Saturday, June 20, 2020

A New Boat Needs a New Name

Happy Saturday, y'all!

In my last post, I mentioned that Troy was working on widening our driveway and gate for the new boat. He formed everything this week. This morning, he did the pour and finished the concrete. It was a hot morning for working concrete!

We bought a "new to us" boat, a used boat. It is a wonderful boat and just what we need. We had previously planned to have a bay boat built, but the builder was not able to build it. So, after patiently waiting for over a year, we decided to purchase "Simple Peddler" from an individual here in South Louisiana. We will need to give her a new name and could use some help. So far, our favorites are "Sea Green" and "Gulf Greens." Troy is very fond of having "Green" in the name. What do you think?

Our 24 foot long Gaudet Aluminum boat is a beauty and was custom built right here in our home state! It is powered by a 300 HP Suzuki outboard motor. We really like the dual console layout because we can put up the canopy and add the side curtains if we need additional protection from the elements. It's hard to find a dual console bay boat. They are almost a thing of the past. Most bay boats these days are center consoles. The benefit of a center console is that they offer more fishing room. Ultimately, we wanted the added comfort of the dual consoles. We think we have plenty of fishing room with this one!

This photo was taken by the original owner at a beach in AL.
 It was the photo he used in the listing; we were SOLD! 😍

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Shrimp burgers

Happy Flag Day, y'all! Hope you are enjoying some outdoor activities this weekend. We are working on widening our driveway for the new boat. It is a little larger than the one we had before so Troy is working on widening the fence gate and park pad.

Last summer, my sister found a great recipe for shrimp burgers on an episode of America's Test Kitchen.  I just so happened to have the cookbook (pictured below), and she prepared these burgers with some fresh, Louisiana shrimp. (If you don't have the cookbook, I'm sure you could also find the Southern Shrimp Burger recipe on their website). We are so blessed to have fresh and delicious Louisiana shrimp locally and it really made for a great burger!

The cookbook, recipe on page 572

Southern Shrimp Burger

We grilled the shrimp burgers, which makes for a nice crust.


Some DAT Ketchup adds to the flavor of the shrimp burgers.

Hope y'all have a great week!  I'll come back and blog about some new boating adventures soon.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

In The Kitchen with Anne

Hello friends,

Hope you are all well and staying safe. Troy & I have been busy working extra hours these days so I have not been able to blog recently. But this weekend I found some time to spend in the kitchen and wanted to share what I've been up to.

A couple of nights ago, I made a quick and delicious supper with the help from Trader Joe's. I already had the ingredients on hand so that made for an easy meal, with the addition of a salad.  I prepared TJ's Lobster Ravioli along with their jarred Tomato Basil pasta sauce. I also had a mini loaf of their Ciabatta bread and it was perfect for just the two of us.

I sauteed some onion and garlic in olive oil; then, added the whole jar of red sauce.  Once the onions and garlic were cooked in the sauce, I added the ravioli to the pan and let it simmer for 10 minutes.  

While the ravioli was cooking, I made a Caprese salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. (I also added some balsamic glaze once it was on my plate.)
It was an easy meal to make but tasted like I had spent all day cooking.

Another tip you might like to try is an easy way to add flavor to your water. Last summer, my daughter Kelsey & I went to the beach. Our hotel had a large dispenser filled with citrus infused ice water in the lobby near the pool area. We both had our insulated beverage cups with us and enjoyed the flavored water to keep hydrated and refreshed while in the sun. I re-created the concept at home without needing to pull out a beverage dispenser by juicing and freezing the citrus juice in ice trays. I really think I drink more water this way. Plus, we are adding a little vitamin C to our bodies doubling the benefit.

In other news, it is looking like our state might start Phase 1 out of the stay at home order on May 1st. I hope we can all stay safe while transitioning out of the quarantine. Take care and let me know if you try my tips and if you have any to share.