Grilled Shrimp Scampi

This is a great summer recipe for when you don't want to heat up your house.  I added tomatoes to my skewers for a little different twist.  You can just use shrimp if you want. I served the skewers atop a bed of lettuce and made a great shrimp salad. 

Grilled Shrimp Scampi Skewers

1/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. lime or lemon juice (I use lemon)
3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 Tbs. minced garlic
Ground black pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 1/2 lb. raw, cleaned, shelled shrimp

In a plastic or glass bowl, combine the olive oil, lime or lemon juice, parsley, oregano, garlic, black pepper and crushed red pepper. Stir in the shrimp and marinate for 20-30 minutes. Preheat grill. Remove shrimp from the marinade, and thread onto skewers alternating with tomatoes. If using the wooden skewers. make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before use.

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Summer Bruschetta

Last evening, we finally had a ripe fresh tomato.  I look forward to tomato season, except this year we may not get many because of the drought.  This recipe was wonderful and was gone before I ahd more than 1 piece.  My husban loved this!!

Summer Bruschetta

1 1/2 lbs. Roma tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 T. fresh oregano leaves
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. olive oil
1 t. fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 inch crusty French bread slices
Garlic flavored olive oil

For tomato spread, seed and chop tomatoes; chop the basil and oregano. Mix with garlic, vinegar, and 1 T. olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon into a serving bowl. For Bruschetta: brush bread with garlic flavored olive oil. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes or until toasted. Serve with tomato mixture. Note: the bread can be toasted ahead of time and the tomato mixture prepared and allowed to stand at room temperature for 2 hours. Do not spread ahead of time. This is best in the summer using fresh tomatoes and herbs from the garden. Pin It

Menu Plan week of July 30

Only 2 weeks until school starts for my children.  Wahoo! I am so ready for routines to be in place again. This week to help along the routine of nightly dinner, I am planning a crockpot friendly meny.

Monday: Leftover BBQ pork

Tuesday: Crockpot Pepper Steak

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Thursday: Chicken Carciofi

Friday: Crockpot Jambalaya

Saturday: Steak

Sunday: Brats Pin It


Menu plan Monday July 16th

The past few months have been difficult.  My mother had been ill and my menu fell to the wayside. I am on vacation this week from my 8-5 job and am thoroughly looking forward to spending some time at home organizing and cleaning.  Then next week, we are off to spend the week in Chicago.  My daughter has dance nationals there and we are planning on spending two days exploring the great city.

 If any of my readers can suggest restaurants and sights to be sure to see leave me a comment.

Now on to my menu for the week!

 Menu Plan Monday ~ Turn Off the Oven Edition

Monday: Pepperoni Pizza with home made herb crust.

Tuesday: Tater tot casserole

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken and parmesan potatoes

Thursday: Pork Chop Sandwiches

Friday: Chicken Fajitas

Saturday: Clean out Refrigerator Night...We leave for vacation in the AM!!!


It has been a long few months!

The past few months have been very difficult for me.  I have been dealing with aging parents and a mother that became severly ill in March and is still recovering from this.  Next week I am coming back to blogging a few times per week.  I feel as if my life has been on hold while I have been dealing with other issues.   I hope you all understand and watch for my feature week next week.  I am planning on cooking up some "Fair" food in honor of our yearly summer celebration.

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