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shrimp and corn chowder

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March 30th, 2015 · Print Print

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Spring hit Texas last week, although I know it’s been slow to arrive on other parts of the country!  But this dish is a pretty good compromise — it has the lightness of a summer chowder, but it’s warm and substantial for those last few chilly days.

These last few weeks have been insanely busy, but in a really good way!  Starting my law practice means that when I’m swamped with work, I’m actually happy about it — which is a pretty cool feeling.  However, it means that I have to be extra organized and motivated to make sure I can accomplish what I need to every day.  (Especially with a baby involved, that’s no small feat!) It’s been a huge challenge, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

But, onto this recipe: I wouldn’t say it’s exactly as “easy” as my usual slow cooker staples, although the effort is definitely worth it.  This is the kind of dish that’s great to make on Friday night, so you can have leftovers all weekend.  Chad really liked it, and it’ll be back in our rotation again soon! 

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Shrimp and Corn Chowder

INGREDIENTS
1 16-ounce package of frozen corn
4 slices turkey bacon, diced
8 scallions, thinly sliced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups 2% milk
1 teaspoon Old Bay
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large stock pot, saute the turkey bacon until fully cooked, and set aside.  Combine 1 tbsp milk with the flour and heat together to create a roux, then add the rest of the milk, potatoes, scallions, seasoning, shrimp, and corn.  Simmer for about 2 hours.

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happy weekend!

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March 27th, 2015 · Print Print

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You guys!  This week got away from me.  It was an amazing one, but one that left me with exactly zero time for blogging.  Boo!  Next week, I’ll be back on track.

What do y’all have planned this weekend?  I am super excited about ours — Chad’s brother, his wife, and their two-year-old son are coming to Houston for a visit!  Bear met his cousin Evan at Christmas, but he’s so much bigger and more aware of everything now, and I’m super excited for them to actually get to play together!  We got them on FaceTime a few weeks ago and Evan kept saying “Hi Baby Bear!”  It was SO cute!

Every time I see older kids now, I get so excited to watch Bear grow up and to see all the new things he’ll learn.  I can’t wait until he’s old enough to talk!  Right now, he says Mama and Dada and not much else, but I know they start advancing in leaps and bounds the second year.  I can’t wait!

Also, this weekend, I’m going to get on the ball about planning Bear’s first birthday party!  It’s only a few weeks away (eek!) and I’ve done exactly nothing so far.  (Double eek!) That’s not totally true — we ordered our invitations and thought a lot about the theme, but there are a lot of details that need to come together in the next few weeks, and I have to get on the ball!  It’s going to be a ton of fun. 

And thank you all so much for the vacation ideas!  I want to go everywhere.  One of my favorite things about living in Houston is how many easy beach destinations are just a few hours away — I can’t wait to explore more of them!

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our next vacay…

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So, in October, Chad and I took off for a few days (solo!) in Mexico, leaving Bear with three grandparents to take care of him.  I was so nervous before the trip — I almost canceled it completely a week before we left, because I couldn’t handle the thought of leaving our baby, even for a few days — but it ended up being such a wonderful experience. 

As Bear approaches the one-year mark, a lot has changed.  Our life feels and looks completely different from the way it was before he arrived, but at this point… we’ve adjusted.  We’re used to the 6 a.m. wake-ups and never leaving the house without an extra onesie and a bottle.  Sure, there are Saturday mornings when I’d cut off my left arm to be able to sleep till noon, but for the most part, at this point, we’re pretty much in the driver’s seat.

And then, a few weeks ago, I came up with the idea: right after Bear’s first birthday party, when the grandparents will all be in town… maybe we could take another trip.

I floated the idea to Chad, who thought it was a great one, and my mom said she could clear her schedule to stay a few extra days.

So, now, the question is: where do we go?

In October, we went to Punta Mita, which is a resort town in Mexico right outside of Puerto Vallarta.  It was 1) easy to get to, a 2.5 hour plane ride, which is key, and 2) absolutely gorgeous, as you can see from the video above.  I’ve thought about other destinations, but I don’t want to spend whole days traveling for a quick trip.  I’d like somewhere luxe but I also love to get a good deal, so I’m debating just going back to a place we’ve liked before. 

But I would love any recommendations!  Particularly places that are warm, beachy, and easy to get to from Texas!  Anybody have any gems that might be off my radar?

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