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First Day of Class + Shrimp and Grits

August 22, 2013

Well, one day down; 48 to go.   :-/

As far as first days go, today was fine.   Truthfully, I always like the beginning of the fall semester—everyone is excited about a new year, the classrooms are fresh and clean, and there’s always the distinct possibility that every student is going to be a super star.

Talk to me again in about a month. Winking smile

When I got home from teaching, Lila had just gone down for her afternoon nap, so I had to wait another THREE HOURS to see her! I’m not one to lament a three hour nap, believe me, but I sure was excited to see her when she finally got up.  I think she was excited to see me too:


After we were done with our love-fest, we headed out to the front porch to watch a GIANT thunderstorm roll in:


We also practiced naming our body parts…head:






…and of course, the ever popular belly, which I think she showed off to every passing car in our neighborhood:


After the storm passed through, we spent about an hour at our neighborhood park, and then headed home to make dinner:


Shrimp ‘n’ grits! 


1/2 cup grits

2 cups water


1 pound shrimp, peeled

1 large sweet yellow onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3-4 roma tomatoes , chopped

creole seasoning (like Tony’s) to taste

2 tbsp. butter


Heat a bit of olive oil in a sauté pan.  Add onion and peppers; cook until starting to soften, about 15 minutes.  Add tomatoes, shrimp, and creole seasoning to taste (about a tbsp.).  Continue to cook until shrimp is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.  Add butter and allow to cook for another minute or two.

While shrimp are cooking, bring water to a boil and add grits.  Season generally with salt and cover for about 5 minutes, until grits are cooked and water is absorbed.  If needed, add more water until desired consistency is reached.

To serve, pour grits onto a platter and top with shrimp. 






Yum!! This was so tasty—perfect for a meal that *looks* pretty impressive, but didn’t really take much time or work at all!


Beautiful and delicious!

We’re starting Orange is the New Black tonight— super excited!  G’night!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. itzyskitchen permalink
    August 22, 2013 3:53 am

    wahoo! Go three hours!! Hahah-kids and their bellies! That shrimp and grits looks spot on. I need to make this soon. Grits are the best

  2. August 22, 2013 11:38 am

    Orange is the New Black is really good. I think we watched it all in a week. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that!

    • August 22, 2013 12:38 pm

      Hey, we watched ALL of The Sopranos this summer…no judgement here.

  3. August 22, 2013 1:09 pm

    I swear, she’s such a doll!

  4. Lynn & Patti Weber permalink
    August 23, 2013 2:32 am

    Thanks Anna, I really loved the shrimp and grits in Savanna.

  5. August 23, 2013 2:49 pm

    Yes, I’m loving Orange is the New Black!

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