Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, so I decided to try to cook something special for him. His favorite restaurant is Papadeaux’s which  serves cajun and seafood. I love the idea of seafood, but in actuality I find it repulsive. And that’s too bad because I think it looks beautiful and has great health benefits.

7-3-16 Lemon Wedges and Parsley

I decided to make a combination of this paella recipe and this shrimp foil pack. Well, it was mostly the paella recipe, but I thought the sliced corn from the second added a nice bit of color. I’ve always wanted to try mussels. They look really yummy popped open in a bed of pasta, so I was excited about giving this meal a shot.

7-3-16 Mussels

I also got to experience my first shrimp de-veining. That was NOT fun.

7-3-16 Shrimp Ew

It was strange cooking this meal. I’ve never smelled something that made me both salivate and gag simultaneously. No matter how bad I want to like seafood I should just accept the fact that I won’t.

I put a lot of work into it. I even fire-roasted my own tomatoes on the grill versus buying the canned stuff.

7-3-16 Seafood Dinner

It came out beautiful (even if the photo was blurry). Sadly, my son was the only one to like the meal. I think between getting the family involved in the shrimp de-veining and the mussels (they icked me the heck out—pictures are deceiving!), no one really ate it.

But that’s okay. At least I got a visit from my tree frog friend.

7-3-16 Kermit the Tree Frog

Well, it was a beautiful meal. The recipe was great and smelled heavenly up until the point I added the prawns. Too bad no one ate it.




1/2 c. butter
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2/3 c. milk
1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen berries of choice, thawed


Melt butter in a 2 quart casserole. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and milk in a small mixing bowl, mix well. Pour mixture over melted butter, do not stir. Spoon blackberries over batter; do not stir. Bake at 350°F. for 45 minutes o r until golden brown.


This year, I decided Memorial Day would no longer be lame. I wanted to cook and make lots of sweets and desserts and have great outdoor fun. So we did just that. My husband and I came up with a menu at about 1:30 pm, shopped for the necessary groceries, and prepared everything by 5:30. Phew! It was worth the brief moment of chaos. Here’s the menu:

• Chimichurri Chicken (found on Better Homes and Garden)

• Grilled Sausage

• My Mother-in-Law’s Baked Beans which I’ll post one day

• Potato Salad, made by Jason

• Green Beans, courtesy of the Green Giant and his fancy steambags

• Sherbet Fruit Pop (my version)

• Berry Cobbler, also made by Jason