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Shrimp and Grits

I'm on a roll, folks!  Another great summer supper.

I love shrimp and grits.  If I see it on a menu somewhere, I usually order it.  If that menu is at a restaurant in the South, I'm usually not disappointed.

I've made this before, but I never make it the same way twice.  I wanted to try to make the grits in my Instant Pot, so I looked on Pinterest to find a basic recipe.  I read it, ignored some of it, and proceeded to create supper.

Here's the link to the recipe I found.  I trust the lady that writes the recipes for this site, and if I'm looking for Instant Pot advice, I go here first.

This is what I did differently...

Her recipe calls for 3 cups of water and 1 1/2 cups milk or cream.  I used 2 cups of tomato juice, 1 cup water, then the 1 1/2 cups whole milk.  If heavy cream was in my icebox, I'd have used it as well.  She put all the butter, cheese, and liquid in the pot at once, then cooked it.  I chose to put the juice, water, and milk in, cook the grits, …
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It’s Been A While...

I haven’t posted in a long time. No good excuse.  Life is what it is...

We are getting near to the end of the school year and things are crazy. Schedules are full and patience is short.

I’ve been playing with some new practices to help me be more present and mindful about my life. I’ve been redifining my relationship with food for a while now, and although I’m still struggling, I am so much better off than I was a year ago.

I’ve also been flirting with some night time yoga for relaxation and flexibility. I love the feeling I get when I do it, and it is so hard to make the time for it.

Exercise has been a new focus for me as well. I have done 2 5k run/walks in the last few weeks and I feel really good about that.

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Busy Sunday Breakfast!

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Making a Rug

Today I am working on this bin of old jeans. I have been stock-piling them for a long time, figuring I’d find some thing to do with them.

A few weeks ago I took a crochet rug class at Speckled Feather Mercantile, and finally found the perfect project.

All you do is take old textiles (jeans, sheets, etc.) and cut them into strips. Then you take the strips and single crochet them into whatever size rug you want!

I am going to mix this denim with some other sheet yarn I had left from the class and make a rug for my classroom.

I love it when I can reuse something creatively!

My Yarn Stash

This is my yarn stash. It is unorganized and messy- kinda like me!

I joined a stash challenge over at Loops Love, So now is my chance to organize it and use it up.  Then I can go out and buy more yarn!

Knitting- Rediscovering An Old Passion

It has been at least 4 years since I dusted off my knitting needles. I learned how to crochet, and it seems like I had decided not to go back to knitting.

But then Shelley Brander over at Loops Love started a knitting challenge I just couldn’t resist. So now I’m in the process of re-teaching myself how to knit.

This picture shows a hat I cast on to double points. This was not a good place to start!

I have since frogged this. Maybe I’ll teach myself a different method of knitting in the round. Perhaps a method that does not require 3 hands with 16 fingers on each.
Here’s another shot of the project before I abandoned it.

I love the colors of this yarn. If I had more than one skein, I’d crochet some socks!