With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 2/21/10 - 2/28/10

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Inside and Outside

See that little strip of grass? It made Raider very happy!
But, it didn't last very long...
because we got more of this.
Playing along with Hey Harriet and Shadow Shot Sunday

Friday, February 26, 2010

Making a Fort

Two school snow days in a row.
How does an eighteen year old... and a three year old and a dog alleviate boredom?
Why, you build a fort in the family room using all of the blankets in the linen closet and all of the chairs from the dining room and most of the pillows from the beds.
Of course!
I like to believe Abbey was mainly doing this for Ella's enjoyment...
but I'm not sure who had more fun.

Friday Photo Flashback ~ Wearin O' the Green

Happy Shamrock Shake Faces
Jared 3 & Abbey 9
Joining Friday Photo Fashback for the first time!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Baked Shrimp Scampi

And this scampi dish is just as delicious as any you'll get in your favorite seafood restaurant. Easy and fast preparation too.

Baked Shrimp Scampi
2008, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics pages 128-129

  • 2 pounds (12 to 15 per pound) shrimp in the shell
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 extra-large egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Peel, devein, and butterfly the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place the shrimp in a mixing bowl and toss gently with the olive oil, wine, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Allow to sit at room temperature while you make the butter and garlic mixture.

In a small bowl, mash the softened butter with the garlic, shallots, parsley, rosemary, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolk, panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper until combined.

Starting from the outer edge of a 14-inch oval gratin dish, arrange the shrimp in a single layer cut side down with the tails curling up and towards the center of the dish. Pour the remaining marinade over the shrimp. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the shrimp.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until hot and bubbly. If you like the top browned, place under a broiler for 1 minute. Serve with lemon wedges.

Sepia Scenes

This bench picture was taken in my daughters front yard.
At first glance, it looks like foaming ocean waves in the background.
But it is just the remnants of snow covering a lawn.
This is the front of her house. I like the reflection of the sun. Usually there are faces of children smooched against the window panes, watching out as we drive up to the house.
On closer inspection, I see the back of a little boys head. Can you find him?
Joining Mary T for her fun Sepia Scenes!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday with the Grandkids

Noah Jeremiah
Don'tcha love the way he wears the cap on his head!
Melting Snowman
Keri Jill with those big, soft, dark brown eyes!
Silas Joshua
Caleb John
Jamie loving baby Cambrie Noelle
oh, such soft little cheeks!
Joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

TWD- Honey-Wheat Cookies

Dorie baker, Michelle, of Flourchild picked Honey-Wheat Cookies, found on page 81 of
Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Visit Michelle for the recipe.
Dorie says this recipe is an adaptation of a back-to-the-earth movement recipe from the 1970's.
It includes the wholesomeness of wheat germ along with honey and lemon.

Sweet Awards

I recently received these very sweet awards from some very sweet blogging friends.
One Lovely Girl
is a talented art education major and she has a precious post about her two little boys!

This sunshine award was given by three dear friends:
From Bethany @ This, That, and T'other
I love Bethany! We have been blogging buddies almost from the beginning. She shares her love of teaching , her faith, her family and her beloved husband, Jason!
From Laurie @ Nana's house
who is a dear lady full of love for her family! She encourages with her faith, shares her home, recipes, decorating and craft ideas.
and From Deb of Jeremiah 29:11
Needing perspective and understanding of God's love then this is the place to visit!
Abounding encouragement found here!

Thank you, Dear Friends!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~ Knitted Scarf Patterns

As most of my friends are getting warmer nowadays, I just keep getting colder and colder.
You will seldom find me without a warm scarf when I go out.
Here are a few knitted ones I've made.


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