Monday, January 14, 2013

My grandaddy is cooler than yours

So I had a pretty great Grandaddy. Its been almost two years since he passed but he is still all around. Knoxville Focus wrote this article about him this check it out!

Do you know anyone else that coached at UT for 25 years? Not Lane Kiffen thats for sure. Or has been in six hall of fames? He was a stud!

Click here!

Light shrimp scampi

So one of my new years resolutions was to TRY to cook healthier meals.

Emphasize try. It doesn't mean I will avoid using that kitchen aid mixer I just got to whip up some cookie dough...but it means week night meals are  gonna be healthier.

So here we go.

And it ended up delicious. Not even healthy tasting...just good.

Light Shrimp Scampi, cauliflower mash, and corn

And it was better than the iphone made it look...



1 pound large shrimp 
 1 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs butter
2 Tbs fresh parsley (finely  cut)
1/2 C white wine
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbs lemon juice
pinch of salt and pepper

Heat a sauté pan on high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the olive oil and butter. Once the butter melts, foams up and subsides, add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for a minute, or wait until you see the edges of some of the garlic just beginning to brown.

 As soon as the garlic begins to brown, add the shrimp to the pan. Then add the white wine and stir to combine and coat the shrimp with the butter, oil, and wine. Spread the shrimp out in an even layer in the pan. Increase the heat to the highest setting and let the wine boil vigorously for 2-3 minutes.

 Turn the shrimp over, or toss them so the cooked sides are mostly facing up, and boil the wine for another minute. Remove from the heat, add the parsley and toss to combine. Add the lemon juice and black pepper.

This was a hit with Tyler! You could serve it with rice but I chose to do mashed cauliflower to make it a little less carbs. All I did was steam it for about ten minutes with some garlic cloves, add a couple spoonfulls of milk and 1 Tbs butter. Salt, pepper, and garlic powder for taste! You can put it in the blender if you want it more pureed. I just chose the mixer.

Let me know if you make it! Happy  Monday



Back to a routine

I cannot express just how good it was to be home! We were so thankful we got over a week off so we could actually stay more than two days. I love Milwaukee, but I just want it to be closer to Knoxville! Sometimes I wish I could just pick up our home and this city and move it to Tennessee. Maybe one day....

For the meantime...back to Milwaukee. But we weren't really there for even 48 hours before I planned a little surprise getaway to Chicago for Tyler's birthday. I had been keeping this secret for about two months and I HATED keeping a secret. Tyler has been wanting to go to this comedy club called The Second City foreverrr. It is basically where Saturday Night Live actors get their start. So I got tickets us to go!

On the way into Chicago...we stopped at our favorite restaurant...maybe ever. DMK Burger Bar by Wrigley field. We first saw it on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. No surprise there. We love the food network.

At this point, we literally pulled over on the side of the road where it said "No Parking Maximum Penalty"...hopped out of the car with our hazards on, took a quick picture, then out of no where a crazy snow storm came and felt like a tornado.

Hopefully we will be back in the summer for some Cubs games :)

Then we headed to our hotel. We stayed at one of our favorite places in Chicago- Avenue Crown Plaza. 

We walked around the city for awhile and watched some football (Packers). Tyler got to choose where we ate and of course he did some research (he probably funds Google's employees he does so much Googling). 

So the Purple Pig it was. And it was delicious. It was also a two hour wait. Probably won't do that again anytime soon but it was a great experience!

We had plenty of time as well because the Second City show didn't start til 11:00! 

Late night. It lasted until 2 am. Somehow we got the very front row, my feet were literally on stage here. Of course I got called when they were doing improv. They said I had the "sweetest voice." They really just need to get to the south more! But I have never laughed so hard in my life as those three hours. I would recommend this place to anyone coming to Chicago. We will definitely be going back!

So we had a blast! We even squeezed in a Bucks game that same weekend :)

They played Houston The only player I have heard of was Jeremy Lin. Unfortunately, they lost. Also unfortunately, we haven't seen them win yet :( Maybe next time Bucks!

So its been a fun past month...but we are glad we just got to relax this weekend and actually stay in Milwaukee for the first time in weeks. However, fellow Wisconsinites are in mourning this week because of the Packers loss :(. We'll get 'em next year! I guess I'm a fan for life now...