Healthy You - Shrimp and Grits

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A lighter version of Shrimp & Grits

Steve & I came up with this recipe last month after visiting Charleston for New Years.
 While in SC, we enjoyed quite a few helpings of shrimp and grits.  
When we got home, we were craving more shrimp and grits 
which our waistlines didn't NEED... if ya know what I mean!
So we came up with this LIGHTER version of our favorite recipe.

Ingredients for shrimp:
4 slices center cut bacon, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1 shallot, finely diced
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined, seasoned with salt and pepper

Ingredients for grits:
6 c. water
1 Tbsp salt
1/2 Tbsp pepper
1 1/2 c. grits
1/4 stick of butter
1 c. reduced fat extra sharp cheddar, shredded (reserve 1/8 c)

Directions For Cheese Grits:
Bring salted water to boil.  Add grits and pepper, stir for 30 seconds.  Turn down heat to a simmer and cover.  Cook until water absorbed, don't let the grits dry out, add milk if needed.  Cook about 20 minutes.  When finished cooking, stir in butter and cheese.

Directions For Shrimp recipe:
While grits are cooking...
Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat until brown.  
Remove from skillet and set aside.
Add garlic and shallot to skillet and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add shrimp to garlic and shallot in skillet.
Cook 2 minutes per side (max) until pink.
Don't overcook the shrimp.

Plate the food...
Place grits in base of bowl, top with shrimp.  Sprinkle with reserved cheddar and bacon.

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Dorotha Pie Safe

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Dorotha Pie Safe

This pie safe has been in my husband's family FOREVER... literally FOREVER.  
When his Great-Aunt Dorotha passed away, he bought it at the Estate Auction.  
It was built by Dorotha's grandfather.  
I cannot even comprehend how old that makes this piece of furniture.  
All things considered, she was in pretty good shape. 
We cleaned her up and kept her for the past couple of years in our dining room, as she was.  

So for a long while now, I have been wringing my hands... 
how should I transform this piece of history?  
Will I give her the honor she deserves?  
I knew she would be an amazing piece to paint but I just couldn't decide... 
black? old white? country grey? duck egg?

Duck Egg... I am so glad I chose this hue.  It's the perfect color.  
It's soft and sweet but it lends character, don't you think?

I used Old White on the inside so that it was brightened up a bit.  
I love the old plank boards on the back panel - such beauty!
And this is the original glass, it's a little wavy in places but amazingly, it's in pretty good shape.

You can see the history in this cabinet.  I kept the original milk knobs and fixtures.

I had to change out the drawer pulls because they were in pretty bad shape. 
I found these at Hobby Lobby and I think they suit the style very well.  
As you can see, this drawer is broken but doesn't that just add to the story?

I love the side panels with the old wood... uneven and gaped.  
This is truly my favorite piece that I've ever had the pleasure of painting.

You can find the "Dorotha Pie Safe" linked up at... 

Too Much Time On My Hands

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