Broiled Herb-Marinated Shrimp Skewers

Have I mentioned before how much I love my husband?

Yeah, I know, I definitely have…sorry to get all mushy on ya. But how could I not when he comes home with these for me…

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Engage-aversary Flowers!!

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Tulips are probably one of my favorite flowers…aren’t they pretty??? Open-mouthed smile

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I totally was not expecting ANY sort of engagement anniversary acknowledgement, besides the simple “Happy Engagement Anniversary!” I got this morning, so I was more than surprised to be greeted with these this afternoon.

What a guy! Smile

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I guess it’s a good thing I actually had a nice home-cooked meal for him to come home today, huh? Winking smile

Last week when I received that Cooking Light magazine (which has been coming in so handy), I also set my sights on a marinated shrimp skewer recipe.

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Normally, there are only certain kinds of “fish” that can be allowed in this house, as Jay has yet to acquire much of a taste for it. Actually, it’s a texture thing, but either way…

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He cautiously agreed to give this recipe a go, and thankfully, it was a major success! The flavor of this marinade is totally amazeballs. Even if you think you don’t like shrimp, you’ve definitely got to give this one a try!

The original recipe called for a lot of fresh spices, most of which I did not have on hand. I substituted what I deemed to be the equivalent amounts in the dried version of some of them, and it worked out quite well.

Broiled Herb-Marinated Shrimp Skewers

(Adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 4 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
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    Directions:

    1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Place in a bowl; add shrimp, tossing to coat. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    2. Preheat broiler to high.
    3. Remove shrimp from marinade; thread 6 shrimp onto each of 4-7 (8-inch) wooden skewers (depending on how many shrimp you have). Place skewers on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; top with any remaining marinade. Broil 5 inches from heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp are done. ENJOY! Smile

    **I do not own a broiler pan, so I simply coated a baking rack with cooking spray and placed it on top of a jelly-roll pan. It worked just as well!

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    On the side, I served some brown rice and roasted zucchini.

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    Since the recipe made more than enough for us, we each had 1-1/2 skewers with dinner and STILL have 4 skewers left.

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    I’m thinking a shrimp salad might be in the future. Smile

    Now I’m off to the kitchen to finish up a batch of cupcakes for someone!

    Question for the Evening:

    Are there any foods you thought you’d hate but actually really like?

    Two Years Ago Today

    April 4th. Do you know what YOU were doing last year on April 4th?

    Nope, me either.

    Do you know what you were doing two years ago on April 4th?

    Yup, I sure do!

    Two years ago from this day, Jay and I set out to enjoy a wonderful weekend away in Lake Placid, NY. When we left our house, it was a fairly nice day, but as soon as we arrived in Lake Placid, the snow was falling and it was CHILLY!

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    We stayed in a beautiful hotel that gave us a phenomenal view of the lake. Once we arrived and were ready to check in, I found out that for “some reason,” we were even given an upgrade to our room.

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    The weekend was definitely off to a great start, despite the weather. We braved the sleet and snow and enjoyed a little shopping in the downtown area. Eventually, we headed back up to our hotel room to get ready for a nice dinner out.

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    Well, the dinner was the least of my concerns once I realized that there was much more going on that was about to change my life…

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    Yes Yes!! Two years ago today, after almost 10 years of dating, Jay asked me to be his wife. Smile

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    Obviously, I took the whole thing very seriously…

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    Hehe. I’m pretty sure that this picture was taken well after everything happened. Oh yes, and in case you haven’t already read our engagement story, feel free to check it out on the wedding website I created.

    Honestly, there’s only two other things I can remember about that evening; we were given free champagne from our waiter at dinner after we told him our news, and we came back and ate a bunch of chocolates while soaking it up in our enormous hot tub. Smile

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    Talk about a great day, right???

    I’m not sure if today will nearly compare to the excitement that was two years ago, but hey, at least I’ve got my memories!

    Happy Engagement Day, Jay! Winking smile

    (Clearly, I’m a big fan of celebrating any anniversary!)

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    This morning, I enjoyed another lovely cereal combo bowl…

    Quaker Oatmeal Squares + Multigrain Cheerios + Kashi Go Lean Crisp + vanilla almond milk + banana slices

    …I’ve got my coffee, and now I’m ready to tackle my day!

    Questions for the Day:

    Do you have a fun engagement story?

    Do you celebrate different anniversaries (wedding/dating/engagement/etc…)?