Date Night+Friends+Family=Winning!

I took the day off today, hence my late post this morning.  Um, I may have slept in until 10:00 today! Open-mouthed smile

When Tony and I were shopping on Saturday, we bought a sirloin steak that was on sale.  We had leftover shrimp from our Friday night red beans and rice with shrimp, so we decided to do a date night in with steak and shrimp cocktail.

If you haven’t tried it yet, this shrimp cocktail recipe is the best one I’ve ever found.  It works great on all sizes of shrimp, from small to jumbo – the magic temperature to take the shrimp out is 165 then they go into an ice bath.  The come out perfect every time.

Best Shrimp Cocktail Ever! (process courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen)

  • 1 pound extra large shrimp
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (one lemon), + one additional tablespoon from a bottle, saving the shell of the lemon
  • 5 sprigs of parsley, plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh tarragon, plus 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon laves
  • cracked ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Combine shrimp, lemon juice, reserved lemon halves, parsley sprigs, tarragon sprigs, pepper and sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan. Add 2 cups cold water and over medium heat, cook shrimp stirring several times until pink and the water reaches 165 degrees. Tony actually put our remote meat thermometer in the pan and once it reached 165 degrees, removed from heat, covered and let the shrimp sit in the broth for 2 minutes.  Then he strained the pot and put the shrimp directly in an ice bath to stop the cooking process for 3 minutes.

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I still have half of the sirloin steak in the freezer, and we still had leftovers.  I am thinking of making a beef pho with the leftovers.

Sunday was a busy day for me!  I was meeting my sister and our friends (and sisters!) Jacky and Jody for brunch at Jacky’s house.  I went to high school with both of them, but it’s been years since I’ve seen them – too long!  My sister still runs into Jacky quite often because their kids attend the same school.

I wasn’t nervous at all to see them – I’ve been emailing Jody back and forth since we reconnected over a year ago, and I follow Jacky’s blog – you should check it out – here are some of her amazeball dishes!

Um, can I just say that Jacky has my dream kitchen!

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I decided to bring lemon poppy seed scones.  I didn’t have a lot of butter on hand, so I wanted to use olive oil.  I ended up using this recipe.   It’s the first time I’ve tried Meyer lemons too – .75 each!

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Mixed in the poppy seeds with the dry ingredients.

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The only liquid was 6 tablespoons of olive oil, an egg, lemon juice and 2-3 tablespoons of water.

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The dough was super crumbly, so I added in 1/4 cup of water to keep the dough together.  I made 10 scones.  I was nervous about the texture, but the end result was delicious!  I made a glaze of 1/3 cup powered sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

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What a spread Jacky had!  Mini breakfast parfaits, candied bacon (cooked with brown sugar and cayenne pepper!), an asparagus and goat cheese quiche, fresh fruit, hash browns, fresh coffee – it was all amazeballs!

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My plate of goodness:

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It was such a nice visit, and hopefully it won’t be 20 years before we see each other again!  Thanks Jacky and Jody for a lovely brunch!

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Then it was off to my Mom’s to celebrate all the March birthdays!  I think my birthday celebration has finally come to an end.  Here’s me and my Mom – I love how my boobs are resting on hers!  I had a glass of Hannah’s sangria, while delicious, it was too sweet for me.

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While we waited for my sisters family to arrive, we spent the afternoon playing Banana Grams – so fun!  I actually won a couple times!

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We ended up having a Mexican fiesta – crispy tacos, Hannah made chicken and beef enchiladas.  Hannah even made me her delicious pico de gallo SANS onions!  And her boyfriend Jacob made the guacamole – so good!

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Hannah being goofy with her cousins!  It was a really fun night – thanks for hosting Mom!  I got some more birthday loot too!  Hannah got me a new gym bag (my old one didn’t zip anymore) and my Mom got me a big towel and swim goggles.  My sister gave me framed art work from a friend of hers that took great pictures in Peru.

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Today is a chore day – finish up laundry, mop the kitchen floor, etc.  I am going to see if I can get in to get my hair cut – I might get it cut short!  I kind of like this look, since I have thin hair.

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And if I could get her body with the hair cut, that would be great too!  Alright, off to get some stuff done – make it a great day!

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21 thoughts on “Date Night+Friends+Family=Winning!

  1. It was so fun seeing you twice in one day! Call me when you can

  2. What an amazing day of food yesterday! Your scones look just perfect. The idea of that buffalo dip- nommmmm. Glad you had fun. ENJOY your day off. Make sure you instagram your hair!!

  3. Weighting For 50

    What a great celebratory weekend. OOOH…you’d look HOT with Jodie’s hair style. Have a great day off Vat!!!!!

  4. Yummy yummy food and good times…buffalo cauliflower dip; gotta’ try it!

  5. Love the gatherings; family fun is just, well, FUN!

    Can’t wait to see your new hairdo!

  6. Can I just say I love it when you say “amazeballs”?!

    • That’s funny because when I was at brunch yesterday, my two friends couldn’t wait for me to say this is amazeballs, or this tastes like ass! Um, nothing tasted like ass yesterday!

  7. You had a jam packed fun-filled day! It took me everything to NOT eat another scone last night for dessert. So good! So great to finally hang out, we need to get another date on the calendar!

  8. That shrimp looks incredible. I remember you posting about this before. I HAVE to try it. What a fun weekend!! I think the haircut idea would look fabulous. You should give it a try! Enjoy your day off. 🙂

  9. Enjoy your day off!! That kitchen is amazing, I wish I had something even close to that. Glad you had a nice weekend.

    • You and me both Rhonda. Tony and I can barely fit in out kitchen at the same time! I need to enter a “worst kitchen in America” contest. I can say “just think of the food I could create in a decent kitchen!” 😀

  10. Her kitchen is beautiful! It sounds like a wonderful get-together with good friends. I can’t wait for summer, I miss my cook-outs with friends over just hanging at the pool 🙂 This 20’s can go! Enjoy your day off!

  11. All of the food look so yummy! I think you should definitely go for the short hair! You’d totally rock it 🙂

  12. There is just so much delicious goodness going on in this post I can’t pick what is my favorite so, I will say sleeping in till 10am….woo hoo! Good for you.

  13. It sure was a fantastic Sunday and all the food looks so, so good.

    The kitchen is beautiful. I read your comment about your own kitchen and I second that you deserve a decent kitchen with all the great food you always make.

  14. What a fun day! I hope Jacky posts the recipe for the asparagus goat cheese quiche. It looks too pretty to eat. You got fantastic birthday gifts. I love the pictures from your sister. I can’t wait to see your new do!

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