Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cousin Carolyn, PGA Jr. Golf and Shrimp Pasta Bacon Recipe

After a fun day with cousin Carolyn, breakfast with all four of us at Metro Diner (used gift cards that AA gifted to me!) shopping at BJ's then a trip to Pat's Nursery to check out citrus trees for Carolyn's yard. I was a bit tired, did some decluttering around the house and then did a mini-panic about dinner (AA and Ford were at an Eagle Harbor PGA Jr. Golf Match, which AA's team won). I found a recipe that needed only a few items I didn't already have; had to brave the Winn-Dixie while JEA had several power outages that made us all wait for the cashier register/computer system reboot several times! Still a great day, catching up on "The Players" TPC golf round 3; so excited that we are going tomorrow, Sunday - Mother's Day!

This is a new delicious favorite recipe. I was in a hurry, wanted something simple, and of course, our family loves pasta, bacon, shrimp and cheese. So this fits perfectly! Easy too. Can be on the table in 30 minutes if you use already peeled/deveined shrimp (I used frozen, defrosted and butterflied in half).

Bacon Shrimp Pasta
Serves 4. Cook/Prep time 30 minutes.
Made 05/12/18 Delicious!
Notes: Chop garlic, tomatoes, spinach, shred hard parmesan cheese, cook bacon)

6 slices bacon, chopped
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 c. chopped fresh tomatoes
3 c. baby spinach (rip into halves)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. heavy cream or half-and-half
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
12 oz. cooked angel hair

Sliced fresh basil, for garnish (I have plenty growing, never have to buy any!)

1.            In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon fat, and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Break into bits.
2.            Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions and drain (dry pasta about 4 minutes).
3.            Add shrimp to skillet (with 1 TBS bacon grease) and season with salt, pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until pink, 2 minutes per side.
4.            Add tomatoes and baby spinach and toss until wilted, 1 minute. (created some water, I drained).
5.            Add heavy cream, mozzarella, and Parmesan and let simmer 2 minutes. Add cooked angel hair and bacon and toss until completely combined.
6.            Garnish with basil and Parmesan and serve.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Leaa and Jesse - Hosted Cinco de Mayo on Sunday!

It was a cloudy but still beautiful day for a family gathering at Leaa and Jesse's home; hosting the dinner for Nana Joy's visit. We chatted, ate delicious food including Leaa's pork tacos with fresh slaw, beans and rice, salsa and chips, queso dip, Mexican casserole and we brought guacamole and a Mexican pasta salad. So much food! And no pictures to show how much and the variety!
We were introduced to their new kitten, a calico:

Walking to the beach, we encountered this very speedy turtle, not sure what the hurry was!
We enjoyed cool beach breezes and the four girls all swam and "frolicked" in the waves! Nicole, Jordan, Christa, Cathy, Werner and Ford all stayed behind, no beach walking for them today.
Photo of Nana Joy with her two Grands - Leaa and Alyzabeth. Jesse (Grand-Son-In-Law) and Grand-Justin in the background (Great-Grands Dylan, Liv and Kilee were there too):
Dylan jumped in, it took AA a few minutes longer:
Riding the waves:
Running a little closer:
A fun visit!

Week of May 1st and Nana Joys Visit

We had a good week with AA surviving more FSA school testing. One more week to go. We finally jumped in our pool after school on Wednesday, the water is up to 82 degrees and it was the first time we have been in it!

MIL Joy arrived Friday afternoon while AA and Ford were still on the golf course. We ate dinner at Whitey's Fish Camp, always good fried shrimp and Ford's all you can eat fried catfish.
Fun chair at Whiteys:
Saturday, was AA's OPE Math Club competition which we did not know if she was going until the last minute as she was an alternate. When she was asked to be on the team, we had to reserve May 5th for this competition. So she missed the first Drive, Chip and Putt at TPC and we rearranged the weekend thinking she would be tied up all day. And then she wasn't allowed to go unless she was "needed as an alternate". Oh well! Joy and I visited our favorite store {snort} - Goodwill. I found two very nice tops, she bought a bathing suit.
Saturday was the St. Johns River Mug Race plus the Kentucky Derby party at the River House. Joy and I enjoyed sitting on the deck (after lunch with Ford and A at Tijuana Flats), watching sailboats come up the channel and then joined Hugh, Maureen and Kathy for the appetizers and race. Ford and AA joined us after her golf practice/game with Coach Bryan and Emmett.
Champagne Sunday! We went to church, made the guacamole and Mexican pasta salad, took a break before driving to Leaa's for a family gathering.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Livi's 12th Birthday Party hosted by Marsha and Carl Cruce

Pool party at Mimi and Carl's home, beautiful weather, lots of food and Livi is 12 years old.
The pool seemed a little chilly at first, but the kids all jumped in!

