Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Independence Celebration.

This Independence Day we finally had a backyard to barbecue in and play in something I have been dreaming of for a 7 years. With grass in and our patio mostly done Brad was busy with his new favorite recipe find

BBQ Shrimp Skewers
(recipe below).
He cooked up 6 pounds of yummy yummy shrimp.
I make 7 layer dip and 24 hour salad and or course.... burgers.
Brad's family joined us in our feast and celebration. We all had a great time feeding our faces and visiting with one another.
Brenley started doing designs on everyone's faces.  Then Haley jumped in and joined her.  Pretty soon we had neighbor kids and their cousins popping in for a little cheek design.  We decided Brenley and Haley should do this more often!  The designs turned out really good!  It was awesome to seem them work as a team!  

There was something extra sweet about this July 4th...
maybe it was my kids... they are older now and get excited for special occasions.
I am not sure what it was exactly but I loved every moment of it! 

I am loving this summer so far and so thankful there is plenty more of it!!!

BBQ Shrimp Skewers
(recipe from
1/4 cup Wild Oats Olive Oil
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 lemon, juiced
2 pounds raw Wild Oats Shrimp, peeled
Your favorite organic vegetables, chopped into large pieces and ready to be skewered.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the shrimp then thoroughly coat shrimp with the seasoning mixture. Let the shrimp sit in the mixture while you prepare the grill.
While the grill is heating, thread the shrimp onto 4 to 6 metal skewers alternating with organic vegetables. Place shrimp skewers on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp turn pink and are lightly charred. Be careful not to overcook.

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