Sous Vide Shrimp Scampi

I’ve talked before about how I like cooking seafood sous vide style because it helps keep the food tender and still tasty. When I was visiting one of our special grocery stores I saw they had shrimp on sale. I wasn’t planning on getting any originally but decided to get them with the sale. But, this meant that I needed to have a recipe for them.

Last minute I changed my mind from making a recipe I had made before and instead tried this one. It was so good and makes shrimp scampi super easy. The shrimp tastes like lemon and garlic, but also has a strong shrimp flavor. AND it isn’t overcooked!

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Fudgelet and Chiplet Adventures (part 2): Assorted Big and Small Kid Activities with a Bin

Sometimes I come up with activities that are designed for the Chiplet but then the Fudgelet wants to do them, too. So, you can decide for your kids if these are suitable for your 1-2-3-4-5 year olds.

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Triple Coconut Cake, part 2

Continuing from the cake last week

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Seeking Flavor

I actually haven’t been making as many new recipes as of late. With us traveling this summer, and then getting ready for the start of the school year, I’ve been sticking with more of our regular flavors. Also, I did lots of grilling these past few months. Lots of the same marinades/recipes for that since we like them and can only get them for part of the year.

With the title mentioning flavor you might see where this picture came from…

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Triple Coconut Cake, Part 1

You might notice there haven’t been too many desserts lately. I’ve either been making the same old stuff, or having not great luck with new recipes. We’ve also been eating fewer desserts so I haven’t needed to make as many because they last longer. (We have also been buying tons of Oreos since it is an easy small treat post-dinner for the kids).

But here we are with a coconut cake.

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Chiplet Adventures (part 1): Letter B Week

After our trip to Maryland, I started doing more activities with the Chiplet in mind. The Fudgelet is happy to do the same activities even if they are easy for him. He always manages to enjoy this sort of stuff regardless, so I figured by starting with the Fudgelet around, it would help model some good behavior for the Chiplet. This is why we did some of our activities like coloring more rice, etc. So, the very first day that the Fudgelet went to Kindergarten, “school” started for the Chiplet.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 8

Dear Fudgelet,

I am writing this the night before your first day of Kindergarten, and let me tell you that I am so anxious. I explained to you how you can be happy and sad at the same time to help prevent confusion if I get teary at the bus stop. Other than when I was at the hospital to have the Chiplet, this will be the longest we have been apart. You started to get a little sad-voiced tonight telling me that “we will still see each other some, it will be okay” which tells me that you might miss us too but I hope I’m wrong.

What have we been doing to prepare? We picked out your clothes (with heavy input from me) and I packed your lunch while making dinner. We are sticking with sandwiches for now to make sure you have enough time to eat it (only 20 minutes from the time you enter the cafeteria!). I slipped a note into your lunchbag for you to read since my parents used to do that for me. You will also get the traditional first day of school chocolate chip cookies when you come home. I was thinking of using chalk to write a message on the sidewalk/driveway tomorrow, but it has been raining and is supposed to continue tomorrow, so we shall see.

I also made a checklist that I taped near the door for us to look at each day. I’m so worried we will forget your lunch/water/jacket/etc. Typical first kid in school worries, I guess.

Together you and I decided to make one of those chalkboard signs that so many people do for the first days of school. We opted to make one instead of using a premade one because we wanted to pick everything on it. You wanted favorite song, favorite hobbies, and favorite food along with future career.

I am excited to see how you like Kindergarten and am hoping that my worries won’t carry over to you.

Love,

Mommy