the mountain to watch the sunset, Bradley had a ring to put on Keri's finger and a photographer to capture the moment.  "I would've gotten more dressed up if I'd known there'd be pictures!!" Keri exclaimed to me.  Nah, capture the moment.  Even without "getting more dressed up," Keri looked gorgeous in the pics, smling away with a bright and shiny new piece of bling on her left finger.  My oldest friend is engaged!! I am so so excited for Keri & Bradley, and I am even MORE excited because this means my LA-stolen friend is going to be moving back home to good ol' Funkytown!
Bradley, Keri, me, and Andy at Keri's apartment in LA, October 2011
Andy and I talked about the baby and the engagement over our dinner of New Orleans Shrimp that night.  We boasted how proud we are of our friends for their happiness and blessings in their lives, and how happy we are that things have turned out so well for them.  I think we may have even cheers-ed to the four of you, too ;-) ...well, 5 if you count Charleigh! Congratulations to Natalie, Thomas, Keri, and Bradley- two couples and four friends who we are SO glad have had such happiness brought to them!
Bradley, Keri, me, and Andy with the Hollywood Sign in LA, October 2011

New Orleans Shrimp
Servings: 4; Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value: 6

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ancho chili pepper powder *this is different than chili powder!
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sugar (or sugar subtitute)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 lbs shrimp- peeled & deveined
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter (or butter substitute, such as Smart Balance Light)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 scallions (aka little green onions)
  1. Mix the paprika, ancho chili powder, cumin, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl
  2. Add the shrimp to the spices and toss to coat evenly.  Set aside.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet
  4. Add the garlic & cook, stirring for 1 min -do not brown the garlic!
  5. Add shrimp and continue cooking over medium heat, stirring frequently for 3-4 mins
  6. Add the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and 2 tbsp water 
  7. Cook until shrimp are done (1-2 mins more)
  8. Top with scallions
Serve atop rice, we prefer Zatarain's Jambalaya-Style rice.

Keep on cooking'!

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