Aug 24, 2016

#SummerDownSouth; LeanPockets

Brunch Anvil Pub Deep Ellum
Glazed Donut Works Deep Ellum

Magnolia Silos Waco Texas

Czech Stop West Texas
Kreuz Market Lockhart Texas

Lean Pockets

" If you trust your rebel heart, ride into battle... Don't be afraid, take the road less traveled... wear out your boots and kick up the gravel... Don't be afriad, take the roead less traveled on... oh, ooh-whoa, oh, ooh-whoa take the road less traveled on. "
The lyrics of Lauren Alaina's song haven't left my ears all summer as I've traipsed around Texan generally bein' a rambler. This summer has been one of my favorites in a log time. All the general explorin' and Texas sun that has kissed my face has been more than enough to last a lifetime. Guess, it's a good thing I live in the great state and don't plan on leavin' anytime soon.
It's been forever and a Texas moons since I've done one of these but here ya go. A few things I've been lovin' here Down South.

Photos: Brunch. I am a Dallas Lady after all. This beauty comes from my new favorite Deep Ellum spot Anvil Pub. And if you ever need other Brunch recommendations I got ya.... right here // Glazed Donut Works in Deep Ellum /// Magnolia Silos in Waco Texas. Finally took a day trip out to Waco to see what Ms. Joanna and Chip have been gettin' themselves into and I am thoroughly impressed with how they are revitalizin' that town  /// Y'all already know my big claim to fame is the #TravelinTexan bucket list. Well "Haven't had a kolache when you go through west, never heard of The Larry Joe Taylor Fest, Think polished pop country crap sounds the best, then you ain't met my Texas yet" /// Did y'all ever read PART 2 of The #TravelinTexan bucket list... well. Kruez BBQ is not only a must but on it. Plus, It's nice when you don't wanna wait for Franklin's and around the corner from Smitty's which is also a bucket list contender. 

Current Obession: Lean Pockets.. I know I know but really they are. I've eaten Hot Pockets for years and most of last school year it was all I ate in my classroom. Students would come in or I would be walkin' down the hall carryin' a hot pocket. Other staff and teachers would smh at me. I just love all the cheese. Well, now that Lean Pockets e has all these healthier version with real cheese I am soo game. Gotta counter act all that unhealthy sweet tea I drink. Plus ain't nobody got time to be hangry. Like for Texas y'all. I ain't got time for that. Between tryin' to be The #TravelinTexan in between that 9-5 I just don't. And I really like cheese. No seriously it's a problem. As a kid Daddy always got onto me cause I was always eatin' the cheese in the house and then there was never any to cook with or make sandwiches. 

Thought of the Moment:
 The Olympics.. .like how why. I would love to get in the mind of some of those athletes and see what compels them. Especially the ones from the smaller countries where they do not have a precedent set. 

So now I'm askin' yall. Tell me all about your summer. Any good trips local or far away. I have much more to share but for today that's enough. Not go get ya some Lean Pocket coupons and let's be frans. No, really it's a link to a coupon cause there is no shame in my game and there shouldn't be any in yours either.  Ready. Set. Go.

Aug 16, 2016

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

Oh, sweet tea and grits… this is my ode to thee. I still remember the time I tried thee both. Oh, sweet tea and grits you love thee so if you’ve spent any substantial time in The South then you know these two go hand in hand. Tea is sipped as soon as a bottle can be held and perfectin’ the perfect pot of grits is a rite of passage; One not to be takin’ lightly.
I’ve spent much of my life lustin’ after the two. As a kid only two things were a guarantee; Church on Sunday and grits for breakfast. No matter how you sliced it Daddy was always makin’ a pot of grits. Even if we would turn or noses up and complain, “AGAIN!”

Much of my adult life has turned into how I could perfect pot after pot of grits. Have em’ creamy enough to make your Grandma holler but not so much that they lost their Southern appeal. I’d prided myself on the fact that I reckoned I could make a pot of grits better than the next Texan. After all they were Texans. My family went back many Deep Southern generations.

 I still remember the last time I tried my hand at Shrimp and Grits. I convinced Momma to throw a brunch bridal shower for one of my bestfriends. Any and everything was on the menu and I was determined to impress. After an hour of near tears and grits everywhere to high heavens I admitted defeat with tears in my eyes and burns on my hands. Paula Dean would be so ashamed.

I was down but I wasn’t out. My Southerness would not be revoked. A family reunion came and cousin Gerald walked over with a twinkle in his eye and goes:

“Hello Ms. Grits… you make good grits?”
“ I like to think I do,” I respond as I tell him how my grits are made.
He smiles again and responds, “The secret to real creamy grits is equal parts to equal parts to 3 parts. 1 cream to 3 parts water with some butter and salt.”
“Pause I tell him”… “You put cream and half and half in your grits?”
“Yes ma’am and do you know why you always have your whisk ready?”
“No sir”, Now, I ‘m really listenin’.
“So they cook evenly and have a good consistency”, he finishes.

I set to work ready to adapt this recipe…
 Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

1 lemon
1 cup of shrimp
1 cup of quick cooking grits
1 cup of half/half
1 cup of heavy creme
1 cup of chicken broth
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
4 tablespoons of hot sauce
red pepper, salt, oregano
4 tablespoons of butter

1. Bring 2 cups of water and a cup of chicken broth to a boil.
2. Once boilin' stir in the grits. 
3  After they have cooked for a min stir in the heavy cream and  to half and half. Turn down the heat and let them simmer until they thicken.
4. Stir in 2 tablespoons of butter and a pinch of salt and your grits are ready to go.

1. I use a cast iron but you may use whatever pan works best for you. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 juice of a lemon, the hot sauce, red pepper and oregano. 
2. Ingredients should begin to make a small sauce.
3. Toss in shrimp and cook a few minutes on each side until they are pink and done.
4. Serve over grits and enjoy.

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Next to Jesus if it has Texas sweet tea or Grits in it y’all already know my whole life is down. My entire life, y’all and probably why this necklace from Heidi J Hale is my favorite. I had them engrave the sweet tea and grits in it and it came out fabulous if I do say so myself. It only leaves my neck to sleep and shower.

The bangle bracelet you see me sportin’ as I cook has longitude and latitude coordinates. The coordinated represent where my heart is. Nacogdoches Texas, also known as the oldest town in Texas and where I went to college.

But, what I’ve come to appreciate most as of late besides a good bowl of grits is supportin’ small business. I read recently that when you shop small business 80% of your dollar stays locals compared to the 20 percent when you don’t. Y’all thats enough incentive for me to support some lovely artesian ladies that are makin’ handmade jewelry usin’ only precious metals and natural gemstones.

I love y'all so much it's giveaway time. Heidi J Hale makes the cutest 'Say it on a Ring' rings and i'mm give y'all the chance to win a set. Click here for the details and to enter.

And before I go I just gotta know... sugar or salt in your grits?

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