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I don’t have a recipe or craft (she says like those aren’t few and far between) today. Instead, I’m asking you to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

What happened in Moore on Monday is unimaginable for most people, but I know exactly what they’re going through. Because two years ago today, we went through the same thing here in Joplin, Missouri. I can tell you from firsthand experience that losing everything (or almost everything) is the worst feeling in the world. Literally all you want to do is go home, and that’s the only thing you can’t do.

The husband and I (along with countless others) watched in horror as everything unfolded Monday afternoon and were ready to do whatever we could to help. I had to remind the husband that he couldn’t single handedly “fix” what had happened, but there are several ways to help.

The easiest ways would be to text REDCROSS to 90999 or STORM to 80888 (Salvation Army) to make a $10 donation. If you’re not a fan of either organization, you can text CONVOY to 50555. That will donate $10 to Convoy of Hope, an organization out of Springfield, MO that was a huge help to us here in Joplin two years ago. And if you’re in the Joplin area, we have our second semi (you guys were awesome yesterday) collecting supplies to take to Moore in the Zimmer Radio parking lot. We’re taking donations until 6:00 this evening unless it fills up before then. A list of what we’re accepting is here. NBC also put together a list of several organizations you can donate to here.

And if you’re organizing a supply drive in your area, don’t be afraid to collect “trivial” things like hair dryers and cookware. I can’t tell you how stoked I was when someone gave me a flat iron two years ago. After a few days of pure chaos, it’s unbelievable to be able to do something that makes you feel human again.

I know a lot of us are still struggling with the economy, but seriously, every little bit helps. A dollar, two dollars, a tube of toothpaste – it will mean the world to the survivors in Moore.

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First things first. The lovely Robin nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. And that, kids, means a) I’m officially a superstar (no, no I’m not), and b) you’re about to learn 7 useless pieces of information about yours truly. You’re on the middle of your seat, I know.

1. I’ve played flute since 6th grade. I graduated college in 2006. You do the math. (No, seriously. I was a Comm major and therefore can’t do math so you’re on your own with figuring out how many years that is.)

2. Facebook irritates the crap out of me. Yet I keep logging in.

3. I have the knees of an 80 year old. Seriously. You do not want to hear me stand up.

4. I name everything – my car is Stella, my iPhone is Ingrid, my Keurig is Baby K. . .I’ll stop now.

5. I’m fluent in Christmas and baseball movies. My husband occasionally needs a translator.

6. I’ve met Keith Urban twice and had an autographed (poorly photoshopped) picture of the 2 of us until the tornado ate it. It’s the only thing the tornado ate that I’m still uber pissed about.

7. My hatred for the Cubs, Packers, Sammy Sosa, and Brett Favre knows no bounds.

And now on to the real reason you’re here – food!

My husband is literally the first person I met when I got to South Carolina. He picked me up at the airport for my interview, joined us for lunch, and then disappeared until I’d been at the new job for almost 2 months. A co-worker set us up that October, and we quasi-dated until December when I demanded to know what the what was going on between us (I may or may not have been double dating and in need of answers). Our last quasi-date was a Keith Urban concert followed by a late dinner at one of the most amazing breakfast places I’ve ever been to. It was there that the husband introduced me to grits. He was eating them plain and I was vastly unimpressed.

Fast forward a few months later to the husband taking me to Charleston for the first time in my life. At one of the restaurants we went to, he ordered shrimp and grits. I was immediately repulsed. Then the shrimp and grits appeared on our table, and I was intrigued. Lo and behold, the beauty of grits is it’s all in how you prepare them. And this Yankee was sold on shrimp and grits.

I’ve since made shrimp and grits several times. I’ve also made shrimp risotto. We’re big fans of both in my house. So obviously when I saw this Cheesy Shrimp Rice, there was no question that it would appear on my kitchen table.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Cheesy Shrimp Rice

Verdict

Nailed it. Both the husband and I basically inhaled this. It’s nice to have a little change up from regular shrimp and grits.

Alterations

I used all shrimp, skipped the peas for I had none, and skipped the cilantro for I am not a fan. I also think the rice could have cooked a little longer, but we were hungry so we went with it. Just know that it’s probably going to take longer than 20 minutes.

