This has all the elements of a perfect meal.
- Easy – uses only a few ingredients
- Fast (only takes 15 minutes….longer if you have to peel the shrimp first)
- Delicious – packed with flavor
2 pounds raw (uncooked) shrimp
chives (fresh or freeze-dried)
- Preheat oven to 425
- Peel shrimp (if it needs it)
- Line cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper (for easy clean-up)
- Lay shrimp on the sheet so they don’t overlap
- Squeeze 1/2 lemon juice over shrimp
- Season with chives, and salt (optional)
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Optional – use the remaining 1/2 lemon on the shrimp afterwards, OR slice it and use it in your water.
Be sure to pare it with 1/2 plate of greens, and carbs. Use 1/2 cup carbs for a lunch serving, OR 3/4 cup carbs for a dinner serving to make it Adrenal Reset Diet friendly.
You may have noticed I’ve been focusing more on food than fashion lately. And you would be right. But I had to share photos from our date night celebrating our 21st Anniversary!
To celebrate you’ll be seeing LESS of me! I’m focusing on food, family, and sharing the things that are more impactful to your life than fashion and promotional posts. Hopefully you’ll love the new direction I’m taking you in.
Another thing you’ll see less of on the site…less PHOTOSHOP! Even here, my makeup covers my 6 pimples (I belatedly found out you should pack your facial cleanser that you know works – instead of another brand that doesn’t actually get makeup off…..wish I knew that BEFORE taking 2 trips in 2 weeks.) So what you see is what you get. No more covering wrinkles, smoothing out my hands, or neck, or laugh lines. This is me. Special thanks to my daughter for taking these just before the sun set so the lighting is so pretty. Thank you Mother Nature!
It was a rough week of playing catch up with work, kids, our son’s sport’s banquet (on our anniversary night), and still not feeling 100% after all the traveling. Luckily a sassy new haircut helped me rally for this guy.
21 Years together, and I still think he is the most handsome, brilliant, kindest and sexiest man around! He still makes my hear skip a beat.
And yes. I’ve worn this dress before. I have it in 5 colors. It’s perfect for eating in, and still looking feminine. And I don’t care how old I get, it’s nice to wear something where you don’t need a bra with it! On that note, wishing you a fabulous week!
Had THE BEST time filling my cup (literally and figuratively) in Napa for a recharging girls weekend. For Tracy’s 40th birthday were wined, dined, sweetened up, and given more champagne in 4 days than I think I’ve ever seen in my entire life! And I don’t drink! (Usually)
We stayed at The Meritage Resort and Spa – and it was wonderful! Their restaurant Sierra had lots of healthy and delicious options. And Spa Terra (also at The Meritage) is now one of my favorite spa experiences ever. Rosalie’s hubby bought us a fruit plate and champagne to enjoy between services. And then we were able to spend time at the pool, and the hotel brought us MORE champagne – with fresh fruit and orange juice for mimosas. I think I gained 5 pounds just from champagne.
If you ever want a memorable getaway, go there because I can’t say enough wonderful things about our stay! I have NEVER felt so pampered in all my life. You must stay here because they can take care of everything for you – even a limo for wine tastings. We went to 6 different wineries over 2 days. They suggest you don’t do any more than 3 per day. And that was perfect for us to do those, and still have a leisurely lunch and dinner. We fell in love with charcuterie boards!! Easiest (and prettiest) lunch idea ever!
The concierge at the resort set up darn near everything. It’s going to be hard for any place to measure up after this.
And I even found 5 bottles of wine from all of the places we toured that I liked. So, Alan and I are set on alcohol for a year or two – at least!
We try to do an epic family trip every 2 years.
It’s been almost 4 years. So we were due to explore someplace cool. And our friends were living in Sydney, Australia for 2 months and invited us to stay with them. We decided to stay NEAR them and also swing by New Zealand for a few days too. Hint – you need more than 7 days to explore New Zealand and Australia, but we did what we could considering we could only be gone during Spring Break. Our son’t new school is challenging and we want to teach him the importance of school…and prioritizing what you want to do when you travel. What is the most important thing to see/do/explore? Do that!
Day 1-3 (thanks to the international date line):
30 Something hours of travel (door-to-door), 2 delayed flights, 3 flights total (just to get here). We rented the prettiest home through Airbnb and made a day full of memories playing on the beach, exploring our cute little beach town, and dreaming of more adventures traveling (with and without the kids)…..all that travel is totally worth it. New Zealand is enchanting!
(And it’s hard to see in this sunset photo, but the water is aqua there!!!)
“Home” after a full day exploring (and eating) our way around Able Tasman National Park, New Zealand. (Google it because it’s beautiful but we don’t have any photos because our phones died and our camera started acting wonky). Best farm-fresh & organic food here!
Day 5: Flew to the North Island and saw the glowworm caves.
Sydney, Australia with my little family.
Of all of the cities we have visited, Sydney is the most likely to be our daughter’s future home town. It’s all things she loves the most:
– Big City (financial district + art galleries + sky scrapers + chi-chi hotels + amazing restaurants…) PLUS
– Beach Town (fitness/surf culture + open air cafes + scenic walking paths + family friendly)
…sprinkled with a bit of history, scandal, and old country rivalries. Bonus is everyone speaks english and it’s a super friendly culture.
The only downside is everyone drives (and walks) on the wrong side of the road. 😉
Sydney is kind of like London, San Francisco, & Miami had a baby. Lol! Such a cool vibe! Can’t wait to go back and see our friends (hopefully) next year too.
Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia
Spent our last morning of this short (but epic) adventure in Australia watching the sun rise and the biggest waves I think I’ve ever seen. Thank you GOD for this beautiful planet we live on. I will do what I can to help protect it because sharing moments like this with family (and the world) is priceless!