Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

This has to be one of my favorite meals.  Not only because it takes about 30-45 minutes to prepare and cook from start to finish, but because of the wonderful flavors.  I personally think that almost everything is better wrapped in bacon (food, anyway).

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

2 pounds large shrimp
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 package center-cut bacon

Peel and devein the shrimp.  Cut the bacon in half.  Wrap each shrimp with a piece of bacon.  Place on a skewer.  In a small bowl, mix the mustard, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Heavily brush the mixture onto the shrimp.   Preheat the grill to 350 degrees.

Place the shrimp on the grill and cook until the bacon is done, turning every 4 minutes.   It will be crispy.  This will take approximately 12-15 minutes.

I also grilled some corn on the cob, which is a great side for this dish.  Just clean your corn and rub with a small amount of butter.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Wrap in nonstick foil and cook for approximately 30 minutes, turning every 5-7 minutes.  You want the corn to brown, but not burn.


My Favorite Season

I am so ready for Fall.

For the past week or so, I have been obsessed with "all things autumn".  Browsing magazines and pinning up a storm--- and I must say that the pictures of the fall decorations have me SO ready for sweaters, leaves, pumpkin-anything, hot chocolate, and everything warm and cozy.  (I'm sure that the 40-something days of weather over 100 degrees has nothing to do with this at all.)

Here are a few of my favorites---

Midwest Living
Country Living

Country Living
Country Living
Martha Stewart
House Beautiful

(I know that these don't really have anything to do with fall decorating, but don't they look delish!!!  I will be making these in the very near future.)

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Project Infinity and The Foyer---Before and After

I sometimes get an overwhelmed feeling when I start a project in my house.  I tend to be one of those people who start a project and then goes from project to project to project, unsure of where to stop.  I  must confess, though, I do love to change things up as often as possible.  Does this make me never satisfied?  Maybe???  I think that I am satisfied sometimes and sometimes I just have so many ideas.  I blame you other bloggers (and HGTV), really.  You all give me such wonderful ideas that I have to constantly re-do, re-do, re-do.  

Well, this last loop of projects started with the foyer in my house.  I really wanted a change from the dark red walls that we painted some 9 years ago.  My husband did not want to change it, he knew that it was going to take an awful lot of paint to go from dark red to cream.  But, alas I won in the end.  

Here is my foyer before.  Dark red walls and ceiling, entry table, mirror, oil paintings.  Everything was really heavy.  

And here is the after

Creamy wall color,  my favorite lily pad plates, and an assortment of plants and candles.  Very simple, yet light and airy.  Just what I was going for.  

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A Celebration Dinner

 This is my 100th Post

so to celebrate, I made a fabulous dinner---

Prime Rib
Braised Green Beans & Shallots
Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

(and thought that I would share)

Prime Rib with Horseradish Sour Cream Sauce

5 pound standing prime rib roast


3 tablespoons chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped roasted garlic
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix marinade ingredients together and rub onto the roast.  Let sit for 2-4 hours.  Pre-heat the grill to 325 degrees.  Place the roast on the rotisserie attachment.  Once on the grill, the roast will cook for approximately 110 minutes  (20 minutes a pound for medium-rare).

After 1 hour of cooking

Really, there is nothing to do, just let the grill and the rotisserie attachment do all of the work.  The marinade is thick enough that it remains on the roast and makes a nice crust.  Once you remove the roast from the rotisserie allow it to rest for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Horseradish Sour Cream Sauce

1 cup light sour cream
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.  

Braised Green Beans and Shallots

1 pound green beans
1 large shallot
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Slice the shallot thinly and place in a large pan with the green beans.  Add olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Mix well.

Place mixture over low heat for approximately 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.

Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

1 pound fingerling and baby red potatoes
3 tablespoons chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and cut potatoes in half.  Place in a baking dish.  Add rosemary, olive oil, salt, and pepper and combine.  Bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.  Remove from oven and sprinkle the cheese on the potatoes.   Return the baking dish to the oven and continue to cook for approximately 10 more minutes, until the cheese is melted and browned.

I hope that you enjoy the recipes from this dinner.  Also, I would like to say "Thank You" to all of you who follow or subscribe to my blog.  I am so grateful for all of the comments and words of encouragement that all of you provide.  Here's hoping that I will write another 100 posts before year's end.   


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Tile Project

A couple of weeks ago, we decided that we were going to add a tile backsplash in our kitchen.  My husband always thinks that we can do everything ourselves, so our tiling project began.  The tile that we decided on was honed travertine in a subway pattern.

So we measured, bought the tile and off we went.

The first step was to remove the existing granite backsplash.  This was a pretty big job, because the glue was the strongest glue EVER!!

Once the granite was removed, we had to repair the wall and remove the wood around the window.  We decided that we would tile to the top of the cabinets to make the window a focal point.

Next, we started the install.  It's funny, because the night before we were sitting on our patio and discussing the project.  My husband said "I think that it will take us about 3-4 hours to lay the tile".  I said "I don't know, that's a lot of tile and a lot of cutting".  

Well, about 15 hours later, the install was complete.

After waiting the requisite 24 hours, we grouted the tile.  This was a whole lot easier.

Next was the sealer.  Nothing in the way of labor.

The Finished Project

Kitchen (Almost) Reveal

I have been a little blog neglectful lately, but I have been really, really busy.  In my last post, I told you how I was going to use Benjamin Moore's "Ambiance" everywhere and I really meant it.  This time, I used the color in my kitchen--LOVE!!!  

We decided that our 10 year old kitchen needed a little sprucing up.  It has good bones, but was feeling a little neglected and dated.  Now, I would love to tear out walls and build my dream kitchen, but it is probably not going to happen in this house.  

Here is my kitchen before

I don't think that the kitchen was that bad before.  I was just really, really tired of the paint color and really wanted to de-clutter.  I'm so glad that we made the choice and put in stainless appliances and granite 10 years ago.

And here it is now

We painted the accent wall Benjamin Moore's "Friar's Brown" (my favorite chocolate color) and all of the trim and cabinets are "Linen White", also by Benjamin Moore.  The island that we added is made of rustic birch.  The tile, which my husband and I installed ourselves, is honed travertine.  I'll post more on this project soon.

We are not completely finished, but I was really excited with the "almost" completed project and wanted to share.  I am still waiting on a plumber to come (next week hopefully) and install my new faucet

for my roman shade to arrive, made from this beautiful fabric

and for my new shutters to be installed on the side windows.  They look just like the shutters on the front window.

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