 

 

 

Original recipe from The Fit Cook.

 

P.S. I’d do the whole Verstaile Blogger button thing, but I have no idea how to. But here are the 15 I’m passing it on to:

1. Taking On Magazine One Recipe At A Time

2. The Daily Tay

3. 100 Days of Real Food

4. Fancy That….Fancy This

5. The Small Things Blog

6. Writer’s Block

7. Hungry Meets Healthy

8. Full House Reviewed

9. Eat Yourself Skinny

10. Rantings of An Amateur Chef

11. Sarcastic Cooking

12. Sweet Tater Blog

13. The Bloggess

14. Whipped

15. The Fit Cook

What’s this – a post on a Friday?!? What is happening to the world??? Here’s the deal – you’re about to be disappointed and amazed all at once. Disappointed because I don’t have a recipe for you. But amazed because Katie over at Sweet Tater Blog has a brilliant idea. . .and a plan (which automatically puts her light years ahead of me and my brilliant ideas – most of which I forget 10 minutes after inception).

Her theory is that there’s more than enough food on this planet for all the people, and that a smartphone app can help feed the people who aren’t getting their share. It’s incredibly simple and incredibly brilliant, and she needs your help this weekend to make it happen.

I’d spell it all out for you, but she did an excellent job of that what with it being her brainchild and all, so instead I’ll just send you to her blog. Go save the world, people!

Holy Page Views Batman

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Typically when I post an update, I get 2, maybe 3 views. So you can imagine how I about fell out of my chair when I logged in and saw that yesterday totaled 121. And every single one of you is a complete stranger. Seriously. No one other than my husband knows I have this blog, and even he doesn’t read it.

So while I typically only update this sucker once a week, I just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU!!!!!!! to all 121 of you! Thank you for the follows, thank you for the likes, and thank you for reading!

Happy Baby Friday, and I hope you all have amazing weekends (with pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies of course)!

Good News Bad News

Posted: August 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

The good news is I rocked not one, not two, but three recipes off Pinterest last Friday.

The bad news is that while I have the testimony of happy dinner guests, I have zero photographic evidence of this great feat.

And that, kids, means I have nothing to share with the rest of the class today. You’re sad, I know. BUT I have every intention of making two of those recipes again this weekend and possibly yet another one tomorrow. So don’t go flinging yourself out that first floor window just yet.

Last week I lifted nothing more than a fork and knife. And a wineglass. (Obviously.) But this week it’s back to reality – no more lobster rolls, no more Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast, and no more personal chef. Or, you know, random restaurant chefs. One and the same really.

I was kind of dying for some vegetables by the time we got back. Not that I didn’t eat any while we were in Cape Cod/Boston, but let’s just say I was more intrigued by dishes with names like “lobster quesadilla” (if you’re ever faced with one, don’t think twice – just eat it and then hug the person who gave it to you). This dish met my requirements because a) it involves chicken which is the husband’s favorite food in the world and b) it had the word “vegetables” in the name. Sold.

Chicken with Feta & Vegetables(pinned here)

Chicken with Feta & Vegetables

Verdict

Nailed it. The hubs went back for seconds and took leftovers for lunch the next day. That’s really all the endorsement you need, people.

Alterations

I cut the chicken into bite size pieces before browning so it would cook faster and used regular Ragu instead of Prego Veggie Smart. As you can see, my sauce was a little runny. I think next time I’ll cut back on the water (or cut it out altogether).

Original recipe from Campbell’s Kitchen.

 

Excuses Excuses

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve obviously been slacking the last week and a half. But I have an excellent excuse.

Boxes

We moved into our house on Friday!!!

It’s been a very long, drawn out saga involving the bank reaching a level of incompetence that I didn’t even know existed. But our builder is a total rockstar and let us move in on Friday even though we still haven’t closed. Livid doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings toward the bank right now.

I have a new Pinterest recipe planned for Friday or Saturday night, so you may luck out with a real post before I leave on vacation Sunday (that’s right – a real vacation not involving either my or the husband’s family). But if the chaos continues, you’re SOL for the next week and a half. Sorry! (No, actually I’m not. Because did you see the part where I get to go on a real vacation???)