Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Anne's Shrimp and Corn Bisque

Something about fall makes me want to cook (and eat) soup. While I have many good soup recipes,  this one is a family favorite!  Here in Louisiana, we are so lucky to have access to quality, fresh seafood and we always have shrimp in the freezer.  I am also lucky because my hubby does not mind helping peel the shrimp. He has a fast technique of running the prong of a fork down the back and it removes the shell and the vein at the same time. I made good use of some smaller (gumbo sized) shrimp for this recipe.

Shrimp & Corn Bisque Recipe


2 lbs of gumbo sized shrimp, peeled and de-veined
(sprinkle raw shrimp with cajun seasoning)
1 bag frozen gold & white corn
1 can creamed corn
1/2 block cream cheese, cubed
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup of water or seafood stock
1 stick butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 small onion, finely diced
Cajun seasoning to taste, such as Tony Chacere's
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
Fresh cracked pepper to taste (I used tricolor)

In a medium pot, melt butter. Once melted, add diced onions and cook until translucent.  Add flour and whisk until combined and cooked through. Add cajun seasoning, celery salt, garlic powder and pepper. Add creamed corn, frozen corn and cream cheese. Cook until combined. Add water or stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Let this simmer about 10-15 minutes so that the corn and onions have a chance to cook. Add shrimp and cook just until they turn pink in color. Add the whipping cream and parsley and let it heat through. (Note: do not allow your soup to boil after you add the cream.) Serve warm with french bread.

I have included pictures as a step by step guide below.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Decorating for Fall

Fall is a great time of year that holds such good memories for our family. Two of our children were born in the fall, plus we have other members of our family with fall birthdays. We have lots of fond memories of LSU games, hay rides, pumpkin patches and trick-or-treat when our kiddos were little (And some not so fond memories of Haunted Houses as they got older. Ha!).

These days, we love to watch LSU football, go to fall festivals or craft shows, anticipate the exact time satsuma oranges will be ready to pick, and of course, hope to experience some milder weather. Fall is also a great time for hunting and fishing here in Sportsman's Paradise.

She says...

I have been working on decorating our home for the fall season, this week. I added a new mini magnolia wreath as well as a pretty dough bowl candle to my dining area, this year. I've kept the decorating simple so that I can enjoy it through Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving I put it all away and decorate for the Christmas season. (Which is my favorite!)

Black & white buffalo plaid runner paired with
olive green napkins accent our table.
Mini magnolia wreath on the mirror (with the
addition of cotton stems) from Kirkland's.
Mini white pumpkins from Hobby Lobby.
(I painted the stems.)

Dough bowl candle, magnolia leaves
and mini pine cones for the center of the table.

Mercury glass pumpkins and cotton add a fall feel to our mantle.
Hopefully we will enjoy some fall weather soon. How are you decorating for fall in your home this year?

He says...

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year! My idea of fall decor is somewhat similar to Anne's. However, I prefer to use natural foliage and vegetation with most of my decor. Take for example this tall, saltwater marsh grass between me and a spread of duck decoys. The Avery Green Head Gear Pro Series decoys provide a nice contrast to the mirror of the fall overcast sky.

Sometimes, I don't mind having an artificial foliage....such as this Avery Quick-Set Boat Blind with Bottom Land skin when hunting flooded timber. The dark colors blend well with shaded tree trunks.

And sometimes, a good blend of artificial foliage with natural vegetation can be very decorative...such as these Higdon Blind Grass Sheets blended with natural cattails. A Labrador Retriever makes for a great centerpiece with all of the above, don't you think?

Hope everybody's Fall is getting off to a great start! I'm looking forward to getting some use out of my Fall decor, soon......well....if it ever cools down!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

2019 Autumn Bucket List Link Party

Happy Fall Y'all!

Today we are kicking off our weekend with a Fall Bucket List. While the temps have remained high down here in South Louisiana, we know that fall weather is just around the corner. We are thrilled to tag along with our blogging buddy, Leslie, to share some of the fun activities we have planned. 

Here we go!

🍂2019 Autumn Bucket List 🍂
Visit Laurel, MS
(known for Home Town on HGTV)

Satsuma Picking
(and eating)

Plan a trip to TX
(BBQ & visit family)

Decorate for Fall

Hunting and Fishing

Attend our Fall Festival

Go to the movies

Visit Covington, LA
(Food & music)

We will keep you posted on our progress in the coming months. What do you have planned for fall?