End of Summer Low Country Shrimp Boil!

As the summer comes to an end and the seasons start to change, I always look forward to the first weekend back with all of my friends. We may have been spread all over and busy living separate lives all summer but that first get-together things just pick back up like time stood still!

This past weekend Mrs. Madison Sanders and I hosted a Low Country Shrimp Boil at her lovely home and it sure was a night to remember. Her sweet husband lead us in prayer as we all gathered around the table to feasted on a combination of shrimp, potatoes, sausage, corn, fried frog legs and corn bread salad! Phew that’s a lot of food, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Big thanks to our friend Tyler for bringing the yummy frog legs and Madi C. for a ‘Perfect’ apple pie for dessert! But what I was excited for was Madi Sander’s Corn Bread Salad. My GOODNESS is this something worth bragging about. You can find the recipe on her blog here.

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Madi C. and her pie!

As for the Low Country Shrimp Boil, y’all will need:

  • 6-7 lbs. of fresh deveined and cleaned large shrimp
  • 3 16 oz. packages of cooked Kielbasa Sausage
  • 8 ears of sweet corn (Halved)
  • 5 lbs. of new red potatoes
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 12 oz. beer
  • Old Bay Seasoning to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • Cayenne Pepper to taste
  • Fresh Bay leaves
    • Louisiana Hot Sauce

Bring two 11-quart boiling pots filled with a gallon or so of water each to a roaring boil with all of the seasoning in it. First add the potatoes (split for two pots) cook for 10 minutes. Then add the sausage and corn splitting for each pot and cook for 15 minutes. Finally when you are about ready to serve, add the shrimp and cook until pink or 4-5 minutes.

Dump on a newspaper-covered table with several little containers of butter for dipping!

Hope y’all enjoy!

-The Sunfloweress

Texas BBQ! Bucket List #5

Y’all I’m getting closer to finishing my Summer Texas Bucket List! Today on a road trip to the Gulf Coast I stopped in Temple to eat some traditional Texas BBQ.

AND the reviews are good! It was just as good as my bread and butter (Kansas City style BBQ) but just different.

I’ll be sure to keep y’all posted on this weekend’s adventures!

DIY Vintage Levi Cutoffs

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“Girl you cut those jeans just right I know you didn’t buy ’em like that” Billy Currington ain’t lying!

The other day I was in Good Will, I have developed a habit to stop in and look around every couple weeks. This started because it is so difficult to find the perfect pair of vintage Levi jeans. I like to make my own shorts because they fit perfectly and they happened to be inexpensive!

I hit the jackpot! I found 5 pairs of perfect Levi’s!! I wanted to physically jump for joy when I left the store! I have some strict criteria when it comes to the perfect vintage Levi’s, and here they are:

  • They have to be ‘stiff’ meaning they have no stretchy blend to them. You can’t distress a stretch jean.
  • They have to have the perfect waist line. The waist line should be high and tight, but the pant legs should give you some room.
  • The pocket placement. Is so important. It depends on what you are looking for but you don’t want the pockets to sit too high or too low.
  • The kind of zipper or buttons in the front. I prefer to only have zippers, some vintage jeans have a line of 8 or so buttons and that is just not for me!
  • The stitching on the back pockets, I like the identifiable levi’s double arch.
  • The back leather patch needs to be in good condition, however this isn’t a deal breaker.

I have started making several pairs but still have a lot of work to do, I will be giving all y’all updates! But so far I have made these!

Stay tuned and I will post a tutorial!

-The Sunfloweress

Pasta Salad Party!

So over the years I have made my fair share of sides to take to a BBQ, or Superbowl party or anywhere that there’s people. People love food. This recipe is has taken some time to transform, it’s really little things I have liked from trying other pasta salads!

Its light and flavorful. It also has meats, cheeses, and veggies. Its kinda like a whole meal or its as yummy as one! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Spiral pasta noodles
  • Italian dressing or olive oil with italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Mild Cheddar Cheese (block or precut cubes)
  • Salami
  • Banana Peppers
  • Black Olives
  • Red Onion
  • Butter

First cook the pasta and add about 3 tablespoons of butter to the drained hot noodles. Let refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Take out and toss in all of the ingredients to taste. Add 1/4 of a cup of italian dressing and 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper!

YUM!

-The Sunfloweress

Texas Bucket List #2 The World’s Largest Flea Market in Canton, TX

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This past weekend I finally made it to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas!! I have been looking forward to experiencing the ‘World’s Largest Flea Market’ since the very first moments I knew I was moving to Texas. I then planned on going in June and July however I missed it the first few times. Here’s the trick (Its not actually the weekend of the first monday of each month) it’s the weekend prior to the first Monday of the month.

To start I love East Texas, I hope to move to that area at some point. I like to get out of the busy DFW area as often as I can. I had ideas of what this market was going to be like. I thought that would be hit and miss. But I loved everything! I want to take a moving truck and furnish my entire house. I love anything rustic or antique.

While I was there I almost bought lots of things but ended up with very few. If you are going, make sure you go in the mindset “If you like it, buy it” you will always think you will find better options but once you leave you’ll get lost in a sea of stuff and never find it again!

I bought a beautiful vintage quilt and a piece of artwork from a local artist I fell in love with.

If you make it to First Monday Trade Day’s it won’t be your last!

-The Sunfloweress

Pie for Breakfast?

My Dear Friend Madison and Her Breakfast Pie!

Haaaave you met Steve? If you just read that in the tone used in “How I Met Your Mother”, you’re one step ahead of the rest. If not, that’s alright. And if you don’t know what “How I Met Your Mother” is, that’s alright too. In brief, it’s a sitcom that tried to be like F.R.I.E.N.D.S, couldn’t compare, but still comes off fairly entertaining. The end, that pretty much sums it up!

But this isn’t about that, or any T.V shows… it’s about meeting Steve. The overall wearing Steve that I go see every Tuesday. I load up one of the dogs and drive a few miles down the road to the Greater Polk County Farmers Market. They have all sorts of impressive fresh produce, jams, soaps, baked goods, and dog treats. Most importantly, in my opinion, they have eggs!

FarmerEggsI walk up to Steve’s tent and he tells me…

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