Barbecued Shrimp (my quick and simple version)

Barbecued Shrimp

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Bring the taste of New Orleans to your summer barbecuing or any other occasion with this recipe for Barbecued Shrimp.  Despite the name, there’s no barbecuing/grilling involved. Traditionally, this classic dish is made with whole shrimp cooked in a rich buttery, tangy, and spicy sauce.  This version of the recipe is simple, quick, and rich with flavor.  To make it less messy to eat, I often use shrimp with just the tail on {deveined and without the head}.  I also reduce the amount of butter, and add Newman’s Own Caesar salad dressing to the recipe.

Barbecued Shrimp

Arrange cooked shrimp on a platter and drizzle the rich sauce all over the top.

 creole barbecue shrimp

Garnish the dish with fresh herbs and lemon wedges.   Slice up some crusty french bread and it’s ready to be served.

Shrimp, creole barbecue

 

creole barbecue shrimp

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Barbecued Shrimp

BARBECUED SHRIMP

Serve 5-6

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Ingredients:

½   cup Newman’s Own Creamy Caesar or Caesar dressing
¼   cup Worcestershire sauce
2     tablespoons butter
1      tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh or dried rosemary
1      teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
1      teaspoon finely chopped fresh or dried oregano
1      teaspoon paprika
1      teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1      teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
3-4  bay leaves
2-3  garlic cloves, minced
¼    cup white wine
2     pounds medium or large shrimp peeled and tails on (optional: deveined)
salt to taste
lemon wedges and baguette for serving

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Barbecued Shrimp

1.  Heat a large stainless steel skillet (12-inch) over medium/high heat, add the first twelve ingredients, and bring to a boil.

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Barbecued Shrimp

2.  Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp until pink and firm to the touch.  Season with salt to taste and serve with lemon wedges and baguette.  Enjoy.

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Postfly Box and Fly Box for Father’s Day Gifts

 

Postfly Father's Day gift- 1 white gunpowder

Fly fishing flies

A gift for a fly fisherman Dad that doesn’t have to end after Father’s Day.  Once a month a package from Postfly will be delivered to the mailbox with essential flies or fly tying kit to get him ready to go out and spend time fishing.  Postfly started their business in 2013 by putting together fly fishing kits of high quality to make it convenient and to help their customers be successful fishermen out on the water.

The Postfly has a variety of flies to fit your needs  for Trout, Bass, Saltwater, and Steelhead.  Subscription offers are available from 1 month, 3-months, 6-months, or 1 year.  After selecting the choices given, once a month you will receive in the mail a box of approximately six to twelve flies to use during the season. Their most popular is the Trout Flybox.

Instead of getting a set of flies once a month, Bill decided to go with the fresh water fly tying kit. He wanted to improve his fly tying skills and the box set will have all the supplies needed without having to go out and buy it in bulk. Here are some of the latest packages of supplies that Bill received.

Postfly, Father's Day gift -white gunpowder

Box #1

Postfly Box, Father's Day gift -white gunpowder

Box #2

Postfly Box, Father's Day gift -1white gunpowder

Box #3

Postfly Box, Father's Day gift -white gunpowder

Box #4

Postfly Box, Father's Day gift -white gunpowder

Postfly Box, Fly tying, Father's Day gifts - white gunpowder

It takes Bill about 10-15 minutes to tie a fly. He could probably do it faster, but he enjoys the quiet time and seeing the pieces of feather, fur, and fibers come together around the hook and emerge as a fly.

Postfly Box, Fly Box, Father's Day gifts -white gunpowder

In addition to flies, a storage box to keep them organized and protected will be a great gift.  This classic Richard Wheatley fly box was a gift I gave Bill 23 years ago.  The box design hasn’t change since it was introduced in 1910.  Wheatley Signature Fly Boxes are available at Ashland Fly Shop and Amazon.

Postfly Box, Fly box, Father's Day gift - white gunpowder

The aluminum fly box is 6 inches by 3½ inches with compartments and clips to store dry flies.

Postfly Box, Fly box, Father's Day gift -white gunpowder

The compartments are spring loaded for easy opening.

Postfly Box, Fly box, Father's Day gifts -white gunpowder

Bill’s collection of flies and fly boxes,  You can never have too many.