Jordan, Nicole, Werner and Cathy:
Liv with Avery on her lap, blowing out her birthday candle:
The group gathered around while Livi opens her gifts (Justin had already left for Kilee's dance competition and Marsha took this photo). AA bought her an iTunes gift card, we sent her a L.L. Bean back pack.
I caught Mila on camera as her Daddy Jordan told her to actually swim, not hang onto the pool as much; she looked at me with a grin, so I snapped a few good ones.

Marsha purchased a ping-pong table thinking it was more adult size, really was a kids size. Still worked great, as the kids played with it alot.
Family fun!

New Recipe - Broccoli Slaw - Homemade!

Made broccoli slaw for first time for Liv's birthday family dinner. Not too bad, everyone said they liked. The longest was chopping the broccoli into the very small florets. We bought the match stick carrots, so no chopping there. Overall, a winner recipe.

Made the dressing using Justin's home gathered honey:
You leave out the bacon until right before serving, mix it in, and it's ready! Yummy!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Eagle Harbor Drive, Chip and Putt Combine Competition!

Coach Bryan organized a Drive Chip and Putt Combine and Alyzabeth won the most points! She placed tied for second with Ryan Houck (then lost the playoff so received 3rd place in Putting), 1st place in chipping and 1st PLACE OVERALL!

Pizza time!
Ryan and AA putting:
Receiving first place overall medal from Coach Bryan:
Most of the kids who participated:
AA with her three medals, two ball caps, a Masters ball marker, a Masters golf bag towel and a Master's yellow flag!
The winner's loot!
Medals - Gold Overall; Gold for Chipping and Bronze for Putting:
AA's official DCP appointment is in July, hoping for a top 3 place to move to the Regional competition.
From Facebook: AA had another great week (except for her annual Doctor's visit, three shots later and feeling poorly for 12 hours afterwards; she bounced back!). She was awarded the 5th Grade Student of the Month (this months Citizenship trait - Fairness) and she won the Eagle Harbor Golf Course Drive, Chip and Putt Combine (a practical three hour experience/practice for the real DCP contest). Coach Bryan did an excellent job organizing the combine, never can be too ready for the DCP!

Friday, April 27, 2018

OPE Citizenship of the Month

Student of the Month! Outstanding Citizenship - Being Fair.
Another award, wonderful having a child who behaves well in school. Proud of this recognition for the trait fairness! I am glad she has the ability to treat others fairly and knows "the right thing to do".

Four more weeks of school then summer break begins. Still trying to plan a few trips beside the World's in Pinehurst the end of July. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

NFJG Titlist St. Johns Golf Course (CR 207)

AA is playing in the last Spring 2018 NFJG tournament.
Round 1 score 88 which included five (5) double bogeys. Round 2 was not lower so finished in 4th place. She was only one stroke from 3rd place (many 16 and 17 year old in this rising girls group). The weather was nice, cloudy and only low 70's. Summer humidity is not here yet, thankfully!

Score table round 1:
Round 2: Sunday 04/22/18
Once they arrived home we relaxed and ate leftover tacos from last night, plus beans and my buttermilk corn muffins:
Another golf tournament completed! Now to use her ladies clubs!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

U.S. Kids Golf Regional April 14/15

Ford and AA were gone for six days! Two travel days, two days for practice rounds, two day tournament and one day - a very cold day at Colonial Williamsburg Park! Third place overall! Good enough to get her back to the U.S. Kids Golf Worlds!

{could not rotate this photo - stumped me!}
Tyler playing a game, enjoying some down time:
Practice round:
Official photo:

Colonial Williamsburg on Monday, the 16th:
Drawing with pencil:
Tyler and AA, was a very cold day!

Colonial Williamsburg U.S. Kids Golf Scores:

Golden Horseshoe - Gold Course (Started on #1)ParBirdieEagleAceBogey+

Golden Horseshoe - Gold Course (Started on #1)