Look at those things – cooking like they’re supposed to and everything!
Tonight I found myself unexpectedly cooking shrimp – something that I’ve never actually done before and admittedly was more than a little unsure of how to do.
The unexpected part came about because I had bought a couple of bags of uncooked shrimp at the store Sunday night for a dinner that Sara was going to help me make later on in the week, but then today I realized that I hadn’t kept them frozen – only in the refrigerator, which the wife said meant that I really needed to do them tonight or else they were going to go bad.
Between you and me, I totally would’ve just thrown them back into the freezer despite there literally being a warning right on the bag itself about not doing that, but this ended up working out ok, too!
So after letting them sit in the marinade that we had for about 30 minutes, I realized that grilling and broiling them like the instructions said wasn’t really an option, so as a last resort I just dumped them all in a frying pan and let them cook until they were all pink and not-raw-looking, and low and behold, it worked!!! 😀
I ended up giving Christopher a few cut up for dinner and ate a ton more myself, and so far both of us are still alive, so apparently I know how to cook shrimp now.
This isn’t an advertisement … I wish it was … but I’ve got to say that I’m kind of loving Panera’s new Rapid Pick-Up service, and I think my recent orders reflect that because lately we’ve been eating out from Panera at least once a week as opposed to maybe once a month or whatever in the past.
The biggest selling point by far is simply put – I don’t have to interact with anyone to get food anymore!
I order on the app, pay on the app, drive to the restaurant down the street from me, and without fail every time there’s my order just waiting patiently on the pick-up shelf for me! No stupid pagers, no haggling with the cashier to see if they’re willing to make the sandwich that I want on a given day – just in and out.
Anti-social Scott LOVES Panera Rapid Pick-Up!!!
It also doesn’t hurt that parking at my nearest Panera absolutely sucks. It’s in an outdoor mall where apparently people getting to the mall was an afterthought and so even if their own parking lot was actually big enough for the store, you’ve got people from eighteen other mall stores bogarting spaces when they’re not even eating at Panera in the first place!
I seriously used to spend so much time circling parking lots that I’d be absolutely fuming by the time I finally made my way into the store … not exactly getting your customers started off on the right foot! But as for the Rapid Pick-Up spaces up front, surprisingly I’ve yet to see people really abusing them yet and there’s always been at least one open when I pull up … I’m literally in the store less than a minute, so if they can keep those spots dedicated for pick-up only it’ll be a godsend…
And lastly, I’ve also been enjoying the new program because it seems to give me a little more elbow room to experiment with their menu, whereas when I’m standing there in line and there are half a dozen soccer Moms behind me, I kind of feel obliged to just pick something off of the menu and get out of the way! But the app gives me all the time I need to browse and consider my options … I wonder how many people realize that not only can you pretty much get your sandwich on any kind of bread that they have, but you can also swap out sauces, cheeses, and even meats.
Lately I’ve been doing their Steak & White Cheddar, but I get it with BBQ sauce instead of horseradish and a different kind of bread, too. It’s nice to actually have options when there are so many things on their menu that are almost, but not quite what you’re in the mood for eating! 😉
So anyways, we ended up ordering from there tonight and I felt compelled to write a bit about a company actually doing good. It’s nice to have an option that’s as fast or faster than fast food, but considerably healthier.
Now if Red Robin next door could jump on the same bandwagon… 😀
Saw these at Walmart the other day for a mere 88 cents, and being that it was nearing midnight it was one of those purchases that you just make – no questions asked.
Turns out, I probably should’ve asked a few questions, such as how does this thing actually freeze?!
The instructions on the back were pretty simple – just freeze and enjoy – so here I assumed that there was something in the composition of the slush that keeps it at that slushy, non-frozen state that we all fondly remember of our beloved Slush Puppies, however that was totally not the case because after throwing it in the freezer over night when we got home, the next day I found that it was basically … solid as a rock.
Next attempt was to toss it into the fridge, but by the time I circled around to it again, it was cold and completely liquid again.
I finally drank it last night by putting it in the freezer and timing it in 15-minute increments until it was kinda starting to freeze, but not out of an otherwise drinkable state, and that worked, but it was way too much work to ever actually do again. The cherry flavor was spot on from my childhood memories, but preparation was a pain in the ass. Truth be told – I have no idea how Slush Puppies are kept slushy … maybe it was because the machine was constantly churning or some other magic…
Either way, let it be confirmed that said magic cannot be replicated by an 88-cent pouch one purchases at Walmart. 🙁
I’ll admit that I’m kind of a sucker when it comes to holiday foods, whether they be peppermint or gingerbread-flavored or even just colored up all red and green for the season! Above is but a wee sample of what I expect to try over the next couple of weeks … cheeses and chocolates, cookies and crackers and sugary confections of all shapes and sorts…
Boy, I really do sound like a hobbit, don’t I?! 😕
What can I say?! I’m weak when it comes to delicious, novelty ice creams, especially when they’re seasonal leftovers that surprisingly haven’t been cleared out of the case yet…
Christmastime can be over as soon as I finish the container that’s now sitting in my freezer – until then, don’t even think about asking me when the Christmas tree is coming down!
Last post of the advent blog … because Santa don’t settle for no store-bought cookies!
Three varieties of cookies baked in the Sevener household this holiday season:
- Cherry Cheesecake Cookies (Sara’s choice)
- Fido’s Favorite Treats (Cleo’s choice … because yes, we made Christmas cookies for our dog, too!)
- Johanna’s Gingerbread Cookies (my choice – on deck for tomorrow because it’s already 12:15am)
Better get these plated so that I can hit the hay and the big man can do his job… 😀
Not to brag (totally bragging), but look what showed up on my front porch this morning!
Holiday snack preparations are progressing nicely, I see… 😆