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Postfly Box, Fly Box, Father's Day gift -white gunpowder

Postfly Box, Father's Day gift -white gunpowder

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Donut Birthday Cake and a visit to Georgia’s Bakery & Cafe

Donuts - white gunpowder

I can’t help but smile seeing this pretty donut birthday cake.  It is an actual donut, just slightly larger than the normal size.  I made a special order for two extra-large donuts one with white icing and the other with chocolate at a local bakery, Georgia’s Bakery. They came with no other decorations as requested and with very little effort one was transformed into a birthday cake with a handful of colorful sprinkles and candles.  Love that!

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Donut Birthday Cake -white gunpowder

Some of the sprinkles were left scattered on and below the cake stand.

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Donut Birthday Cake -1 white gunpowder

Grace helped decorate the donuts.

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Donut Birthday Cake -1 white gunpowder

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Donut Birthday Cake -1 white gunpowder

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Donut Birthday Cake -1 white gunpowder

Simple and sweet…serve it at any occasion.

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Donut Birthday Cake -1 white gunpowder

This picture was taken last year at Grace’s Birthday.  She wanted something different as a  birthday cake.

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Donut Birthday Cake -1 white gunpowder

Along with a donut birthday cake, a birthday card with donuts piled high was a perfect addition.

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery -1 white gunpowder

Donuts- Georgia's Bakery - white gunpowder

Georgia’s Bakery {formerly George’s Bakery} is located in North Bend, Wa.  The bakery has been a part of the community since 1964.  Recently the bakery went through quite a renovation inside and outside.  The biggest change was the removal of the Alpine facade down to the original structure revealing a bank of windows that have been covered up for decades.  To see the before and after pictures, click here and here.

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery -1 white gunpowder

The bakery serves more than just pastries and their coffee is one of my favorites, Caffè Appassionato.

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery -1 white gunpowder

Apple Cinnamon Bread and Donuts

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery -1 white gunpowder

Cookies and Cinnamon Disks

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery -1 white gunpowder

Cannoli and Pies

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery-1 white gunpowder

On my recent stop at the bakery, I had a wonderful visit with Melinda who likes to come and enjoy one of the many items they have on the menu.

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery -1 white gunpowder

My personal favorite is the apple fritter.

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery -1 white gunpowder

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Donuts - Georgia's Bakery -1 white gunpowder

When traveling on interstate I-90, Georgia’s Bakery is about 5 minutes off from the highway. For Twin Peaks fans, the RR Diner {Twede’s Cafe} is just two doors from the Bakery.

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Thank you Steve and Georgia Teodosiadis for letting me come and photograph your wonderful bakery.

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Georgia’s Bakery & Cafe
127 W North Bend Way
North Bend, Wa 98045
(425) 888-0632

Monday:  7am – 2pm
Tuesday-Sunday:  7am – 5pm

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Bill’s Sketchbook Project 2016

Sketchbook project 2016

At the request of Kay to share my latest project…. The Sketchbook Project 2016

Some months ago I came upon a book in the library titled,”The Sketchbook Project.” It was filled with the sketch work from people all over the world.  Some were professional artists and some amateurs. Interviews with several of the contributors revealed many were like me having been more devoted to practicing art at an earlier time in their life. Participating in the project gave them an opportunity to simply sketch again and perhaps reignite their artistic side. I decided to take a chance and make a commitment to produce my own sketchbook to be included in the Brooklyn Art Library located in Brooklyn, NY.  

The theme/challenge I signed up for at the time was “Memoirs.”  It took some time to consider what of my memories would be included in my sketches. I found I had to work in a separate sketchbook for a few weeks to let ideas through my mind. Eventually I found most of my work focusing more on the places I have lived that had the greatest impact and some other important locations and events related to living.

There are many wonderful sampling of projects in the making from artists for viewing on Instagram, Instagram-The Sketchbook Project 2016, and Facebook.  Here are some of my finished works that I submitted.

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The Sketchbook project 2016

The house I lived in with my parents and brothers in Sterling, MA.

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The Sketchbook project 2016

The drawings were of two places {inside the townhouse-left and red brick house-right} my family and I lived in, in Cincinnati, OH.

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The Sketchbook project 2016

Growing up I had many fond memories of my childhood at Snow Pond, Princeton MA. It was our family camp, summer retreat where we gathered with our extended family and friends.  In the middle of the pond was an island that I would paddle a boat to or swim there.

 

The Sketchbook project 2016

The main house at Snow Pond in Princeton, MA.

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The Sketchbook project 2016

The second house my parents, brothers and I lived in Sterling, MA.

