Sunday, September 20, 2020

Happy Fall, Y'all! Our Autumn Bucket List


Can you believe fall weather is here? It was such a hot and humid summer with temps in the 90s for weeks on end. The cooler temps are going to be a blessing with all that we have going on. Troy and I have been invited to join our blogger friend, Leslie at Once Upon A Time And Happily Ever After in creating an Autumn Bucket List for 2020. 

Here is what we have planned:

LSU Games - We will be watching the games from home and will not be able to tailgate but it will be exciting to see how LSU does this year. We will certainly miss Joe Burrow but Myles Brennan has a lot of potential to win a championship game this year!

Engagement Party/BBQ Couple Shower - Someone in our family is engaged to be married next year. We received an invitation and RSVP'd to attend their party/shower next month. It is the first gathering we will attend since Covid.  

Company is Coming! - My sister will be visiting from Texas in October and we are excited to see her. The last time we were able to visit in person was Christmas of last year. 

Celebrate a Birthday - It's hard to believe that our youngest daughter will be 25 in October! We will celebrate this milestone with her next month.

Visit our Granddaughters - We had planned to visit our oldest daughter and her family over Labor Day weekend. But the hurricane changed our plans. It will be good to see them again because we have missed them so much!

Hunting Season Begins - Troy will be making plans to go deer and duck hunting very soon. He will probably ask our son and brother in law to join in the action. There will probably be some Fall fishing trips thrown in the mix, too.

Ladies Night - I plan to attend a ladies gathering later this month. We will have a outdoor picnic on the patio. 

Celebrate more Birthdays! - We have lots of November birthdays in our extended family, including our son, my Mom and yours truly. I can't believe I am turning 50 this year! Age is just a number, right?

It will be a wet and rainy week due to the new storm in the Gulf, "Beta." I have big plans to make a homemade chili for us. I have been wanting to enjoy some Chili Fritos; but, it has been way too hot. Hope y'all have a great week!

Happy Fall, Y'all!


 


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Labor Day Weekend

We spent Labor Day weekend in one of the best places to fish in the state of Louisiana; Grand Isle.  Such great memories of wonderful times spent at a family member's camp, right on the beach of Grand Isle. The weather was warm and we spent a lot of time on our boat. We explored the Gulf, the Leeville marsh and some Fourchon area marshes.

Anne made sure to take some pictures of some of the camps and scenery to share with you. In Grand Isle, camps can be anywhere from small getaways to large, beautiful showplaces.

Beach View from the Balcony of the Camp


Colorful Camps overlooking Caminada Bay


Three Pastel Colored Camps in a Row



Most camps have unique names. Here are a few:
Sea La Vie
Therapy

Beach Blessing

A couple places to visit would include the local sno-ball stand and the popular restaurant Hurricane Hole.


We caught plenty of fish but many were undersized. Here are some of the types of fish we caught:

Gafftopsail Catfish

Spot Approving of the Release

Undersized Mangrove Snapper

Spotted Seatrout aka Speckled Trout

Ladyfish

Black Drum

Speckled Trout

The Obligatory Shark

One of the mornings we were returning from fishing, there was a huge Trump parade of boats. There were hundreds of boats organized for a ride and it was something we had never experienced. Nearly all were decorated with American and pro-Trump flags.

Trump Boat Parade

A Boat Getting Ready to Join the Parade

Three Ladies about to Join the Parade

Grand Isle is such a wonderful asset to South Louisiana. Here are a few beautiful photos of a coastal sunrise, sunset and some storm clouds on the horizon.

Morning Sunrise from near Fourchon, LA

Sunset from Caminada Bay

Storm Clouds in the Distance from Grand Isle's Caminada Pass




Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Easy Peasy Fried Shrimp

 Last weekend we had some beautiful sunny weather so we took the boat down to Cocodrie, LA and did a little fishing. The fish were biting but unfortunately, all undersized so it was a catch and release kind of day.  On the way home, we stopped and bought some fresh, 16-20 count shrimp to bring home.  Troy loves fried shrimp and I made sure to take pictures of the steps to share with you. It's very easy and tastes great!

First, peel and de-vein the shrimp. You can make quick work of this by removing the heads and then raking the prong of a fork along the back. This step will open the shell and remove the vein all at once. It takes a little practice at first.



Next, prepare your batter (I use the Oak Grove Chicken Fry).  Empty the contents of the mix into a Ziploc or paper bag. Then, whisk 2 eggs with one small can of evaporated milk into a bowl.  Place 10-12 shrimp at a time into the wet mixture then into the dry mix and shake until well coated.  Set aside until all of your shrimp are battered.

Once you have all of your shrimp battered and ready, add peanut oil into your Fry Daddy up to the fill line.  Heat to 350 degrees.  Once the light turns off, your oil is ready for the battered shrimp.  Place 15 shrimp at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. 


The batter is crispy and slightly spicy, just the way we like it. We like to enjoy our fried shrimp with some Dat Ketchup.  Enjoy

In other news, this has been a wild week of storms for South Louisiana. We did not get much from Marco; but, we still are waiting to see what Laura will bring. Praying that everyone in Louisiana and Texas will stay safe!