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The Sketchbook project 2016

My $300 purchase, a 1969 VW Beetle which I drove during and after my college years.  It took Kay and I to many places.  The red lines on the map indicated the routes we took through Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  Only once did the VW Beetle brake down out in the middle of nowhere.

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The Sketchbook project 2016

The home Kay and I have lived in for the last 19 years.

When it was time to close the book and send it back-knowing that it will no longer belong to me was bittersweet.  My sketchbook along with others for the 2016 collection will be stored at the Brooklyn Art Library.  A digital format version will also be produced for sharing with others online.

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A little history and how to get involve:
The founders, Steven Peterman and Shane Sucker started The Sketchbook Project in 2006.  “The idea came because I didn’t know how to get into a gallery,” says Peterman, a printmaker. “We envisioned this egalitarian community where anyone could exhibit work without some complicated process.”  Since 2006, the project has grown to include over 162,000 artists from over 135 countries, with more than 35,000 sketchbooks archived at Brooklyn Art Library {17,000 are available for viewing online}.

To participate, click here to view the current projects and for a $28 fee a package similar to the one I received {see the picture at the beginning of the blog post} will arrive in the mail.  Fill the 5¼-by-8¼-inch notebook with your works and submit it back by the deadline date.  This project is available to everyone, and I hope you will give it a try.

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info/sources: The Sketchbook Project •  New York Magazine, Art


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diy Flour Sack Towels and Fabric Markers

diy Flour sack towels

When an idea for a project turns out better than expected, it is quite exciting for me! The transformation of basic flour sack towels into “designer towels” with the use of fabric markers was a fun project. Simple hand-drawn leaf and stripe designs were used and it took about 5 to 10 minutes to finish each one. In this blog post, I will be sharing with you the instructions and the steps to make these pretty towels. I also included illustrations of different types of leaves you might want to include in your designs.

The finished flour sack towels are lovely for displaying when not in use.  They also make great gifts to share with others.

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diy Flour sack towels

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diy Flour sack towels

Materials:

1.  flour sack towels {press the creases and wrinkles out with an iron}
2.  pins
3.  leaf drawings {below pic} and templates {optional}
4.  fabric markers {black}
5.  masking/painter’s tape

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diy Flour Sack Towels, - Leaves

• print leaf images for reference, click here •

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diy Flour sack towels

Design #1:  A Border With Leaf Designs

Place a flour sack towel on a flat surface.  With a fabric marker, draw thin curved branches {2″- 3″ long} along the bottom edges of the towel  with spacing between each one, then go back and add leaves {see different leaf ideas above}.

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diy Flour sack towels

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diy Flour sack towels

Design #2:  Striped Borders

Place a flour sack towel on a flat surface.  Determine where to place the stripes on the towel and use painter’s tape to mask off the area from one end of the towel to the other.  I kept all the stripes contained to a narrow width of about an inch.  Use the fabric marker to draw along the edge of the tape for thin stripes or color in an area between two pieces of tape for thick stripes.

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diy Flour sack towels

Peel off the masking tape to reuse to make more stripes before discarding.  Be mindful and not use it if there is any ink residue on the sticky side, it could transfer back onto the fabric.

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diy Flour sack towels

Design #3:  Laurel Wreath

To make a laurel wreath, start by making a template of a half circle {4″ in diameter, above pic} and make a mark to indicate the middle of the two sides. Place the template under the fabric and pin it in place, a soft outline will be visible through the fabric.  With a fabric marker, start at the top of one side of the half circle and trace down to the middle and continue drawing the line below the half circle, about a half-inch longer. Repeat the steps to the other side of the half circle, making sure the two lines/branches cross at the middle.  Draw leaves on the branches, spacing them fairly evenly.

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diy Flour sack towels

The three finished towels.

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diy Flour sack towels

 

When all the flour sack towels were completed, they were machine washed, tumbled dry, and ironed. In the above picture, the washed towel with a laurel wreath was slightly faded {the look I wanted}.

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diy Flour sack towels

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diy Flour sack towels

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diy Flour sack towels

A simple and sweet gift idea.

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diy Flour sack towels

A handmade striped towel was added to this special gift package.

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dig Flour sack towels

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diy Flour sack towels

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diy Flour sack towels

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diy Flour sack towels

A bouquet made from fresh herbs.

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diy Flour sack towels

The three designs used on the towels complimented each other well.

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diy Flour sack towels

I hope you will have as much fun with this project as I did.

• print leaf images for reference, click here •

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